Archive for June, 2016

Chaos Patch (#119)

(Open thread + links)

The envy engine. Invisible communism. Capitalism plus. “Explain yourselves”. The weekly round, plus outliers.

Dim torture. Academic decay. Still re-echoing (1, 2, 3). The underside of Zootopia. Candles.

Orlando fall-out (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and beyond (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Migrant costs. Hungry Venezuelans. Political upset in Italy. Brexit theater, and the English. Why not (also) Texit? Disintegration.

Trumpenführer panic report (1). Advantages of outsiderness. Trump and American ethnicity (1, 2). Dubious dog-whistles. “The rise of Yiannopoulos can help to explain the rise of Donald Trump.” Popcorn bonus.

Park MacDougald on Thiel (plus references 1, 2). Clickbait disruption.

Race on campus, parts 1, 2, 3. Ashkenazi genetics. Why is suicide rare?

Over-heated climate models. Extinct meteorites. The uncharted solar system. Neanderthal genetic gunk. The resilience of teleology.

Castillo on Urbit. DAO crash (1, 2, 3, 4). “… software is eating the software companies that are eating the world.” 21 Inc. Bitcoin computer. Satoshi Nakamoto murk. Tomorrow’s bank tellers. Algorithmic common sense. China’s supercomputers (plus). A durable Web. The Age of Em video conversation (1, 2). Sticking numbers on the simulation argument.

Houellebecq speaks.

June 21, 2016admin 69 Comments »
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Sentences (#60)

A topical Churchill quote (and probably his greatest remark):

… every time we have to decide between Europe and the open sea, it is always the open sea we shall choose.

(Via.)

Such a Britain would not only be worth something, it would be worth everything. (But it’s gone.)

A relevant Sailer comment:

In the American mind, land powers are seen as militarist, brooding, and no fun: Sparta, Prussia, the Soviet Union, and now Putin’s Russia. In contrast, sea powers are the good guys, the cool kids: Athens, Holland, England, and America. […] With natural defenses and a high-tech military, sea powers generally didn’t need enormous conscript armies, martial discipline, and centralized economic control. Instead, sea power was conducive to liberty at home and adventure capitalism abroad. [There’s an additional ‘adventure capitalism’ link, which freaked out my antivirus program.]

… and a Dugin recollection.

June 20, 2016admin 94 Comments »
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Sentences (#59)

Just putting this out there:

Lets just be honest here and state the fact that the “altright” is essentially a neo-nazi movement.

(As you can see in context — despite the weak pseudonym that I’m not going to dox — it’s from a sympathizer rather than a critic, if that makes any difference at this point.)

June 19, 2016admin 193 Comments »
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Frankenstein

Frankentein00

This comment thread makes it vividly clear what’s at stake in the Cathedral vs. Alt-Right grudge match. It’s Frankenstein against his monster.

(No way China doesn’t end up inheriting everything, on current Occidental degeneration trends.)

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June 18, 2016admin 136 Comments »
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Lunatic Activism

JoCox00

So it seems quite definite that the maniac who murdered this lady was some kind of riled-up Neo-Nazi (with mental health problems, if that isn’t a pleonasm). The SPLC is being called upon to pitch in with information, wholly understandably and predictably.

The news article notes:

In the wake of the attack, commentators questioned whether the tone of the ongoing Brexit referendum on Britain’s future in the European Union referendum campaign had been too divisive, pointing in particular to the focus on immigration. […] Alex Massie, writing in the Spectator magazine, blamed the “Leave” campaign for raising tensions. […] “When you encourage rage you cannot then feign surprise when people become enraged,” Mr Massie wrote. […] “When you present politics as a matter of life and death, as a question of national survival, don’t be surprised if someone takes you at your word.”

There’s absolutely no point insisting that this is bullshit, because to the extent that it is it’s nevertheless inevitable, and it will certainly be effective. This is what incontinent activism produces. It’s free, super-charged propaganda for the other side.

If the Right succeeds at making anything out of the collapse of the reigning order, it will be because it has pacified its own fringe of lunatic activism. It’s far from clear that it’s capable of doing that. What is clear though, is that the Alt-Right tendency — taken generally — is not anywhere close to seriously trying. The idiots pretending to be your friends will hurt you far more than the idiots on the other side. Mere survival requires principled dissociation from anyone promoting crime and terror as political tactics. Violent criminality is not even slightly OK. (It’s questionable whether politics is even slightly OK.)

If “no enemies on the right” moderates condemnation of rabid animals, it’s a formula for political suicide.

Note: The first person to denounce this post as ‘virtue signaling’ loses. (It’s non-hydrophobia signaling.)

ADDED: Alrenous comments.

June 17, 2016admin 188 Comments »
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Free Cities

HK00

The Free Cities Initiative: Let A Thousand Cities Bloom (here). In every way an excellent thing to be happening, and crucially aligned with the deep planetary current.

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June 16, 2016admin 34 Comments »
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Quote note (#259)

Western Civilization, rotting from the head:

There’s a new religion exploding on the campuses of American universities and colleges, says Thomas Cooley professor of ethical leadership at New York University, Jonathan Haidt. And if it isn’t stopped, it might just be better to shut them all down in the next 10 or 20 years. […] The religion of fundamental social justice sweeping across college campuses is so alarming, intense, and dripping with such extreme liberal fundamentalism, says Haidt, it has created an existential crisis for American academia while punishing heretics with public shame. […] “There is an extremely intense, fundamental social justice religion that’s taking over, not all students, but a very strong [space] of it, at all our colleges and universities. They are prosecuting blasphemy and this is where we are,” Haidt warned an audience about the religion at a lecture billed “The American University’s New Assault on Free Speech,” organized by the Manhattan Institute in New York City this week. …

[…]

“This, I believe, is an existential crisis for our universities. Our universities simply cannot function if this keeps going, and the reason why is pretty obvious,” Haidt explained. […]
“Human beings are incredibly irrational, biased, imperfect creatures. We are really, really bad at following the truth wherever it leads. The brilliance of some of our classical liberal institutions, especially science at the university, is that it institutionalized disconfirmation. […] “We in science, we don’t really see the truth unbiasedly. We each put out our models, our theories, we try our hardest to prove we are right. And other scientists say ‘no, you didn’t see, this is wrong’ and then we have to defend it. That’s the way it works, institutionalized disconfirmation. It has made us as a species as a culture vastly smarter than we could be if we were just individuals deciding things for ourselves,” he continued. […] “So science, this is very precious, universities are very precious. They only work if you have enormous protections for institutionalized disconfirmation. If I say something, if I publish something, I have to know I’m accountable for it because somebody, if I say something stupid or wrong, someone will challenge me and that is gone,” he said.

(Via.)

June 15, 2016admin 43 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#118)

(Open thread + links)

The American experiment, conservative insight, and formalism. Confused conservatives. Church and State. Border security (an SF story). Ideological mechanics. Basics of balance. Wrecked names. Responses to the Cowen “neo-reaction” post by Nydwracu, Anti-Gnostic, and VD (with much resonance). The weekly round, plus outliers.

Buried crimes of the Left. Race on campus. The incoherence of Liberal Democracy. America is broken. Defenses of militant atheism, and of mutualism. Jihad denial. Thiel unleashed. Parenthetical remarks (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Alt-Right rhetoric. Evola and fascism.

Madness in France. Brexit panic spreads (1, 2, 3, 4). The Australian (immigration) model. Swiss still sensible. Venezuela still screwed. State of the jihad, pre-Orlando (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Islamic ruin in Bangladesh. Oh Canada. The Shenzhen model. Technological de-globalization. “… we are witnessing the end of one era of world history and the dawn of another.”

Trumpenführer panic report. Media fail (1, 2, 3). High-brow Trumpism (an epic troll?). The stupid party. Sad people.

Gawker fun. SV TV. Information suppression.

String-theory by elimination. Evolution of consciousness. Thoughts on the Fermi Paradox. Strange star. The geography of schizophrenia. EQ is BS.

21 Computer goes open-source. Google’s quantum ambitions. Radio disintermediation. An AI movie. China’s deep plans.

The Antikythera Mechanism. Lost cities of Cambodia. Hanson’s AOE book meta-reviews (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

June 14, 2016admin 23 Comments »
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Quote note (#258)

Curated history:

One of [Diana] West’s themes that she is developing is the necessity for reclaiming history, that is, we need to know what actually happened so the proper historical lessons can be learned. […] And the creepy part is when West relates going back in old newspaper files to research original accounts and finding that the one edition that she needs that will tell her what she needs to know is missing. Not the newspaper for the day before, and not the one for the day after, no, they’re all there, just the one she needs. That one’s gone, and nobody knows where it went, or what happened to it. As if somebody went back at some point and deliberately altered the historical record. […] I’m not sure how we can ever recover from something like that. The amount of historical “re-revision” that’s going to have to be done is extremely daunting.

June 13, 2016admin 24 Comments »
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Sentences (#58)

David Harsanyi asks a basic question clearly:

Why is it that so many of the same people who are skeptical about exporting liberalism (count me as one) are perfectly content with the idea of importing illiberalism?

(For future reference, the immediate background.)

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June 13, 2016admin 14 Comments »
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