Explicit tag

I’ve been using the Entertainment tag on the UFO and Fortean items lately. I should make the connection more explicit.

The Forteans were trying to pull science back into the realm of entertainment and mystification and fascination. Their constant theme, starting with Charles Fort himself, was that Big Science is no longer observing Nature with fascination. Big Science is just being Big, serving government, serving the military, ignoring and censoring scientific facts, and killing millions of people.

The Forteans, from Hix to MacHarrie to Nesbitt to Edwards, were brilliant story tellers. They told about fascinating or peculiar incidents which were fairly well attested, and asked the listener to think about the incident scientifically. Unlike science teachers, the Forteans were not selecting and grooming the next generation of tenure-seekers.

Nesbitt called Fort the man who hated Science. Poor description. Fort loved science and hated scientists BECAUSE SCIENTISTS ARE RUINING SCIENCE.

The description wasn’t quite so obviously wrong in 1940 when Nesbitt was writing and narrating. FDR had ruthlessly constrained government-paid experts to STICK TO FACTS, just as he constrained government-licensed broadcasters to STICK TO FACTS, and constrained government-licensed bankers to STICK TO REAL FINANCE.

Now the constraint is gone in all of those spheres. All of the government-paid and government-licensed monsters have departed totally from Nature and facts and service and reality. All the demons are unleashed.

Economics as a verb (reprint)

Reprint from 2012.

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In any area you examine, our current idiocy stems from the fallacy of reification. In some cases we think of a word as being reality; in others we think of a number as being reality; in others we think of an arbitrary unit of measure as being reality.

Word: In all aspects of politics we’ve lost the reality of offering different sets of actions. We no longer have a tension between opposing parties pulling in opposite directions. Both “parties” pull in the same direction, loyally following Wall Street’s commands; and both “parties” have fierce “robust debates” about sets of words and slogans that have zero connection to reality. [Nice example today. NPR interviewed some voters in Ohio. The Romney voters all wanted Romney “because he talks about God.” Not because he will do anything different; just because he includes one fucking word in his randomly spouted sloganmix.]

Number: Quantum “physics” has abandoned all contact with reality. New “discoveries” are terms in complex equations. We spend billions on machines that force protons into completely unnatural conditions, in order to “prove” the “existence” of these numbers in equations. The machines can’t tell us anything about nature, because their exact job is to create a situation that never occurs in nature. And of course climate “science” doesn’t even bother to build machines for counternatural experiments. It just plays with numbers and requires mass murder to decrease one particular number.

[2022 addendum: Likewise with “virus” “science”.]

Unit of measure: We get locked into booms and busts, inflations and deflations, because we forget that our measuring unit is only a measure. In Alan Watts’s famous metaphor, a carpenter wouldn’t stop work because he “ran out of inches”, so we shouldn’t stop work because we “ran out of dollars” or “ran out of liquidity”.

Modern bankers have developed a monstrous structure of pure units depending on other pure units depending on other pure units, losing all possible contact with any actual underlying value. Options are literally and explicitly bets on the value of numbers, identical to the operation of a football pool. The difference, of course, is that we don’t force nations to collapse when a football pool gets too large. We force nations to collapse when an option pool gets too large.

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At its origin, economics seemed to understand this distinction. Early Catholic and Islamic thinkers saw labor as the key component of value. Islam went farther, declaring that any attempt to place value on abstract numbers (i.e. paying interest) is a sort of idolatry.

I’m proposing one more step. Treat everything, animate or inanimate, carpenter or car, as activities instead of things. Treat everything as a source of labor. Why is a carpenter worth money? Because he works for you, doing things you can’t or won’t do. Why is a car worth money? Because it works for you, doing things you can’t or won’t do.

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This would not lead to a different set of economic equations. Instead, it would simply eliminate the whole fraudulent notion that you can condense human behavior into a closed-form equation.

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I can imagine a few specific consequences at the moment:

(1) Delegitimize statistics. Don’t use stats for any important purpose. Stats are designed to remove the time element and the relational element, leading to all sorts of evil thinking. Wave-type analysis represents the verbs of reality much better, but still doesn’t capture the transitivity of verbs.

(2) Delegitimize idolatry of numbers. If you want to bet on something, you should do it in a clearly illegitimate environment. Currently we have a weird disjunction between two rackets: Betting on numbers related to stocks is run by the NYC Mafia, with total governmental approval and assistance. Betting on numbers related to sports is run by other Mafias with no pretense of legitimacy. Under the present system, if you lose your shirt betting on stock numbers, Ben ‘Bugsy’ Bernanke will make up your losses and give you a few trillion as reward; but if you lose your shirt betting on horse numbers, Guido ‘Lefty’ Salvatore or Ernest ‘Two Dogs’ Runs-with-bear will break your legs. We should put Lefty and Two Dogs in charge of stock-based betting as well. Much more efficient and honest.

(3) In foreign trade, treat labor and stuff on the same plane. Impose tariffs on stuff that comes from China, AND impose tariffs on labor performed in India, AND impose tariffs on laborers brought in from Mexico.

(4) In general try to think like Nature. Nature loves negative feedback and decentralized operation. In shaping an economy, encourage closed loops and discourage loopless control. Encourage direct ownership of companies, discourage shareholder ownership. Follow Henry Ford, “Pay workers enough to buy what they make.” Discourage outsourcing of labor and capital. Encourage smaller units with minimal coupling. Discourage giant corporations and giant governments.

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There’s no such thing as matter, no such thing as particles. It’s all energy and waves. It’s all work, and we should value it accordingly. Furniture consists of the photosynthetic labor of trees, improved by the intelligent labor of humans; and furniture serves us with its own labor by giving us rest or helping us to cook. We should value it highly. Stocks and derivatives and “swaps” are pure numbers. We should consider them worthless and counterfeit, and punish anyone who attempts to use them.

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More on the subject here.

Partial answer to Harding question

I’ve been asking over and over how we got OUT of perpetual war and Deepstate tyranny in 1920. From 1920 to 1940, Deepstate was NOT creating “terrorist” groups, and both the media and the government were firmly non-interventionist. Harding started the trend and FDR solidified it.

How was Deepstate suppressed?

Deepstate has three legs: (1) Intel and blackmail; (2) Wall Street; (3) “leftist” activists and NGOs.

Here’s an answer that makes some sense, and it fits perfectly into the Sharia way of controlling psychopaths.

Two of the legs are obvious.

Prohibition kept Lady Edgar busy running her highly profitable gang, competing with the Italian and Jewish gangs for control of the black market. She didn’t have time to blackmail innocent young men into “terrorist” activities.

The boom kept Wall Street so busy and profitable that it didn’t feel the need to destroy small businesses. Instead, small businesses were allowed to flourish.

The activists are less obvious. Without encouragement and funding from Lady Edgar, they were just writing and drinking and dancing. Drinking was “illegal”, so it satisfied their need for rebellion. (Inadequate answer.)

More on central vs decentral

Continuing with the Sucker Filter of bitcoin.

Another obviously fraudulent claim is privacy. Running all of your transactions through NSA is not the ideal way to preserve privacy. NSA is a SPY AGENCY which knows better than anyone else how to break cryptography and bust through software limitations. Even more obviously, the transactions themselves can be seen by anyone, which utterly eliminates normal commercial secrecy.

The recent idiotic fraudulent FAKE “attempt” to bid on a copy of the Constitution illustrates this point. If you want to win an auction, you don’t want to let the other bidders know IN ADVANCE how much you’re able to spend. The idiotic DAO was running on the blockchain, so Ken Griffin could see their total funding. He knew in advance how much he would have to bid, so he just went ahead and bid enough to beat the DAO.

Rentier + spy is Griffin’s job. He makes money by providing “free” investment services through front companies like Robinhood. Idiots think they’re trading for free. In fact Griffin is paying Robinhood to open all transactions to his computers so he can frontrun them.

Time for a reprint on REAL decentral finance.

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How do you cure economic abstraction? I was making the point that MMT claims to cure abstraction by even worse abstraction, like curing crack addiction with flakka. Bitcoin is another reverse “cure”, pulling economics even farther into the world of pure software. You need to cure abstraction by REDUCING abstraction, but you don’t have to go all the way back to gold.

You just need to keep the abstraction MINIMAL and LOCAL.

America discovered the cure ALL BY ITSELF, without government help, in 1933 when FDR closed the banks. As I’ve noted before, a system of SCRIP self-organized almost instantly.

Scrip was not exactly currency; it was more like pre-printed and pre-denominated checks. It was issued by city governments or major businesses or the Chamber of Commerce. All local businesses agreed to use it for paying workers and selling stuff. And it worked.

Populists missed the chance to grab onto Scrip and maintain it. They were still trapped in the pluponent idiocy of bimetallism.

Another decentralizer was Mutual Benefit Societies, universally active from 1870 to 1920 and still existing marginally. (See Christian Medishare.) These were nonprofit businesses that handled all insurance services from medical to property to burial, and often specialized in care for the elderly.

Still another was Fordist corporations. When you worked for NCR or Ford or Conoco, you had the same all-around service as an MBS.

Populists did help to create and spread MBS, and Fordism was the last big push of Populism.

Both of these trends were displaced and scattered by the financialist boom of the 20s. When the boom crashed, some Fordism remained but the MBS were gone. The government picked up the elderly side with SS, then the profit-making insurers picked up the medical side after WW2.

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Hawala or scrip is the economic implementation of a principle that’s painfully familiar and even trivial in other areas.

Decentralizing works ONLY when the modules or units share a common ground.

A trust network (like MBS) holds up ONLY when the units are built with a shared purpose. Ideally each unit should be physically incapable of harming the network.

When you can count on the units to follow the same rule in the same situation, you don’t need a heavy controller sending commands to the units, and you don’t need a lot of communication between the units.

When the modules have different grounds or different limits or different operating systems, you need a strong central controller, and even then the overall system will be inefficient. Most energy will be chewed up in the contradictory and redundant operations of the bureaucratic control system.

In electronics the common ground is literal, and the modules may also need to agree on limits of output voltage and input impedance, or may need to be sync’d to a common phase. It’s easy to design modules that are physically incapable of violating the limits.

In law and morality, the common ground is a shared immersion in the same system of commandments and taboos. Natural Law works best because Natural Law was scientifically settled by 50k years of experimentation. Other systems and charters and constitutions are generally designed to violate Natural Law, so they don’t hold up. (Our insane constitution held up for only 16 years, 1787 to 1803.)

The Chaotizers of Deepstate understand this principle better than anyone. After you eliminate the common operating system, the common understanding of reality, the units will DEMAND a strong controller.

With hawala or scrip, the separate bankers share a common PURPOSE of helping the ethnic group or township. A banker isn’t physically incapable of breaking trust, but he knows that the group or township will physically break his legs if he goes wrong, so he remains trustworthy.

Hawala has both sticks and carrots. The banker earns a small fee on each transaction. The American scrip system didn’t last long enough to grow carrots, but a fee structure would undoubtedly evolve given more time and experience.

Paper checks were the Patient Things that saved us when the banks dissolved. Paper is OUTSIDE THE CONTROL OF NSA. That’s exactly why Deepstate hates it and tries to make total control COOOOOOOOOL with the Agents Provocateurs of Bitcoin and MMT.

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Addendum: Paper is also the best guardian of privacy. Paper documents in a fireproof safe are infinitely more secure than anything running on AWS or NSA servers. Thieves can break into an office and jimmy the safe. But breaking takes work and knowledge and planning, and physical entry leaves visible evidence. When your data is in AWS, anyone can grab it with zero effort and zero evidence.

Finally a realistic fable

I’m constantly hammering on the permanence of status and caste and popularity. Meritocracy is a cruel fraud, and most of our myths and stories are designed to ruin unpopular and low-status people.

Reprint on the theme:

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All human traits and talents and tendencies are innate and permanent. Some traits are more strictly determined than others, but the initial condition is always permanent. You can’t change your status or your skills or your likability.

In his strong and lyrical discussion of peasant life, Michelet sees the origin of fables like Cinderella and Ugly Duckling.

A very real and very genuine passion underlies it, that of her unhappy, quite hopeless love, one that cruel Nature often sows between pure souls of too widely separated ranks, the poignant regret of the peasant woman that she cannot make herself fair and desirable, to be loved of the knight; the stifled sighs of the serf, as looking down his furrow, he sees riding by on a white horse a too, too charming vision, the beautiful, the adored, mistress of the castle and the lands he tills. It is like the Eastern fable, the melancholy idyll of the impossible loves of the Rose and the Nightingale.

Those fables may have been helpful in an era when your job was also predetermined and permanent. They’re destructive in an era when jobs, and other ways of using your skills, are more flexible.

Unpopular people can’t become more popular or respected, but they CAN seek indirect popularity for their products or services. This is the ONLY way to avoid total frustration and depression. If you are hoping for a miracle that makes you attractive or likable, you’re bound to fail. If you try to provide respectable products or services, you have a good chance of success.

Even in the empathetic ’30s, very few stories made this point. After WW2, raw meritocracy sponsored by Deepstate made the truth impossible to say or see. Every source tells us that riches and popularity are possible for everyone if you try hard enough. This is a DEADLY LIE.

Booker T Washington is the only celebrity who ever told the truth. He has been forgotten and canceled for a long time.

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Here’s a rare story, told for children, that sends the right message to low-status people. ‘The horse who had his picture in the paper’ by Phyllis McGinley, dramatized by an educational radio service at UTexas in the ’50s.

A horse who works for a food peddler hears dramatic and romantic stories from an arrogant Police Horse, and starts dreaming of heroic glory. He tries various forms of glory. He saves a life, then gets punished for it. He leads a parade and gets derided and laughed at. Finally, by accident, he ends up in a newspaper picture while pulling his vegetable cart. He receives a small dose of genuine admiration and no contempt.

This is how life works for low people. We need more HELPFUL realistic fables and a lot less CRUEL glass slippers.

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Credit footnote: The original story was written in 1951, and doesn’t seem to be available free online. The audio clip has no date or context info. I’m guessing it was between ’55 and ’60 from the feel of the narration.

Reprint on two-way obligation

Continuing the theme with a reprint from just a few months ago.

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Via Evolution News, a POWERFUL idea from Neil Thomas.

Here I will make the attempt to drill down even further to the root causes of what appeared to be the Western world’s unprecedented rejection of tried-and-tested philosophers and scientists such as Aristotle, Cicero, Plato, and the physician Galen in a strange capitulation to “out there” philosophic fantasists like Epicurus and his Roman disciple, Lucretius.

It was the would-be rehabilitation of those ancient materialist thinkers by the Scottish philosopher David Hume, in the late 18th century, coupled with the later Victorian crisis of faith and the sudden irruption into this already volatile mix of Charles Darwin which was to result in the particularly strange irrationalism which has stubbornly persisted right up to the present day.

This abdication of normal canons of reason consisted in people forsaking traditional norms of philosophical common sense and (effectively) throwing in their lot with the ancient goddess of chance, Lady Fortuna (or Lady Luck as she was later to be called), that accursed personification of unreliability whom the ancient philosopher Boethius, Geoffrey Chaucer, and many others have arraigned since time out of mind for being incapable of any productive and dependable action on behalf of struggling humanity.

Thomas is onto something big. This change from order to chaos happened in politics when the orderly and genetically determined sequence of hereditary kings was replaced by the random dice-toss of revolutions and “elections”. Not coincidentally, the replacers (Robespierre, Tom Paine, etc) were psychopaths devoted to SMASHING order and life, and ENFORCING perfect chaos and death.

Around the same time, science abandoned the quest for order. The Arab and Persian astrologers, trailed by Kepler and Brahe and Chaucer, were observing the heavens to discern God’s will. After Kepler, astronomers stopped looking for order and contented themselves with sampling the dots.

Also around the same time, economics was taken over by BETTING MEN who developed statistics to profit from rolling dice and shuffling cards. Previous investment had been based on common sense and personal involvement. Two-way obligations between the investor and the farm or business, and two-way obligations between employer and worker. Sharia codified this arrangement best, but it was also strongly encouraged by Catholic and Jewish economic systems.

The stock market broke up the obligations, turning investment into a fungible and STATISTICAL process with no common sense or human connection. Share Value functions on multi-layer SIDE BETS, not personal judgment of competence.

When the psychopaths took over biology, they abandoned the two-way obligation loop of feedback. Natural selection is explicitly random, bringing in the astronomer’s pet randomizer of cosmic rays. Unpredictable particles change the genome, and unpredictable climate events decide which changed version will survive.

Finally in 1906 the psychopaths took over physics and math. Godel and Bohr declared that everything is perfectly unpredictable. We’re not allowed to trust our own senses and instruments; we must wait for a Credentialed And Approved Scientist to tell us whether the cat is there or not.

Darwinians assume God is a psychopath just like them. Change the rules, kill the defiant, change the rules again, kill the defiant again, loop forever. Never allow the victim to regain BALANCE or swing with a RHYTHM or form his own FEEDBACK LOOPS with your chaotic torture.

Actual nature has constant rules. The inherited mechanisms of negative feedback (life) interact with the predetermined patterns of inanimate nature (weather, geomagnetic fields, earthquakes) in an infinite pattern of two-way loops.

Two-way? Yes. Every life form alters the inanimate parts of nature. Bacteria dissolve rocks and build new rocks, and create and move clouds. Trees break up rocks and build soil, and change temperature and humidity patterns. Complex animals dig up minerals and food, plant more food, and build hives and houses and dams. Intelligent brains reshape the magnetic field.

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Circassian Solution reprint

Written Aug 2020.

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Idiot headline at RCS:
Why is science letting us down?

I won’t read the underlying article since I know in advance that it will be answering the wrong question to serve Satan.

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The proper answer is:

Science isn’t letting us down. We abandoned and obliterated science.

Science means Solving problems by objective measurement and analysis, refined by experiment.

Science already knew how to deal with a virus, and science had done all the necessary experiments to refine the answer.**

Let the immune system do most of the work. Encourage people to live a normal healthy life. Sunlight, exercise, fresh air, work, social contact, confidence. When possible, give the immune system an early preview of the virus with vaccines so it won’t be surprised.

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In the few blessed countries that REMAINED with science (Sweden, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Tanzania, etc) this definition still applies.

In all other countries, science was replaced by Satan. There’s no other word for it. Pure murder, pure evil, pure genocide, serving no purpose except satisfying the bloodlust of psychopaths. The accumulated knowledge of public health was TURNED BACKWARDS and used to commit a holocaust.

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We also have solid scientific knowledge about psychopaths, acquired by observation and experiment. We know what they want, we know how they work, and we know that there are only two ways to solve the problem. (1) Kill the psychopath. (2) Redirect his energy toward hedonism and dissipation.

Natural Law uses solution 2, giving psychopaths plenty of riches and pleasure, PROVIDED they use their powerful talents to serve ordinary people. A satiated psychopath doesn’t have enough energy to do serious harm.

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500 years ago the Circassians solved BOTH problems at the same time. Unsurprisingly, Turkmenistan is part of Circassia.

Circassian girls were a major export product. They were especially beautiful, and the psychopathic sultans of the Ottoman Empire bought them for a good price. [Why did the Ottoman sultans prefer slaves or commoners? Because they had seen how the Euro habit of marrying foreign royals led to stupid wasteful wars.]

Unfortunately, many of the girls were disfigured by smallpox, decreasing the profit. Presumably by serendipity, the Circassians figured out that a small dose of cowpox prevented smallpox. They developed inoculation into a science.

Selling their daughters to sultans solved the psychopath problem and provided a better life for the pretty ones. A harem girl gets the best food and the best clothing, and has ample opportunity to display her beauty through dancing and ceremonies. She takes her turn occasionally in the bedroom of the blubbery oversatiated Sultan, who can barely find his dick amid the rolling mountains of fat.

If the pretty ones had stayed at home, they would be milking cows, pulling plows, weaving crude clothing, losing their beauty, and enduring daily sessions with a strong muscular farmer. Some would enjoy the sex, but most wouldn’t.

So the Circassians used REAL SCIENCE to solve both of our current problems in a SYNCHRONOUS AND BALANCED WAY. The pretty daughters had a better life, the people were protected from smallpox AND protected from the worst excesses of the psychopaths, and the people received PAY FOR VALUE.


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** Footnote: This is true of ALL REAL PROBLEMS. We have already solved all real problems that can be solved physically. We’ve acquired all the necessary data, we’ve done all the necessary experiments. Anyone who claims we need “new science” or “emerging science” to solve a “new problem” is a criminal and a murderer. The sole purpose of “new science” is to CREATE problems, not to solve problems. We are making valid new observations in a few areas like neurology, and it’s possible that the new observations may help to refine existing solutions, but they won’t generate new solutions to new problems.

Nature doesn’t have new problems. All new problems are created by psychopaths.

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Chuck vs Chuck

Kirn on evolution:

You read history, count up the wars, the slaughters, the genocides, etc, you realize the most stalwart, spirited, courageous members of our species have been culled in a kind of counter-evolution. Nature may favor the fittest. Not society. We descend from those who fit in.

This isn’t counter-evolution, it’s evolution.

The leader is not the species. Society is the species. Courageous stalwarts kill society and thus kill the species. Fit-ins preserve society and thus preserve the species.

The common misunderstanding arises from the word fittest which doesn’t belong in the rule.

Personally, Darwin believed that stalwart, spirited, courageous animals were the fittest. And of course the stalwarts were English aristocrats like Darwin, filled with Manly Virtue And Ciceronian Orations, not cowardly filthy uneducated darkies.

But Darwin was able to separate the personal from the scientific. His scientific description of natural selection was based on survival for the SPECIES or POPULATION, not for the Nietzschean Atlas. Fittest is a completely unnecessary word. Natural selection doesn’t say who or what is fit; natural selection is a TAUTOLOGY.

Survivors survive. That’s all.

Survival doesn’t mean courage or heroism. Survival literally and etymologically means continuing to live in the same place, whatever it takes.

In real history, stalwart courageous heroes lead an entire tribe or nation into destruction. Wars ruin the winner and the loser. The conqueror enjoys a sexual thrill for a while, but his tribe has to spend huge amounts of time and energy repressing rebellions and trying to get labor from workers who HATE them.

Tribes who avoid conflict, fit in, use resilience and hospitality to neutralize the would-be invaders, survive longer with less damage. South America remained resolutely out of WW1 and WW2, and never got bombed or invaded. It was able to sell beef and wheat and oil to both sides.

Lately I’ve been listening at bedtime to Elmer Davis’s brief newscasts from the first years of WW2 before US entered. The sequence is clear. Austria and Czechoslovakia surrendered immediately and remained largely intact. France surrendered soon and minimized the damage. Britain was courageous and stalwart and dead.

If every nation in the world had surrendered immediately in unison, Hitler would lose the psychopathic thrill. He would get bored.

Krauts would then be faced with the OCD nightmare of dominating and ruling a billion filthy imprecise disorderly germ-ridden Unkrauts.

Malicious compliance would be universal, the technique I call Chuck’s Rule.

Ja wohl, Herr Ubermensch! We will do it your way, down to the 999th decimal point! It may take a wee bit longer than you think, as in forever; but we will do it for you, Herr Ubermensch!

Reviewing Aberree, part 3/7

Alphia Hart had a powerful and unique view of copyrights:

Copyrighting everything you write is a confession that you have little faith in your ability to continue producing salable stuff — and that there may come a time when you’ll have to fall back on your own, protected material to make a living. When we can’t produce new copy for The ABERREE, The ABERREE ceases to exist, because we’re certain no one wants to read tomorrow what we said yesterday and today.

Alphia practiced what he preached, and specified in each issue that his work was NOT to be copyrighted.

I reached a similar conclusion a long time ago in making courseware. The restrictions of ‘digital rights’ get stricter and more tangled every year, but they don’t bother me because I have CONFIDENCE in my own ability to produce new images and animations.

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Here’s a corollary which isn’t quite obvious:

If you want to leave a legacy, don’t copyright your work.

Despite his probably fake modesty, Hart did leave a legacy. His work is still eminently worth reading 60 years later.

BUT: If he had copyrighted his work, or even failed to EXPLICITLY turn off the copyright, his legacy would be GONE.

Thanks to recent anti-Hubbard types who found the collection and scanned and uploaded it, all of Hart’s work is readable. If he hadn’t made a point of turning off the copyright, those blessed preservers couldn’t have done their job, and his work would be lost.

A similar situation exists in the recordings of old-time radio. The obscure syndicated shows are better preserved and more available than the big network shows. Why? Because the networks still exist, so a copyright could be enforced. This makes it possible for one of the OTR vendors to play copyright troll games, forcing the other vendors and the free service at Archive.org to delete items it wants to sell. Even though the one trollish vendor has no inheritance rights to the recordings, the potential of a copyright makes the big network shows harder to find and hear. And because they’re less widely distributed, they’re likely to disappear when that one trollish vendor goes out of business.

A much more important application of this principle was already operating at the time when those radio shows were made. Local stations and small syndicates and small civic orchestras were able to play live music as long as it was classical. Modern copyrighted music could only be played by networks who had enough money to pay the royalties. THEREFORE: Classical music has been performed and enjoyed and remembered much more widely than modern copyrighted music.

We have a dense and constantly performed legacy from composers who worked before copyright laws. Similarly with literature and visual art.

Not everything is great, but some work that was considered trash when written has been appreciated later because it was PRESERVED in some form. PRESERVED work can be revived and re-judged.

When the work is copyrighted, it has much less chance of being preserved and reprinted or replayed, no matter how good or mediocre it is.

Natural law and Sharia law agree: Use it or lose it. Everything in nature is meant to be useful, meant to serve. Copyright prevents use, so copyright guarantees loss.

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From personal experience: When a publisher owns exclusive copyright, the publisher may go bankrupt or merge, or it may simply decide to stop selling the item. At that point there’s no automatic procedure to revert the item to public domain, or to return it to the author’s possession. Sometimes a revert contract is written, but big corporations don’t obey laws. They can and will prevent ANYONE from using the material, even though they’re not using the material either. Total and permanent loss.

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Note for clarity: Before Disney bought the law in 1996, the US copyright law was less monopolistic. There was no ‘intrinsic’ copyright. You had to register an item specifically if you wanted to claim protection, and the protection was officially turned off when you stopped paying for renewals. There was a solid fence between protected and public domain, so there was less room for monopolistic lawyering.

Kirn on the collapse

This new interview is worth watching but could have been condensed some. Walter Kirn and Liel Leibovitz are discussing the total collapse of all institutions.

Kirn was a familiar establishment writer in the ’70s. He departed from the establishment and is now writing ‘newsletters’, though not very actively. Leibovitz is unfamiliar to me and seems a bit scattered. The moderator gets impatient with his wandering.

Kirn, with the training of an old newspaperman, knows how to get down to the fucking point.

The discussion gets down to the fucking point around :38, speaking directly to younger establishment types who are just now seeing that the whole system is fucked, just now seeing that the “paranoids” and “tinfoilers” were extremely inadequate.

What do the discussers suggest? Listen to the people you’ve been disdaining and mocking. They are right and you are wrong. Start from scratch. Find your specific purpose and plateau and try to do it, ON A SMALL SCALE. Don’t aim for the top, don’t aim for acceptance, don’t aim for prestige. Just do what you’re meant to do.

Magnificent advice!

The importance of plateaus

Assisted by the Kirn discussion, I connected two longtime themes.

1. Exponential vs tanh. Life doesn’t go exponential. Every individual, or company, or community, rises to a ceiling or plateau and stays there. Individuals die, but companies and organizations don’t necessarily die. Many have lasted for hundreds or thousands or years, by steady satisfaction with a steady source of profit.

If you know where your particular ceiling or plateau is, you can be satisfied after you get onto the plateau.

2. Meritocracy tells us that we don’t have a plateau, and ESPECIALLY tells us that we don’t have our OWN plateaus. Everyone is required to strive for an EXP growth to the same INFINITE and thus IMPOSSIBLE goal.


The plateau links meritocracy and EXP. Fake economies and fake life trajectories require the same lie about endless universal growth without plateaus.

The fake economy in most countries couldn’t exist if we were thinking in plateau form. We would understand that perpetual accelerating growth is DEADLY, not HEALTHY. We wouldn’t be suckered by abstract exponential growth, whether in the old-fashioned stock market or the new bitcoin market.

Sharia economics understands plateaus. A company or laborer adds a finite amount of value by working. Every person and every company has a distinct role, based on abilities and opportunities. Our task is to reach our distinct plateau and maintain it, creating enough excess value to overcome friction and ideally store some value and energy against future bad times.

The worst part of fake growth is that it consumes all the energy and money and work that SHOULD be devoted to real steady maintenance. We’ve lost our factories and farms and stores, and above all we’ve DEVALUED AND TRASHED the people who worked in those factories and farms and stores.

All individual talents are totally wasted as everyone rushes to grab the next meaningless number. Every rush enriches Bezos and kills ordinary people.

Another name for plateaus is purposes.

Reprinting from last year:

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France learned a major lesson from the 1789 revolution. After the EXTREME dose of Innovative Disruption in every aspect of life, the French became the world’s best PRESERVERS. They tried to maintain everyday objects and skills instead of discarding them. The tendency was still strong in the 1970s; I don’t know if it’s still strong now. Unions are certainly strong.

Wars and revolutions and depressions often induce this healthy immune response. America was in skill-preservation mode after the 1930s depression, thanks to FDR’s emphasis on work and training and unions. We remained in skill-estate mode until the ’70s when Nixon, then Reagan, then Clinton, cumulatively removed ALL the supporting framework and shipped ALL skills overseas.

There’s already some indication that the current holocaust is inducing a healthy PRESERVATION impulse for money. Wolfstreet noted a decrease in credit card usage and increase in savings. Bloomberg sees “a new austerity, expressed through pantry stockpiling and delayed big-ticket purchases.”

We also need to follow the French model of frugality in skills and knowledge. The long-term goal of globalism is to eliminate all skills and knowledge, and the current holocaust is an EXTREME FINAL step in this process. Jobs requiring skill are “non-essential”, and all knowledge of science and logic and truth has been precisely and diametrically inverted and garbled and deleted.

We’ve got a partial start through Emerson justice. Public schools and major colleges have voluntarily committed suicide “because virus”, thus eliminating the main purveyors of ANTI-SKILL education. The field is open for smart operators like DeVry. Will they step up and take advantage?

Probably not. We don’t have FDR or Harding at the top to break the litigation and regulation obstacles. Instead we have Trump, Deepstate’s most loyal and perfect servant. FDR locked down the banks to enrich the real economy. Trump locked down the real economy to enrich the banks.

The overriding perpetual purpose of the ‘enlightenment’, from 1776 to 1793 to now, is to obliterate PURPOSE from life. The focus on “rights” instead of duties started the breakdown. The focus on finance and abstraction instead of industry finished it.

Natural Law in its varied forms, whether the Sharia rules or the Soviet Constitution or FDR’s four freedoms, always starts with PURPOSE AND WORK. Every aspect of the economy and culture is shaped to preserve PURPOSE for ordinary people. The ‘enlightenment’ starts with “rights” and “freedom”, which means that psychopaths are free to dominate culture and economy, free to eliminate all PURPOSE from ordinary workers and families. The sole PURPOSE of a psychopath is to obliterate PURPOSE.


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