Explaining America’s Economic and Global Dominance

With the S&P 500 up another 1.5% today and Facebook reporting yet another quarter of blow-out earning (Facebook stock is going to $250 soon and I remain ‘long, and I recommend people buy), why is America, its economy, and its companies so dominant, but also…

Secular Calvinism

Ross Douthat describes the rise of Paganism in America, but I think it’s closer to secular Calvinism, that is embraced by a lot of otherwise secular young people today. Here are the five tenets of Calvinism: Total Depravity/Inability: This is saying that man is hopelessly…

Criticism of Taleb (about non-IQ stuff)

At the end of Taleb on IQ: more responses, debunking IQ cultural bias, and the philosophy of Taleb’s liberalism, I write: Some critics may concede that although Taleb is wrong only about IQ, he is a genius at other stuff, but as I will discuss…

Trump, wall, and shutdown: what happens next

From CNN Exclusive: White House preparing draft national emergency order, has identified $7 billion for wall: According to options being considered, the administration could pull: $681 million from Treasury forfeiture funds, $3.6 billion in military construction, $3 billion in Pentagon civil works funds, and $200…

How popular is gender studies?

Articles such as The Tide Is Turning Against “Gender Studies”—Just Not Fast Enough are commonplace on Quillette.com and Unz.com, and cartoons and memes ridiculing or blaming gender studies for the ‘decline/death of America’, frequently go viral. Upon encountering such arguments, one may be inclined to…

Huge Ethereum delay: another correct prediction

In October 2018, I wrote that the Ethereum management is too inept to get the Constantinople fork to work: Ethereum has been done-in by an inherently flawed concept, too much inflation and supply, and inability to release promised upgrades. ETH is burdened by ICO selling…

Tucker: MAGA hat-wearing students smeared by media

Tucker summarizes it better than I can: What we’re witnessing now is a narrative collapse by the left. The full video footage, which is over an hour long, exonerates any possible wrongdoing by the Covington kids. Between this and the backlash to the Gillette ad,…

2019 Predictions, Part 2, and the rise of the alt-middle/center

Regarding politics, for 2019 I predict no wall or any meaningful reform or legislation on immigration. Trump should have declared a national emergency weeks ago, but so far any sort of progress/negation has stalled. Trump’s Sunday ‘huge announcement’ was predictably a dud, which is why…

The Rise of Non-Judgmental Conservatism

The article ‘I’m Broke and Mostly Friendless, and I’ve Wasted My Whole Life’ went massively viral, getting hundreds of votes and comments on Reddit and Hacker News, which is how I heard about it. The reason it was so viral is because readers could relate…

Why the stock market is going higher

Another huge week for the stock market. The S&P 500 is now at 2660, a gain of 40 points from my earlier update and a YTD return of now 6.5% in just 18 days and a 12.5% return off the lows. Although the market is…