My Two Cents

My Two Cents

The common thread running through this series is human psychology: how we think, what we think, and how we can be led astray by our thoughts and those of others. Here we cover: questionable science, current politics, provocative statistics, predictable incentives, and more.
Aug
26
America's Archduke Ferdinand Moment (Newsletter 061)

America's Archduke Ferdinand Moment (Newsletter 061)

We are once again awash with young radicals who believe passionately in their issue. So passionately that they are willing to do anything to achieve their goals.
5 min read
Aug
19
Yeah, We Probably Shouldn't Be Voting (Newsletter 060)

Yeah, We Probably Shouldn't Be Voting (Newsletter 060)

When we delegate to politicians our obligations as citizens, we are at the mercy of our politicians faithfully executing our wishes.
6 min read
Jul
15
Can Big Government Spending Make Anything Better?(Newsletter 055)

Can Big Government Spending Make Anything Better?(Newsletter 055)

I'd argue that the single greatest problem in government is lack of accountability: we look only to the desirability of the policy objective and not to how well our policies achieve the intended result.
7 min read
Jul
01
What if Ray Dalio is Right? (Newsletter 053)

What if Ray Dalio is Right? (Newsletter 053)

Do you think we can face our challenges honestly? Will we allow division and internal struggles to lead to decline?
5 min read
Jun
17
You Aren't What You Eat (Newsletter 051)

You Aren't What You Eat (Newsletter 051)

The more we learn about nutrition, the more we learn that our inputs do not directly correlate to outputs.
7 min read
May
20
When Suffering Is A Good Thing (Newsletter 047)

When Suffering Is A Good Thing (Newsletter 047)

When we strive and struggle, when we push beyond our comfort zones, we learn what we can do. In contrast, we do not learn any useful limits sitting on our couches.
7 min read
Apr
13
To the Citizens of the 2100s (from the 2020s)

To the Citizens of the 2100s (from the 2020s)

You know the history, but do you know what we were thinking when the world lost its collective mind at the end of the 2020s? As someone who lived through it, I want to tell you.
4 min read
Apr
08
The Scariest Monsters Are Well-Intentioned (Newsletter 041)

The Scariest Monsters Are Well-Intentioned (Newsletter 041)

Today I will offer two current day figures who have the potential to have massive impacts on humanity going forward, one negative and one positive.
7 min read
Feb
25
Bread and Circuses (Newsletter 035)

Bread and Circuses (Newsletter 035)

We often mistake advances in technology with advances in the human condition itself.
5 min read
Dec
10
I Want It Now! (Newsletter 024)

I Want It Now! (Newsletter 024)

It seems like many politicians view themselves as entertainers first, and legislators or representatives a distant second. After all, you must be popular to be elected, the thinking goes
6 min read