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The Difference Between Money and Power

👋 Hello reader, this blog post has aged 10 years since I originally wrote it in 2013. That's about 70 “internet years” you know, so it's probably quite stale by now and may not reflect my current thinking. I am happy to keep it here for archival purposes, but please reach out to me if something feels off or if you're relying on it for any serious purpose.


Such a waste of talent. He chose money over power, in this town a mistake nearly everyone makes. Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after ten years, power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I can not respect someone who does not see the difference

—Senator Francis Underwood, from Netflix’s House of Cards.

The first season of House of Cards has ended for me. I tore through the thirteen episode season in about a week after having recently cancelled my cable. I miss watching House of Cards, I do not miss having cable television.