Become better, fight the power
Journalists want to pretend everything is on the upswing when wages have been flat for 40+ years, liberalism is dying, Big Cricket is trying to make you eat bugs and our standard of living will be lower than our grandparents'. Who is more evil? The one that points these problems out, or the one insisting more of the same will, somehow, eventually make your life better if only we do even more of what got us into this mess? "Make yourself better" + "Here are the ways society is failing us" is not a call for terrorism. It's a way to call people away from the abyss and back towards what is true and beautiful. That journalists treat these efforts as violence is only because they see becoming a better person as a threat to their power. I want you to become great to undermine everyone and everything telling you to be weak. That the system wants the opposite tells you everything you need to know.
Ban all Zippos
We need more common sense arson laws! Ban high capacity matchbooks! We need to throw due process out the window and seize the lighters of anyone posting anything about campfires on the internet. Anyone who complains they are cold is a potential arsonist. Take the Zippos first, go through due process second. There is simply no reason for civilians to have highly combustible fuels. You cannot tell me that anyone should just be able to walk into a store and buy a can of kerosene! Nobody really needs a 10 litre can of petrol to light a fire.
Why men and women are different
Pickup artists went outside and did systematic investigations about attraction triggers in women who had been freed from any restraint. They discovered that - big surprise - women are attracted to shitty men who lack the traits that have been selected for over the last 7000 years. That's the difference between the sexes. Women were selected for their willingness to adapt to being paired off with whomever powerful men chose for her. Men, on the other hand, were under brutal selection by other men and any dude who looked like a challenger had 100% of his Y-chromosomes cancelled out. Today women have a new mating ruleset: cooperate in a marriage and find a high-status man, which is a feedback loop, not a goal. It's not correct to say women didn't exercise choice in the past and therefore they don't have preferences back then. They just couldn't act on those preferences and now they can. Evolutionary psychology says men and women are attracted to certain things based on their past environments but genomic history disproves that - almost all women reproduced but most men were replaced by few men. So, the pickup artists stumbled onto a truth no one yet has accepted: women are remarkably mentally primitive. We've only recently found the genetic evidence as to why: they weren't subject to the same selection pressures as men.
The pressure is too much
Take away boy's summer jobs, subject them to sexual and racial abuse in the media and schools carried out by teachers and every other authority figure, take away their hobbies, edit their favourite video games, pathologise or homosexualise male friendship, then if men become withdrawn, ransack their room, destroy all their privacy, put them on counselling and meds. No wonder young men are breaking.
What about minority privilege? This is the asset giving someone an irrebuttable presumption of offence which can be converted to cash in a discrimination arbitration. Put another way, it's the ability to obtain all of the benefits of society while simultaneously scorning it and taking none of the burden or obligation to maintain it.
White is not a race. Caucasian, Mongoloid or Negroid are races. And no world history course starts with Greece and Rome, it starts with Egypt, or even earlier with Mesopotamia. Western history doesn't discuss what was going on in subSaharan Africa for the same reason it doesn't focus on the Aztecs or Incas. They were culturally separate and distinct from the history that ultimately gave rise to Western European culture, out of which emerged the United States. But if racism isn't directed at white people, and I'm white, how can my worrying about it possibly be self-interested? It's a meaningless tautology. In Mugabe's Africa, is there a Black Privilege List? Maybe that's the point of the whole list. Great. How about a Thin Privilege list, or a Perfect Smile Privilege List? Maybe a Blonde Privilege List? Big Breasts Privilege list? Come on. 1989 called, it wants its nonsense back.
I hate bad car parkers
Why bother with a passive-aggressive note? It takes a human touch to get the point across. That's why when I leave a note I just scrawl the following across their windshield in lipstick:
"You have shown that while you understand the laws of humanity and parking, you do not feel yourself bound by them. For this reason, I levy the following Curse upon you. For the rest of your life, whenever you close your eyes to drift off to sleep, the following vision shall plague you - a mother giving birth, sweaty and straining - you zoom in to the baby crowning and there, fully formed and ringed by a dilated birth canal, is Nicolas Cage's face. He sees you, his blue eyes burning into your own, and smiles. 'Conception is the metal of the universe!' he shouts. Your eyes shoot open, fully awake. You have an erection.
Please be more considerate when parking in the future, or it will only get worse."Sure, it takes time to write out, and the finishing touches such as chicken feathers or chalk pentagrams makes the process even longer, but the results speak for themselves.
Bitcoin as a lever of power
Most of the power in a democracy comes from taking money from one person and giving it to another person. Those who push money to people hold the keys to power. Bitcoin is not currency, therefore its largest threat might be to splinter money into two realms, one belonging to progressive democracies and the other to the interconnected, disintermediated internet. If bitcoin is the model for the second realm, it will no longer matter if progressives hand out fiat currency to entice voters.a
We always hear about Jewish "genius" and Jewish "talent" and how they have had total control over almost every form of entertainment, education, politics, architecture, music, visual art, movies and plays in the West for 70 years. And in many instances, this is true, especially in the US. But something's not right. Does the West look like it was designed by geniuses? We are the scourge of the world, we invented screeching music, consumerism, endless wars, childish art and architecture, our educational system is a joke with millions unable to read or write and our internal relations are at the worst since WWII. Look at Western culture from 1775-1910 and then from 1910 onward. They couldn't be more different. If Jews are in control, then they fall far short of being geniuses.
The point of ethics training isn't to teach ethics, it is to teach people to make decisions in the required direction. It also broadcasts that people should distrust their internal conscience. After all, if it doesn't come from an institution, then it's not true. That's the real meaning behind the phrase "the medium is the message." See also: media, universities, social networks, etc.
Isn't the #MeToo panic a repudiation of feminism? Are women badass Diana Princesses, capable of joining SEAL Team 6 and running the world? Or are they fragile lillies unable to handle the fumbling advances of chubby 70-year-olds? They can't be both. Ultimatum time, girls. I will gladly provide, protect and punch perverts for you, but I damn well better find dinner on the table when I walk in at night. The other option is that I treat you as my equal in all things. Just don't expect me to come running whenever some old, fat guy gives you an icky feeling. It must suck to be attractive. To have suitors pay for things you cannot afford, feed you, entertain you, offer to provide for you. How terrible it must be to be desirable. Women are alleged to control 3/4 of global wealth not because they created it but because the men gave it to them.
Arguably the world’s most notable screenwriter, Robert McKee, wrote this:
"Story begins when an event, either by human decision or accident in the universe, radically upsets the balance of forces in the protagonist's life, arousing in that character the need to restore the balance of life. To do so, that character will conceive of an "Object of Desire," that which they [believe] they need to put life back into balance. They will then go off into their world, into themselves, in the various dimensions of their existence, seeking that Object of Desire, trying to restore the balance of life, and they will struggle against forces of antagonism that will come from their own inner natures as human beings, their relationships with other human beings, their personal and/or social life, and the physical environment itself. They may or may not achieve that Object of Desire; they may or may not finally be able to restore their life to a satisfying balance. That, in the simplest possible way, defines the elements of story."Everything that happens in your life is digested by you through this process, so it would be worth your time to memorise it.
"Science" vs engineering
When a scientist gets something wrong, the worst consequence is a retraction of the paper... or not. In contrast, when an engineer screws up, the consequences begin with property loss and may include the loss of life for others. This is why the best scientists are engineers because they won't stand behind results that are anything less than reliably replicable.
Everyone gets taxed
The reason parents don't tell their children to be careful with alcohol and sex is precisely because the consequences still haven't caught up to the parents from when they screwed around and took drugs. There are many kinds of debt: money, self-esteem, love, effort, etc. One day the taxman will come to collect from our mutual illusions.
The guitar is popular today because it is an instrument you can play effectively by oneself. Who wants to learn to play the viola when you need an orchestra to complete a song, especially when that would require becoming close to a group of strangers?
Don't be a bore
Being a truthful person is not the same as always taking the opportunity to say what you think. As Voltaire said, the way to be a bore is to say everything. The metric should be: will these words increase my happiness or not?
If a product talks about how you won’t feel any guilt by drinking or eating it, then through accepting the form of the question, it is also teaching you that guilt comes via products, not actions and that your transgressions are absolved via products not actions. It is the inverse of the natural world in the only way that matters: pro-status quo.
Sexual freedom is social control
#MeToo is stupid. Feminism removed traditional morality and constraints on human urges, and now they complain about sex getting out of control. But it's also very clever. First, you break all sexual morality and “chains” then you send out the commissars to punish the sexual impropriety because the sexual revolution never really got rid of morality, it just changed who controlled it.
In 1920, there were three competing forms of global governance. In 1990 there was one. In 2019, there still is only one but now there is an online and offline world and they do not completely overlap. The online world is a bit of a mishmash of all ideas and forms of governance, without any real cohesion. However, just the fact that the online world offers different information from the offline makes it a competing form of government. It is unclear how far apart the Venn circles are today, but over the years 2009-19 they have significantly slipped apart.