Outlandish

I just can’t get on board with the Tesla and SpaceX hatred so popular in the leftist community.

Our society needs more big, outlandish projects, not fewer of them.

And with Solar Roof and related technologies, Tesla will probably reduce carbon missions more than all the leftist carping and caviling has done in the history of the world.

Are these the right big outlandish projects? Maybe not. But most of the left’s idea of a world-changing project is to scold someone for cultural appropriation if they eat Chinese food.

Who is going to win that battle of ideas?

Hint: it won’t be the idiots grousing that some white woman wore a kimono.

Syrup rises

I am always surprised by the stupid-ass garbage Democrats think they can prove with data when they don’t even understand what they are looking at.

No sociological examination of what tends to occur under conditions of economic anxiety, or what shifted those views. No comprehension of that you can’t use racism to both explain why someone voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then for Trump in 2016.

This is all to support the narrative of, “Oh, these people are just deplorables, racists, all! And going after their vote is pointless and shall ever be.”

Never mind how many of them would’ve voted for Bernie if he’d been the nominee, or that often the actual views of these “deplorables” align more closely with a socialist slant.

I know, I know, Echidne and people like her had all their hopes and dreams wrapped up in the very flawed, terrible candidate that was Clinton. I understand.

But fucking hell, at least make an effort to have some deeper outlook on it all than, “Stupid racist white people vote for the white man because they hate immigrants, Muslims, black people and always will! Screw them!”

This is how and why the Democrats will lose again in 2018, and 2020.

Sophistry

You can tell the war against knowledge is ramping up by how heavily philosophy is being attacked and besmirched of late.

Of all the humanities, philosophy delves the deepest into how do we know that we know something, why we believe what we believe, how to determine what we are actually achieving when we think we are undertaking something, and ascertaining if our “logical” assumptions actually comport with how the universe or human reasoning actually functions. That is, among many other topics and examinations in the field.

Thus, it is extremely, extremely dangerous. More dangerous than any “empirical*” science because it has the power to overturn entirely the way humans think about the world. To be glib, change your mind, the world changes with it.

That is exactly why philosophy and its practice is such a huge threat.

Socrates was put to death for a reason.

*I’m not denigrating empiricism per se, but rather observing that many think they are practicing empiricism when they very much are not.

v6

I know it’s incredibly unpopular to say this, but IPv6 was designed by idiots.

And no, it’s not because I don’t understand it. I understand it fine. Because I understand it quite well and have deployed it in the real world is exactly why I abhor it.

Outfoxed

I appreciate that Mozilla is undertaking initiatives like this. I really do.

But in the most important ways, they have become hostile to their users by destroying their add-on community and making many developers flee in disgust.

Without the add-ons that allow greater control of the browser, there is just no long-term reason to use Firefox compelling enough to matter.

It’s sad, but it’s true. Making the browser a little faster won’t change a now years-long history of terrible decisions and user hostility.

Tatorial

I’m still thinking about this piece, but wanted to highlight a great paragraph found therein.

His study makes no pretension to scientific, or rather pseudoscientific, quantification, for example by first defining random groups of dictators and intellectuals and then administering structured questionnaires to the intellectuals about their attitude to the dictators. This kind of precision is often mistaken for rigor, but measurement is not meaning, and humans inhabit a world of meaning.

“Measurement is not meaning.” Four words that I’ve written entire screeds about, less successfully.

Mediating

To achieve success in the US, real liberals (not pseudo-liberals like Kevin Drum) will have to create their own media organizations and journalistic outlets, as any candidate remotely like Bernie Sanders will be far more strongly resisted next time by the neoliberal mainstream press.

And it can’t be measly, tiny websites like The Daily Kos, but media orgs that can rival Fox News in reach and their ability to be on message, and that while not resorting to the dupery and flimflam of Fox must still present paths to a successful capitalist- and neolib-resisting world. In addition, they must present this as a better life for everyone.

By necessity, most identity politics must be omitted, most Tumblr types excluded, and pretend resisters like Amanda Marcotte and Kevin Drum must not be allowed anywhere near it.

The focus must be on class struggle, on unity (yes, I know this is funny after talk of who must be excluded), and on how all lives — not just some chosen group of identity-politics-identified Special People — can be made better by true resistance to neoliberalism and predatory capitalism.

Fighting the mainstream media will be just as important next time as putting forward viable candidates, if not more so.

Mo-bile

Invariably, websites that convert to “mobile-friendly” get far worse, less usable, and slower.

Amazing that we are going backwards so far so fast because people are idiots.