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free-market anti-capitalism, the unknown ideal? epistemic rationality enjoyer. pronouns in cs i guess ❤️@badgendervibes ❤️
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Mar 13 4 tweets 1 min read
my favorite new media trope of the last couple years is "magical object in a fantasy setting that is very obviously a standin for a smartphone" can't find a name for this on tvtropes but the Sheikah Slate from BotW is the most obvious example i know of
Mar 12 4 tweets 2 min read
this essay by @vgr is interesting because his description of how what emerging management looks likes reminded me of the sort of demands of '68 protestors for turning work to play… you can read this as an "appropriation" of radical aspirations by "capitalism" (c.f.…) but i don't think thats whats going on
Mar 12 5 tweets 1 min read
recent chats with twitter friends has returned me to this point and i think one of the major benefits of twitter as a platform (as far as i can tell) is that the way you form relationships means you can sort for people who share a lot of fundamental assumptions this makes it a million times easier to have high level discussions because you can just skip all this groundwork / scaffolding that would otherwise be necessary to properly talk about those things
Dec 12, 2021 34 tweets 11 min read
okay someone asked me to do a book thread so here goes first up is anything by Kevin Carson. Everything after Mutualist Political Economy has a lot of overlap with everything else he's written. I'd recommend Desktop Regulatory State because it has the most Ideas
Aug 26, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
even ignoring the realms of lit about the broader dynamics that give rise to inequality or empirical examples of stateless markets at scale that were fairly egalitarian (Indus Valley Civ) there's the hot take that price gouging and theft are both good c.f.
Aug 26, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
based if this is weimar germany, why does our art suck so much? checkmate reactionaries
Aug 20, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
the thing that really gets me about the whole CA biz is that assuming NJR was being paid the same as everyone it makes zero sense to fire a significant chunk of the team from the perspective of profit imo I brought an issue of CA back in the day and irregardless of what you think of the content it is extremely aesthetically pleasing piece of work
Jul 31, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
even ignoring examples of egalitarian long-term planning (e.g. the seven generation principle that some native americans had) this sort of thinking ignores to what degree problem solving works by stumbling on novelties that get leveraged at any singular point in time the actual array of options available to you is *vast*

a lot of them may be stupid but a small subset will be superior compared to whatever plan you came in with
Jul 30, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
the strongest anti-anarchist argument are basically all "how will you deal with certain collective action problems" its worth acknowledging there are some domains where statism is superior at solving problems but that there's metastrategic reasons to still prefer statelessness
Jul 30, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
lindy effect means that marxism is probably going to be around in 150 years

i believe it. if marxism can survive the erosion of socialist parties, the collapse of the workers movements and the fall of the eastern bloc it can survive AI, space travel and ecological crisis the year is 21XX. marxism has split into two main camps:
-the extrapolators: a group who have grown around a language model they believe that captures the true intention of marx and allows them to derive his opinion on any particular topic
Jul 24, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
@rechelon public choice theory seems to be so obviously anarchist it speaks wonders about bullshit ingroup epistemic defaulting @rechelon nothing has made me more paranoid of my own cognitive biases than looking into the actual history of left wing movements and how they so frequently smashed against the rocks because they failed to new insights
Jul 24, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
i think an unappreciated factor in why more libertarian social systems are dismissed out of hand is that its difficult to tell stories about libertarian social orders because for them to be realistic requires creating a complex world that is difficult for both author and consumer we don't just have a lot of stories about aristocracy, they're also easy to grasp because the number of relevant actors is small. but in an ideal libertarian social order everyone can have impact which means the number of relevant actors is magnitudes higher
Jul 20, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
the contingencies that lead to the left embracing planning are not guaranteed and had things gone differently i think without marx we'd still have an embrace of planning out of some people who championed egalitarian ends (althuogh define egalitarian lololol) but marx's distinction between the anarchy of production and rational planned economies that are conscious and rational
Jul 17, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
okay but what happens when the number of different widgets that need to be moved around means that talking out the process would take up weeks/months/years? vaccine distribution is an interesting example of this because despite vaccines being complicated to make there's good reasons for everyone to have one such that demand is pretty easy to forecast
Jul 10, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
massive difference between aping the aesthetics of some bygone working class and actually delivering on things for working people lol actually delivering the goods is really fucking hard - one of the reasons that labor parties fell apart in the postwar era was that they couldn't overcome this problem
Jul 3, 2021 9 tweets 3 min read
worth nuancing the points made in this about neoreactionaries divorcing themselves from strains of libertarianism gillis brings up nick land's disappointment at yarvin collapsing into classical reaction but this was always kinda obvious c.f. his arguments from over a decade ago for why organizing along the lines of business is reactionary… ImageImage
Jun 19, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
😬😬😬 we need a leader who will inspire us and make us feel purposeful! never mind how efficacious that activity actually is at achieving our stated ends!
Jun 12, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
reactionaries being like "the only reasonable response to leftist ideas is to BELITTLE and DESTROY them" would actually be a pretty big W for leftists if leftists seriously thought that having more accurate models of the world constituted an edge this isn't to say every leftist is a ideologue who thinks that all modelling outside of their favorite theorists is a waste of time but the fact there's no emphasis on this fact speaks
Jun 4, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
the difficulties of determining and acting out "collective interests" is of immense importance i think that there is something like a "collective" interest of a group/society/humanity out there but actually figuring out WTF it and getting people to act on it is another question entirely
May 28, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
everyone is snarking on this but i think the most interesting part is the part that shows that on various other issues young men are more socially progressive its just feminism that they are reactionary on like the piece openly acknowledges that we've seen a *dramatic* shift AND the collapse of traditional means by with which men are informed about their identity
May 22, 2021 11 tweets 2 min read
yeah im still in awe about the implications of trying to adjudicate between the preferences of millions or even billions as options increase and how centralized structures reach limits hard and fast markets aren't just a way for capitalists to get people addicted to buying funko-pops, they're a really useful mechanism we have for resolving questions of what society should value at scale, for allow certain types of organizational arrangements quickly emerge