We aren’t thinking weird enough

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Everyone, everywhere

The top-performing 2019 Superbowl ad reached 50 million viewers.

The death of current political systems

The framers of the US constitution were trying, in 1776, to build a more perfect union. They drew from ideas of parliament (founded in 1215 on the creation of the Magna Carta.) They set up checks and balances in a tripartite tug-of-war. They created representation both of states (like-minded groups) and of populations (individuals.) And this model has served us well.

Number of citizens per representative over the last 200 years. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_congressional_apportionment)
Sacha Baron Cohen on the impact of social media on liberal democracies.

The end of persistent externalities

A wise Wall Street executive—who wants to remain anonymous—once told me, “a hedge fund is an organization designed to find something that will one day be illegal, and to do it until it is.”

What comes next?

For society, this means a complete rethinking of politics. What would a group of twentysomethings, unaware of how governments worked today, come up with? Would our leaders rule because of likes and upvotes? This is the realm of science fiction—but that’s the only place we’re going to find what’s next. We assume that representative democracy is the norm, but for most of humanity across most of history, it is the exception.



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Alistair Croll

Alistair Croll

Writer, speaker, accelerant. Intersection of tech & society. Strata, Startupfest, Bitnorth, FWD50. Lean Analytics, Tilt the Windmill, HBS, Just Evil Enough.