My @aksubversive chat this week features Princeton prof. of mathematics, dissident of both communism & wokeness, and fellow Romanian, Sergiu Klainerman.…
We chat about:

His story, becoming disenchanted with communism early on, falling in love with mathematics, and finding a way to escape.
The spreading politics of grievance
Romania and the eternal Transylvania vs. Bucharest beauty contest
Solzhenitsyn's Harvard Address, "A World Split Apart" and how prophetic he was about what was already happening to a devitalized and self-consuming western liberalism.
Faith vs. Reason in mathematics and beyond
"The Scientific Consensus" and its discontents under Covid.

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11 Jul
There’s something about the increasing in the felt scale of the world since the 60s that seems like it’s deranged people and how they view themselves in the context of their own lives.
I see this profoundly in the difference between how my grandmother saw her role and how my mom saw hers.

My grandmother was deeply parochial. Her world were her husband, her children, her neighbors, her church and the people she knew around town. She had her hands full.
My mom’s generation, even under communism, had an expanded view of their place in the world. Authenticity and autonomy, building yourself as a unique member of a cultural current became extremely important.

‘Being’ slid into perpetual ‘becoming’ as the imperative.
Read 8 tweets
7 Jul
My chat with the brilliant @aaronsibarium is now on YT and all podcast platforms.
We chat about:
- Our post-liberal moment
- About how we can’t make sense of history and politics without understanding technology.
- The challenges of Online Localism vs Real Life Localism
- Is our future in competitive city-states?
Read 4 tweets
5 Jul
My early release this week is my chat with political mercenary Malcom Kyeyune @Tinkzorg on the end of the Left.…
You can also listen to it now on my Substack…
We also talk about:
- Who is the working class in the contemporary West? 
- Elite overproduction and the real class project of the current left: Saving the Professional Middle Class from their own uselessness. 
- Commie techno-utopianism and its Experts need to be destroyed
Read 4 tweets
5 Jul
A lot of the “is a walk/coffee a good first date” discourse is based on the fact that most people are dating on apps.

If you’re successful on apps, dating has just turned into a whole other spending category.
Turning dating into a literal market also makes it naturally transactional.

You’re browsing through people, both on the app and off. If ghosting has become common, minimal investment has too, it only makes sense.
Going on an expensive dinner date with someone you just met through an online catalog seems strange, so, slowly the standard drops for everyone - applies to most standards, unfortunately, including communication & sex.
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28 Jun
The booming 'immigrant to race/ethnicity activist' pipeline has always struck me as pretty insane and a result of a complete lack of an immune system in Western countries for this racket.
The idea that someone willingly immigrates to a country and instantly starts making demands on everything from quotas to language used towards them is simply absurd and treated as such in most other places on the planet.

It literally does not compute anywhere else.
I understand that this is all cloaked in the logic of "if a country is prosperous, it must be because it stole it from other countries, therefore any grievance is valid, any pushback is reactionary."

This is not good logic, neither is it historically literate, my western friends
Read 4 tweets
17 Jun
The problem is that if we can’t agree that ‘shoplifting is bad’ things tend to escalate.

You don’t have to be tough on crime to see that if you stop prosecuting something, that’s an incentive, and it erodes both social & financial capital in the communities “you’re helping”
Had a small outlet of a supermarket chain very close to my house in East London. The shoplifting situation there escalated so hard that people would just drive up to the curb, jump out, walk in and take armfuls of meat or detergents in broad daylight.
It was also an open bar for every aggressive drunk in the area, and, wouldn’t you know it, the place quickly filled up with aggressive drunks.
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