How The Establishment Manipulates Society

The intricate web that holds the Establishment together is strong and deep.

1. Big Pharma Makes Billions of Dollars Selling Drugs.

2. They then BUY Political Candidates that support their interests.

3. Political candidates pass laws that make doctors OVER-PRESCRIBE drugs like anti-depressants.

4.People take anti-depressants that harmfully changes their biochemistry so that they feel a little better, but are simultaneously ADDICTED to Big Pharma’s drugs because they’re so hard to get off of.

5. Rather than using DEPRESSION as A SIGN SOMETHING IS OFF in their life and needs to be changed, Big Pharma’s drugs sap the emotional energy needed to FIGHT AGAINST the problems in their life that are making them sick.

6. Citizens become DOCILE and accept the status quo enabling other Billion Dollar EXPLOITATIVE Industries like Big Oil, Wall Street, BIG AGRICULTURE to further run rampant over Citizens’ self interests.

To paraphrase and add onto a thought from my friend Zak Stein, a Harvard trained developmental psychologist: The Psychopharmacology industry is part of a COMPOUNDING META-CRISIS at the global level. It is an actual PHYSICAL INTERVENTION into the central nervous system that is altering millions of Americans fundamental conscious experience of daily life. And that is DECIMATING the life prospects of up and coming generations. There’s an urgency to fix this problem for the sake of the dignity of human society.

Now quoting a famous speech from the movie The Network,

“I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell,’I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’”

…And then Support Bernie Sanders For President.

Because him winning the democratic nomination would be an amazing leverage point for a host of almost intractable, systemic, parasitic problems with the status quo of THE ESTABLISHMENT.

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Irrelevant Academic Entrepreneurship Research

I’m going to an event tomorrow where there will be a lot of entrepreneurship researchers and academics and I’m feeling irritated by how inane, arcane and irrelevant most of their research questions are.

God…so many financial resources and brain cycles spent researching topics that will not hardly move the needle on anything important — and which essentially completely miss what’s most important:

How to maximize the economic growth and the job growth of the global economy with powerful new products and services that make everyone’s life more good, true and beautiful.

I’m looking forward to laying down a new paradigm of entrepreneurship and innovation at the level of the startup, the level of the startup ecosystem and the level of the global macro economic system. Most of the hard thinking is done, for me now, it’s all about the grind of developing business systems and writing.

And then over the next few years aligning an abundance of resources to establish a feedback loop between cutting edge theory and cutting edge practice.

As of January 1st, 2016, my writing on Entrepreneurship and Innovation has now become my #1 priority…and I’m Charged Up like Drake, ready to go Back to Back.

P.S. (In case I offend any academics, let’s have a discussion where you try to convince me your research is relevant and I try to convince you to pursue a different research question).

Differentiating Between Massive Wealth Creators and Wealth Extractors

Knee jerk unfounded hating on the wealthy is really getting old, although I suspect that punching bag will only continue to get hit harder.

Words of wisdom:

Differentiate between those who are wealthy due to real societal value creation and those who have made their money thru nebulous or nefarious means. (i.e. Important Tech Companies vs. Exploitative Financial Companies)

And if the former, ‪#‎donthatetheplayerhatethegame‬. In our market based system some form of inequality is inevitable, especially as returns obey something close to a power law (aka the 80/20 rule).

The wealth being created by technology companies is a rising tide that will lift all boats. Thru technology average citizens increasingly gain access to things Kings and even Presidents never had (toilets, the internet).

Thoughts for another time: Why basic income is probably prudent economic policy to account for the simultaneous increasing exponential returns of the tech industry and its wealth concentration, along with corresponding increases in unemployment due to tech industries products ability to cost-effectively eliminate jobs.

The Difference Between Fame in Silicon Valley Vs. Los Angeles

Yesterday I wrote a status about how fame is deferentially perceived in Silicon Valley vs Los Angeles, where I said:

Most people in Silicon Valley do not want to be famous in the way most people in Los Angeles want to be famous.

Most people in Los Angeles want to be PERSONALLY famous for THEMSELVES.

Most people in Silicon Valley want their PRODUCT & BRAND to be famous for THE WORLD.

Big Difference.

And then I left this footnote in the comments:

“I should add…at least, that’s the purported ethos of Silicon Valley. More later on the insidiously increasing self-serving hypocrisy growing in Silicon Valley.”

Which seemed to resonate as much as the status itself, so let’s talk about this.

But first we need to back up a little a bit and see the big picture.

We’ve now reached an INFLECTION POINT in our transition from the Industrial Era to the Information Era.

And this is big. There have only been 5 major stages in the DOMINANT MODE OF ECONOMIC PRODUCTION in all of human history.

1. Hunter / Gatherer Era 2. Horticultural Era 3. Agricultural Era 4. Industrial Era 5. Information Era. (There are arguably intermediate stages like the service economy).

And now Information Era companies are creating A MAJORITY OF THE ECONOMIC VALUE AND JOB GROWTH. Meanwhile, Industrial Era companies are doing everything they can to stay afloat, and most are cutting costs past the point of resiliency to maintain profit margins, or already bankrupt.

See Tech Stocks like Facebook, Apple, Google, Salesforce, VMware etc and industrial era companies like General Motors, Blockbuster and Tower Records. The 2008 financial crisis is also intimately connected to this epochal transition, way more than most people realize.

In the Information Economy, SILICON VALLEY HAS EMERGED AS THE PRIMARY GROWTH ENGINE. It is by far the leading geographic ecosystem driving the growth of the Information Economy.

So in some ways THE FUTURE OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY DEPENDS ON SILICON VALLEY not getting its culture perverted as more and more money and attention flows into its ecosystem. And the amount of money and attention flowing into Silicon Valley hasn’t even begun to peak.

Much of the future is literally depending on us (Silicon Valley) to get our values, principles and culture right, wielding our power with integrity.

So that’s a rough contextual framing of the stage we’re talking about when we talk about why HOW SILICON VALLEY RELATES TO FAME AND ATTENTION MATTERS.

More to share in the coming weeks and months on specific instances of cultural perversions and the psychology behind the pathologies breeding in our culture.

And more importantly, what we can do to keep our culture strong and uphold OUR RESPONSIBILITY OF LEADING THE GLOBAL ECONOMY TOWARDS A BETTER, MORE PROSPEROUS WORLD.

“With great power comes great responsibility…

…This our gift. This our curse.

Who are we?

The linchpin of the world of tomorrow.”

“An additional argument against BIG DATA, which people are starting to discover just now, is that there are about 35,000 different variables in economics and finance. And we have usually, less, much less than 10,000 data points per variable. This (plus fat tails) explains why econometrics has not been able to deliver.” – Nassim Taleb

The Proper Relationship Between The Economy & The Biosphere

I agree with everything but his last line:

“It makes no sense to elevate the economics above the biosphere”

This is the grave philosophical error of most of the ecological and whole earth movements.

They are mixing up the difference between fundamental and significance.

The biosphere is more fundamental than economics systems. But economic systems are more significant.

Therefore the economic system is “elevated above” the biosphere.

But that does not mean the biosphere does not matter. Because it is a fundamental system economics is built on top of, it means we must take care of it or our economic system will collapse.

Another way of seeing this is that in the event of economic collapse the biosphere would be just fine. But in the event of biosphere collapse economic systems would consequently collapse as well.

A building with a rotten foundation will topple.

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No I’m Not Voting In Tomorrows Election, I’d Rather See Creative Destruction

Government is broken. The only thing at stake tomorrow is how much more it breaks.

Do we choose the lesser of two evils?

The consensus is yes.

But I often wonder whether the world would be better in the long run if the broken system brakes completely sooner rather than later.

If we turn to history, we will see that broken systems almost never fix themselves. This is true for human systems and natural systems alike.Nature has a tool for dealing with this situation.It is called death.Creative destruction.Out with the old. In the with the new.So, no:I AM NOT VOTING.Yes there are important measures on the ballot besides the Presidential Election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but I refuse to put any more energy into a broken system.

Civic Responsibilities be damned.

I am conserving my energy for building new systems suited the realities of our time.

I will not support anachronisms, except by facilitating their removal.

When a viable long term solution for Governance in the 21st century is feasible I will whole-heartedly participate.

What would that government look like?


A government not ridden by obstructionist partisan politics and corrupted by the special interests of the country’s wealthiest individuals and corporations. A government where corporations are not recognized as people. A government where elections can’t be bought by the ruling elite, altered with voter suppression or stolen with manipulatable electronic voting machines.

A government that doesn’t let the financial sector rape our economy and then foot the American Public with the bankruptcy bill and the psychiatry bill. A government that isn’t so full of industrial complexes (Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Government Industrial Complex) it makes the world’s most obese nation look like it is has only anorexic supermodels. A government where all elected officials believe in evolution and the scientific method.

A government that doesn’t continue to bailout the past and strangle the future. A government that runs towards the future, not away from it. A government not built on a constitution designed to change slowly when the world is changing faster than ever.

A government that is efficient. That doesn’t take months to make a decision. A government whose representatives are both trustworthy and intelligent.  A government whose leaders don’t feel like “average joes” but are the brightest our society has to offer. A government that understands the kind of education we needed in the 20th century is not the kind we need in the 21st. A government that allows us to control our own bodies and mind. Whether it’s an abortion or a puff of marijuana.  A government that understands that our era will be driven by systems that are organic, network driven and decentralized, not top-down bureaucratic, command and control hierarchies.

A government that understands technology. That knows “The Internets aren’t just a bunch of tubes”.  A government where voting is as seamlessly as updating a Twitter Status. A government whose tax code is legible by an ordinary humans and painless to complete.

A government that is a platform. That has an AppStore just like Apple and Facebook. Where creative entrepreneurs can use government data to create hundreds, if not thousands of useful applications. A government that knows what infrastructure to build and what not to build. A government that invests in the information highway instead of the concrete highway.

A government that experiments with it’s own form of governance. Testing out alternative methods like Dynamic Democracy, Distributed Democracy and Deliberative Democracy. And if they work better, actually adopting those methods.

A government that gives more autonomy to creative, entrepreneurial cities where the real 21st century economy is being forged. A government that embraces the globalized world we now live in, and welcomes highly skilled immigrants as the saviors of our economy rather than as enemies.

A government built to thrive in a world of accelerating change.

Until then, beyond being voyeuristically fascinated by the misguided passions of others…

I. Don’t. Care.

Both sides, Democrats and Republicans, let me know how much you think things break tomorrow….


I received a lot of backlash on the first draft of this post, so I thought I would update some of the reasoning behind its incendiary nature:
Most of the backlash revolved around how not participating in the election means harming the expansion of human rights for Women, the LGBT community and other civil liberties.

While technically, I believe we should make as much progress as we can with the broken system we have expanding human rights and other similar noble measures. There is the very real dilemma that spending all our energy on slow, incremental, inefficient improvements of the broken systems sucks all of our energy away from creating a new better system, that will bring the freedom and openness we all want, at a much faster pace.

I’m being incendiary here, because I think most people are spending zero energy thinking about and working on what a new system would look like, and all their energy fighting this inefficient, broken system, which ultimately will work against their aims, even if they don’t realize it.

Now to clarify my own position, I said I will be disengaged from “this” broken system. I didn’t say I would be disengaged from all politics or political systems forever.

Personal energy is finite. I will not spend my energy on broken systems when I can spend my energy on creating new systems that can thrive over the long term and bring the freedom and openness we all know and want, but won’t achieve and maintain, unless we change strategy.

And as I said, “When a viable long term solution for Governance in the 21st century is feasible I will whole-heartedly participate.”

Right now though, I don’t see a movement for a real 21st century government having sufficient momentum, nor do I have the time to work on creating this alternative system right now. But I will at some point. And when I do hopefully there are an increasing number of people who have begun working on this new system for 21st century governance because of calls to action like these, which show that there is actual demand for real, revolutionary change.

Furthermore, I don’t think people realize that broken systems eventually collapse. And when they do both the economy and the culture of civil liberties they support, go bankrupt.

So ultimately while many are nobly fighting for one more human rights victory, we could lose most of the ones we’ve already gained, if we don’t also focus on creating a new system of governance designed for the 21st century.

Such is this world, where our actions often betray out intentions.

As mentioned in the comments, our government is nowhere near as broken as Russia, China or Nigeria, but America could end up that way if we don’t make major change.

The reasoning is complicated and nuanced and I don’t have time right now to do the full story justice but here’s the short of it:

Basically, culture and economics are inextricably intertwined, and our progress on human rights will matter little if the economy collapses. Freedom of expression or marriage is something you only think about if your basic needs of food, water and shelter are taken of. Otherwise you’re concerned about survival. This is the case in most communist countries where their biggest problem was ultimately that their policies caused economic growth to stall. When economic growth stalls so does growth in culture and human rights. That is a complicated dynamic but it is basically what happens.

The US economy for the last 45 years has been declining, but has hidden this fact through cost cutting and the illusory growth of debt — this fueled the financial crises, the housing bubble and much more. The economic strategies that worked last century dont won’t work anymore. We’ve reached the end of the line. Most businesses in the US knew how to create wealth the industrial era but really have no idea how to create wealth in the information age. Government is holding back this transition to the information age with bad policies and corruption from the ruling elite, also known as the 1%. If this economic transition isn’t properly made the economy collapses and so do our human rights.

Thus not transitioning to a new system of governance designed for the 21st century could very well strangle our economic potential, sending us into a downward spiral and sending much of our human rights progress down the abyss.

So, friends, that is why I’m being incendiary. We want the same things, we just have very different views of how we will get there. And I would like to see that we do.