Quote note (#256)

Robert Kaplan on The Coming Anarchy (February, 1994), in prophetic mode:

West Africa is becoming the symbol of worldwide demographic, environmental, and societal stress, in which criminal anarchy emerges as the real ‘strategic’ danger. Disease, overpopulation, unprovoked crime, scarcity of resources, refugee migrations, the increasing erosion of nation-states and international borders, and the empowerment of private armies, security firms, and international drug cartels are now most tellingly demonstrated through a West African prism. West Africa provides an appropriate introduction to the issues, often extremely unpleasant to discuss, that will soon confront our civilization. To remap the political earth the way it will be a few decades hence — as I intend to do in this article — I find I must begin with West Africa. …

Holds up well from the XS PoV.

(Used as a promotion device for the latest Outsideness NCR&P course, actually beginning next Sunday (although it currently seems a little demotically-challenged)). Does this seem like pan-handling? Guess it is, edgy 2016 Internet-economy style.

As anticipated, the Chaos Patch shift to Tuesday’s looks unavoidable. Sometimes Chaos bites back.

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  • Quote note (#256) | Neoreactive Says:

    […] Quote note (#256) […]

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  • Grif Rutledge Says:

    If the course is all online – any way to pay for the seminar in BTC? Use a pseudonym?

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    Posted on June 5th, 2016 at 6:38 pm Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    Disease, overpopulation, unprovoked crime, scarcity of resources, refugee migrations, the increasing erosion of nation-states and international borders, and the empowerment of private armies, security firms, and international drug cartels

    In other words, third-world conditions.

    All societies that collapse end up in this state.

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    Posted on June 5th, 2016 at 7:26 pm Reply | Quote
  • Paul Ennis Says:

    I also had the thought re: Bitcoin. I still adore how nobody factored that in to the previous course.

    Edgy 2016 Internet-economy style would be a class where we get to bet on which student calls you a racist first – all done via the DAO and paid in Bitcoin stolen via ransomeware.

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    Posted on June 5th, 2016 at 7:32 pm Reply | Quote
  • Grotesque Body Says:

    If Outer Edges does a Luttwak or Mackinder seminar in future I’ll be first in line.

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    Posted on June 5th, 2016 at 10:18 pm Reply | Quote
  • michael Says:

    ” The Minister mentioned one of the coup’s leaders, Solomon Anthony Joseph Musa, who shot the people who had paid for his schooling, “in order to erase the humiliation and mitigate the power his middle-class sponsors held over him.”

    CLASSICAL NIGGER THINK

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    michael Reply:

    William Irwin Thompson, in Passages About Earth: An Exploration of the New Planetary Culture, writes, “The educational system that had worked on the Jews or the Irish could no longer work on the blacks; and when Jewish teachers in New York tried to take black children away from their parents exactly in the way they had been taken from theirs, [ By Irish teachers BTW] they were shocked to encounter a violent affirmation of negritude.”

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  • michael Says:

    In Abidjan, effectively the capital of the Cote d’Ivoire, or Ivory Coast, restaurants have stick- and gun-wielding guards who walk you the fifteen feet or so between your car and the entrance, giving you an eerie taste of what American cities might be like in the future.

    Did he just say that in the Atlantic?

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    Grotesque Body Reply:

    Subtext: “what American cities might be like in the future *if you vote for Trump*”

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    michael Reply:

    I dont think so the subtext im reading is MM meets Alt right hes a realist whether he understands himself to be or not, hes hopeless about democracy and proposition nations and liberal programs. his essay is blood and soil will out

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    Grotesque Body Reply:

    I’m referring to the Atlantic rather than Kaplan – the Atlantic could only permit such a thought to be printed in support of further cucking.

    michael Reply:

    the end of the Cold War will bring on a cruel process of natural selection among existing states. No longer will these states be so firmly propped up by the West or the Soviet Union. Because the Kurds overlap with nearly everybody in the Middle East, on account of their being cheated out of a state in the post-First World War peace treaties, they are emerging, in effect, as the natural selector—the ultimate reality check.

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    Grotesque Body Reply:

    Ferguson is good on this too – the welfare state emerges from the warfare state, where the latter have been far, far more common in human history and the former is basically a temporary anomaly resulting from the conclusion of the CW. When the welfare state runs out of shekels to support it we cannot but return to the state of war.

    michael Reply:

    A New Kind of War
    To appreciate fully the political and cartographic implications of postmodernism—an epoch of themeless juxtapositions, in which the classificatory grid of nation-states is going to be replaced by a jagged-glass pattern of city-states, shanty-states, nebulous and anarchic regionalisms—it is necessary to consider, finally, the whole question of war.

    “Oh, what a relief to fight, to fight enemies who defend themselves, enemies who are awake!” Andre Malraux wrote in Man’s Fate. I cannot think of a more suitable battle cry for many combatants in the early decades of the twenty-first century. The intense savagery of the fighting in such diverse cultural settings as Liberia, Bosnia, the Caucasus, and Sri Lanka—to say nothing of what obtains in American inner cities—indicates something very troubling that those of us inside the stretch limo, concerned with issues like middle-class entitlements and the future of interactive cable television, lack the stomach to contemplate. It is this: a large number of people on this planet, to whom the comfort and stability of a middle-class life is utterly unknown, find war and a barracks existence a step up rather than a step down.

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    D. Reply:

    @(((Grotesque Body)))

    Robert Kaplan’s essay “The Coming Anarchy” was published by the Atlantic Monthly in 1994, the same year it published an essay by Paul Kennedy and Matthew Connolly about Jean Raspail’s 1973 novel The Camp of the Saints under the title “Must It Be the Rest against the West?”.

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    admin Reply:

    The Atlantic used to be a great magazine.

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  • michael Says:

    A pre-modern formlessness governs the battlefield, evoking the wars in medieval Europe prior to the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, which ushered in the era of organized nation-states.

    I can see them jousting if I squint

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  • michael Says:

    https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FV1tt-KWSHRQ%2Fhqdefault.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DV1tt-KWSHRQ&docid=eGJVy55XYn_QgM&tbnid=_xYpFMxX4p75yM%3A&w=480&h=360&bih=550&biw=1097&ved=0ahUKEwi2zo-w_JHNAhXi6oMKHUUYAuUQMwhGKA0wDQ&iact=mrc&uact=8

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  • michael Says:

    Sounds to me like white people ought to organize and eject outsiders while theres time lololol

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  • michael Says:

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    nah synchronisity teach like trump getting four product placements in every sentence until you learn his lingo when you discover a couple more- not that youre anything like his majesty

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  • josh Says:

    @admin – Why does the NCR&P list the start date as being in the past?

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    admin Reply:

    Without wanting to be excessively critical, they’ve not been dazzling organized about the publicity. It’s been confusing to me, so it has to have been (and continue being) all-but incomprehensible to anyone further out of the the loop.

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    Tentative Joiner Reply:

    While I certainly hope it works out for you, Admin — it would be great to see something like NCR&P disrupt the delivery mechanism and content of humanities education — allow me to suggest that you consider the alternative of selling a prerecorded course directly on a MOOC platform. The place to publicize it could be right here.

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  • SVErshov Says:

    new techs can increase military capabilties for small players quite a bit, still not sure if they have enough brain for remaping the world. but AI going on big discount now. Buy quadrocopter drone and add AI software to it for …. usd 30.

    here is greate review of new military techs
    http://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/technologies-converge-power-diffuses-evolution-small-smart-cheap#cite-36

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    michael Reply:

    ” The Minister mentioned one of the coup’s leaders, Solomon Anthony Joseph Musa, who shot the people who had paid for his schooling, “in order to erase the humiliation and mitigate the power his middle-class sponsors held over him.”

    They dont really have go around conquering to remap, just keep producing those biological weapons they call children and places become to infected to be of use or useable or enter able short of remote genocide.

    And of course if Tim Wise and Angela Merkel have anything to say about it there wont even be any maps or paper or ink

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    SVErshov Reply:

    perhaps soon it might happens that been a white in Africa is better then be white in US. Once traveling alone in Africa I was followed by gang of youngsters, who targeted my camera. I opened my backpack and made sling loose. then I sit on a bench opposite of commercial bank, so security can see me and my torn backpack. next day the whole area was cleared from all street wendors. Not sure you can do the same by just keeping your backpack open anywhere in the world. you need to spend sometime in Africa to understand how it works. not sure if Kaplan visited Africa even once.

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  • The Electric Philosopher Says:

    The course looks almost painfully cool (would that I’d the time and money for it!).

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    Tentative Joiner Reply:

    Indeed. Based on Q15 of the FAQ, however, you will be able to audit the course recording later for rather less.

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    The Electric Philosopher Reply:

    Good shout, I might do that with some of the other stuff on there too.

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  • This Week in Reaction (2016/06/12) - Social Matter Says:

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