“No system of government was ever so ill-devised that, under proper men, it wouldn’t work well enough.”
The English founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, said that in 1693.
And indeed he is so right.
10,000 years of human history later, we still fight wars over political ideology; as if settling on the right system of government alone can guarantee human society the justice and prosperity we all seek.
That is so wrong.
Democracy alone is not a magic pill for good governance. In fact, countries with elections often end up filling their public offices with politicians instead of leaders.
Because to be elected today means having to play the popularity game and having enough funding to afford masterful propaganda. …
In 1986, when environmentalist Jay Westerveld was still in college, he coined the term “greenwashing” to describe “the process of conveying a false impression or providing misleading information about how a company’s products are more environmentally sound”.
Apple’s latest statement on why it is shipping the new iPhone 12 without power adapters and earphones fits this exact definition. It sounded so convincing that some environmentalists were even praising the move.
But a closer examination of the facts reveals the truth — Apple is just simply trying to make more money from iPhone buyers by doing this.
Without free adapters and earphones in the iPhone 12 packaging, Apple will be saving a lot on shipping costs. …
“The fact that it became what it became is still puzzling to all of us,” said Michael Stipe, lead singer of the rock and roll band R.E.M., in the documentary Song Exploder.
“Losing My Religion is kind of a mistake. It’s a song that should’ve never been a hit single…”
The band had been going on for about ten years, alternating between touring and recording.
They were exhausted — and somewhat sick of being typecast. Lead guitarist Peter Buck said that they wanted to “make a record that’s gonna destroy their career”.
They would then start all over again, reestablishing themselves with a new style. …