Ann Coulter continues to demonstrate her ignorance of politics

Ann Coulter continues to demonstrate her ignorance of politics: Less than 1/2 the country even pays any significant income taxes, so MAXIMUM POSSIBLE popularity of GOPs tax bill is 40%. Trump's immigration proposals are 80% popular. GOP: LET'S START WITH TAX CUTS! — Ann Coulter…

Boosting the economy through high-IQ investment

In the past, I dismissed Paul Krugman as just another partisan liberal, but his recent podcast with Ezra Klein surpassed my expectations and I found myself agreeing with some of it, and much of it can be explained from an HBD-based perspective. Ezra Klein: Republicans…

Jordan Peterson’s Bland Conservatism

From Thermidor, The Center Cannot Hold: On The Decline Of Jordan B Peterson: Peterson may not realize it, but this position is only accelerating his own demise. His role in contemporary politics no longer serves a purpose. Now that his message has been received and…

Virtue Signaling and Purity Spiraling

Interesting article from Quillette: Worry About Piety Contests, Not ‘Virtue Signaling’ Classifying virtue signaling is hard. There are perhaps four forms of virtue signaling: virtue signaling 1: signaling virtue with the intent of boosting one’s status (such as posting a tweet; re-tweeting) virtue signaling 2:…

Jordan Peterson on the power of writing

Jordan Peterson on the power of writing: He says “if you can think and speak and write, you are absolutely deadly…It’s the most powerful weapon you provide someone with…those people you don’t want to have an argument with, they will slash you into pieces…” But…

Exponential correlation of IQ and the wealth of nations

excellent article Exponential correlation of IQ and the wealth of nations Is it any coincidence high-IQ countries, high-IQ stocks, and high-IQ asset classes, going back decades, have outperformed low-IQ ones? Positive correlation between national IQ and GDP per capita: Note how they measure it by…

Shared narratives: summary and examples,

Shared narratives are beliefs unique to smart people, that cross ideological/political divides. Shared narratives are a subset of ‘intellectualism culture’. Some examples: –Facts and accuracy precedes values –Correctness is more important than consensus –The general sense that society neglects its smart and talented, such as…

Wealth, Intellectualism, and Individualism, Part 8 (interlude)

The Wealth, Intellectualism, and Individualism series, which describes how since 2008 society has been radically transformed socially, culturally, and economically, for both good [1] and bad, continues. Part 7 was published in January 2017, so it’s been awhile. The entire essay, at 15,000 words, was…

The compelling case for working a lot less (if IQ is high enough)

The compelling case for working a lot less Even on a global level, there is no clear correlation between a country’s productivity and average working hours. With a 38.6-hour work week, for example, the average US employee works 4.6 hours a week longer than a…

The Flynn Effect vs. the Greatest Minds in History (analysis)

This article by Bryan Caplan went slightly viral: The Flynn Effect vs. the Greatest Minds in History What do rising IQs really show? I remain undecided, but here’s an argument that strongly inclines me to pessimism. To wit: When I read the smartest thinkers from…