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Creating Wealth

Wealth is created… primarily by knowledge and cooperation: networks of people arrange matter into improbable but useful configurations and combine the fruits of their ingenuity and labor. The corollary is that we can figure out how to make more wealth.

– Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now

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Illusions Make Us Feel Good

The nature of illusion is that it’s designed to make you feel good. About yourself, about your country, about where you’re going – in that sense it functions like a drug. Those who question that illusion are challenged not so much for the veracity of what they say, but for puncturing those feelings.

– Chris Hedges