Pierre Lemieux



Today’s optimistic, but totally empty and inconsequential, reflection: More people have ever been born than have ever died; the global balance is positive. (February 8, 2015)

Statists of the left should love war because it is likely to increase the power of the state on the side who wins. (February 7, 2015)

The old idea of liberty was that if somebody is not seriously suspected of a precise crime, you leave him alone. (January 29, 2015)

The difference between the rich and us is that they have two copies of everything two dishwashers, two fridges, two identical hunting shotguns, etc. I am of two minds about that. (January 28, 2015)

All you need is glove. (January 28, 2015)

Life contains at least 4,500 carcinogens. (January 27, 20115)

We never step twice in the same river, but it’s better to be prepared with our boots on. (January 25, 2014)

A nonagenarian is still much taller than a nanogenarian. (January 25, 2015)

Capitalism is to communism what a splurge is to a purge. (January 22, 2015)

Sometimes, in order to understand A, you have to understand B; and to understand B, you first need to understand A. Only after repeatedly bumping your head on A and B will the light suddenly be. (January 20, 2015)

Uber libertas, ibi patria. (January 19, 2015)

A mathematician is the fox in the Nth house. (January 19, 2015)

USA is passé. The new ideal is USB. (January 18, 2015)

I am espousing voluntary poverty. I have to. (January 18, 2015)

Liberty is the ultimate value in society because people disagree on what is good. (January 12, 2015)

Who drives imprudently in the winter is bound to become a son-of-a-ditch. (January 12, 2015)

Man does not live by boobs alone. (January 11, 2015)

Defending liberty with words and demonstrations is useful but ultimately, as the Paris events have shown, guns are required against guns. (January 11, 2015)

The world is a rough place but the main security task is to “secure” the state and lock it down whenever it rolls over our liberties. (January 10, 2015)

Society is full of externalities. Only those that are good or bad for everybody (or nearly everybody?) need to be controlled. (January 10, 2015)

Organized religions are rather humorless. God must be laughing His ass off. (January 10, 2015)

After he died, God asked for a second opinion. (January 10, 2015)

Some take hippotheses in a cavalier fashion. (January 10, 2015)

Good multiculturalism is everybody being free to choose his own culture; bad multiculturalism is everybody thinking that he may impose his preferred culture on others. (January 10, 2015)

When you can’t legally claim that the Holocaust did not happen, expect intellectual problems arguing that it did. (January 10, 2015)

The average statistician is mean. (January 5, 2015)

People charged with rope must be hanged. (January 5, 2015)

God bliss you! (January 5, 2015)

Writing is 40% torture, 60% bliss. (January 5, 2015)

I would like a virtual machine (VM), like a virtual BMW. (January 2, 2015)


The paradox of education is that the educated-to-be must, in effect, tell the educator, “Please, teach me what I don’t want to learn.” (December 29, 2014)

A virtual machine is not immune to coffee spills. (December 29, 2014)

Being conscious of what there is to know is the beginning of learning. (December 28, 2014)

Croissants must be made with the flour of evil. (December 27, 2014)

In the department so-stupid-it’s-it’s-nearly-funny: Perhaps the case for God is just 12 lagers sacrificed to him. (December 27, 2014)

Clicking errors are the easiest to make. (December 16, 2014)

Diogenes’s approach: Christmas is part of the cost of doing business. (December 14, 2014)

I am very committed to the environment: “For dust you are, and unto dust shall you return.” (December 14, 2014)

You can have your cake and eat it too, as long as it is not finished. (December 14, 2014)

A Silicon Valley witch is called a sand witch. (December 12, 2014)

Knowing which rules to follow and which rules to disregard may be the essence of wisdom. (December 22, 2014)

We follow rules not because they are always necessary, but because we don’t know when they will be indispensable. (December 11, 2014)

Multitasking is a difficult task. (December 11, 2014)

The Big Bang: perhaps our universe was created because God was a guy who liked to blow up things. (December 11, 2014)

I apologize profusely. (PS: That’s the best sort of apologies.) (December 10, 2014)

That the end does not justify the means signifies that it is not SUFFICIENT to justify the means, but it may be sufficient in conjunction with other reasons. (December 9, 2014)

We need to be more concerned about where restrictions of liberty lead to than about the consequences of liberty itself. (December 9, 2014)

My intellectual contribution to the Nanny State: roads should be painted red in order to abolish black ice. (December 7, 2014)

There is only one sort of person worse than an economist, it’s a non-economist. (December 2, 2014)

All the wisdom in life is to know how slippery the slope is. (December 1, 2014)

If there is a religious war, it would be preferable that it be about Beaujolais Nouveau. (December 1, 2014)

We are not in 2013, times have changed! (November 26, 2014)

With the Internet, we may be witnessing the rise of a new sort of ideologues, who define their ideology in contradistinction to that of their opponents whose presumed ideology is made of no-source and fabricated quotes. (November 20, 2014)

It’s interesting to observe how people who don’t read and think about things (I am speaking about theory and evidence, not about tastes, of course) often hold strong opinions. (November 19, 2014)

Little freedoms gained, big liberties lost, and Lenina is happy. (November 19, 2014)

Costs, benefits, and incentives: three keywords to understand the human world. (November 18, 2014)

I will espouse voluntary poverty when I am forced to. (November 17, 2014)

Not all evil is equal. (November 16, 2014)

You never step twice in the same driver. (An insurance estimate, no doubt; it can’t be a geek motto.) (November 16, 2014)

You never step twice in the same climate. (November 14, 2014)

Saying that the price of gold in dollars is low is exactly the same as saying that the price of the dollar is high in terms of gold. (November 14, 2014)

One big advantage of Facebook is that, whatever your circumstances, you can, with the right friends, live humorously all the time. (November 13, 2014)

If God did not like boobs, he would have made them flat or even concave. (November 11, 2014)

It’s not because you are dating somebody that you need to carry a carbon-14 measuring instrument. (November 9, 2014)

If a voter can vote for a deadlocked government, he must also be able to choose whether in the House or Senate or both, and the percentage of each party. (November 8, 2014)

Something very basic: if you put a statement in quotation marks, it means that the quoted person said EXACTLY what’s between the quotes. (November 7, 2014)

In case of doubt, we must stick with the general presumption for liberty. (November 6, 2014)

A wearable vice may be as fun as a wearable device. (November 5, 2014)

If you want an education, read books under the guidance of someone who can tell you where to start. If you want only entertainment, then just go to the circus. (November 4, 2014)

Those who are always on Skype are never on Skype. (November 1, 2014)

He raised his voice so often that he became a soprano. (November 1, 2014)

Focusing on factoids reminds me of another disease. (November 1, 2014)

Instead of setting the record straight, I have moved on to CDs. (November 1, 2014)

Blessed are the gullible, for they shall be called children of the state. (October 31, 2014)

“I need closure,” said the farmer. (October 31, 2014)

It is not true that “there should be a law.” There is already one. (October 31, 2014)

The dead are very silent, but then who knows the unimaginable secrets of the universe? (October 30, 2014)

The number of old people is mind-blogging – er… mind-boggling. (October 29, 2014)

Except for economics, the transistor, and foie gras, everything was invented in ancient Greece. (October 28, 2014)

Yes and no, but I don’t want to violate the non-contradiction law. (October 28, 2014)

There is an argument against self-defense that does not work: if we don't attack them, they will not attack us. The world is a rose garden. (October 28, 2014)

Lapalissade: Simple solutions to complex problems are better than complicated solutions to simple problems. (October 27, 2014)

Life is complicated, but death is not simple either. (October 27, 2014)

Reason, poetry, and humor: the first, to understand what is understandable; the second, to glimpse what is not; the third for more pleasure. (October 25, 2014)

Naming things is useful, otherwise you cannot talk, and perhaps not think, about them. (October 25, 2014)

I am surprised every day by the gullibility of mankind – although I readily admit that animals and plants are worse. (October 25, 2014)

Pun of the week: On Twitter, the way to get many followers is to promise to follow, not to swallow. (October 24, 2014)

There are some benefits of being an old crumb. But all and all, I would say, the costs outweigh the benefits. (October 23, 2014)

Small terrorist acts allow the state to show off its disproportionate power and entertain the admiring masses. (October 22, 2014)

Intelligence is under lockdown (not to speak of liberty). (October 22, 2014)

Would there be fewer cops shot if police stations were gun-free zones? (October 21, 2014)

I am not ostentatious. (October 21, 2014)

I cannot help wondering if there is a relation between “the gay divide” (The Economist, October 11, 2014) and the plumber crack. (October 17, 2014)

Crony capitalism is just socialism with a human face. (October 17, 2014)

Assuming you are right, to be intelligent may be a sufficient condition to agreeing with you, but it is not a necessary condition. (October 17, 2014)

If the war on plants was not also a war on citizens, it wouldn’t be that bad. (October 15, 2014)

You will LOVE Roquefort if you are in a good mould. (October 15, 2014)

As Cantor would have said, you're all set. (October 15, 2014)

One difference between the socialists and I is that they soak the rich while I only soak my pistols. Another one is that I soak my pistols in solvent, while solvency is not the socialists’ strong point. (October 14, 2014)

If you are losing your site, go to your geek consultant, not to your ophthalmologist. (October 14, 2014)

We will soon run out of things to ban, if the preferences and lifestyles of the state’s courtiers are not attacked too. (October 11, 2014)

If you cry wolf every night, chances are you will end up being a good forecaster. (October 9, 2014)

To gun or to gun nut, that is the question. (October 9, 2014)

Baby boomers are not baby killers. (October 9, 2014)

I have been a turnaround consultant for all my life, with only one client. (October 9, 2014)

I am only a sentence craftsman. (October 9, 2014)

A gastroenterologist is a physician you see when you think you have stomach or intestines disorders. When you know it after the fact, you see a gastropostrologist. (October 8, 2014)

If one-sentence paragraphs help the reader, imagine what one word per line would do! (October 7, 2014)

Economists are usually the least gullible before faddish scares -- peak oil, environment, public health, immigration, jobs destruction, etc. (September 29, 2014)

The junkie to his wife: “I never promised you a dose garden.”
Picasso to his model (after she sees the painting): “I never promised you a pose garden.”
A Silicon Valley company to the NSA: “I never promised you a nose garden.”
The fireman to the firewoman: “I never promised you a hose garden.”
(September 28, 2014)

Some people are “highly trained” idiots. (September 25, 2014)

The terms “shibboleth” and “schmuck” are two great contributions to vocabulary. (September 24, 2014)

A good measure to help the poor would be to ban the purchase of any car that is not a BMW or a Mercedes. It’s done for other goods and services. (September 24, 2014)

Besides being well written, a good book has four features: (1) it answers questions; (2) it raises new ones; (3) it connects with things you have learned before; (4) it still has something to teach you when you reread it. (September 22, 2014)

Occam is the one who shaves the village barber. (September 21, 2014)

Why is it that separatists seem to be always more statist? (September 18, 2014)

The problem with “the people” is who are they? (September 18, 2014)

Tyranny, whether far or close to the people, is still tyranny. (September 18, 2014)

Of all (or the little) that I know, I learned one-third in college and graduate school, one-third during the past five years, and the last third in between. (September 18, 2014)

A really learned person must read English, French, Greek, Latin, and German. I am a sinner. (September 18, 2014)

To remember what you learn, you have to understand how it fits with other things you have learned. (September 18, 2014)

If Scotland Yard were downgraded to English Inch, perhaps English liberties could be restored. (September 17, 2014)

“Principled” positions must be consistent with facts and incentives. They must also be consistent with some basic value judgments such as the legitimacy of self-defense. (September 16, 2014)

Animal is an irrational man. (September 15, 2014)

Why the universe is logical (even if not any logical theory is necessarily valid) is a fundamental question. (September 15, 2014)

The state should impose RESTAURANT NEUTRALITY: force restaurants to let anybody eat as much as he wants, and send an equal bill to all diners. (September 11, 2014)

Man does not live by hardware alone. (September 11, 2014)

If Scotland secedes from the United Kingdom, what will haen to scot’s tape? (September 10, 2014)

Somebody without a podium is said to be apodial. (September 7, 2014)

After a lawn fuck, the doe was hoping for fawn luck. (September 5, 2014)

A hacker is somebody who mows the LAN. (September 5, 2014)

Not being a cook, he did not mince his words. (September 4, 2014)

Why can we get old vinyl albums from private firms but not old liberty from the state? (August 31, 2014)

As the philosopher said, a life without pinging is not worth living. (August 29, 2014)

To make a blanket statement, today was a covered day. (August 21, 2014)

The difficulty with adult education is that they think they know. (August 21, 2014)

Fighting barbarism with barbarism can only lead to barbarism. (August 21, 2014)

If you continuously predict catastrophes of many sorts, chances are that you will be proven right once. (August 20, 2014)

The larger the number of policemen per inhabitant, the more policemen have to be feared. (August 19, 2014)

It is difficult for an economist to take seriously somebody who declares that “every vote counts.” (August 19, 2014)

Since the 1960s, it has been a crime of treason against politically-correct opinion to not blindly suort Arab thugs against Israel Jews. (August 18, 2014)

I got a spam ad saying, "Take your sex life to a new level". So I walked up to the second floor. (August 14, 2014)

A priest once played a stupid joke and blessed the water of the ocean. And so was born the Holy Sea. (August 12, 2014)

A dead vampire cannot be called a stakeholder. (August 8, 2014)

How do you call a witch who has built her whole theory of knowledge on the sand? (August 8, 2014)

If tyranny is progressing, a “step backward” is good. (August 1, 2014)

If you don’t believe that truth exists, you can’t criticize something for being false. (July 31, 2014)

Everything is a matter of degree, including this sentence. (July 26, 2014)

Don’t married couples who “renew their vows” thereby admit that they were not serious the first time or that their vows were valid only until the next renewal? (July 26, 2014)

The question “Am I being detained” has replaced “Am I under arrest” because now, in a large number of cases, one may be detained without being under arrest. (July 25, 2014)

“Company, halt!” shouted the officer. “Not necessarily”, thought private Turing. (July 23, 2014)

If you are not careful with the truth, only the gullible will believe you. (July 23, 2014)

An inclusive society broadly means that nobody should be excluded from tyranny. (July 21, 2014)

A couple sharing a smart phone is called a same-text couple. (July 14, 2014)

Anyway, football is better than war or protectionism. (July 14, 2014)

Things used to make sense; now they make sensor. (July 13, 2014)

There are two kinds of Police States: smiling and non-smiling. (July 10, 2014)

Philosophy is so complicated. In economics, at least, you can build a little model and derive a little conclusion. (July 10, 2014)

Since I wasn’t able to be a singer, I became a senior. That was relatively easy. (June 30, 2014)

The problem with chastity is that it will come someday. (June 25, 2014)

If you believe that there should be inflation and there is not any, question your theory instead of denying the facts. (June 24, 2014)

Polyglot (English-Latin) pun warning! A Latinist can easily tone his abs, especially if he is coming back from multiple places. (June 24, 2014)

I just discovered that Shakespeare is not only a brand of fishing rod. (June 24, 2014)

A layman is not a man who wants to be laid. (June 24, 2014)

Bilingual pun warning; parental guidance is advised. Tasked with increasing employment, the central bank has implemented a new maquereau policy. (June 24, 2014)

I am getting impatient with people who pontificate on things they know nothing about, and have no clue that they don’t know. (June 24, 1014)

Equal playing field generally means equal tyranny. (June 22, 2014)

Modest proposal to strengthen gun-free zones: that anybody illegally carrying a gun there must also be dressed in blaze green colors. (June 16, 2014)

A free society only needs freedom for its definition, an unfree one needs something else than servitude. (June 16, 2014)

Saying that many people are left behind also means that many people are left ahead. (June 16, 2014)

Ignorance can be either a beatitude or a springboard to knowledge. (June 13, 2014)

Allah would probably stop bullets and missiles in mid-air were it not that both sides invoke his name. What can Allah do? (June 12, 2014)

Low(er)-interest-rate credit is not the same as “free money”. Credit is not the same as money. (June 12, 2014)

The more time passes, the more there is to learn. Ask Montaigne or Pico della Mirandola. (June 12, 2014)

If you want to say something but can’t bring yourself to say it because it’s inconsistent with a non-falsified theory, you’re on the right track (except if you are a poet). (June 11, 2014)

Tribalism: Shias don't want their Sunni side up. (June 11, 2014)

It's banal (at least at a certain age) to be the youngest person on the planet, but it lasts only a few minutes; everybody did it once. It's more difficult to be the oldest, but it can last for some time. (June 9, 2014)

Death alas cannot be posthumous. Except for environmentalists, who do it post humus. (June 9, 2014)

Book reviewers are the worst pirates ever. I know, I am one. (June 9, 2014)

I am too rough on myself. I need sensitivity training. (June 4, 2014)

He married a PhD in order to be in the know. (June 3, 2014)

It’s not always fun to be a geek. I, for example, got a big mosquito byte. (June 2, 2014)

The "right to be forgotten" will fuel the naïvety of believing that if something is on the web, it must be true. (May 30, 2014)

I once wrote that anarchy would only work if people hold their knives and forks correctly. I would now add: and even then… (May 28, 2014)

Oedipus loved Greek, his mother tongue. (May 25, 2014)

There are three sorts of statements: true ones, false ones, and those whose truth value is unknown – and, as a probable subset, unknowable ones. (May 24, 2014)

I find offensivism very offensive. (May 22, 2014)

Cooks have many talents but never take an active roll. (May 22, 2014)

Memo to the soldier: the guy on the other side is as brainwashed as you are. (May 20, 2014)

Ludwig von Mises is like religion: you have to take some and leave some. (May 16, 2014)

Many things are too dangerous to tolerate, but we must live and make trade-offs, and have some fun. (May 16, 2014)

The contrary of “true” is not “evil”. (May 16, 2014)

Why did the kitchen cross the road? Because there was a big dyslectics meeting on the other side. (In fact, they called it the International Dyslectics Teaming.) (May 13, 2014)

The International Dyslectics Teaming is the annual world meeting of dyslectics. (May 13, 2014)

I wonder how people who are children of abortion can be so favorable to it. (May 10, 2014)

Ave atque vale, and it doesn’t even rain. (May 6, 2014)

The problems of modern technology: I took a leaf from her book and the screen went blank. (May 4, 2014)

Statists eat oath meal. (May 4, 2014)

It’s more difficult to smash the state than to stash the mates. (May 4, 2014)

Warning: It’s difficult to report on statistical or economic research without graphic content. (May 4, 2014)

When there were two farthings in a halfpenny, farting was cheap for the Brits. (May 2, 2014)

Gaia is bipolar. (April 30, 2014)

Pistols are such a bore. (April 30, 2014)

No fish speaks Anglish. (April 29, 2014)

Go slow on fasting. (April 28, 2014)

Mieux vaut être luron que larron, même en foire. (April 27, 2014)

Hylas alas never came back
But not for him to say alack.
(With my apologies to Virgil) (April 25, 2014)

High-profile people should be careful when driving under an overpass. (April 22 2014)

In my experience, it’s easier to spell “casts” than to cast spells. (April 22, 2014)

Introverted of the world, stay alone! (April 22, 2014)

Vladimir Putin: easy to put in, difficult to put out. (April 21, 2014)

It’s good that anybody may call himself an economist. It’s good that quacks are normally easy to identify. (April 17, 2014)

Only if the earth is flat can Australians be raptured. (April 16, 2014)

It’s not because it’s written that it’s true. But this does not imply that it’s true because it’s not written. (April 15, 2014)

On se baigne jamais deux fois dans le même caniveau. (April 15, 2014)

Imagine Janus phoning Ale Customer Suort about her problems with FaceTime. (April 15, 2014)

L’État se dépense, et même davantage, pour nous. (April 15, 2014)

Truth and proofs are beautiful. (April 15, 2014)

An old car has under wear. (April 15, 2014)

I am two days late in my scheduled work, and about 40 years late in my intellectual production. (April 15, 2014)

Environmentalists oose fracking for a very good reason: it is still another vindication of Julian Simon against Paul Ehrlich. (April 13, 2015)

The Welfare State’s safety net naturally morphs into a safety gross. (April 8, 2014)

Thoughtful persons are not trees. They are not always searching whom to root for. (April 7, 2014)

It’s always summer somewhere. Not my deepest reflection, I agree, but I need to decompress intellectually. (April 7, 2004)

Primo philosophare, deinde vivere. (April 7, 2014)

The fruits of the Tree of Knowledge are not always sweet, but the fruits of the non-tree are even worse. (April 5, 2014)

Now that journalists have instilled in the populace the idea that any signal is a ping, people will start pinging each other with no self-control whatsoever. (April 5, 2014)

Where is the safety net against tyranny? (April 5, 2014)

Next time you are in Switzerland and see a cow, make Emmental note. (April 5, 2014)

If you want to get ahead of yourself, try 3D printing, not the guillotine. (April 5, 2014)

Getting ahead of yourself is not a good way to contradict Zeno. (April 5, 2014)

While masturbation can make you deaf, unprotected sex will not necessarily make you mum. (April 5, 2014)

In planes, they are now asking, “Do you want a window or an alea?” (April 2, 2014)

Alea jacta est. But I am getting tired of these dice. (April 2, 2014)

Each man is a culture. (April 1, 2014)

Les canons n’ont pas une âme immortelle, mais presque. (March 31, 2014)

Extinction is a specious argument. (March 30, 2014)

Many people criticize the state for not achieving smart tyranny. (March 30, 2014)

Give me a black hole or give me death! (March 29, 2014)

Learning is in large part the product of criticizing oneself. (March 28, 2014)

I dream of a car that, instead of a stick shift, would have a paradigm shift. (March 27, 2014)

Save your thoughts for a brainy day. (March 27, 2014)

Zero tolerance for the state! (March 26, 2014)

Never mind the half full glass, I prefer the half empty bottle. (March 27, 2014)

I have been trying for many years to move behind a paywall. (March 26, 2014)

John Maynard Keynes, the perfect straw man, did make much intellectual damage, but is not responsible for global warming or the ebola virus. (March 26, 2014)

We are not restricted to choosing between Lenina and the Savage. (March 26, 2014)

If God had not created sexual pleasure, only the ascetic and the mortification-seeking would have procreated. Would this have had a good impact on the gene pool? (March 26, 2014)

Better to ping than to pong. (March 26, 2014)

Oonents to the 2nd Amendment prefer to keep and bear harm. (March 25, 2014)

Deflation does NOT mean an increasing standard of living, because wages fall too. (Moreover, debtors are harmed.) (March 25, 2014)

Breaking the government is a more realistic way to reduce rent-seeking than breaking the rent-seekers. (March 25, 2014)

Just as one sings a song, one must ping a pong. (March 25, 2014)

Instead of exchanging handshakes when they meet, people will now ping each other. (March 25, 2014)

Perhaps humor should be added to rational thought, poetry and music as a way to understand the universe. (March 25, 2014)

I killed Siri, and became a sirial killer. (March 25, 2014)

You can always get a bigger caliber, and the wheelbarrow to carry the gun. (March 25, 2014)

It is St. Augustine (even if apocryphally) who was the real inventor of fracking when he said, “Ama et frack quod vis.” (March 25, 2014)

An empire with a weak, non-Leviathan center, is, for most people, better than powerful local war lords. (March 25, 2014)

In the nation-state, the problem is not so much the nation as it is the state. (March 25, 2014)

The problem with (most of) the media is that they give people what they want: entertainment and confirmation of their biases. (March 25, 2014)

Many, perhaps most, errors in politics and the social sciences come from saying “we” and not having a clue about who that is. (March 24, 2014)

Exploited taxpayers review their tax data with a rotten-tooth comb. (March 24, 2014)

Adding “geo” to “political” does not make the state less political or less dangerous. (March 24, 2014)

If you refuse rational thought, you still have poetry and religion. But they also require some effort. Only entertainment requires little. (March 23, 2014)

Drugs: I never promised you a dose garden. (March 23, 2014)

Man is an animal who doesn’t drink water. (March 21, 2014)

It’s better to be in a holding pattern than in a holding cell. (March 20, 2014)

When you are in a holding pattern, take care not to drop yourself. (March 20, 2014)

En termes technologiques, vous êtes soit post-puce, soit prépuce. (March 19, 2014)

You are either against skin or foreskin. (March 19, 2014)

The end will come, of course. The question is when. (March 19, 2014)

The problem with “the world as it is” or “the real world” is to understand it. (March 18, 2014)

You live, you shoot a couple of boxes of ammo, and life is already over. (March 17, 2014)

With fiends like this, who needs enemas? (March 14, 2013)

An answer is only an answer if it does not reformulate the question with different words. (March 15, 2014)

A geek never stops working, even to have a byte. (March 14, 2013)

There are two kinds of nonsense: establishment nonsense and populist nonsense. They are locked in violent competition. (March 14, 2013)

Today’s gruesome and insensitive joke: Don’t get involved with gangrene: it’s a dead end. (March 13, 2014)

Economically and politically, Silicon Valley is a vale of ignorance. (March 13, 2014)

I find it offensive that you find it offensive. (March 12, 2014)

I may think that somebody has the right to think, or have faith in, something, & simultaneously that this idea is indefensible or stupid. (March 12, 2014)

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes” has nothing to do with diet – except for Leviathan’s diet. (March 12, 2014)

If picking one’s nose were made a felony, we could send much more criminals to jail. (March 11, 2014)

I am a standard deviant. (March 11, 2014)

I define “French intellectual” as somebody who thinks that because he writes it, it must be true. There are many, including in America. (March 11, 2014)

Writing is a life sentence. (March 10, 2014)

Giving to charity means accepting bids at negative prices. (March 10, 2014)

Selling something to the lowest bidder is not easy because a very large number of them will bid once the price has hit zero. (March 10, 2014)

My views are my own. (March 9, 2014)

Your false arguments won’t cancel your oonents’ lies, they will just destroy any credibility you had. (March 9, 2014)

If there is such a thing as “ethical oil”, there must also be oily ethics. (March 7, 2014)

This is not my best one-liner. (March 6, 2014)

The three stages of learning and education: (1) ask questions; (2) learn answers; (3) ask questions. (March 6, 2014)

The problem with being old is that you have become evolutionary expendable. (March 6, 2014)

If you need an invalid argument to prove a truth, it is not a truth. (March 3, 2014)

Socratic dialogue can get you very far, even with only yourself if necessary. (March 1, 2014)

I am a criminal: I strained my uncle. (March 1, 2014)

Can you name one great moral principle that conspiring capitalists have subliminally written all over the place in Baboo English? Answer: Thou shall not kill your kin or, in Baboo English, “Done kin: do not.” (March 1, 2014)

Days are longer, nights are shorter, you can’t have everything. (February 27, 2014)

The layman protests, “I am not what you think”. (February 25, 2014)

The Amazons were suicide boobers. (February 23, 2014)

There are two ways to participate in conversation: bring good answers or ask good questions. (February 23, 2014)

If you are one-handed author, you have no choice but putting the last hand to your manuscript. (February 22, 2014)

Isn’t it obvious that a graphene condom would be better for writers? (February 21, 2014)

Except perhaps with poetry, you can’t put the whole universe in one sentence. (February 21, 2014)

Going ballistic is faster than going postal. (February 21, 2014)

Posting is better than going postal. (February 21, 2014)

When you don’t know something, it’s not easy to know what you don’t know. (February 21, 2014)

In the real world, everything is endogenous. (February 21, 2014)

The greatest danger of the 21st century is war and tyranny, not necessarily in that order. (February 20, 2014)

Typos are a scourge and should be forbidden by law. (February 20, 2014)

No need to tell children, but Snow White was hopeless at skiing. (February 19, 2014)

The two crucial inventions in the history of mankind were the wheel and the decocker. (February 19, 2014)

The ACLU can't suort the right to keep and bear arms perhaps because it doesn't relate to something below the belt (where all ACLU's concerns are focused). Perhaps they are just confused by the term "arms". (February 19, 2014)

The Cold War was, at least in theory, about preserving (what was left of) freedom; the War on Terror is about who will crush it more. (February 18, 2014)

The danger of writing: IEDs of misunderstanding are hidden in each sentence. (February 18, 2014)

I am not the girl next door. (February 18, 2014)

If you have nothing to say, don’t say anything. (February 18, 2014)

If a salesman works hard to sell you an easy want to make a quick fortune, ask him why he is working so hard. (February 18, 2014)

The moon is made of blue cheese, not green cheese. (February 17, 2014)

A shoemaker who denied the existence of the sole would not have much success in life. (February 15, 2014)

As far as I know, sochi is raw fish. (February 13, 2014)

Man is an animal who discovers new sorts of pleasure. (February 13, 2014)

Demand for education means, “Tell me what I don’t know and perhaps don’t want to hear.” (February 12, 2014)

Bullish financiers don’t catch mad cow. (February 11, 2014)

Don’t be surprised if the Holy See commits the sin of voyeurism. (February 9, 2014)

The bull to her cow: “I never promised you a roast garden.” (February 9, 2014)

A radical should be able to extract a square root. (February 7, 2014)

When I see a British tire, I ask why? (February 6, 2014)

Amazon keeps abreast of retail bumps. (February 6, 2014)

With all this capitalist entrepreneurship and exploitation, people will soon have forgotten what the Amazons were. (February 6, 2014)

The guy who invents a gadget to prevent smoke/CO2 detectors from beeping to signal failure in the middle of the night (an integrated clock? a wifi connection to the network’s time?) will deserve a Nobel prize. (February 6, 2014)

Wishful thinking is what you do after the smoke detector starts, in the middle of the night, emitting periodical short beeps to signal failure. (February 6, 2014)

You are an economist if you can read (and understand) what economists write. (February 6, 2014)

What’s stressing about research and writing is that you are always second-guessing yourself. (February 5, 2014)

Writing a book is like snow blowing errors, one flake at a time. (February 5, 2014)

You did not crate that. http://teamster.org/content/port-division (February 4, 2014)

Note that the rock is Charybdis and the hard place, Scylla. (February 3, 2014)

The contrarian anticrastinates. (February 3, 2014)

It’s OK to procrastinate, up to a point. (February 3, 2014)

Bishops must be a compromise between heteroshops and homoshops. (February 2, 2014)

The difference between an aluminum smelter and February in Maine? Not much. In Maine, it’s melting. (February 2, 2014)

If only Boise, ID had a NFL team called the Famous Potatoes, this one would be worth rooting for. (February 1, 2014)

I need a rapper to wrap a parcel. (January 30, 2014)

Times have changed. Islamists now attack America because it is a bacon of liberty. (January 30, 2014)

Between give and take, I prefer the latter. (January 29, 2014)

I suppose that sand witches must be consumed with sand wine. (January 29, 2014)

Once you discover that there is such a thing as truth, or at least such an adventure as the search for truth, it never leaves you. (January 29, 2014)

The SOTU speech is full of irremediable clichés because that's what the median voter is by definition. (January 29, 2014)

“Mens rea” is not the men’s room in the court building. (January 29, 2014)

Why did the kitchen cross the road? Because he was a dyslectic. (January 28, 2014)

I am just an intellectual construction guy. (January 26, 2014)

Liberty is a loophole. (January 23, 2014)

Did Keynes really exist? The person presented as Keynes is so obscure compared to his interprets like Hansen (or Hicks or Bailey). (January 23, 2014)

The Zorcals were little monsters who, I told my young kids, stole socks that were not put away in their proper place. My sons of course knew that the story was just a fairy tale (lying to children is generally not a good idea). But now I wonder if Zorcals don’t actually wander in houses stealing earphones. (January 23, 2014)

I would hate to have been born in another tribe because it would then be my current one I would need to find inferior and hate. (January 23, 2014)

Tempora mutantur. We never step twice in the same river. To get action, it’s often easier to contact companies on Twitter. (January 22, 2014)

A small problem, by definition, has a not very costly solution. (January 21, 2014)

Stakeholders can boost political correctness and kill vampires, but everything else they do usually creates positive and sustainable damage. (January 20, 2014)

Forget about the 72 virgins. Give me some wine and cheese. (January 20, 2014)

I need a good book on the history of infinity [from the beginning to the end, as it were]. (January 20, 2014)

Of course, I can be wrong. It’s a constant potentiality. (January 18, 2014)

Try not to break a leg if you have bare-bones health insurance. (January 15, 2014)

Some people reject price indexes as meaningless, but embrace them when they want to argue that the currency has been debased. (January 14, 2014)

In Iowa and North Carolina, dishwashers must have a hogwash cycle. (January 14, 2014)

The number of Americans who drink their Camembert raw and untreated is staggering. (January 14, 2014)

Obama was tender meat for Leviathan. (January 13, 2014)

Adulation for, or respect of, The President is, in many ways, very similar in France and in the US. He is the King. (January 13, 2014)

New zealots don’t necessarily live in New Zealand. (January 12, 2014)

All excuses to attack individual liberty are good. After global warming, what? (January 12, 2014)

Cannibal principle: if you smoke a joint, make sure it’s not yours. (January 11, 2014)

After bodybuilding must come body deconstruction. (January 10, 2014)

We are all interested in “the real world”. But the question is, where is it? (January 10, 2014)

Show me an individual who decides on how many tomatoes he buys for his weekly groceries in order to influence the price of tomatoes. Then show me an individual who decides how to vote in order to change the election results. (January 9, 2014)

Don’t make love with a minuteman. (January 6, 2014)

The typical liberal and the typical conservative are blind to the general benefits of exchange. Each wants it only for the goods he likes. (January 5, 2014)

The inventor of the wheel did not spend any time behind it. (January 3, 2014)

From my upcoming book on jobs (at Palgrave-Macmillan): “Economically, an immigrant is the equivalent of a shovel-ready newborn.” (January 1, 2014)

Of what I know, I learned 40% decades ago, in high school, college, and graduate school; and 30% during the last five years. (January 1, 2014)

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