Links Building dynamism and abundance, and avoiding stagnation

* Building American Dynamism, which is the most important in this batch—but also an idea that’s linked to in the next link.

* On the need for abundance. The “abundance agenda” has been needed for at least 20 years, and it’s great to see someone pitching it. A later link in this set speaks to youth conformity culture, and part of the conformity may be driven by material scarcity:

That the young would always be against authority once seemed a truism, but things have changed. In Western democracies, the political economy has become unrecognisable. For three decades after 1945, unemployment in advanced European economies remained low. Odd jobs for the young were plentiful, and the knowledge economy barely existed. If you worked for a few hours in a shop or warehouse, who cared what you did at night or what your opinions were? Today, by contrast, a worker in the knowledge economy – a consultant or a media executive – is hired and rewarded for certain habits and dispositions that are effectively indistinguishable from political opinions. Imagine a recommendation letter that started: “John has an excellent command of Marxist dialectics and what is more he embodies it in praxis and feeling…”

Your opinions may also be too easily found online: perhaps you should speak of them under your real name, particularly if you feel the tare of heresy.

* “The Dirty Work of Cleaning Online Reputations.” Lots of interesting game theory here.

* “Naturally Selective: Female Orgasm and Female Sexual Selection.” Textual and from Quillette.

* Why the nuclear industry is stagnant. One of these important things that’s somehow not “news,” while random political wrangling is.

* “Youth culture was once rebellious. But in today’s digital world, conformity rules.” Consistent with my own anecdotal sense.

* “The Gender Gap Is Taking Us to Unexpected Places.” Surprising to see something this heretical, given the venue.

* “If Einstein Had The Internet: An Interview With Balaji Srinivasan.”

* “Buy things, not experiences.” This one had me at “Baumol’s Cost Disease” in particular.

* Replace waiters with QR codes.

* “The Reactionary Trap: It’s not just a right-wing phenomenon. Thinkers on the left, beware.” Consistent with my reading; I also followed James Lindsay for a while, and then stopped, for the same reasons the writer cites (“Looking through Lindsay’s Twitter history is like watching a train coming off its tracks”). Unfortunately, measured and reasoned essays rarely seem to be widely cited, Tweeted, and linked to, while unhinged lunacy gets the opposite—although I have to wonder: is there such a thing as “hinged” lunacy?

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