The Descent of Man: Culture vs. Economics

From Quillette Reversing the Descent of Man: Heavy rates of unemployment are widely seen as related to the collapse of male morale and motivation. But it is a mistake to regard joblessness in itself as the cause of men’s problems. Male unemployment is no novelty,…

IQ and Politicians

Vox Day put out a video refuting Taleb’s criticisms of IQ, as well a blog post. Recommend watching the video in its entirety: I disagree regarding the ‘inappropriately excluded’ hypotheses, as discussed awhile back. My explanation is, IQ tests underestimate extremely high IQ, which means…

Student loan crisis: putting it in perspective

This tweet went viral: Indentured servitude. https://t.co/Z8ZVpnOBl4 — Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) December 24, 2018 It links to the article The Next Financial Calamity Is Coming. Here’s What to Watch. This chart immediately stands out: One may mistakenly believe that this is total debt outstanding,…

Christmas Round-Up

Merry Christmas From Ben Ben G-G-G-Garrison: We all want a wall, but for now have to settle for smaller wins. It’s about time we see Trump standing his ground for wall funding instead of caving in to a vague ‘border security’ compromise. I was right…

Nassim Taleb sticks his foot in his mouth again about IQ research

Nassim Taleb sticks his foot in his mouth again about IQ research. The real non-datamined (i.e. w/potential cherrypicking) IQ study is the Terman study. Shows "geniuses" fare no better (or only slightly better, there was a debate) than socioeconomic peers. Epi-style studies in Medicine are…

Free Trade and Migration of Peoples

Vox Day put out an interesting video about free trade: His argument is that free trade necessitates the migration of people, which economists don’t take into account. Such migration destroys nations and families and is destabilizing, which is why Vox says free trade is worse…

The daily view 12/21/2018

Usually the news cycle is slow, especially around the holidays, but there is a ton of stuff going on. 1. Trump administration officially bans bump stocks Those who possess the devices, which make it easier to fire rounds from a semi-automatic weapon by harnessing the…

High-IQ People are Not Being Inappropriately Excluded

There is a persistent myth/belief that high-IQ people–due to cultural factors, educators, employers, and the so-called ‘communications gap’–are being systematically and inappropriately excluded from society and employment, and such individuals are doomed to a lifetime of rejection and unhappiness. Based on the evidence I have…

America the outlier

Critics of neoreaction argue that democracies are more stable than monarchies; for example, Britain’s parliamentary monarchy. But many of the examples cited are not pure direct democracies, but rather are constitutional/parliamentary monarchies, such as Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. However, South America is an obvious counter-example,…

Student Loan Debt is Not a Drag on the U.S. Economy and Will Not Lead to Crisis

The left has been predicting student loan and financial crisis for years, to no avail. The same liberals who promote ‘useless’ degrees such as ‘gender studies,’ ‘child development,’ and ‘business administration’ are the same people predicting student loan crisis and seeking student loan reform and…