I know better than to write about controversial subjects such as Religion and Politics. I KNOW better, but I still do it. I have these mad ideas about the world.
I believe that the differences between men and women were programmed into our brain structures through natural selection over hundreds and thousands of years
I respect the gains in equality made by the womens’ movement, the suffragettes of the 19th century, womens’ lib of the 1970’s and onward. I don’t think hundreds of thousands of years of programming change in a few decades, nor would I want them to. I like that men and women think and behave differently. I think that when we work together as equals we make better decisions, and this applies in business, in families and in Government.
I don’t believe in creationism. At least not in the biblical sense. I don’t expect to meet aliens, they just live too far away. But I don’t believe we are the only ones.
I believe that if you analyse the history of mankind you will find that most of the great conflicts were resolved by one side beating the other, either with military innovation or better economics. Of the two, economics are more important in the long run. If you don’t have a stronger economy than your enemy then you need to have a better weapon/soldier/army/missile/bomb. Military gains are ephemeral, economic ones stick.
To have a strong economy you need three things. The rule of law, a market economy and representative government. Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all of the others (Churchill).
Death is something worth celebrating, as it is the one sure thing we will all come to experience.
Everyone should learn economics 101: What wealth is, where does it come from, and why workers depend on wealth creators. I believe in small government, but I also believe that we need an effective public sector. Rampant, greed driven capitalism talks about “bloated bureaucracy”. Look where light touch financial regulation brought us!
Ultimately I want a fair and pleasant society. Entrepreneurs should be encouraged, and they should be allowed to get rich. But I want rich people to pay their proper taxes and I want to see societies casualties treated with respect. I am not happy driving my gold plated Rolls Royce around my 5 acre swimming pool while the kids next door starve. The best countries to live in are those where income gaps between richest and poorest are small.
If I am shopping at 10 am on Saturday there is no good reason why I should not buy a bottle of wine for dinner, so why does the law prevent me from doing so? I believe in civil liberties and I reject PC Nazis and Nanny State-ism. Adults should make adult decisions. If we look to the state to regulate all aspects of our lives we become children. The state should not interfere in the lives of adults unless those adults interfere in the lives of others. If I choose to run with scissors while wearing a plastic bag on my head it is none of your business! If I see a child doing it, I have a responsibility to stop them, because I am an adult.
We have no rights, we have only responsibilities. If you can see the world in terms of your responsibilities you will see a better world. Really!