Why Aren’t the Commissars Satisfied?

If the 2010s were defined by the “soft” censorship of tech-company deplatforming, the 2020s are more likely to see a return to the more primal, hard censorship of state repression: a censorship more akin to the twentieth-century totalitarian regimes than anything we are accustomed to seeing in twenty-first century America. This is a somewhat strange…

Ideologies of Delayed Informatization

by the Chicago Civil Servant We’re observing the emergence of new (old) ideologies, and rapid political realignments punctuated by heroic calls for action and decisions. How do we deal with it? Let me take you through some old-school sociology before looking at the latest ideological calls for “decisions” and the suppression of speech. This is…

Brazilian Radicalization + Five Friday Reads 8/22/19

America’s future is pretty wide open. Brazil normally enters into the discussion. This is a disservice to Brazilians who have a more unified sense of what is a Brazilian. America might be a bit more South Korea on top of Brazil with 1.0 TFR working women and hikkikomori in our upper class with a lumpy…

Amazon’s Digital Book Burning

“One of the things that surprises people – sometimes upsets publishers and authors – is that we let people enter negative reviews, and they say, why do you do this? You – your – you only make money if you sell the books. Why don’t you weed out the negative reviews? And the reason is:…