Archive for June, 2016

Is Libertarianism Racist?

… a question taken verbatim from a short, but perfect, Foseti post (from 2012).

(XS misses that guy.)

Anyone looking for a primer on how the hyper-liberal right goes dark will find it there. ‘Perfect’ means it can’t be improved upon.

Don’t miss Handle’s comment, which fills out the party-political dimension.

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June 12, 2016admin 24 Comments »
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“I want to go home.”

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Don’t be misled by the ambiguous escape at the end of Moon (2009). The movie as a whole makes the more far-reaching case. ‘Home’ is dead, and exists only as a simulation.

If it’s not obvious — after watching this excellent movie — why it explains the ‘Neo-‘ prefix in ‘Neoreaction’, I can’t help you. (Nothing can help you, in any case.)

June 11, 2016admin 25 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#70)

This is — of course — completely appalling:

(After lying on the sofa with a wet towel over your face, composure slowly returns.)

June 10, 2016admin 25 Comments »
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Quote note (#257)

Greer on America’s multi-dimensional military procurement fiasco:

… Military procurement fraud is as old as war, and overinvestment in the latest fashionable gimmick is tolerably common as far back as historical records reach. Every nation’s political and military establishment has to contend with both, and most manage to keep them within the bounds necessary to ensure national survival. Those nations that don’t restrict them in this manner normally go under, and this mode of failure is particularly common in the declining years of great powers.

Those of my readers who’ve read up on the last years of vanished empires — the Austro-Hungarian or Ottoman Empires, Romanov Russia or Habsburg Spain, and so on down the list of history’s obituaries — know the results already: the imperial state reduced to a massive but fragile shell, invincible in appearance but shockingly vulnerable in reality, resting ever more unsteadily on a crumbling foundation of ineffective or broken weapons, decaying or abandoned facilities; a political leadership blithely unaware of the gap between its fantasies of invincibility and the reality of accelerating systemic failure; a high command too busy feathering its own nest and playing political games to notice the widening cracks; and a dwindling corps of servicepeople, overworked, underpaid, and demoralized, who nonetheless keep on struggling to prop up the whole brittle mess until the inevitable disaster sweeps their efforts aside once and for all.

(The lead up through a wreckage landscape of developmentally-retarded, death-star priced, radically dysfunctional weapons systems is not to be missed.)

June 9, 2016admin 33 Comments »
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Sentences (#57)

This can never be emphasized enough:

… humans are, by nature, envious, resentful and unable to comprehend, let alone appreciate, a sophisticated economic system that has evolved in spite of, not because of, our best efforts.

Of all errors, humanism is probably the most cognitively destructive, and also socially disastrous.

June 8, 2016admin 37 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#117)

(Open thread + links)

Canonizing Citadel. Balkanization problems. Weaponized billionaires. Boomer fail. Free fall. Fish in a barrel. A response to Cowen. NRx feeds the Alt-Right. Cruelty. A Moldbug achive. The weekly round, plus outliers.

The edge of mob rule. Slur-positive. Neo-Weimar blues. The Dalai Lama goes off-message. Radio Rabbit. Bitbastion. Idiocracy advances. Echoes of hate (((watch))), plus.

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3). King Trump. Minority, Sanderista, and anti-war Trumpists. Politically incorrect (referencing). Numbers games (plus). Troubling Thiel. A vote for survival. Brains and computability.

Thiel isn’t the problem. Replicant media.

Cali eugenics (video). Dysgenic relaxation. Cross-cultural smiles. A double origin for domestic dogs? Cancer vaccine prospects. HGP Write. Unsilenced science. Do species exist?

Deep physics. DNA data-storage. Big math. The ultimate catastrophe.

A DAO hole. The Bitcoin ecosystem (graphic). AI and Singularity lies. Human rights for robots?

Hyperloop math. Hyper-real math. The cyborg option.

Self-reference. Sex dolls today.

June 7, 2016admin 47 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#69)

(Sorry, couldn’t resist the comedy stack-effect.)

June 7, 2016admin 3 Comments »
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Sentences (#56)

Tyler Cowen’s post on “neo-reaction” is quite weird. It has no usable references, so it’s impossible to know what he’s drawing on. Mix of quirky insights and Moron Bites material throughout. Worth a read, if you’re not busy doing anything else.

This struck me as interesting (if also clearly wrong) though:

maybe some of you are upset that I am even covering this topic, but neo-reaction, in varying forms, is a (the?) significant ideology in China, India, Russia, and Japan, and it is growing in popularity in Western Europe and of course America, where it has captured the presidential nomination of one of the two major parties.

(Don’t say you weren’t warned.)

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June 6, 2016admin 77 Comments »
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Quote note (#256)

Robert Kaplan on The Coming Anarchy (February, 1994), in prophetic mode:

West Africa is becoming the symbol of worldwide demographic, environmental, and societal stress, in which criminal anarchy emerges as the real ‘strategic’ danger. Disease, overpopulation, unprovoked crime, scarcity of resources, refugee migrations, the increasing erosion of nation-states and international borders, and the empowerment of private armies, security firms, and international drug cartels are now most tellingly demonstrated through a West African prism. West Africa provides an appropriate introduction to the issues, often extremely unpleasant to discuss, that will soon confront our civilization. To remap the political earth the way it will be a few decades hence — as I intend to do in this article — I find I must begin with West Africa. …

Holds up well from the XS PoV.

(Used as a promotion device for the latest Outsideness NCR&P course, actually beginning next Sunday (although it currently seems a little demotically-challenged)). Does this seem like pan-handling? Guess it is, edgy 2016 Internet-economy style.

As anticipated, the Chaos Patch shift to Tuesday’s looks unavoidable. Sometimes Chaos bites back.

June 5, 2016admin 30 Comments »
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Quote (#255)

The Economist on Peter Thiel:

At his best, Mr Thiel was a mixture of libertarian and contrarian. As a student at Stanford University in the late 1980s and early 1990s he railed against the new academic orthodoxies of multiculturalism and diversity and political correctness, founding a conservative magazine, Stanford Review, and publishing an establishment-baiting book, “The Diversity Myth”. He even defended a fellow law student, Keith Rabois, who decided to test the limits of free speech on campus by standing outside a teacher’s residence and shouting “Faggot! Faggot! Hope you die of AIDS!” When he was a young tyro in Silicon Valley, his libertarian vision inspired many of his business decisions. He hoped that PayPal would help create a new world currency, free from government control and dilution, and that Facebook would help people form spontaneous communities outside traditional nation states.

There is a darker element in his thinking today. In an essay written in 2009 for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think-tank, he declared that he no longer believed that “freedom and democracy are compatible”, putting some of the blame for growing statism on the rise of welfare dependency and the enfranchisement of women. He added a grandiloquent coda: “The fate of our world may depend on the effort of a single person who builds or propagates the machinery of freedom that makes the world safe for capitalism”.

(That final Thiel quote is Sentences material.)

Libertarianism either goes dark, or it dies of cognitive dissonance. The number of people seeing that — while small — is rising on a parabolic curve.

June 4, 2016admin 8 Comments »
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