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Friday, September 20, 2013

De-twitterized Privacy Treatise

Considerable parsing of my "Twitterized Privacy Treatise" in an exchange with @MikeAnissimov has happened in its Moot.


jimf said...

Do you remember the days when Michael Anissimov objected to
your criticism of the right-wing tendencies of >Hism by
protesting that he'd been raised as a genu-wine
San Francisco Bay democrat?

Now look where he's ended up:
It grew out of the correspondences among like minded people in late 2012
who first began their journey studying the findings of modern cognitive science
on the failings of human reasoning and ended it reading serious 19th century
gentlemen denouncing democracy.
Reaction as a Return to Natural Order
Posted on June 10, 2013 by Michael Anissimov

From Julius Evola, Men Among the Ruins (1953):

"What is the Right expected to do? While activists of the Left
are 'acting' and carrying forward the process of world subversion,
is a conservative supposed to refrain from reacting and rather
to look on, cheer them on, and even help them along the way? . . ."

Evola said, “My principles are only those that, before the
French Revolution, every well-born person considered sane and normal.”
These are principles not only accepted before the French Revolution,
but over a hundred years after it across large swaths of central
Europe, particularly Austria, Hungary, and Germany. Observe that
over the 47 years it existed, from 1871-1918, the German Empire
received more Nobel Prizes in science than Britain, France, Russia,
and the United States combined. So, the predominance and success
of a largely traditional government based on hierarchy and order
was clearly evident as recently as 95 years ago. . .

The Reaction is not primarily about opposing anything, but
offering positive principles for stability and civilizational
success — governments based on values, not just money; traditional
principles of hierarchy and authority, which foster order;
a long-term view based on inter-generational nobility rather than
four-year election cycles, and so on. Leaders that lead, instead
of simply following popular opinion. The whole idea is remarkably
simple, and stood on its own for thousands of years without being
contrasted with anything else except chaos and anarchy. Reaction
stands alone, because it is based on what comes naturally. . .

Love the picture: Lord and Lady Muckety-muck of the Future
gazing at starships in the sky. Looks like an illustration
for H. Beam Piper's _Space Viking_. Oh, of course --
it's supposed to be _Dune_:
(Lord M. has a nice ass, though!)

Are we surprised?

jimf said...

> Are we surprised?
Space Seed
Stardate: 3141.9
Original Airdate: Feb 16, 1967

[Officer's mess]

(After dinner, as liqueurs are being served.)

KIRK: Forgive my curiosity, Mister Khan, but my officers are anxious
to know more about your extraordinary journey.

SPOCK: And how you managed to keep it out of the history books.

KHAN: Adventure, Captain. Adventure. There was little else left on Earth.

SPOCK: There was the war to end tyranny. Many considered that a noble effort.

KHAN: Tyranny, sir? Or an attempt to unify humanity?

SPOCK: Unify, sir? Like a team of animals under one whip?

KHAN: I know something of those years. Remember, it was a time of
great dreams, of great aspiration.

SPOCK: Under dozens of petty dictatorships.

KHAN: One man would have ruled eventually. As Rome under Caesar.
Think of its accomplishments.

SPOCK: Then your sympathies were with. . .

KHAN: You are an excellent tactician, Captain. You let your
second in command attack while you sit and watch for weakness.

KIRK: You have a tendency to express ideas in military terms,
Mister Khan. This is a social occasion.

KHAN: It has been said that social occasions are only warfare concealed.
Many prefer it more honest, more open.

KIRK: You fled. Why? Were you afraid?

KHAN: I've never been afraid.

KIRK: But you left at the very time mankind needed courage.

KHAN [pounding on table]: We offered the world order!


KHAN: Excellent. Excellent. But if you will excuse me, gentlemen
and ladies, I grow fatigued again. With your permission, Captain,
I will return to my quarters.

(Kirk stands, and Khan leaves.)


Dale Carrico said...

At least Ricardo Montalbán was fuckable.