Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Singapore Healthcare

A great video summarizing why I think the Singaporean Healthcare system is the best in the world. High praises coming from a French ^^

Why do I say it’s the best?
It’s cheap, it’s pretty much universal, and it achieves some amazingly strong outcomes.
But don’t take my word for it, watch the video:

French Economic Views

When I read French news, I can’t help but feel sad. Anyone who believes the government can control the economy hasn’t been paying attention for the last 60 years years. The beauty of the economic world is its ability to adapt. As a result, attempts to control or steer it in meaningful ways are more often than not fruitless. Still, most of my compatriots willingly share in a collective ignorance of this obvious fact. This emperor has no clothes, but he hasn’t realized it yet.

Gay Marriage

The motley cast of characters opposing gay marriage and other equal-rights legislation are of the same mold as those who claimed that educating women would destroy civilization, that letting women vote would destroy civilization, that permitting inter-racial marriage would destroy civilization, and that allowing women to initiate divorce proceedings would destroy civilization.

Despite all this empty bluster by repressed old white men, civilization has actually become more civilized as each shibboleth falls. Perhaps the repressed old white men should emigrate to Saudi Arabia if they want to return to “the good old days” when minorities of all kinds “knew their place” and would be swiftly killed if ever they had the temerity to “become uppity.” These sad angry repressed old white men will feel right at home in Jeddah.

CA-Oxonian – commenting on The Economist

Musings of an expat living in South East Asia