Hi, everyone. Another grim week. The plain truth is that we have got to stop selling weapons of war to random civilians.
The Plain View
In 1727, 21-year-old Benjamin Franklin invited, as he put it, “my most ingenious acquaintance[s] into a club of mutual improvement.” He dubbed his new club the Junto, after the Spanish word for “join.” On Friday evenings Franklin and the dozen Junto members (all men, of course) would meet in a Philadelphia tavern to discuss topics of morals, politics, or national philosophy, conducting debates “in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth … without fondness for dispute or desire of victory.”
Almost 300 years later, I Zoomed into a study group inspired by Franklin’s colloquies. It consisted of budding tech founders discussing Web3. All the virtual attendees were young and super serious, and all seemed to have completed the assigned technical readings on subjects like token velocity and the design space of liquidity mining. [...]