The Only Graph That Matters

Posted: August 21, 2017 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

The Kakistocracy

Many mildly hyperopic social commentators have opined that the graph below portends more misery, conflict, and decay across the Western world than any other evolving issue.

There is no doubt they are mostly correct given the already enormous upheaval in Europe from just the first thin edge of this massive migration ax. But, as the last week has vividly displayed, there’s a far more foreboding image before us.

Humans are herd animals, and vary little more in their group instincts than a stampede of wildebeests. Again and again the graph above manifests itself in hysterias across time and place. Whether politics, social movements, or asset bubbles, the same contours consistently reappear.

The predictable trajectory of these graphs are largely a function of the phenomenon of social viscosity. For those aren’t familiar, here’s a cribbed definition of the term.

Viscosity is a measure of a fluid’s resistance to flow. It describes…

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