Has anyone else noticed that roughly *everyone* in the American libertarian-o-sphere has fewer than three degrees of separation from everyone else?
It's hard for me to think that there exists a person in the greater libertarianosphere who I don't share a mutual personal friend with. And that includes the futurist-sphere, the rationalists, and an awful lot of silicon valley.
This as I sat in Austin last week with a friend I hadn't seen in 10 years...noting that all the people in the American libertarianosphere are either friends, acquanitances, or 2 degrees of separation.
Observation #2: Good friends you haven't seen in a while are wonderful. One of the most exquisite pleasures of my life has been meeting, or re-meeting folks who have independently reached many of the same conclusions...who feel to be travelers on the same intellectual road. When we start from the same place, don't talk for 2,5, or 10 years, and then later find still massive concurrence, and even better, co-evolution. I'm usually dizzy after a rare meeting of the type I had last Tuesday.