Sunday, September 27, 2009

Heraclitus & Nixon

Herbert Stein, who chaired the Council of Economic Advisors from 1972-74, once wrote about his attempt to use Greek philosophy to persuade Nixon of a particular course of economic policy.
In a smart-alecky kind of way, I said, quoting Heraclitus, "You can't step in the same river twice." He immediately responded, "Yes, you can, if it's frozen."

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