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Offline Cincinnatus

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« on: November 15, 2013, 09:45:24 PM »
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Offline Slide Rule

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2013, 10:26:14 AM »
The successful politician owes his power to the fact that he moves within the accepted framework of thought, that he thinks and talks conventionally.  It would almost be a contradiction in terms for a politician to be a leader in the field of ideas.  His task is a democracy is to find out what the opinions held by the largest numbers are, not to give currency to new opinion which may become the majority view in some distant future.

To treat existing majority opinion as the standard and for what majority opinion ought to be would make the whole process circular and stationary.  There is never so much reason for the political philosopher to suspect himself of failing in his task as when he finds his opinions are very popular.  It is by insisting on considerations which the majority do not wish to take into account, by holding up principles which they regard as inconvenient and irksome, that he has to prove his worth.

FA Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty

I recommend the above as covering much that the economic view in the outstanding The Road to Serfdom
does not.

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Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

Richard Feynman, The Feynman Lectures on Physics

Roger Penrose, The Road To Reality & The Emperor's New Mind

Karl Popper, An Open Society and Its Enemies & The Logic of Scientific Discovery

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