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The Indifference Engine

(Foreword: No, I’m not dead! I’ve just been very busy. A lot of that has been cleaning, both of physical objects and of data. In doing so, I found this story which I never published. I release it here under … Continue reading

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Diagnosis: Russell Aphasia

There is a particular trick of language that, once understood, you will start to see everywhere.┬áIt goes like this: “I am firm. You are obstinate. They are pigheaded.” The three statements mostly describe the same thing: strong personal conviction. But … Continue reading

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Everybody Is Looking For Something

Hell is other people. But as the paradoxical nature of real life hits back to the countless bedroom philosophers who fancy themselves nihilists, turns out you can do pretty much, well nothing, without having people around you. Lessons are difficult … Continue reading

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I Can See Russia From My House

The common thread underlying all good conspiracy theories: an unreasonable assumption of general competence. Continue reading

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The Importance of Having Your Pain Be Legible

How to deal with ideological censorship in a community? Who gets empathy and who is humanized the most? Does contemporary rhetoric about toxicity hold up to scrutiny?

“When you keep rewarding people for becoming injured, they self-modify to become injured more easily.” Continue reading

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Tales from Underwater

“If you’re wondering whether it feels a little weird to have had someone you don’t clearly remember being make potentially life-altering decisions about you, the answer is yes.”

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radical book club: what Righties can do

Radical book club examines how to organize for power successfully. The first time I raised the idea of Righties learning from Lefties, a lot of people greeted it with derision. Plenty still do. That’s a terrible attitude, one that Righties … Continue reading

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