Chaos Patch (#65)

(Open thread + links)

Gnosticism and civilization. The tinkered Canon (work in progress). Logic and absurdity. Anticoncepts. Economic pseudoscience. Awkward geezers. Genetic failure. Cat lady culture, and a dead nation’s dead. Deep state jitters. Religion and homosexuality. Modern feudalism. Tabulated doublethink. At the dark gate. Fables of the deconstruction. Mirror of obscurity. Main business of the week. Friday fragments. The weekly round-ups.

Gun control is dead (it’s all about crypto now). A tale of two Elons.

Perversity. More democracy doom signal (seen upside-down by the left). Kicking the can.

OPEC death spasms. Who wants Rohingyas? SA in decay (1, 2). Sweden is just about done. The bit of Europe that’s working isn’t, really. Trudeau was a fascist (figures). “… this bubble is literally too big to pop.” California drying.

Observed evolution. Re-mainstreaming IQ. Let’s talk about global warming (also). OK, we know. A taste of tomorrow.

While we may be able to observe other galaxies movements from the outside, the machinations of our own we have to watch from the inside, a task that NASA compares to ‘trying to create a map of your house while confined to only the living room.'”

Relaxed on human extinction.

Accelerating left lunacy watch (satire and reality long ceased to be distinguishable). The comparatively sane left wants the red guards to just die.

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  • Erebus Says:

    “Accelerating left lunacy watch (satire and reality long ceased to be distinguishable). The comparatively sane left wants the red guards to just die.”

    Chait would like the accelerating atmosphere of political correctness to “die of its own absurdity”. He also ludicrously asserts that it’s dying already. Wishful thinking. As everybody here is surely aware, this particular atmosphere is developing in a bottom-up manner: It’s the young, the students, who are driving it. The administrative bureaucracy — which is to some extent forced to take student complaints seriously, and is to some other extent motivated by cowardice — is merely acquiescing. The ratchet is not going to stop turning, and it isn’t going to turn backwards. Our neo-puritan university students — possessed of a sense of Social Justice pitched in the highest key, and “feelings” far more delicate than a Victorian lady’s — will see to that…. And the children growing up today under the influence of this wretched zietgeist are going to be even worse.

    This is funny and of minor relevance.

    Accelerationism is becoming an ever more viable tactic. Those preoccupied with “taking action” should give it some thought.

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    Different T Reply:

    Our neo-puritan university students — possessed of a sense of Social Justice pitched in the highest key, and “feelings” far more delicate than a Victorian lady’s — will see to that…. And the children growing up today under the influence of this wretched zietgeist are going to be even worse.

    Yikes

    Accelerationism is becoming an ever more viable tactic. Those preoccupied with “taking action” should give it some thought.

    Seems to depend on if “taking action” regards an act of creation or a belief in redemption. I read a few sites from traditionalists and they do not recognize the law of identity. In one article they will talk about marriage, and in the next about turning the country around. Grant them a full conversion to Christianity, and these newly pious men procreate with “newly” pious women?

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    NRx_N00B Reply:

    “It’s the young, the students, who are driving it. The administrative bureaucracy — which is to some extent forced to take student complaints seriously, and is to some other extent motivated by cowardice — is merely acquiescing.”


    Indeed, like the “man-boy” described in the Goodbye Sweden piece:

    “Then you have the Swedish school system. There really is no nice way to put it; it’s a complete disaster. The minister of education is a man-boy who spends his time making Youtube-videos showing heart-signs with his hands to boost school results, while university-level students can’t read and comprehend the course literature.”


    Progressivism—one big, dysgenic, positive feedback loop.

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  • SVErshov Says:

    “(it’s all about crypto now)”
    no any PGP encryption program on Apple computer can work with hard to crack key generated on Linux. Apple encryption reduced to what is only possible to crack for NSA. And now these guys talking about encryption, give me a brake….

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    admin Reply:

    Sorry about the Apple link, it was only intended to be very vaguely illustrative of public animation on the topic (not as an example of where to look for impregnable crypto-protection).

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    SVErshov Reply:

    nothing wrong in exposing hypocrisies. sorry will be those who put their trust into apple encryption.

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  • Chaos Patch (#65) | Reaction Times Says:

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  • Chris B Says:

    “Gun control is dead” No. Power now having a threat and possessing a strong excuse will seek to expand its control even further than it now does and will succeed effortlessly. Any violence against it will be of benefit to Power who will then have a further excuse to expand. There is a grim inevitability in this, and aligning any reaction against Power, as opposed to being in line with Power is fraught with serious problems. The Xenosystem hyper decentralization/ hyper individual sovereignty direction is somewhat divergent from a lot of what MM theorises (as inspired by De Jouvenal.)

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  • Eventually You Run Out Of Other People’s Virtue | wasenlightened Says:

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  • Michael Says:

    Cook was characteristically passionate about all three topics. A theme that has persisted following his appearance on Charlie Rose late last year to define how Apple handled encryption, his public letter on Apple’s new security page in the wake of the celebrity nude hacking incidents and his speech earlier this year at President Obama’s Summit on Cybersecurity at Stanford — an event which was notably not attended by other Silicon Valley CEOs like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt

    kind of supports Unz theory or the chinese maxim that all polititions are pwnd

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    SVErshov Reply:

    No. 1 vulnerability of crypto is the user, 2nd passphrases, 3rd overconfidence, 4th trust in the producer, 5th believing backdoors are No. 1.

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  • Mark Warburton Says:

    I was at a talk with the London Futurists yesterday. The second half is particularly interesting and the questions were top-notch. There was a business guy from Havard, some one from San Fran Google, a polymath number theorist. Rasputin just missed out on this! Bitcoin got some stick but block chain technology overall wasn’t taken apart in a way that would worry you.

    Video already up – “The Radical Potential of Blockchain Technology”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMT0xwmFKIY

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    Rasputin Reply:

    Going to have fun catching up on this – gutted to have missed it!

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    Mark Warburton Reply:

    My phone goes off at 3:55 – my sole contribution… haha.

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  • NRx_N00B Says:

    Progressivism, in an ecological sense, is inherently dysgenic and is precisely what one would expect was fueled by—and made possible by—a temporary “resource glut”, where output has temporarily exceeded its final, steady-state.

    Hence, as Volkmar Weiss puts it: “Politics is nothing more than the foam on the waves. Politicians believe themselves to be the drivers of history—but they are driven by it and try to regulate something that regulates itself (Flynn, 2001).”

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  • Alan J. Perrick Says:

    Let’s hope the deep state shivers itself to pieces.

    A.J.P.

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  • Krelian Says:

    @Chris B

    Unfortunately, you are right. The show isn’t over yet. For a recent anecdote, look at what the Department of State is now trying to do as of late last week.

    They’re trying to reclassify all online discussion, blogs, internet forums, bulletin boards, chat rooms and other sites related to firearms as restricted exports, and therefore criminal in nature, by modifying the existing ITAR regulations (so they don’t need to go before Congress and the Senate). This would outlaw the sharing of gun models for 3D printers, but I’m sure all can see how this goes much further than that.

    There is some speculation that this also extends to discussion of cryptography and cryptocurrencies, as those too are covered under ITAR. Individuals and site operators violating the regulations would be subject to takedown orders, raids, and criminal litigation.

    Even voicing your gun hobby on Twitter could be subject to the new rules.

    How are they going to enforce it?

    Are we about to see something on the scale of the 1920’s Prohibition, one that will ultimately backfire in the end?

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    Mechanomica Reply:

    They can probably get away with enforcing it however they want, as long as they want. Prohibition backfired because trying to take away people’s ability to anesthetize themselves makes them more unruly. Outlawing new methods of gaining access to firearms makes the public easier to manage.

    We’re going to see a lot more drug legalization in the US over the next decade (no uppers, mind you… and I wouldn’t bet on hallucinogens either). But we should expect that any technological breakthrough that threatens to tilt the balance of power will quickly be made illegal. There will be a little more leeway with crypto, but not as much as we would like. No major power seriously believes it can afford to forego the creation of a panopticon. Even if their response to this global war is moronic at times, they understand the stakes.

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    Kgaard Reply:

    Good points here. Too bad they won’t legalize hallucinogenics. It’s pretty clear these were a major cornerstone of tribal rituals for most of human history. They foster a sense of togetherness, fellow feeling. Thus it makes sense that the state would want to stamp that out. An isolated miserable and lonely individual is an easy-to-control individual.

    Hallucinogenic plants are legal in much of central and south america. I think governments there may view these as a sort of niche policy offering. These countries can compete with gringolandia by being more open on stuff like this and it doesn’t hurt anyone.

    On a related note, I’ve been thinking more on the question of overlap between New Age and Neoreaction and this hallucinogens are a pretty good example. There is a clear political element to hallucinogenics — they encourage bonding at the local level as well as pursuit of non-capital-oriented activities, and thus are a threat to the state.

    Helpfully, one can achieve the same effects generated by hallucinogens via specific breathing practices …

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    SVErshov Reply:

    hallucinogens unfortunately not going to help human race to survive, or evolve. with continuous use receptors on neuronal cells which activated by hallucinogens (usually 5HT family of receptors) pulling from cell’s surface inside cells (internalization of receptors). Then, no receptors and no effect from hallucinogens.

    Erebus Reply:

    I’m not entirely convinced that this is significant.

    Technical data is already defined, broadly, as “general information” (120.10(a)(1)). An exception is granted for basic marketing information and general system descriptions.
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/22/120.10

    The scope of the “public domain” doesn’t seem to be increasing too significantly. It already encompasses the internet, magazines, trade shows, and so forth.
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/22/120.11

    Also note: “Dissemination of publicly available “technical data” or software is not an export-controlled event, and does not require authorization from the Department, in the absence of knowledge that it was made publicly available without authorization.”
    http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=DOS_FRDOC_0001-3265

    I’ve reviewed the history of ITAR prosecutions. They’re not common. Most cases involving individuals had to do with people shipping weapon parts, aircraft parts (including simple carbon fiber), or infrared-capable optical equipment from the USA to locations in Europe and Asia. There were several cases of people sending design schematics to China. I could not find any other cases where individuals were prosecuted for releasing information — let alone writing articles or doing anything else of that sort.

    Corporations, much unlike individuals, are charged under ITAR with surprising frequency. (PDF overview)

    What I believe is that the Department of State is trying to codify official authorization channels for new technical data, prior to the dissemination of any such information. The stuff that people like to blog about — rifle-related stuff, mostly — is already in the public domain and shouldn’t be affected at all.

    Moreover, I can tell you from extensive personal experience that the information that they’re talking about — control software, design schematics, production details, etc. — is usually kept under lock and key. Inadvertent disclosure is possible, but in most cases would represent a serious information security failure.

    I suppose the proposed changes to 120.10 might make it much more difficult to manufacture weapons via 3D printing… but blueprints are already considered “technical information”, and 3D print specs can plausibly be called “blueprints”.

    In any case, I agree with you re: drug legalization. And I think that you’re right about uppers and hallucinogens. Steroids are also going to stay banned, for certain! The USG recently enacted a new law which has broadened this steroid ban to a truly unusual extent: If it looks like testosterone, or if it’s “pharmacologically similar to” testosterone, it is to be treated by law enforcement as though it were testosterone. ((2)(c)(i)) This is similar to the Analog Act, but even broader in scope — as testosterone has a few dozen pharmacological effects. Ridiculous.

    …So steroids and stimulants are going to stay banned, but stupor-inducing drugs shall be legalized. Not surprising.

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    Different T Reply:

    It’s not clear what you mean by illegal, as TRT is growing in use; and mushrooms, molly, and LSD are being studied legally and offered as PTSD treatment. Adderall is prescribed amphetamine and easy to get.

    If your only talking about OTC, then of course they are unlikely to achieve that status.

    And I assume you remember that the reforms of the 60’s were quite literally fueled by LSD.

    Erebus Reply:

    By “banned” I mean scheduled. Steroids were only added to the list of scheduled substances in 1990 — and the steroid ban was expanded in 2004, and then broadened once more last December. The 2014 ban included a catchall clause, which eliminated steroids (such as “dimethazine”) which were unscheduled/OTC prior to the implementation of the ban. Now the only loophole that remains is for anabolic steroids that are (a) not listed by name, and (b) not intended for sale or re-distribution. So if you have the resources to pursue the production of your own designer steroids, for private use exclusively, you might be able to get away with it — otherwise, nearly-worthless (and overpriced) TRT gels or 125mg/week injections are your only legal option.

    …It’s really too bad, as androgens used in moderation can be extremely beneficial — both physically and psychologically. They should be far more widely used than they are right now, and at doses higher than the TRT dose.

    That aside, OTC adrenergic stimulants like methylhexanamine have also come under attack lately. In general, the regulators appear to be loosening some restrictions while at the same time tightening others.

    Kgaard Reply:

    Different T and SVErshov: I think you guys are missing the point around hallucinogens. It’s not that they were put to bad use (fueling the 60s) or may have unhealthy side effects (receptor erosion). The point is that they open the individual to a broader and deeper state of consciousness and awareness as to the meaning of life itself. This is an unalloyed good. Perhaps the highest good.

    These days when I think about the term “reaction” I think, “Okay … but reaction back to what, exactly?” What is the golden age that neoreaction seeks to return to? The 50s? It was a period of horrible aesthetics. The mid-1800s? Schopenhauer railed at length against marriage — presaging all the current anti-marriage arguments.

    Why not be reactionary toward the longest period of human history — the pre-historic age? (All right that comment is just asking for trouble.)

    If the goal is to restore “civilization” we have ask what was good and bad about the civilization we are seeking to restore. You can’t go backwards, you can only keep traveling around the circle. Life moves forward. Best to recover the good things from the past while keeping the improvements made in the interim.

    Different T Reply:

    The point is that they open the individual to a broader and deeper state of consciousness and awareness as to the meaning of life itself. This is an unalloyed good. Perhaps the highest good.

    This sounds like an appeal to the primacy of emotion. That the illicited emotions correspond with reality is clearly not to be taken for granted, as the 60’s demonstrated.

    Kgaard Reply:

    No not emotion … more like a deeper level of awareness. The concept is that in the hallucinogenic mode (whether brought on by drugs or breathwork) one is in a space beyond ego. That is the key difference from regular life. For instance, in regular life I am worried about A-rabs taking over Europe. Under the influence of Holotropic breathing I am zenning with A-rabs in my visions … experiencing the common spiritual reality underlying all life.

    Different T Reply:

    Ok, so does that mean you think you should not be worried about A-rabs taking over Europe? Or are you saying it makes you “feel” more connected with A-rabs, but changes nothing in reality?

    Kgaard Reply:

    That is a good question … and I’m not sure I can answer it. All I can tell you is what the experience is. The best explanation I’ve heard for what’s going on here is that there are two levels of reality: big-R and little-r. The big-r Reality is the one the universalists, Buddhists, Hindus espouse: We are all part of the same consciousness. The political differences are distractions from this insight. Having been to the place where this is experienced as true (via like eight of these hallucinatory experiences in the past year) I’m sold on this interpretation.

    But then in day to day life, the ego returns, and it’s also real. I am once again upset about A-rabs, Moldbug getting dis-invited to a conference, public schools going to hell, etc etc etc.

    So both big-R reality and little-r reality are true. One is true in a beyond-ego realm, the other in a day-to-day realm.

    Different T Reply:

    Does the “insight” help you live what you refer to as “real-life?”

    Kgaard Reply:

    I’m almost positive it does. When I first did Holotropic Breathing 14 months ago I was a ball of rage … angry … pissed off ALL the time. But the insights from the experiences were so overwhelming that they changed … not my ENTIRE outlook on life … but let’s say half of it. Lesser Bull has said I’ve become a hippy and … you know what? He might be right. I’m hitting yoga six times a week. Looking at retreats at Kripalu, Esalen and in Costa Rica (where I’m going again next month). I think these guys are ON to something fundamental and basic about the way life is supposed to be lived, in the same way neoreaction is on to something basic about politics.

    In this context I was thinking about the trichotomy (eth-nat, tech-comm, religion-trad) and it seems to be missing one massive, glaring component: the raw experience of being alive. I suppose it’s assumed that one gets that experience from church or from hanging out with other white dudes … but … do you? Especially if one is going to church just because one feels tradition is supposed to be upheld?

    What we might call the Shamanistic insight seems to me to trump the trike in its importance for living a real and true life. You could easily be living the trike and still feel like you are sleepwalking through your time on the planet. The first guys who dropped acid were all floored with precisely the same insight.

    Different T Reply:

    I’m almost positive it does.

    Congrats.

    it seems to be missing one massive, glaring component: the raw experience of being alive.

    Agreed.

    What we might call the Shamanistic insight seems to me to trump the trike in its importance for living a real and true life.

    Maybe you’ll bring back something of value. Eastern mysticism is purposely void of this life. All but a very limited amount of my interactions w/ those types has been at best a waste.

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  • Kgaard Says:

    Free Northerner on gayness: I think there are serious weaknesses in this piece. In particular, he’s fetishizing marriage — without addressing the issues that caused marriage to collapse in the first place. One can’t just say “Marriage good, fornication bad” without thinking hard about why marriage rates collapsed. And they collapsed for very good reasons: The economic justification for marriage weakened drastically, suburbanization left housewives bored out of their skulls, people started living longer, thus outgrowing the hottie they were enthralled with at 17. Dudes got tired of banging the same woman. Women got tired of being overlooked by their husbands. (Women desire to be desired, but men get tired of being with the same woman. Recipe for disaster.)

    Really the core problem with the article is that it puts “civilization” on a pedestal and doesn’t think about whether that civilization is actually SERVING the people in it. Joseph Campbell talks about this problem at length: If you’re not getting anything out of this bargain with society, why are you serving it?

    A more interesting angle to the marriage problem is offered at Return of Kings: Why tribal patriarchy is the best model for society.

    http://www.returnofkings.com/64516/why-tribal-patriarchy-is-the-best-model-for-society

    In this piece the author reflects on a summer spent on an island with four or five families with children. Everyone was much more fulfilled in this context because it put the family within a larger social milieu. Women weren’t trapped in their homes etc etc.

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  • Lesser Bull Says:

    @Kgaard>/strong>

    You used to be a lot more interesting before you decided that being a hippy was, like, the truth, man.

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    Kgaard Reply:

    I figured this was coming. Guilty as charged.

    I will say that I continue to just poke at what I see as obvious HOLES in neoreaction. The stances of “Yay traditional marriage” and “hallucinogens bad” do not make any sense. They’re just flat out wrong. I’m trying to address these errors within a right-wing framework. Not easy …

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    Different T Reply:

    Granted you haven’t really poked too much…

    Your accounting of marriage seems incomplete. You say “addressing the issues that caused marriage to collapse in the first place” is important and “Really the core problem with the article is that it puts “civilization” on a pedestal and doesn’t think about whether that civilization is actually SERVING the people in it.”

    A cost doesn’t indicate inadequate service. It is a price for obtaining the service.

    You may be saying people now figure the cost is too high and refuse to pay; but if marriage is instrumental to civilization, we are just witnessing the period when free-riding is possible on a very large scale.

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    Kgaard Reply:

    Well maybe that’s what we are in here: A period of “price discovery” around marriage. The price of blue-pill marriage 1.0 is now too high for sane men. (I.e. you get married at 35 to a rapidly em-pork-ing woman who squeezes out 1 kid and you support her forever and have no sex with anyone else at penalty of having half your stuff taken away.)

    In the same way, the price of marriage 1.0 40 years ago was considered too high for attractive women: Get married at 21, squeeze out three kids, spend your days at home doing nothing interesting, remain loyal even after your husband gets bored of boinking you and starts to hit on waittresses, secretaries etc.

    Does civilization require the 1960 version of marriage be maintained at all costs? I can’t see how it does. Worker productivity has soared. We don’t need everyone to be at the top of their game. (That’s why so many forms of drugs are being legalized.) Also, sexual activity in post-child-bearing women basically has minimal civilizational consequence. So if a woman gets married at 25, pinches out two kids and blows up the marriage at 40 because her husband is tired of her … well … so what? The kids get a little pissed off, granted. But they probably get over it.

    Maybe we are headed to some form of contractual marriage: I.e. marriage for 15 years guaranteed and then re-visit.

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    Different T Reply:

    Well maybe that’s what we are in here: A period of “price discovery” around marriage. The price of blue-pill marriage 1.0 is now too high for sane men. (I.e. you get married at 35 to a rapidly em-pork-ing woman who squeezes out 1 kid and you support her forever and have no sex with anyone else at penalty of having half your stuff taken away.)

    Seems accurate.

    In the same way, the price of marriage 1.0 40 years ago was considered too high for attractive women: Get married at 21, squeeze out three kids, spend your days at home doing nothing interesting, remain loyal even after your husband gets bored of boinking you and starts to hit on waittresses, secretaries etc.

    Seems straight out of fem-lib.

    Does civilization require the 1960 version of marriage be maintained at all costs? I can’t see how it does. Worker productivity has soared. We don’t need everyone to be at the top of their game. (That’s why so many forms of drugs are being legalized.) Also, sexual activity in post-child-bearing women basically has minimal civilizational consequence. So if a woman gets married at 25, pinches out two kids and blows up the marriage at 40 because her husband is tired of her … well … so what? The kids get a little pissed off, granted. But they probably get over it.

    Again seem to be incomplete accounting. Our legal system is based around a system of property rights (including inheritance and a legal obligation for child care). Do you think outcomes for single parent households are not statistically different from traditional families? Do you think marriage rates for the children of divorced parents are not statistically different from traditional families?

    Maybe we are headed to some form of contractual marriage

    That would be going back in time, before romantic love as the standard of marriage.

    Seems more likely we are moving towards either defacto (maybe even dejure) ownership of the proles from birth (state or corporate; as the means of reproduction will be artificial and owned), or completely atomized and subsidized proles.

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    Kgaard Reply:

    Oh I’m quite aware that kids of single mothers turn out to be train wrecks. That’s why I suggested the scenario of the woman blowing up the marriage when the kid is 15 — not when he is 3.

    The notion of moving to a system where romantic love is not the basis of marriage is as plausible as any other, since romantic love is a notoriously unreliable and un-enduring emotion.

    Charles Murray had a great insight in Coming Apart: Marriage rates among the top 10% are basically unchanged (like 90% of them raise kids to adulthood without divorce). Both the men and the women among the elites recognize the importance of keeping the marriage together. And if you think about it, what portion of the society has to have its shit together these days for things to function at an acceptable level: Maybe half at most? That’s the percentage of marriages that endure.

    My critique of marriage for women in 1970 (really 1960 is a better year to use) may seem like it’s straight out of fem lib … but that doesn’t make it less accurate. Women blew that shit up for a bunch of reasons, with boredom being high on the list.

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    Different T Reply:

    And if you think about it, what portion of the society has to have its shit together these days for things to function at an acceptable level: Maybe half at most?

    Funny standard of acceptable is funny.

    My critique of marriage for women in 1970 (really 1960 is a better year to use) may seem like it’s straight out of fem lib … but that doesn’t make it less accurate. Women blew that shit up for a bunch of reasons, with boredom being high on the list.

    To be clear, I think your critique is inaccurate. 1) For the first time women could blow up marriage. To be less politcally correct and more accurate; for the first time women were allowed to blow up marriage. 2) The myth/traditions/culture regarding female identity changed into “anything you can do, I can do I better.”

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  • NRx_N00B Says:

    oh, oh, Kgaard, by doing all those mind expander’s, you’re not going to go all Caitlyn on us?

    ….. just pullin’ yer chain dude.

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    Hurlock Reply:

    Kgaard is a progressive but please be nice to him, he is in denial.

    It is not easy to live in a constant state of cognitive dissonance.

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    Kgaard Reply:

    N00B — Actually just the opposite. In a world of plentiful wealth, the dictates of evolutionary biology would suggest pursuing a non-wealth-based reproductive strategy.

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    Rasputin Reply:

    Like this?

    http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Observer/Columnist/Columnists/2010/12/18/1292683122926/beggar-007.jpg

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    Kgaard Reply:

    No I am blonde.

    Rasputin Reply:

    Natural?

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  • frank-o-phone Says:

    This belongs in the next chaos patch…

    http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/protest-against-power-cuts-farmers-wave-union-jack-bjp-mlas-see-conspiracy/

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  • Kgaard Says:

    Telos call for papers for 2016 conference in NYC. Looks pretty good. These guys are cultural reactionaries within academia.

    http://www.telospress.com/call-for-papers-the-2016-telos-conference-in-new-york/

    The theme of the conference will be “Beyond Nostalgia: Ethics, Politics, and the Critique of Modernity.”

    “It may be said without exaggeration that this sense of ethical crisis has global theoretical and practical significance. Various forms of alienation—economic, spiritual, political—have arguably led to extremist versions of the critique of modernity. One everywhere sees the effects of this alienation in the actions of those who take ethical life to have been severed from political life, from the brutal and atavistic program of “global jihad,” to the troubling rise of various forms of crypto-fascism in Europe. At the theoretical level, political reality has come to be seen as divorced from ethical life.”

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    Mark Warburton Reply:

    Only just saw this while posting my popcorn article… Thanks! Love Telos.

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  • NRx_N00B Says:

    Kgaard said: “In this context I was thinking about the trichotomy (eth-nat, tech-comm, religion-trad) and it seems to be missing one massive, glaring component: the raw experience of being alive.”


    I’m sure Victorian Era explorers felt “alive”—nowadays a guy’s gotta’ take up base jumping to feel “the raw experience of being alive.”

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  • Mark Warburton Says:

    The radical left are about to raise the bar….. (late. I know, but 10/10 on the INSANE factor)

    Apparently it’s mainly white males who do it. Could it be a short cut to minority hood for guilt-ridden progressives? God knows.

    http://www.torontosun.com/2015/06/08/becoming-disabled-by-choice-not-chance-transabled-people-feel-like-impostors-in-their-fully-working-bodies

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    Posted on June 11th, 2015 at 11:09 pm Reply | Quote
  • freihals Says:

    Thanks for the link.

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    Posted on June 15th, 2015 at 1:03 am Reply | Quote

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