A contrast between “global” and “local” current events in the blog “neighborhood”


  • Everyone lives in a physical neighborhood, but most people don’t talk to their neighbors. A physical neighborhood is symmetrical; if you live in Apartment Tower #7, you are necessarily the neighbor of everyone in Apartment Tower #6, whether you like them or not.
  • Almost every blogger has a “neighborhood” of blogs and sites that he frequently links to. However, these relationships are typically less symmetrical.  I can link to Steve Sailer every day, but he’s not going to give my blog a link unless he likes it enough to bestir himself.

I’m not crazy about calling our blog neighborhood the “Manosphere.”  I am even less enthusiastic about being labeled as a “neoreactionary,” because I disagree with Moldbug on most things.  However, when I link to guys like B’Man or UncaBob or Ex-Army, I can’t exactly call them “Anti-Moldbuggians.”  They never signed on to vituperate against Moldbug.  (They never signed anything. We don’t agree to any list of shared “campaign planks.” We just link to each other a lot.)

By contrast, the Moldbuggers are willing to sacrifice their personal preferences for shared identity. The atheist Moldbuggers who hate Christianity with a passion are willing to remain silent and never criticize the Christian Moldbuggers. The Christian Moldbuggers say “Deus Vult” and refuse to recognize the incompatibility between the Nicene Creed and white ethnic nationalism. And so on.


The tendency in most modern consumeristic societies is to form leisure affinity groups. This is probably not a good thing, and I want to explore its dysfunctionality in a way that ultimately ties back to current events.
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The political economy of right wing death squads (as applied by Duterte’s alleged 91% approval rating)


Many funposters on the chans like to claim that Right Wing Death Squads will be lots of fun.

The popular music group “Cybernazi,” for example, begins one song with the slogan “Join the Cybernazi division.” (I have to wonder just what that entails. Is it just edgy viral marketing, or would the nazi music enthusiasts actually have to get off their butts and do something that requires burning calories?)

There are two or three major disadvantages to Duterte’s war on drug dealers.
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Full Metal Usury


I just saw an amazing post and I have to link it right now.


The premise is that the “alchemy” in Full Metal Alchemist is actually usury.

That opens up a lot of interesting perspectives.

1 – For example, the Chinese characters have an entirely different system of “alchemy” than the Westerners!

2 – Some of the most compelling characters have NO alchemical powers and yet they are amazing characters (Winry Rockbell for the win). This corresponds to the notion that one can lead a fulfilling life without practicing usury.

3 – Alchemy is often associated with serious bodily or personal drawbacks, which may represent the human cost of practicing usury. The main character’s teacher is too ill to go on adventures – she coughs up a lung whenever she exerts herself. The main character is a cripple. The dashing romantic Roy Mustang has a major limit on when he can use his powers, and before the show ends, he gets a major physical disadvantage. (This is not a strict rule, I think – it has been years since I have seen the show, but I think that many alchemists had no obvious physical disabilities. Alex Louis Armstrong is an alchemist, and he is the epitome of physical health.

4 – The research into chimera alchemy is a good representation of the human costs of usury. I won’t spoil the surprise. Just watch the show. And then don’t spoil it for anyone else.

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The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place. Ancient social bargains, once disrupted, can neither be mended nor quickly replaced, since any such bargain takes decades to solidify.

I have noticed lately that I have no hope in terms of the story I used to tell myself about society, but I have some small scraps of hope in terms of new stories.

When you grow up, you have to tell yourself stories about how your future will be. You have to put your actions into some kind of socially recognizable context.

Unfortunately, when you are living through a social crisis, you go into it with the old paradigm, and by the time you’re in the middle of it, you realize that the old paradigm stopped working a while ago and will not work again.

In 2009, a guy called Shirky wrote:

The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place. Ancient social bargains, once disrupted, can neither be mended nor quickly replaced, since any such bargain takes decades to solidify.

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Hydraulic despotism: why governments want people to depend on governments for drinking water

Growing in number and spirit, the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is swiftly gaining strength ahead of a federal hearing on the controversial project. Support has spread across the country, and thousands have descended on the peaceful “prayer camps” in recent days, prompting state officials on Monday to remove the demonstrators’ drinking water supply.

North Dakota homeland security director Greg Wilz ordered the removal of state-owned trailers and water tanks from the protest encampment, despite the sweltering heat, because of alleged disorderly conduct, according to the Bismarck Tribune, including reports of laser pointers aimed at surveillance aircraft.

“People are getting overheated now already,” said Johnelle Leingang, the tribe’s emergency response coordinator, as temperatures hovered around 90º F on Monday. “It’s very hurtful.”

Frank Herbert called this kind of thing “hydraulic despotism.”

Maybe the USA government would allow Indians to collect rainwater on their own land. Maybe.

Certainly the USA government will give the Indians taxpayer-supported drinking water on non-Indian lands, as a publicity stunt.

But as soon as the Indians become inconvenient, the state yanks the water.

People who can supply their own drinking water might be a threat to the state.

Did you wonder why the pioneer spirit left the USA? It was because of government actions like this one.

Government promises that it will take care of all its citizens. The exact terms and conditions are usually kept as vague as possible. The first people to get desirable things are the crony capitalists. In practice, when the citizens demand any desirable thing – such as drinking water – they get harassed.

The solution was known centuries ago to Patrick Henry. Make sure every citizen has as much capacity for violence as the strongest government agent. The great objective is that every man be armed. The USA will not go back to that attitude. The USA might collapse, but it won’t reform itself.

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