Eulogy for the bumpstock

Who remembers Vegas?  You know, the deadliest attack on American soil since 9/11, where that guy Stephen Paddock, of no particular background, with no particular history or photos, for no particular reason, shot 420 people and then managed to off himself?  Additionally, for no particular reason, having in the room no less than twenty four…

Alexa, Play “Every Breath You Take”

It’s Black Friday.  You are looking for gifts for your boomer parents.  All they really want to be able to do is hear the Stones at will.  So maybe get an Echo, or one of those Google Home things.  Phil and Sharon love theirs, you just say “Alexa, order the Eagles remaster” and it shows…

The Last Election

We have another election season behind us.  Well, not quite – it seems that somehow, Schrodinger’s ballots have yet to fully collapse into the ordained Democratic victory in Georgia and Florida, so we must consult the priests on the correct way to count them. Why do we bother with this charade every two years, when…

American Shitshow: Charlemagne and Chapo

Modern governments have an odd disconnect between the use of force and the collection of funds.  Pre Industrial Revolution, the relationship was fairly obvious – money comes from land, and land goes to its conqueror and his henchmen.  The ruling class was obviously extractive, and their status as rulers was obviously inextricably linked with their…

American Shitshow: Paramilitary Ascendancy

In the previous article, I discussed why the US military is likely to be irrelevant in any civil conflict, aside from perhaps the kind of pro forma checkpoint and cordoning missions that can use large numbers of not necessarily highly motivated troops. However, the United States has a truly vast number of paramilitaries (120K plus…

American Shitshow: The Military Doesn’t Matter

In this ongoing series (“American Shitshow”), various authors discuss prospects, aspects, and outcomes of civil conflict in the United States. Today, I am going to write about how you would expect the US military to be used in a domestic conflict – for the purposes of discussion, some kind of quasi insurgency or soft secession,…

A Review of ‘The Gun Fag Manifesto’

Everyone sensible recognizes the attributes of the fedpost. “I’m tired of men who are all talk and no action, what are we doing to WIN the FIGHT?” says the bosomy avatar of some secret police goon. “Hey who has bought one of these Chinese Glock sears, do they work?” says the zero-post forum member with…

50 Shades of Brett: Special Hearing Unit

“Democracy has been a bad girl; she needs to be punished.” I would apologize for the HBO-posting, but on the other hand such things are already at saturation level.  Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, that rape-a-week special, is in its twentieth season – the longest running primetime scripted show after The Simpsons (and just…

AI, but gay

There is a tension between the totalitarian designs of the progressive order, and the fact that the resources that provide material security to the regime can only be generated by the kind of “creative destruction” and entrepreneurial activity that ends up giving rise to competing power centers. The USSR famously lost control of the process,…

Weekend at Bernie’s and Dead Capital

(This post originally appeared on Thermidor) The relationship between human endeavor and capital is symbiotic, but it’s unclear which will end up as the dominant partner. On the one end are Promethean visions of men using capital as an extension of their will, as Elon Musk bootstraps a Martian transit infrastructure through sheer force of…