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Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb Allen Lane, 2018, 304 pages, $35 _____________________________________ The people need prophets. And those servants or prophets of the people are not—not necessarily—elected representatives of the people. Their mission starts in their own hearts and consciousness. In this sense, they are self-appointed prophets. They are needed in the normal functioning of a democratic society. They are needed especially in the periods of crisis, birth, or basic renewal of a democratic society. That was not written by Nassim Taleb. That is Jacques Maritain, the French neo-Thomist philosopher in his…

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