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Ghost Bird

  • Commented on Do my Homework
    @Graydon What does this get you? A society run by fearsomely augmented elderly lady gardeners, with gardener attitudes toward people? That's one of the least creepy outcomes I can think of, and I'm not sure if there's a sympathetic way...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    @Elderly Cynic: An immediate tangible cause? We are speculating that. @Charlie Stross: i'm positing rioting that gets started as food banks run out of food (although the folks dependent on food banks are generally already too beat down to complain)...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I agree that the government may be able to hold things together in the short term, but I don't see it being feasible for very long. One thing I'm getting at with my scepticism about civil unrest is that there's...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    the final refutation of the common British misconception that the UK is still a global superpower, possibly accompanied by Scottish secession and re-entry to the EU, Irish reunification in some sort of federal system, re-acquisition of Gibraltar by Spain, and...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Gentle reminder that saying "on both sides" when talking about the oppressed vs the oppressors is making excuses for oppression....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Cory Robin is useful on this in "The Reactionary Mind". His take is that most libertarians are in fact disciplinarians who want to be free to create and impose their own hierarchies of authority in their homes and businesses. Obviously,...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Not saying that the EU is perfect but as a body it seems considerably more humane and less vile than some member countries. I agree. The problem is that EU policies still aren't very humane. In particular, as you identify...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Corbyn wants Brexit as do the fascists & communists .... As a communist (anarchist subtype) I'm not sure that's quite right. Most communists of my acquaintance would probably support Brexit after the Revolution, but think EU membership with freedom of...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    @Greg Tingey Though I admit that the prevailing politic-economic theories at the time made a bad situation (much) worse. This was, in fact, my entire point....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I view libertarianism — the US political ideology — as "the bad crazy", more tolerable than nazism only because it hasn't yet been given the power to build its own pyramids of skulls. I'd argue for the Irish Famine,...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    If one accepts the dictum that all narratives are lies, but some lies are useful, then the obvious question is: how is this narrative useful, other than providing struts to build a work of SF? One obvious thought is that...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    This is interesting, but a line of reasoning that ends with "people in warm tropical countries will tend to be less intelligent" - even with caveats - makes me distinctly uncomfortable. Are we sure that we're not just seeing cultural...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    He's well meaning We all remember what a joy J Thomas in conversations about feminism on Crooked Timber before he was banned, yes?...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    none of the ones I've put in the effort for were worth it. Oddly, that's one of the things I like - it's a perfect antidote to Very Serious People discussing Very Serious Issues very seriously. But I take your...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    It's a bit of a quixotic thing to do, but I just wanted to pop in (up?) and say that I've been lurking - and very occasionally posting - on this site for over a decade and I very much...
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