Moldbug on the history of US and Soviet relations (also see other comments in the thread)
Devin on legalizing drugs. I particularly like this part:
The war on drugs is carried out with enough just enough capriciousness and leniency that it falls short of actually wiping out the drug markets. But enforcement is strict enough that the markets operate without the protection of the law. The result is organized gang violence, turf wars, and an economic incentive for youths to enter a life of crime.
I wonder who wants it run that way?
QOTD: Mangan: “The climate always cooperated with Ian Smith.” Heh.
Al Fin on the Flynn Effect for smart people.