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Stream of consciousness, links, quotes and anything else that comes to mind.


  • All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

    Frank Hebert


  • In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Indeed.


  • As the conservative death toll in Gaza nears 30,000 — with more than 13,000 children confirmed dead — the White House spin doctors are worried about the 2024 U.S. election.

    Jeremy Scahill, WITH NETANYAHU THREATENING RAFAH INVASION, BIDEN PREPARES TO SEND ISRAEL MORE BOMBS

    But remember… “Just shut the fuck up, go to the polling site and vote for Biden without any doubts or reservations.”

    Right.


  • In both cases, the goal is to quell dissent. That’s because the last thing that anyone equipped with limited facts, poor reasoning, and an austerity of grace wants is to debate critics who may suffer none of these shortcomings. It makes them look bad. The barrel of a gun yields much quicker results without all of the arguing and loss of face. Totalitarianism is the easy way for those in charge.

    Martin Hackworth, What do the far left and the far right have in common? An embrace of totalitarianism.

  • U.S. manufacturing is not in decline and never has been. We are still one of the greatest industrial powers in the world. The story of U.S. manufacturing and its alleged demise is actually a story about deceptive political narratives of decline and how they distort our view of the world.

    Robert Tracinski, The Manufactured ‘Decline’ of Manufacturing

    Hmmmmm.


  • It is rare for a mass movement to be wholly of one character. Usually it displays some facets of other types of movement, and sometimes it is two or three movements in one.

    Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

    And often, the enemy of my enemy is…


  • Our politics, religion, news, athletics, education and commerce have been transformed into congenial adjuncts show business, largely without protest or even much popular notice. The result is that we are a people on the verge of amusing ourselves to death.

    Neal Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

    Prescient.


  • Sunday Bookshelf Update


  • … radical systems can survive and even thrive in the modern world of tech and media.

    Anil Dash, “Wherever you get your podcasts” is a radical statement

    What I believe.


  • Trust resists automation. As trust in auto-generated, ad-inundated, broadcast newsletters erodes, real human names and faces will emerge as the most trusted “brands” in their area of interest or industry.

    C.J. Chilvers, Principles for Newsletters

    Only $4.99 for 37 years of wisdom on the subject. If you’re publishing a newsletter or thinking about it, the ROI on this purchase is a straight no-brainer.