Why The Fall of Silk Road and Bitcoin Is Inevitable

As the saga of Silk Road plays out, a lot of attention has been focused on the mistakes that Dread Pirate Roberts made that helped the Feds catch up with him.  The Verge has a good longform piece on this topic: http://bit.ly/1aQExxL It appears that the current Dread Pirate Roberts (for we all know that … Continue reading Why The Fall of Silk Road and Bitcoin Is Inevitable

Grit, Policy, and Politics

I was affected and inspired by Paul Tough’s recent book, “How Children Succeed.”  In this book, Tough combines neuroscience, educational research, and striking stories to explain how both sides of the political spectrum are both right and wrong about how to fix America. Conservatives are correct that character is the keystone of success.  Over, and … Continue reading Grit, Policy, and Politics

Politics shouldn’t be a dirty word at your startup

My friend Ben Casnocha recently published a post about status and power: http://bit.ly/12tq6eb It’s a good post, but what really struck me was one of the comments.  The commenter wrote: “Sorry, I have to unsubscribe after reading this… Manipulation, office politics–whatever you want to call it, I don’t like it if it interferes with getting … Continue reading Politics shouldn’t be a dirty word at your startup

Obama uses science to beat Romney

The anti-science bent of certain elements of the Republican party (Creationism anyone?) is obviously repugnant to many people, including me. Now it appears that stance came back to bite Mitt Romney during the presidential election. The Obama campaign secretly assembled a team of famous experts in psychology, persuasion, and behavioral economics to plan out campaign … Continue reading Obama uses science to beat Romney

3 Fox News Stats That Doom the Republican Party (as we know it)

In the wake of Barack Obama’s victory in the presidential election, as well as the Republican Party’s weak showing in the Senate races (largely due to self-inflicted candidates), it would serve the party’s leaders well to consider a number of statistics which I got from Fox News, of all places: Regardless of how one feels … Continue reading 3 Fox News Stats That Doom the Republican Party (as we know it)

Star Trek: TNG: Liberal or Conservative?

One of the most interesting insights I’ve read in a while comes in this Grantland celebration of the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which points out that the show is simultaneously conservative and liberal: Conservatives — think in Jonathan Haidt–ish terms here — value tradition, authority, and group identity; liberals value tolerance, … Continue reading Star Trek: TNG: Liberal or Conservative?

Why Politics Isn’t Sports

With the presidential election in 2012 just around the corner, the media frenzy will soon be in full swing. If it’s anything like 2008, the media will cover the election like a sporting event. In a lot of ways, this makes sense. Sports may very well be the world’s most successful form of entertainment, and … Continue reading Why Politics Isn’t Sports

Self Awareness & The 2008 Election

Over my vacation, I read “Game Change,” which tells the story of the 2008 US presidential election. Not only was it a compelling page-turner (it really was an incredible narrative), the book is also instructive in how important private strength is to public success. Of the main characters in the drama–Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and … Continue reading Self Awareness & The 2008 Election

Come Meet Tom Campbell on November 3

59% of Americans consider themselves “fiscally conservative and socially liberal” (I’m one of them). Yet here in California, a gerrymandered state results in rule by extremists. Tom Campbell is one of the last FC/SL Republican politicians left in the state. I would argue that this brand of pragmatic beliefs and policy focus is the California … Continue reading Come Meet Tom Campbell on November 3

Why Moral People Vote Republican

Jonathan Haidt, the author of the excellent “The Happiness Hypothesis,” has written an essay that explores what Democrats consider a fundamental paradox of American politics: Why do working-class Americans vote Republican, when their narrow economic interests would be better served by the Democrats’ redistributionist policies. Haidt, a self-professed liberal atheist, concludes that there are two … Continue reading Why Moral People Vote Republican