"There are issues on the horizon (energy, climate change, migrant flows, technological shifts, sluggish productivity) that will make realists of us all. Whereas neoconservatism and liberal internationalism have been aspirational, realism might have a chance of preserving a (big “L”) Liberal international order simply by injecting it with some good old fashioned rationality."
"As workers are replaced, the future will (almost literally) be owned by owners. Then even the owners will be disrupted. I foresee a great battle among tech barons looming as those who own machines and robots and are heavily taxed to keep the entitlements spigot flowing declare war on those who own software and algorithms and are hardly taxed at all."
"Several decades of extraordinary innovation have had a hand in creating extraordinary inequality. In the wake of this development, George Soros, the Kochs, and others like them now get to call the shots on how much tax they should pay. This twisted privilege is the result of the political influence of wealth and years of tax cuts and relaxed tax laws allowing money across borders with little to no friction."
"(Big “c”) Conservatism’s preferences for gradual rates of social and cultural change, strong religious faith, and the belief that history, tradition, hierarchy, and authority provide better modes of organizing human affairs than Liberal individualism are at odds with the university, which means they’re also at odds with the Liberal sphere of influence."
"The black conservative agenda is a product. Black conservatives sell it by seeing the world through the eyes of their predominantly white consumers and patrons. In that world racism is a bug, not a feature of American modernity."
We think there’s a political and a military solution in Syria while we dither about the political and occasionally unleash the military. But for Assad and his coalition a military solution is the political solution.
"The new focus started on June 30, when FoxNews.com published an article on “the apparently increasing frequency of female teachers having sex with their young male students.”"
There's no such thing as wisdom anymore because there's no longer enough time for information to develop into wisdom like fine wine, or a diamond. Societal changes and tech advancements ultimately destroy the knowledge our species once knew as wisdom—replacing it with acumen, expertise, skill, “hot takes,” and trend spotting.
Neither the public nor private sector took the lead in developing the essential architecture of the most important communication development since writing. Rather, a third force deserves most of the credit—peer networks.
How culture war works is obvious. It weaponizes beliefs. It's about not thinking too much. It’s about staking claims on complex issues as if our own lived and immediate experiences were enough. Culture war doesn't have or need a reading list. It can't be complex. The simpler the better. Thus we're all culture warriors because we’re all pissed off about something, and being pissed off now is its own kind of deep, unshakable truth. Conversations with people who disagree with us don’t matter. Data shows those people aren't part of our lives anyway.