Most debates are over semantics, not issues

Wittgenstein posited language as the source of philosophical disagreements and confusion. Such semantic confusion seems pervasive not only to philosophy, but almost all modern political and ethical discourse. Most issues involve tying to define words, not necessarily the issue in and of itself. For example:…

Why to Always Short UVXY Instead of VXX

*This article assumes the reader understands volatility funds, short selling, leveraged funds, and option trading.* There are two major volatility ETNs (exchange traded notes), UVXY and VXX. Most people just assume UVXY is merely a 2x version of VXX, and not much else. Most traders…

Geopolitical Recap & Predictions

There is a confluence of five major geopolitical events, all packed into one month: French Election: not a big deal as far as the US economy is concerned, regardless of the outcome. Like Brexit, any volatility will be short-lived. No recession or crisis. The liberal…

Intellectualism culture and intersectionality

‘Intellectualism culture’ is social theory that describes the interactions of smart people between each other and society. One of its maxims is that correctness is more important than consensus. Then it dawned on me, if in-group posturing is endemic to intellectualism, how did Cultural Marxism,…

New York Times: The Gig Economy’s False Promise

The Gig Economy’s False Promise In reality, there is no utopia at companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart and Handy, whose workers are often manipulated into working long hours for low wages while continually chasing the next ride or task. These companies have discovered they can…

The Misplaced Logic of Attacking the Rich

A couple weeks ago a post about Jeff Bezo being the second-richest person in the world went viral. Many were aghast that a singe person could have so much money…how unfair when that money could be put to better use, so the logic goes. Why…

French Election

At least America’s elections only take a day, but the French are so slow they need an entire week to do it. From Forbes, a once prestigious publication that has degraded into a content farm, French Elections: Europe Cannot Survive If Le Pen Wins The…

Saving consequentialism and utilitarianism from the trolley car

From Bryan Caplan What’s Wrong With the Rationality Community,in which he criticizes utilitarianism and consequentialism: The first is consequentialist (or more specifically utilitarian) ethics. This view is vulnerable to many well-known, devastating counter-examples. But most people in the rationality community hastily and dogmatically reject them….