Category Archives: The Mind & Society

‘Smash racism!’

Matt Taibbi deftly skewers the most recent manifestation of racial hatred, bigotry and intolerance.

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Not this crap again

I was enjoying this piece by Cynthia Chung, over at The Strategic Culture Foundation, until I reached this paragraph: On Nov 9th, 1978, Trilateral Commission member Paul Volcker (Federal Reserve Chairman from 1979-1987) would affirm at a lecture delivered at … Continue reading

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Drinking from a Firehose

There is just so much happening at the moment, at so much good writing about what is happening, that I simply can’t summarise and analyse it as I would like to. So I’ll just leave the links here for you … Continue reading

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Violence is here because the stakes are high

From the ever-insightful Charles Hugh-Smith: The pressure on the Fed to turn off the money-printing that’s goosing stocks ever higher will be increasing as the election draws ever closer.┬áThe Deep State has lost every gambit so far in a humiliating … Continue reading

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Glenn Carle, the Deep State and the Russians – questions

Recently, while on a fairly long drive I listened to this podcast interview with Glenn Carle, a former CIA case officer who after the September 11 attacks was shunted into interrogating some poor bastard who turned out to be a … Continue reading

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Prescience

I thought this discussion, from October 2007, comparing the US intervention in Iraq to its earlier intervention in Vietnam, was remarkably prescient. I didn’t realise at the time just how perceptive the analysts were. It is only in the light … Continue reading

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Intelligence, Policy, Goals, the Principle-Agent Problem and Moral Hazard

Two months ago, I discussed quotations from/about Peter Turchin, Daniel Ellsberg and Paul Monk about the difficulty, if not the impossibility, of influencing policy with relevant facts and sound reasoning drawing on those facts. For ease of reference, I reproduce … Continue reading

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All communication is motivated – Captain Obvious edition

The latest from US Secretary of State Mike ‘The Diplomat’ Pompeo: This is a Chinese Communist Party that has come to view itself as intent upon the destruction of Western ideas, Western democracies, and Western values. It puts Americans at … Continue reading

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‘You ain’t [X]’

There’s a curious manifestation of Belief Preservation in which a person responds to an expression, or sometimes even just a hint, of crimethink by declaring that the crimethinker is not a member of some group, either their own or someone … Continue reading

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Turchin, Ellsberg, Monk

Found this quotation from the superb Peter Turchin in Angela Nagle’s essay on his recent thought: Turchin long believed that if he presented his theory to elites, they could avoid repeating the crises of the past. He seems to have … Continue reading

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