Mad Online; Or, The Enemy of My Enemy - Areo
"He wants to be the person who is against the people who are against the people who are against the people who are against good things."
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april 2018
Mad Online; Or, The Enemy of My Enemy - Areo
"A chapter about a pundit in a whole book about pundits criticizes pundits for talking about a pundit."
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april 2018
The Death of Interchange: A conservative critique of Radical Gurus
"Social rules *are* oppressive. All social structures are an evolved, negotiated compromise developed over time between sets of conflicting interests. They prevent some people from getting what they want or getting what is best for them. In exchange, these limits on individual behavior hopefully enable a society to achieve some larger social good.

Wisdom lies in finding good trade-offs between individual oppression and social good. Existing social structures should be challenged. We are free, each generation, to renegotiate them to better serve us."
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april 2018
A Taylorism For All Seasons
"You genuinely did teach kids how the world works, the world just doesn’t work very well. What did they learn? How to get the trappings of power without power. What else? How to defend against themselves. Is there more? Yeah, you combined radical politics and psychology, handing all power over to whoever can best persuade you that the problem isn’t you."
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april 2018
A Taylorism For All Seasons
"When the university becomes a commodity (admittedly, an important one for signalling), then you do exactly what any good company would: you meet the demands of the consumer, and the consumer doesn’t want to fail."
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april 2018
A Taylorism For All Seasons
"The only way to learn “who you are” is to find boundaries – between the self and others, the self and the outside world, the self and the object."
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april 2018
A Taylorism For All Seasons
"Your appearance – your mask, your social role – comes to stand in for you, and the previous defenses are no longer available."
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april 2018
A Taylorism For All Seasons
"Explicit hierarchy (assigned masks, i.e. nobility by birth) is not better, and I personally dislike it, but don’t assume hierarchy evaporates without its explication."
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april 2018
Scraps 3: Hoffer and Performance Art
"It’s immaterial whether a movement is trying to achieve its goals. It’s not in competition with political forces – it’s in competition with other mass movements. And mass movements don’t grow from victory, they grow from frustration."
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april 2018
War Nerd: Ben Grierson, Actual Hero - By Gary Brecher - The eXiled
"It’s kind of a constant: Over and over, in the worst place, you can count on the Quakers. Too bad they’ve disappeared. On second thought, that’s probably WHY they disappeared."
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april 2018
George Orwell - The Road to Wigan Pier - Chapter 6
"First you condemn a family to
live on thirty shillings a week, and then you have the damned impertinence
to tell them how they are to spend their money. He was quite right--I
agree heartily. Yet all the same it is a pity that, merely for the lack of
a proper tradition, people should pour muck like tinned milk down their
throats and not even know that it is inferior to the product of the cow."
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april 2018
On the past, present, and future of COBOL – Increment: Programming Languages
Before the term “ information technology” existed to label the field, learning COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) was the only sure way to ensure a…
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april 2018
The Mad Dash to Buy Vintage Clothes on Instagram
The moment Dee Ibrahim checked the alert on her mobile phone, she knew she had to buy that pink blazer. Ibrahim coveted the $50 jacket just listed by a vintage…
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april 2018
The Categories Were Made for Man to Make Predictions - The Scintillating But Ultimately Untrue Thought
by in commentary tagged epistemology, Scott Alexander, sex differences, two-type taxonomy, whale metaphors I said, "The truth is whatever you can get away…
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april 2018
Fake it till you make it: meet the wolves of Instagram
T he original Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, was a rogue trader convicted of fraudulently selling worthless penny stocks to naive investors. His biopic,…
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april 2018
How Wharton Launched Warby Parker--and Dozens of Other Companies Just Like It
James McKean wants to revolutionize the manual tooth­brush. It's January 2018. The 31-year-old MBA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School…
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april 2018
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