Don’t Abolish the SAT

From Charles Murray: Abolish the SAT. This article is pretty old, so it’s possible that this does not reflect Dr. Murray’s current view about the SAT, but if it does, this is a rare instance in which I disagree with something he has written. Dr….

The decline and failure of American conservatism

It’s not news that the GOP is becoming increasingly ineffectual against the left and has conceded on almost all significant cultural and economic issues, with the exception of abortion, guns, defense spending, and tax cuts, which are the last four holdouts for what is left…

A job is not like slavery , nor higher risk than entrepreneurship

Nassim Taleb is quoted as saying “The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary,” and “those who do not think that employment is systemic slavery are either blind or employed.” Also, reliance on a paycheck makes one ‘anti-fragile,’ because all of…

Eric Weinstein on Joe Rogan

Eric Weinstein calls Trump an “existential risk,” and no one calls him out on it, neither Joe Rogan nor anyone in the comments. It completely goes over everyone’s heads. Maybe Joe didn’t understand what Eric meant by existential risk. In layman terms, it means that…

The ’90s and now, part 11

Moreover, there’s much less civil unrest than decades ago, and much of the culture-warring is being waged online rather than in person. From the post Politics may seem bad now, but it used to be much worse: In the span of 150 years Americans fought…

Trump’s 2020 odds improve, but victory far from certain

Things have been slow on the news front lately. As I predicted 3 months ago, don’t expect much from the Trump administration until after the election, so we’re looking at 20 months minimum. Regarding Epstein, So a sleazy financier who everyone expected of being a…

No coming collapse, and predictions for next 10 years

For the past few years or so, there has been a lot of discussion online about ‘collapse’. There is even a very popular sub devoted to the topic, /r/collapse. From a 2017 post Collpase: Over the past few years, there has been considerable interest in…

Intellect as Social Currency

From Bloomberg, by Tyle Cowen I Want More Immigrants and a Census Citizenship Question: It’s obvious Tyler unapologetically and unconditionally supports more immigration, possibly even more so than most left-wing pundits and politicians, who support immigration but under the condition of including with reform. What…

Capital rules the world

Online, strong opinions about issues such as immigration, the national debt, student loan debt, tariffs and China, internet privacy and surveillance, gun control, abortion, etc., are commonplace. Pundits such as Alex Jones go on long rants about the encroaching power of the state, about the…

The ’90s and now, part 10

But also, boomers tend to default to platitudes such as ‘democracy’, ‘ education’, and ‘voting’ as solutions to societal problems, whereas many of these woke (as in to be awake and aware, not necessarily left-wing as the definition is commonly understood) young people prefer alternative,…