Opinions

‘Intelligence differs from one man to the next, And yet each is happy with his own insight— Each thinks himself much brighter than the rest, Each values and praises himself to the height. All think their own understanding the best— Forever lauding their superior intellect, Forever denigrating all the rest. ‘Men who make common cause …

Favorite Books of 2014

Following the smashing success1 of last year’s post on my favorite books from 2013, I thought I’d aim for a repeat and perhaps inspire some gift ideas for the holidays. Here are 11 standouts that I remember from this year.

On Hammocks and Critias

Reclining in a hammock in Puerto Escondido last week, my mind wandered to thoughts of my dog and whether there is a tradeoff between freedom and happiness. Since I was on vacation, the further development of these thoughts took a back seat to what one might consider the proper course of action while recumbent in …

Pope Francis’s Critique of Capitalism and the Quest for the Good Life

Last month, FT Alphaville’s Izabella Kaminska picked up a potent critique of free-market capitalism from Pope Francis’s first Apostolic Exhortation.1  I must confess, I’m not a regular reader of papal exhortations—indeed, papal pronouncements of any variety tend not to make my “to read” list2—but the snippets Kaminska selected gave me pause.