Yes! We have no core values

Americans remind me of the old song “Yes, we have no bananas”. They really, really like to agree with the assertions in poll questions. Should pot be legalized? Yes!! Should people selling pot be executed? Yes? Should Roe v. Wade be reversed? Yes? Should abortion be banned? Yes! Should the corporate tax rate be raised? Yes! Should the corporate tax rate be cut? Yes!

I’d like to see what happens if the public is asked whether the US government should condemn the violent overthrow of Zemblan president Charles Xavier Vseslav. I bet they’d say “Yes!”

PS. For those who don’t know, I have consistently argued that there is no such thing as “public opinion”.



5 Responses to “Yes! We have no core values”

  1. Gravatar of Sara Sara
    25. April 2024 at 09:27

    Considering the general public was against the Iraqi war, Afghanistan war, Ukraine war, Vietnam war, World War I, and up until Pearl Harbor, World War II, we can ascertain with absolute certainy that the General public has more common sense, decency and intelligence than you do.

    It’s just a shame we have so many uneducated losers, degenerates, warhawks, and arrogant academics, like you, who stand on a pedestal calling yourself “elite”, causing mayhem and destruction wherever you go.

    You actually quoted a publication from UCLA, the same low ranked school that published, recently, that gays suffer more from environmental degradation than the general population – as if being gay means you have an acute sensitivity towards pollution. When you have a moment, take a look at the QS rankings, and on page 50, down around 1000, you’ll see UCLA. It’s a nobody school, with nobody academics.

    Academies in America are definetly suffering from a new kind of neo-King George III ‘elitism’. But if it’s any consolation, at least you’re not as ugly and fat as George. You got that going for you, although the disposition and stupidity is almost identical.

    I’ll go tend to my business now, and leave you to ponder and equivocate, and do nothing productive which is all you could ever do.

  2. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    25. April 2024 at 12:42

    “Considering the general public was against the Iraqi war, Afghanistan war, Ukraine war, Vietnam war, World War I,”


  3. Gravatar of Trina Halppe Trina Halppe
    25. April 2024 at 21:47

    Apparently you agree with Masha Gessen. From Sam Harris Episode 131 with Masha Gessen. Here’s the quote… “I’m not saying that public opinion can’t be judged. I’m not saying that people are cynical. I’m saying that public opinion actually doesn’t exist. I’m saying that people have been robbed of the ability to form their own opinions. ” But outside of Russia and other authoritarian environments it still seems to be an extreme view. Surely people have an opinion about gun control. Of course for most things like whether the property tax rate is appropriate in the suburbs most people just don’t have the time and interest in researching this in order to form an opinion.

  4. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    27. April 2024 at 07:26

    Trina, Good quote.

  5. Gravatar of Morgan Warstler Morgan Warstler
    1. May 2024 at 18:08

    You are inching closer to admitting the gravity of digital deflation and unmeasured GDP. You aren’t there yet, but I can smell it.

    To help get you there…. I have another genius-level plan that matches Uber 4 Welfare. I think you will get a kick out of modeling it.

    Everyone on welfare gets everything digital for free, MAINLY bc it’s not really “property” – it’s not zero-sum like atoms.

    To make it easy grasp… your food stamp card ALSO GETS you every TV sportscast, e-book, song, movie, subscription, software, video game, 3D printed script – FOR CONSUMPTION (free until you make $ with it)

    Now yes I want the GOP to tie this to everyone ALSO being in the Uber4Welfare database. In case you think this will make people not want to work… I already solved that.

    But I want to highlight some things:

    1. the bottom half make-up a tiny % of digital sales.

    2. we can close all the libraries. Zero reasons for them with this… turn them into community centers with bandwidth.

    3. the cost of bandwidth – even streaming is miniscule- .70 cents a month per household- so this is where some of the library savings goes – a small stipend to the content guy to cover their bandwidth costs.

    4. I believe you can grasp the digital divide is a far bigger deal than the atomic one- this is a critical component of digital deflation. Our poor people are all fat (plenty of calories), but they are dumb and culturally illiterate. I’m not saying they will become high-minded from everything digital is free, but they will be smarter. They can’t afford Netflix or Apple TV or a copy of Photoshop- all their money goes to rent and gas and a car.

    5. Sans, making them joining my uber 4 welfare… this forces progressives and liberals to want to SLASH WELFARE. Before we give you ONE $ for ATOMIC FOOD- we are going to load you up with all the digital stuff for free…. now how many people does Hollywood want on Food Stamps? I properly align incentives.

    Anyway, poke it with a stick, bc I’m getting pretty good at getting radically GOP policy stuff into the discussion these days.

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