Chaos Patch (#33)
(Open thread and links (this week, a lot of links (if not quite at Free Northener dimensions))
ClarkHat took the #Gamergate discussion to the next level (to massive and sustained applause). If we’re framing this as the long war, argues Ben Southwood, then there’s only one way to bet: “Like it has won almost every major political battle since the Glorious Revolution ([if slowly, sometimes]) the left is going to win this one because it controls the commanding heights of the media, allowing it to bring the mass public on side, and because its adherents follow their faith with a religious zeal. … Gamergate is one of the most interesting things to happen in years, but I don’t think it will win.” In any case, we shouldn’t get too excited about the players here, or believe much that is attributed to them. Best to focus on Gawker losing it completely. On the creation of nerds. Dissymmetry.
On the Ebola-Channel, it was New York, Mali, and bio-warfare rumor week. The highlight article was Richard Preston’s New Yorker piece, but there was plenty of additional quality commentary. Also, a variety of political responses, and policy review pieces. (other diseases are falling through the cracks.)
A propertarian take on Neoreaction. Thoughts on Neoreaction and spontaneous order. Social-tech and anarcho-tyranny (I’m still a hold out on whether ‘social-tech‘ is a theoretical advance, rather than a fuzzy regression). A massive torrent of stuff from Bryce, including the start of an intriguing series. A superb overview piece by Dampier. Priority NRx research areas (with a strong socio-historical emphasis). Post-Anathema provides a home for questions of NRx aesthetics (any signs of convergence yet?). Stalwart EA Gray has a new blog. A calm detached glimpse.
Amerika is unimpressed by the JQ. An underwhelmed response to Tatu Vanhanen’s new book, Global Inequality as a Consequence of Human Diversity (plus, some investigations in a similar vein). Genetics of caste. Inbreeding can seriously mess you up. Racist horror off the southern belle. Has the dysgenic tide turned?
Gregory Clark on English markets before capital ignition.
Solidarity, sacrifice, and truth.
What should the philosophy of cosmology be asking?
A pre-history of peer review.