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“The strategic adversary is fascism… the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us.”
– Michel Foucault

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Anxiety and the Invention of Classes

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One implication of the neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky’s work is that human social and political systems that are highly fluid and dynamic generate more anxiety than systems that are static. Sapolsky points out that “for 99 percent of human history” society was “most probably strikingly unhierarchical” and therefore probably less psychologically stressful than in the modern era. For hundreds of thousands of years, the standard form of human social organization was the hunter-gatherer tribe—and such tribes were, judging from what we know of the bands of hunter-gatherers that still exist today, “remarkably egalitarian.” Sapolsky goes so far as to say that the invention of agriculture, a relatively recent development in the scope of human history, “was one of the great stupid moves of all times” because it allowed for the stockpiling of food and, for the first time in history, “the stratification of society and the invention of classes.

 

--My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind, Scott Stossel

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Xenophobia

 by Günther Grass, Of All That Ends

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Weltschmerz

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[World-Sadness]


A word that acknowledges that we are sometimes sad not about this or that thing,  but about the whole basis of existence. The presence of the word indicates a culture that isn’t falsely cheerful  but takes tragedy as a given. It is immensely reassuring to be able to tell a friend that one is presently lying under the duvet, suffering from Weltschmertz.

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Fart Bureau Investigations

This is an oldie but I love it to death.

 

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Going retro with Communist-twm on OpenBSD

tmw is that ubiquitous window manager almost no one uses. Too spartan, too boring, too... ugly?

Well, people are dumb fks I guess, because I had fun customizing twm while on holiday, going all nostalgic and better-red-than-dead with Little Miss Communism.

And hey, I think it looks fine and dandy!

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So, I've updated to the latest version of Known. This supposedly still works?

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Norman Vol. 2

How horror movies work.

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