Steve Bannon’s world:
… And so I think we are in a crisis of the underpinnings of capitalism, and on top of that we’re now, I believe, at the beginning stages of a global war against Islamic fascism.
The entire profile is exceptionally interesting. The explicit call-out of contemporary Russian (Hyperborean) Eurasianism is especially note-worthy, since it distances Bannon from the ideological core of the Alt-Right.
ADDED: More here.
I like to pride myself on having a very low opinion of people, but even I’m sometimes surprised by how idiotic they are …
(Empirical-realist, and punchy.)
Fundamentally solve the “intelligence problem,” and all other problems become trivial.
‘Fundamentally solving the intelligence problem’ would be intense in a way I suspect no one has yet begun to understand. Once intelligence is fully off the leash, all previous problems look trivial, because intelligence is — beyond all comparison — the most dangerous thing out there.
Karlin’s discussion touches all the bases, including the idiocratic scenario:
Human genetic editing is banned by government edict around the world, to “protect human dignity” in the religious countries and “prevent inequality” in the religiously progressive ones. The 1% predictably flout these regulations at will, improving their progeny while keeping the rest of the human biomass down where they believe it belongs, but the elites do not have the demographic weight to compensate for plummeting average IQs as dysgenics decisively overtakes the Flynn Effect. …
Dampier in full-flight:
… the fundamental political rights that Americans have come to expect tend not to be respected by either the political elites in Washington and academia or the reinforcements that they’re importing over the borders by the millions. […] The left realizes this. They think it’s great, because they want to crush the skull of the host culture and suck out its brains. This is a rich country with lots of stuff to steal that isn’t nailed down properly. The rules against stealing impede the program. …
The subsequent analysis is close to incontestable.
Tyler Cowen on the Brexit message:
… if you are thinking that voting “Leave” does not at all limit Pakistani immigration, you are truly missing the point; this vote was the one lever the English were given for sending a message to their politicians.
(The entire post is impressively Ideological-Turing-Test-competent.)
The liberal sees that conservatives were foolish to imagine Iraq remade as a democracy; the conservative sees that liberals were foolish to imagine Europe remade as a post-national utopia with its borders open to the Muslim world. But only the reactionary sees both.
(Admitted here as a single sentence, which it should have been.)
The familiarity of this insight is amply compensated by the breadth of its application:
… people typically care more about making sure they are seen to take a particular moral stance than they care about the net effect of their lectures on behavior.
Opening an outstanding post by Joshua M. Brown:
The only way to save the economy is to crash it.
From The Big Short (2015):
The truth is like poetry.
And most people fucking hate poetry.