Do big words make you look dumb? How BS spreads on the internet

It’s well-established that the internet is a vector for bullshit. So how does such infectious stupidity spread? There are two ways: fast and slow. ‘Fast’ are hoaxes that are shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter until, long after the damage is already done,…

Has democracy become too expensive for capitalism? Part 2

Continuing on yesterday’s post Has democracy become too expensive for capitalism? Part 1, in reference to the article Has Western-style democracy become too expensive for capitalism?, by the Financial Times: This subsidisation process has become so ingrained in modern Western social democracy that few can…

What a Bet Shows

From Bryan Caplan, What a Bet Shows: But someone who wins 10 out of 10 bets – or, in my case, 14 out of 14 bets – almost certainly has superior knowledge and judgment. This is especially true if someone lives the Bettors’ Oath by…

Has democracy become too expensive for capitalism? Part 1

This article is going viral, having been shared on Xenosystems, Slate Star Codex, and elsewhere: Has Western-style democracy become too expensive for capitalism? This short article offers a lot to unpack. The central reason why Western democracy is in decline is that its capitalist bedfellow…

The Boomer Backlash, Part 2

It seems no one likes the boomers. From Vox Day Boomercide We know why Generation X hates the Boomers. We’ve had to listen to variations of their “70 is the new 50″ narcissism all our lives and endure their babbling about how their inferior, mush-sounding,…

Today in stupid: math edition

This is from someone presumably smart enough to know better Exponential curves feel gradual and then sudden: After the fact, exponential curves look relatively smooth. When you are in the midst of them, however, they feel like they are divided into two stages: gradual and…

Jordan Peterson, SJWs, and Postmodernists

Upon listening to several of Jordan Peterson’s videos on SJWs, his conclusion is that SJWs are postmodernists and thus suppress speech (such as protesting speakers, but even going so far as physical assault) because postmodernists reject ‘logic and truth’. In writing my earlier post Defending…

The Necessity of Power, Part 2: weak politicians = stronger state

An interesting post by Reactionary Future (who recently changed his blog): Absolutist Accelerationism The analysis in the book of the failure of left wing groups to be effective against capitalism, whilst being very astute, lacks a clear explanation for why it occurred. Without reading the…

A competent but boring presidency

TRUMP’S SECRET SAUCE Were “Trump” to exit the stage, which is entirely unlikely, it would not change a thing. The already rotted fabric of the constitutional fiction has been shredded now, making any restoration an anxious, vulnerable simulacrum. This sort of banal stuff should be…