In following the primary campaign of Bernie Sanders I’m surprised by the sheer number of reasonably intelligent people who actually believe that Sanders will win and be the democratic nominee. To say he will become the nominee is laughable, and to claim he has a chance was just as delusional as saying Ron Paul in the 2012 primary season was going to be the nominee. And yet people want to believe this is possible so badly (finally a candidate I believe in!!!) that they’ve weaved themselves in this fake world believing that if X, Y, and Z happen in just the right sequence “sure… yes this is possible!” A probability 0 event is possible, that does not mean it’ll ever happen. (more…)
A recent trend with Hollywood (and by extension, Americans) has been to completely saturate our movie theaters with Superhero movies. Apparently we can’t get enough of the same plot and CGI battles replayed year after year. So why do we keep watching the same film over and over? I argue, we like watching these movies because we are increasingly living in a world in which our escapism is no longer to shoot Native Americans and marry a blonde. It’s to fantasize about being rescued from a corrupt, one-sided, ruinous political world by an attractive, moral strong-man… and then bang the blonde (some things never change). (more…)
The Lottery is a really sad expression of the realities of America for the vast majority of people who are unlucky, or just dumb (depending on your political leanings). Here we have a game where you pay something like $1 to $2 for a 1 in 100+ million chance (1/292 million if it’s the powerball) to win millions. I think it plays as a great parallel to the American experience as a whole. Why? Because of the following (more…)
Government is in stasis. It is incapable of dealing with a world without physical products to move, without forms to stamp, and without power to abuse. The purpose of 1800s enlightenment government was to tax and regulate produced goods and services, even intellectual property was physical. We now live in an era where goods and services are not physical, they are digital. We must move forward. (more…)
There are two causes of human violence and oppression, resource scarcity and cultural differences. The former is solved through technological progress, the latter is solved through the integration of cultural outgroups into our society. Our social world needs more communication, more data, and not less. In this post we will discuss the most important issue for the Organicist, the problem with culture. (more…)
Our society is in a perpetual, chaotic flux. We fear the immigrant, glorify the prosperous, and live in the never ending violent drama; to crush one foe so that three more spring forth. As the population of humanity increases the demand for ever greater resource creation pushes us to either technological advancement or rampant violence. The fantasy of cultural conversion is over, an emerging China and India will not accept western power while their people starve. If we cannot invent our way out of cheaper energy creation, exponentially expanding food needs, and water purification simultaneously, we are doomed toward a future of suffering. (more…)
In light of the attacks in France and around the world from ISIS it seems necessary to say something, but on this blog I don’t want to repeat myself. The things I’ve said in the past about ISIS I believe are still true and remain even more pertinent now than when they were first written.
Few acts in our society are sheltered from critical thought more than the modern charity. Every grocery store, coffee shop, and corporate environment attempts to blend charitable giving into its sales pitch to levels more perverse than we’ve ever seen; to consume is to be moral. To work long hours under this company is moral because the company gives to charity. It is OKAY to buy more, because with every purchase you are buying yourself a small piece of a Papal Indulgence of the modern era, a free pass to the gates of cognitive dissonance. (more…)
We live in a world of numerous competing arguments and messages. Our government wants us to be patriots, our families want us to be selfless, and our employers want us to be loyal. In all three instances we have competing parties who want our loyalty, certainly we cannot satisfy them all. What family would willingly want to give up its 18 year old male children to die in distant wars? What company would want our 20something to get a family and start cutting back on working hours? And what government would want its most talented capitalists to renounce their citizenship and move elsewhere?
To say we can satisfy all these requirements at once is naive, we cannot. There may be times when the stars align and it may seem like we are quelling the insatiable desires of our social circles simultaneously, but that’s simply an illusion. Each circle is attempting to control the other. On the spectrum of ‘soft’ arguments and ‘hard’ arguments, families rely on ‘soft’ arguments and governments rely on ‘hard’ arguments. Let’s talk about this briefly then delve into Corporate Culture. (more…)
Every now and then we are blessed with the voters pamphlet in Washington state. It always makes for an entertaining read because every now and then we get an obscure local government race with 1 ‘serious’ candidate and a bunch of ideologues. I love reading these statements from our hardened libertarian and marxist comrades fighting to be elected to some obscure position. But part of me is a little disappointed at the same time. I want ideologues to be serious about changing the political world they live in, I want them to spark a serious dialogue about the direction of our future even if it starts in a small office. (more…)