Moron bites (#27)

Correction: July 4, 2017
Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article attributed incorrectly a Twitter statement to the North Korean government. The North Korean government did not belittle a joint American-South Korean military exercise as “demonstrating near total ignorance of ballistic science,” that statement was from the DPRK News Service, a parody Twitter account.

(NYT correction is not a parody, incredibly.)

This is the culprit, for those who haven’t already been enjoying it.

July 6, 2017admin 1 Comment »
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Race Talk

Why enter into the edgy territory of race and IQ discussion, asks John McWhorter, even if the most distressingly inegalitarian conclusions turn out to be true? “What, precisely, would we gain from discussing this particular issue?”

Robert Verbruggen gets to the critical response, eventually. The topic has been made inescapable because the left is ever-increasingly race-obsessed and “continue[s] to treat racial gaps as a moral emergency” based on a specific, positively egalitarian, and extremely implausible universal-anthropological theory. Challenging that is the only way to moderate the social self-flagellation. (So however uncomfortable this ‘conversation’ becomes, it isn’t going to stop.)

More here (via), hitting maximum relevance about 40 minutes in.

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July 5, 2017admin 63 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#138)

Discuss.

(Relevant.)

June 28, 2017admin 107 Comments »
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Quote note (#360)

Fernandez keeps getting better:

Competition is generally a positive thing and we are likely to have more quality and lower prices not just in the realm of physical products but in a social systems and governance. Ironically the world may end up with a genuine multicultural society instead of a monocultural leftist diktat masquerading as one. Political tensions between left and right may even decline as the points of friction are reduced. […] But not every separation necessarily ends happily. The biggest threat to a successful divorce is the need by one partner for Other People’s Money to maintain its lifestyle. There is always the possibility of domestic violence instead of new opportunities. The best guarantee of a successful transition is innovation. Entire sectors like the media, higher education and public sector unions are already facing wrenching changes, not for any defect in personnel, but because they are predicated on models whose time has passed. Possibly the most revolutionary act a person can perform at this critical moment is to create opportunities out of the ongoing disruption.

(Divorce-talk is everywhere these days.)

June 21, 2017admin 113 Comments »
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Jacobite 3

How sterile modern cities bred the far right.

June 20, 2017admin 127 Comments »
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Moron bites (#26)

Target-rich environment.

I particularly liked this:

He advocates for racial separation under the belief that “elites” will enhance their IQs by associating only with each other.

If anyone can make sense of that sentence, I’ll send them a signed Bio-Surrealism T-shirt.

Guest fisking here.

June 19, 2017admin 48 Comments »
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Quote note (#359)

Is capitalism defecting from democracy?

The central reason why Western democracy is in decline is that its capitalist bedfellow can no longer afford the financial demands that full-blown democracy is placing upon it. History has shown that capitalism can adapt, consorting with a variety of political systems in the past 5,000 years. Looking ahead, it will probably find another political host to aid its survival. Democracy — capitalism’s host over the past century — is far more brittle. …

(Via.)

June 15, 2017admin 123 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#137)

(Posting this Notch response to the accusation that “You’re stirring up shit because you’re a lonely entitled white dude with no meaning in life” mostly to provide circumstantial evidence that I haven’t secretly died, although it does have a classic tweet quality to it.)

June 12, 2017admin 49 Comments »
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Quote note (#358)

David French at NRO (wait, it’s good):

Our national political polarization is by now so well established that the only real debate is over the nature of our cultural, political, and religious conflict. Are we in the midst of a more or less conventional culture war? Are we, as Dennis Prager and others argue, fighting a kind of “cold” civil war? Or are we facing something else entirely? […] I’d argue that we face “something else,” and that something else is more akin to the beginning stages of a national divorce than it is to a civil war.

Also this:

The Internet brings all of human knowledge to our smartphones, but rather than using it as a tool for outreach and understanding, we’re using it to find and live with people just like us. In other words, we’re sorting.

And:

A civil war results when the desire for unification and domination overrides the desire for separation and self-determination. …] … I don’t believe a civil-war mentality will save America. There are simply too many differences and too many profound disagreements for one side or the other to exercise true political dominance. Red won’t beat blue in the same way that blue beat gray. Adopt the civil-war mentality and you’ll only hasten a potential divorce.

We’re getting there.

June 8, 2017admin 35 Comments »
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Jacobite 2

My second Jacobite essay is online (on Atomization). Relatively confident that it will annoy everybody.

Too early to tell what company I’ll be keeping this time, but the precedents are good.

June 6, 2017admin 145 Comments »
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