The state of the union

"This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith."

-- Lyndon B. Johnson

Paca, Al

The Deadly Genius of Drug Cartels

Rodrigo Canales is an associate professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Management. There, he researches the role of institutions in entrepreneurship and economic development. More specifically, he focuses on how individuals can change organizations and systems--how their backgrounds, professional identities and roles affect how they relate and act in business.

Canales teaches the core MBA course on innovation at Yale, sits on the steering committee of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT and advises several startup companies in Mexico. He earned his MBA and Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Lord Sauron, Hong Kong

Cloud Capture

The whole point of brainwashing...

"The whole point of brainwashing, is that those being brainwashed don't know it."

-- Graham Haley

I’m not a charismatic speaker...

"I’m not a charismatic speaker, and if I had the capacity to be one I wouldn’t. I’m really not interested in persuading people. What I like to do is help people persuade themselves."

-- Noam Chomsky

Any other country...

"Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country."

-- Sinclair Lewis

That's the great thing about policy...

That's the great thing about policy, and why the world is such an infernal place: the man who makes the policy don't have to carry it out, and the man who carries it out aint responsible for the policy.

-- George MacDonald Fraser, author of The Flashman Papers

The definition of a cynic

    Cynic,n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to improve his vision.

-- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Obama's Foreign Policy

"Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint."

-- Barack Obama, during his inaugurational speech, 20 Jan 2009

War educates the senses...

"War educates the senses, calls into action the will, perfects the physical constitution, brings men into such swift and close collision in critical moments that man measures man."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, d. 1882

Be what you seem to be...

"Be what you would seem to be -- or, if you'd like it put more simply -- Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise."

-- The Duchess, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Freedom is not a gift

"Freedom is the precondition for acquiring the maturity for freedom, not a gift to be granted when such maturity has been achieved."

-- Immanuel Kant

Money colonizing life...

"When the institutions of money rule the world, it is perhaps inevitable that the interests of money will take precedence over the interests of people. What we are experiencing might best be described as a case of money colonizing life. To accept this absurd distortion of human institutions and purpose should be considered nothing less than an act of collective, suicidal insanity."

-- David C. Korten, When Corporations Rule the World, pg. 247
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