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The Politics of Ridicule

The Progressive Left’s Argumentum Ad Absurdum

Progressive politics, or leftism, poses as the moral light at the end of the tunnel. But if you point out the light is coming from a train’s headlights, they’ll say “you just hate heaven”. If you run away from the train to save yourself, they’ll drag you back to hell, because “nothing can stop change”.

A man with a baseball bat runs onto a football field during a live game. If you express worry he may injure someone, “you’re just a...

Gamification is the New Sleep Learning

Remember sleep learning? We were all going to learn to speak seven languages while asleep. But the system failed: students could repeat some of the content, but failed to grasp its meaning. Had sleep learning worked, education would have reduced human beings to programmable puppets. Wives could haved reprogrammed their husbands into better lovers and fathers. Pimps could have reprogrammed women into prostitutes.

But today’s craze—gamification—is no less useless. Take, for example, language...

The Overlooked Reason Why Trump Won the Election

Building an Alliance

Build that wall

When Donald Trump won the 2016 US election, media pundits scrambled to find an explanation. In their usual hurry, journalists from left to right blamed Trump’s election on uneducated white voters, supposedly fueled by a rising American populism. 

Conveniently blindsided, the media...

Why Airbnb’s Nondiscrimination Commitment Will Backfire

You can’t prove a negative. It’s easy to accuse someone of being racist, since all you need is to allege a single incident. But it’s impossible to defend yourself against such an accusation, because you can never prove you’re not a racist.

Today, Airbnb, the peer-to-peer apartment rental community, announced a “nondiscrimination commitment”. All users, both hosts and guests, are required to agree to an...

A Mental Fish Trap

What Happens When the Left Conflates Equality with Sameness

Just because media and academia lean to the left politically, it doesn’t mean the left’s worldview is right, especially when much of the left has grounded its thinking in self-delusion. For some time now, the left has been spinning a most dangerous mental ‘fish trap’ that Western societies appear unable to escape from, namely by conflating equality with sameness

There’s a serious and possibly fatal consequence attached to this, at...

Africa's Population Potential

The UN projects that the African population will grow to 4.4 billion individuals by the end of this century, over a third of the entire global population. Despite its ethnically diverse peoples, Africa will not only become the world’s largest consumer market, but potentially also the biggest supply of cheap labor to the developed world.

An overlooked question, however...

A World without Owners

Why We Submitted to Financial Slavery and How We Can Be Free Again

Photo by Moyan Brenn | CC BY-NC

We all enjoy modern technological advances, whether it’s the internet or our favorite cereal brand. But the way society is organized today has captured our individual productivity in the benefit of financial elites. If we had not surrendered our productivity, we could earn up to four times as much wealth as we do today. The solution is to break away from centralized hierarchies towards smart decentralization. And we still get to keep our modern benefits.

Background: Bitcoin’s Innovation

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Money, Power and Influence 

Which Should You Live For?

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In this short article I give my views on money, power and influence. Which should you live for?

Money

According to behavioral science, money makes Americans happier up to a gross annual income of $60,000. Beyond that, money does not make you happier unless you spend it on others. Money has a fail-safe device: the law of diminishing returns. The more you work for money, the less you earn. The car that is twice as luxury costs ten times as much, not twice as much. The lives of...

Intelligent Atheism

Why Richard Dawkins is Doing it Wrong

Richard Dawkins, popular author of books on topics of evolution, biology and religion, such as The God Delusion, is probably today’s best known promotor of atheism. Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss, a phycisist, travel the world promoting a ‘scientific worldview’ as filmmaker Werner Herzog calls it.

But rather than focusing on why (religious) dogma is wrong I believe the focus should be why science is right. I take this from a book by Ricardo Semler that mentions a truck salesman’s failing efforts to...