Twitter, TikTok and totalitarianism

Most of this month’s emails and messages have been about Twitter. I have already written so much about social media and communication but I guess it’s been a few years so we can revisit it. At this point I’m going to assume you all know what I think is wrong with social media as it is.

The thing that needs to be recognized first is that we are talking about the form of governance we live under which has really nothing to do with voting, no matter how life and death that act is portrayed as. Real change comes from convincing enough people that something is necessary so that they will force politicians to change it. That comes from information control. This is the form of governance we have always lived under and it is still nominally played out in parliamentary debates but it has been superseded for centuries by, first pamphlets, then news media and now social media. People need to be willing to look at this as How do we want to be governed? or How do we want our information to be sourced and presented? instead of just the endless platitudes about free speech. Then it needs to be recognized that governance is the job of governments, not organized crime or compromised billionaires.

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The gift of autonomous being

I’m answering questions again! This is a more fun way to write the newsletter so if you have questions, please ask them!

Creation glossary mentions “identity” as one of the “gifts of the negative image”. That identity can be used to create revolutionary endogroups. But what is the positive side of a negative image being gifted with identity (because “gifts” means positive)?”

These are more topics from Shaping Reality and Free Will and Seductive Coercion, but it is easily observable how speaking “As an X” gives a platform where no identity, or a relative identity (child of, wife of, employee of, subject of) has no voice. This is the primary reason why children’s voices are granted no weight and women’s voices under male endo-idealism were granted no weight because both were seen as simply reflections of the endo-ideal opinions. On a larger scale, opposition to the Islamic Republic in Iran is more widely accepted if it depicted as from Kurds or women, both negative image identities. If it is seen as just a wide amorphous group of Iranians, people will hesitate to listen, unless they can (as they have) identify themselves as Iran and the Islamic Republic as not-Iran, a negative image.

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Those animal instincts

It has always been the case that the people I want to tell things are the least interested and the people who instantly get what I am talking about are the ones I would really rather didn’t. Organized crime understands most of my writing intuitively while those in the bubble called the middle class live in a world sanitized of the earthy realities of life.

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The CIA and the Oxford Union are putting a stop to my shenanigans

My evil plans were foiled again.

A funny thing happened this summer. As most of the people who read this blog are aware, I spoke on a whistleblowing panel at the Oxford Union in February of 2018 and became the only person in the history of the self proclaimed last bastion of free speech to be censored by them. You can read all about it here, here and here. On July 7, I received an unexpected invitation to speak at the Oxford Union. Again. That’s pretty funny in itself but there’s more.

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Covers, clean up and collaboration

So I succeeded in scaring myself by showing the first people what the next book is about. Publishing is actually terrifying for me, I get extreme stage fright and can only really do it when I think no one is reading anyway. But it’s started and what is done can’t be undone so that helps me stop waffling. A couple chapters are out for any patrons who want to see them and a couple more are out to my amazing epistemic community. There will be a lot more to the epistemic community in the upcoming month.

Besides that, I have also been heeding my friend’s admonition to take my own work seriously and I had the most wonderful luck in getting a brilliant designer to do the covers.

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The beginning of the end!

This month I’m going to start serializing Abstracting Divinity! 

Abstracting Divinity is not complete yet but I need to motivate myself to stop waffling with the chapter divisions and I need to scare myself with due dates so here goes! They say a painting is finished when it is sold so maybe publishing these books is the way to complete them. I am also hoping that we can have more interesting conversations if I give you something to read. Join us!

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Relative safety

Bill Gates and Elon Musk walked into a restaurant. That’s not a joke setup, it’s what a server at the mid-level restaurant in Vancouver told me. Apparently they wandered in for a dinner together when they were both in town for Ted talks, before Musk started posting rude memes and leaking dm’s implying that he rejected Gates’ offer to meet. 

But that’s not the point. Billionaires wander around like that every day, completely unmolested, even though they supposedly have so many enemies and ill wishers. And why should they not go unmolested? That is normal in a civilized world, right? 

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Book mitosis

Abstracting Divinity is coming soon!

As I mentioned in the first newsletter, I am working on the next three books of the ontology quartet and as I promised in the last newsletter, this post will talk about the one I will be publishing next. The first book in this quartet was The Creation of Me, Them and Us and it looked at the nature of the self and how that affected our behaviour and social structures. The next is called Abstracting Divinity and it will look at everything we know or can theorize about life and how it affects every aspect of our institutions and social structures. Some of the many questions looked at are:

  • What is life?
  • What laws govern the nature of life?
  • How do these laws affect our behaviour?
  • How do these laws, which should govern the social sciences, relate to the laws of the physical sciences?

In order to explain where I am in the timeline of completing these books, I need to explain how I work. Most people assume I start with a plan, design a framework and skeleton draft and fill it in like a normal person. Sadly, no.

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Spring

I prefer the pain of change to the bleak despair and silence of totalitarianism. 

I’m still not sure what you all want to hear in these newsletters so please do reach out and tell me! I’ve heard from a couple of you that analysis of current events would be interesting. I don’t think it’s of much benefit for me to talk about what is going on in Ukraine in a monthly blog post though. There are a lot of other things going on that are devastating all the people I know: endless health concerns, a giant overwhelming wave of addictions and mental health breakdowns and the death and violence that brings, the equally overwhelming increase in organized crime, both in government and without, the powerful fat on Covid money and the poor desperate from social collapse – and of course the ongoing and still ignored environmental catastrophe.

But what I would like to talk about is the increasing relief I’m feeling each year. It seems very paradoxical since we seem to be watching the world crumbling but for me, it is a rotten old structure that is crumbling and it is being lifted by new growth. It feels like spring thaw – all the beautiful ice is melting and a winter’s worth of garbage is emerging into view but things are also appearing that we haven’t seen in a long time. So here is what I can see and smell in the spring air and what it looks like to me.

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I missed you!

Come talk to me!

So after over six years of wishing I still had you all to talk to, I’ve decided to do something about it. Social media is exhausting, threatening, annoying and time-consuming, but interesting people are necessary and fun. Writing in an absolute vacuum is not fun and what I am writing is probably now unintelligible because I am so in my own head. So here’s my plan and it’s open for discussion.

For those who don’t know, I am writing a series of books all at once. It is kind of like being pregnant with a dozen babies at once but only being able to birth them at a rate of one every year or two. I’d give a lot to be able to speed up the process and get at least the first quartet finished and out there in months, not years. I also think I’d better start getting feedback before I hit publish on some of this.

In order to move at a reasonable speed, I need more time writing. Since my writing is (ahem) only appreciated by an exclusive audience, it doesn’t exactly pay the rent. Neither does it pay for such luxuries as decent book covers, translations, audio etc. If you’d like to help me deliver these books faster and in better form it would be very appreciated.

How I’d like to accomplish the above is by bringing back the Binding Chaos community and giving it a place to grow. I know a lot of you are very frustrated because you like the ideas but you have no one to talk to about them. A lot of you also would like to clarify some points or provide feedback and your emails and messages go unanswered far too often (sorry!).

So I am going to use a lot of the tools that Patreon now has (Discord, Discourse, WordPress limited access) and create a Patreon community where we can experiment with more open, two-way communication, where people can get involved at the level they choose but without the trolls and imaginative death threats of social media. Kind of like an epistemic community! Here it is, check it out.

I’m excited, I hope you’re excited and we can build something that really works for all of us.

Talk to you soon!