This article nails it down pretty down. The main thing I would add is the left’s embrace of scientism (“science” is not merely a process capable of generating error like anything else but the modern version of a papal bull) and therapeutism (“health” is the highest value and it is the responsibility of the state to make everyone healthy) plays a major role in what the author is describing.
By Paul Cudenec
Sometimes secondhand books can come into our possession in ways that make it quite clear they need us to read them. Such was the case with Le fascisme italien by Pierre Milza and Serge Berstein, (1) which reached me by means of a random sequence of events including a friend moving flat, an unexpected traffic jam and a small public park on the outskirts of Paris. It did not disappoint and, as I am about to explain in more detail, helped me to see a number of crucial issues more clearly.
Caleb Maupin on the rising ruling class that is becoming dominant among the US power elite.
A pretty good discussion of automation is included in this.
Founder of Humanity Forward, Andrew Yang, reacts to the results of the 2020 election. He also discusses his hope for the future of UBI.
In May of 2019, SpaceX began launching its Starlink constellation with the launch of its first 60 satellites. To date, the company has launched over 800 satellites and (as of this summer) is producing them at a rate of about 120 a month. By late 2021 or 2022, Elon Musk hopes to have a constellation of 1,440 satellites providing near-global service and perhaps as many as 42,000 providing internet to the entire planet before the decade is out.
As of November 2020, SpaceX has invited participants to take part in a public beta test called “Better Than Nothing.” The service, aptly named, is providing users with a modest rate of between 50 to 150 megabits per second, a far cry from the gigabit download speeds at low latency they hope to offer. But perhaps more interesting is the small item in the terms of service, where participants must acknowledge that Mars is a “free planet.”
This item was spotted by Twitter account “WholeMarsBlog” (which has since been deactivated), and later confirmed Reddit-user “Smoke-Away.” On a message board posted to Starlink’s official Reddit account (on Wednesday, Oct. 28th), they attached the full terms of service document that users must sign to become involved in the “Better than Nothing” beta test.
By Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society
Today (Oct. 28) Rachel McKinney, a friend who works as professor of philosophy, complained on Twitter that she was trying to create a midterm exam and “blackboard is complete fucking garbage. No intuitive way to break up questions into sections, can’t give instructions for specific sections, can’t modulate to require answers for e.g. 10 of 15 questions that students can choose.” Just as I suspected, she explained when asked that the choice of software was involuntary: “the three big ones are Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle — ‘learning management software.’ Institutions choose one and then all instructors have to use it. Blackboard is the oldest and clunkiest and by far the worst.”
This is exactly like the charting software we used at the hospital where I used to work. Software is produced by a stovepiped corporate development bureaucracy, for sale to another corporate bureaucracy, for mandatory use by a captive clientele of employees — all with zero user feedback at any point in the process.
The only good laws are those which repeal other laws or place restrictions on the power of institutional authority. As an anarchist, I’ve often been asked if I think there is any such thing as a “good law.” I’m always like, “Yeah, sure, Bill of Rights, 13th Amendment, exclusionary rule, case law like Mapp, Gideon, Miranda, 21st Amendment…”
Controlling the power of technology, and those who possess it, is just as important as controlling the power of the state. Traditional civil libertarianism has mostly been about curbing the power of the political government, the military, and organized religion. But corporations, banks, technology, media, and universities all parts of modern state systems.
The wrong side won.
By Nicholas Longrich, The Conservation
Around 600,000 years ago, humanity split in two. One group stayed in Africa, evolving into us. The other struck out overland, into Asia, then Europe, becoming Homo neanderthalensis – the Neanderthals. They weren’t our ancestors, but a sister species, evolving in parallel.
Neanderthals fascinate us because of what they tell us about ourselves – who we were, and who we might have become. It’s tempting to see them in idyllic terms, living peacefully with nature and each other, like Adam and Eve in the Garden.
If so, maybe humanity’s ills – especially our territoriality, violence, wars – aren’t innate, but modern inventions.
Todd Lewis is joined by Keith Preston, Swithun Dobson, and Terminal Philosophy to discuss the issue of tech censorship coming from major tech companies and the threat is poses to public discourse and why the left is singularly silent on this issue.
“Rocket engines burning fuel so fast…”
If space colonization became as possible as earthly migration, it seems it would be the final death of the state with an infinite wide open frontier in which perpetual escape from the state was possible.
Anthony Cuthbertson, Independent
SpaceX will not recognise international law on Mars, according to the Terms of Service of its Starlink internet project. Elon Musk’s space company will instead reportedly adhere to a set of “self-governing principles” that will be defined at the time of Martian settlement. Musk revealed plans to create a self-sustaining city on Mars last week, though no timeframe is yet to be put in place for its development. Any future colony created by SpaceX would likely use constellations of Starlink satellites orbiting the planet to provide internet connection to people and machines on the surface.
More than 800 of the internet satellites have already been launched into orbit around Earth, with tens of thousands more planned in the coming years. A Starlink app launched in certain regions this week, following a successful beta test of the network’s capabilities in parts of the US and Canada. Users noted that the terms of service within the app state that Starlink services provided to Earth or Moon will be governed in accordance with the laws of the State of California. Beyond our planet and its satellite, however, the laws and regulations by which it will abide are less clear.
“For services provided on Mars, or in transit to Mars via Starship or other colonisation spacecraft, the parties recognise Mars as a free planet and that no Earth-based government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities,” the governing law section states. “Accordingly, disputes will be settled through self-governing principles, established in good faith, at the time of Martian settlement.”
The techno-oligarchs vs the Senatards in an ultimate heel vs. heel match.
The peasants are getting fat, and they are breeding!
What is “the Great Reset”?
The Great Reset is a massively funded, desperately ambitious, internationally coordinated project led by some of the biggest multinational corporations and financial players on the planet and carried out by cooperating state bodies and NGOs. Its soul is a combination of early 20th century science fiction, idyllic Soviet posters, the obsessiveness of a deranged accountant with a gambling addiction—and an upgraded, digital version of “Manifest Destiny.”
The mathematical reason for the Great Reset is that thanks to technology, the planet has gotten small, and the infinite expansion economic model is bust—but obviously, the super wealthy want to continue staying super wealthy, and so they need a miracle, another bubble, plus a surgically precise system for managing what they perceive as “their limited resources.” Thus, they desperately want a bubble providing new growth out of thin air—literally—while simultaneously they seek to tighten the peasants’ belts, an effort that starts with “behavioral modification,” a.k.a. resetting the western peasants’ sense of entitlement to high life standards and liberties (see awful “privilege”).
The psychological reason for the Great Reset is the fear of losing control of property, the planet. I suppose, if you own billions and move trillions, your perception of reality gets funky, and everything down below looks like an ant hill that exists for you. Just ants and numbers, your assets.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti weigh in on testimony by Facebook, Google, and Twitter’s CEO’s about their content policies.