Chaos Patch (#28)
(Weekly open thread.) XS is sticking with the settled schedule, despite the risk of chaos overdose. It’s been that kind of week. Spotty coverage of 4chan craziness and failed secession in the Anglosphere heartland doesn’t begin to exhaust it.
For anybody tugging at the scorched /pol/ thread, this is an interesting — and impressively sophisticated — strand to pull at (+ some Ebola-Chan context). ++ Trolls are Kulaks — Science. Free Northener on #Gamergate (+ NIO anticipates the storm).
The regular Mitrailleuse secession round-up makes serves as a good Scottish re-dependence portal. Some now dated, but stimulating Scotland-related commentary here, here, here, and here. (Also loosely related, and highly-recommended, from Mitrailleuse.) This might also be the place to throw in some Proprietary Cities links (1, 2, 3).
Some blog series of note:
Mark Yuray’s Articulating a Traditionalist Worldview (1, 2, 3).
John Michael Greer’s Dark Age America (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Victories Pyrrhic (setting out on) The Question of Sovereignty (1)
Exemplifying an uptick of complex dynamics / game theory analysis throughout NRx (and among its neighbors), from Anarcho-Papist: “The crucial feedback loops necessary to the prosperity of a society is dependent on the alignment of first-order and second-order collective action solutions. Punishing defectors offers a first-order equilibrium, but punishing those who won’t punish defectors offers a second-order, and stronger, equilibrium. However, the knowledge of punishing those who won’t punish defectors is not necessarily so obvious as the knowledge that defectors should be punished, for it entails a level of abstraction which separates the event of punishment from its result, and is thus that much more difficult to defend. This is where most people get tripped up by too readily identifying some practice or social norm as oppressive. We are very good at identifying first-order feedback loops, but not very good at identifying the second-order, meaning we tend to lose sight of the second-order benefits a practice has which on the first-order analysis has a negative game theoretic equilibrium.”
Anarcho-capitalist security mechanisms falling into place.
Lee Harris on The Future of Tradition.
Jim makes a crucial point.
An illustrated Kipling appreciation.
How the steppe was won.
How ISIS works.