About fpcs

Fernando del Pino Calvo-Sotelo

Blog de opinión. Opinando desde la independencia y la libertad

Dear reader,
I’ve been helped tremendously by the ideas of many who were generous enough to share them with me in times past and present. I feel that now is the time for me to share my own ideas in case they are of help to others. I hope they will be.

I write roughly once a month on Expansión, Spain’s leading business newspaper (and sporadically elsewhere), on the world of ideas, the economy and politics. Thus you may be glad to know that no more than a dozen posts per annum are to be expected.

We all end up shaped by the choices we make, hoping to do it right, and the personal values we struggle for, often against ourselves. Below, you’ll find a sample of my own choices and my own struggle. You have yours, I have mine. Thank you very much for your interest.

In a world subjugated by the invisible tyranny of political correctness and monolithic thinking, I beg to differ.

In a world impressed by power-seekers and power-holders, I remain extremely unimpressed.

In a world that trusts the arrogant elite, I know they are no elite and remain deeply committed to liberty.

In a world where the opinion of the majority enjoys immediate legitimacy, I strive not to become intimidated and to only bow before the truth.

In a world awash with conformity, herd behaviour and propaganda, I relish contrarian thinking and prefer to do my own reasoning rather than accepting others’ views at face value.

In a world of hurry, I favour slowness.

In a world of artificial complexity and too many choices, I prize simplicity and the power of less.

In a world obsessed with intelligence, I also like it, but rate wisdom higher.

In a world where aggressiveness is seen as a virtue, I prefer kindness.

In a world measured by acquaintances and contacts, I know in the end only my family and a few friends count.

In a world hooked on screens, enslaved to connectedness and addicted to being updated on the immediately forgettable, I still choose paper and freedom.

In a world so certain about cause and effect and with so much illusion of control, I believe in human fallibility, unintended consequences and chance.

In a world of fast talking and noise, I am comfortable with thoughtfulness and silence.

In a world gripped by fears invented by those who just want to enslave it, I try not to succumb to them so I can remain free.

In a world where many think there is nothing beyond that allegedly ultimate creature called Man, I turn to God.

Fernando del Pino Calvo-Sotelo