Alrenous: When Moldbug says AIACC he means Communism and realpolitik are kissing cousins while what-hobbits-think-Democ racy-is lives on the other side of town. If we’re lumping, communism wins. Of course it’s not Slavic communism; that would never fly in the Anglosphere. It’s probably as close as we can realistically get to communism, though. Alexander is good at naming things I already know about. Alexander is very, very bad at coming up with true things I don’t already know...
Barnabas: I think Alexander has been good for NRxn. There is a real tendency to attack a caricature of liberalism and Alexander makes a good foil. He argues fairly and doesn’t just point and sputter. I have found his motte and bailey concept very useful.
Toddy Cat: If that’s the case, I owe Alexander an apology, but I’ve got to say that I doubt it. It kind of reminds me of all those people back in 2005 who argued that our strategy in Iraq only looked stupid, that it was actually part of some deeper plan. No such luck, at least until the Surge. Yeah, Alexander might be a closet reactionary, but to me, he just looks like a typical Social Justice lefty, who has a better than usual understanding of his opponents’ case and occasional...
Bob Sykes: Outdoor churches and churches open to the outdoors are surprisingly common, e.g. Cathedral of the Pines
Some Poster: If you liked Doc Brown’s house in “Back to the Future”, it was designed by the Greene & Greene brothers. Their style has similar wood crafted interiors. In later years, their team included the work of John and Peter Hal, Swedish brothers who were wood workers. Their homes also had subtle Asian and Spanish influences. Do an image search for “Greene & Greene”
Alex J.: I think when Moldbug talks about America being a communist country, at least half of what he is saying is “Consider my idiosyncratic definition of communism.” Maybe Alexander doesn’t intend this, but if people can be persuaded that mutable biology is important, they’re one step closer to acknowledging the importance of genetic biology.
Toddy Cat: “an independent, democratic, pro-US, pro-Israel, Arab state.” The belief that such a thing could exist at this moment in history is a sufficient comment on the policy.
Space Nookie: I’m pretty sure one of the themes of Brave New World is the use of “biology” to transform human beings into bio-robots that love their servitude.
Space Nookie: Sigh, the real story is the collapse of the Iraqi army and the resulting power vacuum, with the Baghdad government effectively captured by Iran, and Kurdistan as a newly independent state with ethnic-territorial designs on Turkey, Syria, both Shiite and Sunni Iraq, and Iran. And for some reason, the US media prefers to exaggerate the threat posed by ISIS rather than examine the total failure of Washington’s 10-year, trillion-dollar adventure to make Iraq into an independent,...
Cassander: SOCOM already has a small fixed wing air force that operates ac-130s and a wide variety of drones. Since SOCOM is still rapidly growing, I expect that this force too will be expanding soon.