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Moldbug on the progress we have made:

Curiously, two thousand years before anyone had even heard of a“microaggression,” a bunch of old white guys called “the Romans” considered this issue and concluded: de minimis non curat lex.  Literally: “the law does not concern itself with trifles.”  Or metaphorically: no.  No, it is not, and should not be, illegal to be an asshole.  

September 14, 2013admin 20 Comments »
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  • Thales Says:

    Ha! I loved the “Princess Bride” allusion…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aprcqLMY2QY

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    Posted on September 14th, 2013 at 12:38 am Reply | Quote
  • Contemplationist Says:

    @Thales

    He’s actually used that many many times.

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    Thales Reply:

    “It keeps getting funnier ever single time I see it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiLKrDWgGYs

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    admin Reply:

    Thanks for the film education (I’d missed the reference completely).

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    Posted on September 14th, 2013 at 6:24 am Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    Yes Beetlejuice is appropriate because if your not dealing with some real pussies like academia, self selected for cowardice the entire 20th century in America…and shirking of work….and really throughout time…

    Then people like Gawker aren’t scary.

    “Can you be Scary?” Well, no…but they are easily scared.

    Someone seems to have told Gawker it’s a mistake to try and duplicate the Bitch version of East Germany that was successful enough on campus in real life America.

    I’m not saying they are getting no traction, I’m saying look on balance gains/losses. This is some weird bug that got out of a spacecraft on earth to tell the Amerilings they are now slaves to their intellectual masters.

    They’re being stared at so far with curiosity. You see these bugs are only….3 inches tall. Their voices are squeaks and snarls, and frankly the language is only being translated slowly and clumsily to the admittedly good natured but dim witted giants.

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  • VXXC Says:

    It’s going to be interesting if MM posts more than once a quarter now…

    He’s seeing the worst sort of prog – the one he’s vastly more intelligent than – march into his own crib, his livelihood, his world. His profession, his workspace.

    This will be interesting….

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    admin Reply:

    It sounds as if he thinks Silicon Valley might resist. (No chance — they’ll just cut a deal, like Wall Street did.)

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    Puzzle Pirate (@PuzzlePirate) Reply:

    Yeah but why NOT fight back? Cowardice? Money? From everything I see the long term consequences of cowardice are FAR worse than the short term pain of fighting these kinds of people.

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    admin Reply:

    Most Silicon Valley types are just progressives with an unusual degree of practical intelligence. They’re probably almost as distressed about the diversity profiles of their work places as the academic-journalistic class.

    Puzzle Pirate (@PuzzlePirate) Reply:

    Well then I guess if there is any hope… well it’s not with the proles, or the bourgeoisie, so that leaves the Cylons?

    asdf Reply:

    What could be more cowardly then the modern nerd. The vast majority just want to get rich/popular enough to afford a waifu and don’t care how.

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  • VXXC Says:

    @Pirate

    Gosh there might be some hope with Americans proper.

    There’s really no one to surrender to, so buck up..

    no there’s no hope in a bunch of dweebs just because some more of them decided to hate their parents the way their parents hated their parents.

    No they’re not going to fight. Anything short of Auschwitz is preferable to them. Mind you being weak leads all monkeys to at least treat you like degraded slaves, because you are. Europeans may again reach the conclusion they reached with Darwin.

    Now cheer up…really..America is like HUGE.

    http://demographics.coopercenter.org/DotMap/index.html

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    Puzzle Pirate (@PuzzlePirate) Reply:

    Gosh there might be some hope with Americans proper.

    Given the arc of history, what reason is there to believe this?

    Anything short of Auschwitz is preferable to them.

    Oh I don’t know, I’m sure they could get used to the accommodations.

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    Thales Reply:

    There’s really no one to surrender to

    It’s just as well — the noose takes no prisoners.

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    Posted on September 14th, 2013 at 8:51 pm Reply | Quote
  • Jack Crassus Says:

    Huzzah! Moldbug turns his attention on the world again. The rumors are false, for now, that he had uploaded his brain into a computer programmed with a language of his own invention.

    There are two rhetorical concepts here that leap out to me as particularly rich veins of inquiry:

    1) The equation of protected group == privileged group

    2) “nonempathic altruism” or “callous altruism”

    The weakest point is the poorly formatted quotation from Plato at length. The fucker needs an editor, as has been apparent for half a decade. The Formalist Manifesto is downright direct in comparison.

    BTW, I’m building a moldbug glossary with entries for exotic concepts (slow history, crocodile humor, the Cathedral, Whig History, Primary/Secondary property, etc.) and more mundane concepts where Moldbug extends our understanding (Idealism, Religion, etc. ). Feel free to mail me entries, with links to source material at rich dot as period crassus at gmail.

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    Thales Reply:

    Think of the verbosity as a modern day occult initiation ritual for it serves the same purpose. One doesn’t see Moldbuggery subject to a million straw-men attacks in a million forums, thank Gnon…

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    admin Reply:

    The verbosity is, I’m sure part of it, combined with the difficulty (i.e. actual thoughts happening) it operates as a laziness filter.

    This piece struck me as a recapitulation (and welcome for that). However — as is to be expected from the latest vital twig of the Neo-Puritan clade — the sanctimony occasionally pokes through. (Does that work protective magic against progressives too?)

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    Thales Reply:

    This piece struck me as a recapitulation (and welcome for that).

    Essential, even, in every sense of the word…

    Posted on September 15th, 2013 at 12:09 am Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    I once put up some quotes from Animal Farm [Orwell] to a Prog on FB.

    “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”.

    She responded that she didn’t know what I was talking about. She’s in Law School of course.

    “Big Brother”. Our elites get that, it’s …short.

    If you explained Orwell’s chief target was intellectuals…

    This is why I keep pointing to America Proper. The Arc of History indeed.

    Our thinking is done by fools. Our fighting is BTW not. Despite how it appears. It was bad enough our thinking was done by cowards. Now they’re fools who’ve lost even thought. Could any of them face Hamilton, Jefferson, even Paine for 30 seconds?

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    Posted on September 15th, 2013 at 3:22 am Reply | Quote
  • Kgaard Says:

    The comments on the Moldbug piece are extremely interesting and basically constitute a second piece. The issue discussed is whether Moldbug is right to call the US a communist country, or whether he’s mis-using the term. Either way, the discussion itself is very valuable. I’ve been mulling it for the past few days. I think both sides are right. This isn’t textbook communism, but the notions of protected groups and banishment/excommunication/extreme punishment for insulting those groups is absolutely at work. And if you’re NOT in a protected group … why put up with the abuse?

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    Posted on September 17th, 2013 at 7:35 pm Reply | Quote

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