Category Archives: Henry Dampier

The European Cuddle Pile

By henrydampier

For thousands of years, Europeans have killed each other with gusto, for alternately noble, greedy, and stupid reasons. They’ve traded with each other, enslaved each other, migrated and invaded this way and that way. Rarely unified, a prolonged period of peace across the entire continent has never been normal.

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Sucks To Your IQ

By henrydampier

IQ was initially developed as a bureaucratic tool to help institutions at scale to screen and sort out potential employees at scale. One of the reasons why it became popular was because the scores remained relatively constant independent on what age that you provide the tests. In the United States, continue…

Vulgar Racialism

By henrydampier

Racialism and its relatively recent variant, White nationalism, tends to reduce all political matters of importance down to whether or not a government is racially exclusive. The definition of ‘race’ also tends to be dumbed-down and diluted to the point to which it really is a social construct — a continue…

The Media Hall of Mirrors

By henrydampier

Most of what’s in the media has become internally reflective. Wire services and newspapers write original reports, which are then digested by secondary news providers (TV, radio, and the web). Then, authorized pundits tell you how you are supposed to feel about the news. The pundits and the secondary news-mongers continue…

Cause & Effect

By henrydampier

The lower-order effects of bad policies tend to be both obvious and frustrating. Mass unemployment is a lower-order effect with complex higher causes. Part of the business of democratic politics is providing pat, limited explanations for those pernicious and painful effects that makes the issues less messy and comprehensible in continue…

ZIRP Forever

By henrydampier

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve announced that they would not be hiking rates. Expectations as to what the Fed would do flipped following the stock market crashes in China, which bled over to American markets. The drama in Greece and in the EU as a whole also shook the confidence that continue…