Category Archives: Politics and Economics

Wither the Yellow Vests?

Fenster writes: The American press has had a herky-jerk relationship with the Yellow Vests.  The media avoided much mention of the protests when they first occurred, presumably banking on them fading away quickly.  Then, when it became apparent that coverage … Continue reading

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Pinkerian Pollyannism?

Fenster writes: Here in the Wall Street Journal we find more cheery optimism about the world.  This  could all be true.  It could possibly just be Pinkerian Pollyannism.  Or perhaps it is both. As with disease, poverty is being eradicated … Continue reading

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Notes on “Roma”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: In “Roma,” writer-director Alfonso Cuarón rationalizes chic aesthetic loop-the-loops by pretending to social consciousness. The movie concerns an indigenous maid who serves a white Mexican family. Though critics have compared it to Italian Neorealism, its canned … Continue reading

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Front Porch Republic on the Yellow Vests

Fenster writes: It is hard enough getting the big picture right in your own life, your own family, your own community.  When asked to consider what is happening on very large tapestries we face serious problems.  Kahneman’s System 2 reasoning … Continue reading

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Sailer and Taleb

Fenster writes: Steve Sailer is not being mainstreamed but seems no longer to be taboo. Charles Murray–suspect in some quarters but respected nonetheless–refers to him regularly and fairly on Twitter. Murray: PolySci & sociology grad students, looking for a dissertation … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Minds of Men”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Aaron and Melissa Dykes, who operate under the name Truthstream Media, are Alex Jones expats (they seem to regret the affiliation) who make videos about government cover-ups, conspiracy lore, and the like; they’re like Mulder and … Continue reading

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Is it Showtime?

Fenster writes: If you are anti-Trump you may well believe it is Showtime: time has finally run out on the Orange Man, and Mueller will crater the bastard real soon now. If you are pro-Trump, or at least anti-swamp, anti-Clinton … Continue reading

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