Please Do Generalize

When I was in primary school and we were given a short story to analyze, I remember that one of the rules-of-thumb was that “we shouldn’t generalize”. Something might appear to be so and so but we could never therefore conclude that it would continue to be so – or that it wasn’t just a result of complete randomness.

If the rest of the world has a point in their accusations against the West that we have gone decadent and overly individualistic then this mantra ‘don’t generalize’ is evidence thereof. And it’s those damn hippies at work again.

History Repeating Itself.

Well well well. In the spirit of the new GC design celebrating short comments, here is my 50 cents. It’s prompted by a blog post in my native tongue, Danish, which most of you will be unable to read (don’t trust google translate with minor languages):

Anyway the post is by thorough nice guy and chief legal officer for the Danish liberal think-tank, CEPOS, Jacob Mchangama. It’s not very serious but concerns some ridiculous law-proposals over the last few years that he has stumbled upon.

Egypt According to Sandmonkey

What I really wanted to know was, what will the future of Egypt look like? This evening at Copenhagen Business School Mahmoud Salem, also known as the famous Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey, was scheduled to visit and give his account of his involvement in the recent uprisings in Egypt. And so I thought that this would be as good a chance as I would ever get of asking that question. Not surprisingly, he did not have an answer for me. What he could tell me is that he was working on making Egypt a better than before.

Copenhagen Business School. March 18th 2011

More Power to Women

If there was one thing I could change in the world to make it a better place, it would be to empower women more.

I have always wondered why people and societies even in the most abject states of poverty always seem to find a way to step on women and push them just that one step further down the dirt. As I have hinted at before, I don’t believe this is a case of lack of knowledge or education, repression of women is a question of choice – a weighing of the issues of importance and the subsequent imposition of rules and structures. Over the centuries patterns of priorities manifest and reinforce themselves in cultures, religions, habits, fashions, language and so on. It is possible to change these things over time, but I personally think  that rational discourse is too feeble a tool to trigger any kind of change on its own. That doesn’t mean that it useless, far from it, I’m just saying: don’t put all your eggs in one basket.