Friday Night Fragments #31

There once was a blogger named Yarvin
Some right-wingers found him quite charmin’
But Strange Loop was not
As open in thought
And they found his views quite alarmin’

The strange affair of the Strange Loop Affair is probably not going to be news to some of my readers, but it does bear some discussion. To give a brief summary: quarantine protocols regarding Curtis Yarvin — patient zero of the NR24 Lentivirus (an infection that can linger in the body for years before manifesting symptoms) — were nearly violated by the Strange Loop Tech conference, who had invited him to speak without realizing the potential danger. Such breach of quarantine could have exposed innumerable innocents to the ravages of the NR24 virus.

Despite the fallout from this event, there are fortunately no confirmed cases of infection. If you suspect that you or someone you know has been afflicted with the NR24 virus, please contact the proper authority figures so that swift remedial action may be taken.


A new study has come out that is notable not just for its conclusion, but also its awkwardly worded phrasing. I quote from the abstract:

Overall, 14.3% of female and 10.8% of male students had experienced a pregnancy.

Granted, I didn’t go to high school in New York, but in my four years, nowhere near one out of every ten boys found themselves pregnant. Not even close.

Yes, yes, I know what they meant, that’s not exactly the point now, is it?

Kidding aside, I’m not able to access the full text of the article, so I had to turn to media write-ups to get some of the more juicy details, but certain things jumped out at me in a dramatic way:

28.6 percent of self-identified gay or bisexual male students, and 37.7 percent of males who’d had sex with both men and women, had gotten someone pregnant, while only 10 percent of heterosexual male students, or those with only female sex partners, had impregnated someone.

On first reading that I assumed that the reporter covering the story had misinterpreted something. I figured there was no way that could be correct. Yet, if no mistakes were made, those are the numbers that the study found. What are we to make of that?

Those are crazy numbers.

Also of interest this week would be the South Africans mercenaries who have been fighting Boko Haram over the past few months. Most of the coverage has done it’s best to play up the “these guys must be racists because all South Africans are racist so we can’t really root for them even though they are killing people who we will admit to be bad guys” angle, but a welcome breath of fresh air has been the six-part write-up by (Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six).

I suppose it would be almost trite to predict an increased reliance upon mercenaries as the monopoly of the nation-state on organized violence erodes further. I’m almost embarrassed to predict this, as it’s so obvious, but even though this is akin to the training wheels of making predictions it still seems worth saying.

The Mitrailleuse has a chart up that attempts to plot the political leanings of various media outlets along with..shall we say..the tenor of their delivery. If you look closely you might just find a few very familiar names among the mess.

Life is absurd. That’s half the fun, of course, but there are times when this absurdity grates on a certain kind of person. They might find themselves asking why things are just so strange.

There are many reasons for absurdity, but one of the reasons why things might be made absurd on purpose is as a demonstration of power and a means of enforcing submission. Spandrell touches on one such example from Chinese history in The Purpose of Absurdity. He then goes on to make some clarifications in his follow-up post: The Cause of Absurdity. Both are fantastic reads.

Scott Alexander over at Slate Star Codex put up a gripping post the other day. I would call it a “choose your own adventure” story of sorts, but that would perhaps miss the point. It’s not really that on a surface level, and there’s much more to it beneath the surface level anyway. Definitely well worth a read.

I shudder to throw out even more links when this edition of the fragments has already gone from a collection of short snippets and half-completed thoughts to a link round-up, but NIO has had a couple good posts this week and I would feel remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to both of them.

The super structure upon which progressive thought resides is the Hegelian theodicy which is heavily derived from Christian theology. Within this theodicy, evil and the negative are overcome by the good and positive in a continuous process of thesis, antithesis and then synthesis until reconciliation of the universe is competed.

Theodicy, Negative Dialectics, and Post Modernism

Phronima are therefore Gnostic style systems which function as parasites on productive and effective civilisation metaphysical structures. Progressivism proper is a phronima. To this effect Jims observation that –

“Progressivism wears the religions it has devoured like a monster that dresses itself in the skins of people it has eaten.”

Is apt, very apt. Genius in fact.

Katechon and Gnosticism as a Civilizational Battle
Finally, since it seems fitting to actually finish off with a fragment instead of just a link, here’s a little back-and-forth from the comments on my last fragments:

Aeoli Pera: Love the map, thanks for posting.

>“People are going to project themselves onto you anyway. Why not give them more to cling to? The honest ones will always see in you truth and the liars will always assume that honeyed words mask bitter realities and those who speak neither truth nor lies will always see only possibilities. It is tempting to encourage such beliefs and sing the siren song of imagination and illusion.”

I recently hypothesized that Gervais principle “power talk” works like this [DG’s edit: post in question here]. A person says something verbally which is meant to trigger one or more associations, which in the end works out as a complex social signaling behavior.

Donovan Greene: I’d say that hits at something essential. Very essential. True “power talk” can get to be far more complex than that, but that might very well be the building block from which all the other tricks and tactics emerge.

Here’s something that might help your examination:

It’s a case study in (among other things) power talk between two (fictional) alpha males. Great example of how power talk fits in with other factors such as political negotiations and holding frame. You might find it useful as you develop your interpretive paradigms.

Get a little power talk in this weekend. You’ll feel better for it.


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