Quote note (#321)

Heinlein’s dark arts:

Gulf is available free (and legally) online now, so if you’re not familiar with it, here you go. You don’t have to read it to get the rest of this post, but I suggest you do. There are enough new, intriguing ideas in this brief novella to keep you thinking about it for a long time: an artificial, highly compressed, efficient and logical language (“Speed-talk”); a secret society of “Supermen” working behind the scenes to discover and regulate major scientific and technological discoveries; bar codes (in 1949!); but what I note here is focus, mental attitude, and what are now called “Dark Triad” traits and their usefulness in getting things done, rather than emoting and “virtue signaling.”

January 8, 2017admin 8 Comments »
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  • Brett Stevens Says:

    a secret society of “Supermen” working behind the scenes to discover and regulate major scientific and technological discoveries

    Oh good, patriotic classical liberal Heinlein discovers the aristocracy and a need for Fred Nietzsche.

    We were also discussing this one on the Discord server last night:

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50840.Farnham_s_Freehold

    Short summary: white people are transported into future by nuclear blast, and live in world ruled by Africans who keep Caucasians as neutered slaves. They’re going to reissue it soon with the new title “$current_year.”

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    Erik Reply:

    I find that unfair to Heinlein. He wrote a miscellany of speculative future fiction; there’s no grounds to try to pin down his political views based on a single such item.

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  • Wagner Says:

    “getting things done” – progress and praxis shouldn’t be alien to our vocabulary; there are some things the left got “right”. Gulags for example.

    Virtue-signaling is one of those myths of the right that I’ve never believed in. It’s Heideggerian. Is the good the highest good or is authenticity? Too bad for the left, the good isn’t the true.

    Someone’s going to have to sell me on Heinlein. I hear he’s a libertarian on one hand and on the other that he is, like most scifi writers, seemingly an alien who came to earth.

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    anomalyuk Reply:

    “Heinlein was not an ideologue, but rather a creative artist whose medium was ideas” – good roundup by Steve Sailer:

    http://takimag.com/article/heinlein_in_hindsight_the_moses_of_nerds1/

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    Wagner Reply:

    It appears I have been sold.

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  • Apophenia Says:

    >an artificial, highly compressed, efficient and logical language

    So, classical Chinese?

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    Posted on January 9th, 2017 at 6:39 am Reply | Quote
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  • neovictorian23 Says:

    Somehow overlooked that you published this back in January. Thanks.
    Black Gnosis and I have established a relationship and there will be a book coming out this year.

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