Slightly controversial points of view #3

“Tell me something, that almost nobody agrees with you on”

Based on the famous Peter Thiel question and in line with our slightly evil podcast and slightly uncomfortable newsletter, every few weeks we post things that had the same reaction: they forced us to stop and think about what we’d just read/seen/heard.

Nevertheless, despite cultural trends, the best available evidence suggests that political ideology is heritable, and that people with liberal personality traits currently have far fewer children than conservatives. If this trend continues, it is possible that the reproductive choices people are making today will influence the political climate of future generations. Over the long run, conservatives could end up winning the ideological contest with fertility rather than arguments.

The Temporal Stability of In-Group Favoritism Is Mostly Attributable to Genetic Factors

“By contrast, changes in favoritism almost entirely reflected nonshared environmental influences. These findings indicate that environmental influences underpin change in favoritism, while the stability of favoritism mostly reflects genetic influences.”

Editor’s note: the above piece was re-read in the wake of the developments happening on on the Evergreen State College campus. Is there a risk of this type of behaviour spilling over from colleges to corporate life? Has it already?

The Heterodox Guide rates America’s top 150 universities and top 50 liberal arts schools according to the degree of viewpoint diversity you can expect to find on campus. Is it a place where you are likely to encounter a variety of views on politically controversial topics? Or is it an environment where students who do not hold the dominant political viewpoint are afraid to speak up?

Editor’s note: This might just another ranking, or it might become a powerful branding/signal for parents, kids, colleges and employers.
Parents:All things being equal, what gives your kids the best chance in life to survive and thrive: “A Safe place or a Brave place”?
Companies: All things equal, who would you hire: the sheltered kid or the anti-fragile one?

It’s a parasitical relationship: The brands degrade the space they inhabit. When the trend passes, they’ll find some other message to hijack, but the real problems their customers face will remain.”

Editor’s Note: Brand’s co-opting social causes is always a tricky balance to get right and easy to get wrong. Purpose and Profit can make for blurred lines.