Posts Tagged “France”

Il y a vingt ans aujourd’hui

by David on September 25, 2009

It was twenty years ago this month that Helen and I went on our first holiday together. We heaved our bicycles, panniers and rucksacks onto the train from London to the South Coast and without having booked any hotels in (…)

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Great Frenchmen

by David on June 23, 2007

Frédéric Bastiat 1801-185
Political economist, libertarian, author of the highly amusing and instructive Candlemakers’ Petition.

Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else

The Marquis de Condorcet 1743-1794
Originator of Condorcet’s paradox of voting, demonstrating the non-transitivity of voting preferences. Related to Arrow’s impossibility theorem demonstrating the impossibility of a fair voting system

Wine terroir terror

by David on June 17, 2007

The Languedoc region of France is producing much more wine than it can sell in a competitive global market. The radical winemakers, the Comité Régional d’Action Viticole (CRAV) has threatened violent action which extends to more than stamping on grapes crossly.