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

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Finished Paranoia Agent

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So, yeah, I finally finished Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent (Môsô dairinin, 2004) and I'm still confused whether it's made by a genius or just mediocre weirdness. But I'm leaning to the first. It's certainly complex -- and utterly strange. It's one of those series you finish watching but which also keeps your head occupied for a long time afterwards. In my case I just had to read up on it, read the IMDB forums and try to get a grip on the storyline and what the heck it's all about. It's got the surreal quality of a dream and I tend to like that. So... I guess I liked it?

Overthinking Anime: Kawaii Culture, Superflat, and the Bomb in Paranoia Agent

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It's not mondays you hate. It's capitalism.

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Läst på Twitter: "Migration är som sex det är bäst om alla får komma".

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Det är uppenbart: Vi behöver ett nytt medborgargarde. Låt oss kalla oss HEKATES HÄXOR. Vi behövs för att hålla Soldiers of Odin säkra under sina nattvandringar. Låt oss skydda dem när det skymmer! Med trollkonst! Och trollande! Dessa Odens vilsna soldater behöver cirkelns beskydd. Och skedmatning med magisk dryck från häxkitteln.

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Tardigrade

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Ray Bradbury's FBI file

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"The general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria"

After noting that science fiction "may be lucrative field for the introduction of Communist ideology," Berkeley goes on to declare the entire field of science fiction writers as a veritable fifth column, intent on crippling America before her enemies


Muckrock: "Definitely slanted against the United States" Ray Bradbury's FBI file