I was named after a relative who came to California on the Sloop South Carolina in 1849. The photo is of the receipt that he got for passage (around the horn) for the sum of $250 (almost $8400 in today's dollars). He left a series of letters but only lasted in Sacramento for about a year, succumbing to a burst appendix. The letters were intermittent and one aunt spent a long time deciphering the writing so they could be transcribed.
- Economic allocation (allowing individual consumer choice) is almost always better than political allocation (allowing politicians or bureaucrats to make choices for you)
- Individual achievement is something we should encourage
- The history of America is exceptional and we should celebrate that unique status
- Life is full of surprise and we should be prepared for them (epiphenomenaltiy is everywhere and likely to be there when you least expect it).
- Values do count, live yours, but do not be so tied to yours that you cannot recognize the value of others