Chaos Patch (#40)

(Open thread, links …)

Some reactosphere highlights: Questioning secession, basedness and other values, racial double-binds, doomed boomers, a call to order, warfare in the progressive-style, Dugin on IR, deconstruction in the mosh-pit. Why capitalism really sucks (a response, in part, to this lamentable development?) — highly related. Propertarianism versus NRx (hard to distinguish from a tech-comm ‘correction’ of NRx). Bonfire of the sanities. The return of Satan (see also these). Thoughts on torture. Narrative games (link mania). “This ends the third cycle …” Fragmentation continues. Megameta.

A gateway to Silicon Valley Cyber-Apocalypticism. “In five years, an estimated 5.9 billion people will own smartphones. Anyone who can code, or who has something to sell, can be a free agent on the global marketplace. You can work from anywhere on your laptop and talk to anyone in the world; you can receive goods anywhere via drone and pay for them with bitcoins — that is, if you can’t 3-D print them at home. As software eats everything, prices will plunge. You won’t need much money to live like a king; it won’t be a big deal if your job is made obsolete by code or a robot. The rich will enjoy bespoke luxury goods and be first in line for new experiences, but otherwise there will be no differences among people; inequality will increase but cease to matter. Politics as we know it will lose relevance. Large, gridlocked states will be disrupted like any monopoly. Customer-citizens, armed with information, will demand transparency, accountability, choice. They will want their countries to be run as well as a start-up. There might be some civil wars, there might be many new nations, but the stabilizing force will be corporations, which will become even more like parts of a global government than they are today. Google and Facebook, for in-stance, will be bigger and better than ever: highly functional, monopolistic technocracies that will build out the world’s infrastructure. Facebook will be the new home of the public sphere; Google will automate everything.”

Bitcoin for the establishment (more, and more) … and in other Bitcoin mainstreaming news. How collapse works. Recession is the new stimulus. Zombie slayer.

The Internet is escaping (so why not tickle it nicely?). A new dawn.

Double-checking. Genome checking. Dubious debunkings (also). Getting physical. Lemmings.

The geography of homicide.

For the top popcorn spectacular of the week, there’s only one link needed.

Decapitation porn and production values.

Paleolithic art. Mathematical collapse and advance.

December 14, 2014admin 25 Comments »

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  • Brett Stevens Says:

    This series of posts are the best replacement for something like MetaFilter that I’ve ever seen. Reading now with coffee, wondering how I missed all this stuff.


    Posted on December 14th, 2014 at 3:34 pm Reply | Quote
  • Different T Says:

    You won’t need much money to live like a king; it won’t be a big deal if your job is made obsolete by code or a robot.

    Could not the same phrase have been uttered by a “futurist” in 1600 (possibly changing “robot” to “machine”). Would it have been, correct?

    inequality will increase but cease to matter. Politics as we know it will lose relevance.

    There seems to be a link a fundamental self-misunderstanding which drives “progress,” and an inevitable disappointment which reinforces the cycle. Likely corroboration for Elon Musk tweeted, “Hope we’re not just the biological boot loader for digital superintelligence. Unfortunately, that is increasingly probable.”

    However, “coherent extrapolated volition” is one of Yudkowsky’s pet concepts for friendly artificial intelligence. Rather than our having to solve moral philosophy in order to arrive at a complete human goal structure, C.E.V. would computationally simulate eons of moral progress, like some kind of Whiggish Pangloss machine.


    In simple terms, could it be the expression of pseudo-intellectuals (who consider subjugation to another human as beneath them, yet are “clearly too intelligent” to believe in a “flying-spaghetti monster”) desperate attempt to create “deus ex machina” (with data, lots of lots of precious data) and allow themselves to finally get back on their knees with a good conscience?

    All the more comical when admin finds “the indications of an Occidental desire for enslavement or destruction by Islam” “hideously plausible.”


    drethelin Reply:

    I think it would’ve been approximately correct on most metrics apart from “social status” and maybe “access to sex”. You can be a Barista or some other position that amounts to menial labor or being a servant and still have the ability to buy books, eat delicious food that you really like and isn’t going to to be rotten, shit indoors, live in a warm house with or without animals as you choose, travel throughout the world on your whims, be mostly safe from bandits, so on and so forth.


    Posted on December 14th, 2014 at 5:23 pm Reply | Quote
  • NRx_N00B Says:

    After reading some of the linked stories, I really miss (using Lynx browser) the non-commercial interwebs of the early 90’s.


    huggle bunny Reply:

    at least on firefox you can eliminate much of the garbage of ads and javascript nonsense:


    if you block at the host level (/etc/hosts) then all browsers will be free of all the junk.


    Posted on December 14th, 2014 at 6:12 pm Reply | Quote
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    Posted on December 14th, 2014 at 7:16 pm Reply | Quote
  • Lucian Says:

    Can’t barrage the Farage.


    Posted on December 14th, 2014 at 8:01 pm Reply | Quote
  • j. ont. Says:

    I’m still very much looking forward to your elaboration on “Gothic Kantianism.”

    I enjoyed this analysis, linked by Alrenous on the “Deep State” thread:

    Obviously the guy is packing some serious leftward bias–nevertheless, I enjoy analyses of class structure. Aside from Moldbug, what are some good resources in that regard?


    Alrenous Reply:

    Paul Fussell.


    Posted on December 14th, 2014 at 8:03 pm Reply | Quote
  • peter connor Says:

    Smart phones cannot create resources……and they cannot halt the dysgenic process now in full swing.


    Richard Reply:

    Pretty much.


    Posted on December 14th, 2014 at 9:02 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mark Warburton Says:

    Szabo on trustworthy computing –
    Falkenstein is posting again –


    Posted on December 14th, 2014 at 10:18 pm Reply | Quote
  • SanguineEmpiricist Says:

    Falkenstein is one of the finest fools of this century.

    @Infinities of mathematics I don’t see how this will be an issue if Univalent Foundations is pushed through. Which is at…… Princeton!

    Kolmogorov-Brouwer-Heyting interpretation is what Martin Peter Lof’s type theory is based on which is what Univalent Foundations is based on. Which should replace set theory just fine. The mathematics of Moscow is still impervious to Cantor’s nonsense.


    ||||| Reply:

    Five Stages of Accepting Constructive Mathematics.


    Posted on December 15th, 2014 at 3:41 am Reply | Quote
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    Posted on December 15th, 2014 at 11:12 am Reply | Quote
  • Kgaard Says:

    Great stuff from Dugin, as usual. But god the presentation is atrocious. I had to force myself to wade through the boilerplate up top to get down to the interesting stuff at the bottom. If I were uncharitable I would chalk it up to a sort of humorless eastern dogmatism. Still love the guy though …


    Izak Reply:

    No doubt about it — he is a card!

    I thought it was pretty funny how the last thing he said was him going, “I’m more humble than the Americans. That’s the difference between us” as if there’s some sort of humility contest that he’s totally kicking the Americans’ asses in. Hey, Dugin, ever heard of being a sore winner?


    Posted on December 15th, 2014 at 10:42 pm Reply | Quote
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    Posted on December 16th, 2014 at 6:53 pm Reply | Quote
  • Kgaard Says:

    Well the Japanese voted and sure enough — just as Zerohedge and David Stockman suggested would be the rational course — the Japanese decisively threw out Abe and his crazy money-printing schemes.

    Oh, wait … sorry … It turns out Abe won in a LANDSLIDE and has a veto-proof majority for the next five years (with the help of his coalition partner Komeito).

    Are the Japanese retards? Or after two years of Abenomics are they still reasonably of the view that it’s the best option on the table?

    We’ve established that the average Japanese IQ is 108 with a narrow distribution around that figure, so clearly they are not retards. Maybe they are smarter than Stockman and Zerohedge …


    Hurlock Reply:

    “Are the Japanese retards?”

    Well, duuuuuh…

    “We’ve established that the average Japanese IQ is 108 with a narrow distribution around that figure, so clearly they are not retards. Maybe they are smarter than Stockman and Zerohedge.”

    This joke just made my day, thanks mate.


    Posted on December 16th, 2014 at 11:20 pm Reply | Quote
  • vimothy Says:

    …That leaves the frozen Fed strategy. For this alternative I admit to having considerable sympathy: I can hardly do otherwise, having proposed the idea myself in my first book (see chapter 11). Besides, unlike the other plans this one could preserve the dollar network whilst safeguarding dollar holders from the Fed’s machinations. But in what sense is this strategy any less of a cop-out than my now favorite plan for replacing the present Federal Reserve dollar with an NGDP- (or Domestic Final Demand) stabilizing Bitdollar? If a tamper-proof Bitdollar is a form of monetary central planning, then so is a frozen Fed dollar. The difference between the schemes is, not that one involves a planned base money stock and the other doesn’t, but that one involves a fixed base money stock and the other doesn’t.

    But, you may ask, isn’t a fixed stock of base money more consistent with laissez-faire than a stock that grows at some constant rate while also adjusting, albeit automatically, in response to changes in the real demand for base money? No, it isn’t. Consider the classical gold standard, or any commodity-money regime for that matter. Such a regime involves, not a constant monetary base, but one that tends to expand along with growth in the real demand for base dollars. Thus the long-run price-level stability that was one of the gold standard’s most noteworthy achievements. Whatever else it might be doing, a discretionary Fed that insisted upon keeping the monetary base constant would not be emulating a gold standard. Instead, it would be pursuing a policy that might well lead to disturbances as serious, if not considerably more serious, than those that could be justly attributed to the historical gold standard or (for that matter) than those that might arise today under a discretion-based regime that yielded low and steady inflation. In any event the belief that a central bank is “doing nothing” when it chooses to maintain a constant monetary base (or constant stock of any monetary aggregate) is my personal choice for top honors (and, take my word for it, the competition is stiff) in the “crudest free market monetary fallacy” contest.

    But be careful, if you start reading someone as sensible as George Selgin, who knows where it will end …


    Kgaard Reply:

    Yeah … this is exactly right … and gets to a prior debate we had. If the central bank keeps the money supply fixed that’s a recipe for total disaster. And I think that’s what bitcoin is doing if I’m not mistaken (a reason, perhaps, that the currency keeps rising?). Seems to me alt currencies are gonna have the same issue that confronts the fed: In order to keep the value stable — making the currency usable — they’ll have to find a way to adjust the supply relative to the demand. And then you’ve got a central banker. And then you’ve defeated most of the reason for having an alt currency in the first place.


    vimothy Reply:

    My understanding is that Bitcoin is designed to grow at a fixed rate (although actually this has been adjusted), and then stop forever.


    Posted on December 17th, 2014 at 9:24 am Reply | Quote
  • GC Says:

    “inequality will increase but cease to matter”

    It already shouldn’t matter (at least not in the west), but certain individuals do seem to think that equality an intrinsically good thing and they’re not likely to be going away. Suffice to say, I have no time for them.


    Posted on December 17th, 2014 at 2:50 pm Reply | Quote
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