Chaos Patch (#22)
(Open thread, and stuff.)
Another take on the democracy problem: “Ideology is the death of good government. Democracy requires ideology. Therefore democracy is the death of good government.”
“Democracy is one of the more potent weapons that the USA can yield to destroy enemies, and the Chinese are clearly aware of what is in store.”
Leftism needs nationalism.
Selection pressure for modernity resistance.
An epic post on the Westernization of Hinduism.
There‘s a Matrioshka Brain Home Page.
Varieties of futurism.
In case anyone was unaware, libertarians eat each other too. It’s especially worth underscoring this friction factor:
This is the second approach to a new definition of libertarianism: People wish to analyze society not according to whether it is voluntary but in order to ferret out signs of power and privilege which they self-righteously condemn. Consider open source software. It has been castigated as a realm of privilege because it predominantly consists of white men. Open source software is source code that is thrown into the public realm so that anyone can modify and enhance it. It is a pure expression of free speech; the product is available to everyone for free; there are no entry barriers or requirements other than caring enough to learn code. Learning code is also available and free to all.
My misanthropy takes a hit.
ADDED: Creep-out troll terror.