Joshua Bowen

Personal Reflections and Spurious Speculations on a Year of Covid

I highly doubt that I’m the first person to make this observation, but before COVID-19 our culture —a wealthy, western one — had no conception of what disease was. Of course, anyone could give you the fundamentals of germ theory- one would hope, but I mean that no one really knew what an epidemic entailed. …

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Politics as Pornography

“Computers may either help us understand the gaps in our knowledge of the world and ourselves, or they may exacerbate those gaps so thoroughly that we forget that they are even there.”
-David Auerbach, Bitwise

A Working-Class GOP?

The Republican Party has learned from Trump and will refine his message into ideology with the goal of becoming the party of America’s workers.

Tech Giants and Self-Made Men

Who decides how much entrepreneurship should pay? what is a justified salary for someone whose job it is to own? Ultimately, it’s not about deserving the wealth you have as a business owner, or shareholder, but how much you can get away with.

The Hyper-Real President

There’s a convenience in the illusion that the people at the controls have your best interests in mind, or at least know what they’re doing. You give up the responsibility you have to your community, your country, and the world, when you can simply believe that whoever’s in charge is doing the right thing.