Biological Leninism

Every once in awhile someone writes something that is so amazing it makes you question your own abilities and perspective of the world. Biological Leninism, by Bloody Shovel, is one such example. Here are some pertinent passages: Socialism works not only because it promises higher…

Cosmopolitanism elite losing power? Hardly

From Quillette The Poverty of Cosmopolitan Historicism: Cosmopolitanism hasn’t been confined to the academic ivory tower, however, but has exercised considerable influence in key policymaking circles as well. A year after the Berlin Wall fell, George H.W. Bush declared to the United Nations that he…

there is an underlying reason for everything that happens

People who are really smart can still fall prey to even the most obvious, in retrospect, cognitive biases and blind spots. That is the difference between someone who understands how things work and applies rationalism, and someone who doesn’t. But one doesn’t need to understand…

Twitter purge 2.0

Now Roger Stone is gone ROGER STONE, BANNED FROM TWITTER, VOWS TO SUE IT INTO OBLIVION, which shows being a major public figure who has documentaries, bestselling books, and even close ties with the President, won’t make you immune. And also Baked ‘Macho Man’ Alaska…

How High-IQ Millennials Make Money

Among boomers and even gen-x, the correlation between wealth and IQ isn’t very strong, or at least it isn’t nearly as strong as it is with millennials and gen-z. There are plenty of rich medium and low-IQ boomers–often blue collar entrepreneurs, pensioners, real estate owners…

There are always at least two possibilities

Aside from sex scandals and the occasional shoot-up, the news cycle has been tumbleweeds for much of 2017. The gaps between Trump administration events and progress are wide, and successes and far and few between. The U.S. Yield Curve Is Flattening and Here’s Why It…

The Overblown ‘Retail Apocalypse’

This article for some reason went hugely viral a few weeks ago: America’s ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Is Really Just Beginning – Bloomberg The virality, I suspect, is due to some sort of nostalgic fondness for retail stores, even though Amazon offers a superior retail experience in…

The Decline of ‘New Atheism’

Spurred by a recent Scott post, Why Did New Atheism Fail So Miserably, there has been a lot of discussion about what some perceive to be the decline of ‘new atheism’. The new atheism movement arose mainly, I think, in response to George W. Bush…

The Bell Curve is becoming reality, part 2

This went viral a few weeks ago: Ray Dalio on the two economies in America (the top 40% and the bottom 60%) It’s sorta like this (http://greyenlightenment.com/the-revenge-of-the-nerds-economy/) but replace top 40% of wealth with top 40% IQ (but I think it’s more like top 10%…

Dumbing-down & policy

Over the years, despite being on the ‘right’ and a proponent of HBD and HBD-based policy myself, I’ve contested the belief commonly held by many on the alt-right and even some on the rationalist-left that America is ‘dumbing down’: Evidence America is not (yet) dumbing-down…