"Actually, Millennials haven’t really thought more or less favorably of socialism. Support for “socialistic” programs remained constant over eight years. What Gallup’s and YouGov’s polling really suggest is that young people have thought less of capitalism over time. Now, decades after “the end of history” and the triumph of market over planned economies, young people want more from an economic regime that has screwed them."
"Both selfie deaths and market crashes are exceptional and rare, but when they occur they are of such cultural and emotional impact that we ignore how utterly unlikely they are. However, because market crashes and other such events are difficult to see before they happen (don’t believe 80% of those who claim to have seen the 2008 FInancial Crisis before it happened) there’s a tendency among some to see doom and gloom outcomes where probability implies there shouldn’t be. “Economic Collapse!” videos on YouTube or anyone who thinks gold will skyrocket to $100,000 an ounce once the dollar is no longer the world’s reserve currency are prime and exasperating examples."
"I don’t normally do this kind of thing, but, given the arrest of Julian Assange last week, and the awkward and cowardly responses thereto, I felt it necessary to abandon my customary literary standards and spew out a spineless, hypocritical “hot take” professing my concern about the dangerous precedent the U.S. government may be setting by extraditing and prosecuting a publisher for exposing American war crimes and such, while at the same time making it abundantly clear how much I personally loathe Assange, and consider him an enemy of America, and freedom, and want the authorities to crush him like a cockroach."
"Two posts on the board criticizing Microsoft diversity initiatives as “discriminatory hiring” and suggesting that women are less suited for engineering roles have elicited more than 800 comments, both affirming and criticizing the viewpoints, multiple Microsoft employees have told Quartz. The posts were written by a female Microsoft program manager. Quartz reached out to her directly for comment, and isn’t making her name public at this point, pending her response."
"There is an analogy to be made between anti-vaxxers and climate-change deniers. Both groups place faith in a gut-level sense of their rightful position on an issue that has far-reaching existential implications. And both groups refuse to acknowledge the vast body of sound scientific literature proving them wrong."
"Some of William Shakespeare’s friends and associates left behind a description of his library. Nor is there a record of it being dispersed at the time of his death. His will refers neither to books nor manuscripts. In fact, it gives no sign of a literary career at all, or even a literate one. Contemporary dramatists such as Francis Beaumont, Thomas Dekker, John Fletcher, Robert Greene, Thomas Heywood, and Ben Jonson all left behind plays in manuscript. No Shakespeare playscript, though, has ever been found. (Part of the manuscript of a play about Sir Thomas More has been attributed to Shakespeare, but the part is small and the attribution contentious.)"
"Bernie Sanders isn’t considered electable because our notions of “electability” are defined from the top downward by party leaders, major donors, journalists, and pundits. "Electability" is purposely designed to not apply to anyone other than a center-left or conservative Democrat. "
"Walmart and other corporations capable of automating at scale will put even more pressure on low-skilled wage growth. Skyrocketing education costs will make acquiring new skills difficult without massive personal debt. The Slow Robot Apocalypse will be the debt burden borne by workers struggling to stay a step ahead of machines that will be continuously upgraded by employers."
"From an original position, obviously a parent would choose meager wealth and brilliant children instead of the opposite. Thus, because wealth minimizes life’s petty cruelties, it’s rational that Huffman, Loughlin, and other middling talents should do everything they can to supplement their tragically average genes with whatever advantage they can get."
"As "moderates" (which they definitely aren't), centrist, neoliberal Democrats portray themselves as their party's safety valve against anti-corporate extremism. Never mind their record of supporting one disastrous fiscal or foreign policy initiative after another."