0n Property (as a social experiment)

Our days are a vast, intricate, evolving dance of mutual understandings. We stop at a traffic light, offer a plastic card as payment for a meal, leave our weapons at home, or enter a voting booth. We live and work in close proximity, at high speed, with few collisions: on our roads and in our neighborhoods, places of worship, and places of business. Somehow, having all those people around is more liberating than stifling. The secret is that we know roughly what to expect from each other. Knowing what to expect enables us to adapt to each other.

Berlin 2009 Keynote address, 20th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall   

Ankara 2010 Keynote address, 50th anniversary of Turkish democracy 

 

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Published in: European Liberal Forum
2009

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