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…