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Descriptive and Prescriptive Standards

Let’s play a game. Some of you may already know this game; if so, please don’t spoil it for everyone else. Everybody, pick a number between 0 and 100. Whoever guesses closest to 2/3rds of the average of all the … Continue reading

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Radical Book Club: the Decentralized Left

After reading Bryan Burrough’s┬áDAYS OF RAGE, one of the things that really stayed with me was the concept of Institutions. Institutions aren’t a concept explicitly mentioned or named by Burrough, but if you read his book they keep popping up … Continue reading

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Cosmopolitans Stay In The Lobby

Part I: Exiting a Decaying Modernity   Under Nick Land’s The Dark Enlightenment, the first section you see signals you towards the overarching theme of his writing: “Neoreactionaries head for the Exit.” It’s succinct, it’s easily put into a tweet, … Continue reading

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The Four Blind Men, the Elephant, and Alan Kay

First off, a brief apology. I made a New Year’s resolution to finish at least one post a month, and, well, you can see how well that ended up. Back in January, I┬áchanged jobs, and I’m now CTO of a … Continue reading

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The Backchannel is the Message

There’s a pernicious problem in rule making: it is much easier to introduce a rule than to remove it. To borrow a phrase from Pascal, “if I had had more time, I would have written a shorter rulebook,” and this … Continue reading

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The New Confessional is The Porcelain Throne

Today’s political struggle is a nebulous, stormy quarrel. We do not lack for storytellers to inform us, nor channels to express our views in. Nevertheless, correctly diagnosing the nature of the problem appears to elude us. Despite our rational, pluralistic … Continue reading

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What I Believe

A week or two ago I wrote up a post on Tumblr, entitled “What I Believe”. It was my attempt at a work-in-progress accounting of my politics, philosophy, and worldview. I’m cross-posting it here. Hopefully I can cajole the other … Continue reading

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