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Sentences (#101)


I’m just trying to think about the future and not be sad.

Bonus rocket porn.

May 19, 2017admin 39 Comments »
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Quote note (#338)

Don’t go there:

Twitter’s precarious position has left some users — traditionally those on the left — calling for Twitter to be pseudo-nationalized by the federal government through “social network neutrality” or classifying the platform as a public utility. Applying traditional monopoly analysis, they argue that Twitter’s dominant market positions could allow it to unfairly downplay competing services or prioritize the company’s own related commercial interests. Others say that privacy concerns should compel some kind of government regulation. […] Interestingly, these tides have recently turned. These days, I more often hear people on the right make the argument that services like Twitter should be run by the federal government. (Many on the left, meanwhile, have turned to petitioning internal social-network regulatory bodies, like Twitter’s aforementioned Trust and Safety Council, to implement their desired platform changes.) The baroque reasoning goes like this: Private companies don’t have to afford the same kinds of free speech rights that the federal government does. If the federal government takes control of the platform, U.S. users will be afforded the due process and First Amendment protections many feel are owed to them on Twitter. […] But the inherent surveillance and procedural problems presented by this “solution” should be immediately apparent. What’s more, the Twitter user base extends to millions of people outside of U.S. borders. Some Americans might not mind if their government ran a major social network, but plenty of people around the world certainly would. And let’s not forget HealthCare.Gov; the federal government doesn’t have the best track record running major public websites.

March 2, 2017admin 13 Comments »

Quote note (#324)

Silicon Valley leans dismally leftwards, but at least it’s unprincipled:

President-elect Donald Trump’s views on a range of issues, from immigration to climate change, alienated many left-leaning tech employees in Silicon Valley, but none more so than those working at Alphabet. […] During the presidential campaign, 33 employees at the tech giant donated $20,000 to Trump, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That was a tiny fraction of the 1,400 employees who donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, for a total of $1.6 million. […] And it wasn’t just political donations. […] The revolving door between the Obama administration and the company swung hard and frequently during the past eight years: 22 former White House officials left the administration to work for Alphabet, according to research from the Campaign for Accountability. […] … Despite this rocky history, both sides are now trying to find common ground as the inauguration approaches. Alphabet CEO Larry Page recently joined other tech leaders at a meeting with the incoming president. Meanwhile, Schmidt has been very visible at Trump Tower, visiting at least twice. …

(Internal hyperlinks are all inane, so I’ve ignored them.)


January 18, 2017admin 5 Comments »

Sentences (#84)


The reason neocameralism makes sense is that joint-stock companies basically work.

(Read the whole thing — of course.)

December 12, 2016admin 13 Comments »
FILED UNDER :Political economy

Quote note (#282)

At least superficially, under-funding is the strict reciprocal of hype:

The blockchain industry is either hugely under-resourced or hugely over-optimistic. Probably both.

Bitcoin rigorously formalizes the common insight that words are cheap (it emerged out of spam-filter solutions). So this analysis is intriguingly ironic, as well as obviously thought-provoking.

September 9, 2016admin 8 Comments »

Informality and its Discontents

China’s problem with poorly formalized power:

As an old-style Leninist party in a modern world, the CCP is confronted by two major challenges: first, how to maintain “ideological discipline” among its almost 89 million members in a globalized world awash with money, international travel, electronically transmitted information, and heretical ideas. Second, how to cleanse itself of its chronic corruption, a blight that Xi has himself described as “a matter of life and death.” […] The primary reason the Party is so susceptible to graft is that while officials are poorly paid, they do control valuable national assets. So, for example, when property development deals come together involving real estate (all land belongs to the government) and banking (all the major banks also belong to the government), officials vetting the deals find themselves in tempting positions to supplement their paltry salaries by accepting bribes or covertly raking off a percentage of the action. (XS emphasis.)

(The article as a whole is ideologically pedestrian.)

Obscure the degree to which government is a business, and it will find a way to make itself one, around the back (with its executives privatizing sovereign property on an ad hoc, chaotic basis). Exhortations (from Sun Yat-sen, repeated by Mao Zedong) to “Serve the People!” are no substitute for sound administrative engineering, of a kind that rationally aligns incentives, and lucidly recognizes the sole consistent function of government — maximization of sovereign property value. The pretense of altruistic government and the reality of rampant corruption are exactly the same thing, seen from two different sides. The illusion of a public sphere is the root of the social sickness.

The gist of Orville Schell’s analysis is that China has deviated disturbingly from a functional Western model it would be better advised to return to. On the contrary, it is China’s continued (profound) submission to a Western demotist framework of administrative legitimation that makes its problems so intractable. A government devoted to serving the people is radically corrupt by essence. Government properly tends the national estate, as the agent of its owners. Open, clear, and unapologetic admission of that basic principle seems no closer in the East than the West.

ADDED: “Russian corruption is the new Soviet Communism.” … and the old Soviet Communism, and the older universal Jacobinism, and everything spawned from it. Corruption is what demotism is, rather than what it looks like to itself in the mirror.

April 13, 2016admin 39 Comments »
FILED UNDER :Political economy

Sentences (#48)

provide resources from space, to grow businesses in space … (DSI)

Continue Reading

April 11, 2016admin 9 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#108)

Huangshan restricted Admin-service edition. (Open thread + (a thin spattering of) links)

Toxic voice. The Cathedral memeplex. Against simplicity. On Gnon. The weekly round.

Breitbart profiles the Alt-Right (hit-and-miss, but interesting, and an event). Milo doesn’t even real.

A smart response to this idiocy.

Trump stuff. “Trump is Kemal Ataturk.”

Tesla’s next step (1, 2). End times.

Honesty. Harsh but sound. “Should we remain one species?”

Spite. Galileo was no Kepler.


April 3, 2016admin 30 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#107)

(Open thread + links)

RF on Dugin (1, 2) and the secure state (1, 2). Ugly Americans. Stubborn infertility. Beware Hobbes. Talking nihilism (+). Reactionary books. The weekly round.

A Curtis Yarvin AMA. Agonies of inclusion. Little red snowflakes. More (and more) despicable idiocy.

Jihad in Brussels (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). Predictive hit and miss. Guerrilla war. The ‘gray zone’ isn’t working. More to come (!, !!). Tintin, shitlord. Spandrell’s take. Meanwhile, elsewhere. Death of the spider people. The French model. Orban speaks. Japan dips a toe in stupid. The CIA is on it. Islam is a nightmare for everyone else (also). Corrupted language. Ambiguity at the State Department. Ruin spiral in South Africa. Chaos in Brazil. Water worries in SE Asia. A (brief) geopolitical round-up.

NIRP desperation. Mighty Amazon. A drone milestone.

Everyone loses. Derbyshire on Williamson. The delicate generation (relevant). The left eats itself (part n).

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). End of the GOP. Flashlights and networks. “‘It was like cross burning,’ Tucker told me.” Libertarians for Trump. Confusion at AIPAC. “Is he so wrong?” Paglia’s latest. Know your White Trash. A note on Weimar elections.

Freedom of speech under pressure. Mind-control meet-up. PC has an export problem. Vice slides. Chilled on warming. Jacobin Mag.

Apocalypse Corner. America is cooked. “I admit: I’ve been early on this …” Trans-FOOM.

Minimal tolerance. American racial composition. Race and crime (related). Expert consensus on the heritability of IQ.

Horizontal genetics. The neural code. CRISPR at work. Synthetic life update. Arachno-vibration.

Quantum AI arms race. Neuromorphic computational infrastructure. Face capture. Brain emulation comes first. It’s complexicated. The Tay problem. The case for cryonics.

Who can say that AI, in a not too distant future, will not replace democracies with more intelligent and dynamic constitutions?”

Commerce and culture. Petrific souls. Human and angelic atheism. Dangers of currency debasement.

March 27, 2016admin 43 Comments »
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Quote note (#209)

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December 29, 2015admin 23 Comments »
FILED UNDER :Apocalypse