Linkstorm XIX

Our source for astrological wisdom, type studies, offers a much-awaited new dispatch: “(…) Two centuries on, the God-shaped hole that the Enlightenment shot through the heart of the West remains unfilled; neither totalizing ideologies nor endless circuses and bread will suffice. As our decadence may not only portend another Great War but also a cataclysmic Fall, concerted efforts to break through this ‘meaning crisis’ are bubbling in digital cauldrons outside the mainstream, coalescing into two general approaches (…)”

More about Counterengineer’s Tradhumanist Research Program: “(…) Tradition is not a mere revival of the past, it is the eternal practice of the just and the right. What we wish for is the ability to continually construct a virtuous society. (…)”

EvolutionistX brings some light, wholesome, much longed for Spring vibes: “(…) Nettles are famous because they’re one of the very first wild plants available in spring and are available almost everywhere. (…)”

From dear friend Tundranaut: “(…) micro-cosmologies (…) esoteric topographies (…) ExoDelirium (…)”

Contrarian statistician William M. Briggs talks about meat: “(…) You can do the math. Works out that tons of impalas, antelope, baboons and more are butchered annually. A lot of pain, a lot of blood. But many happy leopards, too. (…)”

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Diesel, gas, and paradox

News surfaced a couple weeks ago that the German government offered to pay the Trump administration up to a billion euros in exchange for lifting sanctions on Nord Stream 2. The whistle was blown by a non-profit called Environmental Action Germany (DUH – Deutschland Umwelthilfe), a member of the Brussels’ based European Environmental Bureau.

DUH was founded in 1975 and is one of the many environmental agencies receiving funding from the EU. It became famous a few years ago, when they spearheaded the legal battle against the German car industry (and the German Federal Government, allegedly protecting them) on account of the Dieselgate scandal. The affair was uncovered in 2015, when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation to Volkswagen. As it turned out, the company had been presenting fraudulent emission measurements of its cars to comply with test regulations; the readings in real driving conditions greatly surpassed the toxicity threshold, posing a public health risk.

The scandal led to the investigation of many other giants in the car-making industry, mainly but no exclusively German ones. It also served as a wake-up call to the problems of diesel as combustion fuel, which had wild ramifications: France’s diesel tax, which sparked the still ongoing Yellow Vests movement, is a remarkable example. The legal impulses to curb traffic in big cities, and the meteoric rise of electric car makers, such as Tesla, are other related events. After years promoting diesel, suddenly it had to be completely eliminated. The “economic periphery” of the world was most impacted, whether in the American Mid-West, French provinces, or downton London.

DUH demanded that car makers payed for the modification of all vehicles with excessive emissions, including those already in circulation. The financial burden generated by this proposal would be unacceptable. It would severely cripple the German motor industry, which is the crown jewel of the nation’s export machine and thus an important factor of its positive trade balance in relation to the US. Interestingly, the supply chain of this industry includes as key providers of parts notorious Visegrad bad boys such as Poland, Hungary or Slovakia. The existence of German exports is vital for many Central European economies.

As one of the most powerful nations in the European Union, the interests of Germany as a whole are sometimes conflated with those of Brussels. This is obviously a huge simplification, as can be seen by the facts exposed above. After all, the EU Commission has imposed enormous fines on the same carmakers DUH claims are in cahoots with the Bundesrepublik. The EU’s relation to its discolous Visegrad members has also seen better days, to put it shortly.

In any case, the controversial pipeline, now almost complete, is a perfect example of this complexity of interests so characteristic of EU politics. Nord Stream 2 would double the amount of natural gas delivered from Russia to Germany every year. It bypasses Central Europe, which had a small leverage until now thanks to its upstream position in the Russian gas network. Understandably, countries in the region, Poland and Ukraine especially, are frontally opposed to the project. As is known, the Americans support the Central Europeans in their stance, since they aim to sell Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in direct competition to Russia.

Thus, the scandal: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, of the Social Democrat Party, wrote a personal letter to former US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, allegedly asking to allow “unhindered construction and operation of Nord Stream 2” in exchange for dedicating up to 1 billion euros to fund the import of American LNG. This alternative source of energy is more expensive, as it requires complicated logistics and processing costs. Flooding Germany with Russian gas and American LNG would turn a country known for its massive investment in green energy into a hydrocarbon powerhouse.

The use of taxpayer money to buy the American government’s complacency to this is a significant realignment, especially when done against what apparently are Brussels’ wishes. Gas politics are one of the last bridges between Europe and Russia, especially after this month’s shaming of High Representative of the EU Josep Borrell (another socialist!) by Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. If this link is severed, it should not be surprising to see Russia look for friends in other increasingly isolated countries, such as China. Counterintuitive as it is, the US has to favor its trade rivals to prevent the solidification of an Eurasian block. It’s not wise to force all your rivals into the same corner.

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Linkstorm XVIII

Fascinating advances in wearable robotics: “(…) The model devised by the researchers is inspired by the mechanisms underpinning the movements of grasshoppers. A simple anatomical experiment, however, revealed that it also effectively replicates the way in which crabs and lobsters move their limbs, which suggests that it reflects the physical structure of most arthropods. (…)”

Verticalist makes it again into this week’s list with a some notes on Luxury Communism: “(…) Here we see that data follows the logic of capital inherently, comprising of limitless sets of flows rather than a definable, strict teleology. Without narrative, without history, we lose the human quality of life and render all activity inhuman and fundamentally dislocated from human (discursive, narrative) control. (…)”

Some esoteric stuff about the North Pole, from a recently discovered cool blog: “(…) The North Pole then represents Paradise, the original home of all, to which we pray to return. (…)”

In defense of miasma theory, by way of Isegoria (plus a bonus funny anecdote): “(…) In our quest for perfect solutions to the current pandemic, we’d forgotten an extremely obvious and simple one — fresh air (…)”

On tradhumanism, by Counterengineer: “(…) The transhumanist would have you believe that all is machine, but clearly a machine is an artifact in the same vein as a hammer. A machine does not have an inherent end to it in the way living substances have. Rather, the machines direction–or equivalently, its form–can only be understood in the context of a human operating it.(…)”

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Caviar, marketing, and competition on the Russian Far East

A couple decades ago, European restaurants paid thousands of Euros for a kilogram of caviar. Currently, they manage to get it for a fraction of the price, thanks to the irruption of Chinese producers. Chinese sturgeon bred in fish farms is now of remarkable quality, thanks to improved industrial practices. Consequently, the Asian country now is responsible for 60% of the world’s production.

The processing of this delicacy, though, is often done by European companies with European capital, its unglamourous Chinese origin thus obscured under French-sounding brands. As with the iPhone – designed by Apple in California, assembled in China, talent and refinement are Western, while the sturgeon’s origin is ambiguosly traced to the cold waters of the Amur river.

The People’s Republic of China is heavily invested in the development of Siberia and the Russian Far East, a place of rivalry with the USSR in the days of the Sino-Soviet split, back in 1969. The area is rich and under-exploited, and modern Russia is happy to let foreign powers collaborate in revitalizing its Pacific Coast.

Several international meetings have been taking place lately in regards to the under-exploited district, and not all of them spell good news for China. Narendra Modi’s “Act Far East” policy, is designed in part to counter China in scenarios far from its already tense borders. Japan is also in on the deals, which focus on topics everywhere from energy (especially coal), transport and maritime navigation, healthcare, the environment, and scientific and technological pursuits. The Indian and Pacific Oceans are, surprisingly, very poorly connected, and increasing traffic is a great opportunity for all parties involved to reduce their dependency on the Suez Canal and the Northern Sea Route.

This is relevant, because Trilateral Cooperation also involves de Arctic Region. India already has the Himadri research station in Norway: a key element of its activity is centered on the climatological impact of the North Pole over the meteorology of the Third Pole: the Himalayas. Just like China, India and Japan are permanent observers in the Arctic Council, along 12 other countries. We’ve talked about the parallelisms of the space and Arctic races before, and what they mean to their participants.

The reader might be confused regarding the connections between caviar and geopolitics. Here at the Outpost we just found it poetic. While the rest of Humanity scrambles for the control of the Globe’s last wild regions, Europeans feast on a splendidly engineered and marketed product, recognized worldwide as the symbol of opulent decadence.

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Linkstorm XVII

The great Justin Murphy shares some interesting predictions: “(…)Lind suggests that any new cross-class alliance will have to create “powerful mass-membership, working-class organizations…” I do not think this needs to happen, and I do not think it will happen. This is a powerful meme from pre-digital labor history, but I don’t think it bears much scrutiny. It’s the kind of thing Gen X socialists say when they don’t know what else to say. (…)”

EvolutionistX commenting on Bad Content vs. Good: “(…) Ask anyone who’s ever lived in a “planned society”: actually getting societies to work and be good, pleasant places to live in is difficult. Just look at the issues people had in the Soviet Union, the city of Brasilia, or any cult. (…)”

Joseph DeFranco at DefenseIQ has some thoughts on biowarfare and drones: “(…) A recent article in the South China Morning Post reported that Chinese gangs are using drones to spread African swine fever in pig populations, infecting and subsequently killing several herds (…)”

Peter Limberg on Culture War Battlefronts: “(…) A memetic tribe—a term I coined with Conor Barnes—is a group of agents (humans, bots, institutions, etc) that replicate “memes” in a way that engender a verisimilitude of tribalism amongst a group of people. (…) These tribes share a meme complex, or memeplex, which is a constellation of memes. (…)”

A great discovery from this week, Verticalist’s Notes on Mammon: “(…) The end of history and the creation of a Universal and Homogenous State is the return of man to given animal being through his overcoming all potential restraints to freedom — closing the circle of time indefinitely, achieving given animal homo-sapien simplicity through total complexification — imagine a beetle going to the opera. (…)”

Linkstorm XVI

Doxometrist is a very exciting recent discovery: “(…) If you find any of the questions new and thought – provoking, you’ve just been vaccinated. Vaccinated against being told about the topic by someone manipulative. Or against being surprised by a question on your stance on that. (…)”

Short poem titled “Armada of the gulf“, via Logos Literature: “(…) Triumph sings the piston, / vengeful spins the gear. / Grand, the ship emerges, / glory!—fair the cheer. (…)”

Curtis Yarvin’s Gray Mirror, always returnins a hi-fi image: (…) Fact: the proles are the victims here. The perpetrator is Big Tech—which has marketing profiles on all their customers, has algos that can smell a prole in three clicks, and, if it wasn’t too busy making money by promoting violence, could easily block all proletarian access to complex, inflammatory, easily-misunderstood stories (…)”

Isegoria pointing to the right stuff for you: “(…) When the Korean War began, T. R. Fehrenbach explains (in This Kind of War), the United States had no experience handling hostile prisoners of war (…)”

Geoff Shullenberger offers a very interesting course on René Girard: “(…) The interdisciplinary theorist René Girard’s work traces the sources of human conflict to the tendency to imitate, and identifies scapegoating as a fundamental means of social pacification. (…)”

BONUS TRACK (in Spanish), from the recently-opened blog Interferencia: “(…) ese europeo que “ha perdido la raíz de su heroico idealismo” y lo ha cambiado por “la ciega servidumbre a la realidad más aparente e inmediata” ya tiene un nombre y ya había existido unas pocas décadas atrás: es el sujeto propiamente totalitario. (…)”

Neo Proletarian Technolords and Dei ex machina

In these times, it has become something of a cliché to criticize the notion of “Rule by Experts”. That is, the expectation that decisions should be taken by the technically prepared, with the Greater Good of the public in mind. The coronavirus pandemic brought this debate to very explicit terms, as policies came to be judged in regards to their relation to current scientific knowledge. The meme of the disconnected, smug elite started to converge with that of the myopic hyper-specialist, oblivious to realities outside his field and prisoner of his abstractions.

In any case, the now-questioned Rule by Experts seems a product of a previous era, in which it seemed that the Technosphere was a refuge of peace and neutrality, far from the stridencies of the National, the Religious or the Ideological. This perception of Technoptimism as a thing of the past is, however, artefactual.

Traditionally, technology is defined as whatever technical means Humans employ to solve a problem. Since solved problems don’t appear as problems anymore, the Technosphere always seems to be at the edge of the Present. We don’t perceive technologies designed to address past problems as technology, but as nondescript objects within our reality of abundance. Thus, primitive technologies such as the knife, the hearth or clothes become trivial in our world of wealth and security.

A pack of matches or a piece of rope lacks the aura of power projected by more advanced technologies with less obvious ways of functioning, such as the Internet or vaccines. Its true significance only becomes manifest in dire and rare circumstances of remoteness, solitude and lack of preparation, such as being stranded in a desert island. Only in the post-apocalypse will we think of subsistence farmers as the embodiment of Rule by Experts. Soothing notes of absolute, rational neutrality will suddenly become obvious in their voices. We’re not there yet, though.

The faith with which our epoch rewards technical solutions is only a particular case of the Technooptimistic phenomenon, in which we believe to have found in it a territory of ultimate neutrality. Everybody can be served by the existence of electricity or ink: compared to ideological or moral discussions, technical problems are marvelously clear and objective. The comfort they provide is understandably seen as a possible road to peace and understanding amongst all of Humanity.

Those too secure in this promise, however, are victims of magic thinking when they expect from technology any capacity for human and moral progress. The I Fucking Love Science™ types, as their previous historical iterations did, naively believe that technology will only be used “in a sociological sense”, to paraphrase Carl Schmitt’s reflections on The Concept of the Political. Precisely, 15th century transoceanic navigation technologies were seen by Spanish missionaries with the same optimism that shined in the eyes of English capitalists when beholding James Watt’s myriad applications for the steam engine. It’s the hopeful spirit that took over the hearts of early nuclear physicists when they learned they could harness the energy of the atom. We all know how these stories end, and it’s not Universal Salvation.

For every “vulgar mass religion” (Schmitt’s words again) expecting paradise come from the Technosphere, an opposite cult often arises. It’s a cult based around the fear of a new Class; of Mass emerging from technological acceleratio, with Revolution in its womb. The Proletariat was born out of the cultural nothingness and void of Capitalist exploitation: a debt owed by Communist revolutionaries to Capitalists, according to Marx himself. Proletarians brought with them total disdain for old sociological and political forms, their answer to total technification.

And what was radio broadcasting for the world if not a more recent iteration of this meme? From the nothingness of World War I emerged the totalitarian radicals of Right or Left persuasion who would set the globe on fire in the 1930s. The fear engendered by these strange, frightening figures, so particular of their time, is nothing but a lack of faith in Humanity’s capacity to use the enormous potential of Technology. It’s exactly the fear expressed by cyberpunk: that “the street will find its own uses for things”. That nothing will work as expected and no Deus ex Machina is just out of frame, waiting to save us.

Once again, here we are. At the edge, in the crisp rim of a new Total Technological Revolution. What are the supposed techlords of Silicon Valley? No lords at all, but a New Proletariat. This generation’s faceless, uprooted Mass, incessantly produced by the world’s STEM programs. The derisive talk of “bugmen” and “yeast life”, with which they are scorned by those who fear them, is not casual. It’s just perfect for the youngest scions of Technoeconomic Acceleration.

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Linkstorm XV

Vincent Garton published this a year ago , but it reached our gates just now: “(…) Empire, in fact, precedes the modern nation-state not just historically but also logically, and the sovereign states of the contemporary world are comprehensible only as moving parts of the single world empire that triumphed in this colonial struggle: namely, the American empire, whose defeat of the Soviet project in the Cold War represented the victory of a particular maritime, commercial model of world empire over a land-based, spiritual-ethical alternative. This world empire now includes China itself: “China and Russia,” too, “are situated within the American-led system.” No country can exist outside it: they can only rebel against the empire from within. (…)”

Niccolo Soldo’s interview of Alex Kaschuta was equally hilarious and quotable: “(…) Old age is useless in a culture that believes wisdom is reactionary. (…)”

EvolutionistX, as usual, is being correct in this: “(…) To be clear, just because something is a conspiracy doesn’t make it wrong. People have conspired in the past; people will conspire in the future. Sometimes there genuinely is something going on. (…)”

From Isegoria, inexhaustible fountain of references: “(…) The current hysteria over “domestic terrorists” is often compared to incidents in Nazi Germany, Steve Sailer notes, but a better analog might be the Wilson administration’s demonization of German-Americans in 1917 (…)”.

Parallax Optics compares three Neoreactionary OG’s, and shares The Outpost’s scepticism on decentralized insurrectionism: “(…) Troosters boast of the anti-fragile, distributed network of anti-Woke system resistance they represent / embody. But in reality – minus their actually competent fed infiltration component – they are a serum of disorganised conspiracy theorists / Larpers injected into an extraneous faction of Trump’s Boomer / Maga base. (…)”

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Tsunamis, pranks and uprisings

Sedition is an interesting concept, occupying in most legal systems where it exists a place somewhere beneath open treason and armed rebellion. It means an attempt at overthrowing the government, and in the US it’s punishable with up to 20 years in prison. The word sounds a little bit archaic in English, which is unsurprising since the legislation around it stems from the Civil War Era.

The seriousness of the offense contrasts starkly with the carefree, easy-going attitude of most of the participants on the last Capitol attack, who kept posting barefaced selfies during the whole event, made no attempt at disguising their identity, and, save a minority, seemed to not fully grasp the consequences of their actions. The whole thing seemed to have a performative, oniric quality: protestors were mostly content walking around the complex with confused looks, taking small souvenirs such as pieces of furniture or, infamously, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s shoes. There were no public demands, no symbolic gestures or speeches. After making it to the last level’s boss’ dungeon, the boss was nowhere to be found. No victory screen or end-game credits either.

This attitude is of course symptomatic of the pathologies engendered by abusive consumption of super-stimulant simulacra of reality. Videogames, TV and porn: Ersatz-achievement, Ersatz-drama and Ersatz-satisfaction. Aberrant decision-making molded by virtuality and mass psychology, coming to terms with the rock-solid, real, material power of the State.

After these last days’ digital crackdown on dissenters and deplorables of all kinds, there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of technologically-enhanced, decentralized insurgency, thanks to the advances in secure communications and growing security and privacy culture. The State too is coming to terms with virtuality and the elusive power of an anonymous, rhizomatic revolution. We already published some thoughts about crypto-insurrection here at The Outpost, about a week ago.

There was a very interesting precedent of this kind of uprising not too long ago: in Spain, of all places. An illegal referendum for the secession of Catalonia was celebrated on October 1st 2017. Spanish anti-riot police were rushed into the scene to confiscate the illegal ballots, with chaos, disorder and forceful dissolution of protests ensuing.

The referendum had been instigated by prolific tweeter, magic aficionado and regional President Carles Puigdemont, who had promised to lead Catalonia to Independence through it. Catalan society was divided exactly in half in Spanish loyalists and Separatists, but only the latter turned out to vote and face the police. The confrontation confirmed their bias against Spain’s alleged authoritarianism: Puigdemont called for civil disobedience, strikes across the country and the blocking of all land communications between Catalonia and the rest of the country, which lasted weeks. Loyalists were hostage to the regional administration, overwhelmingly pro-independence.

Success seemed so close. In a live broadcast statement, Puigdemont proclaimed the founding of an independent Catalan Republic on the night of October 27th. A few seconds later, however, he backtracked and declared it to be only symbolic. “Out of a sense of responsibility”, he said. There was simply no legal or material structure to build the new country on, and no foreign support. Believers were devasted; loyalists found it hilarious.

The comical reactions of this anticlimactic moment were recorded for posterity. Puigdemont proceeded to run away to Waterloo, Belgium, hiding from Spanish police. Some members of his cabinet also fled to places like Switzerland or Scotland; others stayed and were immediately apprehended by police for misappropriation of public funds and sedition against the Kingdom of Spain. Nobody acknowledged Catalonia’s independence, contrary to expectations.

The following months were of disillusionment. The plot had been beheaded, and most of those responsible for it were scrambling to avoid jail. Those who could tried to leave the sinking ship. Only the least capable politicians stayed: those whose entire career had been staked on the Cause. Puigdemont, aiming to regain some degree of prestige, talked about establishing a “Digital Republic”, ruled from Waterloo. Living on illegally deviated government funds and donations by activists, he went back to tweeting and conspiring. Rallies for independence became every day sadder and more histrionic, a hobby for fanatic boomers and disaffected weirdos.

The Catalan Republic had been conceived as a Progressive, Inclusive, Cosmopolitan Paradise against Fascist Spain. Carving a new State out of a millennia-old European nation is hard, though. Impossible, maybe, if you lack natural resources, an appetite for armed struggle, and/or powerful friends abroad. Separatist leaders knew this. Yearly rallies ending in family barbecues, are not the substrate from which States are built. It’s impossible to simply meme the Republic into existence.

The strategy had been to provoke hard repression. Separatist leaders had hoped to goad the Spanish government into sending the military to try and stop the coup. A couple corpses littering the streets would have been ideal, granting legitimacy to the struggle and maybe forcing the EU to intervene. The Spanish called the bluff, however, when anti-riot police failed to kill anybody on October 2017. Independence was in dire need of martyrs, and none could be found.

On September 2nd, 2019, seemingly out of nowhere, an anonymous platform with the name Tsunami Democràtic (“Democratic Tsunami” in Catalan) suddenly exploded in Separatist social media. The organization released a manifesto appealing to civil disobedience and non-violent struggle as a reaction against the imprisonment of Separatist leaders. Actions immediately started, consisting mostly on occupying government and financial buildings, hindering communications and transportation services, and hanging posters and signs. Public and private property was joyfully burnt and and destroyed.

The most interesting feature of Tsunami Democràtic, however, was its release of an Android app to coordinate protests. To activate it, users had to use a QR code provided directly by another member, screen to screen. This way, they avoided infiltration by security forces, which had cracked down on allied, grassroots organizations such as Antifa or local CDRs (Committees for the Defense of the Republic). Each member could only invite a limited number of people, making it almost mole-proof.

The app tracked members’ GPS location and had access to their camera and microphone. It was not open source, making impossible to know if the data it collected stayed inside the mobile device, or if it was sent to an external server somewhere else. By sending users personalized prompts about protests in the vicinity, they could join actions in real time. Its spontaneity made it almost impossible for police to react against roadblocks, occupations and riots: actions started and ended everywhere, all the time.

The app was developed on Flutter, a Google UI framework, and built on the software Retroshare, which uses peer-to-peer mesh connections. Its architecture seemed designed specifically to protect its creators’ identity. Nobody knew who planned the events: as an organization, Tsunami remained anonymous. Users were asked to show up at a certain time and place, and there they went, blindly. Members confirmed their arrival to a protest on the app, and checked out after leaving. Options were installed to inform about police presence. When activated, the app transformed the user into a single node within a network of personal contacts that stretched all the way to the anonymous planners of the action.

A fully-fleshed human botnet, according to University of Barcelona professor Enric Luján. For a movement that took pride in defending democracy, the dark core that decided which actions to perform remained inaccessible and unknown to the majority of supporters. The organization’s protocols were extremely vertical, opaque and detached from the local reality. A deterritorialized leadership could issue orders from anywhere; even from outside the country.

The app was so successful that the only thing the Spanish government could do was to shut down the URLs were the app could be downloaded, and ask GitHub to remove it from its software repository. This forced Spain to join the likes of China and Russia, whose governments are among the few to have made this type of request for similar reasons. An indisputable propaganda victory.

The end of Tsunami Democràtic, however, was as anti-climactic as Catalonia’s Declaration of Independence. On December 18th, 2019, a momentous action was announced: “something” was about to happen at Football Club Barcelona’s stadium, and it involved drones. Another Declaration of Independence, this time for real? A call to arms? A bomb? Not at all. Some balloons were released, a few flags and signs here and there. No master plan. No 4D chess. Just a regular, conventional protest at the stadium.

The unimpressive show felt like pouring cold water on the fiery spirit of the separatists. Protests attended, personal risks taken and trash containers burnt for nothing. By January 2020, new actions were announced through Twitter, but were received with extreme disdain by former supporters, and so far have not materialized. Tsunami’s Telegram channel went down from its 400,000 subscribers then, to about 1700 last December.

Spanish agents eventually traced the app’s VPS to somewhere in Bucarest, Romania. An odd place, 3000 km away from the action. No suspects belonging to the technical elite behind Tsunami could be found. Were they from Puigdemont’s milieu? Did the “fool of Waterloo” have some powerful, secret connections after all? The strategy was obviously the work of professionals, and was packed full of doctrine for hi-tech 4th Generation Warfare. It would be fantastic if this had been a massive exercise in real conditions: an immense practical joke, played on millions of hopeful dupes. It is worth to remember in these times, however, that both sides have to laugh for the prank to be funny, and that dying for somebody else’s agenda is very rarely a funny thing.

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Linkstorm XIV

Beautiful post by Sonya (supposedly), on the People of the Past: “(…) We ought to romanticize the past, and the people who made it. Ought is superfluous, though — it’s not like we can resist the urge. (…)”

Geoff Shullenberger from Outsider Theory provides outstanding intel on the intellectuals of Trumpism: “(…) The “long march through the institutions” undertaken by 60s radicals ended up not with the liberation of those institutions but with the integration of pseudo-liberationist ideologies into the worldview that sustains them. (…)”

Three stories of last week’s Happening by Curtis Yarvin: (…) I think something beautiful, actually, has happened. The world has clarified itself. Though not in a way that anyone believes, or will soon believe, it has taken a genuine step into the mind of its own future, and the future of its own mind. (…)”

A few thoughts on the Presidency by EvolutionistX: “(…) For these four years America has been essentially sans-president. (…)”

An audiovisual sample of Covidian Aesthetics by Mónica Belevan and Charles Curran: “(…) There are real limits, I believe ―acceleration and velocity foremost among them― to what can be accurately conveyed in writing about a world-historical shift of this magnitude and nature in real time. (…)”

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