Over the next 11 months, you will likely hear innumerable fables that purport to explain or predict the 2020 election. As you struggle to distinguish the smart-sounding ideas from the junk, just remember two things. First, the United States has had exactly 58 presidential elections in its history, and that’s a pathetically small sample size from which to construct any theory of social physics. Second, even if you believe these theories are as true as gravity, it is a mathematical certainty that some of them won’t apply in 2020. We are hurtling headlong into a gravity-free world, like innocent babes grasping with our tiny fingers for meaning in a cold and ungraspably meaningless universe. Happy New Year.