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Stephen Sumner

The True 1% [On Money]

In William B. Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, he uses a term I’d never heard before, especially in connection with Roman philosophers. Yet, after reading his book, then quickly devouring the works of Aurelius, Epictetus, Musonius Rufus, and Seneca, I discovered that […]

We Have Risen Because of Reason

Being focused on reason, the ancient Roman Stoics exhort us to rely upon it greatly, for if we don’t, we are mere animals; it is because of reason that we have risen above all other species on the planet in terms of dominance. (Although, I think I can honestly state, […]

Filling and Emptying the Belly

Being Gen X, I have one foot in the 1900s and the other in the 2000s—straddling the line between a century that began with the introduction of electricity to the average household, and the following century, when the average citizen of any western industrialized nation can have any food from […]