The ’90s and now, part 11

Moreover, there’s much less civil unrest than decades ago, and much of the culture-warring is being waged online rather than in person. From the post Politics may seem bad now, but it used to be much worse: In the span of 150 years Americans fought…

Trump’s 2020 odds improve, but victory far from certain

Things have been slow on the news front lately. As I predicted 3 months ago, don’t expect much from the Trump administration until after the election, so we’re looking at 20 months minimum. Regarding Epstein, So a sleazy financier who everyone expected of being a…

No coming collapse, and predictions for next 10 years

For the past few years or so, there has been a lot of discussion online about ‘collapse’. There is even a very popular sub devoted to the topic, /r/collapse. From a 2017 post Collpase: Over the past few years, there has been considerable interest in…

Intellect as Social Currency

From Bloomberg, by Tyle Cowen I Want More Immigrants and a Census Citizenship Question: It’s obvious Tyler unapologetically and unconditionally supports more immigration, possibly even more so than most left-wing pundits and politicians, who support immigration but under the condition of including with reform. What…

Capital rules the world

Online, strong opinions about issues such as immigration, the national debt, student loan debt, tariffs and China, internet privacy and surveillance, gun control, abortion, etc., are commonplace. Pundits such as Alex Jones go on long rants about the encroaching power of the state, about the…

The ’90s and now, part 10

But also, boomers tend to default to platitudes such as ‘democracy’, ‘ education’, and ‘voting’ as solutions to societal problems, whereas many of these woke (as in to be awake and aware, not necessarily left-wing as the definition is commonly understood) young people prefer alternative,…

Studies of Exceptionally Gifted Children

This is pretty fascinating: Exceptionally Gifted Children, By Miraca U. M. Gross The book concerns education in Australia for exceptionally gifted children. Terence Tao, who was born in Australia but since 1999 has been math professor at UCLA, is mentioned in the book. And the…

The Debate Over Free Speech Online

How Free Speech Dies Online And, on the same note, is it so dangerous to let Richard Spencer shitpost on Twitter that stopping him is worth giving up on the idea of social media being a forum for the free exchange of opinion? His arguments…

The ’90s and now, part 9

It’s not just math and science topics, but also matters of social and societal consequence that are being revivified thanks to the internet. For example, in 1995, the New York Times and The Washington Post acquiesced to Theodore Kaczynski’s demands to publish his infamous manifesto,…