8th Selected Links

Some links for your weekend perusal:

1. Werner Herzog gives the best answer ever to the question: "How many languages do you speak?"

2. 'Death, be not proud', John Donne's fourteen-line poem denouncing "the last enemy", published posthumously in 1633.

3. The Washington Post reports that, "nearly 60 percent of the people facing charges related to the Capitol riot showed signs of prior money troubles, including bankruptcies, notices of eviction or foreclosure, bad debts, or unpaid taxes". I see this factoid as potentially relevant to my recent podcast conversations exploring stagnation, rent-seeking, the "let them eat credit" view, and the challenges of the white working class (see, for example, Arlie Hochschild, Angus Deaton, and Ben Friedman).

4. Clubhouse is an app I joined recently and have been loving. Founded in 2020, I describe it as: "campfire conversations with your favourite thinkers -- at scale." Admission is only by invitation from an existing member (I'm not sure whether this is essential to the product or is merely a growth hack). I've got 5 free invites which I'll give to regular listeners of the podcast -- email me.

5. All Minus One, a short illustrated book by Heterodox Academy, based on Mill's famous On Liberty essay. The PDF is freely available on their website. On page 21, my favourite Mill quote: "He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that."

Have a nice weekend,