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…

Memes, Schelling Points, and the Right

(This post originally appeared on Social Matter) In most of the West, the political party has traditionally been a major mechanism for political coordination. A coalition of compatible interests agree on their preferred policies and candidates ahead of time and advance them jointly, despite no particular member of the coalition having a stake in most…

3D Printing and the Bugman

(This post originally appeared on Thermidor) To the bugman, all systems are reduced to their symbolic components. Thus 3D printing, in memetic form, is a perfect fit for his conceptualization of reality. “You push the button on the box to make the thing come out.” The messy work of what actually happens in there, what…