Scott Alexander treads the lip of the abyss:
The one place where Clinton is higher-variance than Trump is immigration. Clinton does not explicitly support open borders, but given her election on a pro-immigration platform and the massive anti-Trump immigration backlash that seems to be materializing, it’s easy to see her moving in that direction. If you believe that immigrants can import the less-effective institutions of their home countries, lower the intelligence of the national hive mind, or cause ethnic fractionalization that replaces sustainable democratic politics with ethnic coalition-building (unlike the totally-not-ethnic-coalition-based politics of today, apparently?), that could potentially make the world less functional and prevent useful technologies from being deployed.
I consider this one of the strongest pro-Trump arguments …
(Don’t worry — he doesn’t fall in.)
Twitter’s ‘improvements’ have made it hard to reproduce tweet-storms, but this one is really worth your time:
The Guardian goes Alt-Right:
Those still in work might be less grumpy about funding a more generous welfare state if beneficiaries are deemed to be enough like them: fellow tribesmen, people of similar background and therefore felt to be deserving of charity.
It’s the Sweden attractor at work. (“Sure, fascism isn’t great, but if that’s what’s needed to protect the welfare state …”)
The occult force of cosmic disintegration accounts for roughly 70% of everything that is strongly suspected to exist. Breaking things up pleases Gnon at least twice as much as holding them together. The party of unity has a steep slope to climb.
(Nova does dark energy.)
This is so wrong it’s seriously interesting.
Psychology is the canary in the Cathedral.
From Aristophanes’ The Frogs.
Frogs (off stage): Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax,
Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax!
We children of the fountain and the lake
Let us wake
Our full choir-shout, as the flutes are ringing out,
Our symphony of clear-voiced song.
The song we used to love in the Marshland up above,
In praise of Dionysus to produce,
Of Nysaean Dionysus, son of Zeus,
When the revel-tipsy throng, all crapulous and gay,
To our precinct reeled along on the holy Pitcher day,
Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax.
Given that the Alt-Right is primarily paleo-fascist, that sounds like an impractical strategy. (Still, it’s complicated.)
((Blame Kek for the header.))
Razib Khan on the Leftist destruction of the academy:
Though I hope that [Alice] Dreger and her fellow travelers succeed in rolling back the clock, I suspect that the battle here is lost. She points out, correctly, that the total politicization of academia will destroy its existence as a producer of truth in any independent and objective manner. More concretely, she suggests it is likely that conservatives will simply start to defund and direct higher education even more stridently than they do now, because they will correctly see higher education as purely a tool toward the politics of their antagonists.
This RK comment in the subsequent thread is also not to be missed, and is (if anything) even darker.
(Via, where brain-drain prediction is attached.)