Apr 29, 2022
I: Xi’s Rise To Power
III: Anti-Corruption And Centralization
— Erusian on Xi’s rise:
> “Why did Xi succeed at gathering power, where others didn’t?”
Communist leaderships choose...
Apr 27, 2022
[epistemic status: I didn’t understand this book. Think of this review as detailing the ways I didn’t understand it and hypothesizing what certain parts might mean, and not as an attempt to summarize/re-explain something I understand...
Apr 23, 2022
Consider people who go by their first and middle initials, eg John Q Smith introduces himself as “Hi, I’m J.Q.” Authors who use their initials on their books (eg J.K. Rowling) don’t count, unless they also go by their initials in everyday life.
Apr 22, 2022
[epistemic status: pretty uncertain about each individual fact, moderate confidence in general overview]
I. Hoffman Contra Me
I’ve said many times that (to a first approximation) Vitamin D is a boring bone-related chemical. Most claims that it...
Apr 20, 2022
If you write more stuff like this, I think I will just gradually stop reading this blog.
For the record this is my favorite Scott essay in years.
Reading this for the first time in...