Category Archives: Three-Axes Model

Demonizing those who disagree

C Thi Nguyen writes, An ‘echo chamber’ is a social structure from which other relevant voices have been actively discredited. Where an epistemic bubble merely omits contrary views, an echo chamber brings its members to actively distrust outsiders. In their … Continue reading

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A pro-civilization faction?

Jacob Lyles writes, ProCiv probably favors a daring approach to institutional reform. Institutions like governments, universities, and the health care system represent society’s collective intelligence. When they are operating well, society is effective, productive, and nimble in addressing crises. When … Continue reading

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The Anti-tribal tribe

David Fuller writes, Recently a new meme started doing the rounds on the Internet — the “Intellectual Dark Web”. The phrase was coined by the mathematician Eric Weinstein. It seems to have caught on — showing that whatever it is, quite a few people … Continue reading

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TLP makes a cameo appearance

in a new book by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, called Be the Change. In the section of the book that discusses political activism, they write, Arnold Kling says that people tend to act according to a dominant axis–a trade-off between … Continue reading

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Trump and TLP

Handle points out that the emergence of Donald Trump has scrambled the model of the Three Languages of Politics. For example, Even since Trump started his campaign, it seems to me that the progressives have been using “civilization vs. barbarism” … Continue reading

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A metaphor for orthodoxy

From a commenter. this strikes me as the key value of conservatism: it gives people lots of index funds into which to sensibly invest their time, effort, and money. A well-civilized society has many, a barbarous one few. Traditional norms … Continue reading

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Beyond ideology, revisited

My recent post beyond ideology seemed to annoy people more than I expected. I see “level 3 thinking” as cultivating emotional detachment from your political beliefs. I argue for detachment in The Three Languages of Politics. That means that if … Continue reading

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Dave Rubin and the Weinstein Brothers

They talk for almost three hours, and you have to hang with it until the end to hear my three-axes model invoked by Eric Weinstein. His point is that libertarians will not be helpful if they (we?) deny that sometimes … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson and other public intellectuals

David Brooks writes, In his videos, he analyzes classic and biblical texts, he eviscerates identity politics and political correctness and, most important, he delivers stern fatherly lectures to young men on how to be honorable, upright and self-disciplined — how … Continue reading

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Three axes in National Affairs

I could not help but think “three-axes model” when I read Strangled by Identity, by Rishabh Bhandari and Thomas Hopson. American politics features three concepts of identity, but Americans are rarely clear-eyed about how these differ and disagree. Ethnic identitarians … Continue reading

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