Category Archives: History

Pathways to power survey for administration to those who interrupt public conferences and other meetings with continuous blackmail hunting by use of triggers and observing responses

1) Do you think blackmail or similar forms of coercion are acceptable means of suppressing competition or scaring away those who are not willing to participate in blackmail? 2) Would a 360 camera in every pair of underwear be an acceptable … Continue reading

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When the logic of “periodically kick the bums out” is not enough

If there are major problems and the party in power has not only not solved those problems, but is unable to even acknowledge the existence of those problems, then many people will be inclined to go beyond blaming the party … Continue reading

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Some Indians seem to have been persuaded to buy this line

(Among the extremely diverse traditions of the soon-to-be-most-populous nation on the planet) There were some fertility cults in India back in the day (perhaps including of the type that would dance around ceremoniously and then have a group orgy), and … Continue reading

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Any back any stab blackmail culture of 2017

In 2017, people do not want to give their name to a stranger. In 2017, people do not want to tell a stranger even which part of town they live in until relatively assured that you are not an adherent … Continue reading

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What you would do you now would not do. What you would not do you now do. Conservative anti-bullying reversals

In the early 2000s decade, Conservatives were strongly anti-bullying and at the provincial level were heavily in favour of “zero tolerance” approaches to bullying. Now, it seems that Conservatives are not only not concerned with bullying, but tend (more so) … Continue reading

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Belgium conquered Congo and not the other way around because grains are amenable to taxation and cassava is not

Via marginalrevolution.com, a book coming out in August explains how grains, as easily visible while growing, storable, and suitable for allocating rations, were amenable to taxation and hence the building and maintaining of larger political entities. The book is called Against … Continue reading

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Consistency between international humanitarian law and Islamic jurisprudence

The Red Cross hosts an interesting article on the subject. Here is a summarizing excerpt: …classical Muslim jurists have succeeded in providing an impressive legal literature that humanizes armed conflicts. They also showed a great deal of concern for non-combatants … Continue reading

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One line of logic for useful idiots in application of a Stasi-style Zersetzung

How to make leaders: If you don’t fuck with potential leaders 24/7, then how on earth would we know who the REAL leaders are? In order to find leaders, fuck with any maybe leader.   (P.S.: theoretically speaking, increased barriers … Continue reading

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Petition framing challenges

1) “Anti-Brainwashing” sounds pretty crackpot. (HOW BLOODY SOCIETALLY SUSPICIOUS IS THAT!) Potential solution: sanitize the petition of the notion of “anti-brainwashing” (which implicitly recognizes such a thing as “brainwashing” in the fact of opposing it). 2) Mentioning the existence of … Continue reading

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If one person knows something and the other does not, therefore one or the other is delusional.

It used to be accepted that most people don’t know quite a large number of things and that people disagree on many things. These are now commonly framed as “delusion” or “mental illness”. That is a sign of societal malaise, … Continue reading

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