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Our friend/patriot Vassar Bushmills put the following post together. It is well worthe read. ENJOY!

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Unified Patriots by Vassar Bushmills

(We rarely publish other men’s works here, but I want to introduce a singular mind to our readers, for he is a genuine scholar, yet shares the views we’ve written about for many years about the vacuousness of the media in general, and #NeverTrumpsters. Mr Taleb affirms the entire Media Narrative-as-History myth as being just that, and why so many modern younger conservatives especially, seem so intent on taking themselves so damned seriously. Mr Taleb is a grown-up.

(I honor here his admonition at the end that I give credit to the book Skin in the Game, which I think is a novel. Please read, digest, and pass on at least to the known IYI’s at National Review, Resurgent, The Blaze and others. We are lucky to have found this.)

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What we have been seeing worldwide, from India to the UK to the US, is the rebellion against the inner circle of no-skin-in-the-game policymaking (suffer the consequences of his talks or suggestions?) “clerks” and journalists-insiders, that class of paternalistic semi-intellectual experts with some Ivy league, Oxford-Cambridge, or similar label-driven education who are telling the rest of us

1) what to do, 2) what to eat, 3) how to speak, 4) how to think… and 5) who to vote for.

But the problem is the one-eyed following the blind: these self-described members of the “intelligentsia” can’t find a coconut in Coconut Island, they aren’t intelligent enough to define intelligence hence fall into circularities — but their main skill is capacity to pass exams written by people like them.

With psychology papers replicating less than 40%, dietary advice reversing after 30 years of fatphobia, macroeconomic analysis working worse than astrology, the appointment of Bernanke who was less than clueless of the risks, and pharmaceutical trials replicating at best only 1/3 of the time, people are perfectly entitled to rely on their own ancestral instinct and listen to their grandmothers (or Montaigne and such filtered classical knowledge) with a better track record than these policymaking goons[…]

Continue Reading — The Intellectual Yet Idiot (IYI) by Nassim Nicolas Taleb

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