Posts Tagged ‘Europe’

Quote note (#315)

Niall Ferguson backtracks from his public Brexit opposition:

… 14 years of living in the United States had taken their toll. Americans since the 1960s have wanted the Brits inside the EU to counterbalance the French, whom they do not trust. I had started to think that way. But a bigger factor — I must admit it — was my personal friendship with David Cameron and George Osborne. For the first time in my career, I wrote things about which I had my doubts in order to help my friends stay in power. That was wrong and I am sorry I did it. …

Many interesting (and more substantial) points in the article. Cascade dynamics are intriguing to watch.

December 14, 2016admin 3 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#103)

A little hyperbolic, but definitely on to something.

December 4, 2016admin 17 Comments »
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Quote note (#306)

Dark thoughts from Carl Bildt:

When Trump receives the jubilant British anti-Europe campaigner Nigel Farage before seeing other foreign politicians, he is sending the worst possible signal to Europe. By design or by default, he transmits a signal of support to those dark forces in various countries trying to undo what generations of U.S. and European statesmen have worked to achieve.

(Via.)

How could anyone fail to appreciate their work?

November 21, 2016admin 21 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#97)

Woah.

October 27, 2016admin 23 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#124)

(Open thread + links)
Late, straggly … chaotic.

Dark reformulation (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). Secrets of sex. Holiness (plus). Dampier interviewed. Consequences. Decolonization. Loose women. Leftist lies (1, 2). Daily Moldbug. The weekly round, and outliers.

Libertarian insight and blindness, plus the border question. What the Alt-Right gets right (also). American Nazis today. Ideological rotation. Equality and madness. The persistence of bad ideas. Dugin on Junger. New Man.

Against Edenism. Christianity and the current crisis. Why we can’t talk about Islam (like this, or this). Peace propaganda. Catholics against ethno-nationalism (or not, plus). Citadel at the Orthosphere.

Gold facts. Debt trapped.

Borders matter. Insecurity make-work. Racialized anarcho-tyranny and political polarization (1, 2, 3). “It would be nice if policemen didn’t tend to be divas who sulk and slack off when political leaders demonize cops as racist murderers and encourage black rage, but that’s the way they are.”

“If there were a contest for the most stupid idea in politics, my choice would be the assumption that people would be evenly or randomly distributed in incomes, institutions, occupations or awards, in the absence of somebody doing somebody wrong.”

Geopolitics of shale. Forked Europe. The Far Right’s recruiters. Death of the French Republic (plus). Jews in Sweden (and Amerika, 1, 2). Catalonia votes to split. Ebb-tide of globalism. “What is wrong with 2016? When will it be over?” Luanda tumbles.

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Forgotten men. Racialization of American politics. Quiet. The peace and post-constitutional candidate. “… there is in fact a good argument that Trump is Hitler” (plus 1, 2). Trump voters. Fair and balanced. Trump is right on NATO and on crime. What Krugman did. Awkward questions. McMullin.

Poor whites. Rough stuff. What’s wrong with Hillary?

Apocalypse Corner (1, 2, 3).

Race and ideology. French dysgenics. The IQ taboo. Chinese super-baby watch.

Evolution of general intelligence. Kin markers. Mass extinctions.

“Nature, it turns out, doesn’t like to be told what’s presumably natural.”

Scalable technology is the key to historical change. Schism today. The Ethereum hard fork. What Intel does. The Tesla Gigafactory. AI on the way (plus). WeChat. Back-up people. The Internet breaks things up.

Beauty as compression. Iceworm exposed. The Collatz conjecture.

[There’s still more in the in-tray …]

August 10, 2016admin 69 Comments »
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Democratic Deconsolidation

Crucial reading:

What does it mean, in concrete terms, for democracy to be the only game in town? In our view, the degree to which a democracy is consolidated depends on three key characteristics: the degree of popular support for democracy as a system of government; the degree to which antisystem parties and movements are weak or nonexistent; and the degree to which the democratic rules are accepted. […] This empirical understanding of democratic consolidation opens up conceptual space for the possibility of “democratic deconsolidation.” In theory, it is possible that, even in the seemingly consolidated democracies of North America and Western Europe, democracy may one day cease to be the “only game in town”: Citizens who once accepted democracy as the only legitimate form of government could become more open to authoritarian alternatives. […] … It is at least plausible to think that such a process of democratic deconsolidation may already be underway in a number of established democracies in North America and Western Europe. […] … In a world where most citizens fervently support democracy, where antisystem parties are marginal or nonexistent, and where major political forces respect the rules of the political game, democratic breakdown is extremely unlikely. It is no longer certain, however, that this is the world we live in. […] … As democracies deconsolidate, the prospect of democratic breakdown becomes increasingly likely — even in parts of the world that have long been spared such instability. If political scientists are to avoid being blindsided by the demise of established democracies in the coming decades, as they were by the fall of communism a few decades ago, they need to find out whether democratic deconsolidation is happening; to explain the possible causes of this development; to delineate its likely consequences (present and future); and to ponder the potential remedies.

Considerable statistical evidence (provided in the paper) supports this alarmed conclusion.

(Drezner is nervous.)

Previously by the paper’s authors, Roberto Foa and Yascha Mounk, making the same thesis here, and here.

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August 7, 2016admin 28 Comments »
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Merkel’s Mess

Damon Linker paints the gruesome picture almost perfectly. (Read the whole thing — it’s not long.)

In the course of a few months, Angela Merkel was transmogrified from a moderately talented German politician, into one of the most destructive leaders in world history. If that sounds like an exaggeration, it’s only because her responsibility for dragging the European continent back into a new 1930s still awaits the unfolding of events. Even without complete relapse into a dark age of authoritarian anti-capitalism, the wave of rape, pillage, and terror she has unleashed will now — inevitably — devastate millions of lives, and structurally degrade the quality of life for tens of millions more as they seek to protect themselves in markedly more adverse social circumstances. It will all get extremely ugly. As Linker dryly remarks, “let’s just say it’s unlikely to end well. … And the storm has only just begun to gather.”

What was she thinking? Assuming — as seems fair — that she doesn’t positively want to usher in Hitler 2.0, her catastrophic policy decisions have to be misguided. It’s probably no easier for the readers of this blog than it is for me to cognitively sympathize with the deranged path she has taken. One can only infer that she genuinely believed a vast flood of predominantly young, male, Islamic, tribalistic, and historically-traumatized incomers, with a hallucinatory sense of (unrealizable) cultural and material entitlement, would immediately transmute into fungible production units and contribute to European pensions financing. The Economist pretends to believe the same thing. I’m forced to accept it’s possible to believe it, despite finding the flying spaghetti monster significantly more plausible. If this depth of delusion really has a grip on the minds of Western elites, any outcome other than utter disaster is most probably unobtainable. A cynical lie would be far less dangerous.

In a single stroke, Merkel has converted the Raspail and Houellebecq scenarios into vivid contemporary predicaments. European collapse has been radically accelerated. For that, a certain dark gratitude is due.

August 6, 2016admin 95 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#122)

(Open thread + links)
Still deterritorialized and distracted edition.

Future things (1, 2). Struggle sessions. The riddle of RF. Nationalism and security. The weekly round, plus outliers.

Separation of Church and State has failed. The musical way to die. Breaking point. In defense of equilibrium. Free association (or else). Rights, gifts, and migration (via). Rage wave. European attitudes to Muslims (darkening).

The EU rift. Death by robot.

Trumpenführer panic report. Belated ethno-politics.

Philosophy and biochemical order. Systems. Words on the brain. A warning for wireheads. “Anthro-pessimism” and robot apocalypse. Pokemon Go Apocalypse.

[more later]

July 12, 2016admin 36 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#121)

(Open thread + links)
Scrappy out-of-Shanghai-HQ edition.

Neocameral meditations. “Why I am not a Neocameralist.” “When men vote you get the free market, when women vote you get socialism.” The weekly round, plus outliers.

Faux cosmopolitanism. Reactionary royalism reaches the center-left. The democratic agony (1, 2, 3, 4). “I think when many Leftists realize that we as nationalists are the true socialists, the true anti-globalists and the true anti-capitalists I believe they will come to our side.” Repatriation without tears (plus, baby steps).

Brexit reflections (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), and background. The coming cascade (1, 2, 3, 4). “I love the EU.”

The unmentionable war. Crisis in an age of (political) dimness. Round two in Austria (1, 2). Keystone sailors.

Diversity training doesn’t work. The next Gawker will be darker. Tarzan cannot be redeemed.

The days of human combat pilots are numbered. Digital vandalism. Hybrid VR.

Parasite pressure. The search for alien refrigeration.

Gödel’s legacy. Unending ‘iron harvest’ on the Somme. War on drugs.

[More later.]

July 5, 2016admin 58 Comments »
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Sentences (#63)

Quoted in Jared Taylor’s review of Guillaume Faye’s The Colonization of Europe:

“Allah is great. He brings madness on the enemy.”

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July 2, 2016admin 29 Comments »
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