Politics: Conventional vs. Freethinking

By on September 21st, 2017

 

Political thinking is some of the least clear thinking in our culture. This is where people really show off their irrationality and tribal loyalties, and spend the least time thinking through logic and consequences.

Most people, let’s face it, think of politics like a club: they just want to force someone else to give them something they want. But of course, this is not necessarily in the best interests of society.

Here’s some recurrent themes we see in political/social thinking all the time. In every case, with a little thinking we can drastically reframe the argument. On the left side are the prevailing beliefs that massive sections of the populace accept and spout without thinking too hard about them. On the right side are the reframed arguments.

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Trump is Just a Symptom. Let’s Talk About the Disease.

By on September 19th, 2017

 

 

Listen, you might find the sitting president to be a repugnant, appalling, knuckle-dragging buffoon making up for what can only be a clinical case of inferiority complex.

You’ll get no argument from me.

But he is just a symptom.

Cut him out and you still have the disease. And it has metastasized.

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A Bubble Economy… that’s about to burst again

By on July 12th, 2017

The media loves to tell us that everything is great and getting better. After all, the numbers are going up, right?

Well, sometimes numbers go up because there is actual growth and business expansion and standard of living improvements.

But sometimes numbers go up because there is an artificial propping-up of a particular industry (like real estate c. 2006-2007). Or sometimes there is simply an artificial increase in the money supply (or in easily-available credit) which means things are worth more dollars, which looks great on paper, but each dollar is worth less things, which is… not so good. If that is the case, it would mean the standard of living and business growth are actually declining as a result.

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If You Have Post-Election Fear, Read This

By on November 9th, 2016

 

No matter whether your candidate won or lost, I think we can all agree: we’re glad the shitshow is over.

But maybe your response is fear.

If it is, I just want you to consider this: you and I make the world what it is, not some villains sitting in office. And if that’s true, they deserve neither our hopes nor our fears.

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Forbidden Thoughts in the Pre-Election Frenzy

By on October 12th, 2016



You remember those plays you went to when you were a kid, where you’re suppose to cheer for the good guy and boo the villain, or else it’s all going to go to hell?

It’s a nice illusion for the kiddies. It makes them feel like they’re in control of the outcome of the story.

We’re still playing it, aren’t we?

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