Archive for February, 2016

Chaos Patch (#102)

(Open thread + links)

Atomic fission. Occult government. The chaos option. Escalate to ideas. A tale from the Hood. Comment policy. The dissident right mapped (not hugely persuasively). New blog. The weekly round.

The Islamic Vortex update (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Saudi collapse chatter (plus). Stuxnet update. Charlie Foxtrot foreign policy (1, 2, 3, 4). Venezuela in ruins (1, 2, 3). Full communism in the UK and US. Chinese takes on the Norks, its own rich kids, and digital money. Germany leaves the reservation. Scary Poland (notable 1, 2), plus Jim’s take.

Commodities as cash. Beyond zirp lies calamity (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). The neglected supply side. Business success for SJWs (1, 2).

Polarization yawns (relevant). Against inheritance (note). Lost millennials (and competitiveness). The ‘social justice’ defense.

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3). The Bush slayer (relevant), level complete. Crashing the party (1, 2, 3, 4). Spanked Pope. Dreher floods the zone (1, 2, 3, 4). Trump speaks. Trump’s veep?

Meanwhile, on the other side of chaos (1, 2, 3, 4).

ScaliaGate (1, 2, 3, 4).

Twitter funny business watch (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). The search for alternatives. Twitter versus Facebook. Social media versus party politics. The digital ghetto. Biased social science. Derbyshire disinvited.

Costs of dishonesty. Racial profiling. The tightrope of discretion. Discriminate harder. German crime stats. Complexities of religious reproduction. An IQ/income bibliography. Amygdala conflict. A biorealist look at democracy.

Hominin taxic diversity (plus).

Apple against the FBI. What’s next for AI (see also, and)? ET is out there (or in here). Time-travel ‘update‘.

A difficult number. Predation and speciation. Modafinil works. Toxoplasma alert drop. A time-lapsed sun and carnivorous glowworms.

Apocalypse Corner (1, 2, 3). “As the economic, social and ethnic contradictions are only growing in the modern world our most cunning weapon against the system is to snuff out all hope people may still have. Considering the state the world is in today it doesn’t take much to shake people’s confidence in the system. But instead of being worried, anxious or desperate about the coming turmoil, we must fearlessly welcome it, we must celebrate it, we must embrace it, we must always make it absolutely clear that the collapse of the western societies into a raging ethnic tribal war only serves our cause and that it is the necessary prerequisite for the national revolution. Therefore our primary task is to convince everyone that chaos awaits, we must do everything within our power so that a sense of doom and gloom begins to haunt the society. We must persuade people to believe in the collapse, so that this collapse then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as well.” (As with much Chaos Patch material, that merits an XS smile, but not a full endorsement.)

A cognitive bias run-down. Umberto Eco (RIP) on fascism.

February 21, 2016admin 30 Comments »
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Quote note (#221)

Malcolm Pollack sums up what he’s getting tired of repeating:

… as far as politics and society are concerned I do believe, as I explained to a commenter recently, that I see a great division widening in America; that our current course is unsustainable; that the traditional American nation, which generations fought and died for, is tottering, under continuous assault from within; that if we look to Europe we see a foreshadowing of what may well happen here; that it is hard for me to see how the deepening fissures dividing our nation can ever be bridged; that the original “operating system” installed at the nation’s founding is increasingly incompatible with the “hardware” it must run on today; that the nation is too vast and too diverse for a centralized government to manage it effectively; that there is a boiling anger in much of America that threatens to tear the nation to pieces; that human biodiversity is both real and vitally important to understanding both history and human societies, and that a great civilizational crisis will soon occur in the West, and in fact is already underway. I believe also that democracy itself has dangerous, perhaps inevitably fatal, liabilities, and that those liabilities are sharply increased by high heterogeneity and universal suffrage. I believe that the West has been committing voluntary suicide through mass Third-World immigration (particularly mass Muslim immigration, which is the fastest path to social and cultural self-extinction that any Western nation can follow.)

February 20, 2016admin 21 Comments »
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Sentences (#44)

Succinct insight from Lind:

Within the Beltway, the failure of national policies is not important.

The whole (short) article is highly recommended, and not only because it converges on the cybernetics of the NRx Cathedral concept almost perfectly:

… the only thing that really matters is remaining a member of the establishment. This completes the loop in what is a classic closed system, where the outside world does not matter and is not allowed to intrude. Col. John Boyd, America’s greatest military theorist, said that all closed systems collapse. The Washington establishment cannot adjust, it cannot adapt, it cannot learn. It cannot escape serial failure.

The very success of the establishment at perfecting machine politics — i.e. desensitization to performance-based feedback — guarantees concentrated idiocracy and collapse.

February 19, 2016admin 13 Comments »
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Crypto-Power

This is a joke, but it’s also onto something serious:


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February 18, 2016admin 26 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#50)

The consistency here is surely far more striking than the disparity.

(FWIW I’m more sympathetic to the EU stereotype than the indigenous one.)

February 17, 2016admin 14 Comments »
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Sentences (#43)

Goad on America’s racial psychosis:

It’s a logically impossible world where somehow society is rooted in white supremacy, yet this same society’s cardinal sin is white supremacy.

February 17, 2016admin 28 Comments »
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Cathedralism

Imagine, hypothetically, that you wanted the regime to succeed. Would you recommend Cathedralization? Cynically considered, the track record is, at least, not bad. Planetary dominion is not to be sniffed at. (Suggestions in this direction are not unknown, even in XS comment threads.)

The Cathedral, defined with this question in mind, is the subsumption of politics into propaganda. It tends — as it develops — to convert all administrative problems into public relations challenges. A solution — actual or prospective — is a successful management of perceptions.

For the mature Cathedral, a crisis takes the consistent form: This looks bad. It is not merely stupid. As Spandrell recently observes, in comments on power, “… power isn’t born out of the barrel of a gun. Power is born out of the ability to have people with guns do what you tell them.” (XS note.) The question of legitimacy is, in a real sense, fundamental, when politics sets the boundaries of the cosmos under consideration. (So Cathedralism is also the hypertrophy of politics, to the point where a reality outside it loses all credibility.)

Is your civilization decaying? Then you need to persuade people that it is not. If there still seems to be a mismatch between problem and solution here, Cathedralism has not entirely consumed your brain. To speculate (confidently) further — you’re not a senior power-broker in a modern Western state. You’re even, from a certain perspective, a fossil.

Cathedralism works, in its own terms, as long as there are no definite limits to the efficacy of propaganda. To pose the issue at a comparatively shallow level, if the political response to a crisis simply is the crisis, and that response can be effectively controlled (through propaganda, broadly conceived), then the Cathedral commands an indisputable practical wisdom. It would be sensible to go long on the thing.

If however (imagine this, if you still can) manipulation of the response to crisis is actually a suppression of the feedback required to really tackle the crisis, then an altogether different story is unfolding.

Is reality subordinated to the Cathedral because — and exactly so far as — ‘the people’ are? That is the question.

ADDED: Deeply relevant.

February 16, 2016admin 31 Comments »
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Quote note (#220)

Scott Alexander in full-flood (in his own comment zone):

Okay, that’s actually a fair point. I don’t have all of this in one place yet, but I’ll try to give you a summary. And in honor of you accusing me of paranoid rants, I’ll try to present it in as deliberately conspiratorial and tinfoil-hattish a way as possible. I make no guarantees I will stand by any of this when I’m sober / when it’s not 3:30 AM. [I’m going to assume that’s an abbreviation for 3:33]

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People naturally divide into ingroups and outgroups. Although the traditional way of doing this is by race or religion (leading to racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, etc), in modern America this is gradually being replaced by a more complicated division based on social class and political affiliation. Rural working-class people have become a very different tribe (“Red Tribe”) than college-educated urban people in gated professions (“Blue Tribe”), with different food preferences, sport preferences, entertainment preferences, dialects, religions, mores, and politics. These two groups are vehemently opposed.

(if you only read one link in this piece, read that vehemently opposed one. The rest are just citations; that one contains an important piece of the story that’s hard to summarize).

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February 15, 2016admin 54 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#101)

(open thread + links)

NRx orthodoxy (also relevant). Sanguine on NIO. Retribution. Broken world syndrome. Why WN fails. Citadel on philosemitism. Leftism and Christianity. ‘Neoreaction’ on TV. The ADL’s Alt-Right primer. The weekly round.

War clouds thicken over Syria (also relevant). Transition in Vietnam (some commentary). Swedish suicide (and Finland‘s). Collapse spiral in Greece, and — still more — in Venezuela. Blaming you-know-who in Malaysia. Winning by losing. Grim analyses. Stay out of civil wars. A defense of the Gray Zone. Ethnic violence is war.

Missing inflation and abundant oil. The fourth revolution. Inefficient financial markets. Perverse effects.

Antonin Scalia, a writer for the law (as even his enemies admit). An opportunity for the Left? Pollack comments. Douthat at the NYT.

Mainstream Left and Right on the tightrope. No exit. An Indian view of political asymmetry (also). When anarchists attack. Communist defectors. Send him to church. Millennial retardation and psychosis (related).

Trumpenführer panic report — fash forward edition. Trump intensifies. Subtle hints of desperation. “Trumpism is … the endgame of a process that has been going on for a half-century: America’s divestment of its historic national identity.” Populism rising, everywhere. America can survive.

Apocalypse Corner — locked-in-a-burning-box version. Doom loop (relevant). “We’re all going to suffer.”

Twitter’s algorithmic timeline and untrusted safety council, plus shadow banning, censorship, and other partisan excesses. (More.) The padded cell option. Chaos tweet of the week. Methodical lies.

Crime-fact express. DNA letters. Canine ‘IQ’. Sexual difference. A black bitter clinger.

Zika people. Leftist ants. Tentaclysm (plus).

Open access. Gravity makes waves (plus 1, 2, 3, 4). Mega-mirrors. Moore no more? Two decades of computer pwnage. Viral heritage. Time-travel hazard.

The complex beauty of virtue ethics. Cheating and self-reinforcement. Defectors from the Left. Going big on Bosch.

February 14, 2016admin 39 Comments »
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Sentences (#42)

Jim on a striking lesson from the history of ideology:

If all men are created equal then it logically follows that all white males must die …

(From there, it escalates.)

February 13, 2016admin 10 Comments »
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