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On Gossip and Shunning
by Vivek Upadhyay GOSSIP Gossip is a non-correspondent, warranty-free means of enhancing personal status through deploying and extrapolating upon selective information about the person being gossiped about. Through use of loaded statements, jokes, r…
The Oath
"[I] shall not lie, cheat, steal, impose costs upon others or the commons, nor shall I let go unpunished those who do."…
To William Kristol
TWEETS TO WILLIAM KRISTOL Possessing Courage is not the same as possessing solutions. Conservatism and universal equal enfranchisement are incompatible. Sentiments do not arguments make. Beliefs not policy make. Moralizing not philosophy make. Count…
To The Weekly Standard
@weeklystandard Not that we want to limit your revenue streams, or expect you to abandon them, but we are the ‪#‎NewRight‬. You failed. Sorry. @weeklystandard If it means we have to take you down rather than reform you, it's not going to be d…
How Do You Price Normative Decline?
HOW DO YOU PRICE NORMATIVE DECLINE? [H]elpful conversation about Ukrainian people with my friend Марта Госовська yesterday. She was able to help me understand how Russian rule turned the Ukrainian people immoral, and how far they must com…
Three Levels of Influence (Power)
[O]ne can make use of the three axis of coercion as:1) Influence - informing others in their interests2) Coercion - coercing others to follow your interests3) Power - organized coercion of others for your or collective interests…
Commons via Externality of Teaching Sacredness 
[S]acred rituals (church/temple in particular) reward us with the pack response (spirituality/elation) and inclusive signals in exchange for learning the skill of suppression of our impulses. The most aggressive and demanding ritual is that of islam’s m…
British vs American vs German Cultural Rules
[L]eft the video on, and ended up listening to Brits debate policy all night, and it is very clear that there is a difference between the moral structure of British argument and the LEGAL structure of american argument. In my dreams I kept arguing with pe…
Moral
Amoral (non-cooperative)Objectively Moral (necessary for formation of a cooperative polity)Normatively Moral (adaptations for structures of reproduction / production /Commons) Assuming a moral norm may be moral, if not amoral, or immoral.Contractua…
Violence is the Resource from Which Institutions of Property are Constructed.
**[W]e must use violence to create the conceptual, normative, legal, and territorial institutions of property. If we do not possess sufficient violence then we cannot maintain the conceptual, normative, legal, and territorial institutions of property. The…