April 2018

The Rural Revolt against Urban Politics: From Trump to Orbán

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Mon, 04/09/2018 - 13:16

On Sunday, April 8th, 2018, Viktor Orbán secured his third term as Hungary’s President. Unheard of in the United States, his third-term presidency continues an undemocratic wave seen around the world. In The Netherlands, Mark Rutte is serving his fourth term as Prime Minister. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has started hers. Russian President Vladimir Putin won his fifth term and China’s Communist Party awarded President Xi Jinping indefinite rule.

Ending the Gender Holocaust: The Attack on Birth Sex is a Crime Against Humanity

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Sat, 04/07/2018 - 13:24

May disappointed parents play ‘Hitler’ and brainwash children to adopt a different gender?

The Western world has chosen to normalize gender dysphoria. A previously rare condition now springs up in nearly every kindergarten. No one asks why. Government-appointed activists posing as therapists claim they can tell when a 2-year-old boy wants to be a girl. Risking ostracization for being too conservative, parents try to raise their children gender ‘neutrally’. Western societies are breeding a neutered generation that will no longer reproduce.

Nature vs. Nurture Revisited

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Fri, 04/06/2018 - 10:53

A meta-study showed that IQ has a heritability between 40% to 80%. However, the thing inherited is not a specific IQ score. People aren’t born with a genetic IQ of, say, 110. Your genes predispose you to a certain range of intelligence, for example between 80 and 140. Your actual IQ score depends on this genetic range, your childhood history (both psychological and physical), and your social circumstances.

Collective Blindness: Are Victims of Racism and Discrimination the Victims of a Universalist Worldview?

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:37

During my many travels, I have found that especially travelers from strongly collectivist backgrounds sometimes fail to adjust to new environments. Whether they are Indians from India or Indians from the United States, whether they are Asians from China or Asians from Britain, the collectivist nature of their mother civilization has still left an indelible impression on their thinking.

Bitcoin, Tethers, and a Lesson Learned from George Soros’s Quantum Fund

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Sun, 04/01/2018 - 08:14

It’s September 16, 1992. Black Wednesday. Billionaire investor George Soros’s fund bet against the British Pound Sterling. It forced Britain’s conservative government to pull the Pound from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. The Pound had dropped so much in value that Britain lost about £3.3 billion.