If you would like to read a thread that is almost impossibly pretentious, a thread that pushes the boundaries of what you thought unearned self-importance could look like, Eric Weinstein has you covered.
"At least give us this one teeny tiny little thing. We were right about it all. We were right about everything."


The absolute nerve to be Eric Weinstein and demand that people concede this.

Just imagine offering Ben Shapiro as a tonic for culture war excess. Mate, he's its apogee.

Just imagine suggesting Tulsi Gabbard and Dan Crenshaw as examples of politicians who exist outside the reality of partisanship.
I really need to expound on this because it's about as surreal as it gets.

Eric Weinstein advises us to "draft" those who "stood outside THE DUOPOLY." Cool, cool. Let's do it.

Okay, nice, he's given us a list. Who is on it?
Why, it's Ben Shapiro.

Ben Shapiro is on the list.

Ben Shapiro is on the list of people who have exempted themselves from the left/right binary.

This, my friends, is galaxy.
I'm not trying to be mean-spirited here. But, speaking as the pluralist/centrist/moderate that Eric relentlessly projects himself to be, Eric's shtick is deeply offensive to me.
Eric styles himself as someone who stands outside THE SYSTEM, observing its decay as a concerned, reasonable onlooker. But to follow him is to find yourself knee-deep in culture war ephemera. In one-sided analysis. In reactionary politics masquerading as above-it-all centrism.

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24 Jun
Massively important thread.

Some people's online personas entirely consist of being hypercritical of what they take to be bad.

If this is you, my recommendation is to devise a way to start regularly recommending the ones who you think are doing it right.
This is a particular vulnerability for me. I am continually beset by the cosmically unjust phenomenon of manifestly unworthy discourse participants grifting their way to massive platforms.

They don't deserve them. And it kills me.
So, the major way I counteract that is I run a media organization committed to producing content that I can be proud of. Blah blah blah I'm cocky, I know. But that's the main way I handle my natural inclination toward being critical.
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4 Jun
The reactions to this are predictably hysterical.
This SHITTY TAKE, in which vandalism and and theft are mysteriously *not* held up as virtuous, is deeply troubling from the young man who goes by the name of Matthew Yglesias
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17 Mar
We are besieged by a virus. A silent enemy. One whose stampeding march is relentless and unsparing. Our streets are hollow. Our hearts full of fear.

Yet our Reality TV leader, groomed for crisis in the gritty crucible of game show drama, renews a song of triumph in my heart.
I know hindsight is 20/20, but it's almost as if being filmed saying "You're Fired!" a bunch of times doesn't, in the end, prepare a person to manage a global megacrisis.
Look, we've got an unprecedented pandemic on our hands. Then again, here's who is spearheading our response.

So 👏 stop 👏 panicking

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16 Dec 19
I wrote about the significant epistemic shortcomings inherent in our political culture.

There are institutions all across society that are conducive to truth-telling—but our political discourse is not one of them. arcdigital.media/building-a-cul…
What a culture minimally needs in order to be truth-friendly is an evaluative environment where its inhabitants can assess the truth or falsity of claims primarily according to their semantic content. That’s not possible in politics.
Yet when you've got an epistemic environment organized around political victory as its highest good, the devaluing of truth is ensured.

In such a system, claims aren't accepted on the basis of their truth status but rather on the basis of their usefulness to the political cause.
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18 Aug 19
I’ve been thinking about the Portland event yesterday. The one being “documented" by the thirstiest people in new media. The one serving up delicious Patreon bait. The one offering itself as a propagandizable atrocity exhibition—a “shape-as-you-wish” template for partisan rancor.
My conclusion, as someone who occupies a portion of the new media space, and as someone who tries hard to be guided by argument and evidence rather than tribal commitments, is that there are more bad actors in new media than I previously thought possible. And they're multiplying.
The main reason for this is simple. It pays to be a hyperpartisan goon. The masses clamor for their antecedently held views to be fed back to them, and they are willing to pay—in money and follows—for that sweet, sweet supply.
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21 Jul 19
The NBA and the United States are importantly disanalogous.
The NBA is a competitive market, with agreed-upon success conditions (team success brings higher revenue), whereas the US is a liberal society, which in addition to success conditions (economic growth, intl. educational rank, etc.) has institutional constraints to strive for.
Some of these institutional constraints include matters like distributive fairness, equality under the law, etc. Even if doing so is not "efficient," we should make sure that members of races have equal access to, say, police security.
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