Peter Thiel thinks scientific progress has stalled. This is a pretty dumb article on several counts, but for the purposes of this blog, this passage stands out:
Today a letter from Einstein would get lost in the White House mail room,
Hm, I believe this is the first administration with a Nobel-class physicist on board
I am not aware of a single political leader in the U.S., either Democrat or Republican, who would cut health-care spending in order to free up money for biotechnology research — or, more generally, who would make serious cuts to the welfare state in order to free up serious money for major engineering projects.
False dichotomy alert. Left as an exercise for the reader.
Robert Moses, the great builder of New York City in the 1950s and 1960s, or Oscar Niemeyer, the great architect of Brasilia, belong to a past when people still had concrete ideas about the future.
Wait wait what? Robert Moses and Brasilia, two exemplars of disastrous top-down urban planning fail, are what we are supposed to be mourning? This is a libertarian talking?
And the “concrete ideas about the future” is a nice touch. Oddly I find myself more in agreement with the anti-modernist Theodore Dalrymple than the techie Thiel.
Yet another example to feed my growing conviction that libertarianism is really just a blind for the worst kind of authoritarianism.
Wait, wasn’t this supposed to be a microblog? Will try to be briefer in the future.