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Calvin, Prophet of Anarcho-Tyranny

April 01st, 2015 by G.

Calvinball doesn’t suffer from to few rules.  It has too many.

Beyond a certain point, more rules means less order.

Calvinball, anarcho-tyranny, and Tainter’s Complexity-Collapse thesis are all kissing cousins.

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April 01st, 2015 07:40:48

That Which I Would Do, I Do not.

March 29th, 2015 by G.

Our souls peep-out through a personality and set of abilities and habits which are, to some extent, arbitrary and alien – and what this superficial self wants and what it does can be (and can become) very different indeed from what the innermost soul aspires to.

-thus Bruce Charlton

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March 29th, 2015 07:04:01

A Measured Take on Game

March 26th, 2015 by G.

There is no real defense of “pick-up artistry” from the standpoint of someone who takes the idea of community, much less the idea of morality, seriously. Trawling bars and nightclubs, plying young women with “cold openers” and drinks, securing one night stands and upping your “notch count”—these are empty and hedonistic pursuits. They’re disfiguring to the souls of everyone involved.

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Even in the crassest forums of the PUAs you can occasionally see glimpses of impulses worth salvaging, worth encouraging even. There are people attracted to “game” simply because they are tired of being sadsack losers who have no control over their own fortunes, romantic or otherwise. You have young men groping for some sense of personal agency, of personal efficacy. That’s not an unworthy gesture.

-thus John Glanton

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March 26th, 2015 12:18:52

Mercy and Misery

March 16th, 2015 by G.

Divine mercy is often a case of making the unbearable just bearable.

-Vader

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March 16th, 2015 12:57:48

Good Deeds Pierce the Veil

March 07th, 2015 by G.

It is night.  You are laying in bed.  The rising moon makes your curtains glow with a faint luminance.  Your mind and body are at rest.  You hear your wife breath in slow rhythm.  You think she is asleep. (more…)

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March 07th, 2015 09:18:01

Lileks on social media

February 23rd, 2015 by Vader

Anyway: it worries me a little that “blogs are dying,” because if so we lose the idea of a place where people speak their piece, as oppose to speak in pieces.

While most blogs weren’t deathless examples of great writing, there was the opportunity for individualism, and you don’t get that from a Pinterest page. You don’t get it from a feed of things snipped and reblogged and pinned and shoveled into The Feed. The web turns into bushels of confetti shoveled into a jet engine, and while something does emerge out the other end, it’s usually made impressive by its velocity and volume, not the shape it makes.

–James Lileks

This makes me think of what Jaron Lanier described as the hive mind.

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February 23rd, 2015 10:17:37

All Fail, Some Succeed

February 19th, 2015 by G.

The basic problem with all mortal lives is death – and that is why from a purely mortal perspective all lives must be seen as a failure.

Some lives are a success when considered from the context of eternity.

-thus Bruce Charlton.  If you limit yourself to only one internet read this week, make it the essay I pulled that from.  It captures the mix in life: how sometimes we seem to be living in the middle of light, and sometimes it all seems like dirt and unhappiness.

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February 19th, 2015 12:11:15

The problem with ceasefires

February 19th, 2015 by Vader

We cease, they fire.

–Bernard Lewis

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February 19th, 2015 11:20:28

Fallen Creation

February 18th, 2015 by G.

Nature is a divine revelation for which we only have a corrupted text.

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February 18th, 2015 12:50:58

Failure is Inevitable

February 17th, 2015 by G.

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February 17th, 2015 16:51:25

Misunderstanding Lord Acton

January 26th, 2015 by Vader

There’s power in numbers and power corrupts. We tend to forget that when Lord Acton coined the phrase “power corrupts,” he was not referring to the corruption of the powerful, he was talking about the corruption of people — specifically historians — who write about the powerful. Just look at how many people make allowances for the Kennedys they’d never make for their neighbors or employees. By any objective standard of morality, JFK and Teddy were scummy dudes. But countless liberal writers give them pass because . . . Camelot! Or something.

–Jonah Goldberg

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January 26th, 2015 12:20:43

Communities

January 26th, 2015 by Vader

Real communities involve extended networks of trust and goodwill. Fake communities have regulations, fees, subsidies, and checklists.

– Jonah Goldberg

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January 26th, 2015 12:10:29

Contextual Idiocy

January 23rd, 2015 by Vader

The IQ of public officials of all persuasions always rises when they speak in private.

— Richard A. Epstein, The Classical Liberal Constitution

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January 23rd, 2015 11:02:07

Three-Word Theodicy

January 19th, 2015 by G.

(Meaningful) Choice + Love = Suffering

(The words in parentheses don’t count)

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January 19th, 2015 08:06:22

Real Leadership

January 05th, 2015 by G.

From Bruce Charlton

Real leadership is difficult, because what needs to be done is often obvious; and the reason that has not been done is because of the obstacles which stand in the path

The obstacles are usually just as obvious.  Result: decadence, as defined by Barzun.

Bad leadership sometimes arises when someone sees what needs to happen clearly but doesn’t see the equally obvious obstacles very well.

 

 

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January 05th, 2015 09:35:40