The Facade of Democracy

And for some good news, maybe we’re closer to the ‘dark enlightenment’ than commonly believed, with democracy being mostly a facade. From Taki: Aborting the Working Class Martin Gilens is a political-science professor at Princeton. Over the course of the past decade, he has authored…

Intellectualism Signaling

In earlier posts here and here I discuss signaling, but I want expound on this further, specifically ‘intellectualism signaling’. Signaling is actions and mannerisms that are intended to boost one’s social status among like-minded peers. Such mannerisms can include actions (writing, activism, etc.) and aesthetics…

The Economic Calm

Lately there have been a lot of ‘weird’ posts on this blog – stuff about IQ, signaling, and intellectualism, and the like. If you go to the archives, back in 2011-2013, not once did I mention IQ (maybe one time in 2013 I think) and…

Social Taxonomy

This taxonomy aims to unify these blog posts, as well as certain aspects of society and economics under a hierarchical framework. The idea is that I can classify an article or a blog post somewhere in this taxonomy. Define: wealth = A intellectualism = B…

Millennials and Intellectualism Culture, Part 2

Part 1 Continuing on the article… No. 1: read a fucking book… No. 2: learn something… No. 3: stop buying so much shit…. Everything he’s listing that he wishes were happening is already happening, at least as I can perceive based on my own observations…

The Wealth Inequality Obsession

There have been more articles than usual about social science issues such as wealth inequality, ‘the 1%’, student loans, offshoring wealth, and so on. I counted ten such articles on Hacker News in the past week alone, all of them viral: Wealth doesn’t trickle down…

Post-2008 Themes

Lately there has been a plethora of these ‘how-world-is-changing’ type articles on social news sites, and they seem to do well, as measured by comments, interactions, and shares, so here is another one: The Crisis of the Blue Model Within a decade … between a…

Universal Basic Income – Why It Can’t Work in America

From Bloomberg: A Basic Income Is Smarter Than a Minimum Wage The Universal Basic Income (UBI) is one those economic debate topics that will never be resolved to anyone’s satisfaction, unlike Newtonian gravity, for example, which with the exception of possible quantum gravity, has long…