Author Archives: Simon Penner

About Simon Penner

Injecting compassion and humanity into political discussion. Disagreements welcome, but you must be kind and charitable.

Descriptive and Prescriptive Standards

Let’s play a game. Some of you may already know this game; if so, please don’t spoil it for everyone else. Everybody, pick a number between 0 and 100. Whoever guesses closest to 2/3rds of the average of all the … Continue reading

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What I Believe

A week or two ago I wrote up a post on Tumblr, entitled “What I Believe”. It was my attempt at a work-in-progress accounting of my politics, philosophy, and worldview. I’m cross-posting it here. Hopefully I can cajole the other … Continue reading

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Your Leaders Work For You, Not You For Them

True of all leaders, or should be https://t.co/4vLho7sx0c — Simon Penner (@simon_penn_r) January 15, 2017 Most people think about their superiors in the wrong way. Most people have this attitude, in politics, or business, or whatever, that the leaders are … Continue reading

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Journalistic Innovation

A lot of technological innovation has followed the same pattern. A given good or service starts its life as Home Production. This is what it sounds like: people making things for themselves, in their homes. This is how virtually all things … Continue reading

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Minimum Viable Citizen

I’m a big fan of economic freedom. The freedom to buy and sell what I want, and to not buy and sell what I don’t want. And this is more than just a thinly veiled support of the free market. Private corporations … Continue reading

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Dude, Where’s My Privilege?

Sometimes it feels like the world has jumped the shark. It’s 2016, and the world outside my door is starting to get stranger than the world behind my screen. Most of this year, it’s been a constant low-grade background of absurdity, but occasionally … Continue reading

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Of Monoliths And Mesh Networks

Look around you. Look around you. Look around you. Most websites don’t exist. When you type ‘google.com’ into Safari, you might think you’re visiting Google’s website server, but you would be wrong. “Google’s website server” is not a thing. Google, … Continue reading

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