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Alien Anthropology

How, exactly, does Democracy survive?

An interesting observation is: if you consider the overall system of antithetical ideologies and jockeying competitive (self-)interests in play here, the self-defining competition between Democracy and “Other” kinds of political system seems to be a necessary component in the sustainable continuity of Democracy itself. The gestalt of the Global information-processing system lumbers and lurches along […]

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Alien Anthropology

American Decline

American capitalism is an evolving information and energy-processing (i.e. computational) system and complex socioeconomic metabolism that possesses implicit spatial, temporal and material limits. Where boundaries are eventually encountered, the reflexive impulse is for any such system so foundationally grounded upon assumptions of the heroic values implicit to (a) consumptive necessity to begin, slowly – at […]

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communication

Change is as easy as A, B, C

As it ever has been with this human being: finding an order, a pattern a convention or conceptual trope we tend on the whole – and with very little convincing required to overcome what minimal (and liminal) barriers to our gullibility that might exist – to mistake the order we find as being meaningful, objective, […]

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Alien Anthropology

Coronavirus, Dr. Li Wenliang and the Implicit Fragility of Authoritarian Political Regimes

While it is true that there is no such thing as a perfect political system, some forms of social organisation clearly possess greater resilience than others. This current epidemiological catastrophe is clear evidence of the implicit failures of authoritarian information control. A Chinese couple is being detained and transported to unknown destination inside a large […]

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politics

Democracy, unmasked…

…and this, this is the yawning abyss at the heart of Democracy; that is, it is a system so exquisitely poor at selecting individuals of sufficient aptitude, intelligence and enduring moral character to perform the roles into which they might find themselves unwittingly flung.

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environment politics

Climate Strike: Which Economy?

I observed a characteristically parochial performance from a politician on the morning news today. The topic of the Global Climate Strike was under analysis and the tired old excuses for workers and schoolchildren not attending the rallies and protests were wobbled around with rhetorical ineptitude. An argument was made for the importance of a strong […]

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Alien Anthropology

Democracy and Authoritarianism are Strange Bedfellows

There is only one underlying logical information system – all ideologies are contingent interpretations that are biased towards selfish needs.

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Psychology

Neurosis

A neurosis is a problem-solving solution that has lived past it’s use-by date and just keeps on keeping on.

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culture

Only Logic Wins Wars

Only the logic of technology wins war and war is indeed the one place that accelerated technological evolution is guaranteed. All of which leads us to a probable inevitability of conflict, written deeply into nature of information systems and logic.

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politics

There is no perfect social system

Just as there may never be any isolated closure and teleological endpoint to logic, physics and mathematics – there can also never be any such thing as the “one true way” or ideological and social perfection. There are only successive approximations and iterative algorithmic refinements towards a better world, without end.

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culture politics systems

On Facts, Truth and Public Narratives

You could be mistaken for believing that the primary public narratives and political engagements of our era are dominated by simpletons and misanthropes…

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culture

Disassembling Democracy

The actual rate of accelerating technological and organisational complexity has been outpacing administrative and hierarchical aptitude for some time.