The Daily Paradox

Beware Originalism

In the context of United States law, originalism is a concept regarding the interpretation of the Constitution that asserts that all statements in the constitution must be interpreted based on the original understanding “at the time it was adopted”. Wikipedia Trump may be nearly gone but Trumpism isn’t. Half the voters in the United States…
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The Collateral Poor

I agree with Jack Ma. Not necessarily about the China banks – I don’t know enough about them to have a view. But when he says that the world needs “bold new players that can extend credit to the collateral poor”, I think he is right. Governments dish out money liberally to prop up their…
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What diversity means

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, continues her striking leadership by appointing two Opposition Party Members as Ministers in her new government. She also has a Maori as Foreign Minister and many gays in prominent jobs. While we have all been talking about diversity, Ms Ardern has done it. I congratulate her and those colleagues…
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A rounded life

A very wise boss once said to me: “I have just appointed you to a demanding job. It will take a lot of your time but I don’t want you to become obsessed with it. You will do this job best if you are a rounded person, someone who sees all aspects of life, who…
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A time for strong steering

When the road gets especially rough and the signposts are progressively more confusing, it is time to have strong hands on the steering wheel. No point in exacerbating hazards that already threaten to dislodge the vehicle. Idiots in charge may be fun at times; this is not one of them. Joe Biden may not be…
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Just to listen..

The best word to describe our world before the virus hit is frenetic. Wiki tells us it means ”fast and energetic, in a rather wild and uncontrolled way”. Not a bad definition, but it misses the despair, the feeling of high risk and the isolation that frenetic people have. The pandemic changed all that. Not…
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New Zealand’s Election Victory

Congratulations to Jacinda Ardern for winning the first clearly decisive election in New Zealand since 1996. Mrs Ardern obviously deserves her conclusive victory and we congratulate her on her performance over the most seriously difficult massacre in Christchurch and her handling of the Covid-19 crisis. New Zealand is not isolated from the rest of the…
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Life’s important decisions

Many of life’s important decisions are made for you, some without your knowledge, some without your agreement. You don’t choose your parents, your basic intellectual prowess or your intrinsic health. Whether you have a set of wisdom teeth is not within your ability to decide, nor is your height. You may wish you had delightful…
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How to live with COVID-19

There are plenty of people rooting for an end to controls on how we live under the Covid-19 Pandemic. The arguments in favour cite deaths resulting from loss of quality of life when we are locked down and not enjoying the fruits of our labours – or lack of labours. But the big argument, of…
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A Bridge of Sighs

Not many people will argue with Ivo Andric, the Nobel laureate, when he says “From everything that man erects and builds in his urge for living nothing is in my eyes better and more valuable than bridges. They are more important than houses, more sacred than shrines. Belonging to everyone and being equal to everyone,…
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