Josh Wolfe @wolfejosh VC, entrepreneur, fund manager @Lux_Capital; Chair @CiPrep Coney Island Prep; Trustee @SfiScience Santa Fe Inst; CoFounder of Carson, Quinn & Bodhi w/ @ltwolfe Mar. 11, 2018 1 min read

1/ Update on Unintended Consequence…

I previously shared Dave Chapelle’s non-obvious but historically-evidenced case how Trump may be the “lie that saves us”.

2/ There are SO MANY examples of unintended consequences (+ and -).

-The creation of ‘no-man’s lands in the space between North/South Korea and East/West Europe...led to more abundant wildlife.
-Ships sunk in wars have created vibrant coral reefs

-Pain-reliever aspirin helped reduce heart-attacks

-Blood pressure lowering drug (Viagra)...led to more abundant, well, lifestyles for elders.

-Safety regulations can lead to risk compensation (taking more risk feeling or believing oneself to be safer)

4/ -Prohibition + war on drugs led to rise of organized crime + powerful cartels

-Bounty paid for cobras to reduce their population, created a market incentive to breed em

-Expectation of a ban on military tattoos or guns leads to a big rush of demand to obtain before deadlines

5/ Trump attacked the NYT as failing. Subscribers have skyrocketed.

6/ Trump attacks women...

An anti-sexual harassment movement #metoo gains unprecedented momentum, suddenly takes down decades long once-powerful abusers.

-Over 300 women are running for Congress

-75 women are running for Governor.

7/ Trump attacks minorities, embraces NRA...

-Inclusion and diversity once mere lip service and too-little too-late by so many now is growing more vocal and actionably ascendant than ever before.

-Unprecedented youth movement #neveragain sparks and rages on.

8/ This is only CONDITIONAL (not complacent) OPTIMISM —-
-for the vile that sparks vigilance
-for the hatred that sparks compassion
-for the disgust that displaces complacency
-for the grotesque that galvanizes movements
-for the shock that shakes and awakens into action

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