Keynesian dysfunction

I chanced upon an interesting TED talk about porn addiction.  The points made there are that internet porn watching is an addiction, working just like any other, exploiting our biology and eventually becoming seriously harmful. What I did not know, even though it makes perfect sense, is that excessive stimulation creates insensitivity that will lead to dysfunction.  What I did not know is that there is a widespread erectile dysfunction problem among men in their twenties. Continue reading →

Home is where your experts are

(the crisis of democracy #2)

The January 18th 2020 issue of The Economist has a special report on housing. It is troubling in more ways than I can say, but it is also a perfect illustration of some points I was trying to make in my previous post about epistocracy. The Economist prides itself on being a leading publication on economic questions in the English language world. It has a prestigious history, but in the past decade it started to shift dangerously toward the left.  Continue reading →

Vote as if you had a brain

I came across this meme again. It is not new but not too old either. Transgenderism was not an in thing ten years ago. I dismissed the meme a few times, but now I commented when I saw it in a Facebook post. I asked a simple question:
“How and why should any of these circumstances influence how we vote?” The reply was disappointing:
“Any. All, in an even better case. Empathy based on knowledge forms the “volonté” of choosing.”.
Not an answer to my question but since the question is important, let me elaborate.

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The spiritual meaning of money

The following two PragerU videos made me realize that I have to expand on the points I made about the stupidity of socialists when it comes to money.

The first of the videos, What Creates Wealth, makes the simple point that knowledge is the main source of our wealth; the second, Why Private Investment Works & Govt. Investment Doesn’t,  explains what it says in its title. While knowledge is undoubtedly the most important element and while incentives make a lot of difference, what I consider to be the most basic, the most generic function of money seems to be missing from any discussion of the subject I can find. Continue reading →

Virtue signaling

This Facebook post asked me to “Stand against the barbary”
“Interesting choice of word” I said providing a link to the Barbary slave trade.
Then I looked into what happened. The more I did the more I found myself getting sad, depressed, indignant and angry. How can people, whom I consider both decent and intelligent lend their support to such a disgusting scam? How can they be so stupid and so nonchalantly immoral? Can they not see how appallingly political this manufactured crisis is? Continue reading →