Centrism Is Dead, Which Means Centrists Are Zombies

"Particularly for younger voters for whom the appeal of capitalism is declining, "socialism" (as I've written in "What Young Voters Want When They Want Socialism") is short-hand for a less rigged and rapacious, more restrained and fair type of market economy than the brand that ascended with 80s-era Reaganism and Thatcherism and crashed with the 2008 Financial Crisis. In this light, critiques of 40 years of neoliberalism are serious challenges to centrists like Hickenlooper, Bennet, and Delaney. It’s the last conversation they want to have because they don’t even know how to have it now that Trumpism has slaughtered their sacred cows."

The Daily DeX 04/24/2019: Denial Is A Lifestyle

"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."

The Angle 10/16/2018

One of the gloomier American narratives of our time is the possibility that Millennials will not prosper as their Boomer parents have. We assume that the obvious question in response to this is “Why?” as if Millenials are the paltry exception to a trend of ever increasing prosperity. But what if the question is “Why not?” as if the inevitability of their situation weren’t already baked in before they were born?

Kanye West And The Double Hustle

Kanye West is a small player in a sprawling, decades old play that’s seldom seen for what it truly is. The Double Hustle’s features are 1) real and genuine oppression; 2) mass, mostly justified grievances; 3) white hot media fascination; 4) obsession with celebrities who use their “platforms” to speak on behalf of the movement; 5) black politicians following instead of leading; 6) the inevitable wane and disappointment; and, lastly, 7) "non-commensurate victory conditions," when “winning” for black people has a higher bar and a higher cost than it does for any other groups with which we claim solidarity.

Project LinX 10/01/2018 — Wheels Within Wheels

Today: Low productivity, trade war, no money control, Hume this!, YubiKey, Neoliberalism is dying, benefits torch wages, Mises!, curse you Western philosophy!, and a child abuse contrarian. Come get some.

The High Cost Of Free Speech In A Postmodern Age

Goods and rights are regulated in completely different ways. Regulating rights as if they were goods—subjecting them to what looks like the market forces of supply and demand—can lead to suppressing or marginalizing them if enough people or interests (the market) are against them. In this way the postmodern position can transform into the neoliberal position with little slack. Free speech isn’t a right at all, but a commodity, its value rising and failing as the marketplace of ideas dictates. Our “incredulity towards metanarratives” is assuaged by how natural and right neoliberal frameworks seem.

“Black Privilege” And The Twilight Of The Negro Whisperer

The Negro whisper benefits from convincing black people and reassuring white people that "the system" is running exactly as it should. That exceptional blacks did it on their own while poor and struggling blacks are where they are because of bad choices. Therefore, politics becomes essentially personal and entrepreneurial, the means by which we change individual behavior and thought to fit the logic of the marketplace. It’s not about changing how society is organized and distributes public goods.