Category: the state

  • Minority Rule

    Today is Independence Day, 2024. As it may be the last such occurrence in more than name only, we should enumerate what stands to be lost to minority rule. The majority clearly shares common preferences for a value system where you are emancipated from those who would deny you the ability to actualize yourself because…

  • Solving the problem

    There are lots of voices bemoaning the use of copyrighted materials in the training of large language models, how much energy and water is consumed by their creation, and how they are enclosing a commons to create a new generation of robber barons. Congress could, if they were a functioning part of human civilization, enact…

  • M.A.D. is broken

    Mutually Assured Destruction is the name for the idea that none of the nuclear powers will start a nuclear war because it will result in nuclear holocaust, destroying civilization and possibly ending the human race. But what if they don’t care? What if a nuclear power believes their decline and extinction as a nation is…

  • Police, again

    In a surprise to no one, police are again being unleashed in performative brutality against young adults demonstrating in protest against their elders’ lack of integrity to the espoused virtues of their country. Rather than dig deep into the many, many ways this particular hypocrisy is composed (because I don’t have anything but vitriol and…

  • Liars

    There is a joke that I’ve heard since I was a kid that has managed to remain inoffensive and true through out all the refinements of what we deem socially acceptable. It goes like this, “How do you know if a politician is lying? His lips are moving!” I like this because everyone can agree…

  • No Peace

    If you are angry at “the government” but live in a representative democracy, where you are able to participate in free and fair elections, then you are the government that you are angry at. Either you’ve made bad choices and are now being forced to live with them, or you’ve neglected your responsibilities and are…

  • Autocracy isn’t socialism

    FWIW, all the people who say they are against socialism because they’ve lived under communism and their lives were hard or ruined, suffered because they lived under totalitarian autocracies. If they want to make a nuanced argument about how socialism _leads_ to totalitarian autocracies I’m receptive to unpacking that argument, just not while they are…

  • Just one thing: Suffrage

    If you want a single thing to use to understand the current status of the great experiment that is the United States of America, one needs only to look at who is allowed to vote. In the beginning, voting was neither and inalienable right nor a privilege bestowed from power, being instead the consequence of…

  • American immigration policy: a 75 year plan

    Over the next 75 years or so, barring catastrophe, the global human population is expected to rise to around 10 billion before plateauing for a while and then, perhaps, declining through the first half of the next century. Simultaneously, the developed world will face a demographic challenge as more people age out of the workforce…

  • The same boogieman

    Privacy advocates and gun advocates fear the same boogieman but only privacy tech can stop it short of war and war is rarely an invited guest. The fear of authority gone awry and reaching towards authoritarianism is not irrational. The desire to have tools that protect you from authoritarianism is not irrational. The desire to…