A (short & incomplete) pragmatics of feminism

Problem: the world is largely run by muppets. Observation: the world is largely run by privileged straight cis men (SCM). [Disclaimer: this also includes race, class, disability, &c. issues. Intersectionality applies, so ticking one box doesn’t give you a free pass on the rest.] Observation: there are many fewer SCM than there are of Everyone Else. Assumption: the ratio of...

Truth and Beauty – The Future We Deserve, Part 3

Or, Heuristics for History. You know the drill; italics are my own editorial comments or summaries. Everything else is Vinay Gupta’s, and he wishes me to say that he likes being contradicted and argued with. From the last couple of talks in this series: we understand the system and its limitations. Now, what can we do? The formation of a...

Some notes towards a new money

After a conversation with Eleanor Saitta at Truth and Beauty. First: why? Well, it’s because the money we have is clearly inadequate. It embodies too many perverse incentives: specifically, it engenders a desire to hoard it rather than to use it; it provides too easy a metric for point-scoring, and easy metrics become ends in themselves; it’s very easily gameable...

Truth and Beauty – The Future We Deserve, Part 2

Or, Why won’t somebody act? As before, italics indicate my own interpolations and editorial asides. Everything else is Vinay Gupta, though I’ve rephrased or summarized here & there. Governance comes in three necessary & inevitable parts: ownership, management, and protection. Owners fund, maintain, & legitimize; managers do the work to keep it going; protectors remove threats. There are an arbitrarily...