Shared Narratives and the Coronavirus

When expressing oneself, there are two problems: getting facts wrong or having bad opinions. Shared narratives appeal to the internal value system that unites intellectual-web, which tends to to be invariant of facts or ideology. It’ a sort of ‘hack’ that bypasses the difficulty of…

The great write-off

The fact that the potential US death toll was revised so substantially and abruptly, to 100k, shows how wrong the initial narrative was, which was the promise or hope that a combination of shutdowns, quarantines, and social distancing would keep the total number of fatalities…

Truth Spirals

Everyone is probably familiar with holliness spirals, which is the tendency of the social-justice left to one-up each other in performative acts of solidity, especially on social media, with the winner being whoever occupies the inner-most circle of intersectionality and virtue. Dissident conservatives however have…

Denmark is evidence social distancing didn’t work

Why is Quillette, which positions itself as a pro-free speech classically liberal publication and supported by classically-minded liberals, moderates, and libertarian-leaning conservatives, so pro-quarantine and pro-shutdown? Are quarantines and shutdowns compatible with classical liberalism? That seems to have more of an authoritarian vibe to it….

The biggest winner of Covid 19: the media

The biggest winner of Covid19 is the media, especially social media. Every senator, governor, and congressperson’s twitter account is being flooded with comments in regard to the virus, as people on either side of the aisle vent their frustrations and point blame at the other…

Getting stuff wrong about the virus

Ram Z Gates Paul has been spiraling over the past month in regard to the virus, digging in his heels when confronted by his viewers about being wrong and his tendency to keep contradicting himself. His vids are getting down-voted big time. well no there’s…

Virus thoughts

Prince Charles has tested positive and Greta Thunberg says she has it too. I keep seeing all these stories of famous people testing positive but has anyone gotten sick? Makes me wonder. If the goal is to use the virus as a tool to influence…

Ram Z Paul, CoronaVirus, and the Meaning of Conservatism

Ram Z Gates Paul put out another video Yet again he is being downvoted and criticized heavily in the comments. It seems he is flailing and treading water, trying to win the approval of his audience but failing. The problem Ramz has is that, first,…

Social distancing does not work , part 3

Given the huge surge of cases in recent weeks in the US and Italy in particular, it’s evident social distancing is not working, as I predicted weeks ago. Thus there is no reason then to finish this series given that I am already right, but…

Pandemic outcomes: HBD wins again

Still convinced IQ is ‘just a number?’ Take a look at the case trajectories for the major countries. What does Japan, South Korea, China, and Singapore have in common? They are high IQ and all successfully contained the virus. Meanwhile, low IQ and or socially…