Archive for April, 2013

Force Multipliers

“Shutting down a whole city to search for one man arguably sends the message that the terrorists have won


(Nydwracu digs deeper)

ADDED: Some crunchy commentary and links from Foseti. Common sense from VDH. Steve Sailer owns the topic, as exemplified by this (immediately classic) comment: “There are only about 200 Chechens in the United States, so 1% of all Chechens here have turned out to be spectacular terrorists.”

April 20, 2013admin 3 Comments »
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Federico has kicked the living daylights out of me (on this thread), and only the outer darkness remains. It’s a passage through singularity, so mathematical consistency requires me to be infinitely appreciative of that.

The idea of Neocameralism, drawing all its real functionality from Exit, is parasitic upon what lies beyond it: the Patchwork of competitive alternatives. Since an exterior disintegration does all the work, why not fold the outside in?

It’s time to come out as a Xenomist. All power to the Outside!

April 19, 2013admin 24 Comments »
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Scale-free Reaction

Kaplan goes full Moldbug:

Unless some force can, against considerable odds, reinstitute hierarchy … we will have more fluidity, more equality and therefore more anarchy to look forward to. This is profoundly disturbing, because civilization abjures anarchy. … without order — without hierarchy — there is nothing.

Perhaps, in the field of international relations, Kaplan is more Moldbug than Moldbug, presenting an uncompromisingly hardline reactionary model of world order, completely undisturbed by domestic considerations or even the slightest hint of libertarian descent. If sovereignty is conserved globally, as well as nationally, a worldwide Patchwork order looks as improbable as a stable constitutional republic, and exit options evaporate. Scale-free Moldbuggian analysis could prove more than a little blood-chilling.

April 18, 2013admin 24 Comments »
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Reaction Points (#4)

Amongst the ruins of Soleri’s dream

When intelligent design goes wrong

Why is natural law useful? (Some background: valuable, and indispensable.)

Kermit the Prog

The mainstream triangle

Reaction as an economic imperative: “The solution to solving the problem is quite simple for an economist. Merely reverse the process.” But that won’t happen, so it’s over.

Creation myths (played straight (?) here)

Soft Left Singularity (via)

April 18, 2013admin 18 Comments »
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Duzsl (fiction)

Below the break, the author’s prelude to Nemo Duzsl’s (immensely long) Cthellish Chronicles. There’s no particular reason why it should interest people here, but in case anybody finds it amusing …

[Warning: vulgarity, extreme decadence, and spiritual decay]

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April 18, 2013admin 6 Comments »
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A Modest Proposal

Joseph Chamie has a bridge to global harmony to sell you:

… with US immigration increased to 10 million per year, the enhanced America with a population of 1.6 billion by century’s close would mean a more secure and flourishing world. As the world’s most populous nation by 2100, America would strengthen its capacity to continue promoting democracy, freedom and development, thereby ensuring peace, stability and prosperity for every region of the world.

What could possibly go wrong?

ADDED: How (oh how) could this happen? Sailer’s genius on full-burn: “It’s funny how the refugee system works. It’s almost as if foreigners who are really good at getting their neighbors to hate them seem to wind up as refugees in America more than foreigners who are good at getting along with their neighbors.”

April 17, 2013admin 19 Comments »
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Neoreaction (for dummies)

Kill the hyphen, Anomaly UK advised (somewhere) – it lets Google Search dissolve and avoid the subject. Writing ‘neo-reaction’ as ‘neoreaction’ nudges it towards becoming a thing.

Google Search gets to edit our self-definition? That’s the ‘neo’ in ‘neoreaction’, right there. It not only promotes drastic regression, but highly-advanced drastic regression. Like retrofuturism, paleomodernism, and cybergothic, the word ‘neoreaction’ compactly describes a time-twisted vector that spirals forwards into the past, and backwards into the future. It emerges, almost automatically, as the present is torn tidally apart — when the democratic-Keynesian politics of postponement-displacement exhausts itself, and the kicked-can runs out of road.

Expressed with abstruse verbosity, therefore, neoreaction is a time-crisis, manifested through paradox, whose further elaboration can wait (if not for long). Disordering our most basic intuitions, it is, by its very nature, difficult to grasp. Could anything easily be said about it?

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April 17, 2013admin 83 Comments »
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The Voice of Harvard

What comes through most clearly is raw incomprehension (with an undertone of panic):

It would really be something if intelligent people chose to invest more trust in a currency system built and managed, in large part, by anonymous computer hackers than they did in currency systems built and managed by governments of the people, by the people. Fortunately, we are not there yet.

April 16, 2013admin 11 Comments »
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Chip City

Urban Undercurrents has some pictures from the recent Hacked Matter workshop in Shenzhen (on the Maker culture, Shanzhai, and decentralized manufacturing).

April 14, 2013admin No Comments »
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from Jim:

I think Moldbug has excessive belief in the power of the state. He thinks governments are always omnipotent, I think they are bluff and theater floating over a storm tossed sea of anarchy. A part of town where order comes from the police is an unsafe part of town. And if one is in that part of town, and feeling nervous, as one should, one ducks into a mall or a McDonalds for safety. That nervous people are inclined to head for the mall, not the police station, leads me to believe that attempts to demonetize bitcoins are likely to fail.

April 14, 2013admin 22 Comments »