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State capacity eats interest rates for lunch

+1 to the term "state capacity," I ultimately understood what you meant, but it took a close reading.  

Also, great article. 

To Increase Progress, Increase Desire

Interesting theory here.  I hadn't really thought about how to increase the demand side of the equation.  I certainly think it's generally important to have a population that's hopeful about the future, open to try new products, and supportive of new, whacky ideas.

That being said, I'd encourage you to consider the supply side (new products/ideas) more deeply.  What business factors contribute to a dearth of creative ideas?  One might argue that the ad revenue model, which requires enormous amounts of attention, creates a certain kind of incentive structure, creating a very particular opportunity space.  If that's the case, how to invent new business models?  

Also, I might look at capital that goes towards innovation.  VC and other kinds of early stage capital typically steers clear of scary science projects, where I believe there's a ton of opportunity.   They tend to look for established business models like SaaS and advertising. 

Finally, it's worth noting that there's still a ton of innovation out there.  Uber, AirBnB, Tesla, Apple, Netflix, and many smaller companies are pushing the boundaries of what can be done with our current web and mobile infrastructure; and I see many opportunities now that Web3 is unlocking new ways of organizing human beings.