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Welcome To The Revolution.

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I do my work in public, like a medieval street merchant. You get to see the product being made. Including its successes and failures. It’s been an interesting experience for me and those who follow me.

But for new-comers, my work is radical. Trying to follow or understand it is non-trivial. I place a great deal of burden on the audience for knowledge of physical science, economics, law, and philosophy. On my website is a ‘short list’ of books that I try to keep current that should allow someone with a university education in an empirical discipline to gain a basic scientific knowledge necessary to understand propertarianism. But even reading those works will take time.

So I’ll try to give you an outline and a starting place:

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El fin de la historia: Es la civilización, no la democracia

Texto original de Curt Doolittle, disponible en: http://www.propertarianism.com/en_US/2015/06/06/the-end-of-history-the-truthful-civilization-sorry-francis/

Si estoy en lo correcto, y que la razón por la cual la rapidez occidental en materia de innovación, velocidad económica, y progreso intelectual es la prevalencia de la verdad en todos los aspectos de la vida, y que el discurso honesto genera pensamiento honesto. Y eso conlleva al bienestar de las multitudes. Y lo hace más rápido que cualquier otra solución institucional; entonces ¿por que la honestidad no es considerada una innovación tan radical como la alfabetización?

(Estoy bastante seguro de que lo es)

Dar juramento fue costoso, los jurados fueron costosos, el imperio de la ley fue muy costoso. La alfabetización fue increíblemente costosa, las ciencias fueron costosas. Aun así, estas inversiones en nuestros bienes son las razones por las cuales los occidentales producen todos más rápido que las civilizaciones competidoras en tanto la era grecorromana como en las eras posteriores a la ilustración.

Logramos suprimir de forma progresiva todo el parasitismo, e incrementamos la aplicación de los impuestos normativos- asumiendo costos para la producción de normas.

Si requerimos el pago para ser honestos, ninguna otra institución puede competir contra eso.

Una vez que hayamos implementado la honestidad como una propiedad común con una legitimidad universal, entonces podremos eliminar la centralización del parasitismo estatal: los monopolios de la burocracia. Nosotros habremos logrado de forma exitosa suprimir el parasitismo y eliminado los costos de transacción al centralizar el parasitismo como un medio de pago para la transición- Queda entonces eliminada la burocracia centralizada como una forma de parasitismo. Nosotros podemos entonces – y sólo en ese momento- vivir en una nomocracia: bajo el imperio de la ley.

Este simple acto tendrá como resultado una “civilización científica”. Completará el intento de la ilustración de restaurar nuestra civilización occidental a sus orígenes heleno-indo-europeos. Rescatándola del misticismo babilonio para siempre- No sólo por el hecho de que la gente crea en una cosa u otra- Sino porque les habremos la eliminado la oportunidad de hacerlo y de sacarle provecho.

(Y si eso no es el argumento más profundo con el que te hayas topado este año, me sorprenderé.)

Curt Doolittle

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The Difference Between Cognitively Meaningful, and Existentially True

–“or put another way “But one thing is the thought, another thing is the deed, and another thing is the idea of the deed. The wheel of causality doth not roll between them”.—

Laurence, (Danny),

Exactly. I tend to describe this problem as the Point of View in the grammar of testimony. (my emphasis being that it remain constant – meaning non-conflationary – lest we not engage in escaping the test of knowledge of causality by the speaker).

    Experience: “But one thing is the thought,”
    Action: “another thing is the deed,”
    Observation: “and another thing is the idea of the deed.”

Because we are human, because we can empathize with other humans (or cooperation would be impossible), we can as observer suggest both action and experience.

But because we are human, and we do not yet know the first principles of the universe, we can manage only observation. And if we can construct an experiment then we can act, and record our actions – but the universe merely reacts to us. We are mere observers until we can construct a sufficiently thorough model of the universe that we can empathize with it as we do other men. It is also possible (though difficult to imagine) that we cannot do so.

This difference between the empathically testable and the empathically untestable, is the reason for the necessity of praxeological explanation of social science, and operational description of physical science in order to test whether we imagine a sequence of imaginary relations, or whether we can describe a sequence of extant causal relations.

We are forever in frustrated by the fact that the physical universe appears deterministic even if we cannot empathize with it, while the human universe is less deterministic despite that we’re able to empathize with it, for the simple reason that while humans are marginally indifferent at scale, and can act consistently in their interests, that humans can react to combinations of memory and information that we are as insulated from observing as we are the subatomic world that we currently cannot peer into.

Hence the problem of “meaningful theories” that assist us in creative free association, and “true recipes” for action that assist us in predictable transformation.

I can testify to a sequence of operations. I cannot testify to meaning. I can only be honest about it.

And herein lies the difference between:
1) the judicial and the judge (decidable): the critical, and;
2) the producer and production (actionable): the productive, and;
3) the artistic and the scientist (exploratory): the creative.
4) the nurturer and the mother (consumptive): the reproductive.

Which we can take further into:
1 – the conservative and judicial (substantial majority)
2 – the conservative libertarian producer (minority)
3 – the progressive libertarian investigator (smaller minority)
4 – the progressive progressive consumer (dominant majority)

We all seek to justify our genetic biases, reproductive strategies, and greatest interests.

We all tolerate, accept, or advocate that the externalities produced by our biases should be considered acceptable losses by others.

When the limit of that tolerance for loss can only be determined by exchange: no other method can capture ‘value’ and price of knowledge, any more than any method other than exchange can capture value and price.

ERGO

1) Popper does not account for costs, nor externalizations, which is rational since he was unsophisticated in these matters.
2) Popper fails to define the market as the tolerance for externalities. This is forgivable. He was a victim of his heritage and his era.
3) Popper is concerned that creativity not be imposed upon, that creativity not be used to impose upon others, since the truth of it is uncertain. And it is clear he was (like Mises) happy to just ‘make stuff up’ to fight the socialists. He is showing his cognitive bias by defending his cognitive, reproductive, and genetic bias.
4) But popper’s arguments are not true in the sense that they satisfy the seven or eight tests of warranty of due diligence against falsehood. His arguments are instead a moral warning. Not a logical, not an empirical, but a moral warning.
5) Under the demands of decidability, we tend to refine our most abstract theories, not falsify them.
6) When we refine theories we seem to falsify the verbal ‘Meaning’ used in free association (creativity), not the instrumental (operational), “truth” in the application of the recipe (method).
7) for the creative, the meaningful is profoundly important, the existential operationalization of it less so, and he resists external demands on his free association (stimuli pursuit), and immoral impositions on his pursuit of gratification.
8) Why should the producer of ideas be less accountable for externalities of his product than are the providers of goods and services? Why is fixed and organizational capital more valuable than informational capital? Why do we defend the physical commons, the normative commons, the institutional commons, the traditional commons, and even the mythological commons, but we do not defend the informational commons?
8) Non operational, non-existential terms like “positive and negative liberty” are perhaps meaningful, but they have little to no truth content. One can experience a condition of liberty. He can do so either because he errs (liberty by permission is not liberty) or he can do so because he experience an existental condition of liberty. What liberty can exist? The liberty that can exist is moral action by any monopoly organization with power to act immoraly, yet its members do not. What morality can exist? when others impose no cost upon you while at the same time you impose no cost upon them – especially the cost of free ridership.

I am not interested in improving creativity. I am unconvinced that trial and error, using least cost method of investigation. can be improved upon.

We seem to do fairly well with the advancement of the physical sciences. But we have been tragically incompetent at advancing the social sciences. Why?

Why, as Hayek, Poincare, Brouwer, Bridgman and dozens of others – even Mises in his crude way – did the late 19th and the 20th century result in the pervasive expansion of pseudosciences – if not outright lies?

What was the cost of those ‘lies?’
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—Boaz (anthropology), Marx (economics and sociology), Freud (psychology), and Cantor(mathematical platonism), Mises (economics and philosophy) the 20th century saw the subsequent wave of philosophical liars, Michel Foucault, the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, the developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, the linguists Roman Jakobson and Noam Chomsky, the literary critic Roland Barthes
…. and the Marxist theorists Louis Althusser and Nicos Poulantzas, Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Friedrich Pollock, Erich Fromm, Otto Kirchheimer, Leo Löwenthal,, Franz Leopold Neumann, Henryk Grossman, Siegfried Kracauer, Alfred Sohn-Rethel, Walter Benjamin, Jürgen Habermas, Claus Offe, Axel, Honneth, Oskar Negt, Alfred Schmidt, Albrecht Wellmer
…. and the postmodernists Martin Heidegger, Jean-François Lyotard, Richard Rorty, Jean Baudrillard, Fredric Jameson, Douglas Kellner…
Although we must take notice that the french, german, american, and British postmodernists are making use of the german method of pseudo-moral, pseudo-rationalism: ADVICE – not the pseudoscientific: LAW.
… and Ayn Rand, and Murray Rothbard as well. The fact that Hoppe’s work on incentives is solid has no bearing on his nonsense-arguments advancing Misesian and Rothbardian pseudoscience (which I’ve written extensively about elsewhere).
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How do we improve science by preventing another dark age created by the pseudoscientists, pseudo-rationalists, verbalists, mystics, mathematical platonists?

We require them to warranty due diligence in the production of their informational products just as we warranty goods and services against falsehood, and we hold them liable for them.

If one fulfills all the warranties of due diligence, then it is hard for one to be liable. If one fulfills the warranties of due diligence then it is hard to publish falsehoods.

This method has been working fairly effectively in the hard sciences, merely by requiring operational language.

There is no reason we cannot extend this to the social sciences, by requiring operational language as a test of existential possibility each step of which is subjectively testable.

COMPLETING POPPER
So I view popper as cognitively and culturally biased, and having correctly deduced that we must remove the rock from the marble to expose the statue of truth.

And that the advancement of knowledge – scientific, meaning truthful knowledge – in all fields requires not that we improve the method of free association (that’s non logical) but that we improve our tests that limit our errors.

RESPONDING TO Danny

My concern with the paper was that this is an inarticulate use of non-operational, non-existential and perhaps ‘meaningful’ but not ‘truthful’ attempt to defend priors, rather than a critical analysis of the method of constructing a condition of liberty, and the costs we bear to do so, and the warranty we must place upon our utterances – not to limit our creativity, but TO IMPROVE OUR CREATIVITY on the one hand, and LIMIT OUR VIOLATION OF LIBERTY by the imposition of harm by externality.

Simply, it persists in the mainstream libertarian use of verbalisms and therefore persists the persistence of pseudoscientific argument in libertarian thought.

Although I doubt authors of rationalist argument realize what they are doing, because they do not know how to argue truthfully, only meaningfully.

EPISTEMELOGICALLY: WHAT WORKS IS WHAT IS TRUE
“We only know what works”. Because actions are testable in reality. Our meanings “labels, justifications” are just that and nothing more. If we cannot describe something existentially then we do not in fact know that of which we claim by our speech.

Meaning is analogous to a parable. A recipe or formula that ‘works’ is true.

OBJECTIVE
I am fairly certain that if we were to require warranty of due diligence of intellectual products prior to any kind of publication, that publications would plummet, falsehoods would plummet, and truth content would expand.

Moreover, I am fairly certain that this would produce as great a change in human knowledge as the scientific enlightenment did in the physical sciences.

CAVEAT
I have a lot of respect for Danny (you) since he’s about the only person who produces anything in the liberty movement worth more than use for birdcage lining.

That said, I was unable to determine which argument he was (you were danny) making since the terminology is metaphorical, and not existential, scientific, real or ‘possible’ that I know of. Postive and negative liberty cannot exist. Liberty can be brought into existence. We can have more or less of it. That’s it.

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Q: Curt: Is The Occupation of Artist a Moral One?

Objective Morality consists of prohibitions on the impositions of costs upon others that would provide a disincentive for cooperation.

We produce many norms that we treat as morality, just as we produce political commands that we treat as law.

But norms are not necessarily moral, and legislation is rarely law.

We also conflate heroism with morality. Which despite being two sides of the same coin, are opposites.

Heroism consists in contributing to the commons. Morality in not privatizing the commons (parasitism).

So an artist can be heroic or not, and an artist can be moral or not.

He can be heroic and moral.

He can be moral but not heroic.

It is quite hard to be heroic and immoral. They tend to cancel each other out.

So if an artist is not living parasitically, is producing art that is not immoral, and attempting to contribute to the commons, he is moral and heroic.

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Q: How Can You Prove Monotheism Wrong?

Note: the O’henry ending is that given the alternatives why would you claim monotheism was not wrong except for immoral ends?

How can you prove monotheism wrong, Mr. Doolittle?

Well that depends upon your concept of Gods.

If you say that there is one set of optimum laws of man and nature then I would agree that this is truth and truth and God are synonyms.

If you say that we seek to find an anthropomorphic representation of those laws which man can seek to achieve, aspire to imitate, or at least obey, then I would agree with that.

If you say that there exists one God then that is demonstrably false. Since clearly many exist and have existed, and most are incompatible.

If you say that there exists a supernatural entity in the universe with sentience and will that is not a construct of man and mans minds then I would question your reasoning.

It is not for me to prove one God is false. Since I clearly advocate the first and second principles above.

It is instead am a question of why those who say otherwise do so? In other words if there is some thing that violates that truth, natural and physical laws then it either is not God, or it is the work of men trying to deceive us.

So my response is that since I try to act in accordance with laws that man cannot use for deceptive purposes, why would you or others seek to advocate that which is not compatible with truth, natural and physical law, except to do so for deceptive purposes, or because you are pawns if that which is not God?

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What is the Source of Political Power? Organizing Using Three Tools of Coercion.

–“Curt: Political power ultimately originates from Economics or exchange, right?”—

I am not sure I understand this question.

There are three methods of power: 1) force, 2) payment, 3) gossip.

One can use those three methods exclusively or in combination to band together into groups or hierarchies, and the focus the group’s efforts on the application of force, payment, or gossip (rallying/shaming/including/ostracizing).

Political power – meaning anything ranging from monopoly producer of commons to a distributed production of commons – can be constructed from any one or combination of, those methods of coercion.

Political power originates in the ability of humans to organize and coerce.
It just so happens that we use gossip to rally and shame and ostracize people from production and opportunity for consumption.

But then we scale.

It just so happens that you need to use violence to suppress parasitism sufficiently for a market to form, at that scale.

But then we scale further.

And then to use law to suppress cheating, fraud, and to impose performance, and restitution, and if necessary, punishment.

But then we scale further.

And then we use wealth created by the application of violence and law and to force market participation rather than parasitism, to pay off those who cannot be forced.

And then, we hit the novel inflection point, and scale further:

And so we then use force, law and gossip to suppress the suppressors, and rely entirely upon rule of law, without a group that exercises power.

So the sooner one develops rule of law, the sooner one starts suppressing the parasitism of the monopoly.

Curt Doolittle
The Propertarian Institute
Kiev, Ukraine.

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A Short Course In The Transaction Cost Theory of Government

THE EVOLUTION OF SUPPRESSION

The Evolution of Suppression of Free Riding

THE MEANING OF INCREMENTAL SUPPRESSION

The Meaning of “Incremental Suppression”

GENETIC PACIFICATION AND THE PROBLEM OF RETALIATION

Law: Genetic Pacification: The Problem of Retaliation.

FULL SPECTRUM INCREMENTAL SUPPRESSION

Full Spectrum Incremental Pacification

THE TRANSACTION COST THEORY OF GOVERNMENT

The Transaction Cost Theory of Government

PEAK HUMAN

Peak Human and Dysgenic Policy

THE BIGGER PICTURE – A SHORT COURSE IN PROPERTARIAN MORALITY

A Short Course in Propertarian Morality

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Why Discuss Lies? You're Just Being A Useful Idiot. A Host for Lies.

(read it and weep) (a graduate education in philosophy in one lesson)

Q&A: —“Curt Doolittle, is christian mysticism a functional or structural approach to things?”—

Well, now that’s an interesting question.

1) “Functional”, “Structural” and “Approach to Things” are problematic terms. If we clarify the terms – which is the purpose of analytic philosophy – then I am pretty sure that (as usual) the question will all but answer itself.

2) The Grammar of Description: The subset of internal consistency: observer (narrator) consistency.

There are at least three points of view that we can use do describe observations: (a) the experience of being subjected to stimuli, (b) the experience of acting to cause change in state, (c) the observer of the actor and/or the experiencer, (d) the description of the constituent parts as a series of operations.

In other words, all description of observation that we can use for reconstruction of observation (communication) of relies upon a grammar, and that grammar includes the point of view.

In general the most problematic use of this grammar originates in the ‘cost’ of consistency in construction of our descriptions. The verb to-be functions as an obscurant technique with which to conflate multiple points of view, (use bad grammar of description) thereby either alleviating the burden of logical consistency from the speaker, OR worse, through obscurantism, allowing the speaker to state a falsehood undetected by the audience.

3) “Functional” methodology is more correctly stated as an attempt at descriptive consistency using the experiential observer’s point of view, and the behavior (incentives?) that these experiences produce.
Since humans act according to their experiences, this is somewhat difficult to argue with.
To convey mere ‘meaning’ any method can be used to serve the speaker’s interests.

Certainly the experiential point of view requires the least knowledge, and relies upon mere introspection. But experiential description is also the most susceptible to error, bias, wishful thinking, deception, because it is the easiest means of suggestion. It is the easiest means of suggestion because it is the most subject to loading, framing, overloading, and it invokes our desire to empathize with the speaker, leading to easy abuse of our altruism. (Which is why people use it).
Hence why the discipline of science speaks operationally: to best ostracize error, bias, wishful thinking, deceit, suggestion, and abuse of altruism.

And hence why, in my work, I use amoral operational language to prevent error caused by experiential, intentional, and observational methods of description.

To convey “truth”, meaning that we have done due diligence to launder error, bias, wishful thinking, deceit, loading, framing, and suggestion would require that we test that all four descriptive models of a process are consistent with one another, such that we convey no error, bias, wishful thinking, or deceit in our description.

4) Structuralism, or more honestly stated “social constructivism”, suggests that people throw symbols around at one another, and that their reality is socially constructed.

Now this may be true at some popular level, but it was the western tradition to teach grammar, rhetoric, logic, and philosophy for a very long time. And we can see from the disciplined use of grammar, rhetoric, logic, performative truth, the discipline of testimony, natural law, and physical law, that it is quite possible to learn to speak with the same discipline as any of the logics. We just have industrialized education mass consumption and no longer teach these skills.

The structuralist movement was created by some of the greatest ‘liars’ of the past century, in what I would argue represents an attempt to impose false skepticism on the use of language, in an effort to circumvent the constraint that consistent grammar, rhetoric, logic, performative truth, the discipline of testimony, natural law, and physical law

So just as the 19th century saw the first wave of pseudoscientific liars: Boaz (anthropology), Marx (economics and sociology), Freud (psychology), and Cantor(mathematical platonism), Mises (economics and philosophy) the 20th century saw the subsequent wave of philosophical liars, Michel Foucault, the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908 – ), the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan (1901 – 1981), the developmental psychologist Jean Piaget (1896 – 1980), the linguists Roman Jakobson (1896 – 1982) and Noam Chomsky (1928 – ), the literary critic Roland Barthes (1915 – 1980) and the Marxist theorists Louis Althusser (1918 – 1990) and Nicos Poulantzas (1936 – 1979).

5) Christian mysticism makes use of analogy to invoke experience (the extension of kinship love through appeals to altruism and the pack response in exchange for self-generated status signals).

It makes use of any and all methods to suit its purpose. Christian mysticism is at best an allegorical literary and rhetorical art for constructing myths parables and outright lies, for the purpose of creating experiences, that produce behaviors.

Some of these behaviors are objectively beneficial (the extension of kinship love). And some of them are not (too many to list).

But what the data suggests is that this method works, particularly on the young, the vulnerable, the hopeful, and those with lower intelligence, and even those with average intelligence and above average moral instincts (purity, sanctity, hierarchy).

(But the church also has a long tradition of natural law as well.)

6) Humans can cooperate, communicate, and understand ethical moral and political statements by a spectrum of tools. And with some confidence we can say that Ethics can be taught using a spectrum of methods, from the most primitive and requiring the LEAST knowledge, to the most sophisticated and requiring the MOST knowledge:
a) Myth and Mysticism
b) Virtue ethics and imitation.
c) Rule ethics and adherence to law
d) Outcome ethics and the practice of science.

We can separate the promise of a narrative, from the truth content of it, from the behavior produced by it (ie: Islam’s nonsensical ‘religion of peace’ claims which fail all three tests.).

I would say that the truth content of christian mysticism is higher than the truth content of Structuralism. I would say that the outcome of christian mysticism is objectively more beneficial than the outcome of structuralism. I would say that the intention of structuralists was fraud and deception (parasitism). I would say that christian mysticism is not as bad as structuralism or social constructivism – which are themselves an argumentative innovation on mysticism (deceit). I would say that as long as we have a method of laundering error, bias, wishful thinking, and deceit from any and all arguments, and that we can teach this method by grammar, rhetoric, logic, performative truth, testimonial skill, natural law and physical law, that we can counter every one of these falsehoods.

CLOSING

Christian mysticism consists of allegorical conveyance of meaning, using a mixture of truth and falsehood to try to produce high trust on one end, and dependency on the other.
functionalism consists of an internally consistent and grammatically consistent method of argument, but it is insufficient in the scope of due diligence it includes to ensure it is not used as a vehicle for error,bias, wishful thinking, and deceit.

Structuralism is a literary and narrative attempt to circumvent a demand for truth, testimony, natural law and physical law.

Christianity (monotheism) was the first great lie to successfully infect the west.

19th century pseudoscience as the second great lie to successfully infect the west.

20th century verbal ‘new mysticism of language’ was the third great lie to successfully infect the west.

None of these subjects merit discussion since christian supernatural mysticism, cosmopolitan pseudoscience, and cosmopolitan verbal mysticism, are nothing but the same technique applied in three different waves, in order to defeat the west’s central competitive strategy:

The creation of competitive commons through the use of truth, testimony, natural law and physical law.

In other words: correspondence.

Curt Doolittle
The Propertarian Institute
Kiev, Ukraine.

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Why Not Study The Cosmopolitans, Continentals, Philosophers of Language, and Mystics?

WHY NOT STUDY THE CONTINENTALS, MYSTICS, PHILOSOPHERS OF LANGUAGE?

Spending time analyzing lies is not useful. In fact, its harmful. And that’s the intent of the authors.

—“If you dance with the devil, the devil doesn’t change, the devil changes you.”—

Or less eloquently,

—“If you spend a lot of time with dung, you begin to smell of it.”—

Or put more accurately:

We are all aware that the average idiot seems to feel qualified to engage in discourse on ethics, morality, politics, economics, psychology, and sociology, despite his pervasive ignorance.

By constructing elaborate nonsense-riddles the producers of systems of lies accomplish indoctrination through amusement.

In other words, the study of the language of deceit makes one a willing host for it, and an accidental accomplice to it.

If philosophy and science are compatible then the subject at hand is possibly worth consideration.

If they are not compatible, then the evidence is that the subject at hand is one of deception, not education.

Curt Doolittle,
The Propertarian Institute
Kiev, Ukraine.

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Group Evolutionary Strategies are not Equal

Thievery is a successful group evolutionary strategy. Some groups practice it purposefully.

Lying is a successful group evolutionary strategy. Some groups practice it purposefully.

Wishful thinking is another group evolutionary strategy. Some groups practice it purposefully.

Truth is an other group evolutionary strategy. Some groups practice it purposefully.

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