Absolutism and Localism

Absolutism is the idea that conflict is bad, that conflict is reliably caused by division of power, therefore division of power is bad, therefore decisive power »

The Dodd Report and Interview

One of the more interesting documents I have come across recently is the 1982 Interview of Norman Dodd by Edward Griffin, where Dodd goes into his »

The Overton Bubble

The Overton Window and Political Control The Overton Window is a concept in political sociology referring to the range of acceptable opinions that can be held »

Three Types of Property

The other day I was trying to break down some of our theories of power interactions within empires to simpler and more mechanical dynamics that would »

The Law of the Jungle

Rudyard Kipling writes, in the second jungle book: Just to give you an idea of the immense variety of the Jungle Law, I have translated into »

Rules for Brotherhood

Men and women are different. These differences are significant to the function of social groups. There are many examples of social groups, especially in politics and »

Bad Government

In the West in the 21st century, things basically work and we have it pretty good. We are for the most part basically good people, fed, »

Godel vs The Human Brain

[This occasionally comes up, so I thought I'd explain it, but it's not particularly important.] Much woo has been spilled over Godel's incompleteness theorem. Playing a »

The Perils of Data Optimism

In one graph: The world is getting better every year, they tell us. Fewer people dying in war, poverty lifting, education increasing, and most importantly, monotonic »

Postrationalism

"Postrationalism" is our reaction against some of the silliness of modern conceptions of "rationality", while keeping the strong emphasis on correct thinking, skeptical evidence-based inquiry, and »

Levels of Agency in Society

If we speak in broad strokes and ignore fuzzy edge cases, we can divide people into three different levels of social agency throughout history and across »

Fear of a Black Planet

These are the official population projections. My understanding of Africa is not great, but I don't think they're going to get away with this without running »

Passivism and The Procedure

In his "Gentle Introduction, Part 9a", Mencius Moldbug introduces a neat little political methodology he calls "Passivism", and a Procedure to replace the current political machinery, »

The Ladder

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's work is excellent. There's one poem of his, "The Ladder of St. Augustine", that I find particularly compelling: Saint Augustine! well hast thou »

Why We Even Lift

No man has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old »