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Extremism

A world of memes comes crashing down on our shoulders: peacemakers versus terrorists, freedom fighters versus extremists, progressives versus what we assume to be regressives. It’s important to remember that a word has no meaning unless it is the true name of something; someone referred to as “evil” may be anything but. The most dramatic…

Першая настава: The first lecture (Belarusian translation)

П Е Р Ш А Я   Н А С Т А В А Віджай Празак З ангельскай мовы пераклаў Барыс Шчука паводле Vijay Prozak «The First Lecture», amerika.org, 2009 (http://www.amerika.org/social-reality/the-first-lecture). Пераклад правілі Сяргей Лісіца і Ігар Кулікоў. Прадмова Выкладчык Рэндальф Паўш стаў шырока вядомым (у ЗША ― зацем пер.) пасьля сваёй «апошняй наставы», лекцыі, прачытанай…

In Which I Disagree With Internet-Popular Notions

In this piece, I analyze two internet-popular notions, drop-outism and Traditionalism. (Articles on Ron Paul, bitcoin, white nationalism, New Age philosophies, Communism, Scientology and other popular trends may be found elsewhere.) Question: If time is circular, will (at some point) the future be the past? Or is there a linear time, such that we keep…

Traditionalism and the Cosmos

Our society spends too much focus on the passage of time, and not enough focus on experience. People deny experience every day by doing the same rote things and carefully managing their exposure to sensations outside what they control. Experience teaches us over time how to apply the ideas we know instinctually to be true….

Gröna konservativa (Brett Stevens)

Translated by Antagonisten Här på Amerika.org har vi kommit ut ur garderoben som gröna konservativa. Att vi är gröna konservativa är inget som vi vill dölja. Olyckligtvis förstår de flesta inte vad det innebär. Därför ska vi försöka klargöra innebörden av detta ställningstagande. Varför de flesta konservativa inte är ”gröna” I vårt moderna politiska spektrum…

Universalism as one-dimensional (by Federico Utiarraga)

Back in the 1600s, we experienced “The Enlightenment” and in it we learned of a new goal, universal man. This is an ideal human archetype toward which every man can work, and possibly achieve it, through “reason” or logical thinking ability which is equally distributed to all men. But as we look back on history…

National Lowered Standards Day (August 4)

For years, we have struggled to maintain higher standards, but it just hasn’t worked. It’s inconvenient. To recognize this, we propose a Federal holiday to celebrate a lowest common denominator state of mind. This is the National Lowered Standards Day, and we celebrate it every August 4: If you see a problem, wait for someone…

Reality is Nihilism

It’s hard to define nihilism because the term is abused so commonly. People abuse the term nihilism because it sounds cool. Cool is whatever isn’t what is; in a herd of sheep, you want to be the one doing something different. And for most people, you don’t want to get that way the old fashioned…

Belief in Nothing

Nihilism confuses people. “How can you care about anything, or strive for anything, if you believe nothing means anything?” they ask. In return, nihilists point to the assumption of inherent meaning and question that assumption. Do we need existence to mean anything? After all, existence stays out there no matter what we think of it….

Oncology

Imagine lying asleep in your house, dreaming of something pleasant. Unknown to you, your house is on fire, but this is an invisible fire that leaves no traces others can see. You wake up, certain the house is on fire, but everyone else in your family insists that everything is fine. A paralytic indecision results….

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