Anonymous Conservative -- Leftists Want To Import Killers
'"The Obama administration knowingly let in at least 16 admitted MS-13 gang members who arrived at the U.S. as illegal immigrant teenagers in 2014, a top senator said Wednesday, citing internal documents that showed the teens were shipped to juvenile homes throughout the country." -- That is not an innocent mistake. They knew these were violent killers, and they broke the rules to get them integrated into our populations. -- I always wondered as a kid why prey animals never evolved the warrior traits needed to defeat their predators. Why didn’t morning doves evolve some spike they could use to kill the small hawks that hunted them? Why didn’t some rabbits grow bigger and more violent somewhere, with bigger teeth so they could fight off foxes and hawks? It was clear to me that some tipping point had been reached where their evolutionary path had decided to flee rather than fight, and now they were consigned to spend their lives as the hunted, rather than confronting their predatory tormenters and living free. -- I now realize that evolutionary tipping point was the increase in r in their populations, to the point that any K who did evolve was out-grouped and rejected by mates. Any K-trait became an evolutionary disadvantage because K’s were killed too fast and reproduced too slow to keep up with the explosively reproducing r’s and the constant killers stalking them. -- That is where leftism would like to take our species, and it is why they import killers. Leftists are fighting from the shadows and stabbing us in our back – importing killers who will create the same random mortality which has turned the rabbits perpetually r-selected. The leftist goal is to give r-selection such numerical advantage, and make any K-trait such a disadvantage, that we and our children will all be perpetually consigned to be the hunted ourselves.'
rkselectiontheory  subversion  LYAHF 
6 hours ago
YouTube -- Rebel Media: Tommy Robinson's BANNED speech: "The British Police State"
'Tommy Robinson of TheRebel.media was barred from giving this speech five times by various universities. It's about his experiences in "the British police state."' -- It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it. ~ Upton Sinclair
UK  statism  miniluv  thoughtpolice  politicalcorrectness  treachery  conquest 
11 hours ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Terrorists Are r-strategists
'"The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe. -- Salman Abedi is understood to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run up to Monday’s atrocity even while he was overseas receiving bomb-making training. -- Police are investigating Abedi’s finances, including how he paid for frequent trips to Libya where he is thought to have been taught to make bombs at a jihadist training camp." -- I find jihadi ideology interesting, as it is very much designed to appeal to disaffected r-strategists who have given up on getting free resources in this life, by offering them the free resources they crave in the afterlife. -- Many of these jihadis are often have a history in their youth of seeking to be “rappers,” as a way of being given millions of dollars, endless free access to women, and the dopamine of social acceptance for very little work. When their dreams fail, they navigate their way to a belief system designed to minimize amygdala-agitation and promise the r-selected utopia, from the promise of numerous virgins and endless pleasure in the afterlife, to their god’s greatness, power, and nobility, to the denigration of the unbelievers they will kill as evil and deserving of their fate. Everything is designed to promise free resources and minimize amygdala/aversive-stimulus. -- When their laptops are obtained overseas, it is no surprise they are filled with ever-more twisted pornographic material, designed to stimulate dulled r-amygdalae that have gone far more r than nature would normally allow. -- I’m sure there is a way to create some sort of computer virus for the brain, designed to trigger jihadi amygdalae in some regard in response to being associated with their ideology. Jihadis are the SJWs of Islam. To that end, President’s Trump’s “Loser” jibes, exploiting the pain r-strategists feel in the face of ridicule, are an excellent start. If joining radical Islam is seen as the mark of a loser, many status-conscious r-strategists will flee from it.'
rkselectiontheory  conquest  welfare  entitlement  socialism 
12 hours ago
Tommy Robinson‏ @TRobinsonNewEra -- Manchester chief of police accepting & posing with the Koran...
'Manchester chief of police accepting & posing with the Koran after the Manchester attack. This book is the reason there was an attack ffs'
conquest  UK  stockholmsyndrome 
12 hours ago
Breibart -- Writer Labels Leftism Short-Term Thinking
'"Like a crack addict who can’t seem to think about anything other than his next fix, liberals can’t seem to think about anything but spewing their emotions at the world. They may be reflexively saying something that makes them feel compassionate, outraged, sensitive or angry, but liberals usually seem to be caught in the grip of some strong emotion. -- Of course, it goes without saying that emotion unmoored from logic produces a lot of warped views, but it also mires a person in short term thinking….if you could even call it that. Because when you’re emotional, most of the time you’re not thinking; you’re reacting based on your “feels.” This is where a lot of liberals live 24 x 7 and so, it’s not shocking that their behavior is so thoughtless. -- Take rock star Katy Perry’s reaction to the Manchester bombing, “No barriers, no borders, we all just need to coexist.” So, what does co-existing with radical Islamic terrorists who want to kill you mean? Is Katy Perry going to invite ISIS terrorists from Syria to bomb her next concert?" -- He calls leftism short-term thinking, and even sees parallels between it and drug use, over-stimulating the dopamine pathways of the brain. It is all there right in plain view, but they just can’t quite put the last pieces of the puzzle in place. -- Why do some humans think in terms of short-term expediency, while others will insist on enduring any hardship over the short-term, in hopes of acquiring long-term gain? -- When you see these two psychologies, realize they align on so many other issues like issues of sex, government control, group-loyalty, and rearing of offspring, it would seem like these are designed psychologies, meant to serve some purpose for the organism. The question is, why would nature offer these two, diametrically opposed brain-programs? What different environments would each be designed for? Where did they come from? -- r/K Selection Theory will eventually dominate the entire political debate, because even people who have no idea about it, are structuring all of their analysis around it. Once they see it clearly for the first time, thousands of loose pieces floating around their brains will suddenly fall into place, and they will not be able to help using it to explain complex thoughts to others.'
rkselectiontheory  emotionalism  illiberalism 
14 hours ago
Breitbart -- Manchester: Grooming Lawyer Who Said There Was ‘No Religious Basis for Rotherham Abuse’ Claims Hate Crime Reports Have Increased
'Afzal, who as Chief Crown Prosecutor for North-West England from 2011–15 was Britain’s most senior Muslim prosecutor, attracted criticism for his comments on the grooming gang scandal during his time in office. -- He claimed the majority white victims were targeted because of their vulnerability, not their race, and that the attackers were overwhelmingly Muslims of Pakistani origin because men from that background happened to be overrepresented in the “night-time economy” in the areas where the attacks took place. -- Breitbart London’s enquiries with New Scotland Yard following the Westminster attack revealed the reason hate crime reports – rather than confirmed and recorded crimes – seem to spike after terror incidents may well be because the police actively encourage people to come forward with allegations following so-called “trigger events”. -- “Where we identify a possible trigger event that could result in more hate crime we instigate a community engagement plan to ensure those in communities who may be victims of hate crime know that we will not tolerate this kind of crime and that we encourage them to report this to the police,” they wrote in a statement. -- It should also be noted that the definitions of what constitutes a “hate incident” are very broad. The College of Policing’s Hate Crime Operational Guidance manual outlines the standard procedure as follows: “For recording purposes, the perception of the victim, or any other person, is the defining factor in determining whether an incident is a hate incident … the victim does not have to justify or provide evidence of their belief, and police officers or staff should not directly challenge this perception. -- “Evidence … is not required for an incident or crime to be recorded as a hate crime or hate incident.”' -- Contempt is the feeling that is provided by you when somebody is attempting to exploit you based on your virtue. ~ Stefan Molyneux
politicalcorrectness  crimestop  conquest  victimhood  contempt  UK 
14 hours ago
Police apologise for 'Allahu Akbar' use in mock Manchester attack
'Greater Manchester police have apologised after a fake suicide bomber shouted “Allahu Akbar” during a simulated terrorist attack at one of the UK’s biggest shopping centres. -- More than 800 volunteers took part in the training exercise at the Trafford Centre in Manchester on Monday night. The mock attack, which took five months to plan, was designed to be similar to the marauding-style Paris and Brussels atrocities. -- The assistant chief constable, Garry Shewan, released a statement on Tuesday, apologising for linking the exercise with Islam, after the police were criticised on social media following the drill.'
politicalcorrectness  crimestop  conquest  denial  UK 
14 hours ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: Why Tiny Things About Our Partners Drive Us Mad
'Frequently the flashpoints in our relationships come not around large themes, but strangely and almost humiliatingly small issues, like crumbs near the breadboard. We shouldn’t feel bad; ‘small things’ are generally the carriers of very big ideas.'
psychology  shadow  relationships 
The Book of Life -- Twenty Ideas on Marriage
'One of the key tasks of the therapist is to expose us often enough to a more sane, respectful, reasonable and realistic outlook than our own. The therapist’s kindly, wise voice should become our own. We begin to intuit what they would have said in a given situation, and when they are no longer there, at moments of crisis and loneliness, can learn to say some of the important, calming and kind things to ourselves. -- Far from a self-indulgence, undergoing therapy is one of the most generous things we could ever do for all those who have to live around us. Those who have spent time in therapy are ever so slightly less dangerous to be around: a little better able to warn those who depend on them of how frustrating and peculiar they might sometimes be. We owe it to ourselves, and just as importantly, those who love us, to take our courage in our hands – and to go and ‘see someone’ forthwith.'
psychology  psychotherapy  relationships 
Urban Land Rights -- Millenials: The Landless Generation
'This glaring difference between the cost of a house and the price of real estate, combined with even just one viewing of House Hunters, with its frequent discussions of how a buyer is “paying for location,” suggests that people are aware of the heavy role of land in the economy. The stickiness of the status quo, then, comes from people’s acceptance of it: We accept, largely without question, that we should pay land’s value to a fixed pool of security holders — “landowners” — instead of to the residents around us whom we are excluding and whose presence makes the location valuable. -- We accept that the many should pay the few for the right to exist. -- This is the issue that will define millenials. It is necessarily so because this issue — the struggle of land users to build meaningful, peaceful, economically secure lives despite perpetual theft by landowners— is the one that defines every generation. -- Sadly, like our progenitors, we are well on our way to ignoring the issue completely. We’re already accepting, in suppository form, the same old placebos: #We waste energy on “bank reform” so that reduced predatory lending will make it harder to get a loan and therefore make the unchallenged land monopoly harder to enter; #We want increased healthcare benefits and vacation days so we can live longer, healthier lives, thereby feeding more rent to landlords; #We buy the myth that technology will somehow raise our living standards without realizing it will simply increase our productive power and therefore the income we have to bid up land rents (and therefore prices); and #We want “rent control,” which chokes off land from market use by entrenching privileged occupants with already-privileged title holders to create a virtually unbreakable dual monopoly on a location. -- We are turning into our parents in the most tragic, dangerous way: by tacitly guaranteeing the enslavement of our children. -- If you’ve only now considered the problem, you’ve likely never been introduced to the solution. Which is too bad, considering it would: #End poverty #Maximize land use efficiency and therefore … #End the phenomenon of sprawl #Enable people to live as near work as they want #Curb pollution #Open up large tracts of land for re-wilding and conservation #Eliminate debt as a systemic feature of modern life -- It’s known as “rent-sharing,” or “geoism.” ... -- Perhaps the best way to understand the importance of land tenure is to understand that land, more than anything, is people: #“Valuable land” is land near people; #“Marginal land” is land away from people; and #“Land ownership” is people ownership. -- If people do not have equal access to land value, what it really means is that they have no right to be a member of a community — no right to occupy the physical universe except in its remotest (rent-free) locations — and a civilization that founds itself on keeping people apart like this cannot masquerade as a civilization for long.'
economics  geoism  land  rent  rentseeking  landlordism  parasitism  intergenerationalwarfare 
Anonymous Conservative -- California Paying Criminals To Prevent Crime
'This could only happen in an age of free resources: "A story recently appeared in The Washington Post about a city just north of San Francisco – Richmond, California – that is paying violent criminals to stop committing crimes. One such criminal is 21-year-old Lonnie Holmes who has been involved in drive-by shootings and other gun crimes… the city approached him with an offer to pay him “as much as $1,000 a month not to commit another gun crime.”" -- This is mindbogglingly stupid. But it is also a good example of the instinctual pre-emptive appeasement leftists perform in the face of violent savages. Wherever you see such stupidity performed by otherwise intelligent people, you are looking at instinct. -- These are instincts. Importing Muslims and offering them generous welfare to come, even as they rape, rob, and murder their way across Europe is the same thing. Seeking out illegal South American immigrants, even from criminal gangs, and supporting their cause is the same thing. Lax sentencing, opposition to the death penalty, hogtying police, limiting the military in wars overseas with restrictive rules of engagement, disarming innocent citizens so they can’t defend themselves, and so on. They are all r-selected instincts designed to destroy the K-selected. -- Leftists are literally so programmed instinctually to preemptively appease out-groups, that they will perform stupidity like this, and assume it is perfectly logical. -- More and more I am fascinated at the completely different world leftists live in.'
rkselectiontheory  predation  welfare  extortion  socialism 
YouTube -- Tara McCarthy: Mark Citadel: A Brief History Of Islamic Conflict With The West
On 'Moderate Muslims': "The Black Block tactic was developed in Europe where you basically have the whole protest movement dress in a similar manner – so they're wearing black. And they come as a very large mob, and only a few people are willing to commit violence, commit property damage, but what they do, because these people are all dressed the same and have their faces covered, etc, they come out of the black block, they pepper-spray a girl, something that we saw in Berkeley, and then they fade back into the block. So the majority of the block aren't hurting people, they aren't causing property damage, but they act as a shield, a kind of mask for people who are and they actively protect them. And that's what we're actually dealing with on a macro scale in Europe with Islamic communities."
history  fabianism  conquest  europe  UK  russia 
Spiked -- Generational revenge: the politics of ageism by Frank Furedi
'...The most fascinating thing about this Generation Victim narrative is the way it reverses the classic moral contrast between irresponsible youth and their sensible elders. Now, it is the elderly who are depicted as reckless and thoughtless, while the young are treated as far-sighted and thoughtful. The generational worldview has acquired a quasi-religious tone. People repeat it like a mantra. The refrain of ‘old people have ruined the world’ is a prelude to building a 21st-century version of a Children’s Crusade. -- It is a sure sign that politics is running on empty when generational revenge becomes central to an election campaign, and when activists invest so much of their emotional energy into flattering the young. Young people have become the political heroes of the revanchist opponents of Brexit. They hope the newly registered masses of 18-year-old voters will be a vanguard against bigoted, Brexit-voting old people. Demography trumps debate. Instead of trying to win the political argument, many seem keen to turn the election into a generational war. -- The call on the young to enter into generational conflict with their hopeless grandparents has all the hallmarks of narrow-minded hysteria. It has generated levels of contempt normally associated with anti-immigrant or anti-foreigner campaigns. Old people have become the enemy within; the one group it is okay to vilify. -- ... The politicisation of intergenerational relations is based on the conceit that young people’s values are more up-to-date than older people’s, and therefore they’re better. Unlike grandpa and grandma, the young are not consumed by clapped-out ideals or prejudices. Apparently, just being young means they have a superior outlook. In an historical reversal of roles, the young are charged with overseeing society, and with ‘improving’ their parents and grandparents by imparting to them some enlightened values. That the young are now seen as civilisers of the elderley is clear from columnist Owen Jones’ campaign calling on young people to ‘ring your grandparents’ ahead of the election and tell them to vote Labour. -- ... The Generation Victim outlook leads to a politics that is not really about any higher purpose. Instead, young people are instructed to vote as a way of thwarting their mean-spirited elders. The young are appealed to as a group with a narrow self-interest rather than as people who are able to think about and pursue the interests of society as a whole. Generation Victim is a cynical campaign, flattering the young simply for being young and seeking to turn them into voting fodder for anti-Brexit demagogues.' -- With those children, he thought, that wretched woman must lead a life of terror. Another year, two years, and they would be watching her night and day for symptoms of unorthodoxy. Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it. The songs, the processions, the banners, the hiking, the drilling with dummy rifles, the yelling of slogans, the worship of Big Brother — it was all a sort of glorious game to them. All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children. And with good reason, for hardly a week passed in which The Times did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak — ’child hero’ was the phrase generally used — had overheard some compromising remark and denounced its parents to the Thought Police. ~ Nineteen Eighty-Four
victimhood  unwarrantedselfimportance  thoughtpolice  goodthink  statism  intergenerationalwarfare  1984 
Spiked -- Why Salman Abedi grew to hate us by Alaa al-Ameri
'Abedi was not disenfranchised. He was not rejected by British society. He was taught to reject and hate it, despite everything it gave him and his family. His older sister has reportedly said that Abedi was looking for ‘revenge’ for the ‘ill-treatment’ of Muslims in the UK and Syria. This is the circular logic of the Islamist victimhood narrative that almost every Muslim growing up in the UK will have been exposed to at one time or another. Western governments, and therefore Western societies, are to blame for all instances of intervention in Muslim majority countries, and are equally culpable should they fail to intervene. -- Manchester and Birmingham are home to some of the most militant Islamists in the UK. They mingle and operate throughout local Muslim communities with relative impunity, and maintain networks up and down the M1 motorway to London. They also have a significant presence online with which they extend their influence globally. At the level of propaganda, at least, they’re not an underground movement. They are out in the open. -- While living safely under Britain’s rule of law, they nonetheless view British society as beneath contempt. They don’t want to be part of it, and they teach people like Salman Abedi that it’s a mortal sin for them to want to be part of it. Anything that happens to a Muslim anywhere in the world, once passed through the Islamist victimhood filter, becomes an anti-Muslim act for which the guilty must be punished. And so it seems that Abedi’s actions were the result of this solipsistic staple of Islamist indoctrination. In a country, and a city, where young men run the risk of falling prey to knife crime, Abedi interpreted the stabbing of a friend as an anti-Muslim ‘hate crime’, and swore revenge on the society around him. -- Those who look down their noses at the rise of nationalist sentiment in Europe have never lived cheek by jowl with people who hate their adopted country the way British Islamists do. -- ... Islamists, for decades, have regarded Britain not as a family, but as a place to eat and sleep on their way to somewhere else. While the privileged wring their hands and wonder what they might have done to offend their exotic guests, those to whom the house belongs are beginning to pipe up and object. Whenever they do – for example, when their kids are murdered at a pop concert – their more sophisticated relatives seem mostly preoccupied with the desire to avoid a scene. -- Openly discussing Islamism is not an attack on me or any other British Muslim. We are the hostages of Islamism and its vampire preachers who weaponised Salman Abedi and used him to slaughter 22 innocents, in the midst of their joy, out of sheer spite. Speaking frankly and honestly about this horror is the only hope we have of emerging from it as anything resembling a cohesive British family.'
conquest  victimhood  predation  pathologicalaltruism  UK 
Spiked -- Podcasts: ‘We have a right to be angry about Manchester’
Brendan O’Neill: "What we're seeing is this really quite terrifying situation where people in positions of influence and authority seem to fear us, the public, more than the terrorists. The hatred they obsess over most after a terrorist attack is not the hateful ideology that drives these relatively small numbers of people to carry out Islamist attacks – no, the hatred that they are most worried about is the hatred they think stirring among ordinary people: our 'racism' our 'xenophobia' our desire to bash people who are not like us. They are so alienated from the public that when these extreme attacks happen their first response is 'Oh, God, what will the pubic do.'"
thoughtpolice  facecrime  politicalcorrectness  victimhood  threatnarrative  statism  slavespeak 
Spiked -- After Manchester: it’s time for anger by Brendan O’Neill
'After the terror, the platitudes. And the hashtags. And the candlelit vigils. And they always have the same message: ‘Be unified. Feel love. Don’t give in to hate.’ The banalities roll off the national tongue. Vapidity abounds. A shallow fetishisation of ‘togetherness’ takes the place of any articulation of what we should be together for – and against. And so it has been after the barbarism in Manchester. In response to the deaths of more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande gig, in response to the massacre of children enjoying pop music, people effectively say: ‘All you need is love.’ The disparity between these horrors and our response to them, between what happened and what we say, is vast. This has to change. -- ... As part of the post-terror narrative, our emotions are closely policed. Some emotions are celebrated, others demonised. Empathy – good. Grief – good. Sharing your sadness online – great. But hatred? Anger? Fury? These are bad. They are inferior forms of feeling, apparently, and must be discouraged. -- ... That the post-terror narrative is fundamentally about taming our passion and politics is clear from its sidelining of all issues of substance. We are actively warned against asking difficult questions about 21st-century society and why it has this violence in it, this nihilism in it. Question the wisdom of multiculturalism, of refusing to elevate one culture over another and instead encouraging people to live in their own cultural bubbles, and you’re racist. Wonder if the obsession with combatting ‘Islamophobia’ might have given rise to a situation where some Muslims, especially younger ones, cannot handle ridicule of their religion, and… well, you’re ‘Islamophobic’. As for immigration: this is the great unmentionable; you’re a fascist even for thinking about it. The post-terror narrative that barks ‘You must empathise!’ also says, implicitly, and sometimes explicitly, ‘You mustn’t think! You mustn’t ask those questions or say that thing.’ And so in their response to terrorism, they erect an intellectual forcefield around some of the problems that might, just might, be contributing to that terrorism. -- We need unity, they say. Unity’s their buzzword. But this is substanceless, too. Unity around what? Unity against what? What are our values? Who is the enemy of those values? Don’t ask. Don’t think. It is wrong to have core values in a society built on diversity, apparently, and we mustn’t ever suggest that any particular ideology poses a threat to those values, because that might involve ‘punching down’, singling people out, etc. We end up with a unity of shallow feeling, a union of highly individuated mourners, not a unity around real ideals and things and vision. Their cry of unity is a lie. The fact is there are people in our society willing to attack us, others who will think those attacks are justified, and others still who will apologise for those attacks by saying they’re a product of ‘Islamophobia’ or Western intervention overseas. We are so far from united. We are deeply divided. But you cannot say that. ‘Weep, don’t think.’ -- Stop and think about how strange it is, how perverse it is, that more than 20 of our citizens have been butchered and we are basically saying: ‘Everyone calm down. Love is the answer.’ Where’s the rage? If the massacre of children and their parents on a fun night out doesn’t make you feel rage, nothing will. The terrorist has defeated you. You are dead already.'
rkselectiontheory  conquest  terrorism  faggotry  pathologicalaltruism  politicalcorrectness  cowardice  slavespeak  goodthink  crimestop  facecrime  stockholmsyndrome  UK 
Breitbart -- Manchester Bomber Friends with Gang Rapist, Labelled Teachers ‘Islamophobic’
'The Manchester suicide bomber was part of an Arabic-speaking gang who accused teachers of “Islamophobia” for criticising terror, and one of his childhood friends has been convicted for gang raping a schoolgirl. -- During his time at Burnage Academy for Boys in Manchester between 2009 and 2011, Salman Abedi, 22, was reportedly part of a group who took offence at a teacher who “asked what they thought of someone who would strap on a bomb and blow people up”. -- According to sources talking to The Times, the “group went to complain to their [Religious Education] teacher saying it was Islamophobic”.' -- Contempt is the feeling that is provided by you when somebody is attempting to exploit you based on your virtue. ~ Stefan Molyneux
conquest  victimhood  predation  politicalcorrectness  contempt 
YouTube -- Paul Joseph Watson: Manchester Attack: What They're NOT Telling You
'Which is more important - not hurting Muslims' feelings, or our children being blown up?'
conquest  politicalcorrectness  cowardice 
Breitbart -- DELINGPOLE: 'Penises Cause Climate Change'; Progressives Fooled By Peer-Reviewed Hoax Study
'Gender studies is a fake academic industry populated by charlatans, deranged activists and gullible idiots. -- Now, a pair of enterprising hoaxers has proved it scientifically by persuading an academic journal to peer-review and publish their paper claiming that the penis is not really a male genital organ but a social construct. -- The paper, published by Cogent Social Sciences – “a multidisciplinary open access journal offering high quality peer review across the social sciences” – also claims that penises are responsible for causing climate change. -- The two hoaxers are Peter Boghossian, a full-time faculty member in the Philosophy department at Portland State University, and James Lindsay, who has a doctorate in math and a background in physics. -- ... Boghossian and Lindsay were careful to throw in lots of signifier phrases to indicate fashionable anti-male bias: "We intended to test the hypothesis that flattery of the academic Left’s moral architecture in general, and of the moral orthodoxy in gender studies in particular, is the overwhelming determiner of publication in an academic journal in the field. That is, we sought to demonstrate that a desire for a certain moral view of the world to be validated could overcome the critical assessment required for legitimate scholarship. Particularly, we suspected that gender studies is crippled academically by an overriding almost-religious belief that maleness is the root of all evil. On the evidence, our suspicion was justified." -- ... The fact that such complete drivel was published in a social science journal, the hoaxers argue, raises serious questions about the value of fields like gender studies and the state of academic publishing generally: “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct” should not have been published on its merits because it was actively written to avoid having any merits whatsoever. The paper is academically worthless nonsense. -- But they do not hold out much hope for it having any more effect on the bullshit in the social sciences industry than Sokal’s hoax did – because leftist stupidity in academe is so heavily entrenched. - "As a matter of deeper concern, there is unfortunately some reason to believe that our hoax will not break the relevant spell. First, Alan Sokal’s hoax, now more than 20 years old, did not prevent the continuation of bizarre postmodernist “scholarship.” In particular, it did not lead to a general tightening of standards that would have blocked our own hoax. Second, people rarely give up on their moral attachments and ideological commitments just because they’re shown to be out of alignment with reality."'
postmodernism  feminism  illiberalism  threatnarrative  victimhood  truebelieversyndrome  hoax  satire 
8 days ago
Prosper Australia -- Adam Smith on the Rentier
'“Ground rents are a species of revenue which the owner, in many cases, enjoys without any care or attention of his own. Ground rents are, therefore, perhaps a species of revenue which best bear to have a particular tax imposed upon them.” -- “As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed and demand a rent even for its natural produce.” -- “A tax upon ground-rents would not raise the rents of houses. It would fall altogether upon the owner of the ground-rent, who acts always as a monopolist, and exacts the greatest rent which can be got for the use of his ground.” -- “The sea in the neighbourhood of the islands of Shetland is more than commonly abundant in fish, which make a great part of the subsistence of the inhabitants. But in order to profit by the produce of the water, they must have a habitation upon the neighbouring land. The rent of the landlord is in proportion, not to what he can make by the land, but to what he can make both by the land and water. It is partly paid in sea-fish.” -- Born in a lonely corner in Scotland to a mother already widowed, he became know as the very father of capitalism and one of the most influential figures in history. Yet the man who appears on Britain’s £20 notes and who wrote The Wealth of Nations, unquestionably the most important work on economics ever written, has seen (when he floats out from his grave) both his economics and his morals become increasingly misinterpreted over the years. -- After a childhood remarkable for being so unremarkable, the bright young Adam Smith won a scholarship in 1738 first to Glasgow then on to Oxford universities where he studied not economics (which didn’t exist as a discipline in Britain at this point) but moral philosophy. He returned to Glasgow in 1751 to take up a chair in logic then in moral philosophy – there’s yet little hint of the intellectual revolution he was about to unleash on the planet. -- He was moderately successful, but it was only when he broadened his interests through hanging out in London and mixing with the leading intellectuals of his day that he started to come into his own, especially as a result of his subsequent travels. -- So Adam Smith is the father of economics, is he? No sirree! – a group of so-called French physiocrats (led by the brilliant Francois Quesnay) had been developing a solid body of economic theory, and when Smith lived in France and Switzerland in 1764-66 his meetings with the physiocrats swept open his perspective to a societal level – that is, he began to realise how economics can provide answers to how society as a whole can live and work prosperously. And guess what? – the physiocrats were early geoists who well knew of the centrality of the rent from land as the fundamental source of public revenue. -- This was the definitive intellectual turning point in Smith’s life – returning from France in 1766, he pretty much went straight back to his village to devote much of the next ten years to his magnum opus. An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (to give it its full title) was published in 1776 but it has had its thrust deliberately distorted by right-wing laissez-faire economists, so let’s set the record straight. -- Firstly, Smith was a classical economist – that is, he carefully distinguished land from capital philosophically, morally and economically. The context of Smith’s declarations is not often appreciated – land tax in England had been levied in Smith’s time for a century. As his accompanying quotes bear out, Smith advocated the state collection of the rent of land and deferred to how the physiocrats regarded such a tax as the most equitable of all taxes. -- Smith was indeed a free trader, but only within the context of a free and fair market. Smith forcefully criticised the major alternative to free trade at the time, mercantilism – that is, the establishment of a series of colonies (at enormous cost, he emphasised) so as to establish exploitative trade monopolies. In spite of Smith coining the term “the invisible hand” (implying the harmony of interests of market participants), Smith found many more occasions for pointing out cases of conflict and of how the narrow selfishness of human motives can distort market transactions. -- Smith was certainly not an advocate of ruthless individualism – indeed, his first major work concentrated on ethics and charity. He opposed slavery and advocated decent wages for the poor. Only after his death it was discovered that this eccentric but benevolent intellectual, comically absent minded and with peculiar habits of speech and with a smile described as “inexpressible benignity”, had devoted a considerable part of his income to numerous secret acts of charity. You walked the walk, Adam, and it’s not your fault that those who concocted the wretched perversions that is nowadays called neoclassical economics have twisted some of your noble principles beyond recognition.'
history  economics  land  geoism  AdamSmith 
8 days ago
Prosper Australia -- George Orwell's Economic Insights
'“The logical end of mechanical progress is to reduce the human being to something resembling a brain in a bottle.” -- “Except for the few surviving commons, the high roads, the lands of the National Trust, and the sea shore below the high-tide mark, every square inch of England is ‘owned’ by a few thousand families. These people are just about as useful as so many tapeworms. It is desirable that people should own their own dwelling houses, and it is probably desirable that a farmer should own as much land as he can actually farm. But the ground-landlord in a town area has no function and no excuse for existence. He is merely a person who has found a way of milking the public while giving nothing in return. He causes rents to be higher, he makes town planning more difficult, and he excludes children from green spaces. That is literally all that he does, except to draw his income.” -- “Stop to consider how the so-called owners of the land got hold of it. They simply seized it by force, afterwards hiring lawyers to provide them with title-deeds. In the case of the enclosure of the common lands, which was going on from about 1600 to 1850, the land-grabbers did not even have the excuse of being foreign conquerors; they were quite frankly taking the heritage of their own countrymen, upon no sort of pretext except that they had the power to do so.” -- “If giving the land of England back to the people of England is theft, I am quite happy to call it theft. In his zeal to defend private property, my correspondent does not stop to consider how the so-called owners of the land got hold of it. They simply seized it by force, afterwards hiring lawyers to provide them with title-deeds.” -- The most remarkable aspect of probably the most widely-admired English language essayists of the 20th century is that so little is known of his economic convictions, despite the many volumes of his social and political commentaries. -- Orwell believed that socialism led to totalitarianism – indeed, that is the chief message of his 1949 classic, Animal Farm. But he also believed that capitalism led to breadlines and poverty, which combination of beliefs led to that profoundly disturbing view so vividly described in 1984. He also believed that capitalism had strong tendencies towards monopoly and increased concentration, but he was never able to reconcile the best aspects of socialism and capitalism. Orwell had many penetrating insights into politics but had almost nothing to say about economics as it seems he knew practically nothing of Henry George and his proposals – the potted versions of HG commonly available at the time are abominable perversions. -- ... It’s hard not to admire Orwell, as much for his sincerity as his literary ability. He was a Seeker on many levels, but it seemed he never really crossed paths with our little brotherhood of geoists. His economics really didn’t contribute much beyond stating the obvious. His quotes reproduced here definitely indicate that he was aware of monstrous injustices of our system of land tenure yet – unaided by the works of Henry George or other geoists – he was never able to grope much closer to the elegant shifting of taxes that would bring together social justice, prosperity and individual liberty. By default, therefore, he classified himself as a democratic socialist.'
history  economics  land  geoism  GeorgeOrwell 
8 days ago
Prosper Australia -- Famous Supporters
'Aristotle (384-322BC): The whole of the land was in the hands of a few, and if the cultivators did not pay their rents, they became subject to bondage. -- Cesare Baccaria: The history of mankind is an immense sea of errors in which few obscure truths may be found. -- William Blackstone (1723-1780) “Commentaries”: The earth, therefore, and all things therein, are the general property of all mankind, from the immediate gift of the creator…there is no foundation in nature or in natural law why a set of words upon parchment should convey the dominion of land. -- Winston Churchill (1874-1965): It is quite true that the land monopoly is not the only monopoly which exists, but it is by far the greatest of monopolies – it is a perpetual monopoly, and it is the mother of all other forms of monopoly. Nothing is more amusing than to watch the efforts of our monopolist opponents to prove that other forms of property and increment are exactly the same, and are similar in all respects to the unearned increment in land. I have made speeches by the yard on the subject of land value taxation, and you know what a supporter I am of that policy. -- Henry Ford (1863-1947): We ought to tax all idle land the way Henry George said – tax it heavily so that its owners would have to make it productive. -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790): Our legislators are all landholders, and they are not yet persuaded that all taxes are finally paid by the land… therefore, we have been forced into the mode of indirect taxes. All the property that is necessary to a man for the conservation of the individual and the propagation of the species, is his natural right which none may justly deprive him of; but all property superfluous to such purposes is the property of the public. -- Milton Friedman (1976): I share your view that taxes would best be placed on the land, and not on improvements. -- Professor Mason Gaffney, New Palgrave Dictionary of Economic Thought 1987: George’s blend of radicalism and conservatism can puzzle one, until it is seen as a reconciliation of the two. The system is internally consistent, but defies conventional stereotypes. -- Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) in foreword to “Brave New World”: If I were to re-write this book, I would offer a third alternative – the possibility of sanity – Economics would be decentralist and Henry Georgian. -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826): Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate their natural right. -- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784): Some men weave their sophistry till their own reason is entangled. -- John Stuart Mill (1806-1873): Landlords grow richer in their sleep without working, risking or economizing. The increase in the value of land, arising as it does from the efforts of an entire community, should belong to the community and not to the individual who might hold title. -- Plato (circa 427-347BC): When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust man less on the same amount of income. -- Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919): The burden of taxation should be so shifted as to put the weight upon the unearned rise in value of land itself, rather than upon the improvements. -- Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), “Social Contract”: The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying, “This is mine”, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes, might not anyone have saved mankind by pulling up the stakes, filling in the ditch, and crying to his fellows, “Beware of listening to this imposter; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.” There is no subjugation so potent as that which leaves the appearance of freedom. -- Lord Bertrand Russell (1872-1970): It is necessary that there should be rent, but that it should be paid to the state or to some body which performs public services. -- Adam Smith (1723-1790): Ground rents are a species of revenue which the owner, in many cases, enjoys without any care or attention of his own. Ground rents are, therefore, perhaps a species of revenue which can best bear to have a peculiar tax imposed upon them. As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed. -- Brand Whitlock: Henry George’s proposition, the single tax, will wait, I fancy, for years, since it is so fundamental, and mankind never attacks fundamental problems until it has exhausted all the superficial ones. -- Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) “Tractus Politicus”: The fields and the whole soil…should be public property, that is the property of him who holds the right of the commonwealth: and let him let them at a yearly rent to the citizens, whether townsmen or countrymen, and with this exception let them all be free or exempt from every kind of taxation in time of peace. -- James Tobin (1981): I think in principle it’s a good idea to tax unimproved land, and particularly capital gains (windfalls) on it. Theory says we should try to tax items with zero or low elasticity, and those include sites. -- Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910): People do not argue with the teachings of George, they simply do not know it…. He who becomes acquainted with it cannot but agree. Of all indispensable alterations of the forms of social life there is in the life of the world one which is most ripe…. The method of solving the land problem has been elaborated by Henry George to a degree of perfection that under the existing state organisation and compulsory taxation, it is impossible to invent any better, more just, practical and peaceful solution. Quite difficult matters can be explained even to a slow-witted man, if only he has not already adopted a wrong opinion about them; but the simplest things cannot be made clear even to a very intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he already knows, and knows indubitably, the truth of the matter under consideration. The only thing now that would pacify the people now is the introduction of the Land Value Taxation system of Henry George. The land is common to all; all have the same right to it. Solving the land question means the solving of all social questions…. Possession of land by people who do not use it is immoral – just like the possession of slaves. The earth cannot be anyone’s property. I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me and assure myself and others that I am sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all possible means – except by getting off his back.'
economics  geoism  land  landlordism  obsfuction  "capitalism"  quotes 
8 days ago
Evolution Counseling -- Assessing Suicidal Ideation
'...Depression is a dark and lonely place. Suicidal ideation is a dark and lonely place. We’re all taught in our society to buck up, to be individualistic, to put a smile on our faces, to be normal, to fight through it. We don’t want to burden friends or family with our dark thoughts. Many of us have no idea how to even put these thoughts into words. -- So rather than being awkward or hindering the therapeutic alliance, when suicidal ideation is present and it’s asked about in a non-judgmental, open way the bond immediately strengthens. There’s someone willing and able to listen to this threatening, dangerous material and there’s no threat of reprisal or humiliation? That’s a liberating feeling for people who are currently feeling pressed further and further into a corner with no apparent way out. -- As therapists, the subjects we bring up only get awkward if we make them awkward. Our clients take many of their cues from us. So if we can learn to talk about the threatening, dangerous, embarrassing, awkward material openly and honestly they quickly learn to model that behavior and do the same.'
psychology  disclosure  listening  suicide 
8 days ago
The Book of Life -- Listening as Editing
'Classically, a good editor doesn’t merely accept a manuscript as it is first presented. They set about interrogating, cutting, expanding and focusing the text – not in the name of changing the fundamentals of what the author is saying, but rather of bringing out a range of underlying intentions which have been threatened by digressions, hesitations, losses of confidence and lapses of attention. The editor doesn’t change the author into someone else: they help them to become who they really are. -- The same process is at work with a good listener. They too know that some of what a speaker is saying doesn’t accurately reflect what they truly mean. Perhaps they want to touch on a sensitive, sad point, but are frightened of being too heavy or of imposing. Maybe the speaker wants to pin down why something was beautiful or exciting, but are getting bogged down in details, repetitions or subplots. There might be an emotional truth they’re trying to express but the quality of their insight is undermined by the feeling that it would be more normal and safer to stick to factual details. -- All these tendencies, a good editorially minded listener knows how gently to correct. They will in the kindest way possible ask the speaker to unpack their feelings more intensely and elaborate upon emotions with a sense that these will prove hugely interesting rather than boring or alarming to the audience. -- ... An ideal editor-listener helps us to be more ourselves than we know how to be by ourselves.'
psychology  listening  disclosure 
8 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: How to Have a Good Conversation
'We too often imagine that ‘good conversations’ are things we fall into out of luck. Far from it, knowing how to have a good conversation is a skill that can be learnt – and here are the beginning of the rules.' -- "Good listeners are like good editors: trimming away what is superfluous, trying to get the speaker to focus on what is really at stake."
psychology  listening  disclosure  vulnerability  humility 
8 days ago
YouTube -- TED: Lisa Genova: What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's
'Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease -- and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer's-resistant brain.' -- Deep sleep, exercise, and learning.
brain  alzheimers  sleep 
8 days ago
Telegraph -- Part-time women doctors are creating a timebomb
'...For decades, women struggled to establish themselves in the profession. Women were not allowed to become doctors until 1876 and even then, only a handful studied medicine at university and went on to practice. This lasted until well after the Second World War. -- By the Sixties, a quarter of medical students were female. Over time, more and more women have entered the profession and risen up its ranks. But Hilary Devey’s observations about women prioritising family life over work is a challenge that my profession is having to face up to. Not least because of the problems it poses for the future of health-care provision. -- The structure of the medical workforce is changing fast. Last weekend I attended the graduation ball at Bristol University medical school. Sixty per cent of those graduating were women. Other medical schools have an even higher percentage of female students. That’s an astonishing shift. -- So what will be the impact of this? At the moment, just over half of registered doctors are men, but it is predicted that women will overtake them in less than five years. A 15-year follow-up of doctors after graduation showed that on average, after career breaks and part-time working are taken into account, women work 25 per cent less than their male counterparts. The problem, put starkly, is that the average male medical graduate will work full time, while the average female won’t. This means that the state will get more man-hours out of a male graduate than a female graduate. -- Prof Sir Peter Rubin, chairman of the GMC, has already acknowledged concerns about “planning for a majority of the workforce who will spend a period of their career working part-time’’. So as more women enter the profession, we should be seeing a corresponding increase in the number of places at medical school to account for this. That isn’t happening. -- While the number of medical school places has slightly increased in recent years, this is only to allow for increased demand based on the traditional model. This problem is not unique to the UK: in the US, Canada, across Europe and in Japan, more women are becoming doctors, but there has been a similar failure to plan for the increase in part-time work. As a result there is a shortage of doctors. -- The problem is starting to affect both hospitals and primary care. Some 38 per cent of female consultants work part-time compared to five per cent of the men. Two thirds of GPs are women, with a large proportion opting for less than full time work. As medicine becomes a female-majority profession, this is only going to get worse. -- A separate problem is that if the majority of medical graduates are women, then specialisms that are not traditionally family friendly due to the anti-social hours and on call requirements – areas such acute medicine, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, paediatric surgery and A&E – will be hard to fill. There are already recruitment problems in some hospitals and a dangerous shortage of specialists. -- The difficulty, as Hilary Devey discovered, is that attempts to raise these issues are routinely met with accusations of sexism. But it’s not sexist to acknowledge that women, more than men, often appear to place family life ahead of their career. Nor is it a bad thing that women want to focus on having and bringing up their children, and caring for a partner. Underlying this is a larger debate about the 24/7 working environment and lack of affordable child care that leaves so many women torn between a career and a family. This is where the real sexism lies.' -- Always the victim
women  feminism  gynocentrism  delusion  victimhood  decadence 
8 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Consanguineous Mating Now High In London
'"A new report from the London Borough of Redbridge has revealed almost one in five of all child deaths in the area since 2008 were down to their parents being close relatives." -- This is a very insular gene pool, consisting of individuals that are almost like clones genetically, and who are designed to keep outsiders out of their gene pool and failing in society, while invading neighboring gene pools. What this means practically is no-go zones, crime, rape, short term mating with single parenting, and the replacement of western democracy with Middle Eastern corruption. -- It actually increases nepotism and corruption behaviors, and makes a democratic society almost impossible. London now has a population which will do everything it can to screw over native Londoners, and which will rapidly corrupt government to serve its own purposes, with no sense of how that will reduce a thriving society into a failed Mideast state in the middle of Britain. Already they own the Mayor’s office, and that is just the camel’s nose under the tent. -- Regular Brits will endure the hardship, until it cannot be endured. By that point, the state will be so corrupt and infiltrated as to offer no redress and the only avenue available will be war.'
rkselectiontheory  conquest  dysgenics  europe  UK 
8 days ago
PaulCraigRoberts.org -- The Assault on Trump
'...What we are witnessing is the determination of the national security state to keep their prized “Russian Threat” in its assigned role as the Number One Threat to the US. The liberal media, owned by the CIA since the 1950s is in accord with this goal. -- The American media is so accustomed to its enslavement by the national security state that it does not think of the consequences. But Professor Stephen Cohen does. I agree with him that the greatest threat to national security “is this assault on President Trump.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47076.htm -- Cohen said that there is a 4th branch of government, the intelligence community, which obstruts the management of American foreign affairs by the executive branch and Congress. -- As an example, he reminded us that “In 2016, President Obama worked out a deal with Russian President Putin for military cooperation in Syria. He said he was going to share intelligence with Russia, just like Trump and the Russians were supposed to do the other day. Our department of defense said it wouldn’t share intelligence. And a few days later, they killed Syrian soldiers, violating the agreement, and that was the end of that. So, we can ask, who is making our foreign policy in Washington today?” -- In the 1960s, President John F. Kennedy thought he was in charge, and he was assassinated for his belief. JFK blocked an invasion of Cuba, the Northwoods project, a preemptive nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, and spoke of ending the Cold War. -- In the 1970s President Nixon was driven from office, because he thought he was in charge of foreign policy. Like Kennedy, Nixon was a threat to the national security state. Nixon pushed through SALT 1 and the anti-ABM Treaty, and he opened to China, defusing those tensions as well. The military/security complex saw its budget dwindling as the threat dwindled. Nixon also determined to withdraw from Vietnam, but was constrained by the national security state. Nixon, the most knowledgeable president about foreign affairs, was forced from office, because his efforts in behalf of peace constituted a threat to the power and profit of the military/security complex. -- It is important to understand that there is no evidence whatsoever against Nixon in the Washington Post “investigation.” The Post’s reporters simply put together a collection of inuendoes that cast aspersion on Nixon, whose “crime” was to say that he learned of the Watergate buglary at a later date than he actually did. Nixon kept the burglary quiet until after his reelection, because he knew that the CIA’s Washington Post would use it in an effort to prevent his reelection. -- The “crime” for which Nixon was really removed was his success in establishing more peaceful and stable relations with Russia and China. -- Trump, being in real estate and entertainment, was unaware of the landmines on which he was stepping when he said it was time to normalize relations with Russia and to rethink the purpose of NATO. -- The US military/security complex sits on a budget extracted from very hard-pressed American taxpayers of $1,000 billion dollars annually. By threatening to normalize relations with the enemy which was created in order to justify this vast budget, Trump presented as the major threat to the American National Security State’s power and profit. -- This is why Trump will be broken and/or removed as President of the United States.'
history  america  empire  war  perpetualwar  minipax  minitrue  twominuteshate 
10 days ago
The Rational Male -- The Honor System
'...As Men we’re respected when we keep our word, sacrifice ourselves for a worthy cause (even to the point of disposability), solve problems rationally, our word is our bond, and a whole host of other qualifiers that make us respectable and worthy of integrity. We must be OVERT and above board; and when we encounter a man who is COVERT in his dealings we call him ‘shifty’ and think him untrustworthy. Even for the most noble of purposes, practicing the art of misdirection is not something men are respected for – at least not publicly. -- It’s just this overt masculine interactive nature that women are only too ready to exploit. In combination with their sexual agency and influence they use this overt male social interactive dynamic to position themselves in places where they can use indirect power. Cleopatra was an excellent example of this – sending armies to war by appealing to powerful men’s pride and honor, while reserving her sexuality as a reward. Virtually every Feminine Social Convention is rooted in appealing to, or attacking male social institutions – a dedication to an idealistic sense of honor being chief among them. The obvious example is of course “shaming” and the “do-the-right-thing” social contract. -- In fact to be a “Man” has become synonymous with living up to a feminine imperative that’s cleverly disguised as masculine Honor. It’s not that women created Honor, but rather that they’ve recreated it to serve their purpose. -- ... Man Up or Shut Up – The Male Catch 22: One of the primary way’s Honor is used against men is in the feminized perpetuation of traditionally masculine expectations when it’s convenient, while simultaneously expecting egalitarian gender parity when it’s convenient. -- For the past 60 years feminization has built in the perfect Catch 22 social convention for anything masculine; The expectation to assume the responsibilities of being a man (Man Up) while at the same time denigrating asserting masculinity as a positive (Shut Up). What ever aspect of maleness that serves the feminine purpose is a man’s masculine responsibility, yet any aspect that disagrees with feminine primacy is labeled Patriarchy and Misogyny. -- Essentially, this convention keeps beta males in a perpetual state of chasing their own tails. Over the course of a lifetime they’re conditioned to believe that they’re cursed with masculinity (Patriarchy) yet are still responsible to ‘Man Up’ when it suits a feminine imperative. So it’s therefore unsurprising to see that half the men in western society believe women dominate the world (male powerlessness) while at the same time women complain of a lingering Patriarchy (female powerlessness) or at least sentiments of it. This is the Catch 22 writ large. The guy who does in fact Man Up is a chauvinist, misogynist, patriarch, but he still needs to man up when it’s convenient to meet the needs of a female imperative.'
men  women  honour  predation  shamingtactics  gynocentrism 
11 days ago
The Rational Male -- Owed Sex
'...In a post-sexual revolution social order, women’s control over their hypergamy is only limited by their capacity to attract the best prospective mate their sexuality, personality and physicality will afford them. Whether provided for by the state, personal independence or other means women in a post-sexual revolution era, to a larger degree than any other time in western history, have the security side of their hypergamic optimization virtually guaranteed. -- Even with women for whom this security isn’t fully realized, the greater social undercurrent for the past 60 years has been one which presents women with a social responsibility to break away from provisional dependency on men, thus granting women unilateral control over their hypergamous decision making. -- Whether this security-side assurance comes from legal institutions, abortion laws, paternity laws, the advent of no fault divorce, child custody and support distribution, or, the security guarantee comes in the form of social conventions which foster the expectation of men to be bound to a one-sided provisioning contract, the modern message is clear for women; Independence from the necessity of men’s provisioning largely reduces or eliminates the uncertainty of long-term security. -- Or in other words, unilateral control of a woman’s hypergamy means Beta Bucks now takes a backseat to Alpha Fucks. -- The provisioning and personal investment in character, masculine virtue and ambition that made the, pre-sexual revolution, old order man an attractive prospect for a woman’s security-side hypergamy no longer carry the necessary appeal they did to ensure he would attract a marriageable woman. For women, the old order of attraction was based primarily on the security side of her hypergamous need because this was the most uncertain aspect she could secure in a social climate where her hypergamous decision making was more constrained. -- Not unsurprisingly, women’s prioritizing long-term security inspired men to accommodate it by cultivating provider characteristics in themselves in order to be attractive. This isn’t to say the same Alpha side arousal we see in women’s sexual prioritization today wasn’t important, or tingle generating. Rather, the old social order prioritized women’s security needs since the Alpha Fucks side of her hypergamy was buffered by women’s general dependence on a man’s long-term provisioning. -- The problem now is that, since the sexual revolution, the majority of (Beta) men are still raised and conditioned in this old-order context, based on an outmoded social contract that they were taught to ego-invest themselves into in order to best effect their own sexual strategy. -- Although it’s the easiest dismissal fem-centric society would have anyone believe, only the most ignorant and self-important of men would ever come to the conclusion that they were owed (in the most transactional sense) the sexual and intimate affections of a woman in exchange for his personal investment, resources, dedication and acts of kindness. Certainly not men raised and conditioned to defer to a woman’s honor and respect, by default, above his own. -- However, due to the old order social conditioning that taught them that a man in the unquestioning service of a woman’s security-side hypergamy should be the pinnacle of attraction, their conflict comes not in being denied an owed reward, but rather that rewards of sex, love, adoration, affection, respect, etc. the old-order convinced them they can and should earn is observably being offered to men who embody the exact opposite of his old order conditioning. -- ... “When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead -- Ironically the best spokeswoman to illustrate the dichotomy between both sides of women’s hypergamy should be Sheryl Sandberg – the voice and embodiment of several generations of women raised on the Feminine Imperative and unilaterally unrestrained hypergamy. So oblivious is Sandberg to her feminine-primary, solipsistic confirmation of hypergamy that it never occurs to her that men would be anything but accommodating of her life-plan advice for younger generations of women. It never occurs to her that a “man who values fairness” would ever reject her (much less despise her) for the duplicity that women’s dualistic sexual strategy disenfranchises men of. -- So you see, it’s not a red pill awakening that predisposes men to believing they’re ‘owed’, ‘entitled to’ or ‘deserving’ of sex, love, adoration, affection or anything else from women – it’s the generations of women like Sandberg who unabashedly exploit the old order conditioning of Beta Bucks men, while expecting them to dutifully accept their open or discrete cuckoldry with Alpha Fucks men – and then tell them that “nothing’s sexier” than their complacency in it with a wriggle of their nose.'
men  women  hypergamy  sacrifice 
11 days ago
The Rational Male -- Boundaries
'The purpose and approach men have with regard to mate guarding usually comes down to two positions. -- The first being a moral high-ground idea that women do in fact have a moral or rational agency and thus have an obligation to keep their own Hypergamy in check. This may be from a religious perspective, but more often it’s based upon men’s idealistic equalist hopes that a woman can rationally be expected to parse her own investment in what men think should be Relational Equity. -- Or in other words, women should know better, and be expected to cooperate with a male imperative by self-regulating their Hypergamous impulses as a matter of personal and social responsibility. -- On a limbic level Hypergamy doesn’t care about Relational Equity and openly appealing to a woman’s reason, rationality or sense of responsibility a man believes she should be beholden to is counterproductive in influencing her genuine desires. However, this is usually a self-guided hope that women will recognize and regulate those behaviors at the risk of being socially ostracized in an already feminine-primary social environment. -- Again, this can be couched in a religious expectation, but in a secular-equalist sense it amounts to putting the burden of mate guarding on women by presuming their ‘equal rationality’ will result in women mate guarding themselves by policing their own Hypergamy in men’s best interests. Anything less either makes them convictionless or the nebulous “low quality woman” who wont play by the old-order rules and expectations. -- The second approach is a proactive mate guarding based on the presumption that mate guarding is a ‘defense’ against mate poaching by other, presumably (but not necessarily) more Alpha men than the one doing the guarding. -- Within that context it’s understandable why men would want to protect their personal investment in a woman. What woman wouldn’t be aroused by the prospect of being fought over by two men she perceives as Alpha rivals? It’s a strong affirmation of her desirability and SMV. -- Where it turns into a Beta Tell is when a man’s lifestyle revolves around ‘keeping’ her in a possessive sense for fear of losing her because she’s his only viable option for sending his genetic material into the future. That kind of mate guarding is the kind inspired by a scarcity mentality, but it’s also due to long evolved, subconscious sensitivities to her behavioral inconsistencies at or around her time of ovulation. -- This is what Dr. Hasselton was getting into in her studies – ovulatory shift in mate preferences created an evolved sensitivity of them in men which in turn produced contingency behaviors (mate guarding) to ensure he wasn’t wasting his parental investment efforts with a child that wasn’t his own. -- An evolved mate guarding sensitivity and contingent strategy was basically insurance against men’s cuckoldry risks...'
men  women  hypergamy  cuckholdry 
11 days ago
The Rational Male -- Indignation
'...Women live in a quandary when it comes to security. On an evolutionary level, the security impulse is a primary directive. Long term provisioning, parental investment and the innate understanding of the rigors of hypergamy and it’s relation to breeding make ‘security seeking’ a woman’s primary impulse. This isn’t to discount the influence of other impulses – sex being the next in order – however, herein lies the problem; the very cues that fire a woman’s sexual triggers are the same that conflict with her security needs. -- On the surface, women have a social responsibility to present the perception that their interests are those of the uniter. Everything should revolve around home and hearth and security above all, but their behaviors tell a much different story about their appetites. Women need indignation. Watch one episode of ‘Dance Moms‘ and you’ll get a much clearer picture of the value indignation holds for women. Whether the source is gossip, living vicariously through third parties or eating it up in popular media (Oprah, Tyra Banks, romance / fan fiction media), in the absence of indignation, women will actively manufacture it for themselves. A lot of men believe that this need for indignation is the calling card of a “high drama” woman when in fact it’s really psychological predisposition for women. -- Women’s biology predisposes them toward security, but they chafe in a condition of total security. In contemporary terms this translates to living under the conditions of relative security whilst seeking out avenues to create that indignant spark. The wise Man will develop tactical, measured ways to make himself the focus of that need for indignation. The Chateau’s article actually illustrates the most common way Men stumble upon the usefulness of this dynamic. You get fed up and pissed off, either at some boundary she’s crossed or some 3rd party has, and your anger flares up. Your usually patient countenance is gone and you go caveman. The reason this is shocking is that most men will tolerate far more personal indiscretions from their romantic interests, or want to present the appearance of humility or patience with others while she’s around, in an effort to convince his LTR interest that he is a good security provider. And while this may appeal to her provisioning instincts it directly conflicts with her more feral instincts of physical attraction. -- Most plugged-in men don’t like this reality. It’s far more comforting to think of women’s attraction as requiring less confrontation. Women who are grossly overt in this need for indignation are (rightly) labeled ‘Drama Queens’, but what they don’t consider is that ALL women have this innate need by order of degree. It can be a useful tool for a Man who can use it covertly and skillfully. Accepting a feminine need for indignation is the first step, the next is to center her focus for it on yourself – instead of Dance Moms and gossip.'
men  women  relationships  securityvsnovelty  countermeasures  conflict  counterwill 
11 days ago
The Intercept -- The Real Roots of the Worldwide Ransomware Outbreak: Militarism and Greed
'When the NSA adds to its arsenal an undisclosed software vulnerability, known as a “zero day,” rather than reporting it to the maker of the software, any common cybercriminal who happens to independently discover it will be free to exploit the security hole for their own ends, sometimes for years and years. Even if everything goes according to plan for the NSA, this sort of stockpiling values the military and intelligence community’s offensive capabilities over the digital safety of, well, literally everyone else, and is rightfully controversial. -- But per Microsoft’s point, things aren’t going according to plan recently, and our nation’s secret keepers have been having a lot of trouble keeping their computer weapons away from the likes of the Shadow Brokers and Wikileaks. It’s a true and damning argument on Smith’s part: Whether due to internal leakers or external attackers, two of the most advanced and secretive spy agencies in the world have seen some of their most prized offensive tools snatched out of the shadows and not only made public, but weaponized...'
statism  minipax  espionage 
11 days ago
Svedic.org -- MasterCard Serbia asked ladies to share FB photos of, among other things, their credit card
'Lured by prizes, many customers did just what Mastercard asked them to do. They publicly posted the photos of their private stuff, together with credit card details. This is the first phishing campaign that I know that was organised by credit company itself!'
consumering  idiocracy 
11 days ago
YouTube -- Turd Flinging Monkey: News: Warrior Culture Matters
"Women are not the problem. Female nature, once properly understood, is very easy to predict and very easy to manipulate. If you build a society around the realities of human nature, it functions very predictably. The agents of gynocentrism are not the women; the agents are the Beta cucks. Because it's the Beta cucks that use gynocentrism to get power over other men. They are the actual enemy. They are the agents, they are the architects. And the sad thing for these Beta cucks is that even when they win, they lose; even when they get the girl, she's still going to fuck the other guy. Because nobody wants a Beta cuck. They may want your money – they may even have a couple of your kids – and the sad thing is for a Beta cuck that's the best they can do. They would rather live in a gynocentric society and at least have a girl for a couple of years, squeeze out a couple of kids – even if she has an affair, even if she has an open marriage – at least he reproduced. And as far as he is concerned, that's a win, that's the best he's going to do. In a patriarchal society, whether hard or soft, [he would] be left out in the cold."
men  women  hypergamy  apexuality  gynocentrism  predation  rkselectiontheory 
11 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: Why It’s OK to Compromise in Love
'We often believe that compromise in love is the enemy of good relationships. In fact, it is only via compromise that we can ever have any kind of relationship at all.'
psychology  relationships  humility 
11 days ago
The Rational Male -- Balancing Sexual Pluralism
'...It’s very difficult for a teenage boy to display higher value beyond physical prowess and conveying a confident Alpha dominant attitude. Beyond maybe owning a car or truck, a teenage guy’s SMV is based almost entirely upon his physical presence and/or performance. Teenage girls only really care about how cute/hawt! a teenage guy is. It’s a Game of raw, Darwinistic tingles for adolescent girls, because even if they had some rudimentary appreciation for a guy’s intrinsic value, all of their security needs are more or less provided for by there parent(s). -- From the sexual pluralism side, girls don’t develop an appreciation (or attraction) of men fulfilling that long-term security imperative until well into their mid to late 20’s. Throughout high school and through college, via their Fathers or the state’s provisioning, the security side of this sexual pluralism (the Good Dad attraction) is satisfied to varying degrees. -- As I outlined in Schedules of Mating, hypergamy dictates women secure (commitment from) the best male exhibiting the traits of both genetics (short term breeding) and parental investment (long term provisioning), but rarely do the best of these traits exist in the same man. Then it hit me as I waited in that car line; these westernized teenage girls and their college age sisters, to a greater degree, have this long term part of their sexual plurality accounted for – or at least accounted for well enough that their primary sexual strategy focus is mostly fixated the short term breeding model. -- Under such conditions ‘gina tingles preempt long term security concerns. So the logical next step is for girls to develop a sexually competitive strategy with other girls around hooking up with the highest value Alpha their looks can arouse. That isn’t to disqualify the attractiveness of intrinsic qualities (especially as a woman approaches the Wall), only that extrinsic qualities hold a higher prioritization. Thus, with the long term side of sexual plurality almost a non-issue, we see girls at earlier and earlier ages, learn to eroticize (not sexualize) themselves to be better prepared for that competition.'
men  women  hypergamy  decadence  rkselectiontheory 
11 days ago
Breitbart -- 1 in 5 Child Deaths In London Borough Caused by Parents Being 'Close Relatives'
'...The council’s report found between 2008 and 2016, 19 per cent of child deaths in the borough were caused by infants being born to “consanguineous relationships” — marriage or otherwise sexual relations between couples who are first cousins or closer. -- The recording year of 2009-10 saw the highest number of child deaths in the period. Of all deaths in that year, the second greatest cause was “chromosomal, genetic or congenital abnormalities”. -- Overall, 65 per cent of child deaths occurred before the age of one. -- The Ilford Recorder reports the remarks of Child Death Overview Panel Chairman Gladys Xavier who told the meeting there were ongoing education programmes targeting Asian communities in the area to address the prevalence of incest, which the paper referred to as a “continued problem”. -- The council has also asked local schools to emphasise the teaching of genetics to children.'
psychohistory  dysgenics  conquest 
11 days ago
Evolution Counseling -- Apathy
'...Apathy is a sly form of counter-control, a way to buck anything and everything that smacks of authority, not through outright rebellion but through going the opposite direction and supplying no energy to the task whatsoever. Even though those who have become apathetic are usually able to consciously convince themselves and others that they’re no longer invested in some activity or life in general as the case may be, their apathy is a powerful proof that they still are in the game, that while they might feel trapped and powerless they’re still gnashing their teeth against what they perceive as injustice. The apathetic attitude is felt to be the safest way to throw a monkey wrench into the well oiled machine, to disrupt things, to resist. -- Therefore the psychological shift to make when dealing with apathy in Self or others is that, contrary to appearances, it doesn’t represent a submissive giving up but rather very much represents a hostile, aggressive attitude towards life. It’s a misguided approach to dealing with the rising sense of injustice and the anxiety that comes in the wake of that feeling of being manipulated for some end outside of Self but it means there is still gas left in the tank that could be channeled in healthier ways.'
psychology  learnedhelplessness  apathy 
12 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Slavery Returns - Consequence Of The K-shift ?
'We came, we saw, he died, and now there is a thriving slave market there. Well done, Hillary: "Hundreds of migrants along North African migration routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the country. The International Criminal Court is now considering investigating." -- Say what you will of Khadafy, he kept Libya civilized. Not that the rabbits will really care. I suppose there is the fact they aren’t butchering and eating each other yet. -- As the K-shift progresses and shortage threatens, I would assume slavery will begin to become more accepted since it will stave off the shortage a little longer, and supply artificial free resources. At first, manufacturing will just be shifted to nations which use slave labor, and polite society will ignore it, but I would not be surprised to one day find that polite Europeans employ slaves, cloaking the behavior as charity for the less fortunate, who they graciously allow to live in their house and serve them, in between working 22 hour days making shit in their master’s basement for sale on the internet. -- The truth is, I suspect this is what the Cucks and the liberals have in mind for the migrants, ultimately, after the migrants take us out. -- Never think the panic of shortage would leave any behavior off limits to the rabbits.'
rkselectiontheory  neoconservatism  empire  america  libya  history  slavery  joycamp 
12 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- 70 Year Old Woman Charged With Hatred Against People
'"...In a post from 2015, she has written that immigrants “light fire to cars and busses and go to bathroom in the streets”. This violates the law… says the prosecutor. The prosecuted woman has acknowledged that she wrote the post, but denied that she had committed a criminal act… The penalty for hatred against a people’s group is imprisonment for a maximum of two years… If the crime is considered to be gross…, the accused is sentenced to imprisonment for at least six months and no more than four years." -- Where r-selection has gone farthest, the rabbits are restructuring the state to preemptively take out their K-selected competition through imprisonment, for thinking K-selected thoughts. This is the extent of the r-selection. They aren’t even waiting for the migrants to take us out violently. This is probably due to the advent of debt spending. -- If this woman is not safe, nobody is. Everybody in Europe needs to be using aliases online, because this will get worse before the Apocalypse. -- This is, of course, a K-selective stimulus. As K’s see this, they do not grow fond of the rabbits. -- You can understand how when the National Socialists promised to destroy everyone who wasn’t loyal to Germany and the Aryan people, average Germans signed on, and thought it a good idea. I’m sure in the run-up to that, the people Hitler promised to take down at the outset were trying to take out everyone else themselves, and by that time, it only appeared a matter of survival. -- What goes around comes around, and here we are again, at the top of the cycle.'
rkselectiontheory  illiberalism  politicalcorrectness  thoughtcrime  thoughtpolice  joycamp  1984 
12 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Trayvon Martin Becomes A Rocket Scientist
'"A South Florida university awarded an honorary degree to Trayvon Martin, Saturday. Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, took the stage at Florida Memorial University’s commencement in Miami Gardens to receive a posthumous bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science on their son’s behalf." -- ...You can be a dead mental retard, and still become a degreed rocket scientist. Up next : A PhD/MD in neurosurgery for Michael Brown. Imagine how much that brain surgeon would have accomplished if those evil Police hadn’t killed him the prime of his intellectual ascendance. -- This is basically the leftist drive to pre-emptively appease the violent outsiders. If Trayvon had been a white geeky captain of his High School’s chess club, this would never have happened. It would have been a horrible accident, but nobody would have cared about him. -- As amygdalae deteriorate, everything from morals to an actual grasp of reality deteriorate along with them. The interesting thing is how the leftists do not just become stupid. They still discriminate between good and evil. You can tell because they reflexively choose the side of evil.'
rkselectiontheory  decadence  delusion 
12 days ago
Breitbart -- The Atlantic: Political Shaming on Social Media Taking a Toll on Student Openness
'In a recent article for The Atlantic, Connor Friedersdorf writes about the effects of the rise of “call-out culture” on campuses, which is the practice of using social media to shame an individual for their beliefs. -- ...Friedersdorf argues the ever-expanding list of things that the left finds “problematic” makes it difficult for students to operate as free thinking individuals on a college campus. He argues because it has become so impossible to predict what the regressive left might take issue with next, students have resorted to shutting themselves off and quieting down when instead they might have opted to speak up.

Perhaps this student would have stressed about violating social norms in any era. But in bygone years, the social norms at her school would’ve been clear and static; whatever upset people there would’ve been easy to avoid doing. Today, so many people are declaring so many things problematic on college campuses that the next controversy is almost impossible to predict; it is increasingly common to have done something without any fear of giving offense (say, urging a sushi night in the dining hall) only to subsequently read that the thing you’re on record having done is the object of a huge controversy elsewhere. Does the faraway story portend a future where you’ll be the one in the hot seat?
illiberalism  thoughtpolice  vigilantism 
12 days ago
YouTube -- Paul Joseph Watson: IDIOTS REACT TO MAN WITH SIGN
'The dumbest protesters ever.' -- [They] suffered from the most terrible of all delusions: they believed themselves to be virtuous. ~ Kenneth Clark, Civilisation (1969) Part 12: Fallacies of Hope
illiberalism  thoughtpolice  threatnarrative 
13 days ago
YouTube -- Lauren Southern: What Every Girl Needs To Hear
"Men are born poor and grow rich; women are born rich and die poor...Since women are born into wealth, they don't understand what it is like to be poor...A man's wealth is measured in accomplishments, strength and resources...A woman's wealth is measured in youth, fertility and chastity...A man can accumulate wealth and power over time, but a woman cannot become younger or more chaste."
men  women  relationships 
14 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: How to Seduce Someone on a Date
'The clue to good seduction is signalling a realistic yet loving assessment of the other; and a modest, intelligent relationship with one’s own flaws.'
philosophy  psychology  relationships  vulnerability  humility  integrity 
14 days ago
Childhood Emotional Neglect -- How to Spot Childhood Emotional Neglect in a Loved One
'...There is a reason that Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) is so hard to recognize. It dwells in the background – in things not said, and in actions not taken. CEN is not just something, it’s the absence of something which, truth be told, has far more power. -- Living with unknown CEN is like living under a box. It’s a dark cloud hanging over you, weighing you down and holding you back. It saps the joy and energy from your life, and leaves you feeling lost and alone, no matter how many people surround you. Secretly, deep down, you are left to wonder who you are, and if you actually even matter. -- ... #She is always there for you when you need her, but she seldom asks you for anything. Self-contained and independent, she can handle it all herself, and prefers to do so. #Conversations are weighted in your direction. You want to hear more about your person’s life, but your questions for her are typically met with attempts to steer the focus back on you. #Your person is excessively flexible. She expresses few preferences, and often does not seem to know what she wants or likes. #Your person seems to have something like a protective shield around her. Sometimes you want to try harder to connect with her emotionally, but it just feels banned somehow; as if to do so might make her uncomfortable, or drive her further away. #She avoids conversations that involve feelings, and becomes uneasy with any demonstrations of emotion. Tears, anger, hurt, and maybe even joy can seem to make your person acutely uncomfortable. -- If you see elements of these five signs in your friend, family member or spouse, you are in a difficult position. -- Your heart tells you to reach your hand across the chasm, but somehow it feels like your person may not reach back. Perhaps it may even feel somehow wrong to reach out (thanks to Number 4 above). In truth, it probably feels this way because your person has built an invisible wall to protect herself, and that wall stands between the two of you.'
psychology  attachment  neglect  schizoid 
14 days ago
Evolution Counseling -- Emotional Detachment And Control
'...emotional detachment is not a problem with the emotional apparatus as such but rather a problem with feeling ready and able to share the emotional experience with others. Behind those safe walls people with emotional detachment feel very deeply, just like anybody else. They’re able to cry during movies, to feel profoundly affected by nature, to get upset by injustice, etc. Their problem is that they can’t or won’t let anybody else in, they only feel safe experiencing their deep emotions on an island. -- The unspoken, often barely conscious fear is that exposing and sharing the emotional experience would mean outside manipulation would become possible once again, not just manipulation of behavior but at the deeper level manipulation of emotions. And the highest virtue, freedom, would be sacrificed on the altar of control. So these people choose to remain emotionally insulated, to the exasperation of their partners and other intimates in their lives. -- But complaints about the felt lack of emotional connection and empathy fall on deaf ears, they’re rationalized away as nagging or over-emotionality. The true reason for emotional detachment as a life solution is usually unconscious, buried under layers of rationalization. At the conscious level freedom is the virtue, control the vice. Logic the virtue, over-emotionality the vice. With these values in place emotional detachment is seen as a virtue, as the only sane way to be in the world. -- The irony in all of this is that while those with emotional detachment often say they just want to be left alone and that they don’t try to control others neither of these things are true. They’re desperate for real connection, just like all of us. They don’t know how to bridge that gap of existential isolation but this doesn’t mean they don’t want to or don’t try, and the proof is that they don’t remain single all their lives but try their hands at many romantic relationships, which either fail or leave their long-term partners highly unsatisfied. And they are definitely guilt of a high degree of control, or what might be called counter-control. They control the situation by refusing to even engage emotionally, to stonewall any and all attempts by intimates to get past the superficial exterior and to the deeper, threatening emotional material underneath.'
psychology  attachment  schizoid  control  defencemechanisms 
14 days ago
Aeon Videos -- Living with Asperger’s is a delicate balance between external and internal worlds
'Jordan E Kamnitzer works full-time, maintains an apartment in Los Angeles, and has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. His girlfriend, Toni Kent, also lives with several disabilities. While his life is something very close to a ‘normal’, Jordan is also acutely aware of how his condition can be limiting, particularly when it comes to forming and maintaining friendships. Because his internal world can often feel overwhelming and chaotic, he’s developed coping strategies – he finds relief in volunteering at a cat shelter with Toni, and release in playing the piano. Touching and compassionate, the incisive visual storytelling of Perfectly Normal allows Jordan’s candid introspection and deeply reflective outlook to shine through.' -- "It's hard to interact with people. I'd like to get to know people better. I try to listen very hard and try to become interested and gradually be friends. Sometimes it does work but sometimes I know the subject matter is sort of limited with normal individuals. I've had cases where I've felt turned down but silently. I sometimes feel disappointed and hurt and I retreat and go back into my own indifferent world."
psychology  autism  aspergers 
14 days ago
Honey Badger Brigade -- The Feminine Panopticon
'Jeremy Bentham was the founder of Utilitarianism, but he is also known for designing a prison called the Panopticon. In the Panopticon, there was no privacy; every prisoner could be completely observed by the guard placed in the center. Postmodernist philosopher Michel Foucault noted how this lack of privacy, this constant visibility, was critical to social control more broadly. George Orwell’s 1984 picked up on the horrors of the Panopticon before Foucault; telescreens destroyed the privacy of members of the Outer Party and merely the possibility of being under surveillance was enough to regulate behavior. -- The overall principle being highlighted here is that freedom and privacy are inseparable; behavior which is observed by others is behavior that can be policed, controlled, regulated and punished. -- ... -- The Feminine Panopticon is an attitude, found mostly subconsciously in gender-traditional women (including many who like to claim to be against gender-traditionalism but in reality aren’t). This attitude explains, amongst other things, the hostility amongst many women (including but not limited to feminists) to male spaces, to boyfriends having hobbies and wanting ‘guys night outs,’ to ‘man caves,’ to male queerness, and to non-woman-centered discussions of men and masculinity. -- ... From the gender-traditional woman’s perspective, she is entitled to be the beneficiary of male agency. The more agency in her service, the more powerful she feels. Since her “supply” is provided by particular individual providers who may dissociate from her entirely, her sense of power comes not merely from having them give her agency but them placing their entire ability to provide agency at her disposal. In short, her goal is to monopolize the agency of particular agents as much as possible; this ensures a reliable longer-term supply (and also explains the fetishization of commitment that many women engage in). -- And this is where visibility comes in; in order to monopolize a man’s agency one must be able to see what he is doing, i.e. what he is spending his agency on. Every alternative use of agency functions as a competitive threat to the woman or, as a gender-traditional woman would see it, a loss of agency that could’ve been spent on her. As such, her gender role’s conception of power encourages her to keep close watch on men, to be around them, to not let them get away from her; alternative uses of a man’s agency constitute threats to her power, after all. -- Let us look at things which take men out of the line of sight of women; male spaces and subcultures are a big one, and its no surprise that some women attempt to enter said spaces and thus to put men back under female surveillance (often claiming to be doing such in the name of women’s well-being, too). Even in personal, one-on-one relationships we get the phenomenon of wives and girlfriends being hostile towards a husband or boyfriend having his own space; after all if he’s spending too much time in his ‘man cave’ he’s seen as not spending enough time on “us” (a polite euphemism some women use for “me”). Hobbies that take him away from her? The same treatment, and often these hobbies get mocked as “boy’s toys” for “man children.” -- This dynamic emerges at both the collective level and the individual level; male-centric (whether intentional or not) spaces and subcultures become prone to the entry of women who perceive these spaces/subcultures as inherently hostile to women. It may be that gender-traditional women perceive each other as having common interests in securing male agency (studies have documented women as possessing in-group-bias). On an individual level it can be presumed that women would see each other as competing for the same man, but on a group level that would not be an immediate concern. -- ... Obviously, this isn’t a conscious plot enacted by women collectively; merely by teaching women a set of roles which encourage them to see their power as a function of their ability to have men do things for them, women will consequently be inclined towards trying to monopolize men’s agency and thus see alternative uses of that agency as threats to their power. This pattern is systemic and has repeated itself on several occasions. To the extent a woman accepts traditional gender norms she will see men-outside-women’s-sight as inherently threatening; she will be motivated to enter (thus abolish) male spaces (or spaces perceived as such) in order to place men back under women’s supervision and thus regulation. -- This is a clear case of Toxic Femininity. It encourages self-destructive behavior in women (specifically, refusal to cultivate individual agency) and also encourages women to disregard the moral right of men to self-determination.'
men  women  surveillance  panopticon  * 
15 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Did Bernie Sander's Wife Commit Bank Fraud?
'...this type of behavior is to be expected from human r-strategists. They expect free resources, just like we expect air to enter our lungs when we inhale. Free resources are an innate part of the environment they expect, and if they are not immediately forthcoming, taking illegal measures to release them is not seen as immoral or illegal. It is seen as just returning the state of nature to what it was supposed to have been in the first place. If we tried to inhale, and couldn’t, we would immediately figure out why and rectify it. To a rabbit, falsifying a bank form would be seen as the exact same thing. -- To a K-strategist, the shortage that might ensue if they didn’t is just the normal state of affairs, so as a result it is much more tolerable to abide by the rules. I suspect much of criminality is in fact r-strategists just trying to create the world of free resources they are designed to expect.'
rkselectiontheory  entitlement  honour 
15 days ago
YouTube -- Paul Joseph Watson: The Truth About Gender
'Men and women are biologically different. Deal with it.' -- Narcissism is a defense against shame.
biology  feminism  narcissism  unwarrantedselfimportance  delusion 
15 days ago
Infowars -- Rape Legalization Gains Ground Amid Migrant Influx in Europe
'France, Sweden, Germany and other European nations are on a path to legalize rape committed by migrants because it’s “their culture.” -- As shocking as this might seem, a recent number of rapists who avoided severe punishment suggests there’s a precedent already in place to decriminalize rapes by migrants because they don’t “culturally understand” Western rape laws or even the word “no.” -- In short, rapes by migrants are downplayed as “cultural misunderstandings” and thus the victims never receive justice, meaning that “de facto” rape legalization is, for the most part, already in place. -- For example, a German judge recently acquitted a Turkish drug dealer of rape despite believing “every word” of the 23-year-old victim’s accusation because, according to the judge, what the victim “had experienced as rape,” including having her head shoved between two bed posts after she said no, might be “culturally” considered “wild sex” in Turkey. -- “The prosecutor admitted that the acquittal must have been a heavy blow to the victim,” reported the Märkische Allegemeine, translated from German. “On the other hand a conviction was not possible because there was no demonstrated intent of rape [by the accused.]” -- Even more, the Turkish man claimed that because he wouldn’t have committed a rape because he had a mother and a sister. -- “The leftist narrative has indoctrinated German natives so strongly that their inclusive multicultural respect and bureaucratic conformism is even able to warp what is beyond doubt rape into an offensive cultural question, a question both a legal authority and the sexually assaulted woman answered yes to,” remarked Damian Black with Return of Kings. “Nothing was hidden, nothing concealed; all evidence was confirmed and understood, only to be disregarded as an ethnic misunderstanding.”'
europe  conquest  predation  pathologicalaltruism  politicalcorrectness  warbrides 
15 days ago
Breitbart -- Facebook Accused of 'Persecution' After Shutting Down Pages Supporting Muslim Apostates
'...“Ironically, the same social media which empowers religious minorities is susceptible to abuse by religious fundamentalists to enforce what are essentially the equivalent of online blasphemy laws..." -- ... The two pages at the centre of the row were reinstated upon appeal, but Mr Syed believes that Facebook should do more to protect them from malicious attacks. He has called for a “whitelist” of groups vulnerable to attack, and for Facebook users who regularly abuse the reporting function to be penalised. -- Speaking to Heat Street he said: “Many of these groups are not simply pages – they are communities in which atheists who are abandoned by those around them find comfort, support and emergency assistance in case of persecution or abuse. The closure of these groups means the loss of these vital resources for the isolated and vulnerable.”'
internet  retribalization  facebook  religion  illiberalism 
15 days ago
Scott Adams' Blog -- The Comey Firing
'...Democrats and the Opposition Media reflexively oppose almost everything President Trump does. This time he gave them something they wanted, badly, but not for the reason they wanted. That’s a trigger. It forces anti-Trumpers to act angry in public that he did the thing they wanted him to do. And they are. -- Trump cleverly addressed the FBI’s Russian collusion investigation by putting the following line in the Comey firing letter: “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.” -- That one odd sentence caused every media outlet to display the quote and talk about it, over and over. And when you focus on something, no matter the reason, it rises in importance in your mind. President Trump, the Master Persuader, made all of us think about the “not under investigation” part over, and over, and over. -- The trick here is that members of Trump’s campaign might be the ones under investigation, not Trump himself. But that’s where the complexity of this topic is useful to the Master Persuader. The viewing public won’t make that distinction. All they will hear – over and over – is the “not under investigation” part. -- I’ve taught you in this blog that the right amount of “wrong” is what captures our attention and creates a memory. Trump’s odd inclusion of the “not under investigation” line is just wrong enough that we can’t move past it. It is persuasion-perfect. -- ... My favorite part of this firing – from a persuasion perspective – is that it is such a strong move. The pure dominance of the play is what will stick in our minds. This was some ballsy Presidenting. That’s the lasting takeaway. You’ll remember the boldness long after you forget the timing and the details.'
15 days ago
The Onion -- Network Engineer Would Be Systems Manager If He Could Do It All Over Again
'Despite a long and successful career of identifying and solving network-infrastructure-based problems, the 47-year-old told reporters there will always be a little part of him that regrets not having instead followed his youthful ambition of designing technology solutions as a systems manager. -- “If I could tell my younger self one thing, it would be to go with your gut and take a shot with systems management, because if you don’t, you’re always going to wonder what might have been,” said Miller, who by his mid-20s had established himself as a network engineer, passing up the prospect of a more fun and rewarding career as a systems manager. “Who knows where life might have taken me if I hadn’t spent the past two decades devising, configuring, and supporting communications networks? What if, instead, I were managing, planning, and coordinating IT systems?”'
TheOnion  work  absurd  regret  satire 
15 days ago
YouTube -- Yalom's Cure (2014)
'This cinematic feature documentary is more than a classic biography. Yalom takes the audience on an existential journey through the many layers of the human mind while he shares his fundamental insights and wisdom.' -- "The biographies were alphabetized A to Z. And I just started reading all the biographies from A on. And it always filled me with sadness, not having any kind of guidance. There's a sense of taking a lot of pride in the fact that you've been your own creator, you've been your own father, you've been your own mentor. That can give you a lot of satisfaction. On the other hand, there's this longing – and maybe an early life longing – for a mentor or parent who would have guided you and taken you along all this way."
documentaries  philosophy  psychology  psychotherapy  existentialism  fatherhood  IrvinYalom 
22 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: Daddy Issues
"Good daddies allow us to bear the truth that there are, in the end, no daddies."
psychology  parenting  fatherhood  individuation  existentialism  abyss 
22 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- What Do K-stimuli Feel Like?
'...On the one hand, I hate to post this picture. It feels like I am somehow desecrating the dead. On the other hand, this is the most rending of K-stimuli. It is why the media blacks it out. If I had a face that people would innately feel love for, and I ended up like that, I would want people to post the picture. I would want the revolution to begin, and anything that eased the population toward that would be fine by me. -- Unfortunately the revolution will have to wait until there is enough of that on the streets that it can no longer be covered up by a complicit media which doesn’t care about young girls because it has no rearing or protection urges. That is exactly what is coming.'
rkselectiontheory  minitrue  apocalypse 
22 days ago
Scott Adams' Blog -- Pre-Bribing a President
'It is illegal to bribe a president. But it is totally legal to pre-bribe one. Here’s how a pre-bribe works. -- When a president leaves office, you offer the ex-president an enormous speaking fee. Let’s say $400,000. The ex-president does the speech and banks the money. The ex-president has no power at that point, so the speaking fee can’t be seen as a bribe because there is no quid pro quo. -- But what about the president that is in office while this happens? Do you think the current president notices when the the prior president gets a $400,000 payday for an hour of work? It would be hard to miss. -- So let’s say the company that hired the ex-president asks for a meeting with the current president. Do you think the company gets that meeting? And do you think the current president bends over backwards to get them whatever they need? He does if he wants a $400,000 payday after leaving office. That’s a pre-bribe. Totally legal. -- I agree with those who say President Trump hasn’t done enough draining of the swamp. But I do like having a president who could turn down a $400,000 payday without blinking. And that’s not nothing.'
politics  corruption 
22 days ago
Nir & Far -- Tech Companies are Addicting People! But Should They Stop?
'Addictive products always provide the brain with a temporary fix—but the solution creates more of the problem. Repeatedly rooting out the ear canal dries out the skin and can scratch the eardrum, causing inflammation. Inflammation feels a lot like the blockage that incited the ear prodding in the first place. The more you prod, the worse the itch becomes, and the more you scratch. The cycle continues until medical attention is needed. -- This is what I call, the Q-tip Effect: when, in the course of using a product, the perceived solution becomes the source of the problem. -- This itch-scratch cycle isn’t exclusive to products. We see the same pattern with habits like nail biting or face-picking, where irritation exacerbates the underlying problem and prompts more of the self-harming behavior. But there’s something unique and unsettling about addictions to manufactured goods and services. When it comes to addictive products, someone profits from the harm done.' -- It's hard to get enough of something that almost works. ~ Vincent Felitti
psychology  addiction  defencemechanisms 
22 days ago
YouTube -- Renegade Inc: HENRY PRYOR on the UK Housing Crisis
'In this extract from the Renegade Inc. show, Henry Pryor explains why it is so difficult to get politicians to solve the housing crisis.' -- A nation of rent-seekers.
economics  UK  land  landlordism  rentseeking  middleclass  corruption 
22 days ago
Michael Hudson -- Review of Steve Keen’s “Can we void another financial crisis?”
'...mainstream models ignore the overgrowth of debt, as if the economy operates on a barter basis. Keen calls this “the barter illusion,” and reviews his wonderful exchange with Paul Krugman (who plays the role of an intellectual Bambi to Keen’s Godzilla). Krugman insists that banks do not create credit but merely recycle savings – as if they are savings banks, not commercial banks. It is the old logic that debt doesn’t matter because “we” owe the debt to “ourselves.” -- The “We” are the 99%, the “ourselves” are the 1%. Krugman calls them “patient” savers vs “impatient” borrowers, blaming the malstructured economy on personal psychology of indebted victims having to work for a living and spend their working lives paying off the debt needed to obtain debt-leveraged homes of their own, debt-leveraged education and other basic living costs.'
economics  debt  rentseeking  SteveKeen  MichaelHudson 
22 days ago
YouTube -- The Austin Institute: The Economics of Sex
"In the past, it really was the patriarchy that policed women's relational interests – it was women. But this agreement, this unspoken pact to set a high market value of sex has all but vanished. But in a brave new world where having sex no longer means babies and marriage has become optional, the solidarity women once felt toward each other in the mating market has dissolved. Women no longer have each other's backs – on the contrary, they're now each other's competition. And when women compete for men, they tend to do so by appealing to what men want."
rkselectiontheory  decadence  sexuality 
27 days ago
Spiked -- Let’s take the fight to the Brexit-blockers by Brendan O’Neill
'Their slippery rhetoric has been indulged for too long. It’s time for truth. -- ... Let’s be clear: Stopping Brexit means stopping, rolling back, the ideals that underpin the modern era. It means stopping the enactment of the will of the people. It means denying the wishes of the 17.4million who rationally, expectantly voted Leave last year. -- The project to Stop Brexit — or block it or bruise it — is dressed up in so much pseudo-progressive rhetoric that its true, terrifying nature comes to be obscured. Perversely, the Brexit blockers even use the language of democracy in their efforts to stymie the democratic will. ‘Democracy is a very precious thing’, said Miller as she launched her Best for Britain (sic) campaign to fund electoral candidates who will ‘scrutinise’ and ‘speak up’ against Brexit. Under the guise of democracy, the most populous act of democracy in British history is targeted. At a time of such widespread elite doublespeak — where blocking the demos is presented as democracy; where staying in the illiberal EU is referred to as a ‘liberal’ position; where it’s ‘progressive’ to fear the people and their franchise — clarity should be a key aim of all democrats. -- Let’s demystify Stopping Brexit. Let’s give it its real name. ‘We must ensure democracy is not stifled’, says Miller as she launches a campaign to stifle democracy. This is the level of obfuscation, of opaque propaganda, we democrats face in this election. Likewise, Blair talks about creating a new ‘progressive alliance’ to tackle Brexit and insists this is about boosting democracy, through encouraging more scrutiny and debate, not blocking it. Progress, democracy, liberalism — with fantastic cynicism, these positive historic words are used to doll up a campaign that is by any measure anti-progressive, given its support for the byzantine bureaucratic structures of the EU, and which is the opposite of democratic and far from liberal. -- ... A defeat for Brexit would be a defeat for democracy. Stopping Brexit would call into question, and in fact start to unravel, the intellectual, moral and political gains of the movements for greater democracy over the past 200 years. This is why this election matters. Anti-democrats are using it to re-establish their alleged wisdom over our ‘sentiment’, their alleged logic over our ‘excess of sympathy’, and their political authority over our stupidity. It mustn’t stand. A key task in this election is to defeat the anti-democrats wherever they’re standing. Get to work.'
UK  politics  elitism  doublespeak  illiberalism 
27 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Stefan Molyneux On Gun Control
'...This argument is interesting, because it first says to the leftist mind that they support something they oppose. That begins to link their position to the emotions triggered by the idea they oppose, namely owning guns. That will trigger the amygdala which will focus the leftist mind upon it, and the leftist will try to immediately deny it to gain relief. -- The argument then progresses to an airtight case that they do in fact support everything they claim to oppose, cementing the emotional linkage with logic and triggering the amygdala. Leftists do support gun ownership – by the state. That will attach aversive stimulus in the leftist mind to the idea of supporting gun control. Molyneux then subtly out-groups the leftist by portraying government as the enemy of all, and associating the leftist with supporting this out-group. This will slip past right-leaning ideologues, but it hits a leftist right between the eyes. Leftists are extremely conscious of any social association that could lead the conflict with the group. Finally, the end of the argument carries a subtle air of intellectual superiority, over having corrected the leftist’s misperception, as it subtly implies that supporting gun control makes an individual appear stupid. All of that attaches further amygdala activation and aversive stimulus to the concept of being in support of gun control. -- It is an incredibly brilliant argument, only made more so by the fact it seems to flow forth freely, without any need to try and technically assemble it.'
rkselectiontheory  statism  doublethink  exceptionalism  hypocrisy  StefanMolyneux 
27 days ago
The Rational Male -- Submission
'...From a male perspective, and for all of the secular influence of feminism in the church, men in the church have largely become men women simply aren’t comfortable submitting to. Issues of the church aside, women in general are ’empowered’ today to believe they can be self-sufficient and self-satisfied without any male influence. When we combine this ideology of female self-sufficiency with the sad (and ridiculed) state of what passes for masculine identity it’s easy to see that the 80% Beta men in society aren’t men any woman’s hindbrain is going to register as someone she can submit herself to. -- When a woman submits herself to a man it reinforces the idea that her doing so is imparting him with something of value. Very few women can completely submit themselves to a man’s authority. I overheard a conversation between a mother and her adult daughter once. They were discussing the details about how and why she decided to marry her father. The adult daughter was dating and Mom was offering her matronly wisdom. In the course of the conversation it was apparent to me that although she’d been married for almost 25 years Mom was an Alpha Widow. What she said to her daughter was interesting, she said, “I love your Dad very much, but there are parts of me he will never know.” -- What she was saying is that, although her husband was a great guy, he wasn’t the guy who she could totally submit herself to. After 25 years of marriage she knew that he would never be the man to make her feel comfortable in total trust, but also he would never know the sides of her she keeps reserved (usually sexual) because he’s not the kind of man who can bring it out in her. -- Much of the modern divorce-porn (Eat, Pray, Love) narrative centers on exactly this dissatisfaction in women. The hope that’s sold to women is that it’s not too late to divorce your boring husband and fly off to the Bahamas to meet the kind of guy whom she can completely submit herself to. Even if it’s never the case that she takes action on the fantasy the popularity of that fantasy speaks volumes about the state of women and their submitting to men. -- In the manosphere we have a maxim that states women hunger after a dominant masculine man. It’s a Red Pill tenet that it’s exactly this masculine dominance that women want to submit themselves to. It’s a large part of what contributes to the tingle effect of women’s arousal, but masculine, confident dominance also stimulates the desire to submit herself to a man who will know how to take care of her and any potential kids. Just as there are two primary aspects of women’s Hypergamous filter, so too does masculine dominance attract and arouse both the short term sexual and long term provisioning aspects. -- ... There’s been an ongoing debate for years now about how a man earning less than his spouse is a recipe for divorce. Even though women have their provisioning needs met in various ways, the want, the expectation, is that a man’s long-term value is directly connected to his earnings, status and to a lesser degree his education. Since Hypergamy always seeks a better-than arrangement with regards to SMV, a woman’s capacity to submit herself to a man is bound by what she believes is her better-than due. That isn’t to say a man who excels in the Alpha Fucks side of things can’t maintain a woman’s complete submission to him. Good sex is still good sex, and it’s a strong glue for an otherwise imbalanced relationship, but when a woman bemoans the lack of any ‘good’ men to marry her, it’s this expectation by which she judges an acceptable man. Is he someone she can submit to. -- Although the equalist boilerplate would have us believe that house-husbands are sexy and perfectly viable, the stats show that women don’t want to submit themselves to a man who earns less than her, is less educated and whose status is below what she believes her own is. If that sounds like a power struggle you’re not to far off. Equalism teaches women to resist submitting themselves, much less ever doing anything for men. Even the word “submission” sounds like slavery, but in spite of all that there is a root level desire to willingly submit themselves to a worthy man. Romance literature is rife with exactly this submission as its main formula.'
men  women  hypergamy  status  trust  relationships  rkselectiontheory 
27 days ago
YouTube -- Turd Flinging Monkey: MGTOW: r/K Selection and Society
"If you were born with low sexual dismorphism, if you're on the short side, if you're on the weak side, if you're on the dumb side – if you don't have the qualities that a stereotypical man has – the smart money is you're going to be a male feminist, you're going to be favouring feminism and egalitarianism and matriarchal society... You know your best strategy is an r strategy because if you were put in a patriarchal society, you would not thrive... What [rs] want is an egalitarian society; they are anti-feminist only because feminism has moved beyond egalitarianism and is now establishing matriarchy. So they're trying to pull feminism back to an egalitarian society... It not just environment, you can't just change the environment, you can't just introduce competition into a society full of effeminate men and expect them to thrive - they will push back hard against that society. If you're effeminate, you do not want competition – even if you know objectively in the back of your mind that competition is good for the country, the species, or whatever – it's not good for you, it's not going to allow you to pass on your genes and you're going to fight against it. And, unfortunately, in a democratic society with universal suffrage, the rs absolutely outnumber the Ks; I have no illusions that any of this is going to change by reforming any kind of system or passing any law; there's nothing Ks can do other than survive and endure and rebuild."
rkselectiontheory  ideology  faggotry  feminism  gynocentrism  collectivism  individualism 
27 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Antifa Symbol Traces To 1930s German Communist Organization?
'It is funny to me how these characters recognize each other on a deep primal level. They don’t want freedom, and actually hate those who do. Check out the “We Will Tread” flag for sale at this antifa site: ... -- We will tread on your freedom. Not by ourselves, mind you. But we will create a government that will oppress you for us. -- Even the name’s root, “Anti,” isn’t about doing, or creating, or positivity. It is filled with a connotation of negativity, destroying, and being against, and I will bet that such a connotation only ads to its allure to r-strategists, due to their pervasive hatred and envy. They never create greatness or focus on their own lives, they just bitch and hate.'
rkselectiontheory  envy  ideology  marxism  illiberalism 
27 days ago
YouTube -- Paul Joseph Watson: THE 'OK' HAND SIGN IS RACIST!
'Doing the OK hand sign now means you're a neo-nazi, according to idiots.' -- "Not all people who have a different opinion from you are white supremacists. Have you grasped that yet?"
illiberalism  minitrue  forcedmemes  threatnarrative  hysteria 
27 days ago
The future of the open internet — and our way of life — is in your hands by Quincy Larson
'The war for the open internet is the defining issue of our time. It’s a scramble for control of the very fabric of human communication. And human communication is all that separates us from the utopia that thousands of generations of our ancestors slowly marched us toward — or the Orwellian, Huxleyan, Kafkaesque dystopia that a locked-down internet would make possible. -- By the end of this article, you’ll understand what’s happening, the market forces that are driving this, and how you can help stop it. We’ll talk about the brazen monopolies who maneuver to lock down the internet, the scrappy idealists who fight to keep it open, and the vast majority of people who are completely oblivious to this battle for the future.' -- New landlords same as the old landlords
history  media  internet  hackersvsvectoralists  chokepoints  landlordism 
28 days ago
Evolution Counseling -- Loving Acceptance From The Existential Point Of View
'...In the existential therapeutic situation the goal is not to try to force people to adjust to a new life ethic but rather to help them clear out the various blockages that have been keeping them from becoming who they really are, from finding and accessing their growth potential, from deciding upon their own life ethics through their use of reason and critical thinking rather than continuing to rely on an unconscious life ethic that was spoon fed to them from a very early age by various authority figures before they had any capacity whatsoever for critical thinking. -- Where loving acceptance comes into all of this is that only when we accept people for who and what they are right now, while certain of their potential to grow and overcome their dysfunction, can we help create the proper conditions for change. Carl Rogers said it best when he wrote, “When I accept myself as I am, then I can change.” -- ... When we believe that the capacity for change exists within all of us we can accept people as they are, and like we said this loving acceptance doesn’t condone dysfunction but rather disowns it since the authentic people underneath need their various psychological blockages cleared out before they can manifest themselves. People transcend their dysfunction through greater insight but they’re only amenable to this insight when they sense love and acceptance behind it.'
psychology  psychotherapy  existentialism  possibilityspace  love 
29 days ago
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