Life is like a poker game and any time you look around the table and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you.Paul Newman

  1. IDEAS PARSED THROUGH BULLSHIT SPIGOT FILTER
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    2. The only thing that matters in the ongoing relationship of the citizen and the government is law. The government have a monopoly on violence. Legislation as it is created, deleted, or amended is the only meaningful debate.
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    4. We is an evil pronoun if “we” includes strangers. Not because strangers are better or worse but because you don’t know them; and only when you know them personally, intimately, can you speak about them or for them?
  1. Rhetoric is bullshit. Fine words, however well-spoken, are worthless.
    • Tribalism is bullshit.
    • Symbols are a fascist shorthand.
  2. Opinion is not proof. Opinion about fact is Bullshit Spigot.
    • Opinion points the way to evidence.
    • Expert opinion points the way to better evidence less time to assess.
    • Evidence is the only currency of proof. All else is Bullshit Spigot: gossip, rhetoric, media, propaganda, snake oil selling, lies, misinformation repeated, etc.
  3. Voters must hold the government to account for not holding corporations accountable.
    • Profit made from strangers risks corruption unless there’s personal accountability to the source of the profit, i.e. you.
    • Corporations are not accountable but must hunt profit with every human ingenuity, from any exploitable source.
    • Public corporations are accountable only to profit, which makes corruption inevitable.
    • Government is the only regulator on corruption but rarely acts because it is mostly never held to account.
  4. If it’s not legally binding, it’s not worth anything.
    • Politicians and other public-facing professionals know this.
    • Because they know this, expect any non-binding promise to be a smokescreen unless it includes the binding details and commits to a reasonable timeframe.
  5. Compelling the conformity of strangers – when the behaviour does no direct harm to you – is fascism.
    • Doesn’t matter if the compelled conformity is forcing religious dogma (anti-abortion) or ideology (woke identity politics); it’s two cheeks of the same fascist butt.
    • Virtue signaling is a lie.
    • Virtue signaling is virtue without risk.
    • Virtue signallers are usually corrupt.
    • Examples:
      • BLM by rich corporations
      • MeToo by network executives
      • Green New Deal by college students or Presidents who’re not legislating environmental solutions
      • Climate Change Policy by corporations profiting from biomass when it’s just burning trees instead of coal
      • Virtue signaling is an implicit submission to power.
      • Identity politics and religious fundamentalism are covers for compelled conformity, and therefore ciphers for fascism.
      • Fascism is a dog-eat-dog world where dogs divided by breed compete ruthlessly for dominance.
      • In the fascist worldview:
        • Mercy is weakness
        • Forgiveness is a weakness
        • Different breeds are Untermensch
        • Untermensch individuals don’t matter
        • Ingroup individuals are kin by dint of being the same breed
        • Cross-breeding is an anathema
      • Untermensch must be subordinated to serve the rules as defined by the most powerful breed.
      • Most fascism comes from a legitimate struggle that starts “punching up” but gets poisoned by ambition, weaponized by sociopaths, corrupted in pursuit of power e.g. starving Germans in the 1930s, systemically abused Americans of color, Russian proletariat ground down by decades of totalitarian communism, women subjected to never-ending misogyny, etc.
  6. Resist the Bullshit Spigot at all times. Never drink without a proven filter. No filter? Don’t drink. It’s sewage.
    • The news media business is about profit and power. Their rofit comes from clickbait. Power comes from political orthodoxy.
    • Corporate news media is not a trustworthy source.
    • The main political function of all media is smokescreen and conditioning.
    • Smokescreen aims to distract from reality, which may compromise to allied power, or may fuel demands for real-world accountability on real-world acts. It distracts through gossip and manufactured fear/outrage interlarded with pro-narrative catharsis.
    • Conditioning aims to define the orthodoxy to the citizens so the terms of the conversation. The rules of team-purity tests are known to all.
    • Ideological news media is not a trustworthy source.
  7. Expertise means distilled experience, time devoted to analysis so you don’t have to; but could, given through time.
    • Professionalism rituals and qualifications, obstacles that ringfence careers that don’t deal with objective knowledge research or everyman data analysis are a sign of entrenched wealth, power and corruption.
    • Don’t trust the jobs that hide behind a career where progress isn’t defined by objective knowledge.
    • Anyone can be President. Not everyone can teach advanced astrophysics.
  8. The most damaging (and, ironically, the most helpful) conditioning is unconscious.
    • Unconscious conditioning uses animal brain training.
    • It’s benign when it’s you training yourself in good fitness habits.
    • It’s harmful when it’s you training yourself to be sexually dysfunctional by watching too much porn.
    • Conscious conditioning is higher learning. It’s more difficult when there’s no deeper motivation.
  9. Social media is evil because it’s weaponizing the brain’s natural social E.S.P. to train higher function media messaging.
    • It’s unconscious conditioning without a stake in the user’s self-improvement.
    • All its resources devoted to prolonging the time spent attached to the conditioning. This dynamic is easy to abuse. It’s abused across the board.
    • The simpatico techniques drive extremism and fundamentalism.
    • By dint of being unconscious, they’re incompatible with nuance, context, or anything else that requires conscious thought – as it distracts from the path of least resistance between unconscious stimuli and the animal brain reward system.
  10. In a system with a billion or even millions of organic components – like a country’s population or demographic – it’ll be possible to find outrageous examples of anything. Don’t let this abuse of scale and human instinct manipulate your perceptions of a thing.
    • Media uses this cheap tactic all the time, for clickbait and to play with the emotions of the mob. Example: mis-characterizing a protest movement to publicly discredit it and make it an object of fear, like “Black Lives Matter Thugs Riot and Loot” based on photo-reporting a couple of violent actors to headline an otherwise non-violent protest of 100,000 citizens trying to draw attention to genuine grievances.
“For The Fallen”

BULLSHIT

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    1619 PROJECT

    In August 2019, the New York Times launched The 1619 Project on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Jamestown. Its stated goal was “to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” It's a revisionist project, politically motivated as part of the American "Business Left" use of identity politics to obfuscate socialist programs like universal healthcare. The 1619 Project argues that America was founded upon slavery and that white supremacy defines every aspect of American public life today.

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    Rational Irrationality

    Rational irrationality describes a situation in which it is instrumentally rational for an actor to be epistemically irrational. Attempts to explain why voters often vote against their own best interests.

KEYNOTE WORKS

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    MYTH OF THE RATIONAL VOTER

    The Myth of the Rational Voter (Bryan Caplan, 2007) contends that voters are irrational in the political sphere and have systematically biased ideas concerning economics.

IDEOLOGIES

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    HEGELIAN

    Per the philosophy of G. W. F. Hegel - "the rational alone is real" - all reality is capable of being expressed in rational categories. His goal was to reduce reality to a more synthetic unity within the system of absolute idealism.

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    Lacanian

    School of psychology and philosophy that's developed out of the Lacan's "The Imaginary, the Symbolic and the Real (RSI)" as the basis of the human psyche. Evolution on Freud.

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    Public Choice Theory

    Individuals are the common decision unit. No decisions are made by an aggregate whole. Decisions are made by the combined organic choices of the individuals. Market economic theory is the central component of the political system, which means self-interested nature of individuals and power dynamics of interest groups are the engines of governance.

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    Rational Irrationality

    Rational irrationality describes a situation in which it is instrumentally rational for an actor to be epistemically irrational. Attempts to explain why voters often vote against their own best interests.

PERSONAE

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    Noam Chomsky

    Linguist, analytic philosopher, cognitive scientist. Emeritus professor at MIT. Author of 100+ books including seminal Manufacturing Consent (1988), Requiem for the American Dream (2017), etc.

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    Slavoj Zizek

    Slovenian philosopher, analytic sociology, ideological fantasy, dialectical materialism. Author of The Suyblime Object of Ideology (1989). Hegelian. Lacanian. "The Elvis of cultural theory"

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    Bryan Caplan

    American professor of economics at George Mason University, also adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Caplan is an "economic libertarian" with key work on public choice theory.

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    Vivek Chibber

    NYU Sociology Professor (1999-) and analytical Marxist social theorist. Author of Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital (Verso, 2013). Editor of Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy with Robert Brenner.

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    NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES

    American left-establishment New York Times journalist known for her coverage of civil rights and latterly The 1619 Project to revise American history on behalf of the "Business Left" Democratic Party agenda.

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    FRED HAMPTON

    Fredrick Allen Hampton (Aug 30th 1948 – Dec 4th 1969) was a black activist and revolutionary socialist. He was chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP) in Chicago, and deputy chairman of the national BPP. Hampton founded the Rainbow Coalition, a prominent multicultural political organization that initially included the Black Panthers, Young Patriots, and the Young Lords, and an alliance among major Chicago street gangs to help them end infighting and work for social change. The success of his unity message was cut short by assassination, age 21, by the powers his movement threatened to oppose.

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    CHRIS HEDGES

    Christopher Hedges (born Sept 18th 1956) is an American academic journalist, anti-establishment author and public speaker. His books include Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009); Death of the Liberal Class (2010); Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015); and his most recent, America: The Farewell Tour (2018). See also Obey, a documentary by British filmmaker Temujin Doran, based on Death of the Liberal Class. Hedges is a key voice in the American class struggle.

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    ERIC WEINSTEIN

    Eric Weinstein is an American mathematician, financial manager and social commentator. Weinstein is managing director of Thiel Capital. He hosts a popular podcast The Portal, bringing together scientists, thinkers, popular cultural figures. Weinstein is a somewhat mercurial figure in the Christopher Hitchens mould.

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    MURRAY BOOKCHIN

    Murray Bookchin (January 14, 1921 – July 30, 2006) was an American environmentalist, anarchist, libertarian-socialist, union organizer, and educator. Pioneer of social ecology. Prominent anti-capitalist and advocate of social decentralization along ecological and democratic lines. Influence on the New LeftOccupy Wall Street, and more recently, the democratic confederalism of Rojava.

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    MURRAY ROTHBARD

    Rothbard (March 2, 1926 – Jan 7, 1995) was an American heterodox economist of the Austrian School. Leading theoretician of anarcho-capitalism, central figure in the 20th-century American libertarian movement. Believed all services provided by the "monopoly system of the corporate state" could be more efficiently private sector and the state is "the organization of robbery systematized and writ large".

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    JULIAN JAYNES

    American psychologist (1920-1997). Bicameral mind. Consciousness arose only around 2000BC as brain hemispheres had previously been separated into voice of God communicating via auditory hallucinations to the other hemisphere, which did the doing (or not).


GOOD POINTS

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    CONSUMING CONFIRMATION

    "Because advertising is only a tiny fraction informative and is mostly manipulative, the ideal consumer has to be in an unconscious autopilot phase, in order for adverts to cause them to buy a car they wouldn't have otherwise bought or buy different deodorant than they'd otherwise buy. And so... in order to be useful to advertisers, we have to be unconscious. And the only way to keep us unconscious is not to challenge us. Basically, to tell us what we think we already know, rather than what we need to know..."

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    VIOLENT GROUPTHINK

    "The forces at work making consumers passive unconscious and receptive are dumbing down mainstream society in brand-loyalty echo chambers. Cognitive bias grows more extreme, more blind to anything but the unchallenging orthodoxy. It is less challenging to be actively doing violence as part of a mob - even if it's a groupthink in your own mind - than to confront a thought-provoking contradiction."

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    OSTROM'S LAW

    Ostrom's law is an adage that represents how Elinor Ostrom's works in economics challenge previous theoretical frameworks and assumptions about property, especially the commons. Ostrom's detailed analyses of functional examples of the commons create an alternative view of the arrangement of resources that are both practically and theoretically possible. This eponymous law is stated succinctly by Lee Anne Fennell as:

    A resource arrangement that works in practice can work in theory