Interesting Articles, 4/23/2017

Here are some articles I’ve read recently and found interesting:

Grace & Steel Ep. 78 – Talking to the Z Blogger is a podcast featuring one of my favorite bloggers & Baltimore resident, The Z Blogger. This is the first one he’s done, so it was nice to hear him talk at length.

Geographic Apartheid in Africa Exists to Entrench the One Party State– Looks at how California’s harsh regulations on new construction in coastal areas forces Hispanic immigrants into interior regions, which enables the super-majority of Democrats in the state legislature.

“The Ideas Made It, But I Didn’t” checks in with Pat Buchanan who has witnessed his political ideas triumph electorally with the election of Donald Trump.

The Strategy of a Thousand Statesmen considers the necessary task of building a new set of people to take over the true reigns of power in the United States.

Moldbug 10 Years On, A Critical Retrospective looks back at the work of Mencius Moldbug, an influential thinker in reactionary politics. It covers his main philosophies and look at how they held up, and how they changed over time.

 

Why You Should Join and Use Gab

Gab is a relatively new social network, centered around a microblogging platform which limits your posts to 300 characters. You might not want another social network in your life, or you may not wish to devote time to a social network that is just getting off the ground, but you should register an account and start using Gab right away. You can find me on http://gab.ai/CQW, it is where I do most of my social media posting these days.

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Articles Worth Reading Round-Up: 4/12/2017

Here are some pieces from the past few weeks that I think are worth reading.

James Burnham’s Managerial Elite presents the political philosophy of communist-turned-founding-memeber-of-American-conservatism, (of which there are many) James Burnham. It discusses one of the things he gets very right, the rise of managerialism. He presents manegerialism as a third alternative to socialist and laissez-faire economics that combines much of the worst of both systems.

A Cultural Phenomenology of Urban Exploration dives into the hobby of urban explorers who seek out abandoned decaying malls and factories. The emotions tapped by urban explorers reflect on common misgivings about modernity.

 

Review of Corrosion (The Corroding Empire Book 1) by Johan Kalsi

The proper way to review a book is a matter of some debate and differing philosophies and Corrosion by Johan Kalsi is one that could receive reviews with largely different content and conclusions based on the choices made by the reviewer in examining the work. Corrosion can be examined in a vacuum, in comparison to John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire or in comparison to the Isaac Asimov novel, Foundation. In the first case the novel was mostly successful in accomplishing the author’s goals. Pitted against Scalzi, the book would seem to be a resounding success. Finally, while it is impossible to properly compare it to Asimov at this stage, the novel develops a similar premise in a more expansive direction and uses different means to maintain cohesion between the stories.

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Harvard Classics, Volume 6: Robert Burns

The sixth volume of the Harvard Classics is exclusively poetry and songs from the famous and influential Scottish poet, Robert Burns. He his best known to me for the classic song “Auld Lang Syne” and the classic rock hit “John Barleycorn”. Encompassing 557 individual poems, this work was daunting. Not only am I not usually one for reading poetry, Burns usually writes in Scottish vernacular and often uses Scots Gaelic words in his poems. That’s in addition to the standard practice of using plenty of Latin and French borrowed words as well. Robert Burns seems to refer to Scotland as Caledonia more often than its actual name.  This makes these poems a challenge to read and comprehend for a reader like myself who is not only separated from the work by a significant language barrier but also by more than two hundred years of history. After reading the first hundred poems, the language became easier to deal with and the second half of the collection was a relative breeze once I had gotten used to his style.

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