I've been asked a lot about the "post-scarcity economy" as it relates to policy going forward. I have done some research into the economics of this and decided to not seriously consider the question as I've concluded that we will never live in a post-scarcity economy. The technological changes required would be so vast that society is unimaginable.Read More
There was much ado about the Hamilton Electors, a pack of Electoral College Electors trying to get the College to elect a Republican alternative to Trump. Despite unprecedented public support and pressure, the Hamilton Elector movement went out with a mighty fizzle. It was probably doomed from the start.Read More
Xander and I had the great pleasure of visiting Berlin for the 2nd time over the past 5 days.
But Berlin is a city that can haunt you constantly, if you're looking even a bit close. Those scars have a lot to teach us and remind us.
You know arguing with people doesn't really work. Presenting people with facts that contradict their beliefs actually backfires and causes them to dig in more. But there are people outside of politics whose well-being and next meal depend on opening people's minds: they're in sales. Their job, over and over, requires getting people to open their minds to the idea of parting with their hard-earned money in exchange for a thing... often, a thing they didn't know existed until just now!Read More
Structural pressures have driven a lot of people to vote for Trump, a man that many consider extremely dangerous. Life has become harder for them, and they see few leaders willing to do anything about it. They are suffering.When a large group of people suffer — which frequently stems from economic difficulties — their anger and frustration manifests itself as hatred. Why?Read More
If it feels like the way we vote is pretty messed up, you're not crazy. If you aren't happy with Clinton and Trump, or your Congressional candidates, as options, there are ways to change this.Read More
Seth Stevenson of Slate wrote an article on Monday called "Don't Blame Voters for the Rise of Trump. Blame the Stupid Way We Vote." Slate isn't known for being particularly easy on the right-wing, so this is one of those "Only Nixon can open China" sorts of deals, and very much worth a read. But the axe I want to grind is that we can't take responsibility away from voters for who they ended up picking.Read More