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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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More on Sokal Squared

Fenster writes: You’ll recall the so-called Sokal Squared dust-up: three academics who were able to publish a series of outrageously fake articles in peer-reviewed critical studies journals.  Fenster wrote about it here when the story broke. For many inside academe … 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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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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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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Spiked, on China’s Social Credit System

Fenster writes: Is there anything good to be said about China’s emerging social credit system?  Spiked has given it a try. Defending what the conventional left Guardian refers to as an “an Orwellian tool of social monitoring” is a tall … Continue reading

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