Most of my life
Has been played in a minor key.
Most of my life
His Majesty was snorting at his newspaper when I brought him his pancake this morning.
At the level of daily interaction, it is – or should be – obvious that a society without religion has no concept of what is Good. This means that we cannot even begin to discuss what it true, beautiful or virtuous – there are no actual public debates or discussions on these matters – just agreements or clashes of assertions and preferences.
Modern morality, the discourse which goes on in the public space – from the mass media and government, down to every committee in every organization and every casual conversation – is a gigantic fraud and evasion.
-thus Bruce Charlton. SJW ethics, such as they are, are inconsistently applied, because they cannot be consistently applied. They are Orual’s bill of indictment against the Gods.
I loved this quote:
The market mechanism is loosely efficient. But the idea that efficiency is the main virtue of free markets is wrong. Competition itself is highly inefficient. In my home town, I can buy food from about eight different places; I’m sure this system could be much more ‘efficient’ if Waitrose, M&S and Lidl were forcibly merged into one huge ‘Great Grocery Hall of The People No. 1306’. I am equally confident that after a few initial years of success, the shop would be terrible.
The missing metric here is semi-random variation. Truly free markets trade efficiency for a costly process of market-tested innovation heavily reliant on dumb luck. The reason this inefficient process is necessary is that, though we pretend otherwise, no one knows anything about anything: most of the achievements of consumer capitalism were never planned; they are explicable only in retrospect, if at all.
-thus Rory Sutherland
I love that quote. But I would go further. Sutherland is comparing capitalism to standard Darwinianism. Capitalism is more like mutational load Darwinianism, as championed by our own Dr. Charlton. The secret sauce of the market mechanism is failure.
I’m reading up on immigration law these days. What a mess. Illogicalities, loopholes, and arbitrarily punitive measures.
A better system would be an auction of some kind. Either determine the number of immigrants and non-immigrants you want every year, and auction off those slots without making much if any distinctions in the way of categories. Or sell off the slots once and for all and make the slots transferable property.
Markets. I hear they kinda work.
The jackdaw built a nest of motley materials in the grove. It was ramshackle and never finished. On it he put all his treasures, which were of the most varied kind. (more…)
Based on recent experience, I’d say there are two kinds of malls. There are the sad, empty kind where your footsteps echo off the bleak despair. And there are bright temples of consumption that make you loathe your fellow Americans.
Whenever His Majesty gets too dark or cynical for me, I find a quick trip to the mall tunes me right up. He should start holding his campaign rallies there.
You spiritually inferior naifs.
You quoted a certain Mollie Hemingway that
The lack of any naked ladies in the pages of Playboy is a perfect description of where sexual libertinism actually leads.
Should you be so lucky. Should you be so lucky, pathetic fools!