‘Fundamentals’ is a series of posts laying out my priors and motivations.
Why blog? Especially if you see my readership numbers, this is a pertinent question…
In order to get at this question, it’s necessary that I lay out some first principles. My basic framework for operating revolves around a hierarchical structure, descending from fundamental goals. Fundamental goals are when I can’t ask “But really, why do I want to do this thing?” anymore, and the answer is, “Because this thing seems fundamentally/existentially necessary for me to do, and serves no other end.” Among a very small handful, one of those is “Improve as many people’s lives as possible, as much as possible, with distributional concerns in mind.”
In other posts, I’ll lay out why that’s a fundamental goal of mine in the first place (short version: Rawls). Directly below that item, we have “Positively influence the rate and direction of innovative activity.” Again, the reason behind that will be covered in another post (short version: Mokyr).
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