Dec 312006
 

Wishing a focus on logic, honesty, creativity, enterprise, freedom and respect for individual achievement in 2007.

I toast with an excellent Syrah wine from Drama, Northern Greece – wishing great health and strides forward worldwide.

Great hopes for nanotechnology, biotechnology, business, creativity and especially a wish of good health.

May you have much laughter, learning and bright realizations.

Cheers, ciao and looking forward to writing more.

Jul 022006
 

An early greeting and good wishes for Independence Day this July 4 in the USA.

Every decade, perhaps every year and if you dig deep every month or week, someone writes an article about the importance of independence and liberty for individuals.

A brief note this may be, but I add to this solid base of reminders, encouragement and pleas.

In every endeavour – business, athletics, trying to learn and new skill, improving oneself, the ability to determine your own goals, and to pursue them is, valued if not cherished.
It should be cherished, re-affirmed and encouraged,daily, and throughout the year.

Only in a country which encourages individuality and creativity, responsible and ethical behaviour, individual intelligence and freedom, where the premise is that government or any other large-looking entity or organisation must take second place to the health, wealth and rights of the individual, can a vision that is greater than anything that may be understood on today’s fragment in the lines of time, be come a reality. Progress is good.

Happy Independence day.

Now I hope you don’t mind if we join in and celebrate with you, even half way around the world.
After all we truly understand, cherish and value the principles the USA stands for at its best and greedily feast upon every crumb of America’s influence and encourage the sanest of its influences.

Thank you and may logic protect you all.

Sep 192005
 

Too much of a European disease.
The temptation to find fault with the successful – America.
The temptation to sympathise with every despot in underprivileged countries – too many to name.

In Europe – but it’s a disease with worldwide roots alas – the successful are never good, only bad.
America which has a philosophy of freedom and individual merit is blamed whenever its actions are considered to fall short of perfection. The root of most derisory comments towards the world’s most prolific, productive and influential nation are simple – jealousy.

Instead of changing the insipid and uninspiring leadership in much of Europe, instead of shrinking the smothering fog of the mega-bureaucracy of the EU, many blame others for doing OK or better than them.

Human nature you say?  Well after thousands of years isn’t it time we took a few steps toward changing it?

May 032005
 

Let the lead taken by several east Europe countries and Russia be followed by the USA and UK.
A flat tax makes perfect sense morally and in terms of economics.

Just like artificial distorters of life – common agricultural policy being one example – it is time to put fairness and honesty, freedom and justice to the fore.

A flat tax would only be vehemently opposed by a few vested interests who have no right to earn what they do out of the ridiculously elaborate, costly, complex, energy and intellect-wasting tax regimes in most countires of the world. No right because their ride so far is fine , but it is not a right to have your government put in place such a complexc scheme of taxation that the very exixtence of it creates jobs, whether in the public (tax offices?) sector or tax attorneys and planners in the private sector.

A flat tax must be set at a very low rate – it needs to be below 20% and preferably in the teens to provide that \””compliance incentive\”” which will reduc eht enormous costs of enforcing taxation compliance and payment of tax.

The boost to enterprise, the worthwhile-ness of hiring (cretaing jobs) the worthwqhile-ness of working , being an entrepreneur, taking chances and moving forward – all will benefit.

Clearly in examples set by countries which have adopted the flat tax system actual tax revenue should increase in short order.
Productivity gains in the hours saved by the general population not having to spend days in tax form preparation and possibly, in not devising ways to avoid paying tax at all will be substantial.

No reason or excuse whould prevent this move forward – part of a general move which must be a new current towards fairness, liberty and justice worldwide.

OK America and Great Britain – do it now and let countries such a s Greece and Italy follow and then let the good times (flat tax) roll worldwide. Start!

Dec 312004
 

Happy New Year to my world of readers and to my world.

At the same time I express my sympathy and support for those affected directly by the tumultuous earthquake in the Indian ocean this, the last month of 2004  (we all are affected – but those who are at the result of the most serious consequences deserve immediate support)

And with this – I launch the big, bold blog of
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