Saturday, September 01, 2012

Supporting War as an Answer to Man's Search for Meaning

The War on Terror and the Quest for Community by Greg Weiner

“It is hard,” Nisbet writes in Quest for Community, “not to conclude that modern populations depend increasingly on the symbolism of war for relief from civil conflicts and frustrations. … The power of war to create a sense of moral meaning is one of the most frightening aspects of the twentieth century.” Moral war, he argues, is uniquely apt to become total war. He continues: 

One of the most impressive aspects of contemporary war is the intoxicating atmosphere of spiritual unity that arises out of the common consciousness of participating in a moral crusade. … The clear tendency of modern wars is to become ever more closely identified with broad, popular, moral aspirations: freedom, self-determination of peoples, democracy, rights, and justice. Because war, in the twentieth century, has become rooted to such an extent in the aspirations of peoples and in broad moral convictions, its intensity and range have vastly increased. … The enemy becomes not only a ready scapegoat for all ordinary dislikes and frustrations; he becomes the symbol of total evil against which the forces of good may mobilize themselves into a militant community. 
Yet this “community,” Nisbet warns, is hollow. The sense of participation it generates is ephemeral compared to the richer and more rooted relationships of subsidiarity. Nisbet is not, to be sure, hostile to affiliation with a cause larger than oneself. His point is that contemporary man gravitates toward vast, diffuse and impersonal causes that open vacuums filled by power rather than traditional forms of authority and meaning.

This moral element of war drives the false sense of meaning and participation in a cause in which, let us be serious, the vast majority of people waving flags and lionizing troops are not participating at all. Hence the decision to invade Iraq, whose most ardent backers never contended that Hussein threatened American “freedom,” became a moral crusade to free the Iraqi people from their chains and, in our own rhetoric, to protect ourselves from the apparent danger of tyranny imposed by—whom?—the onward-marching troops of the Iraqi Republican Guard? The result is a sense of community and common endeavor that is, on Nisbet’s reading, precisely and only that: a sense.

ROAM's Second Location Now Open

1923 Fillmore Street (near Japantown and St. Dominic's)

SFEater
Urban Daddy
Inside Scoop SF

More Photos from the Fort Ross Celebration Last Weekend

The 200th-Anniversary Celebrations at Fort Ross (Photo-Report)

These photos have already appeared at the Mospat site: Metropolitan Ilarion of Volokolamsk Celebrates Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow”

Милость мира / Mercy of the World / 救主慈悲


Seeing the mitres of the bishops I was reminded of what was written in The Myth of the Domus Ecclesiae by Steven J. Schloeder:

The ascendency of the residential model as the authentic liturgical form raised another question of architectural history: what to do with the intervening 1700 years of church building? For the mid-century and later architectural writers, the simple answer was that the domestic model was the ideal, and all later grand and hierarchical buildings are the deviations. Therefore, all the intervening eras, liturgical and artistic expressions, and architectural forms and styles came in for censure.

The changes in the age of Constantine were implicated for the advent of clericalism, turning the congregation into passive viewers at a formalistic ritual, the loss of liturgical and spiritual intimacy, and the subjugation of the Church’s evangelical mission to the politics of the emperor. The Christian basilica was thereby rejected as an expression of power-mongering and imperialistic tendencies.7

The Byzantine churches were rejected for their courtly imperial formality, where the ministers are hidden behind the iconostasis, only to venture out in courtly processions.

The Byzantine-rite mitre is more obviously derived from the Imperial crown, is it not? (Though the same is true of the Western mitre and papal tiara.) It is supposed to be a symbol of their office and a reminder that they are representatives of Christ. Still, given its secular origin (shared by other vestments?) might repel some, but there is a hierarchy associated with the sacrament of order, and as animals we need sensible reminders of this reality. Still, could a unique Christian headdress have been created?

Some C4SS Stuff

Kevin Carson, George Washington vs. the Licensing Cartels

What if the problem is not with the licensing, but with the scale and the bureaucracy that is doing it? What if it were in the hands of local guilds, with oversight by the government?

Kevin Carson, For Fake Corporate “Libertarians,” The World’s Just one Big Billy Jack Movie

Students for a Stateless Society (re)Introduced

DoD to Take Legal Action Against Mark Owen?

Autho of No Easy Day.

DoD Says SEAL's bin Laden Book Discloses Secrets

How bad was John Marshall for the United States?

Marshall vs. Jefferson Then and Now: How the Intellectual and Political Struggle Over the Constitution Resonates Today by Phillip G. Henderson

The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court by Kevin Gutzman

How to Stay "Paleo" While Travelling

Paleo Diet Lifestyle: Paleo and Travelling

Related:
12 Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15
Les Mis-Inspired Recipes
Finally, I caught one of the rats. Or, more accurately, the traps did. I should cut its head off and stick it on a pike, as a warning to the other rats in the neighborhood. (It does not resemble GWB.)

Where did all the neighborhood cats go? Maybe they left with the white people.

Michael Martin Murphey performing Lost River

Friday, August 31, 2012

Hesperion XXI: Esprit D'Arménie

To be released in September by Alia Vox - Armenian music played by Jordi Savall, Hesperion XXI and Armenian musicians! (And the duduk will be featured!)

Also to be released soon: Deo gracias Anglia! by Alamire

The Institute of Catholic Culture

It's website. FB. Something I'd attend if I were living in the area - Byzantine Vespers and Church Tour at Holy Transfiguration Church.

Now a piece by David Clayton at NLM: The Institute of Catholic Culture - An Organisational Model for the New Evangelisation

Praise be to God if this is a model that can be successfully used elsewhere, but I'm skeptical about whether it is financially feasible or if it can be carried out in an area without a substantial Catholic academic presence (in the case of the ICC, Christendom College). How can the wealth of the American Church (the wealth of the laity, that is) be that different from their non-Catholic counterparts, i.e. on a precarious foundation?

via Christendom College:



Also...
This just seems like a bad decision: Vatican to work with Apple, iTunes to produce e-books

Can't have monks making copies of those books if there is no power source for the device.

John Taylor of Caroline on Tyranny

The Imaginative Conservative: The Wisdom of John Taylor of Caroline
by Bradley J. Birzer

"Tyranny is wonderfully ingenious in the art of inventing species phrases to spread over its nefarious designs. ‘Divine right, kings can do no wrong, parliamentary supremacy, the holy alliance,’ are instances of it in Europe. ‘Common defense, general welfare, federal supremacy and political economy,’ impressed into the same service here. When the delusion of one phrase is past, another is adopted to work out the same ends as its predecessor."

Meaningless Advocacy

Civil Eats: A Meal Without a Mexican? Your Food Has Already Migrated!

In short, most Americans—not just those residing in the Southwest border states—have become increasingly dependent on food produced, harvested, processed and serve by Mexican-Americans in the U.S. or Mexican citizens who have recently returned to their homelands. Regardless of the tremendous growth in and success of “food relocalization” efforts across the country, most of our schoolchildren and elders could not eat a nutritionally-balanced diet without the fresh produce and seafood pouring across our borders from Mexico.

But this flow of food will not last if Mexican lands and waters are degraded or overexploited, and if the farmers, farmworkers, fishers and truckers who grow, weed, process, and deliver us much of our food are not offered liveable wages and healthier working conditions. It is time to reset the balance so that those who bring us our daily bread are adequately rewarded financially and ethically for their intelligence, hard work and sacrifices, rather than being treated as second class citizens at best and unwanted presences at worst.
If a living-wage is to be paid (and how can this be achieved without increasing the price of food, if we are to keep food production local and limited), then why wouldn't average Americans be willing to do farm labor? Thus a liberal is caught trapped in his platitudes. The reason why cheap labor is used by industrial agriculture is because they can get away with it, while local/organic farms have to do so because the businesses would not be able to survive otherwise.

A better economist can speak on this, but we will not have parity of costs and wages until we start pricing energy (in particular, fossil fuels) according to its true value.

Misc.
The 80/20 Rule of Healthy Eating: Why Follow It and Reasons to Live by It

Nature Inclined's Review of MovNat

at My Weekend at the Jedi Academ- err… I mean.. MovNat Certification Workshop.

Misc.
Jeet Kune Do Techniques: Ted Wong Shows You How to Fix 14 Mistakes



Remembering Bruce - Ted Wong
Ted Wong - Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do - Footwork

Power to the People

We don't need no education by Charlotte Du Cann (EB)

Some comments about unschooling (vs. homeschooling) in this thread at Free the Animal. (*caution* profanity warning)

Plus, Richard Nikoley and others talk about their understanding of anarchism, which is not the absence of order or government, but a rejection of the modern state in favor of the individual, families, and communities, which should be self-governing rather than governed from without by a distant bureaucracy. It is part of a reaction against the consolidation/centralization of power accompanying the development of the nation-state.

This isn't to say that they would agree with traditional conservatives about all aspects of morality, but they do share a more localist vision of communal life (and governance).

James Matthew Wilson Offers a Description of Modernity

James Matthew Wilson, Against Rationalism, Idealism, and Abstraction
Part II in an ongoing series, Localism and the Universal Church. Read Part I here.

The traditionalist wishes to defend the reverence and deference due to inherited folk ways in spite of their appearances of irrationality, and often does so by taking a stand in defense of the irrational per se. Such is political romanticism. And the traditionalist presumes, understandably, that securing allegiance to a tradition will in turn keep in place the essential elements of a localized and intergenerational community. If one toes the line of spiritual tradition, the body of natural community will be sustained. If one demands fidelity and solidarity to one’s own as the highest if inexplicable good, one can secure the perseverance of an entire way of life. Modernity is consequently decried as rationalist, idealist, and abstracting—claims I take to be true, but perhaps not for the reasons the traditionalist critique would recognize.

Surely, modernity is beholden to this triad of fetishes. I would argue that insofar as modernity is “rationalistic,” it has ceased to believe in reason; insofar as it is idealist, it neglects not simply the body but the idea of reality; and insofar as it tends toward abstraction, it has failed rather than succeeded in being adequately critical of the concrete conditions of human knowledge.

I hope he elaborates more on what he takes to be the weakness of the traditionalist position is (as stated in the first paragraph).

Windy Hill @ Northwest String Summit - Morning's Hideout



another video

"Shady Grove" and "Gopher in the Pumpkin Patch"
Saw EN and LD today - found out Ivy is LD's sister. There is a slight resemblance but I didn't consider they could be sisters, since they had been going to separate schools. It's a bit like Gna, Gnve, and PB.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Good work in the South Bronx.

Green Bronx Machine

Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South Bronx

YT video of the above
Another TEDx talk: Green Bronx Growing Machine



Welcome to the Green Bronx Machine
Expert Q&As Green Bronx Machine with Steven Ritz
Edible Schoolyard

From earlier this year:
Bronx Breakdown: Star Bronx Teacher Banished to Basement & More (Updated)

Related:
SUSTAINABILITY: Our future (Part 3)

Kevin Carson, Obama’s Last, Desperate Attempt to Save Capitalism

Mark Regnerus update

Mere Comments: Mark Regnerus Is Innocent, Sort of

university news

Proposition 37, Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food

Ballotpedia

Yes on 37

Farmer Debunks Corporate Propaganda Against Proposed Law to Label Genetically Modified Food by Will Allen (a different Will Allen)

What do Monsanto, GMO's, Corn, Round Up have in common?


http://www.alternet.org/food/farmer-debunks-corporate-propaganda-against-proposed-law-label-genetically-modified-food

More:
Genetically Modified Foods & California’s Proposition 37: What’s All the Fuss About?
Prop 37: California GMO Fight Pits Big Food Against Activists (VIDEO)
SFGate

Related:
Bitter Seeds


The World According to Monsanto- HQ & Full Length - alt - website

Videos from The 21 Convention

here

Richard Nikoley was at this year's event, and he says he will write something in response to the PUAs.

See his post on Dr. Douglas McGuff. (LLVLC and Dr. McGuff's Body By Science.)

From several years ago - Biochemistry of the Paleo Diet.


Eat Locally Grown: Should I Switch to the Paleo Diet, or Not?

Don't Frack Our Bay!

Long Avenue/Golden Gate Bridge - more info

Sat, Sep 22, 2012
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Photos from Holy Virgin Cathedral

Here they are! I really missed out... it doesn't look like many of the Orthodox faithful were in attendance; there probably was enough room for me to be in one of the back corners.

(English translation of the article)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Very nice!

The links to the various articles covering Metropolitan Hilarion's visit to the SF Bay Area have been updated with photos?

I hope there will be photos of today's liturgy!

Edit. Boo. There is a single photo accompanying the headline, but nothing at the linked pages (yet?). If you want to see the photos you need to go to the Russian version of the website.

Place and Community

James Matthew Wilson, The Problem of Place (Part I in an ongoing series, Localism and the Universal Church)

Place may be a principle of community for settled, agrarian societies, less so for nomadic or hunter-gatherer groups. I do think that having a place does promote stability and enable a community to progress culturally through the division of labor.

Santa Cruz Local Foods is changing hands - Big Changes. It is an example of how we do not accord people with roots and commitment to the "community" a priority over outsiders. Rather, who is able to live in a community is dictated by their ability to acquire and keep property. Those who have more money have more "rights" than those who have less.

Is it correct to point the finger at the tech industry and the government for favoring it? It may generate wealth for the state, but at the cost of community, as people from other states (and even other countries) settle here for jobs for themselves and the public schools for their children, displacing those who were born in the area but not created to work in the industry. The engineers who move here may be just looking out for their own interest, like everyone else, but disliking them for being voluntarily participating in the matrix comes easy.

Perhaps it is natural that the industry grew near certain universities here and on the east coast - but if it were cheap to relocate, what is to prevent what happened here from happening to some small town in, say, Idaho, if the local government decided to subsidize the transfer of companies from here to that state or town?

Some may claim that the freedom to move is integral to American identity and culture. How about, then, the freedom to move and easily retain citizenship? Is that also essential? If so, then maybe there is no hope for American culture, as the inordinate desire to move on the part of many destroys community.

American Conservative: Revolt of the Rich
Authoritarian Politics in the Age of Casino Capitalism
Payoff in the Pit of Plutocracy

VDare: Bad News For Immigration Patriots: Cardinal Timothy Dolan's "Close Working Relationship" With Romney

Elias Crim reviews The Hound of Distributism
(Houston Catholic Worker review from earlier this year)

Energy expert says world's oil production has peaked
Peak cheap oil is an incontrovertible fact

Related:
Medievalists.net: Hellenism and the Shaping of the Byzantine Empire - link to the paper
The Amish, Faith, and Community

Don't Worry, Drive on



Don't Worry, There's Plenty of Oil by Richard Heinberg (EB)

Dr. Wilson, Jacobite sympathizer?

The One Over the Water:
Yet a real monarchist must admit that the British executed and exiled their legitimate kings. The Stuarts had defects enough, Heaven knows, but they were royal defects. They had the best of British qualities—courage and intelligence such as nearly conquered the world. Something went badly wrong when the present line of petty German princelings was imported. The German princes were among the stupidest and most repulsive of all the European royals and unfitted to be symbols of a great Empire.

Almost fed up.

Time to start prepping an exit strategy.

Misc:
TAC Alum, now monk at Clear Creek: Rev. Mark Bachmann, O.S.B. (’82)

An excerpt from Liberty: The God that Failed

Over at the Distributist Review: The Logic of Christendom

Angelico Press

The part about traditional Christian polities seems all right. What about the contrast with the American experiment, given at the beginning?
Today, the principles of the “moderate” Enlightenment are what pass for a conservative inheritance to be opposed to the excesses of liberalism, an inheritance “We the People” were supposed to have “secured to ourselves and our posterity” following the American Revolution. These principles include:

• A hypothetical “social compact” or contract as the foundation of the State.

• The origin of political sovereignty in the “consent” of the governed (invariably presumed to have been given by those who happen to be wielding power).

• “Government by the people” according to the “sovereignty of the people,” meaning strict majority rule on all questions, including the most profound moral ones.

• Church-State separation and the non-“interference” of religion in politics.

• The confinement of religion, above all the revealed truths of Christianity, to the realm of “private” opinions and practices one is free to adopt (or to denounce) if it pleases him, but which are to have no controlling effect on law or public policy.

• The unlimited pursuit of gain, including the freedom to buy, sell and advertise anything whatsoever the majority deems permissible by law.

• Total liberty of thought and action, both private and public, within the limits of a merely external “public peace” essentially reduced to the protection of persons and property from invasion by others—in sum, a “free-market society.”

• The dissolubility of marriage, and thus the family, as a mere civil contract founded on a revocable consent.

1. Is the social compact theory applied by those who drafted and ratified the Constitution to each of the states? Or to the federal union of those states? It seems proper and valid to apply it to the latter.

2. Does sovereignty originate in the consent of the ruled? Or does it merely require their consent? (In so far as they desire to live with that group, then their consent is given. But what if they wish to separate themselves from the group?)

3. It is not clear to me if he is referring to democracy or "representative government." Government by the people at what level? And who is qualified to represent the people? What if those who are to be chosen must be qualified to serve in office on some other basis other than the fact of being chosen. How can a decision be made by a group of [relative] equals except by some sort of majority rule?

4. Under the Constitution, Church-State separation applies only at the Federal level.

5. This next point only follows if the previous point applies absolutely.

6. Is this a problem of the Constitution (or the Articles of Confederation) or a problem of American culture, coupled with a certain understanding of the right to property?

7. and 8. Are these formulated or advocated by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution?

One could make the argument that the American political order has been warped by liberalism. (Or by the few pursuing their private interest, while pretending to be supporters of liberalism, or using liberalism to preserve their power.) Mr. Ferrara equates American conservatism with the upholding of "moderate" Enlightenment principles, but is this really the case? Others, such as Alasdair MacIntyre, have claimed that we are all liberals, and to a point this is undoubtedly true for most of us - our thought processes have been formed within liberalism. But has the Anglo-American political tradition always been 100% liberal?

An opposing view: A Revolution Not Made But Prevented by Russell Kirk

Full trailer for Gwanghae: the Man Who Became the King







Some more videos from the press conference after the jump:

Classical Bloggers

website (via Circe Institute)

The Last We'll See of Ron Paul on a National Stage?



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W. James Antle III, Ron Paul’s Victory

Forever marginalized? Will the Republicans shift their platform to attract Ron Paul Voters? I doubt it.

Paul Ryan's Message to Ron Paul Supporters


Paul Ryan: "Ron Paul is a Friend of Mine"

Dr. Fleming on the RNC: Down With Democracy!; Harold Thomas.

Daniel Larison: The Republican Strategy to Win Older Voters Is Just Like the One They Used in 2010

Related Videos:
Ron Paul Movement's 22-Something Political Angel: Super PAC Founder John Ramsey
Full Show 8/27/12: Ron Paul vs. The RNC
Forget the RNC: Ron Paul starts his own Convention
Lew Rockwell kicks off Paulfest
Aimee Allen performing @ Ron Paul - We Are The Future Rally
Peter Schiff: "The Party is Over".

I hope he visits again soon.

Was thinking of seeing Metropolitan Hilarion today, but I was just too tired to drag myself out of bed and head to San Francisco. Here are some articles on his visit, but no photos or videos yet.

Round-table conference in USA on cooperation between Russian Orthodox Church and expatriates in North America and Oceania
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk addresses round-table conference on cooperation with expatriates
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco
DECR chairman meets with dean and students of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkeley
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk leads celebrations marking 200th anniversary of Fort Ross

Oh! Some photos here: Metropolitan Hilarion and Metropolitan Ilarion Lead Anniversary Celebrations at Fort Ross, CA

I hope someone is taking photos or video at the cathedral today.

Edit. Man, now I'm wishing I went. Divine Liturgy must have started already.

Fr Alexander Krassovsky's sermon

Watchmen Of The Night



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Chant of the Early Christians

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Austen: Not Your Generic Romance Novel?

Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Mitchell Kalpakgian

One Version of MGTOW

The latest idiocy of an academic. Innocence Project Biologist: Men Unnecessary (reaction at Dr. Helen's)

Some made the argument from pop sociobiology/evo psych that men are expendable; given the relative number of gametes produced by members of each sex, less men are needed for a population to maintain itself than women. "Sperm are cheap, eggs are expensive." I find this line of argument reductionistic. It's not that men are expendable, but if there is to be war, who can fight? The men are willing to lay down their lives not because they perceive themselves as being worth less, but because they love the group and their families more than they love their own lives. Even if single men are more willing to risk themselves, their inclination to love the group does not entail that they estimate their value to be less. One can risk a certain number of men dying in order to protect the group, so long as other men are able to step in and take care of their families when peace comes. Otherwise, the group may be be better off fleeing somewhere else.

Someone living in a misandric society with little prospect of finding a worthy wife and seeing the emptiness of consumerism may wish to go off the grid, refusing to support through taxes and the like a corrupt system, when that system benefits those who do not deserve it, while taking away from those who are industrious. Why not starve the system which is against your interests and treats you worse than a beast of burden, as an enemy so that it may continue to have power by relying upon the votes of the "oppressed"?

One without the worry of supporting a family has other freedoms, as a man can survive on comparatively little if he embraces a "Spartan" or ascetic lifestyle. Besides, as so many Uhmerican women are not worthy of marriage, being single may be the better option, even if it has its own spiritual difficulties. He may wish to associate with a local monastery, and not needing much in terms of wages, he can work as a farmhand or do some other form of honest work, one that is not ordered to the perpetuating of a system predicated upon infinite growth and consumerism. (I can't see how work on an organic or local farm can provide a living wage for a family.)

Why a monastery? Besides offering laymen the opportunity to participate in its liturgical life and receiving spiritual direction from one of the monks, a monastery may not be plagued by the problems besetting the Church at large which frustrate men. Indeed, the "institutional Church" can be said to be complicit in the destruction of society by endorsing [moderate] feminism in practice, if not in teaching, and statism, refusing to hold immigrants to assimilation (no confidence in Western culture), and participating in the industrial education scam.

While talking about "solidarity," bishops have forgotten about the order of charity. If Christians are called to build up community first amongst themselves then they may need to embrace some sort of voluntary poverty. If it is not possible to do so in a megapolis, then they should consider relocating, along with their extended family, to another place. After all, aren't most Catholics descended from immigrants? American Catholics should consider community as a good of the family and not just economic necessities.

If one is going to be single, it might even be better to be a monk, but that may not be an option as many monasteries do not accept candidates older than a certain age. Besides, a layman may still have some responsibilities of which he does not wish to rid himself yet.

Is the American Church an immigrant Church, one that has adapted to Yankee culture? Does it seek to overwhelm the Protestants with numbers and thereby make the country Catholic? This is a charge lodged against the Church by Protestants favoring immigration restriction. Do American bishops believe that Catholic immigrants can become the leaven of society? Is this the worst sort of "ecclesiastical nationalism"? There are some extremists who who cheer the decay of Protestant ecclesial communities in the United States, as if this is punishment that is deserved. Rarely do they do so because they think they are heralding the impending triumph of the RC Church.

The early Christians may have been more innocent but that didn't prevent them from perishing along with their cities. Why should Americans, who are cooperating, even if only materially, in the destruction of their own society, expect that they and the American [local] churches would be exempt from Divine Judgment?

Mario Batali on On the Table







His homepage. Food Network. FB.

The Del McCoury Band - Kentucky Waltz

Growing a Greener World, Episode 306

Polyface Farms

Kevin Carson on Libertarianism

Kevin Carson, Libertarianism and Liberalism: What Went Wrong

He begins with a strong claim about early liberalism:
1. The problem with mainstream libertarianism is its almost total departure from its radical roots. Early classical liberalism was a revolutionary doctrine, which declared war on the most entrenched class interests of its day. Even the most mainstream of classical liberals (like Adam Smith, James Mill and David Ricardo) displayed considerable hostility to the landed oligarchy and the politically connected mercantilists who dominated Britain in the early nineteenth century. And the classical liberal movement included, as well, a large radical wing represented by thinkers like Thomas Hodgskin, who saw the new capitalist system as a bastard fusion of partially free markets and industrialism with the old feudal class system. For Hodgskin, the new industrial capitalists were amalgamating with the old landed aristocracy to form a new ruling class. The capitalist system that was coming into existence was not a free market, but a new class system in which capitalists controlled the state and used it to enforce special privileges for themselves, in exactly the same way that the landed interests had controlled the state for their own interests under the Old Regime.

Misc.
The Next Big Thing: Neomedievalism
The world is fragmenting, badly. Gird yourself for a new Dark Age.

But are those big cities sustainable?

The Conversation: Wes Jackson

Episode 22



Related:
Episode 18 with David Korten
Episode 19 has Joseph Tainter on the topic of collpase, as one would guess. Andrew Keen.



More videos with Andrew Keen:
The Gregory Mantell Show -- The Cult of the Amateur
TEDxDanubia 2011 - Andrew Keen - Digital Vertigo
Andrew Keen: Fear Facebook and the social web
Triangulation 56: Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen vs. Robert Scoble - LeWeb London 2012 - Plenary 1

His website.
One on One: Andrew Keen, Author of ‘Digital Vertigo’
Andrew Keen: Why 1984 Is Upon Us (Digital Vertigo)

Digital Vertigo

No Easy Day

Penguin





SEAL who wrote bin Laden raid book identified
Ex-Navy SEAL faces legal jeopardy for writing about bin Laden raid

What happened to Operation Dark Heart after it was censored?



Mark Owen's No Easy Day: Navy SEAL From Bin Laden Raid Faces Legal Action And Threats Over Book
SEALs Turned Authors: A Military Reading List

Related:
Behind the Hunt for Bin Laden
Jawbreaker
US Navy Seals

PSY - GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일)



Gangnam Style, Dissected: The Subversive Message Within South Korea's Music Video Sensation by Max Fisher

Highlighting the spiritual ennui in South Korean?