- People have gained an average of 10 pounds since the beginning of the pandemic
- Social comity has frayed, the easy things that keep a society running, parking in handicapped spaces, smoking in non-smoking areas, glass bottles by the pool, etc.
- Delta 8 seems to be everywhere
- It takes a lot to get arrested these days
- Originality in tattoos is rare
From this article
Pardon the ramble – I will be organizing this at some point – but in the spirit of creating artifacts
From listening to Michael Malice wax morally on about anarchism
I’m reminded of Albert Jay Nock’s comparison of State Power and Social Power – they operate at each other’s expense to some degree.
But to expand on that (this is not Nock’s thinking) – there is a need for order, and real costs to lack of order (at certain levels of anomie we reach the world of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road) the question is who supplies that order – in the best case for State Power you have the English policeman found in European stereotypes, in the worse case you have modern day North Korea. In the Social Power cases you have at best David Friedman’s wildest dreams (or Utah as seen in brochures), at worst you have Mississippi in 1940 where everyone is white except you.
Formula for Minarchism (where order is defined as “liberty” in the mid century sense of the word):
80% of State Power is interchangeable with Social Power in producing order
80% of Social Power is interchangeable with State Power in producing order
Quality declines as more of each power is used after 20% – and State and Society decline at different rates
Order is maximized at Power Unit * Quality
I’m pondering what that equation would be.
Another adage from Michael Malice – meaning war takes it’s own path, not the one you want it to take.
Violence sings it’s own song
A cynic is a hopeless man who projects his hopelessness onto the world at large.
This is well worth listening to – Tyler Cowen’s conversation with Alexander the Grate – a long term homeless/NFA person in Washington DC – an engaging conversation.
As seen somewhere I can’t find again
The conditions of modern affluent Western life have nothing to do with your exhaustion, save this: you are privileged enough to believe you were owed something better. You were born by cruel chance, and you’ll die by terrible certainty, and you will be exhausted for the rest of your life.