A Troublesome Inheritance has served as a rallying point for an obscure far-right ideology called the “Dark Enlightenment.” Self-professedly “anti-democratic” and “neo-reactionary,” this movement brings together an odd assortment of fascists, neo-Nazis, men’s rights activists, and libertarians who are united by their hatred of the “politically correct” academic and media establishment (which they refer to as “the Cathedral”), and by their unshakable belief in the biological reality of their racist and sexist beliefs. The “Dark Enlightenment” overlaps to great extent with the “human biodiversity” (HBD) movement, which is made up of (mostly pseudonymous) bloggers, bolstered by the support of a few fringe scientists. Among these scientists are Cochran and Harpending, who have their own HBD blog called “West Hunter.”
Archive for May, 2014
Unplugged in Gulang Yu (involuntarily). Normal service to be resumed ASAP. Here‘s some soft jungle to be going on with.
… Damn, POS pseudo-connection can‘t even manage that.
(Have they hung Bryce yet?)
ADDED: Looks like it’s possible (finally) to put up a few tropical retreat snaps (and seems like they’re clickable):
The Less-Evil Twin hasn’t been on its best behavior recently. Discussing the prospects for Accelerationism (following this negative prognosis), it quite innocently suggested:
@turingcop (A new pulse of darkside electronic music innovation would help.)
— Urban Future (2.1) (@UF_blog) May 27, 2014
… and it was already over the line.
— Urbanomic (@urbanomicdotcom) May 27, 2014
— Urban Future (2.1) (@UF_blog) May 28, 2014
[‘bet’ should be ‘best’ (not ‘better’)]
That’s where things paused for a while.
FILED UNDER :Discriminations , Humor
TAGGED WITH :China , Culture , Race
Scott Alexander shows an acute appreciation for Nydwracu’s Fnord hunting (my own was far too cursory). It’s rare to see the innovation of a method (with a purpose), and it’s something more noteworthy than any but the most exceptional idea.
FILED UNDER :Discriminations , Media
TAGGED WITH :Culture , Media , Method , Mind-control
There’s enough fizzing chaos at the moment to justify one of these, isn’t there?
Special merit badges for anybody who can link at least three of these topics into a coherent insight point: nerds, Piketty (+), Thai micro-media, alien signal, killer robots, democratic crisis, and heavy whining …
(For anyone unfamiliar with local traditions: it’s an open thread.)
ADDED: “I used to think that such people were blowing smoke, deliberately lying to make a point, but I am increasingly willing to consider the possibility that they’re just stupid.” (Discuss.)
I dreamed I saw Samo last night Alive as you and me Says I "But Samo you're ten years dead" "You're just mindkilled" said he
— St. Rev. Dr. Rev (@St_Rev) May 26, 2014
FILED UNDER :Admin , Chaos
TAGGED WITH :Chaos , Crime , Democracy , Exit , Insanity , War
One thing has to be granted to Pein’s sub-adolescent article (casually dismissed here) — it has triggered some interesting anguish. This interpretation of (techno-commercial) Neoreaction as Bond villainy is especially notable. Unlike Pein, Izabella Kaminska demonstrates at least a little genuine wit. More importantly, she latches onto Silicon Valley Secessionism as a (scary) cryptopolitical project, of real significance. Her references are excellent (the story is built around a number of slides extracted from this landmark talk, by Balaji Srinivasan, entitled Silicon Valley’s Ultimate Exit).
The elegance of this project rests upon its combination of simplicity and radicality, captured in its essentials by the formula E > V (Exit over Voice). It advances the prospect, already in motion, of a destruction of (voice-based) politics through the techno-commercial innovation of exit mechanisms. It is beginning to drive progressives insane.
FILED UNDER :Neoreaction , Technology
TAGGED WITH :Business , Exit , Media , Neoreaction , Technology
Dissatisfied with this, so I’m taking the unprecedented step of pushing it under the fold, and replacing it.
Despite some intense competition (see comments), I’m going for the classical approach. People could actually get away with wearing this, without being beaten to a brain-damaged wreck in the streets, and the message could not be more crucial. So here we go:
… to inflict this on people:
[OK, no need for anybody else to lose their lunch over this — I’m moving it under the fold]
FILED UNDER :Images
TAGGED WITH :Idiots , Insanity , Leftism , Religion
Marc Andreessen on the triangular dynamic tensions of tech innovation:
These technologies escalate the power of government, but they also escalate the power of business, and they also escalate the power of individuals. So everyone’s been upgraded. And it’s a recalibration of who can do what, and everybody can do new things, so everybody’s uneasy about it. Governments are very worried about what citizens are going to be able to do with these new technologies. Citizens are very worried about what governments are going to do, and everybody’s worried about what businesses are going to do. It’s this three-way dynamic that’s playing out. And so for any of these individual issues, it’s not just “What is one leg of this triangle going to be doing?” It’s, “What are all three of them going to be doing, and how will the tension resolve itself?”
Much of interest also on the NSA, net neutrality, and especially Bitcoin:
FILED UNDER :Commerce , Media , Technology
TAGGED WITH :Bitcoin , Technology , Triangles
The moderators of the Outer Right information exchange / discussion forum at /r/DarkEnlightenment are mulling an overhaul (i.e. “gutting the hell out of the … sidebar”). Any suggestions? This is a piece of dissident Cyberspace with a significant defining role.
FILED UNDER :Media , Neoreaction
TAGGED WITH :Culture , Internet , Neoreaction