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- Every Angolan owes $745 to China, the Angolan newspaper Expansão declared recently. By some estimates Angola owes as much as $25 billion to China. Since resuming ties in 1983, Angola has taken $60 billion from China in loans and investments. The costs and conditions of accepting lavish Chinese financing are a hot topic as Beijing expands its commercial influence globally, warned GZEROMedia.
Imagine that we could build "start-up countries" and escape limiting, outdated forms of governance that hold people back. "Seasteading", according to its advocates, has the promise to do this, creating new "spaces for human freedom".
Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself. That is the first principle of existentialism
In the last months of his life, a physically weakened Christopher Hitchens travelled to the Texas Freethought Convention and while there, an eight-year-old girl asked Hitchens what books she should consider reading. Intrigued, Hitchens spent 15 minutes chatting with the youngster and sketching out a reading list (below). His last words to her? "Lots of love...remember the love bit..."
Sad to read of the passing of Colin Wilson, a truly open-minded polymath, whose books, exhaustive range of interests, freedom of expression and seemingly boundless productivity I long found inspiring.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding - Kahlil Gibran
Within the next generation I believe that the world's rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience - Aldous Huxley in a letter to George Orwell http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/03/1984-v-brave-new-world.html
Why do you stay in prison when the door is wide open? - Rumi