Entrepreneurism is overrated

Saw this meme going viral: Despite dropping out, Gates, Jobs, and Zuckerberg were immensely successful because of the alignment of many factors: connections (for elite universities, attending can be as valuable as graduating, due to connections), high IQ (which allowed them to get into such…

Taleb wrong about IQ and wealth & income

I last checked Tooleb’s Twitter 2 weeks ago, and just by chance I dropped in to see if he is still whining about IQ, and sure enough he is. This guy is a walking punchline. Here he is insulting Peterson again, with the ‘fancy math’…

College Admissions Scandal: Separating Hype from Reality

I have spent some more time thinking about the college admissions scandal, which is possible the biggest story of the year and maybe even the biggest story since Trump was sworn into office. I’m seeing it everywhere, including blogs that don’t even talk about topical…

Is the first term of the Trump presidency already over?

On Unz, Trump sentiment has turned negative, especially in the comments. President Trump, of course, was elected because many people thought he could reverse this process, especially by limiting mass immigration and taking strong action in the culture wars, for example by promoting official English….

Vox Day vs. Jordan Peterson, a year later

A year ago when Vox Day began his crusade against Dr. Jordan Peterson, I predicted it would not be successful. Vox’s approach of writing a book, titled Jordanetics, to expose Dr. Peterson was likely doomed from the start. Although it has generated awareness and many…

The Daily View 3/13/2019

This is the most shared story by far for the day: College Admissions Scandal: Actresses, Business Leaders and Other Wealthy Parents Charged. I saw five blogs and a whole bunch of Reddit subs posting about it, which way more than even Trump-related stuff. The fact…

Yang Gang mania

All over 4chan and on Twitter, the the latest meme is the ‘Yang Gang’: Many of the same alt-right people who three years ago were boosting for Trump are now behind Yang. So what to make of this? I dunno. I think there is a…

The New 30-Something

Today’s viral article is The New 30-Something. The article went viral because it contains two of the three elements of the wealth-individualism-intellectualism trinity, those being wealth and individualism. All over Reddit, over the past four or so years, especially since the election of Trump, there…

Men not working

This article wet viral Where Have All the Men Without College Degrees Gone? Everyone wants to know where the missing men are. The answer is obvious: they are dropping out, as part of the gradual transition to a post-scarcity society in which there is enough…

Not worried about socialism (even though the media keeps talking about it)

Douthat brings up socialism: The Democrats Have a Culture Problem Now that energy has transformed Democratic politics. We have a swelling Democratic 2020 field in which a capital-S Socialist is arguably the front-runner, most of the declared candidates are offering maximal ideological ambition, and the…