Patri Friedman quotes

  • We do not live in a world that mainly suffers bad policies due to lack of ideas about better ones, or lack of elegant explanations supporting good policies, but one that suffers bad policies due to system and meta-system level incentives.
    -- Patri Friedman

    #Ideas #Suffering #Levels

  • Most apparent conspiracies result from consistent local self-interest with no need for global coordination.
    -- Patri Friedman

    #Self #Needs #Conspiracy

  • We meet fellow humans throughout our travels,Become close - friends, dates, lovers.Always we are distanced againfrom death, geography, or meeting others,Only dialtone on the phone,cold and empty beneath the covers.
    -- Patri Friedman

    #Phones #Lovers #Cold

  • Big ideas start as weird ideas.
    -- Patri Friedman

    #Ideas #Bigs #Big Ideas

  • Democracy is the current industry standard political system, but unfortunately it is ill-suited for a libertarian state.
    -- Patri Friedman

    #Political #Democracy #Libertarian

  • Universities are not here to be mediums for the coercion of other people, they're here to be mediums for the free exchange of ideas.

  • The Empress has been connected with the ideas of universal fecundity and in a general sense with activity.

  • Once I went to bed in Orlando and I woke up in Atlanta. I have no idea how that happened.

  • I said, ‘There’s one idea I’ve been carrying in my hip pocket for 35 years. It’s Woodrow Wilson.’

  • Ecology more important than saving animals from slavery??? Humans suffer the raping of the earth but animals suffer DOUBLY: the raping of the earth PLUS their own raping by humans. They are innocent/they are not the ones who raped the earth/they enrich it for us all from the tiniest microscopic beings to the largest ones.

  • What is a shame is that there isn't stuff that is as great as 'Oz' on a consistent level around today.

  • All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to.

  • I like the level of fame that I have. You get nice tables in restaurants sometimes, but fame isn't something that I find comfortable.

  • [Marlon] Brando's a giant on every level. When he acts it's as if he landed from another planet. A planet where they produce great actors.

  • A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.

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