To Protect and to Herd — Fading the Consensus — The Quill 2019 Outlook

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A young deer said to his mother, “I’m larger than a dog and swifter and I have horns to defend myself with. Yet when a dog appears I run away with the others. I have decided not to run from dogs, in future.”

Just then they heard the bark of a dog.

The young deer was filled with fear and forgetting his resolve, took to his heels along with his mother and the rest of the herd.

Moral: Fear drives away Reason.

English mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once said, “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” Without a doubt, Greek philosophy has made an indelible imprint on western thinking since the dawn of literacy. Yours truly is thus unexceptional in returning time and again to the font of ancient Greek inspiration to pen these weekly missives, this being the 186th in a nonstop succession that began in June 2015, five days after leaving the halls of the Federal Reserve blessedly behind.

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Danielle DiMartino Booth is CEO and Director of Intelligence at Quill Intelligence

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