Why Are The Assholes Winning?

Bad ideas are taking over the world. Why is this happening?

Colin Horgan
5 min readMay 11, 2022

If Elon Musk were the only asshole we had to put up with, things might be tolerable. At the very least, we might have the energy to deal with him. But it’s not just Elon — he’s just bought the biggest platform for assholes who, since the news of his eventual purchase of Twitter, have cheered another victory.

In fact, it seems like everywhere you look, there are more and more assholes who keep getting more and more of what they want accomplished — to the detriment of most others. Why is that?

For instance, there’s a bunch of assholes who also happen to be U.S. state governors who keep passing legislationessentially trying to outlaw children from being gay or trans — or from even talking about it. At the same time, a lot of other assholes — including a lot of parents — are trying to ban books from school reading lists and library shelves. Even more legislative-type assholes are trying to make abortion illegal everywhere. That’s even before you count the assholes on the Supreme Court. Some assholes are even sending women to prison for medically-assisted miscarriages. And there’s another group of (perhaps overlapping) assholes funding some of those other assholes.