My “Social Business” Project

I have been quite involved with starting another one of my many dozens of concurrent projects over the past few weeks, so I’ve decided to also feature it here.

Let’s start with my own slight variation on a theme coined by Jean-Jacques Rousseau a few hundred years ago:

People are born free, yet everywhere they are in chains

While I myself tend to hang out pretty far at the liberal end of the socio-economic political spectrum (having been born and also having grown up by and large in the freedom-loving “land of the free” United States of America), I am not so naive to think there is anything “natural” about our (or Rousseau’s) notion of “freedom” — as in the classical “noble savage” view. On the contrary, I would place that closer to ignorance of scientific facts than anything like enlightened thinking.

These issues are immensely complex, so this is not something I entertain to address — let alone tackle — in a single blog post. Therefore, I have created a “Social Business” series … which I expect to reach book length before anything conclusive might actually spring from it. Note I said book-length rather than book. If you choose to follow along, you should prepare yourself more for a dizzying and meandering magic-carpet ride than for a walk in the park.

To whet your appetite towards drowning yourself in the vast floods of daydreaming, here a small addendum to the above quote:

this is the puzzle this project is all about: How do we (best) reconcile this contradiction? We cannot have complete freedom, we cannot have complete regulation. Any fanatical fantasies of dictatorial power ought not to cloud our judgement that we must reject such ambitions vehemently whenever and wherever they may occur.

Oh, another thing: You will probably easily recognize that I have so far put zero effort into the visual design of the site. All I have done so far, I guess, is to feverishly write in short whimsical sprints whenever I find the “free” time (usually these bouts are weekend happenings).