Reaction Points (#8)

Some odds and ends, semi-randomly assembled, and not necessarily new:

“As I adjust to blogging, I find that I’m struggling with time management,” Handle discovers, but he’s still running one of the liveliest places on the web. “Why has society become so incredibly inaccessible?” he asks. “Because it is hiding something. It is hiding the fact that you really don’t have any say or input or power in most of your affairs.” (A lot of opacity is strategic — and gratuitous — complexity. As if life wasn’t inherently complicated enough, the Brahmins have chosen to set up and run a truly brutal conspiracy against dim people.)

The shutdown challenge for the GOP: “The republican party has a big problem: How to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.”

‘Moderated’ to death: “… the opposite of creative destruction is stagnation. The ‘Great Stagnation’ is the logical consequence of an economic environment where both job creation and destruction are falling.”

Disasters to watch out for.

On reactionaries and neoreactionaries. (‘Neoreactionaries‘?)

The Seneca Cliff (introduces a great concept).

Detachment from the Question of Being: “Since, according to Yogācāra, all ontologies are epistemological constructions, to understand how cognition operates is to understand how and why people construct the ontologies to which they cling. Ontological attachment is a symptom of cognitive projection (pratibimba, parikalpita). Careful examination of Yogācāra texts reveals that they make no ontological claims, except to question the validity of making ontological claims.”


The deep war.

The America that still works.

Is this the Dim Limit for civilization? (It seems awkwardly high.) (via)

The flow of professionally packaged neoreactionary goodness provocation at Radish and Theden doesn’t really need a shout out at this stage — but here’s one anyway.

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  • Mark Warburton Says:

    I can’t remember you linking to ‘macrosilence’ before. What a treasure trove of useful insights.

    The ‘Creative Destruction in Economics: Nietzsche, Sombart, Schumpeter’ looks brilliant!


    admin Reply:

    Last time was this (I think).


    Mark Warburton Reply:

    Hmm. Ok, the creative destruction in economics essay wasn’t amazing – I’ll look into macrosilence though. Trying to find some Eureka texts!


    Posted on October 11th, 2013 at 10:13 am Reply | Quote
  • spandrell Says:

    some point to the nearly two million people who are now locked up in an American prison—overwhelmingly this nation’s poorest, most mentally ill, and least-educated citizens—and ponder the moral costs.

    I guess progs think of “moral costs” as some sort of magic points in a videogame, which accumulate until reaching a certain threshold, upon which you get “divine punishment” or some sort of inconvenience.


    admin Reply:

    Yes, that “moral costs” argument is truly classic. Just try to imagine the cost society pays for denying the franchise to twisted retarded criminals.


    VXXC Reply:

    Upon which WE get Divine Punishment.

    In the form of unlimited liability and punitive damages. Which is our actual governance.


    Posted on October 11th, 2013 at 10:58 am Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    How about Inflection Points ?

    Dread has come upon you all. An Army of Goblins with claim to the Treasure has come from the Mountains. They ride upon Wolves!!

    I knew avoiding Default-pocalypse on 10/17 required at least a 3 way backdown. I wasn’t expecting rout by all sides. I count Ryan & Repubs, Salon, TNR and WAPO as all fleeing the field as of this AM. Normally routs are just one army in flight…


    admin Reply:

    You’ll love this.


    VXXC Reply:

    I do love it.


    VXXC Reply:

    I’m gonna go with Taleb on IQ being the measure of a civilization.

    Or you could look around you.

    America succeeds because America let’s you succeed. The Rule of the Smart has been a disaster unbounded.

    Posted on October 11th, 2013 at 2:10 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    Pundita points out that permanent legislatures are utterly inimical to Rule of Law over Time.

    She’s right.

    Power of the Purse only..perhaps? That focus would not decrease but increase their power.


    Posted on October 11th, 2013 at 4:44 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    The question is not what States secede – since the Progs can’t stop babbling about secession – but what States would stay with a bankrupt Acela States. They make nothing, they grow nothing . Yes the Blue States are richer – they looted the Red ones. Not counting the 11 States of the Confederacy they leveled.

    The voting power of the Dems is 100 Urban areas that produce nothing. Their money is Fiat. Their existence is utterly parasitic and predatory. And Punitive to most of the country.


    SOBL1 Reply:

    I concur. You would need a good salesmen, one who would spin it as a play to the arrogance of the left that publishes things like those NY Times articles on “a hipster goes to middle America” or “let’s fence off Dixie”. Position it as flyover country holding the progs back from the shining socialist utopia on a hill. There are enough partisans who do believe they’d be better off without the flyover areas. The secession salesman could even discuss a grace period for migration of oppressed minorities of Dixie to the accepting, enlightened northeast. Plus, sending so many young minorities to the dying, sorry, greying states of Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine would energize those areas as vibrant diversitopias.

    The blue states have hollowed out their manufacturing sector well before the Rust belt was affected by global wage arbitrage, and replaced it with education and health care, while regulating what natural resource firms they had so much that their economic power is all value transference and graft: government, medical, finance, and education. Those specialties can easily move or be replaced with substitutes in red areas.

    The voting power of Dems is their control of the institutions that allow for fraud, nonstop, 3rd world immigration and controlling the growing functionally illterate opulations of several metro areas in swing states. Miami, Cleveland, Detroit-Flint, Philly, and even Chicago all swing it their way due to illterate populations that can vote.


    Posted on October 11th, 2013 at 5:55 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    Sorry to run on…

    Is losing Ted Rall [Rabid Left Wing Cartoonist] rather an inflection point?

    Rall on the Shutdown.


    Posted on October 11th, 2013 at 6:21 pm Reply | Quote
  • Jack Crassus Says:

    @VXXC – Progressivism is an evangelical belief system. I doubt they will allow neighbors to escape their rule.


    Posted on October 12th, 2013 at 1:17 am Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    @ Jack Crassus – no they won’t. But yet it moves…

    [note – I would like to say progress, but that’s tainted. as is forward].


    Posted on October 12th, 2013 at 11:01 am Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    And yet it moves…

    Bammy said no to the House GOP budget offer. In fact he basically said it would hurt Santa Claus.

    “”It wouldn’t be wise, as some suggest, to just kick the debt ceiling can down the road for a couple months, and flirt with a first-ever intentional default right in the middle of the holiday shopping season,”

    I’m reaching a conclusion that some of the Progs are making the serial killers cry for help STOP ME.


    Posted on October 12th, 2013 at 4:14 pm Reply | Quote
  • Grotto Says:

    The idea of the “Seneca Cliff” is echoed by Niall Ferguson, the historian-showman, who has argued for several years that the traditional Edward Gibbons view of elegiac imperial decline is inaccurate, even when applied to the Roman Empire itself. He has written extensively on the the topic, arguing that the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century was actually astoundingly fast. The aqueducts collapsed, the integrity of the coinage was lost, the armies turned and gone native.

    Niall Ferguson himself is an interesting character, who could almost be identified as proto-neoreactionary. His main flaw is that he is still very committed to race-egalitarianism. But on the political theory front, he is quite impressive. He argues that the primary product of democracy in the twentieth-century was war and genocide, and that the hereditary empires of Europe were far better at the business of governing multi-ethnic states. He is also an apologist for European colonialism and the British Empire. Most recently, he has attributed Western ascendancy in history as due to science, medicine, property rights, rule of law, the Protestant work ethic, but, tellingly, not democracy or diversity. As an economic historian, he is firmly anti-Keynesian.

    In short, he is about as reactionary as one can be without being thrown out of Harvard.


    admin Reply:

    That’s right, although the final sentence (whilst true) is a comedy gem: “as reactionary as one can be without being thrown out of Harvard.” — That’s got to be recycled.


    Posted on October 12th, 2013 at 7:42 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    EBT card failure [that’s the welfare card for those of you raised decently, or overseas].

    ah the Rapture beckons…such a cock tease she is…

    The Canadians will queue for anything free. Evil thoughts occur.

    Renew EBT Here. EBT MACHT FREI .


    pseudo-chrysostom Reply:

    whenever the question of ‘post scarcity’ society comes up among my circles, i often point out that we have examples of post-scarcity communities in america already, such as detroit.

    now one might object on the grounds that these places are also full of black people, but that rather serves to illustrate the design space: it takes a highly enlightened polity to not be negatively affected by mana from the heavens, the capacity for self-direction marks the natural nobility (for another example of reactionary insight seeping into popular discourse, see ‘dead aid’).


    Posted on October 12th, 2013 at 10:41 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    Admin more space news


    And self assembling robot cubes

    Remember Heinlein wrote the USAF and NASA should merge to become the US Aerospace Force. A far sighted man.

    America’s future as a power is an off-world power, which restores the Frontier. Without a Frontier America becomes necrotic and destructive. America should withdraw to it’s hemisphere and let the global slum to it’s own devices.


    Posted on October 13th, 2013 at 10:07 am Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    Let us examine this statement from National Review from the standpoint of Sanity:

    “Most Republicans have opposed, and continue to oppose, all efforts to increase the debt limit without meaningful spending cuts or other budget reforms attached. “


    Posted on October 13th, 2013 at 10:38 am Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    Salon says the Confederacy is reborn, and taking the Country. Meet the Southern Autonomy Project.

    Darkness is spreading.

    The projection here is a PhD in psychology.

    “For some time, the initiative has rested with the Southern power elite, which knows what it wants and has a plan to get it.” OMG

    “The on-going power struggle between the local elites of the former Confederacy and their allies in other regions and the rest of the United States is not primarily about personal attitudes. It is about power and wealth.”


    Posted on October 13th, 2013 at 10:43 pm Reply | Quote

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