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What does a post-work economy mean for society? (Reading Time: 19 Minutes)
“….And what would society and civilisation be like if we didn’t have to ‘earn’ a living – if leisure was not our choice but our lot? Would we hang out at the local Starbucks, laptops open? Or volunteer to teach children in less-developed places, such as Mississippi? Or smoke weed and watch reality TV all day?”
The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority (Reading Time: 38 Mins)
“…He drank the liquid called lemonade, and another Kosher person commented: “liquids around here are Kosher”. We looked at the carton container. There was a fine print: a tiny symbol, a U inside a circle, indicating that it was Kosher. The symbol will be detected by those who need to know and look for the minuscule print. As to others, like myself, I had been speaking prose all these years without knowing, drinking Kosher liquids without knowing they were Kosher liquids.”
Doomsday Prep For The Super-Rich (Reading Time: 50 Mins)
“…Huffman (CEO of Reddit) has calculated that, in the event of a disaster, he would seek out some form of community: “Being around other people is a good thing. I also have this somewhat egotistical view that I’m a pretty good leader. I will probably be in charge, or at least not a slave, when push comes to shove….I own a couple of motorcycles. I have a bunch of guns and ammo. Food. I figure that, with that, I can hole up in my house for some amount of time.”
So let me get this straight. Most of these people have more money and influence than god, but rather than trying to improve society, they have decided to build underground safe spaces and small armories? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for emergency supply kits, but what these people are doing goes back to the crux of “screw you, I got mine” mentality that has destroyed our society (read more here under “The New Deal In Ancient Rome” and Cowardice Isn’t the American Way). Instead of acting like adults and trying to improve society, these people take their balls and run home because they’re cowards. Improving society doesn’t mean you have to follow the progressive playbook, it could mean donating money to the cato institute, getting involved with a non profit, mentoring kids, write your congressperson, anything that involves civic engagement.
What’s really funny about these guys is they drink so much of their superiority kool-aid that they think in a post apocalyptic world humanity will turn to them like Themistocles or Cincinnatus to rebuild society. LOL.
Yes, because you run a startup with other ivy leaguers, somehow we’re coming to you to reorganize society. Sorry, maybe we’re coming to you for tech support, but not for building a nation, we don’t turn to self centered cowards to rebuild, we turn to the men who faced the challenges of the arena and have been battle hardened by adversity. Also, if survival means I need an armory to gun down my fellow man in order to survive, I hope I die in the initial nuke strike that begins ww3.
If you want to see case in point while the coasts are completely out of touch with the rest of America and why silicon valley needs to get over itself, read this article.
From The Blog Vault:
Pre-Suasion – written by Robert Ciladini (Author of Influence)
Main Take Away:
What I learned from the book is determining the right moment to persuade someone is almost as important as the message. We were all told people are persuaded by fact-based arguments but at the turn of the century new research shed light on the importance our brain places on what we are currently focusing on. Robert refers to these moments as “privileged moments, identifiable points in time when an individual is receptive to a communicator’s message.” The book goes on to show examples on how this technique can be used for good and bad (just like charisma).
Robert provides us with an example of how despite the accused disavowing their false confessions, the jury’s still focuses on the confession as the smoking gun for a guilty verdict:
Rating: 5/5, worth rereading.
What I’m tinkering with:
Accto bookstand. When I first got this book stand I felt like a tool whipping this thing out, but this feeling of “tooliness” is far exceeded by being able to eat and read or read and take notes at the same time. It’s lightweight and portable. And it prevents me from slumping over when reading.
The next GWJ interview: Ben Horowitz
If you have any questions you would like me to ask him, let me know!