- Morbid but accurate:
Churchill said he needed just one American soldier to ensure Europe's defence, “preferably dead”.
- An interesting counterpoint to "business's only task is to maximize profits to shareholders" notes that shareholders have second priority, after the corporation, i.e., make the corporation strong -- with employees, government, and customers -- over the long run. A short run emphasis on profits that weakens long run viability is NOT good for the corporation -- or society
- The Ming Dynasty's narcissistic isolationism weakened China. The same can happen to the US
- Governments spend (lose) $2 trillion per year subsidizing energy use. That's not just bad for local and global pollution, it's bad for "development" (health, education, etc.) Rich countries gave $125 billion in assistance in 2013. Perhaps they should end aid to countries that subsidize energy (e.g., Egypt), so that they only help those who are helping themselves
- Policy guideline: The "yoga theorem" says that a policy's cost rises with its inflexibility, e.g., regulating carbon emissions at energy plants versus taxing carbon