Are you a Democrat or a Republican? Maybe you’re something more exotic like a libertarian, Green party, or even the Marijuana party (yes, it’s real).

Guess what: It doesn’t matter. In 21st-century America, your political vote does not make much of a difference. Our election system is stacked against you, the voter.

Did you know that Americans’ Congressional votes in 2016 did not matter in 95% of districts? In the 2016 election, only 24 of 435 congressional districts were competitive races, while all other outcomes were predetermined.

Did you know that no Republican president has won the popular vote since…


This is the thesis of a book I just finished and can’t stop thinking about. It’s called The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet by Ramez Naam. As the frequent highlights I made on the Kindle ebook attest (a total of 134!), this book is packed with research that spurs thought-provoking ideas. I thought I’d share some of those ideas here.

This post is a bit long so here are some high-level insights:

  1. The ways we structure our society have a huge impact on how innovative we become.
  2. Every generation has vastly underestimated how much innovation…

Colin Bovet

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