Aphorisms

Ideas and policies don’t have traitors. But cults do.


I’m confident enough in reality to engage with people on their own terms, knowing that the world will still be there whenever we’re done talking.


People who complain about “fence sitters” should maybe reconsider why they’re putting all these fences in all the dumbest places.

I’m not a fence sitter. I’m a bulldozer. Your fences are coming down.


You ever notice how your body works? Cells don’t gang up together and start fighting over everything. When they do, we call it cancer.


Public attention is a finite resource


Being useless can be worse than being wrong.


If you look at how knowledge moves across a network, echo chambers are where info stops circulating, gets stuck, and pools together. In other words, a leak in the pipes.


If your only move is to tear down everything around you, don’t be surprised when you’re surrounded by rubble.


Some people rely on their volume of work. Others rely on their volume. You can guess which one I prefer.


Consensus is a critical piece of any solution. If you’ve “solved a problem,” but can’t build the consensus you need to actually get it done, then you haven’t really solved anything.


People seem to think all centrists do is pick and choose between the two options available on every issue.

But right there is the problem: partisans actually think that every issue boils down to exactly two options.

Which is ridiculous! The right number is obviously seven.


For a democracy few things are as dangerous as a safe seat.


In big coalitions, it’s the perimeter’s job to identify and react to problems, while the center determines feasibility and implements solutions.

America has no center, so it’s no surprise that everything seems infeasible and no solutions are on the table.

The center IS the table.


Reluctant voters are responsible voters.


Labels will always steer you wrong if you use them to attack people instead of just describe them.


Critics can’t seem to decide if centrists are hopeless underdogs with no chance of ever making a dent, or privileged elitists trying to maintain an iron grip on power. Not quite sure how those go together.

Meanwhile I’m just trying to talk about small fixes for big problems.


Everyone seems to think it’s a good strategy to try and pin an entire coalition to it’s craziest members, but by doing that you only end up amplifying and empowering those very same people you claim to stand against.


Comprehensive bills are a great way to write legislation that is comprehensively bad. Laws are complicated and attention is limited. Keep it small.


What do you call a coalition when it can no longer consistently speak for itself? Two coalitions.


If your political philosophy has no answer for the twin challenges of complexity and uncertainty, then you might be stuck in the wrong century.


Some people will take offense if they see you as not offensive enough. Humans are a strange bunch.


No map is perfectly accurate, but many are perfectly useful.


When every member of a given system exhibits the same problematic behavior, blame the system, not the individual.


The weird thing about political grandstanders is that you can’t actually know where they stand.


There is only one “Real America” and it’s the one we all live in. All of us. For better or worse.

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