Too easy to get "advice" from enthusiastic advocates - including the successful, who'll preach exceptionalism mistaking it for survivor bias. Likewise, it can be tempting to instead get "advice" from the unsuccessful, the failure, the rueful sage looking to set you right so you avoid...

Government policy, corporate oligopoly, legislation, assent manufacturing strategy, official propaganda, loyal media messaging, political polarisations, inexplicable yet relentless demands for team loyalty, public atomisation and division; everything serves the same elite power centres, enriching the same corporate stakeholders, shaking down the same working and...

In a postmodern-neoliberal corporate society that's increasingly inoculated against outlier rebels and individual genius, science itself is downgraded to mere data collection for the orthodox consensus, trapped in the straitjacket of layer after layer of credential gatekeeping. Creativity becomes subordinated to a perpetual cycle of...

There’s no more fundamental expression of inalienable liberty than the right of universal suffrage and yet America’s 170,000 parochial electoral jurisdictions are hopelessly atomized, opaque and (to varying degrees) corrupted. The Democratic-led 117th Congress has been presented with a complex of bold legislative propositions (i.e....

Winston Smith, in Orwell’s 1984, wrote “if there was hope, it must lie in the proles” but this is wrong. Cultural renaissance – revitalisation of genuine diversity liberalism including the essential respect for disruptive genius – will only come from a critical mass of educated,...

It used to be that credentials like phD or QC or MD or Rt.Hon were credentials of trust worth trusting. The democratisation of access to the humans behind the credentials - if one cares to look - has broken the trust paradigm by exposing the...

Becoming "infected" with a respiratory virus is not the same thing as being exposed to it. Nearly everyone's immune system is capable of fighting off low-level assaults by any kind of pathogenic virus, but by the same token, there is a threshold beyond which nearly...

Just over a year after the World Health Organisation (WHO declared Coronavirus a pandemic, vaccines are being mass-produced and distributed to populations in dozens of countries across the planet. The science has been impressive. The politics? The corporate profiteering? Quite the opposite. Corporate capitalism does...

Noam Chomsky famously said: "The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." The forces responsible for 'strictly limit' and 'allow' have been refining continuously, for forty-plus years,...

"The vast, profitable, citadel-backed industry of content creation for the absorption of public excess attention (and time). Mainstream is as crowded with content as it is limited on free ideological expression. Mainstream media guides the rump of public opinion, day to day, to entertain and...

Identity politics, cancel culture, wokeness, echo-chamber media, tribalism, data science profiling of individuals into big data demographics; the latest evolutions of the world's hegemonic force - consumer capitalism. It's creating a monopoly on customers, same as its corporations create a monopoly on industry and product....

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