Lessons From the Trump Surge: What We Learned

1. You cannot buy victory. Although the left insists money has corrupted politics, allowing the rich to buy elections, Jeb Bush spent over $130 million on his campaign, with nothing to show for it, while Trump spent very little and still bested all of his…

Coming to Terms With Our New Economy

(Parts of this essay were cut from an earlier article, which I shortened to make a new one) From Forbes: Why ‘The System’ Is Rigged And The US Electorate Is Angry Then in the 1970s, something went wrong. It was as if a strange new…

Genes for IQ finally found…what’s next

There have been some recent developments in genome-wide association study (GWAS) pertaining to IQ and academic achievement: Genome-wide association study identifies 74 loci associated with educational attainment: Here we report the results of a genome-wide association study (GWAS) for educational attainment that extends our earlier…

Ingroup/Outgroup Dynamics

Ingroup/outgroup dynamics are a topic of much interest to both the ‘alt right’ and rationalists. From Wikipedia: In sociology and social psychology, an ingroup is a social group to which a person psychologically identifies as being a member. By contrast, an outgroup is a social…

Bay Area Rent Is Surging

Despite tame CPI-based inflation, rent, particularly in the Bay Area, has really exploded since 2011: The Bay Area real estate market is white hot, defying all predictions of its collapse. According to Zillow, San Jose, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Berkeley rent has gained 40-70%…

The Economics Debate: Jobs and Automation

In the ongoing online economics debate over technology, jobs, and automation, the Luddite Fallacy and Lump of Labor fallacies are often invoked. However, the there is a point of common confusion, which is if the goal of technology is to replace labor, then over the…

Why Do The Rich Need So Much Money?

(This post was cut from an earlier post and made into a separate blog post, with some additional editing) Another argument you’ll commonly hear is, why do the rich need so much money? Couldn’t it be spent better elsewhere? Even leaving aside rich using their…

Biology as a Sorting Mechanism

Some try to frame the left/right dichotomy as a battle between ‘order’ vs. ‘chaos’, but it’s more like ‘egalitarianism’ (forced equality) vs ‘hierarchy‘, whether such hierarchy is biological, social, and or economic. The far-left may deny individual exceptionalism in favor of a ‘blank slate‘ approach,…

Alt Right, Part.. Whatever

From The Daily Beast: Meet Milo Yiannopoulos, the Appealing Young Face of the Racist Alt-Right Analyzing a subset of the alt-right who call themselves “neoreactionaries,” Vox’s Dylan Matthews explains this important distinction, “Most modern libertarians are individualists, motivated by a desire to prevent the masses…