IQ: it is about relative success

The irony (which makes perfect sense) is that Taleb is a very high IQ person. Just from watching him speak, I’d bet he’s 160+. And he exhibits a lot of psychological traits that often go with it: loneliness, arrogance, impatience, prickly hostility. — PEG (@pegobry)…

The Question of Collapse

A question or topic of discussion that comes up a lot in the intellectual-web (such as high-IQ Reddit subs and blogs is) is, has American society collapsed and or is dying? This is a difficult to answer, as there’s evidence either way. America is collapsing…

No, Trump is Not at High Risk of Losing

For the past few weeks or so, since the George Floyd protests especially, I have been seeing a narrative by many on the dissident/alt-right that Trump is in trouble, that he is losing support, that he is faltering, etc. As I discussed last week, in…

Downsizing and Privatizing the Police, some Implications

In regard to the push by BLM to ‘defund the police’, which is a red herring–the police are almost certainty not going to be defunded, and even most liberals are opposed to the idea–it is interesting nonetheless to entertain the hypothetical of how privatized or…

Bret Weinstein on Joe Rogan

Bret Weinstein recently was on the Joe Rogan show Dr. Weinstein starts off on a pessimistic note, saying that things will get worse in terms of the culture wars and civil unrest, with the George Floyd protests being the latest manifestation of a longer-term trend…

Dave Chappelle Special

Dave Chappelle put out an impromptu Netflix special, 8:46 , which is in reference to the number of minutes and seconds the officer keeled on George Floyd’s neck. For those who were expecting a comedy show, instead got a sermon/lecture on race and police brutality….

Trump approval rating holds steady

Im starting to agree Trump is looking really weak as the chaos continues https://t.co/guBzcZOw5c — Tim Pool (@Timcast) June 16, 2020 Let us know when you finally agree, or not. I know why Tim Pool is so successful, as I predicted in 2016-2018 in regard…

The memory hole pandemic

Greg Cochran hasn’t been writing about Covid-19 as much as he has in the past, and without the the same sense of urgency. His most recent entry, a short post from June 8th titled At the Mountains of Madness, has nothing to to with Covid,…

The premature ‘Death of Democracy’

Is State Protection a Threat to Liberal Democracy? This is another one of those liberal-democracy-is-on-the-brink type articles. Such articles warning of the impending death of democracy have become commonplace since the election of Trump, about how Trump and the supposed rise of right-wing extremism are…

The New Socialism

A common complaint in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis is that government policy exclusively benefited TBTF banks, as opposed to ‘main street’. Conservative critics likened it to a soft form of socialism, with the financial, housing, and, to a lesser extent, the auto…