Category: Society

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My brother is dead.

I should have written this weeks ago.  But it hurt too much. My brother – a young man from my military regiment – his name was Nathat Cirillo – was murdered by a terrorist during the attack on Capital Hill Nathan Cirillo belonged to my regiments.  He was an Argyll.  I was surprised by how much this affected me.  I was in the middle of editing video when I heard this – somehow – over Twitter or something? – nonsense.  I was in New Hampsire at the time, and an Argyll was dead.  I went outside to sit on the...

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Malala Yousafzai: A Manufactured Paragon

Even Beethoven didn’t write his first great symphony until he was in his 30s, and music is the sort of endeavour which can be focused on exclusively, it doesn’t require a breadth of life experience – just a lot of time. Politics, meanwhile, demands a wide set of experiences, a familiarity with the human condition, an awareness of your own dark nature, and a broad understanding of the various philosophies and ideologies which govern human society. There are no savants in politics; and for a teenager to be awarded this medal demeans the medal, as well as the recipient.

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The First Principles of Fighting Enemies Inside the Gate

The enemies of civilization only argue to create distractions. They have no honesty or integrity to their words, they’re numb to beauty, and whenever possible they resort to underhanded personal attacks. They sow the seeds of discord wherever they go, and when we fight amongst ourselves we’re doing their own work for them.

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Modern Cynicism & The Death of Hope

Hope is frightening; it implies the potential for failure. Hope is demanding; it provides an objective to work towards. Hope is humbling; it makes you realize that your own weaknesses are your worst enemy. Living without Hope leads to failure, but it’s a comforting sort of failure. It’s the root of all addiction.

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Civilization and the Iterrated Prisoner’s Dilemma

I cannot overstate what a terrible, terrible thing the Prisoner’s Dilemma is. It is Objective Reality run amok. It is Cthulhu’s maw gaping for our souls. It is an eternal hall of mirrors squeezing in on you, until the glass shatters and tears through your eyes, and into your soul.