The conditions of modern affluent Western life have nothing to do with your exhaustion, save this: you are privileged enough to believe you were owed something better. You were born by cruel chance, and you’ll die by terrible certainty, and you will be exhausted for the rest of your life.
It turns out that I’m the cause of all the world’s problems.
From Kevin Williamson
If you get enough clowns in one place a circus will break out.
The problem in America is – No one wants to do the job they got, they all want to be president and not sweep the floor.
From Gaetano Fadda in Fargo – season four
From Freeman Dyson, in this video
Around the year 2000 it became cheaper to collect information than to process it.
The dry fisherman and the wet hunter wear the same expression.
I might have posted this before – but it stands true –
Progress in science is often built on wrong theories that are later corrected. It is better to be wrong than to be vague.
The logic being that if wrong you’ve at least eliminated one possibility in the process of figuring things out – if you’re vague you haven’t.
My current thoughts are that Biden takes it – by a slight margin – less than what is currently predicted.
- Regulation – it’s down, hopefully that will continue
- Pushback against the lockdown everywhere urge. A nuanced view is the one to have, Trump seems to come closest to that, depressingly.
- Foreign Policy – Trump is the most peaceful president since Jimmy Carter – which is of great surprise
- A profound lack of ambition and desire for a place in history – mixed with decline in energy due to age means that the pros/deep state are in charge – we’ve survived that for quite a while.
- State capacity
- Should Biden be elected then the American effort will become a giant success, and the lockdown efforts can get a bit more intelligent
- A general cooling down of mood
- Similar to #4 above decline in energy due to age means that the pros/deep state are in charge – we’ve survived that for quite a while.