Sharpen Your Axe

Rupert Cocke
How to Think Critically about Conspiracy Theories, the News and Current Affairs
Created 31 Oct 2020
  • No Man Is an Island
    02 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 2 0
    "holding hands" by waithamai is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Introduction for regular readers We probably all know someone who has refused to accept the vaccines against COVID-19 on trust. Why not share t...
  • Twenty-First Century Snake-Oil Elixir
    26 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    "Dr. Oz: Miracle Snake Oil Diet!" by Mike Licht, is licensed under CC BY 2.0 First of all, I hope you are all having a great Christmas despite the latest outbreak of COVID-19. I mus...
  • Lessons from Lifton's Chapter 22
    18 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    "Bingo Number 22" by Leo Reynolds is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 American psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton studied thought reform (also known as brainwashing) in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He pu...
  • Research Is a Team Sport
    11 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    "Collaboration" by yuan2003 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 It would be impossible to do my job as an investigative journalist focusing on finance and business by myself. I need to collaborate with oth...
  • Our First Anniversary
    04 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    "Axe Sharpening_8328" by Sterling College is licensed under CC BY 2.0 It is nearly one year since the first regular post on Sharpen Your Axe! I would like to begin this week’s newsletter by thanking a...
  • Build in Public
    27 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    "Moveable Type" by Dave DeSandro is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 As part of my job as a financial news reporter, I get to interview the founders and CEOs of startups on a regular basis. One lesson that...
  • What the Left Gets Wrong; and What the Right Gets Wrong
    20 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    "Fighting young bears" by Tambako the Jaguar is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 In 1937, Spanish philosopher and essayist José Ortega y Gasset wrote: “Being left-wing, just like being right-wing, is one o...
  • What Investors Want
    13 Nov 2021 • 7 min read
    "Startup Weekend LA" by plewicki is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Imagine you have a cool idea for an innovative startup and good access to seed capital. You think your project stands a good chance o...
  • Two Interlocking Games of Politics
    06 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    "Interlocking Arches" by OriGann is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 A libertarian economist called Bryan Caplan published an excellent book about politics called The Myth of the Rational Voter in 2007. Wh...
  • Epictetus and the Freedom to Choose Your Attitude
    30 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    "Discourses - Epictetus (illustration 1).jpg" by impulsenine is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Epictetus was one of the most famous philosophers of the ancient world. His hard-won wisdom has stood the test ...
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