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Vanished Liberty

Administrative note:
Somehow while attempting to add Captain Capitalism (link) to the Outside in ‘More Liberty’ roster, I obliterated the whole thing — still no idea how. Mentioning this in apology to all blogs listed there, with assurance that it does not represent a moment of sudden communistic fervor. To be rectified ASAP.

June 20, 2015admin 1 Comment »
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What Democracy Can’t Do

An Outside in stab at (tech-comm) NRx in a nutshell: If economically optimal labor pricing is ‘politically impossible’ you’re doing politics wrong.

(‘Wage-stickiness’ defenses of inflationary macro were the immediate context, but the application seems far broader.)

OK, some carbs (for anyone dissatisfied by raw gristle):

Europeans liked their welfare state regardless of where they stood on the political spectrum. The roots of “social democracy” lie on the left, but by the 1980s the preference for a mixed economy, generous health and pension benefits, and regulated markets had become, on the European continent at least, what Antonio Gramsci called a “hegemonic ideology.” These preferences were embraced by parties of the center-right as well as the center-left, compatible with capital yet acceptable to democratic majorities, and rejected principally by the extremes — and British Tories [sic]. The idea that this well-liked welfare state, deemed by many to be indispensable to social peace, might soon prove unviable in the globalized economy of the late twentieth century hence became a source of great anxiety.

June 19, 2015admin 17 Comments »
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Quote note (#169)

“Alone among major powers, the United States has not professionalized its diplomacy” with disastrous consequences, writes Chas Freeman:

… what if every four or so years, you administered a frontal lobotomy to yourself, excising your memories and making it impossible to learn from experience? What if most aspects of your job were always new to you? What if you didn’t know whether something you propose to do has been tried before and, if so, whether it succeeded or failed? To one degree or another, this is what is entailed in staffing the national security functions of our government (other than those assigned to our military) with short-term political appointees selected to reward not their knowledge, experience, or skill but campaign contributions, political sycophancy, affiliation with domestic interest groups, academic achievements, success in fields unrelated to diplomacy, or social prominence.

(Pillaged further here.)

June 18, 2015admin 19 Comments »
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#AAA UK-Style

The profound, utterly cynical contempt for the basic principles, procedures, and personalities of democracy™ exhibited by this phenomenon is highly encouraging.

(#AAA)

With added meta-amusement:

June 17, 2015admin 9 Comments »
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NRx Disneyworld

Never underestimate the capacity of modern history’s neo-cyberpunk oddity to reach the place you thought you were heading ahead of time, and in a way that doesn’t seem … quite right. Glenn Beck has set his heart (and checkbook) on a version of neoreactionary secessionism, based on a restoration of the House of Disney. Once you see the plan, it’s immediately obvious that nothing in the reactosphere will ever be the same again:

While Independence is very much a dream at this point, the proposed city-theme park hybrid would bring several of Glenn’s seemingly disconnected projects into one place. Media, live events, small business stores, educational projects, charity, entertainment, news, information, and technology R&D – all of these things would have a home in Independence. With the rest of the country and the world going away from the values of freedom, responsibility and truth, Independence would be a place built on the very foundation of those principles. A retreat from the world where entrepreneurs, artists, and creators could come to put their ideas to work. A place for families to bring their children to be inspired. […] The ambitious project, projected to cost over two billion dollars, has been heavily influenced by Walt Disney. As Glenn has been explaining throughout the week, Disneyland was originally intended to be a place where people would find happiness, inspiration, courage and hope. Over time, Walt Disney’s original vision has been lost. While hundreds of thousands still flock to the town, it’s become commercialized and the big dreams and the heart have been compromised. […] Glenn believes that he can bring the heart and the spirit of Walt’s early Disneyland ideas into reality. Independence, USA wouldn’t be about rides and merchandise, but would be about community and freedom. The Marketplace would be a place where craftmen and artisan could open and run real small businesses and stores. The owners and tradesmen could hold apprenticeships and teach young people the skills and entrepreneurial spirit that has been lost in today’s entitlement state. […] There would also be an Media Center, where Glenn’s production company would film television, movies, documentaries, and more. Glenn hoped to include scripted television that would challenge viewers without resorting to a loss of human decency. He also said it would be a place where aspiring journalists would learn how to be great reporters. […] Across the lake, there would be a church modelled after The Alamo which would act as a multi-denominational mission center. The town will also have a working ranch where visitors can learn how to farm and work the land.

Gnon giveth in overwhelming abundance, and also takes away.

“Neoreaction? Wasn’t that some kind of precursor to the Glenn Beck thing?”

June 16, 2015admin 31 Comments »
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RIP Christopher Lee

A late appreciation.

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I’ve seen many men die right in front of me – so many in fact that I’ve become almost hardened to it. Having seen the worst that human beings can do to each other, the results of torture, mutilation and seeing someone blown to pieces by a bomb, you develop a kind of shell. But you had to. You had to. Otherwise we would never have won. — quoted here.

Outside in has been distracted, and slow to notice how many threads Christopher Lee tied together. Cinematic horror, naturally, and later Hollywood Sith promotion — so he had the dark counts nailed down completely — but the Deep State explorations had escaped my attention (as they tend to). Some indications here:

At some point during the war [Lee] moved from the LRDP to Winston Churchill’s even more elite Special Operations Executive, whose missions are literally still classified, but involved “conducting espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance in occupied Europe against the Axis powers.” The SOE was more informally called — and I can’t believe this somehow hasn’t been made into a movie yet — The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.

The shadows thicken.

ADDED: Cross-threaded secrecy and horror. (And, for metalheads.)

ADDED: Lee reads Poe.

ADDED: More on the movies.

June 15, 2015admin 7 Comments »
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All Over

Peter Hitchens has given up, on immigration (as well as everything else):

Once [illegal immigrants are] in, our own treasured freedoms work against us. Thanks to centuries of island freedom, when we were able to decide who came in and who didn’t, it is far easier to disappear in Britain than in almost any other country in the world. We’ll abolish those freedoms in the end, alas, but it won’t do any good. […] And now the expensive navies of the EU are ferrying thousands more across the Mediterranean each week. The people-smugglers are saving a fortune on fuel, for they know their victims will be picked up before they are halfway across, in what are misleadingly described as ‘rescues’. […] The only thing that will stop the flow is when the EU countries, including ours, become so like the places these people are fleeing from that there is no point in coming any more.

June 15, 2015admin 12 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#66)

(Open thread + links)

Spandrell is on a roll (1, 2). The case of Kansas. White zombies. Questions for a young programmer. Mitochondrial memes (1, 2). Strategy. Weapons and social order. Left parochialism. Friday fragments. The weekly round-ups.

Directly on the heels of #Moldbuggate (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, “You might be unsurprised to find out that free speech is not valued on the left or among ‘SJW’ groups.”), comes #WrongSkin (it’s Milo’s moment, 1, 2, also see this model exercise in tone control). “Yes, I do consider myself to be black and that’s because … you know, that’s how I identify …” Institutional blackface. The constructivist pretzel. Assorted extras (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

The rationality of the Reddit crackdown. Another one bits the dust. An unmet demand for dangerous ideas?

The Deep State.

Wealth vaporization (pointing here). Economics of immigration (relevant from Hoppe). The next stage in coercive diversification (in action). Narratives of capital. Permissionless innovation. “The natural tendency of democratic societies is gradually to accumulate barriers to international trade.”

Climate sense. Briggs at Heartland, Day 1, 2, 3.

Racism porn. The distribution of empathy. An overview of African economic history. Intersectional.

SoBL reviews Blood Meridian. Interesting times. A Magna Carta appreciation.

The R’lyeh anomaly.

June 14, 2015admin 25 Comments »
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Quote note (#168)

The level of apocalypticism to be found in scientific abstracts rarely reaches the Dark Enlightenment threshold, but there are always exceptions. Here’s Olav Albert Christophersen, on ‘Thematic Cluster: Focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder’, originally published in Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease (2012). Indicatively, the paper is subtitled ‘Should autism be considered a canary bird telling that Homo sapiens may be on its way to extinction?’ The full abstract:

There has been a dramatic enhancement of the reported incidence of autism in different parts of the world over the last 30 years. This can apparently not be explained only as a result of improved diagnosis and reporting, but may also reflect a real change. The causes of this change are unknown, but if we shall follow T.C. Chamberlin’s principle of multiple working hypotheses, we need to take into consideration the possibility that it partly may reflect an enhancement of the average frequency of responsible alleles in large populations. If this hypothesis is correct, it means that the average germline mutation rate must now be much higher in the populations concerned, compared with the natural mutation rate in hominid ancestors before the agricultural and industrial revolutions. This is compatible with the high prevalence of impaired human semen quality in several countries and also with what is known about high levels of total exposure to several different unnatural chemical mutagens, plus some natural ones at unnaturally high levels. Moreover, dietary deficiency conditions that may lead to enhancement of mutation rates are also very widespread, affecting billions of people. However, the natural mutation rate in hominids has been found to be so high that there is apparently no tolerance for further enhancement of the germline mutation rate before the Eigen error threshold will be exceeded and our species will go extinct because of mutational meltdown. This threat, if real, should be considered far more serious than any disease causing the death only of individual patients. It should therefore be considered the first and highest priority of the best biomedical scientists in the world, of research-funding agencies and of all medical doctors to try to stop the express train carrying all humankind as passengers on board before it arrives at the end station of our civilization. [XS emphasis]

(Mutational load is, of course, genomic entropy — and the kind of ‘Social Darwinian’ or eugenicist mechanisms that might dissipate it are all, today, strictly unthinkable.)

(Via.)

June 13, 2015admin 21 Comments »
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#WrongSkin

#WrongSkin

Scarcely necessary to add the backstory.

(I’m guessing there might be enthusiasm for conversation about this. Please note Godfrey Elfwick‘s example, and try especially hard to keep it classy people.)

Is #AAA even imaginable in this environment?

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June 12, 2015admin 35 Comments »
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