Posts Tagged ‘Collapse’

Quote note (#360)

Fernandez keeps getting better:

Competition is generally a positive thing and we are likely to have more quality and lower prices not just in the realm of physical products but in a social systems and governance. Ironically the world may end up with a genuine multicultural society instead of a monocultural leftist diktat masquerading as one. Political tensions between left and right may even decline as the points of friction are reduced. […] But not every separation necessarily ends happily. The biggest threat to a successful divorce is the need by one partner for Other People’s Money to maintain its lifestyle. There is always the possibility of domestic violence instead of new opportunities. The best guarantee of a successful transition is innovation. Entire sectors like the media, higher education and public sector unions are already facing wrenching changes, not for any defect in personnel, but because they are predicated on models whose time has passed. Possibly the most revolutionary act a person can perform at this critical moment is to create opportunities out of the ongoing disruption.

(Divorce-talk is everywhere these days.)

June 21, 2017admin 113 Comments »
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Moron bites (#26)

Target-rich environment.

I particularly liked this:

He advocates for racial separation under the belief that “elites” will enhance their IQs by associating only with each other.

If anyone can make sense of that sentence, I’ll send them a signed Bio-Surrealism T-shirt.

Guest fisking here.

June 19, 2017admin 48 Comments »
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Sentences (#99)

Venezuela’s near-future (but it could be anything):

[Some X] will not be pretty, but it is difficult to see how it can be avoided.

This is the world now.

May 3, 2017admin 17 Comments »
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Sentences (#97)

Post-smug politics:

One of the most arresting aspects of the start of the Trump era is that nearly everyone, regardless of their political persuasion, seems convinced that their side is losing.

Perhaps because the thing that’s winning is unrecognizable? Partly its the rise of China, partly its Capital phase-transition, and partly its the messy stage of collapse. In any case, it looks like the signature of the Outside.

April 27, 2017admin 23 Comments »
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Sentences (#96)

Cynical insight from Spandrell:

nobody cares about the public purse. It’s public.

April 18, 2017admin 23 Comments »
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Quote note (#347)

Fernandez:

The narrative that Russia — a country with an economy smaller than Italy — smaller than New York State’s — will take over the world is less compelling than than the alternative thesis: that the tide of chaos is rising across the planet. With the European Union weakening, the Middle East perceptibly falling apart and African and Latin America their same old selves the danger is less that some rival empire will conquer the world than that power vacuums will spread entropy all over the planet.

Much moral hardening lies ahead.

March 30, 2017admin 25 Comments »
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Moron bites (#24)

It just keeps coming.

There have been suggestions it’s a parody, but my guess is that they really are this demented. Hard as it is to imagine, it doesn’t sound like mad barking to them. (They’ve been spoiled.)

March 28, 2017admin 58 Comments »
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T-shirt slogans (#19)

Democracy dies in darkness.

— This magnificent prophecy now stands just below the masthead of The Washington Post.

Continue Reading

February 22, 2017admin 37 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#115)

It’s almost impossible to over-estimate how important this is (and the trend matters more than the current level). Regime legitimacy is sunk in radical crisis.

February 17, 2017admin 43 Comments »
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Quote note (#330)

Fighting-talk from Jim:

The rise in education costs is runaway rule by priests. Most education is useless, and gets more useless at the higher levels. If you ask why we are giving more stupid people more useless education even though it costs much more than it used to, then you also have the answer to why it costs more. If you have priests in charge, they will make everyone go to church all the time. Our education system is the state church making everyone go to church and attend religious festivals. It is time for the Dissolution of the Monasteries. We need degree deflation. […] Our education system is state church making everyone go to church and attend religious festivals. In other words, degree inflation To deal with this, needs a full on attack on priestly power. We need a revolutionary transfer of power analogous to the dissolution of the monasteries.

ADDED: The SSC post, which at least partially set Jim’s trigger, provides critical context —

So, to summarize: in the past fifty years, education costs have doubled, college costs have dectupled, health insurance costs have dectupled, subway costs have at least dectupled, and housing costs have increased by about fifty percent. US health care costs about four times as much as equivalent health care in other First World countries; US subways cost about eight times as much as equivalent subways in other First World countries. …

February 12, 2017admin 82 Comments »
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