Psychology Today -- Feminine Foes: New Science Explores Female Competition
'...high status and very attractive women need less help and protection from other women and are less motivated to invest in other women (who represent potential competition). Thus, a woman who tries to distinguish or promote herself threatens other women and will encounter hostility. According to Benenson, a common way women deal with the threat represented by a remarkably powerful or beautiful woman is by insisting on standards of equality, uniformity, and sharing for all the women in the group and making these attributes the normative requirements of proper femininity. -- ... This study and others align with the observation that women are often the chief enforcers of strict and sometimes cruel norms of female appearance and sexual behavior. For example, the ritual of female genital mutilation, still practiced in some Muslim countries in Africa, is primarily designed to make the girl into good ‘bride material’ for men. To that end, clitoridectomy reduces her ability to enjoy sex and therefore decreases the likelihood she’ll be tempted to cheat on her husband. Sewing the vaginal opening shut, which is often performed after the genital cutting, reduces the possibility that the girl will have sex before marriage, again benefitting the interests of the future husband. Still, this ceremony is managed, performed and enforced by women (mostly mothers and grandmothers). -- Another example: Girls’ foot binding was a custom in China for over a thousand years (until it was outlawed in the early twentieth century). The ancient custom (which involved breaking the toes of the baby, folding them and binding the feet tightly for years) was valued primarily because women with small feet were considered more desirable sexually (in the eyes of men) and because a wife’s tiny, useless feet were evidence of the husband’s wealth (‘I’m so rich my woman doesn’t need to work; indeed she can’t’). In this case too, the main enforcers and managers were mothers and grandmothers. -- The evolutionary explanation for these phenomena relies on the assumption that sex with a woman (and thus access to her uterus) is a biologically desirable and scarce resource for men. Among women of childbearing age, reducing the sexual 'supply' increases female bargaining power in the relationship economy. Thus, it pays for women to enforce sexual conservatism even at the cost of ostracizing and manipulating other women identified as permissive. Mothers and grandmothers, by the same logic, have a strong incentive to ensure that their daughters (who carry their genes) will become highly attractive to men, even at the price of causing them early suffering and mutilation.'
men  women  status  competition  pricefixing 
20 hours ago
LiveScience -- Women More Threatened by Exclusion, Study Indicates
'...The key to this difference in how we respond to social threats lies in the types of relationships to which men and women gravitate – men prefer to socialize in groups, while women prefer close, one-on-one relationships. (The same pattern has been found in chimpanzees, Benenson said.) -- "In order for a female to have a best friend, you have got to get rid of other people and you have got to be worried that someone is going to steal your best friend," she said. -- If a man has a conflict with someone else in his group, the implications aren't devastating. "There are lots of others around, so there is not the same pressure to make sure no one ruins your relationship," she said. -- Women, meanwhile, have more at stake if a relationship is threatened, Benenson said. -- "I don't think girls are meaner. I think girls are more exclusive," she said. "It's more there is an advantage to social exclusion. It helps a female establish the kind of intense relationships females like best." -- As a result, Benenson said, some women live with a fear of social exclusion that is unfamiliar to men.'
men  women  ostracism  relationships  jealousy 
21 hours ago
Macleans -- Worriers vs. Warriors: The next workplace face-off
'The publication of Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes by Oxford University Press next month is destined to fuel the debate over why women haven’t achieved parity with men in leadership positions. Psychologist Joyce F. Benenson of Boston’s Emmanuel College (with Henry Markovits, of the University of Quebec) marshals data collected over 30 years studying children that point to men being “warriors” in battle with a perceived enemy and women “worriers” concerned primarily with their own and their children’s survival. The result, she argues, is that females are innately less sociable and more competitive with one another—at the expense of the group—while men are more sociable and more co-operative to build teams to fight a shared enemy. -- #Q: You write women pretend they’re not in any competition with one another, and cite the strategies women use to appear to avoid up-front competition—like removing a perceived threat from the group. Obviously that poses a problem when women get out in the big world where competition is necessary. #A: Exactly. So what I’m saying is that if we are not aware that we are competing and that competition is good for us and our children, then we go out there and we think, “Oh, my gosh, these other women are competing against me and “Hey, I would never do that to them. What’s wrong with them?” And we end up saying, “I don’t want to be in this situation,” or, “It’s not worth it,” or, “I’m exhausted from all of this and I don’t understand it.” In contrast, if we said, “Hey, I’m going out there, I’m going to try to do the best I can, and I understand that she’s doing the same, so let’s see what we can work out together up front.” So now it’s out in the open the way that men are doing it. I can’t speak for everyone, but certainly I gave the examples from the book where women are coming home from work exhausted by the trauma of what’s going on between other women. -- #Q: You also cite studies that show that both men and women would rather have a male boss, and women say that far more than men. But looking at other research you present, that’s a rational response. You claim females don’t value expertise the way men do and that women even undermine the team in the way they cooperate with one another. #A: I don’t know if “undermine” would be right because I don’t have any data on that. I do say that there is a biological desire for a woman to form a very close relationship with other woman. It’s wonderful to have a best friend. But that does undermine a team—because what happens to the rest of the people on the team? I ran one experiment where I had groups of five same-sex 10-year-olds. The boys worked as a team; they’re interacting with each other and yelling and screaming and trying to help each other as much as possible. In contrast, the girls broke themselves up into twos, sometimes threes, and so they don’t get the benefit of the other members of the team. So if you want to use the word “undermining” in that case, I do agree. They’re not benefiting from everyone else and you’re excluding other people and you’re not getting their expertise and so that team doesn’t work as well as a male team. If it’s a one-on-one relationship females do just as well. -- #Q: At one point you talk about female bosses being more egalitarian and less autocratic than male bosses. Is that a positive or negative? #A: At first I thought, “Oh, that’s wonderful!” And it’s really nice if everyone is on your same level, but what do you do if you have somebody who’s new and you are an expert? Then they aren’t equals, and you still need to cooperate, and sometimes that means being autocratic and saying, “Hey, I’ve been here for a long time, this is what you need to do, and let’s do it together because I’m going to help you then move up the rank.” What I’m trying to argue is a lot of people see women as better because they’re equal. But I’m saying, “Yes, women do really well with equals, but what does that mean when women are with unequals?” That’s where women don’t do as well. -- I have data coming out in the next few weeks that’s also generating a lot of publicity – I went to 50 universities, eight in Canada and 42 in the United States, and I looked at co-authored publications in psychology departments. When it came to equals, females were just as likely as male to publish with somebody in their department. But when it came to working with somebody who’s not your equal – a full professor with an assistant professor, say – women were much less likely than men to do that. That’s objective data that women are not helping the team as much as men are. There’s an instinctive bias for males to reach out to their group because they want to defeat other groups, they want their psychology department to be publishing more than another psychology department, for example. If you become aware of this then you can do something, which is set up collaborations between juniors and seniors and see it more as, “We are the psychology department so we are going to work together,” and try to break that down. Then we become much more powerful relative to men. -- #Q: You also say women are not as willing to mentor as men are. #A: There’s a lot of evidence suggesting that women aren’t into mentoring as much as men are and they don’t want to be bothered with it, but they’re always called on it – partly because there are so few women who are available to mentor. I was arguing from another perspective: that women are more comfortable when they are with an equal. When women form friendships it is with an equal, and an equal can kind of exchange reciprocally better than somebody who’s not as good as you and oftentimes somebody who’s much better than you is not going to want to give you as much. Therefore what you get is these wonderful, egalitarian relationships – friendships, work relationships, whatever – between women that are just as good if not better than men. But when it comes to mentoring or other ways in which people of higher status work with people who are lower status, I would argue women are not as good as men. And unless they’re aware of that they can’t correct it. -- #Q: But isn’t that a very outdated Victorian conceit: that the woman runs the government of the home whereas the man works in the public sphere? #A: I’m looking at kids on the playground and I’m seeing boys trying to figure out who’s better at this and who’s better at that and whatever, and by doing so they’re honing their skills. I see girls not wanting to do that at all, and I think, “But if they play house then they’re perfectly happy to say, ‘I’m the mother and you’re the baby.’” Nobody wants to be the baby, they want to be the mother. -- #Q: That’s because the mother gets to boss everyone around. #A: Exactly, mother gets to decide what to do and mother gets to put her interests ahead of the baby’s interests – as she has to do in order to keep the baby alive. Women are certainly very much leaders all the time, and I would say naturally they are spending more time in the developing world leading than men are. So I don’t see it as Victorian. In fact, I think girls love to lead. The other girls don’t like to be led, though. They’ll be led by the teacher and they’ll be led by the mother, but they don’t want to be led by their peers. So how do you figure this out so that women can be leaders?'
men  women  cooperation  competition  status  work  leadership  management 
21 hours ago
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences -- The development of human female competition: allies and adversaries by Joyce F. Benenson
'Throughout their lives, women provide for their own and their children's and grandchildren's needs and thus must minimize their risk of incurring physical harm. Alliances with individuals who will assist them in attaining these goals increase their probability of survival and reproductive success. High status in the community enhances access to physical resources and valuable allies. Kin, a mate, and affines share a mother's genetic interests, whereas unrelated women constitute primary competitors. From early childhood onwards, girls compete using strategies that minimize the risk of retaliation and reduce the strength of other girls. Girls’ competitive strategies include avoiding direct interference with another girl's goals, disguising competition, competing overtly only from a position of high status in the community, enforcing equality within the female community and socially excluding other girls. -- ... High status in the community allows a woman to increase her own children's success by reducing the reproductive potential of lower status women through harassment or harming their children [52–54]. -- Within the female community, status is calculated differently. Generation and age determine status among female kin [32]. By contrast, unrelated women enforce equality [41,55]. Unlike unrelated men, status is not earned through skills and allegiance to a large interconnected group [56,57]. Instead, a woman forms several separate, exclusive, one-on-one friendships within the larger female community [41,58,59]. Female friends prohibit competition by one another and other acquaintances by punishing superiority [58,60], requiring reciprocity [59] and exhibiting a low threshold for dissolving relationships when conflicts arise [61–63]. These prohibitions do not apply to relationships with kin, a spouse or affines [59]. -- Women compete to acquire resources for their kin, spouse and affines and a few trusted female friends; to protect their own and threaten other women's alliances, especially marriages, given men's greater interest in polygamy; and to prevent other women from reducing their family's market value and opportunity for status enhancement in the larger community [64]. Three principles appear to underlie female–female competition. First, to protect their bodies for lifelong child care, women employ competitive strategies that reduce the probability of incurring physical harm through retaliation [9,10]. Avoidance of direct interference competition, disguising competition and competing only when there is little probability of retaliation, such as having high status in the community, all minimize chance of injury. -- Second, because unrelated females rarely cooperate as a group, one woman's success brings little benefit to the female community. Demands for equality within the female community function to impede individual women's attempts to gain additional physical resources, valuable allies or status for themselves. High-achieving women have little incentive to invest in other women, so most women benefit from punishing striving peers. By contrast, trusted, equal friends can benefit from reciprocal investment. -- Third, lack of group cooperation also underlies a more extreme strategy: social exclusion [65,66]. Ultimately, with the exception of a few selected friends, additional women in the community are prime competitors for physical resources, mates and status in the community [65]. Elimination of a non-friend by a coalition therefore reduces the number of competitors. Proximately, a coalition minimizes the probability of harmful retaliation by outnumbering the victim [67]. Female friends likely serve most readily as coalition partners in acts of social exclusion: a man would be less willing to evict a potential sexual partner, whereas female kin who differ in age from the victim would find her less threatening. -- Five competitive strategies result from these principles: (i) avoid interference competition, (ii) disguise competition, (iii) compete overtly only if high-ranked in the community, (iv) enforce equality among female peers and (v) use social exclusion. Girls employ these strategies against female same-sex peers beginning early in childhood. -- ... #c) Middle childhood/juvenile period (5–12 years): developing an intimate, exclusive, reciprocal bond with another girl: Cross-culturally, responsibility for the care of younger siblings increases in middle childhood [95,139]. Further, when enough unrelated children are present, universally girls interact almost exclusively with other girls, and not boys [95,107,140]. Segregation by sex occurs partially because boys avoid [113,141] and bully [142] girls. When unsupervised by adults, girls allow boys to dominate them across domains and cultures [143]. Other girls also provide a respite from familial responsibilities, share similar interests and provide emotional support [41]. -- Girls form an intimate, exclusive friendship with another girl, isolated from other girls [55,144]. Two girls bond through reciprocal verbal discussions of similar personal vulnerabilities, particularly concerns about alliances with other girls and family members [41]. Unconditional acceptance, exclusivity and loyalty further define the middle childhood female friendship [63,145]. Imagining its potential dissolution generates feelings of devastating loss [146], foreshadowing a commitment to a long-term heterosexual bond. -- Despite their appeal, isolated female pair bonds are not destined to last and frequently endure for shorter periods than male friendships that are embedded within a larger group [144,146–148]. Further, the intimate, repetitive discussions of personal difficulties between girls can promote negative emotions, including depression [149]. Consequently, across cultures in middle childhood girls continue to rely on and maintain proximity to mothers, female relatives, teachers and other female adults [37,95,150,151]. -- Competitive strategies of early childhood become accentuated between girls in middle childhood as they vie for a female friend [152]. Initiation and preservation of female friendships require continually expelling interlopers and enforcing loyalty, exclusivity, reciprocity and equality. Girls tolerate conflicts less than boys with same-sex friends, as they proceed from one female partner to the next searching for another girl who meets the requisite standards [61,63,153]. Even though female bonds are the focus in middle childhood, the highest status girls in the community begin to evaluate specific boys as potential mates [141]. -- #(iv) Enforce equality among girls: High-status adolescent girls elicit more respect from other girls than in earlier years, because the community of girls is more spatially connected to the male community than before. Lower status females who form alliances with high-status females theoretically can increase their access to valuable mates. Adolescent girls consequently compete more than boys to form bonds with high-status same-sex peers [163,196]. A lower status girl will surrender all her other friendships and accomplishments in an attempt to form a bond with a high-status girl. Practically, this rarely produces pay-offs, as a high-status girl profits little from allying with anyone but another high-status girl [163,196]. -- This produces even stronger denigration of high-status adolescent girls than earlier [196]. Within the girls’ peer group, high-status girls who interfere with another girl's goals invite derision and social exclusion [162,163,193,196]. Niceness and equality remain the female community's norms. Girls’ primary justification for being mean is that another girl is acting superior. Even in the rare girl gangs that exist, the leader must behave as an equal [184]. -- In the Netherlands, in an implicit association computerized task, girls approached the names of same-sex high-status early adolescents more slowly than low status adolescents, whereas the reverse was true for boys [195,197]. Likewise, high status and liking were unrelated or negatively related for early and middle adolescent American girls, but positively related for boys [198,199]. Further, high status at ages 15–16 years predicted lack of liking 2 years later for girls, but liking for boys. -- Likewise, Canadian girls reported feeling greater jealousy than boys if a same-sex friend were more successful [179]. Reciprocally, American [126] and Canadian [200] girls were more likely than boys to believe that if they were more successful than a close same-sex friend at making a new same-sex friend, excelling in academics or athletics or forming a romantic relationship, they would be less liked by their same-sex friend. The sex difference was strongest for finding a romantic partner.'
women  competition  relationalaggression  status  pricefixing 
21 hours ago
BBC News -- Men may have evolved better 'making up' skills
'Men's historical dominance of the workplace may, in part, be because of their ability to reconcile with enemies after conflict, a new study suggests. -- Researchers examined the aftermath of same-sex sporting events and found that men spent longer talking, touching or embracing their opponents than women. -- These efforts to patch things up ensure the males can then co-operate more successfully in the future. -- The authors believe that this trait has been carried down through the years. -- ... "What you'll see is that many times females brush their fingers against each other," said lead author Prof Joyce Benenson from Emmanuel College and Harvard University. -- "You're expected by the sport to do something but it's so frosty. However, with the males even with a handshake you can see the warmth, the tightness of it. -- "I expected this would be the least strong in boxing, because you try to kill the other person, but it's the strongest in this sport, there really is this sense of love for your opponent which is beyond my understanding." -- The authors conclude that men in these sports are doing exactly what the male chimpanzees are doing - investing more time in patching up their differences so that they can potentially work together down the line. -- ... "That men are more likely to reconcile after a conflict supports other studies showing that male-male relationships are generally different than female-female relationships," said Prof Robert Deaner from Grand Valley State University, who wasn't involved in the work. -- "A woman's relationship with another woman is often gravely damaged if one woman achieves greater status than the other or somehow outdoes her. -- "Men, by contrast, seem to better tolerate these kinds of ups and downs, which may be why men seem better than women at maintaining large same-sex social networks."'
men  women  competition  cooperation  status 
22 hours ago
The Art of Manliness -- Podcast #229: How Men and Women Socialize Differently
'The popular idea out there is that women are more social than men and men are more competitive than women. What’s more, these tendencies are socially conditioned rather than biologically innate. But what if it’s the other way around? -- My guest today is a psychologist who has spent thirty years researching the differences between how boys and girls socialize, and she’s discovered that many ideas that people have on the subject are completely wrong. Her name is Joyce Benenson and she’s the author of the book Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes. Today on the show Joyce and I discuss the biological origins of male and female socialization, why men prefer all-male groups, and why women can be just as, if not more competitive, as men. We also discuss how men compete to cooperate and why men can make up much faster with an enemy than women can. -- Show Highlights: #How Joyce started researching the differences between how boys and girls socialize #How these differences are a result of both nature and nurture #How researchers know that boys prefer large groups and violence even as infants #Do these differences exist in our primate relatives? #Why men prefer to hang out with large groups of unrelated men and why women prefer being with related kin #The different fears of males and females #Why boys like having enemies #How men are oftentimes more social than women #How men compete to bond #Why men have better “make up” skills with opponents than women #Why men prefer all-male groups and women don’t mind co-ed groups #How men choose which men are in their group #Why boys ostracize “feminine” boys but welcome “tomboy” girls into their groups #Why boys are obsessed with rules and rule making #How girls compete with other girls #How the environment affects these innate social tendencies in boys and girls' -- "Male groups – and that means unrelated boy – really benefit from one another. So they mutually need to grow up together, forms their bonds so that they can defend their communities if another community attacks or if they are going to attack another community. I don't – and I know this is very controversial – I don't see the advantage of unrelated females spending time together. And even though it feels wonderful to have a best friend, and a best friend can certainly be a source of relaxation – and she can even be protection against other girls trying to hurt her through socially excluding her and so forth – but basically a woman is faced with bringing up *her* children. And she never has enough energy to accomplish that on her own. So who is going to help her? Well, not another woman who also doesn't have enough energy to bring up her own children. That makes no sense. So therefore, a woman, a mother, turns to those who have a genetic interest in her children: her own mother, her husband, another other female relative, maybe her in-laws – those are the people who going to be most likely to invest – hopefully they've already had their children so that there's no competition for raising children. But an unrelated woman, she can be a source sharing similar experiences, which is wonderful to have, feels good, but in the end it's amazing to me how much women do not help each other raise kids..." -- "Girls have to be really careful not to get hurt because girls are responsible for their whole life...for keeping others alive. They're born with a finite number of ova; they have to make sure they don't hurt them; they have to protect their bodies – which are in many way much more complicated than boys' bodies – so they can't get hurt. So no fighting physically if you can help it at all. And therefore, girls have to figure out a different way to compete – because there are things to compete for: in most societies girls, in adolescence, do compete for men...and before that girls compete over friends, they compete over resources, they compete over activities. So they do compete. The question is what do they do? And of course they are going to use some kind of aggression where they can't get caught and they can't face retaliation which could hurt them. So what do they do? They disguise their aggression. You disguise your aggression in many ways. You can beat up someone's stuff. You can ruin her art project or whatever when she's not there. You can say terrible things about anyone when she's not there. You can try to ruin someone's reputation. And you can even do it when a girl who is your target is right there so long as you're subtle enough...with non-verbal gestures: you can flick your hair, you roll your eyes, you can emphasize some words, you can make a very prescient pause", whatever it is you can say to others this girl is no good. And if it's serious enough – if you have a really pretty girl, a new-comer girl who is vulnerable in some ways, she's low-hanging fruit – you can get together with the other girls and you can really effectively ostracize the girl. And because there's power in numbers, in fact there's more resources and more male around if you get rid of a girl or a woman, it's scary to be a girl or woman with only unrelated girls around..."
men  women  competition  cooperation  status  hierarchy  relationalaggression  passiveaggression  psychology  rkselection  evolution  commonenemy  war 
23 hours ago
What Do You Want to Want?
'“As Michael Foley writes in his book Embracing The Ordinary, citing the French philosopher Henry Lefebvre: “Everyday life has been vilified as the worthless residue left behind…the coffee grounds that must be thrown out when the stimulating potion has been brewed. But if the everyday is everything that is ignored by official forms of knowledge and authority, this very invisibility gives it the potential for strangeness, freedom and even subversion.” Perhaps the most profoundly extraordinary thing any of us can do is to be willing, in the ways that truly matter, to be ordinary.” – From New Philosopher’s 10th issue, Famous for $15'
philosophy  humility  awe  Heidegger 
The Book of Life -- Teaching and Love
'For the Greeks, love is not meant to be an emotion centred on just anything at all about the partner. Rightly understood, it is a very specific feeling that targets what happens to be accomplished, perfect, virtuous and intelligent. Around the other less impressive things, one must be tolerant and understanding of course – but one isn’t expected to love. The word love is restricted to a particular sort of admiration for perfection. -- Connected to this for the Greeks is a sense that the point of a relationship is to be a forum in which two people can help each other to increase the number of admirable characteristics they each possess: it is to help them become the best version of themselves. The Greeks held to a fundamentally pedagogical view of love; they understood that a relationship gives us a ringside seat on one another’s flaws and potential – and therefore believed that both partners should take it in turns to act in the role of teacher and student – attempting to educate the other to become a finer person within the safe and encouraging confines of love’s classroom. -- ... The reason why the lessons we try to impart in love’s classroom tend to go so wrong is that we are respectively very bad teachers and very bad pupils. And part of the reason is that we don’t – in the role of teachers – have any real sense that we are even allowed to teach, which makes us panicky and defensive. Furthermore, what helps someone to be a good teacher is a relaxed sense that it doesn’t in the end matter so much if the lesson is learnt or not. A good maths teacher wants to get the basics of trigonometry across to the class, but if they are being obtuse, they can be calm; there’ll be another student cohort along next year. -- But love’s classroom finds us in a far more agitated state – because at the back of our minds as we try to teach a point is an utterly panic-inducing thought: that we may have committed ourselves to an idiot who will continue in a range of erroneous ways for the rest of our days. -- It’s on this basis that we start to swear, belittle and insult our lover. Which is understandable but very unfortunate, for it seems that sadly no one has ever learnt anything under conditions of humiliation. By the time one has made the partner feel like a fool, the lesson is over.'
psychology  philosophy  relationships  RTR  teaching  love  Aristotle 
Evolution Counseling -- Therapy For Deep Sadness
'The first and most important thing we need to understand in this article is that deep sadness and depression are not the same thing, not by a long shot. Actually in the existential psychological sense they are polar opposite states of being. It’s just that they usually share some symptoms, like crying. -- But the deep state of sadness causes distress precisely because of a human sensitivity that can only exist when we feel authentically connected to people and the world. Depression, on the other hand, is a lack of that felt authentic connection, and it’s precisely this lack of connection and the blunted sensitivity that goes along with it that causes distress. One causes distress because you’re so sensitive, the other causes distress because you’ve become insensitive. -- If you’re deeply sad it’s because your life situation hasn’t turned out the way you hoped or thought it would. You’ve lost something fundamentally important to you. Therefore your sadness probably is justified and what’s called for is moving through and completing the grief process in order to say goodbye to the old in order to make way for the new. -- So really the most important place to start is to just let yourself feel sad, to let yourself inhabit the state without judgment or censure, without feeling like you’re a weirdo or have a clinically diagnosable disorder. Human life is unavoidably filled with loss and suffering of all kinds, and actually what’s neurotic is resorting to the various psychological defense mechanism to push away any and all awareness around this loss and suffering. It’s not neurotic to accept and sit with deep sadness it’s healthy and brave. -- ... Things didn’t work out the way you hoped or thought they would. Your expectations were shattered. Cleaning up that mess is supposed to take time and effort, we’re not always supposed to just jump back up, dust ourselves off, and get back out there as if nothing of importance has occurred. But it’s the deep fear around really and truly letting go, really and truly accepting that life has irrevocably changed, that keeps so many people in a deep sadness holding pattern where they never get over it because they don’t want to touch it, they don’t want to let themselves accept or inhabit the state and they especially don’t want to have to say goodbye.'
psychology  loss  melancholy  depression  OttoRank 
Evolution Counseling -- Empty Nest
'...When that last child leaves home suddenly the object of devotion disappears from sight and the constellation of customary behaviors around that object of devotion become unnecessary. What we’re really talking about here is a lack of felt meaning, a deep and terrifying abyss of uncertainty where before there was certainty. What do I do now? How do I define myself now? What’s my purpose now? -- Of course it’s not like parenthood ends just because the child walks out the door, parents are still necessary to their children in myriad ways, but modes of thinking, feeling, and behaving do have to change to accommodate changed environmental circumstances. And new sources of meaning in life must be derived to take the place of the old meaning that was derived from all those behaviors that made up the daily routines of parenting. -- Parenthood is a tragic task, no doubt about it. The job has been done well when the parent becomes redundant, when all of that active concern and attention lead to the child’s ability to confront the challenges of the world alone. As Fromm once put it, ““The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.”'
psychology  existentialism  parenting  loss 
Aeon Videos -- What else do we lose when we lose sight of the stars?
'Travelling across eight different locations, from urban San Jose in California to a desolate stretch of Death Valley, Lost in Light explores the ubiquitous but often overlooked phenomenon of light pollution. As artificial light brightens the night sky, we increasingly lose our view of the stars, planets and constellations, as well as the sense that we’re part of a larger galaxy. Showing eight different ‘levels’ of light pollution throughout California and Oregon, Sriram Murali uses timelapse to dramatic effect, asking what else we lose when we can’t see the stars.'
universe  awe 
Anonymous Conservative -- Donald Out-groups Hillary
'It is a clever rhetorical play for several reasons: "Donald Trump addressed Hillary Clinton’s upcoming remarks on the “alt-right” movement during his campaign rally in New Hampshire on Thursday, saying it’s “the oldest play in the Democratic playbook” and that although Democrats always return to that same well, “the well has run dry.” -- Trump stated, “The news reports are that Hillary Clinton is going to try to accuse this campaign, and the millions of decent Americans who support this campaign, of being racists. It’s the oldest play in the Democratic playbook. When Democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument. It’s the last refuge of the discredited politician. They keep going back to this same well, but the well has run dry.” -- “She’s attacking all of the decent people — of all backgrounds — that support this incredible, once in a life-time movement,” he added, saying she isn’t just attacking him." -- Hillary tried to out-group Donald by laying an accusation on him she felt would unite the public against him. Donald turned it around, subconsciously making it look like it was Hillary alone, attacking millions of his supporters, all while subconsciously side-stepping the accusation himself.'
rkselectiontheory  rhetoric  shamingtactics  countermeasures 
Anonymous Conservative -- Flashback – Jonathan Haidt on Trigger Warnings And Microaggressions
'...The left’s reality-blindness is not a mistake, or a defect, or a disease – it is an evolved adaptation designed to help produce the r-strategy. It is a feature in the human machine, not a bug, and sudden resource shortage, mixed with a little Darwinian Selection will fix it naturally. -- ... Leftist mental problems arise from amygdala over-activity, therefore these are psychological means of inducing crippling levels of amygdala hyperactivity in the mentally damaged. Use these to mold your amygdala hijacks. Over emphasize the negative, frame the slightly bad in terms of black and white, direct blame to look past the sale of the bad, fortune-tell the worst possible outcome and then catastrophize it as the worst possible outcome, and so on. And all along, see that amygdala spinning up like a gyroscope. Examples follow: ...'
rkselectiontheory  ideology  illiberalism  faggotry  rhetoric  countermeasures 
Anonymous Conservative -- Gun Sales In Europe Surge
'r/K Theory hypothesizes that humans are adaptable. When times are r, and resources are free, they will exhibit the conflict-avoidant psychology of the r-strategy. In that mode, guns are scary, and if you have to run from them fine, but even better is if you can simply tell government to make the guns all go away. It is a rabbitized brain programing, designed for a rabbit environment with no conflict, and only feeling comfortable with rabbitry around it. -- When shortage and conflict come, the brain remodels itself in response to the new environment’s stresseses, and the entire psychology changes. Many anti-gunners will become gun-owners, and the entire population will shift toward that K-strategy. -- Why I find it interesting is, because of this, you can’t explain gun control logically. Rabbits cannot grasp that guns might ever be useful or good, no matter the facts or logic you present You first need to prime the brain with threat and fear, trigger the amygdalae, and get the brain in the right “mode” to be receptive to the logical arguments. A hippy-dippy liberal, glossy eye’d with dreams of Obama enriching everyone with handouts from his stash, is not going to be open to the idea that you have a right to protect your loved ones. A liberal who is frightened because criminals are going to kill him will be much more open to the idea that the average citizen has a right to self defense. -- Of course, I expect that a year or two into the economic apocalypse, the pro-gun-control forces will be totally overwhelmed, as the entire population goes ultra-K. In that environment, ne’er-do-wells will do much better keeping their meddlesome tendencies under wraps, because in that irritating, enraging environment, people will kill that which irritates them.'
rkselectiontheory  apocalypse  panarchy  violence  security 
Anonymous Conservative -- A Race War Is Inevitable
'I had hoped not, but this isn’t encouraging: "A Chinese-American intern working for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has written a first-person account of his attempt to cover the aftermath of the Sylville Smith shooting. Aaron Mak says he was attacked by a group of people who chased and beat him because he wasn’t black. He was then rescued by other people in the crowd who pointed out that he was Chinese, not white." -- Oh, our bad. So terribly sorry about that sir, let me help you up. By the by, have you perchance seen any white people around? -- Lest you feel sympathy, the Asian kid was actually a #BlackLivesMatter supporter, even as he was running down the street yelling at his white friend to run for his life, and then taking a beating himself. -- Now clearly this is not all black Americans, but that doesn’t matter. As threat approaches, humans are programmed to in-group around broad variables. Incidents like this will mix with agitated amygdalae and spread like wildfire, making lots of whites distrust blacks, and lots of blacks distrust whites. It is an uncontrollable mechanism rooted in biology and produced through eons of evolution. And once it starts, it will accelerate, with each side’s distrust feeding the other’s. -- Questions like, “Is it right, or is it wrong?,” will give way to the simple reality – “Is it safe?” If there are cases like this, whites will separate from blacks, blacks will separate from whites, and the nation will self-segregate. And I will bet it happens fast.'
rkselectiontheory  herd  violence 
Anonymous Conservative -- Hillary Swings Open The Overton Window To The Alt-Right
'...What Hillary has done is expose the entire nation to a set of ideas that is considerably more right-wing than that which the debate has been limited to, to date. In the old range of ideas the media gave voice to, which basically was ultra-left to moderate-left, Donald’s public advocacy was considerably to the right of that range of media-approved ideas. Much of his press has arisen because he gave voice to ideas that were previously verboten in public discourse within the media. -- The mushy, clueless parts of the public which only get their limited data from the media, (which probably unduly fill the ranks of the moderates and independents who decide elections), only hearing the old range of ideas, would perceive Donald as somewhat outside that range of ideas, and thus extremist. That probably cost him support there. -- Now, as the media lays out this whole new range of ideas to the public and explains them, Donald suddenly appears far more moderate by comparison. In fact, there is a whole range of far more “extreme” ideas out there that are to the right of Donald. Donald just became a moderate, and Hillary did it for him. -- Hillary meanwhile, who had previously been ensconced well within the middle of the range of left-wing media-approved ideas, now seems considerably out toward the outer edge of the left-wing within this new Overton Window Hillary has created. She simultaneously moderated the views of Donald, and made herself seem extreme, and neither candidate even had to change their views. -- I have to confess, I am stunned Hillary went through with this. All day yesterday I was sure Cialdini, the “Godfather Of Influence” was going to get on the horn and tell her to pull back. It was just too stupid. It is possibly among the most stupid moves anyone has made since Dukakis decided to drive around in that tank. It calls into question the entire competency of her campaign. -- What I think we will begin to see now is a lot of unforced errors being made by the left. As the nation polarizes and turns K-selected/rightward in response to all the shortage and threat, the response of leftists is to shut out everything they don’t want to hear. This isolates them from the reality of the increasingly right-wing political situation on the ground. The echo chamber it creates reinforces a leftist mindset which is inherently unable to perceive how the normal, increasingly K-ified, right-leaning population will respond. Even worse, the more society ignores them, the more the left panics and isolates itself, and the worse their future decisions will be. -- I suspect within Hillary’s camp, this was seen as a brilliant play. All of the rabbits agreed, all she had to do was point at the Alt-Right and shriek, and the whole nation would immediately begin pointing and shrieking with her. That is the extent of their delusional state. -- But out in the real world, where the K-selected Strategy is ascendant, all that happened was a whole lot of people suddenly said, “Oh wow! Are we now allowed to say those things in public? I’ve been thinking exactly that all along!” Meanwhile the people who didn’t say that said, to themselves, “I need to check out this new Alt-Right thing, if everybody is talking about it.” -- And just like that, Hilary swung open the Overton Window, made Donald a moderate, and made the left into an extremist ideology at the outer edge of the left side of the political spectrum.'
rkselectiontheory  politics  rhetoric  positioning  discourse  shamingtactics  unintendedconsequences 
Anonymous Conservative -- The Criminalization Of Free Speech
'"West Virginia University (WVU) has told its 29,000 students that they are breaking federal law if they don’t agree to use the pronouns — including ‘he’ or ‘she,’ ‘zir’ or ‘hir’ etc. — preferred by each person who claims to be transgender. -- That policy means if a biological man — for example, famous transgender athlete Bruce Jenner — says he “identifies” his gender as female, then all other students must refer to the man as a “she,” or else be treated as a law-breaker." -- You can measure the panic of the rabbits by how desperately they try to use the state to force people to adhere to their dictates, and by how minor the transgressions they seek to punish are. Obviously as K approaches the rabbit panic is exploding to ever greater levels. If allowed to continue to progress, it would eventually result in bad-thinkers being killed for the good of freedom. r/K is a scale, and the r-end of mental illness is practically without limit, so long as resources are free. -- Interestingly, this is another case of rabbits trying to control others by using the perception of out-grouping to trigger the amygdalae of their targets. I see this and feel like, “What fucking US Attorney is going to set aside mob cases to prosecute that?” Are these assholes insane? -- But the rabbits who created this imagined how their amygdalae would shock them when the image of the entire federal government mobilizing against them passed through it. That shocking force would produce capitulation almost immediately in a rabbit. They assume it will work the same in us.'
rkselectiontheory  victimhood  illiberalism  statism  joycamp 
JudgyBitch -- One good reason to wear a burkini
'I want to take a moment here to point out the extraordinary narcissism of women who don the ugly swimsuit, and any other Islamic garment designed to hide their bodies from the potent male gaze. These women sincerely believe they are capable of inspiring such lust, men will collapse into rape dogs at the sight of their ankles. -- Ladies, please. You are mostly fat, middle-aged harridans no man is going to collapse in lust over. Most of these women could walk down the street or beach stark naked and the only feeling they are likely to inspire in anyone is nausea. How delusional do you have to be to think this is going to inspire sexual longing in anyone? Not just sexual longing – longing of such intensity that entire worlds will burn. -- You wish. -- When you think about it, Islamic dress and Sharia law is really quite brilliant – the men who wrote these things down understood most women perfectly – women are shallow, vain, jealous, petty shrews. The fat old women get to wrap up their fat asses and insist, on the grounds of modesty, that young women do the same, and my, that reduces the competition, doesn’t it? Women well past their sell-by dates get to imagine themselves capable of inspiring the most profound desire in all men, while severely limiting young fertile women from doing the same. Islamic dress is the ultimate in petty, vindictive slut-shaming.'
women  vanity  pricefixing 
Breitbart -- 7 Ways Democrat Policies Are Killing America's Inner Cities by Jerome Hudson
'For decades, the Democratic party has pushed policies that have turned America’s inner cites into islands of profound impoverishment — neighborhoods where shattered families are often housed, doctored, educated, and fed by bureaucrats. -- There’s a misery in many of America’s inner cities that projects perpetual poverty. Below are seven truths about how the Democratic party’s policies are destroying America’s inner cities, all while taking the voters who live there for granted. -- ... #Gun control: America’s most crime-ridden cities were run almost exclusively by Democratic mayors. In 2015, the inner cities of Oakland, Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia — also known as “Killadelphia,” — Atlanta and other Democratic party monopolies are routinely plagued with violent criminality. -- For decades Democrats have stopped at nothing to take away and restrict the Constitutional right of the law abiding citizens living in these unsafe communities to carry a firearm as a means to protect themselves and their families. -- Nearly 300 years before racist Democrats enacted Jim Crow Laws that helped disarm blacks in the south, Chief Justice Roger Taney argued in his opinion in Dred Scott v. Sanford that blacks could not be granted citizenship because “[I]t would give them the full liberty … to keep and carry arms wherever they went.” -- While Democrats demonize it today, the NRA stood to defend blacks when Democrats robbed, murdered, and lynched them in the 50s and 60s. -- Today, it’s Democrats — from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama — still disarming blacks who are being buried by gang violence in Democratic party monopolies across America.'
rkselectiontheory  history  statism  predation  welfare  poverty  exploitation 
Breitbart -- A Swing And A Miss: How Triggered Hillary Screwed Up Her Chance To Take On The Alt-Right by Milo Yiannopoulos
'...Hillary’s message can be distilled into a simple litany — everything is racist, everything is sexist and everything is Islamophobic. But only if you’re a white male. Donald Trump was completely correct (he usually is) when he pointed out that the left falls back on identity politics when they have nothing else. -- ... Although I am an extremely modest person, it was a rush listening to Hillary rattle off some of my best work. You really should read the articles, they are as good as the headlines suggest. Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy and Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer? -- Hillary wasn’t done pleasing me with her delightful lack of self-awareness. She also brought out a Mexican proverb to damn Trump for consorting with supervillains like me and Bannon. She said “Tell me with whom you walk, and I will tell you who you are.” So what does that make Hillary… not, a minor member of the Saudi Royal Family? -- That’s the same Saudi Royal Family that puts gays to death while it fills the coffers of the Democrat nominee, in case you’d forgotten.'
victimhood  threatnarrative  hypocrisy 
Aeon Essays -- The internet as an engine of liberation is an innocent fraud by Nicholas Carr
'...Late in his life, the economist John Kenneth Galbraith coined the term ‘innocent fraud’. He used it to describe a lie or a half-truth that, because it suits the needs or views of those in power, is presented as fact. After much repetition, the fiction becomes common wisdom. ‘It is innocent because most who employ it are without conscious guilt,’ Galbraith wrote in 1999. ‘It is fraud because it is quietly in the service of special interest.’ The idea of the computer network as an engine of liberation is an innocent fraud. -- ... ‘Computing is not about computers any more,’ wrote Nicholas Negroponte of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in his bestseller Being Digital (1995). ‘It is about living.’ By the turn of the century, Silicon Valley was selling more than gadgets and software: it was selling an ideology. The creed was set in the tradition of US techno-utopianism, but with a digital twist. The Valley-ites were fierce materialists – what couldn’t be measured had no meaning – yet they loathed materiality. In their view, the problems of the world, from inefficiency and inequality to morbidity and mortality, emanated from the world’s physicality, from its embodiment in torpid, inflexible, decaying stuff. The panacea was virtuality – the reinvention and redemption of society in computer code. They would build us a new Eden not from atoms but from bits. All that is solid would melt into their network. We were expected to be grateful and, for the most part, we were.'
internet  vanguardism  technoutopianism 
Center for a Stateless Society -- Another Stupid Capitalist Propaganda Meme by Kevin Carson
'...As Arthur Chu once put it, “Capitalism didn’t produce anything. Goods and services are produced by labor. What capitalism and other -isms do is determine how the product is distributed.” -- The best you can say for capitalism, even taking that stupid meme at face value, is that even after massively robbing (and sometimes exterminating or enslaving) the whole world, and continuing to extract rents from us right up the present, capitalism still refrained just enough from disrupting our horizontal relationships and let us keep just enough of the fruits of our cooperation and productivity, after it robbed us, to experience some increase in our standard of living. -- No doubt some of you right-libs are already saying “But all that stuff is crony capitalism (or corporatism) — not capitalism yada yada yada!” Fine. But what Onge praised for the purported increase in prosperity was actually existing capitalism, not some idealized free market. You cannot — as I’ve argued before (“When is Capitalism Not Capitalism?” C4SS, Jan. 14) — give actually existing capitalism credit for good stuff while defining the atrocities and crimes of actually existing capitalism out of it. But that’s what most right-libertarian pro-capitalist apologetics do. According to them, “capitalism is the source of everything good in the world — but also something that never existed. And [the argument] switches repeatedly back and forth from one to the other, every couple of sentences….” -- You either defend actually existing capitalism — and admit to the bad along with the good — or you defend free markets. One or the other. You can’t keep hopping back and forth between them. -- But even the data itself, which purportedly shows a drastic drop in levels of absolute poverty, is meaningless. The metrics for “absolute poverty” are based on the size of the money economy, so anything that results in a shift of economic activity from the non-money economy to the cash nexus will show up as an increase in per capita income regardless of whether actual consumption of physical goods increases at all — or whether it in fact decreases. -- Take the example of a capitalist landlord enclosing village communal land to which peasants have customary property rights, or likewise robbing them of access rights to common pasture, wood or fen. Rather than directly producing sustenance for themselves, outside the money economy, these peasants are forced to perform wage labor for the landlord who has enclosed the land, or — if they are evicted — to enter the urban wage labor market. Then they must buy food for themselves on the cash nexus. This shows up both as an increase in GDP and a drastic increase in the money income of the people who were robbed — in other words, a reduction in absolute poverty — even though the victims are working harder for less food and shelter than they were previously obtaining outside the cash nexus. In other words, the metric treats Bastiat’s “broken windows” as an increase in prosperity.'
"capitalism"  landlordism  rentseeking 
Jessica Hagy -- The Magic Hour
'It’s the hour before dawn, when the sky is dim and that air is cool. It’s the hour before all the rushing hours. It’s the time between shifts. Before the alarm clocks screech and before the horns start honking, before the meetings start and before the chores assert themselves: It is quiet...'
psychology  time  ownlife 
YouTube -- Black Pigeon Speaks: Merkel's Migrant CRISIS: One YEAR ON
"The euphoria of indulgent narcissistic virtue-signalling and pathological altruism – with a touch of self-flagellation – is now meeting the cold reality of what it means to have imported millions of young men, mostly illiterate and skillless, to what was formerly a peaceful and high-trust modern society."
rkselectiontheory  conquest  germany  europe  warbrides  stockholmsyndrome  denial  politicalcorrectness 
2 days ago
Breitbart -- University of Chicago Warns Freshmen Not to Expect 'Trigger Warnings' and 'Safe Spaces'
'"...Once here you will discover that one of the University of Chicago’s defining characteristics is our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn, without fear of censorship. Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort. -- Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own..."'
victimhood  illiberalism  backlash 
2 days ago
The College Fix -- Public university to host whites-only student retreat on 'white privilege'
'The University of Vermont is slated to host a whites-only student retreat this November focused on teaching participants about their white privilege and how to they can help reverse the negative effect their white privilege has on their campus and the nation. -- ... UVM’s program is not unique, either. Oregon State University spent $11,500 on a series of similar retreats during the last school year. -- One such retreat, called “Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World,” gave white students a chance to examine their “white identity” and “white privilege,” as well as to discuss “strategies to dismantle oppressive systems,” the university’s website stated. -- Oregon State plans to host similar retreats again, slated to take place sometime in 2017, according to its website.'
marxism  victimhood  threatnarrative  shamingtactics  predation 
2 days ago
YouTube -- Blonde in the Belly of the Beast: Time to Break Out the Pitchforks?
'The importance of breaking down the demographics of Democrats in our mission to destroy the regressive left. In Part 2. I lay out some specific strategies for driving a stake through the heart of liberalism as we know it.' -- "Do we have the stomach for this?"
internet  leaky  journalism  cognitivesurplus  discourse 
2 days ago
YouTube -- Paul Joseph Watson: The Truth About Islamophobia
Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it. ~ Albert Camus
conquest  politicalcorrectness  cowardice 
5 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- The World’s First Race War Was K-selected
'...You know how it played out. Resources were relatively free, women became less stressed, and less sexually restricted. Many began to need strange men to sexually excite their amygdala, which led to spreading bet. Men began to avoid fights and let things slide, as socially-posturing males slid up the social ladder on image rather than ability, and gained mating opportunities in return. Out-groups interacted and mixed, without significant violence, because it just wasn’t worth it. -- Things were easy going, if irritating for the few remaining K-strategists. They really felt out of place and maladapted in this strange r-world, devoid of K-morals, and filled with a rapidly degenerating, increasingly imbecilic form of human, concerned only with avoiding danger and mating, while pretending to be superior for it. -- Then resources grew scarce. Somebody had to die. Suddenly K-strategists began wantonly filling graves with less intelligent, less adapted, less practically capable r-strategists. The K-strategist’s world began to make more sense, as they began to feel more at home and at ease. -- Stressed women sought safety by monopolizing the most capable men in monogamous relationships, and weirdness in potential mates piled so much on their amygdala it freaked them out. Morals within the group returned to those morals of the K-strategist, to foster group cohesion. Trust grew among compatriots. Things were harder, and failure had cost, but the K-strategists felt they were exactly as they should be. And as all of this occurred, the active selection for ability gradually produced a smarter, more capable, more intelligent form of human. -- Thousands of years later, we are still digging up the bodies of the defectives they planted, even as we are about to begin our own K-shift. -- There is an elegance to it. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The only difference is, this time we may come out of our K-shift with an understanding of the mechanism, which could, possibly, affect to what degree we continue this cycle.'
rkselectiontheory  civilization  panarchy  war 
5 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- As Things Turn K – French Students To Learn Martial Arts?
'...Fear. Amygdala. Conservatism. K-selection. Rabbit terror, and eagerness to make sure nobody dies. r/K Theory is everywhere. -- “Defend yourself peacefully.” Even the rabbits realize, the time is approaching where you will have to defend yourself. Even the rabbits realize, there is no getting away from what is coming. Now they are hoping they can get people to defend themselves, in life or death circumstances, “peacefully.” That is the position the left has been reduced to hoping for. -- It tells you what is coming. -- We are different psychologies – different brain programs. We would give everyone guns, and let the good guys kill the bad guys. The rabbits want everyone to survive, even the criminal savages who are trying to kill everyone. We are comfortable with some level of Darwinian selection, they cannot tolerate it. Those are evolutionarily imbued urges and perceptions. -- There is no reasoning with liberals. They are, for all practical purposes, a different species. -- On the bright side, there will soon be no reason for reasoning with them, because if this collapse is as big as it appears it will be, it will, for all practical purposes, be an extinction event for them.'
rkselectiontheory  europe  conquest  war 
5 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Germany Prepares Civil Defense Plan
'The German elites see what is coming: "German authorities are set to introduce a new state defense plan that would make citizens stockpile food and water, enough to last for at least ten days, in the event of a major disaster or an armed attack, local media revealed..." -- ...There is also the possibility that the smart Germans see an angry Europe, destitute, hungry, and in the throes of Islamic insurgency, growing enraged and blaming Germany for their migrant civil wars, as they rage over Germany’s higher levels of wealth. Those are the things that invasions are made of. -- Either way, German leaders clearly see an Apocalypse in our future – maybe closer than we would think. The truth is, I am little worried this may be more Apocalypse than we really need. A little nationalism expelling foreigners and ostracizing leftists is a good Apocalypse. A World War that kills a hundred million K-strategists is not a good Apocalypse, at least not by K-standards. Sadly, that may be just the Apocalypse we are heading for.'
rkselectiontheory  europe  germany  conquest  war 
5 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Rabbit Parenting 101
'A reader emails an article showing that human-rabbits are a different species: "A man holding his 4-year-old daughter’s hand was so terrified by a drive-by shooting unfolding before him in The Bronx that he released the kid’s grip and made like Usain Bolt — leaving the child to fend for herself, surveillance video released by the NYPD Saturday reveals. -- The footage shows the instant the man — walking with his daughter along College Avenue near East 170th Street at 9 p.m. Wednesday — reacts to gunfire from a passing Lincoln Town Car… -- Yet instead of grabbing the girl or shielding her, he shook free of the girl and ran… -- A police source was similarly stunned: “What’s wrong with that guy? You can’t just leave your kid like that…” -- “Ain’t no sense in both of them dying,” another person reasoned. -- Elizabeth Phelps, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at NYU, said the dad’s apparent abandonment is just a normal reaction… -- “… it’s silly to give anybody in that circumstance a hard time,” said Abigail Gepner."' -- https://youtu.be/lj9aE7Wq0jU
5 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Not All Immigrants Are r-strategists
'...Should read, “Most Americans who *legally* immigrated to the U.S. support Donald Trump’s call…” I will bet you will also see divergence of opinion based on the use of welfare and other state-offered financial support. -- Immigrants that seek out lands that offer freedom and reward hard work in a time when their homeland is enjoying substantial amounts of free resources, and who follow the rules when immigrating, will be a different psychology from immigrants who break the law to move into a wealthy land that offers free resources, in a time when resources are short in their homelands. -- This highlights why the Cuckservatives, in appealing to the illegal r-immigrants (who were already voting democrat), and in rejecting any appeal to the legal K-immigrants, were such failures in each election.'
rkselectiontheory  migration  welfare 
7 days ago
New York Post -- American journalism is collapsing before our eyes by Michael Goodwin
'Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it. -- The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand-in-hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations. -- The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America. -- The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent. -- Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang, suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison. -- By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion. -- Liberal bias in journalism is often baked into the cake. The traditional ethos of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable leads to demands that government solve every problem. Favoring big government, then, becomes routine among most journalists, especially young ones. -- I know because I was one of them. I started at the Times while the Vietnam War and civil-rights movement raged, and was full of certainty about right and wrong. -- My editors were, too, though in a different way. Our boss of bosses, the legendary Abe Rosenthal, knew his reporters leaned left, so he leaned right to “keep the paper straight.” -- That meant the Times, except for the opinion pages, was scrubbed free of reporters’ political views, an edict that was enforced by giving the opinion and news operations separate editors. The church-and-state structure was one reason the Times was considered the flagship of journalism. -- Those days are gone. The Times now is so out of the closet as a Clinton shill that it is giving itself permission to violate any semblance of evenhandedness in its news pages as well as its opinion pages.'
america  journalism  illiberalism  statism  fabianism  goodthink  minitrue 
7 days ago
YouTube -- Blonde in the Belly of the Beast: Self-Righteous Feminist Tantrum | Reduced to Tears
"Wait until your baby is raised and then go work." "So I'm just a baby factory?" "If you choose to have a baby, that's what you are." "Am I allowed to not have a baby?" "Yes, of course." "So what should I do then?" "You should do whatever you want." "I can work?" "Of course." "Oh my god!" -- "This chick is so patronizing...All she does is make these emotional pleas and tries to embarrass this guy. But she hasn't brought a single fact or a single argument to the table. And people who are listening to her and supporting her emotionally and talking to her because they're all white-knighting for her and want to have sex with her. But she thinks she's being validated for her really based ideas by all of these based people around her; it's just feeding her ego."
feminism  duckspeak  unwarrantedselfimportance 
7 days ago
YouTube -- Blonde in the Belly of the Beast: Western Values & Islam Cannot Coexist
'The attack in Nice further demonstrates that a mounting urban war has been waged on the West. We need to treat Islam as a regime to be toppled instead of a sacred religion that deserves protection.'
conquest  theocracy  totalitarianism 
7 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Narcissists Exploit Physical Contact To Stimulate Amygdalae
'If you deal with a narcissist and you don’t understand them, you will attribute their discomfiting behavior to any cause other than malice. -- ... These people don’t think like us. Liberalism is about irritating people, in a way that prevents them from killing the liberal in return. Narcissism is the same thing. Both view the amygdala mechanistically, and see each irritation as money in the bank, no matter how awkward, embarrassing, or stupid. Each such irritation is a purposeful act, which they feel enriches their own life.'
rkselectiontheory  narcissism  passiveaggression 
8 days ago
YouTube -- Blonde in the Belly of the Beast: Hodgepodge Seattle Pride Footage | Kids, Guns and Dicks
'Why are there so many GOD DAMN children here? Can't these parents see that they are going to get hit in their tiny faces with Mr. Red's giant, black shlong? Also Black Trans Lives Matter, idiots talking about guns and more child exploitation. Hoorah!'
rkselectiontheory  dysgenics  decadence 
8 days ago
YouTube -- Blonde in the Belly of the Beast: 5 Reasons that all true Muslims are Jihadists
'Dismantling the myth of the 'moderate Muslim' and exposing Islam's inherent violence and fundamentalism.' -- Comment: Ramachandran Subramanian: 'I think you are partially right. There are millions of moderate Muslims. BUT Moderates in any group do not count. They are just sheep who can be steered by the extremists. Moderates in any group is just the "silent majority"... and they will remain silent to the end. When the extremist muslims in any society reach a critical mass , they can maneuver the rest in the desired direction. So, it is the ideology itself that renders Islam dangerous. Once you have a critical mass of extremist Muslims it will create huge problems because of it's violent and brutal principles of Islam. To recap... There are millions of moderate muslims....but they have no say in what happens to them or to us.'
psychohistory  abuse  conquest  theocracy  usefulidiot  totalitarianism 
8 days ago
YouTube -- Blonde in the Belly of the Beast: Living in Libtard USA
'How feminism, [illiberalism], Islam and Cultural Marxism are destroying western society.' -- Comment: Meghan Doran: '...Uuggghh I just got out of a relationship with a hopeless lefty that pulled the "can't raise my children with a bigoted conservative" card. And EVERYTHING hurts his feelings and offends him. It is such an obnoxious experience to be a right leaning woman dating a lefty.'
marxism  feminism  illiberalism  politicalcorrectness  conquest 
8 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Migrants Are r-strategists – German Migrants Claim Guest Status
'"ASYLUM seekers in Germany are refusing to undertake work to counteract boredom – using Chancellor Angela Merkel’s generous hospitality as an excuse." -- ...It is tempting to view this through your own eyes. If you do that, you see smart people who know this is ridiculous, but they must just be trying to manipulate a stupid system. The problem with viewing it that way is it will not be predictive, because it is wrong. -- If you were a migrant and thought like that, then when this strategy ceased to be practical, you would recognize that, and calmly transition to the new reality. Your hosts were stupid, so you played them. Then they ceased to be stupid, as resources ceased to be free, and so now you need to straighten out and begin working. -- That is not how Muslim migrants think, however. This is is the r-strategy. It is adversity-averse, easily triggerable, and it believes things based upon them relaxing amygdalae. Once such a psychology adopts an amygdala-relaxing belief, if subsequent information contradicts it, the response is not a calm readjustment to the newly-accepted reality. The response is rage, and an uncontrollable, violent drive to enforce their false view of reality on everyone around them. -- When the apocalypse comes, all of these migrants are going to view free resources as their right, and German citizens as the selfish obstacle they need to subjugate in order to re-establish the proper order of nature, where resources are free. This is not the type of psychology that will close ranks with their fellow Germans to try and make the new reality more bearable for all. -- This is the type of psychology that will only add to the Apocalypse.'
rkselectiontheory  migration  europe  germany  altruism  welfare  entitlement  collapse 
8 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- France Heads K, Closes Mosques, Bans Foreign Funding
'France’s psychology is shifting: "France has shut down at least 20 mosques and now has banned foreign funding of the Islamic houses of worship as well." -- This would have been unthinkable seven or eight years ago. Now they just do it. There is nothing you have seen in history, from pogroms, to vigilante mobs, to civil wars, to public executions, to world wars, to mass-scale racial/genetic/ethnic/religious cleansing, that cannot arise just as effortlessly. -- Resource availability, and the threat associated with it, is the determinant of the possible. -- What is amazing is that we are not in high K right now. Resources are only slightly restricted, and it is barely noticeable for most. Everybody is eating, and they are eating delicious food, at that, compared to what you eat when food is scarce. People are hopped up on dopamine from videogames, cellphones, internet surfing, movies, and all the other entertainments and pleasures available. -- And yet, the K-shift has begun. -- It almost makes me a little nervous that we have gone this K with this little stress. You have to wonder if a full on collapse might not turn everyone so K that the blood really runs in the streets, far beyond what is needed to simply restore common sense and expel savages. -- A simple little pogrom here and there, to restore sanity and a hesitancy to intrude on the freedoms of others, is probably a good thing. The nation turning into a scene out of the Walking Dead, where there is no established civil order, and every day is a battle against death for everyone – not so much. -- Given how triggerable the population has become, it may point to this K-shift being a doozy. Prepare accordingly.'
rkselectiontheory  europe  conquest  backlash  collapse 
8 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Another Face Eating Zombie In Florida
'...It is kind of interesting that zombie number one saw his amygdala triggered with violation of expectation by his car not starting, he wandered off and disappeared, and the next time people saw him, he was ripping a guy’s face off with his teeth. Meanwhile zombie number two saw the service at his restaurant as being less than he expected, his amygdala was triggered, he walked out and disappeared, and the next time he appeared, he was on top of a guy, gnawing off his face. -- It is shades of the Uber shooter, who showed up to pick up his fare, the fare wasn’t where he expected, and next thing you knew he was driving around, alternately killing people and ferrying around fares. Perhaps in these technologically structured times, the people with naturally weak amygdalae are growing more sensitive to those times when things do not go exactly as expected, because they experience such deviations from the expected so infrequently due to technology. When I was younger, you got lost, directions were bad, things went haywire all the time. Today people are like robots following technology’s precise orders, which usually work perfectly. -- Obviously these characters wouldn’t do too well anywhere Murphy’s Law was operational. -- Of course being ever the optimist, I wouldn’t rule out some sort of new brain parasite, which like rabies or T gondii, preferentially sets up shop in the amygdala, triggering uncontrollable rage and maybe even a jaw sensation that makes biting and ripping flesh feel relieving. -- IMO, that would be the perfect cherry on top of our Apocalypse sundae.'
rkselectiontheory  zombies  soma 
8 days ago
The Book of Life -- Closeness
'...one of the odder features of relationships – which we have to be ready for in ourselves and our partners – is that in truth, the need for reassurance, yet fear of rejection, never ends. The capacity to get close to our partners without engaging patterns of self-defeating behaviour requires a distinctive kind of emotional skill. Our hang-ups in this area continue, even in quite sane people, on a daily basis, with frequently difficult consequences – chiefly because we refuse to pay them sufficient attention and aren’t trained to spot the counter-intuitive symptoms in others. It is difficult to find a stigma-free, winning way to express vulnerability and to move from distance to closeness. -- Even after years with someone, there can be a hurdle of fear about asking for proof that we are wanted – but with a horrible, added complication: we now assume that any such anxiety couldn’t possibly exist. This makes it very difficult to recognise our insecure feelings, especially if they have been triggered by a so-called ‘small’ matter, let alone communicate them to others in ways that would stand a chance of securing us the understanding and sympathy we crave. Rather than requesting reassurance endearingly and laying out our longing with charm, we might instead mask our needs beneath some brusque and hurtful behaviours guaranteed to frustrate our aims. Within established relationships, when the fear of rejection is denied, two major symptoms tend to show up. -- Firstly, we may get distant – or what psychotherapists call ‘avoidant’. We want to get close to our partners but feel so anxious that we may be unwanted, we disguise our need behind a facade of indifference. At the precise moment where we want reassurance, we say we’re busy, we pretend our thoughts are elsewhere, we get sarcastic and dry; we imply that a need for reassurance would be the last thing on our minds. We might even have an affair, the ultimate face-saving attempt to be distant – and often a perverse attempt to assert that we don’t require the partner’s love (that we have been too reserved to ask for). Affairs can turn out to be the oddest of compliments; arduous proofs of indifference that we reserve for, and secretly address to, those we truly care about. -- Or else we get procedurally controlling (what therapists call ‘anxious’). We feel our partners are escaping us emotionally, but rather than admitting our sense of loss, we respond by trying to pin them down administratively. We get unduly cross that they are eight minutes late, we chastise them heavily for not having done certain chores, we ask them strictly if they’ve completed a task they had agreed vaguely to undertake. All this rather than admit the truth: ‘I’m worried I don’t matter to you…’ We can’t (we believe) force them to be generous and warm. We can’t force them to want us (even if we haven’t asked them to…). So we try to control their physical movements. The goal isn’t really to be in charge all the time, it’s just that we can’t admit to our terror about how much of ourselves we have surrendered. A tragic cycle then unfolds. We become shrill and unpleasant. To the other person, it feels like we can’t possibly love them anymore. Yet the truth is we do: we just fear rather too much that they don’t love us. As a final recourse, we may ward off our vulnerability by denigrating the person who eludes us. We pick up on their weaknesses and complain about their extensive practical shortcomings. Anything rather than ask the question which so much disturbs us: does this person love me? And yet, if this harsh, graceless behaviour could be truly understood for what it is, it would be revealed not as rejection, but as a strangely distorted – yet very real – plea for tenderness. -- ... If we’re going to deal a bit better with the very common (and difficult) responses to intimacy, we have to start by looking with calm honestly at ourselves. A good question to ask is: What do we characteristically do when we need someone but aren’t able to reach them? Do we withdraw, attack or – this is so rare – explain our requirements in an unfrightened way?'
psychology  attachment  relationships  intimacy  vulnerability 
8 days ago
The Book of Life -- Mate Selection
'We are constrained in our love choices by what we learnt of love as children. Adult love is, in central ways, a search for a rediscovery of emotions first known in childhood. In order to prove exciting and attractive, the partner we pick must re-evoke many of the feelings we once had around parental figures. And these feelings, though they may include tenderness and satisfaction, are also likely to feature a more troubling range of emotions: perhaps a desire to prove ourselves to someone who was always slightly sceptical of us or a feeling of shame around sexuality or a need to cheer up someone with depressive tendencies. We can find ourselves rejecting certain candidates in adulthood not so much because they are ‘wrong’ as because they feel a little too ‘right’: that is, we dimly intuit that they are not going to make us suffer in the ways we need to suffer in order to feel that love is real. -- The Romantic view of love suggests that we end up in bad relationships by mistake. The psychological view suggests that we end up in tricky places by unconscious intent. Without being fully aware of our wish, we need our partner to have a failing that a parent once had, so that we can repeat the flawed but potent dynamic we once experienced as children. -- ... We should feel sympathy for ourselves for facing a double challenge in love. We are attracted to adults who have some of the failings we knew in childhood. But then in dealing with these failings, we have none of the resources, wisdom and competence that someone who had enjoyed adequate parenting in relation to them would have been able to muster. The failings we’re most attracted to become those we’re least set up to deal with. We love a slightly distant person, but can’t deal with the silences. We are drawn to free spirits but can’t deal with the attendant anxieties. In other words, our emotional legacy doesn’t just involve an attraction to certain failings, it also involves a style of responding to these failings that is stuck at the level of traumatised childhood: and typically involves panic, terror, cold withdrawals, projection, shame and obsessive rigidity. -- Yet that we pick adult partners with some of the faults of our parents contains a hopeful side: it suggests that we’re at some level keen to catch up on the lessons we missed out on the first time around. We’re trying to grow up. Our difficult partners offer us the possibility not only of re-experiencing awkward feelings but also of developing more appropriate ways of handling them. We may even have picked out our partners on the basis that they’d give us a chance to develop more grown-up strategies around problems which we previously had no option but to meet with the limited resources of our five year old selves. Our damaged love choices hold out a hope of reparation – in a way that entirely healthy ones, paradoxically, would deny us.'
psychology  repetitioncompulsion  relationships 
8 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: On Being Out of Touch With One's Feelings
'It’s remarkably easy to fall out of touch with a key bit of oneself: one’s feelings.'
psychology  repression  parts 
8 days ago
Evolution Counseling -- Birthdays Are The Worst Days
'Every birthday is a visible reminder that life is passing us by, that we’re on a timeline, and that at the end of that timeline lies our demise. -- Most of us are successful most of the time at repressing the unbearable dread we experience around aging and what it really means, around the fact that our secret belief in our personal immortality is nothing more than a childish fantasy. But our birthday [offers] visible reminders, they’re undeniable markers of the passage of time. -- The real problem though is that awareness of our mortality shouldn’t be repressed in the first place, it should be brought into conscious awareness on a consistent basis. It’s only when we fully recognize how short and precious the human lifespan really is that we feel motivated to live to the fullest, to ‘trivialize the trivialities’ as Yalom would say, to make every day special. -- Repressing that unbearable dread produces some psychic relief in the moment but at a terrible price, which is continuing to go about the hum drum daily routine, viewing existence as mundane and unremarkable. We convince ourselves that those important projects can wait, those important conversations can wait, those important decisions can wait, life can wait, when we convince ourselves that despite all the undeniable evidence to the contrary we’re immune and have all the time in the world. -- For many adults birthdays are the worst days precisely because they can’t contain their existential anxiety in those moments like they do most of the time. The defense mechanisms break down under the environmental pressure and that anxiety comes in waves despite the cheerful veneer.'
psychology  existentialism  time  death  regret 
8 days ago
Aeon Ideas -- Everyone fails, but only the wise find humility by Costica Bradatan
'...when we experience failure, we start seeing the cracks in the fabric of existence, and the nothingness that stares at us from the other side. Yet even as failure pushes us towards the margins of existence it gives us the chance to look at everything – at the world, at ourselves, at what we value most – with fresh eyes. The failure of things, coming as it does with a certain measure of existential threat, exposes us for what we are. And what a sight! -- From that unique location – the site of devastation that we’ve become – we understand that we are no grander than the rest of the world. Indeed, we are less than most things. The smallest stone we pick up randomly from a riverbed has long preceded us, and will outlive us. Humans are barely existing entities: how can we claim privileges? Fundamentally, we are vulnerable, fragile creatures. And if, unlike the rest of existence, people are endowed with reason, it is this gift of reason that should lead us to understand how modest our place in the cosmos actually is. -- The experience of failure, then, ought to inculcate humility. Rather than a virtue in the narrow sense, humility should be seen, more broadly, as a certain type of insertion into the world, as a way of life. In The Sovereignty of Good (1970), Iris Murdoch came up with one of the best, most economical definitions of humility, which is simply ‘selfless respect for reality’. She thinks that ordinarily people suffer from a poor adjustment to reality (‘our picture of ourselves has become too grand’, we have lost ‘the vision of a reality separate from ourselves’), and it’s one that harms us, above anything else. To reverse the process, to heal, it helps to learn humility, ‘the most difficult and central of all virtues’. -- I see three major phases here. In a first movement, humility presupposes an acknowledgment of our cosmic insignificance. This is something as old as philosophising itself; it is what Yahweh wanted to instill in Job when he asked him: ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?’ and what the Stoics meant when they recommended ‘the view from above’; what Lady Philosophy sought to teach a terrified-to-death Boethius in his prison cell; or what, more recently, Carl Sagan popularised so well. Embracing our cosmic insignificance is the zero-degree of the human existence – lower than this we cannot go. At this stage, shattered by failure and overwhelmed by the realisation of our fundamental precariousness, we rightly feel ‘crushed’, ‘flattened’, ‘reduced to dust’. Humility, thus, places us where we belong; we are brought back to our naked condition. But this is no small feat: for along with the sense of our own self-importance, we also manage to get rid of that mix of self-deceiving habits and self-flattery, which usually keep us hidden from ourselves. -- In a second movement, we realise that, thanks precisely to our being brought ‘to earth’, we are in fact in a better position because we are finally on firm ground. We can now stand on our own feet – we’ve undergone a rebirth of sorts. Importantly, we also realise that there is no degradation at this stage because, by embracing our cosmic insignificance, we’ve come to be true to ourselves. We may be poor, but we are frightfully honest – especially with ourselves. And that’s always the best place to start; wherever we will go from here, it will be progress and a worthwhile journey. Not to say that there is nothing healthier and more refreshing, especially for minds all too frequently pulled up in the air by the force of their own fantasies, than to be drawn back down to earth once in a while. Hardened dreamers undertaking the mud cure are in for a feast. -- The third movement is expansive: thanks to having lowered an anchor into the world and regained an existential equilibrium, we can move on to other, bigger things. The dreams now have the necessary ballast to be dreamt properly. At this stage, humility is no longer an impediment, but an enhancement to action; sometimes there is nothing more daring than the act of the humble. In an important sense, then, humility is the opposite of humiliation: there is nothing demeaning or inglorious about it; on the contrary, humility is rejuvenating, enriching, emboldening. If humiliation leaves us paralysed and powerless, humility empowers us greatly. True humility, wrote the rabbi Jonathan Sacks, ‘is one of the most expansive and life-enhancing of all virtues’. What it presupposes is not ‘undervaluing yourself’ but an ‘openness to life’s grandeur’.'
philosophy  psychology  existentialism  failure  loss  humility  awe 
8 days ago
Aeon Videos -- Rethinking architecture for the dead: views from the world’s tallest cemetery
'Located in the seaside city of Santos in Brazil, Memorial Necrópole Ecumênica is the world’s tallest cemetery, its sprawling 14 stories accommodating tens of thousands of bodies. Built in 1983, the structure will undergo an expansion to accommodate increasing demand for its repositories, crypts and mausoleums. Like surrounding real estate, the necropolis must grow ever higher to accommodate a growing urban population – and it charges a higher price for a final resting place with a view.'
architecture  death 
8 days ago
Progress.org -- At This Tipping Point, Can We Back Off? by Jeffery J. Smith
'...One crisis afflicting young adults is they can no longer afford to live where they love, like San Francisco and Boston. Forcing young, imaginative people to move away means they lose their homes, their network of friends and any nearby family, and their jobs. Their formerly desired cities lose their vitality. You might say that New York’s loss is Philadelphia’s gain, but it does not work that way. It’s true, but only to a degree. Citizens and cities are both better off when communities are stable. -- And the crisis does not stay centered on current hot spots. High rents in the biggest cities pushes rents up in the next tier of cities—like Portland—straining the family budget. That inflation persists until the emptied pockets reignite recession and only widespread unemployment and loan defaults knock land costs back down again, for a while. -- What makes this crisis ironic is that it’s not the housing—which ages and wears out—going ballistic. Rather, it’s the value of the underneath location. Not understanding the nature of the problem, no way anyone can solve it. -- You hear talk about our enormous public debts putting the US on the verge of bankruptcy, as deficit spending has bankrupted Detroit and other local governments. Yet private debt is also enormous. Most don’t realize that most of that debt is mortgage, and most of mortgage is land value. -- The more that private citizens are in debt, the more that they need government services, which gets quite spendy, especially when you include bailouts of the private citizens who run the banks and big business in general. High debts and few opportunities lure some citizens into the military, dampening criticism of US foreign policy, which is enormously expensive and debt-swelling. -- Bringing to light the size of rent would help bring to light the role of mortgage debt in these vicious cycles. If other nations do actually match deed to word and abandon the dollar as the world currency, the US would definitely go bankrupt. The only way for Americans to find a way out would be to recognize the role of our spending for land. -- ... Rent is a human blind spot, as you can tell by how unfamiliar the word is when used in the sense of the worth of Earth, of our spending for land and resources. The wannabe reformers constantly going off half-cocked and enjoying merely finding moral fault with their opponents—more so than actually succeeding—that is more discouraging to me than the way the elite wield their power, indifferent to the fate of even their own progeny. -- It’s laughable that the 1% take umbrage when anyone brings up their bullying behavior. It’s flabbergasting that they’d risk even their own lineage. Are they truly willing to write off the rest of the planet—other humans, other species—and be content to interbreed and survive off artificial everything? Have they pulled up the ladder—as the massive student debt and other lifelong debts may suggest? And as some critics have warned? -- How much worse can it get? How much more can the tattered social contract tolerate? How much more can the ravaged global ecosystem endure? While such trends seem to move at a glacial pace from the perspective of the individual, when they reach their tipping point, the collapse comes quick (as did the USSR), for better or worse, probably worse. By then it will be way too late to take the relatively easier steps of prevention—the tallying of rents included—versus the arduous steps of cure.'
economics  land  rent  rentseeking  america  greatestdepression  intergenerationalwarfare  collapse 
8 days ago
Michael Hudson -- Finance Is Not The Economy; Rent Is Not Income
'Abstract: Conflation of real capital with finance capital is at the heart of current misunderstandings of economic crisis and recession. We ground this distinction in the classical analysis of rent and the difference between productive and unproductive credit. We then apply it to current conditions, in which household credit — especially mortgage credit — is the premier form of unproductive credit. This is supported by an institutional analysis of postwar U.S. development and a review of quantitative empirical research across many countries. Finally, we discuss contemporary consequences of the financial sector’s malformation and overdevelopment.' -- 'Our aim is to revive the distinction between value and rent, which is all but lost in contemporary analysis. Only then can we understand how the bubble economy’s pseudo-prosperity was fueled by credit flows — debt pyramiding — to inflate asset markets in the process of transferring ownership rights to whomever was willing to take on the largest debt. -- To analyze this dynamic, we must recognize that we live in “two economies.” The “real” economy is where goods and services are produced and transacted, tangible capital formation occurs, labor is hired, and productivity is boosted. Most productive income consists of wages and profits. The rentier network of financial and property claims — “Economy #2” — is where interest and economic rent are extracted. Unfortunately, this distinction is blurred in official statistics. The NIPA conflate “rental income” with “earnings,” as if all gains are “earned.” Nothing seems to be unearned or extractive. The “rent” category of revenue — the focus of two centuries of classical political economy — has disappeared into an Orwellian memory hole. -- ... Households do not receive incomes from the houses they live in. The value of the “services” their homes provide does not increase simply because house prices rise, as the national accounts fiction has it. The financial sector does not produce goods or even “real” wealth. And to the extent that it produces services, much of this serves to redirect revenues to rentiers, not to generate wages and profits. -- The fiction is that all debt is required for investment in the economy’s means of production. But banks monetize debt, and attach it to the economy’s means of production and anticipated future income streams. In other words, banks do not produce goods, services, and wealth, but claims on goods, services, and wealth — i.e., Soddy’s “virtual wealth.” In the process, bank credit bids up the price of such claims and privileges because these assets are worth however much banks are willing to lend against it. -- To the extent that the FIRE sector accounts for the increase in GDP, this must be paid out of other GDP components. Trade in financial and real estate assets is a zero-sum (or even negative-sum) activity, comprised largely of speculation and extracting revenue, not producing “real” output. The long-term impact must be to increase debt-to-GDP ratios, and ultimately to stifle GDP growth as the financial bubble gives way to debt deflation, austerity, unemployment, defaults, and forfeitures. This is the sense in which today’s financial sector is subject to classical rent theory, distinguishing real wealth creation from mere overhead. -- #The Rentier Economy: Wealth or Overhead? Bank credit to the nonbank “asset” sector (mainly for real estate, but also LBOs and takeover loans to buy companies, margin loans for stock and bond arbitrage, and derivative bets) does not enter the “real sector” to finance tangible capital formation or wages. Its principal immediate effect is to inflate prices for property and other assets. Recent econometric analysis confirms that mortgage credit causes house price to increase (Favara and Imbs 2014) — and not just vice versa, as in the demand-driven textbook credit market theories. -- How does this asset-price inflation affect the economy of production and wages and profits? In due course this process involves increasing the debt-to-GDP ratio by raising household debt, mortgage debt, corporate and state, local and government debt levels. This debt requires the real sector to pay debt service — a fact that prompted Benjamin Friedman (2009, 34) to write that “an important question — which no one seems interested in addressing — is what fraction of the economy’s total returns … is absorbed up front by the financial industry.” -- To ignore this rising fraction is to ignore debt and its consequence: debt deflation of the “real” economy. Of course, the reason why debt leveraging continued so long was precisely because credit to the FIRE sector inflated asset prices faster than debt service rose — as long as interest rates were falling. The tidal wave of post-1980 central bank and commercial bank liquidity drove interest rates down, increasing capitalization ratios for rental income corporate cash flow. -- The result was the greatest bond market rally in history, as the soaring money supply drove down interest rates from their 20-percent high in 1980 to under 1.0 percent after 2008. -- A debt-leveraged rise in asset prices has a liability counterpart on the balance sheet of households and firms. Homes, commercial properties, stocks, and bonds are loaded down with debt as they are traded many times by investors or speculators taking out larger and larger loans at easier and easier terms: lower down-payments, zero-amortization (interest-only) loans and outright “liars’ loans” with brokers and their bankers filing false income declarations and crooked property valuations, to be packaged and sold to pension funds, German Landesbanks, and other institutional investors. Each new debt-leveraged sale may bid up prices for these assets. -- But the credit can be repaid (with interest) only by withdrawing payment from the “real” sector (out of profits and wages), or by selling financialized assets, or borrowing yet more credit (“Ponzi lending”). The rising indebtedness approaching the 2008 crest was carried not so much by diverting current income away from buying goods and services or by selling financial assets, but by loading down the economy’s balance sheet and national income with yet more debt (that is, by borrowing the interest falling due, for example, by home equity loans). What kept the “Great Moderation” income growth and inflation levels so “moderate” was an exponential flood of credit (i.e., debt) to carry the accumulation and compounding of interest. It was like having to finance a chain letter on an economy-wide scale, with banks creating the credit to keep the scheme going. -- ... #Capital Gains Are Linked to Debt Growth: This raises a vital question for today’s economies. Can debt-financed rising asset prices make economies richer on a sustainable basis? If the aim of raising asset prices is to increase the capitalization rate of rents and profits by lowering interest rates, can pension funds, insurance companies, and retirees save enough for their retirement out of current earnings, or can they live by capital gains alone? -- Asset prices can rise only by debt creation or by diverting current income. The recognition that such debt-fueled inflation of asset prices is a form of rent extraction is central to our analysis of its unsustainability. By contrast, the now conventional economic models give us no handle to even start addressing these phenomena. By viewing capital gains as transfers instead of as income, we define the long-term sustainability of capital gains and asset prices in terms of trends in disposable income plus debt growth. Just as a Ponzi scheme must collapse with mathematical certainty (even though the timing of the collapse is uncertain), so it is with asset markets that expand faster than income growth. The divergence between income growth and rent extraction (asset price growth and financial transfers) is unsustainable, although, by going global, asset markets can be kept inflated over decades. -- What obscures this dynamic is a micro-macro fallacy. Homeowners thought they were getting rich as real estate prices were inflated by easier bank credit. According to representative-agent models, the nation was getting rich as new buyers of homes, stocks, and bonds took on larger debts to sustain this price rise. Alan Greenspan applauded this as wealth creation. Individuals borrowed against their capital gains, hoping that future gains would pay off the new debt they were taking on. -- This is not how classical economists described the profitability and accumulation of capital under industrial capitalism. Gains were supposed to be achieved by “real” growth, not by asset-price inflation. The financial drive for capital gains has become decoupled from tangible capital investment and employment. -- On the individual micro-level, it may be of little concern whether gains are made by higher asset prices or from direct investment to produce and sell goods. To the corporate manager or raider, speculator or entrepreneur, the financial returns appear equal. But on the society-wide macro-level, there is a micro-macro paradox or “fallacy of composition.” Capital gains via asset-price inflation must be fueled by rising indebtedness of the overall economy. Prices for assets will rise by however much a bank is willing to lend, and asset price gains over and above income constitute debt growth in the economy. -- In the end, “wealth creation” in the real estate market was fueled by mortgage loans larger than the entire GDP. Each loan was a debt: total mortgage debt doubled relative to the economy in 25 years. That was the cost of “wealth creation.” It is not real wealth. It is debt which is a claim on wealth. It derives not from income earned by adding to the economy’s “real” surplus, but is a form of rent extraction eating into the economy’s surplus… [more]
economics  land  rent  rentseeking  credit  debt  financialization  landcycle  businesscycle  MichaelHudson  geoism  malspeculation  ponzi  landlordism  "capitalism" 
8 days ago
The LVTC Blog by Henry Law -- The symbiosis of Marxism and Neoliberalism
'The current problems with social democratic parties world-wide stems ultimately from an ideological failure. Insofar as contemporary socialism has any ideology at all, it is Marxist. There is a fundamental flaw with Marx which is these days not widely known and understood. He conflates land and capital. They are separate entities. -- There are two factors of production, not, as Marx postulates, capital and labour, but land and labour. "Land" here means the surface of the planet and its resources. Labour works on land in order to produce wealth. Without access to land, there is no production and people cannot survive. -- Capital is wealth set aside to produce more wealth. The use of capital is one of the factors that distinguishes humans from animals. At its most basic, capital is the coconut shell used to gather berries instead of eating them straight off the plants where they are growing. "Capital" is the artisan's tools, the fisherman's boat and tackle, the industrialist's factory building and the machines inside it, the shopkeeper's stock. -- Industrialists, fishermen, artisans and shopkeepers - even street buskers and beggers - all need to conduct their activities on an area of land. If the land is "owned", productive labour has to pay rent to the owner or work for wages on the owner's terms. The relentless but unnoticed flow of rent to landowners means that they also tend to be the owners of capital, which is the origin of Marx's error.'
economics  geoism  land  landlordism  "capitalism"  capital 
8 days ago
YouTube -- Janet Bloomfield/JudgyBitch: White Genocide Is Impossible
"The preference for light hair, light skin, light eyes is a paternity test. And it's deeply embedded in human sexual desire... These memes that you see of all these brown and coffee coloured, mixed race children, and how they're beautiful and the future – well, no, they're not because every single one of them has an instinctual preference for lighter skinned partners – every single man, I don't think women have a preference for light skin tones because it wouldn't matter; we don't need maternity tests to see if the children are ours. But men do. And that preference for lightness is a paternity test. The only one that existed throughout almost all of human history."
evolution  race  sexuality  paternity  cuckholdry 
8 days ago
YouTube -- Computing Forever: #RegressiveNews: The Degeneration of Society
'Report: More Than 1,000 Known Child Marriages in Germany: http://ow.ly/EoaD100hj0L -- Germany admits 130,000 asylum seekers 'lost' raising fears over crime and terrorism: http://ow.ly/VDfs100hj6I -- Pedophilia the Next Sin to Be Normalized? Professor Questions Whether Adult-Child Sex Is Really Immoral: http://ow.ly/eYTg100gQK0 -- SALON PUSHES PEDOPHILE SYMPATHY…AGAIN: http://ow.ly/v8UL1008RWS -- Danish imam urges govt to accept child marriages among refugees: http://ow.ly/Upi6100g0bX -- NC PARENTS OUTRAGED OVER SCHOOL’S ‘GENDER UNICORN’: http://ow.ly/QWMf100hkbw -- Somalian Killer Who Murdered Sweden Asylum Home Carer Avoids Prison ow.ly/lToO100gOMa'
rkselectiontheory  conquest  predation  psychohistory 
9 days ago
JudgyBitch -- Reblog: Research find that as a group, only men pay tax
'Legions of feminists will ferociously type smash the patriarchy! at their Internet rallies, calling out for the end of the male supremacy in all spheres of life. Yet, few of them acknowledge the fact that one of these spheres, the government (the institution granting them rights), is entirely funded by male taxpayers. Economically, women cost more to the state than they benefit. The government is literally paying women to be alive. As such, strong independent women are only that way because the state is transferring money from men to them. Feminists are not seriously against being dependent on men, they are just against men having the full control over their money. -- Let’s explore a fiscal research report in New Zealand. ... Overall, the research suggests that male taxpayers are the only ones to ever have a positive contribution in taxes. Based on Figure 17, the closest that the average woman will come to having a positive fiscal incidence is when she is at minus $50,000 around 55 years of age. While feminists are demonizing men for benefiting from all liberties and rights they have constructed, they have oddly remained silent over the fact that anonymous male tax payers are paying women to exist. Read that sentence again. -- The fact that feminists want a stronger government is not a coincidence. While historically, women had to choose a wealthy husband for resources, they can now stay single, be lesbians, marry a poor man, or use the sperm bank, and the state will still transfer male taxes to them. Interestingly, within 10 years of women’s suffrage, the government doubled their tax revenue and expenditure in the USA.'
men  women  gynocentrism  statism  welfare  feminism  parasitism 
9 days ago
The Daily Bell -- Men Will Be Called Misogynistic If They Blame Hillary When She Is President
'Get ready for the era of The Bitch … If Hillary Clinton wins the White House in November, it will be a historic moment, the smashing of the preeminent glass ceiling in American public life. – Atlantic -- This Atlantic article promotes the idea that many men will be angry with President Hillary because of her gender. -- This is its ultimate point, even though to begin with the article fairly summarizes the inevitable antagonism that will develop if Hillary wins office. But then the propaganda starts. -- Surely, if she successfully bans guns in the US, starts more wars overseas and supports additional Fed monetary debasement, there will be reason for people to lash out. -- She will be seen as part of a larger globalist effort to tear down borders and intermingle populations in such a way as to change regional culture and remove tribal heritages. -- To point this out will inevitably be equated with sexism (here). The idea will be to conflate legitimate criticism of her actions with an irrational hatred of her gender from a leadership standpoint. -- It won’t be long before an criticism of her will be painted as misogynistic, just as much legitimate criticism of Barack Obama was derided as racist. -- Count on it.'
fabianism  politicalcorrectness  shamingtactics 
9 days ago
Spiked -- The age of belligerent victimhood by Patrick West
'From BLM to feminism, too many want to play the victim. -- ...with the possible exception of popular populism, the agents of rage today are rather privileged themselves. BLM, No Platform, belligerent feminism and trans activism are all decidedly middle-class affairs led by middle-class people. Consider BLM, in which Public Enemy’s solidly middle-class Chuck D epitomises its demographic and ethos; or Islamists who, more often than not, come from affluent backgrounds as they do from the ghetto, intoxicated by the promise of a life more exotic and less cossetted than their own – Osama bin Laden is their epitome; or Momentum and Corbynism, which, as hobbies for the guilt-laden rich, are movements almost entirely alien to the British working class; or the youth who spilled on to the pavements after Brexit to berate their elders – they hailed not from Grimsby or Salford, but from affluent parts of London, furious that the old had ‘squandered their inheritance’. -- Today we live not so much in an ‘age of rage’, but in an age of tantrums, fuelled by the spoilt, privileged and make-believe victims. This is why they use babyish language, such as ‘being offended’ or ‘being hurt’ by what other people say. They have Safe Spaces and trigger warnings. They speak the language of passive victimhood, not revolutionary activism. -- Islamists excel at this rhetoric of victimhood, framing their violence as a reaction to ‘the Crusaders’ or evil Israel, each forever trying to oppress them. Whenever there is an ISIS-type massacre, Islamist apologists always try to make it about them: how they couldn’t but help be provoked by offensive cartoons. Like children.'
marxism  victimhood  unwarrantedselfimportance  middleclass  faggotry 
9 days ago
Breitbart -- Migrants Refuse Jobs, Claiming They Are 'Guests of Merkel'
'...The migrants had claimed that they did not have to work at all because they were “guests” of German Chancellor Angela Merkel who many say invited them to Germany last year. -- “It was subsequently argued by these people that they are guests of Mrs. Merkel and guests do not have to work,” Pohlers said. The town had created the seven jobs to be 20 hours per week and were part of the controversial one-euro an hour job programs for migrants that have been pushed by the Federal government. -- According to Pohlers the municipality was even willing to split the difference and make sure the migrants were being paid the German minimum wage so they could have extra cash in their pockets. -- Many German government officials have claimed that the long term effects of mass migration will be a benefit to the German economy, though more economists are arguing it will have the opposite effects. Large corporations in Germany have hired hardly any migrants since the start of the migrant crisis, many arguing that even if migrants have the skills for complex professions, they lack basic German language skills which relegate them to simpler labour and retail positions. -- Many migrants have expressed a desire to work in Germany but many others have used German hospitality to commit crimes and live a life of luxury that would not be possible in their homelands.'
europe  migration  conquest  welfare  parasitism 
9 days ago
YouTube -- Blaire White: Triggering Trannies
"I am not a victim. I am not oppressed. And I'm not playing into your fucking games."
politicalcorrectness  victimhood  agencyvspatiency 
11 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Muslims And Hispanics Feuding In New York
'...Russian, Albanian, Chechen, Chinese, Vietnamese, even Israeli immigrant groups all have criminal rings that compete with the Italian mob. It will be interesting if one other benefit of the diversification will be the rise of radical Islamist mob organizations, operating out of the safe zones of Mosques, and using minority discrimination as a legal shield. Imagine the magical aspects if they meld their criminal strategies and tactics with all the wonderful wonderfulness of Islamic terrorism, and add in a little #BlackLivesMatters shitbaggery to demand special freedoms from prosecutions. -- Now, back to our regular programming. We are always told it is the end of the line for whites in America, since they will be a numerical minority. However whites have two tendencies – they avoid wanton violence if possible, and if not possible, they kill everything. -- When the apocalypse hits, I expect being a minority that minds their own business and avoids violence will be advantageous for whites, as all the aggressive non-whites form feuds and begin killing each other. -- To this date, I have been seeing the cities erupting into criminal-savage on leftist-rabbit violence. Adding in Hispanic-Black, Hispanic-Muslim, Muslim-Black, and other racial violence, as well as the simple arson and property damage that accompanies the excitement of diversity, and you have a whole other level of Apocalypse. Even The Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jews have a whole class of burly aggressive guys who are known as the violent muscle of their communities, and who will probably be dropping bodies between exultations of “Mazel Tov!” -- It is funny. I believe r-strategists evolved to like diversity, as a way of importing a foreign force to defeat their population’s K-strategists. But that urge evolved back when there was only one foreign force nearby due to geographic constraints. With globalization, the r-strategists, following their simple blind urges to favor diversity, have imported so many foreign forces that those forces will end up splitting their strength in a myriad of internecine feuds and bloody battles amongst each other. -- Just as whites now demand almost nothing, when the apocalypse hits, watch as the minorities who complain loudest begin to grow increasingly enraged over the complaints and demands of other, less deserving minorities.'
rkselectiontheory  race  subversion  LYAHF  collapse 
11 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Germany Fuels The Rise of Stasi 2.0
'...This is the most infuriating aspect of the migrant wave to me. Idiot liberals import Muslims as fast as they can and mistake the moderate number of attacks for a measure of how safe it is to do so. -- In reality, behind the scenes, there is a government machine of incredible power and authority building. Since its mission is to prevent Muslims living in the country legally from launching attacks, by necessity it evolves the ability to invade the lives of any citizen to a degree nobody would believe possible. It grows to an extent nobody would ever believe. -- By that point it is a leviathan, looking for reasons to justify ever increasing budgets. So it begins expanding its scope of operations, to encompass major crime, minor crime, and finally anyone the government decides it may not like. -- The machine has to be massive by now, and even still, migrant killers are so numerous that many still slip through the net. Imagine what will happen when the collapse takes down much of that machine, and it can no longer keep the migrants under control. Suddenly the flood gates open at the exact moment the resource restriction begins triggering the real waves of radical Islamic attacks. And by then there are so many Muslims, because everybody thought it was safe to import them, that it takes a full scale war to eject them. -- Turmoil is coming to Germany. My advice to the Germans who oppose the government’s policies is to focus on getting a handle on the extent of their surveillance state now. Because if all they think is coming is a simple reboot of the Stasi, they ain’t seen nothing yet – and that machine will be targeting them more than the Muslims as the collapse approaches. Bet on it.'
rkselectiontheory  europe  germany  statism  conquest  stasi  surveillance  metastasis  facecrime  joycamp  1984 
11 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- London Mayor Creates Hate Speech Hub For Police Enforcement
'...Today, insult a Muslim and go to jail. Tomorrow, criticize a politician, and go to jail. The inevitable conclusion will be the elimination of voting, or the use of fraud to correct what the problematic people vote for that the elites decide is ill-advised. This will get worse until the Apocalypse hits. -- It isn’t surprising. Leftist r-strategists are a neurotic psychology. Given how society acquiesced and let them have an increasing say in government, it would seem illogical to now think that such an easily triggered, anxious mess, would relinquish such power now that society’s mores are changing back to K-selected. They can’t just let people do what they want, given how what people want will be K-selection. -- Unfortunately, this is a case of the immovable object meeting the unstoppable force. Society is already incredibly K, and the real resource restriction has not even begun. At the same time, as the society unavoidably heads toward real K, leftists have no choice but to fight it with all of their might, even as it appears they will need to die on that hill. -- There would appear to be no choice but conflict, ultimately. The only question will be how extensive and how violent. I would not expect the r-ified forces to do well, and the more they resist, the more violent and thorough their end will be. -- What is to come will probably be studied in history classes for centuries. It is incredible we will live through it and see it with our own eyes.'
conquest  subversion  politicalcorrectness  thoughtpolice  joycamp  UK  1984  rkselectiontheory 
11 days ago
Breitbart -- Left Campaigns to Shut Down Migrant-Sceptic Newspapers
'A new campaign is targeting advertisers in a bid to shut down newspapers that report crime committed by migrants, rather than covering it up. -- The Stop Funding Hate campaign is urging companies to pull advertising from the Sun, the Daily Mail and the Express, claiming that they use “fear and division to sell more papers”. The campaign’s founder, Richard Wilson, called the newspapers’ reporting of migrants “toxic”. -- Wilson, an NGO worker, believes Stop Funding Hate will be successful because the public don’t want to be “inadvertently complicit” in “hate campaigns”, which he compared to the BNP. -- The group’s first campaign seeks to persuade Virgin Media to “take a stand against racism” by pulling advertising from the Sun. -- A petition to Virgin Media’s CEO by the campaign charges the Sun of “misleading reporting” and “playing off one group against another in pursuit of a divisive political agenda”. -- The plea contends that the Sun’s “demonisation of immigrants” claims the Sun’s headlines led to “a wave of violence against immigrant families”.'
conquest  usefulidiot  thoughtpolice  UK  1984 
11 days ago
Zero Hedge -- German President Booed, Attacked; Claims "The People Are The Problem, Not The Elites"
'Revolution is closer than you think... Following Angela Merkel's earlier calls for German CEOs to hire refugees, and as Martin Armstrong notes, Germany has raided its healthcare funds to support the refugee crisis... "The government passed a law that allows them to take 1.5 billion euros from the liquidity reserve of the public health care fund (10 billion euros in total, paid by all members and additionally by the taxpayer) and to give that money to refugees / asylum seekers." -- What would you call this? Insane? -- We thought a reminder of the tensions that are bubbling under the surface in Germany. -- As VoxDay noted appropriately, Germany's elite is going to get a well-deserved one soon as German President Joachim Gauck was booed and attacked in the streets of Sebnitz, Saxony after he blurted out the following unbelievbable statement: “The elites are not the problem, the people are the problem.” -- Official German State TV and State Radio reported that "a handful of right wing extremists" have attacked the president and disturbed the otherwise peaceful and welcoming reception of the President. This is simply not the case, as seen in the video. -- The people repeatedly shouted "Traitor!", "Get out!", "We don't want STASI Pigs" and "We are the people!". -- One man, carrying his young son on his shoulders, appears to have spit on him whilst exclaiming insults. Other citizens were heard saying "You killed our children" and "What have you done to us?". They were blocked by police in riot gear, to whom they said "You are protecting warmongers, shame on you!" -- The situation escalated and the riot police was forced to use pepper spray.'
europe  germany  migration  conquest  backlash 
12 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Black In-grouping In Milwaukee
'This is a start of what you will see in the apocalypse: "The clip shows angry rioters chanting “black power!” before asking “is they white?” as cars slowly drive past. “Yeah they white!” states someone else, prompting the mob to run towards the vehicle. “Yeah they white, get their ass!” screams another. ... " -- Lots of amygdala things going on here. Anger, envy, surprise, visual stimuli, loud noise, and the excitement of the unknown are all amygdala stimulants. Once in high amygdala, it produces wanton violence and lack of logic, even with food subsidies, free housing, and a culture that will so avoid conflict that nobody will tell them that in every case, their criminal friends deserve to be shot by the police. -- When the real Apocalypse hits, and food shippers won’t deliver to their areas (because not only will trucks be hijacked, all the stores will have been burned down), then you will see real racial violence. Starve these people for a week, let them see rural white America living as if nothing happened, and watch them get word the government doesn’t have the free money which they have become accustomed to. -- This will seem like the sane old days.'
rkselectiontheory  soma  collapse 
13 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Rabbit Amygdala Agitation Ignores Logic
'...You and I look at the situation, and see that a bunch of 60 IQ, inbred Muslims, with no German language skills, and minimal education will never be integrated into that nation. -- Previously, r-strategists like Merkel looked at their data stream, and their amygdala flagged the potential images of people saying they were cruel, and not “nice-people.” They saw images of people saying they were mean and greedy. They sought to shut off those twig-snapping stimuli indicating impending conflict, by declaring Germany open to migrants. There was no other logical processing, to contravene that attempt to quiet the twig-snapping. -- When small pockets resisted, their amygdala saw them turning the crowd against them, so they fought them ever more vigorously with the state machinery at their disposal, attempting to silence them. It was all amygdalae, only looking at twig-snapping stimuli, and basing all their actions on those small snippets of data. -- Now, Merkel looks at her data-stream, sees the disaster arising from her decisions, and her amygdala flags images of the German people turning on her. She sees herself looking stupid, and being ridiculed by the country. So she is now demanding companies hire these mouth-breathing retards who don’t speak the language, and who every so often go berserk and kill everyone within range. -- Look at how her logical thinking is totally inhibited by her amygdala. All she sees is that if this doesn’t work, she will be out-grouped, ergo, it must work...'
rkselectiontheory  irrationality  nearfar 
13 days ago
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: The Truth About The Fall of Rome: Modern Parallels
'Western civilization hangs by a thread – to rescue it, we must delve deep into the past to find out how to save the future. The fall of the Roman Empire closely mirrors the challenges currently facing Europe and North America – toxic multiculturalism, rampant immigration, runaway feminism, debt, currency corruption, wildly antagonistic politics – everything we need to know to save everything we love is written deep in the history of ancient Rome – all we need to do is look! -- Stefan Molyneux, host of Freedomain Radio, takes you on a journey deep into the philosophical, cultural, economic and political causes of the decline and death of ancient Rome. Once you understand what happened in the past, you will never again be confused by what is happening now – and never be more certain about how to change what is to come.'
history  economics  statism  centralbanking  welfare  migration  collapse  civilization  StefanMolyneux 
13 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Election fraud ignored in Muslim community in UK because of 'political correctness' – report
'In the UK, a government-commissioned report has accused authorities of overlooking election fraud due to fears of not appearing politically correct. The report - aimed at improving the electoral system - found evidence of voting irregularities, especially in London's Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities.'
conquest  politicalcorrectness  UK 
14 days ago
Satoshi Nakamoto Institute -- It's Not About the Technology, It's About the Money
'...There are no applications of blockchains which do not involve a double-spending problem. A blockchain that was used for an application with no double-spending problem is nothing more than a database, so you could just replace it with a distributed hash table. People have also used the blockchain for timestamping. This only works because Bitcoin has become well-known as a point of reference. If you had a need for timestamps, you certainly wouldn’t invent a blockchain to do it. -- Yet people are running around everywhere in the Bitcoin world screaming “blockchain blockchain blockchain” for all kinds of non-intuitive purposes until they're buried under piles of money. I can't believe how long it's taking for people to get wise to this ruse, but I hope it won't last too much longer. A blockchain does not have a wide range of applications. However, there is one application [“do one thing and do it well”], namely that of being a currency, which is overwhelmingly important. -- ... If someone says “blockchain tech” to you, you might as well walk away right there. They’re just trying to sell you on their new decentralized crowdfunded blockchain tech internet of bitthings appscam. You know that they’re lying because everyone who acts like them is a liar and someone who was not a liar would actually do something to distinguish himself from them. Someone who knew what he was talking about would know that you can’t just string a bunch of buzzwords together in order to generate an idea that makes sense. Unfortunately, if a lack of basic critical thought is widespread, and if everyone becomes invested in everyone else’s stupidity, then nobody wants to know either, at least not before they’ve found a favorable time to exit their position. This will probably never happen because although they may think they’re preying on other people’s stupidity, they are more likely being preyed upon instead.'
14 days ago
Cyborgology -- Mimesis, Violence, and Facebook: Peter Thiel’s French Connection
'... If we take Girard’s mimetic theory seriously, the consequences for the way we think about social media are potentially profound. For one, it would lead us to conclude that social media platforms, by channeling mimetic desire, also serve as conduits of the violence that goes along with it. That, in turn, would suggest that abuse, harassment, and bullying – the various forms of scapegoating that have become depressing constants of online behavior – are features, not bugs: the platforms’ basic social architecture, by concentrating mimetic behavior, also stokes the tendencies toward envy, rivalry, and hatred of the Other that feed online violence. From Thiel’s perspective, we may speculate, this means that those who operate those platforms are in the position to harness and manipulate the most powerful and potentially destabilizing forces in human social life – and most remarkably, to derive profits from them. For someone overtly concerned about the threat posed by such forces to those in positions of power, a crucial advantage would seem to lie in the possibility of deflecting violence away from the prominent figures who are the most obvious potential targets of popular ressentiment, and into internecine conflict with other users. -- Girard’s mimetic theory can help illuminate what social media does, and why it has become so central to our lives so quickly – yet it can lead to insights at odds with those drawn by Thiel. From Thiel’s perspective, it would seem, mimetic theory provides him and those of his class with an account of how and to what ends power can be exercised through technology. Thiel has made this clear enough: mimetic violence threatens the powerful; it needs to be contained for their – his – protection; as quasi-monarchs, “founders” run the risk of becoming scapegoats; the solution is to use technologies to control violence – this is explicit in the case of Palantir, implicit in the case of Facebook. But there is another way of reading social media through Girard. By revealing that the management of desire confers power, mimetic theory can help us make sense of how platforms administer our desires, and to whose benefit. For Girard, modernity is the prolonged demystification of the basis of power in violence. Unveiling the ways that power operates through social media can continue that process.'
internet  globalvillage  retribalization  socialmedia  mimesis  violence 
14 days ago
The Book of Life -- Romantic Realism
'The facts of life have deformed all of our natures. No one among us has come through unscathed. There is too much to fear: mortality, loss, dependency, abandonment, ruin, humiliation, subjection. We are, all of us, desperately fragile, ill-equipped to meet with the challenges to our mental integrity: we lack courage, preparation, confidence, intelligence. We don’t have the right role models, we were (necessarily) imperfectly parented, we fight rather than explain, we nag rather than teach, we fret instead of analysing our worries, we have a precarious sense of security, we can’t understand either ourselves or others well enough, we don’t have an appetite for the truth and suffer a fatal weakness for flattering denials. The chances of a perfectly good human emerging from the perilous facts of life are non-existent. Our fears and our frailties play themselves out in a thousand ways, they can make us defensive or aggressive, grandiose or hesitant, clingy or avoidant – but we can be sure that they will make everyone much less than perfect and at moments, extremely hard to live with. -- We don’t have to know someone in any way before knowing this about them. Naturally, their particular way of being flawed (and, on a day to day basis, very annoying) will remain concealed for quite long periods. But every human can be guaranteed to frustrate, anger, annoy, madden and disappoint us – and we will (without any malice) do the same to them. There can be no end to our sense of emptiness and incompleteness. This is a truth chiselled indelibly into the script of life. Choosing who to commit ourselves to is therefore merely a case of identifying which particular variety of suffering we would most like to sacrifice ourselves for, rather than an occasion miraculously to escape from the brute facts of our nature.'
psychology  philosophy  relationships  pessimism 
14 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: Reasons to Remember Death
'It isn’t macabre or nihilistic to think of death. It’s the start of a proper, braver engagement with the possibilities of life.' -- It comes so soon, the moment when there is nothing left to wait for. ~ Marcel Proust
psychology  philosophy  existentialism  loss  death  regret 
14 days ago
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