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…

Taleb: Dr. Peterson is a charlatan

Nassim Tooleb reveals himself to be a liberal by calling Dr. Peterson a charlatan: [I don't pay that much attention no Taleb, but I saw several people talking about this, and it finally confirms Taleb's ill-will towards Dr. Peterson] Put me on the record: Jordan…

No trade war

From BBC Trump dealt blow as US trade deficit jumps This was a no-brainer, but I’ll take credit for it anyway. A year ago when Trump announced his tariffs, in March 2018 I predicted that there would be no trade war and no meaningful uptick…

How systems can beat efficient markets

It’s a common misconception that markets and market trends cannot be predicted. The usual response is “markets are efficient, random, and everything is discounted” and that there therefore the past is of no use for predicting the future. But as I discuss in my rationalism…

Jordan Peterson is Not a Covert Marxist (response to Milo)

Vox Day put up a 2-hour audio sample of his book Jordanetics. Milo, who wrote the forward, claims that Dr. Peterson is a covert Marxist (starts at around 9:30). Because Dr. Peterson rejects the oppressor-oppressed narrative (his talks stress the importance and inevitably of what…

The end of liberal democracy? hardly

From Unz: Trump’s Brilliant Strategy to Dismember U.S. Dollar Hegemony This break has been building for quite some time, and was bound to occur. But who would have thought that Donald Trump would become the catalytic agent? No left-wing party, no socialist, anarchist or foreign…

Why America is So Economically Productive

Arnold responds to Scott’s post on the productivity gap, writing: He makes a valiant effort to summarize and assess the economic literature. But this is where orthodox economics is hopeless.   Productivity by definition is output divided by the amount of labor input. Let me…

The Declining Relevance of Conservatism

NRO (National Review Online) is a zombie publication, that, like AOL, is sustained by subscribers who forgot to cancel their subscriptions. I have never seen anyone, on twitter or elsewhere, link to or speak favorably of an NRO article. NRO’s relevance peaked during the Bush…

Against Social Media

AOC is very much a product of our times, as someone with no experience and no credentials who overnight can capture the public spotlight. It’s not so much that her policies and ideas are nonviable, but rather the social media outrage and partisan divisions that…