Fred Reed wrote:
The loss of the eye was a most unpleasant shock to me. I had expected to have normal or nearly normal vision in the eye and had planned to return to my work in journalism, having for example made tentative plans with Kara Hopkins, then the editor of The American Conservative, to go to Afghanistan for the magazine. Having been blinded, and thus unable to travel without my wife to help me, my reporting days were over. I became extremely depressed. The effects of losing one’s vision are hard to describe. Loss of a leg would be a nuisance, but losing one’s sight is ghastly.
In the years to come, I will be thinking about how to transpose Jefferson’s ideas of journalism and written communication into an era of microprocessors and cryptography. I won’t leave any children behind, but I plan to leave some printing-presses. After I am dead, the pamphleteers of panpherohoplocracy will be able to communicate about Common Sense.
Our colonial period coincided with the period of revolution and readjustment in England, referred to in the preceding chapter, when the British merchant-State was displacing the feudal State, consolidating its own position, and shifting the incidence of economic exploitation. Continue reading
Mystics have a tendency to speak in short, bumper-sticker-type slogans that might be one-half of a thought, or one-and-a-half thoughts.
The time is NOW.
The time is always NOW.
All times are NOW.
Crow T. Robot was famous because he wanted to decide who lives and who dies.
Everyone knows I hate Moldbug’s ideas, right?
Good. Let’s criticize his ideas.
It’s too bad Anomaly UK isn’t blogging any more, because he kicked off some criticism: Continue reading
But the state prefers to reward the 40-hour-a-week format for standardization, ease of taxation, and in a vain attempt to create a worker’s paradise on Earth. The notion that ‘full employment’ is even desirable rests on a set of strange quantity-before-quality assumptions about the nature of work and human society.
It is also a difficult frame to smash: it is shared by all the people of quality, and only rogues believe otherwise.
What it ultimately does is create a dispirited, demoralized, Soviet-like population of ugly, fat, slutty, and unhealthy people. The property of the middle class gets routinely redistributed through various tax-and-inflation policies, keeping them in the labor market for too long.
Idiots mix with the capable, destroying business productivity. Young people do not enter the skill-building relationships that they need to, because they are illegal. Shortages and gluts appear regularly, which generates political chaos, and because democracy is incapable of producing effective leadership, the solutions chosen only exacerbate the underlying structural problems.