Antonio García Martínez (agm.eth) 🇺🇦 Profile picture
Wrote 'Chaos Monkeys' ( Formerly @facebook, (notoriously, briefly) @apple, currently @joinlincoln. גם זה יעבור 🇺🇲🇪🇸
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May 15 4 tweets 2 min read
If the year were 2017 and if I were a New Republic writer, I’d do a 6,000-word exegesis of the monster truck rally as dark look into the American soul.

I won’t impose that ordeal on my readers, but I will remark on the WWE-style kayfabe imposed on the events which was weird. As an add-on to the monster truck part of it (which was spectacular), there were two quad teams which ran the course.

One was billed as the ‘Nevada’ team and the other California, and this whole heel vs. hometown kayfabe was spun out by the announcer….
May 15 4 tweets 1 min read
Taking La Petite to the real America to see a monster truck rally. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Image It’s kind of incredible how much air these rigs catch and still land it. Image
May 7 5 tweets 2 min read
Native petroglyphs that we had to do lots of offroading to reach and whose location is officially secret. There were thousands of these all over the site.
May 4 5 tweets 1 min read
Broadly, this isn't true in the US, where conservatism is typically a revolt against what's seen as a decayed and disordered present which must be rolled back to some idealized past.
More than the car's brakes, American conservatism is the search for a non-existent reverse gear. I can point at the 12th-cent. Spanish church where my grandmother was baptized and say: everything this represents--Catholicism, the Galician language, 'caldo galego', whatever--I wish to configure our politics to maintain forever.

What do American conservatives point at?
May 1 4 tweets 1 min read
TikTok is the fentanyl of social media. Same country of origin, should probably be banned, and if you dabble in it you're going to come to hours later utterly wrecked.
Apr 30 7 tweets 2 min read
Now that Twitter has been 'liberated' (somewhat) I'm starting to realize that the elite conception of 'free speech' has been utterly warped by the past few years of 'content moderation,' plus an American journalist tradition of (nominal) viewpoint neutrality and both-sides-ism. The past few decades of US journalism have been unusual: mostly an artifact of the advertising business model that needed relatively inoffensive content and wide audiences, it's grown into idea that mass media need be 'balanced' and 'fact checked'.…
Apr 29 16 tweets 5 min read
My latest for Pull Request, where I take on @elonmusk's takeover of Twitter and how 'free speech' is being defined away by the media class into something utterly unrecognizable.… @elonmusk The Elon/Twitter story has been met with hysterics from some quarters of the media class.

A more sane take, and also a very succinct and articulate framing of the new consensus on 'free speech', is by @noUpside.

I'll be quoting her essay liberally.…
Apr 26 5 tweets 2 min read
Now that the anti-Miami gf unmuted me, it's time for some more Miami content.

One of the real non-party events I attended was demo day for a local startup incubator run along YC lines.

This is real building.

@JamesTamplin has the rundown here. @JamesTamplin As a Miami boy, Valley people often ask me what I think of Miami's prospects as a tech hub.

For a long time now, Miami has been a major business hub for LatAm--a Singapore of the region, so to speak.

So that side of the hub equation is there...and has been for a while.
Apr 18 6 tweets 2 min read
We need a name for this thing everyone does now of projecting the worst-case scenario, to the point of damning hypothetical counterfactuals, on everything that happens everywhere.

No matter how much it strains more level-headed skepticism. Anyone who doesn’t live under a rock has come across Muslims praying. In NYC, it happens all the time (I frequented a kiosk whose owner could be regularly found on his prayer rug outside…nobody even raises an eyebrow). Just last week, came across an Uber driver doing the same.
Apr 14 6 tweets 2 min read
As is now likely clear, I think many American conservatives and alt-whatever commenters have thoroughly embarrassed themselves with the Ukraine war.

Some, it would seem, continue to double-down on their delusional positions. Leave aside the idiocy of the anti-anti-Putin people and those who thought Russia some bulwark of Christian Europe. The bodies at Bucha are the damning reply to all that.

And forget the memetic nihilism of the 'current thing' people, combatting simulacra with more simulacra.
Apr 10 14 tweets 5 min read
An unusual Sunday read for Pull Request.

Reflections on going on Rogan, and what he means for American media. As well as some other 'pseudo-events' going on.

Plus! A (quasi) anniversary reflection on the Pull Request re-launch and *that* company. A 'pseudo-event' is made-for-consumption media event, usually involving celebrities: entities known for their well-known-ness.

These now seem natural, but were once odd: life once consisted of real people and events.

Boorstin's book is outstanding.
Apr 10 4 tweets 1 min read

Which cat is more beautiful, gracious, cute, and otherwise entirely feline in both spirit and appearance?

My Luna?
Or her Mango?

Vote wisely in poll to follow. Vote below!
Apr 5 11 tweets 4 min read
My latest for Pull Request!

What I saw at the Poland/Ukraine border, perhaps the most interesting area in the world right now.

(All Ukraine content now free. Too important a story to paywall.)… They come walking across. Usually it’s a mother with children in tow. Sometimes there's a stroller or a dog (or both).

This is the eastern edge of the Western liberal domain: the Poland/Ukraine border, with westbound refugees hoofing it out of the war and to safety.
Mar 24 13 tweets 5 min read
Well, since @roddreher conferred the ultimate columnist salute of penning an angry reply to my post, I'll have to now reply to his reply.

(Excellent use of my photo from Lviv as cover art.)… @roddreher I'll start by saying that I like Rod, and have had a number of conversations with whom, including one of my best interviews.

He has always been an extraordinarily cordial interlocutor, and is a conservative voice that deserves to be taken seriously.…
Mar 24 9 tweets 3 min read
We need a word for the right-wing version of tankies.… This post started as a thread where I noted the similarities between the 'New Right' and the old left: both bear a simmering disdain for what the US represents, and both hold the country responsible for (waves hands at everything).

Mar 23 21 tweets 6 min read
My first of several Pull Request pieces on the Ukraine conflict, drawn from my time there.

First up: The oddest thing I experienced there was the reality of a nation at total war, something most of us know only from history books.… Wikipedia defines total war as ‘warfare that includes any and all civilian-associated resources and infrastructure as legitimate military targets, and mobilizes all of the resources of society to fight the war.'

The reality is strange to experience.

(Boarded up Lviv basilica)
Mar 20 6 tweets 1 min read
It's intriguing how the New Right shares the same underlying precepts of the old hippie left:

1. The US is incapable of doing good in the world, and historically has been a force for evil

2. Everything that happens in the world is the direct result or responsibility of the US The Ukraine situation makes this even more explicit.

The Putin fans (in temporary retreat, sublimating their views via Ukraine criticism) really think Russia some anti-woke example, despite having lower birthrates and suffering even more from postmodern ills than the West.
Mar 3 5 tweets 1 min read
Even as someone who's been on the shit end of 'cancel culture', calling the sanctions against a country that unleashed an unprovoked total war against a civilian population 'cancel culture' is more than a bit perverse.

This isn't some old tweet or a book passage in play here. Yes, the canceling Dostoyevsky stuff, or banning Russian cats from cat shows, is absurd. But that's classic strawmanning, attacking the dumbest form of an argument because you're unwilling to take on the real one.
Mar 2 4 tweets 1 min read
It's fascinating to see the term 'cancel culture' applied to the various degrees of isolation or boycott being applied to Russian businesses, athletes, or performers.

Not sure that's what I'd call it. Everything happening now, for better or worse, was all done before in the form of embargoes, boycotts, and protests during the Cold War, particularly after analogous events like the invasion of Czechoslovakia.

It's odd that rebooting those measures somehow maps to woke drama.
Feb 25 25 tweets 8 min read
My latest for Pull Request!

A critical piece of Web3 infrastructure, ENS, suffered a cancellation drama recently, much like Joe Rogan's (or mine at Apple).

Some Machiavellian lessons to draw from what's now a consistent playbook: the cancellation coup.… As with many such scandals, the cause was an old series of tweets by ENS contributor, @BrantlyMillegan. An avowed Catholic, brantly.eth was not shy about announcing support for many Church doctrines that would be seen as backwards or reactionary by secular liberalism today.
Feb 15 8 tweets 2 min read
The flight I'm on just put out a call for 'any doctors on board' after someone passed out in business class, and this is the first time I've ever seen this actually happen.

Someone has come up from economy to handle it. It's about as dramatic as you'd imagine. Something about sudden infirmity while in transit, on a ship or airplane, just makes the dramatic stakes higher as it seems you're in some weirdly primordial state where civilization is gone and only you and the people around you can fix a dire problem.