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7 Jun
“One technology created within the digital medium has arisen with a clear and already well-functioning capability to move us past the passive faith in algorithmic fiat that today characterizes the approaching singularity of weaponized information...”
“back into the position of human beings extending rather than eliminating our senses and faculties to conduct arms-length but trustably face-to-face collaborative work in culture creation and valuation. This is bitcoin...”
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26 Mar
I think a lot about Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, and Nikephoras II Phokas, Eastern Roman Emperor.
While I can’t substantiate it, the story about Nikephoras is that he wanted to canonize fallen soldiers himself and the Patriarch said no. Henry, as is known, wanted to invest bishops with sacred authority himself and was also negged, ultimately renouncing claim to select popes.
The question of whether holy emperors could take secular control of religious appointments appears likely to have come to a general head around the turn of the millennium. In Christendom the outcome expressed for the answer a powerful no.
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26 Mar
Anyone hoping to function in a digital age elite must grapple with issues like those raised here. Many pitfalls and ancient snares, devilish problems for people losing ancient wisdom. So, a few pointers:
The emergent ontology of social injustice responds to the problem of how to assign blame and take responsibility for the behavior of machines religiously, by spiritualizing transgression. People/machines “are” racist/sexist/whatever, but what’s more, the -ism is a -ness, spirit
The insight or instinct that only religion can be authoritative enough for digital cybernetics—for the re-establishment of control over both humans and machines—is crucial. But the execution immediately raises terrifying paradoxes...
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16 Mar
A certain strain of intelligent tech criticism warns that passive acceptance of data determinism kills human creativity and leads to civilization necrosis. But...
this insight is unfortunately highly susceptible to being absorbed into the idea that only our divine-like powers of boundless imagination differentiate us from the bots and therefore are the only things that can save us...
the difficult reality is that our faculties of imagination are not magical or godlike in the sense of infinite or salvific power; in fact it is this reality above all that our bots ram home every instant with accumulating inescapable force...
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15 Feb
Hasn’t been easy to grasp China—on one hand, a masculine, vein-popping national communist regime against American interest; on another, something softer, deeper, wiser than what’s sensed and portrayed in the West. But this seeming contradiction is key to understanding China...
What is native—original—to the Chinese civilization-state?
How does China see the logic of its imports and the trajectory of their harmonization with what is native to the civilization-state?
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2 Nov 20
A type of liberalism is independent of and prior to the abstract apparatus of liberal experts trying to make the world conform to their perfection of it in speech...

That of meeting your neighbors as you find them in the unending labor of building and tending our shared environs
This liberalism, premodern in its origins, is inimical to the discourse-ruling class—which sees it as flatly unethical and an existential threat to “the world” as they would construct and dominate it
Liberals—regardless of what happens this election season—need to rise up against the “managed democracy” imposed by the decadent and failing discourse-ruling class. To retvrn to a liberalism global but not globalist—real and imperfect, not a pure fantasy. Door wide open.
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13 Oct 20
The end of history: an illusion that seeped implicitly into reality. Many felt smart concluding there was really nothing more worth doing. Value and status converged on them as they (and “we”) felt somehow they were doing the last things. Value, and then agency, evaporated below.
“Tech” comes along. Denies this. No! Many new vistas, even unimaginable ones! History forever! Yet *some* feel themselves becoming the smartest of all time by concluding there’s nothing left to do but end history by ending humanity. An eerie imitation..
Due to the pre-digital end of history, the oppressive feeling of the unfolding digital end of humanity is becoming implicitly accepted as an inexorable logic. “We forgot how to stop this, stopped caring. We have no value and no agency.” The feeling now reaches even upper classes
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25 Jul 20
what does it mean for a machine to be smart?
does it mean epic gaming?
smart is not intelligence but executive power
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7 Dec 19
An entire book could and should be written about this. The ongoing implosion of fantasy as the basis of identity is making people deeply neurotic, awkward, embattled, and ill, and we don’t even talk about it, much less dare to process it
Instead we retcon these sufferings and pathologies as hallmarks of heroic victimhood or vengeful entitlement. How’s that going for us
The whole psychic complex of imagineering as selfhood is toast. People are mistakenly scrambling to internalize fantasies extreme or ultimate enough to ride out the disenchantment. “The universe” isn’t going to save you. “Staying in your magic” won’t stop your disintegration
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31 Aug 19
I see the problem of changing eras of communications technology has at last penetrated The Discourse today. If you care for some special clarity on the politics of twitter and radio, read on
We start with oral. (Quiet, you.) The alphabet makes mere content out of its new psychological and social context—think of Plato’s REPUBLIC, or Aristotle’s teachings on formal cause (important) written down.
Plato gives us the city in speech, philosophy as the queen of the means of understanding causes, what makes people and regimes tick.

Aristotle gives us biology: not an emphasis on nature as will or power—the mastery of material cause—but on formative cause, shaping surrounds.
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12 Aug 19
There is no way to classify this phantasmagoria as anything other than a desire to burn America’s regime down to the ground
Recognize this for what it is: a direct and total attack on the very foundation of the American theory of justice: equal protection of all under law in virtue of our equal humanity and equal citizenship
As digital disenchants the electric age order, where those most expert in the mass broadcast of ethical fantasies rule, the Left is proving helpless to deny the right to the most abject and insane fantasies to its most anti-American vanguard
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30 Jun 19
Urban “autonomy,” 2019:

- Insurmountable debt
- Serial “relationships”
- Cookie-cutter micro-apartment
- Surrounded by homeless
- Permanent SSRIs
- Can’t afford children
- Afraid of starting a family
- Strapped to exercise equipment
- Uniformed corporate service job
- Pet poop
If our young future-less urbanites were smol cute animals instead of crippled *human* pets there would be national outrage at the inhumane conditions of their captivity. They show all the main signs of zoochosis
worldatlas.com/articles/what-…
America’s urban youth has zoochosis
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25 Jun 19
Surprising no one, leaks show Google teams see the garden variety right as nazis and are laboring to stop the issues it raises even from being broached.

Wokies controlling tech do not want Americans talking or thinking about foundational political and anthropological matters.
An internet where the basics of our political, human, and American identity can’t be mentioned, much less discussed, is hostile by design to our form of government and the theory of justice underpinning our regime.
For such an internet to also be the country’s biggest money-making machine raises dire questions about what its masters are doing to citizenship and representative government, and exactly how far they wish to go
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