Trump Travel Ban…not much to get excited about

Many on Twitter are celebrating the Supreme Court upholding of the ‘travel ban’ as a victory. I guess my definition of victory means victory, as in the possibility of winning, not just a token setback for the opposing side. Here are the problems: 1. Does…

The War on Sensemaking

This article went viral: The War on Sensemaking This is one of those popular type of articles these days that repackages old ideas and observations as harbingers of a paradigm shift, thus confirming our own biases about our own perceptions of the world, and in…

Jordan Peterson, The Shadow, and Power

Yesterday I linked to four Jordan Person lectures. The first two discus the importance of asserting dominance, and how submissiveness is not a virtue; rather, virtue is from withholding power. By signaling power (what he calls ‘the shadow’), one need not have to use it….

Four Jordan Peterson Lectures

Some of my favorite Jordan Peterson clips Jordan Peterson on Human Punching Bags: Jordan Peterson – Don’t be harmless: The mistake people make is equating virtue with harmlessness. Jordan Peterson: Avoid this deadly trap: Totalitarian certainty vs. nihilistic chaos Jordan Peterson on Becoming Courageous: “The…

Pharisees of the alt-right

The alt-right/alt-light rift that opened in December 2016 continues to widen. As most already know, a rendition of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” held in New York City’s Central Park was disrupted by agitators Laura Loomer and Jack Posobiec. It’s possible they were paid to disrupt the…

The Healthcare ‘Cost Disease’ Demystified

Months after Scott’s original article, there is still considerable discussion about ‘cost disease’ in healthcare. Everyone wants to know why prices seem to be going up so quickly. From Kurt Spindler Identifying Sources of Cost Disease Cost disease is one of, if not the, most…

The Atlantic: How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration

This article is going viral: How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration Liberals must take seriously Americans’ yearning for social cohesion. To promote both mass immigration and greater economic redistribution, they must convince more native-born white Americans that immigrants will not weaken the bonds…

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…