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Inspiration again from Oliver Burkeman in today’s Guardian. "The overarching principle [of Tim Ferris's new self-help book] ... is a radical embrace of the "Pareto principle", the economic idea ... that 80% of results come from 20% of the effort. There's wisdom here: not all effort is equal, and it pays to focus on what matters most." Yes, and it provides another parallel with our theme: instead of subjection to overbearing supervision from a high-cost, coercive system, we should be left for the most part to sort things out among ourselves. Our instinct for cooperation trumps their obsession with control. Think of the savings in time, money and hassle!

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Tags: Oliver-Burkeman, Roads-FiT-for-People, Tim-Ferris

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