The Core Self

Revealing One's True Personality by Pealing Away Learned Behaviors That Go Against It

La Venus de Willendorf coruñesa by Uvep3 | CC BY-NC-ND

Growing up, children learn to take after their parents. By copying some or all of their parents’ behaviors, children learn-by-doing many of the important skills they will need to survive as adults, as if ‘playing grown-up’. This includes adopting trivial routines, such as cooking and cleaning, getting up and getting ready, chatting with neighbors, and so forth. More importantly, they learn critical survival skills, such as how to ‘play house’ and maintaining personal hygiene.

Before formal...

Women's Emancipation: A Forebode?

When at sea, the naked eye cannot observe what great oceanic undercurrents move at great depths underneath. At surface level, we perceive a freedom to sail in any direction the winds take us, but the undercurrents we cannot see influence the direction of the wind itself.

Similarly, human society operates on many levels, of which the naked eye can only observe most trivial matters. Why has the West embraced the emancipation of women? At first glance, merely touching the surface of the matter, we...

Epic Reading

15 Books to Understand the Self and the Other

Always looking for interesting books to read, I put several gems on my ‘to read’ list. The list of books below offer insights about one’s own culture and the cultures of others, about one’s own life and the lives of others. In random order:

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Getting What We Want from Life

As newborn babies we rely on our parents’ ability and willingness to provide for us. We’re at their mercy. All children come into this world equipped with the social skills needed to secure the shelter and safety they need for their survival. A baby’s silky skin communicates it needs gentle touches. Babies’ cries signal hurt, danger, hunger or loneliness. Children have real needs and parents must find ways to meet them. In turn, children quickly learn to psychologically reward...

The Reinvention of Slavery

How Elites Will Solve the Global Energy Crisis

Karol Franks | CC BY-NC-ND

As the world runs out of fossil fuel, sooner or later, formerly cheap energy will inevitably become expensive. The cost to extract one barrel of crude oil has been rising for decades. But rather than causing collapse, the transition from cheap to expensive energy forces energy-hungry civilizations like the West to increasingly rely on human labor. This process of replacing fuel with people is already underway; it is what drives mass migration from poorer to richer nations...

The Socio-Capitalist Complex

The Survivors of the 22nd Century Will Be the Most Aggressive Oppressors of the 21st

Atop the Dewey Monument by Christina B Castro | CC BY-NC

The problem with socialism is that it is inherently a lie. Capitalism and socialism are not opposing but complementary forces. Working together, this socialist-capitalist Chimera maximizes an economy’s population size. Through ‘equality’ socialism effaces the masses in preparation of mass consumption, allowing for capitalist economies of scale. Capitalism serves these effaced masses efficiently, and in doing so increases the economy’s capacity for carrying bigger...

Who Are the Central Banks' Sysadmins with Root Access to Your Bank Account?

When the Federal Reserve decides to up inflation from 2% to 3%, increasing the money supply by say $10bn USD, they don’t actually turn on the printing presses or mint new coins. This kind of money exists only in electronic form — they don’t need to go mine for gold, nor print paper money. This inflation is created “from nothing” (believe it or not).

Using an actual printing press to counterfeit money is laughably primitive...

Blockchains for Copyright

Making Use of Bitcoin's Technology to Protect, Track and Monetize Digital Works

The very nature of the internet that allows content creators to disseminate their work globally and instantly also allows for anyone to pirate near-free copies of identical quality. Content creators that broadcast their work online give up control, hoping that the benefits of internet dissemination outweigh its potential loss of income due to piracy.

Anti-piracy efforts have come a long way since early attempts at disabling the ‘Right click…’...

On the Mechanics of War

War drives technological innovation, but aside from using technology to defeat a competitor fighting over the same resources, such preoccupation with technology primarily helps numb the senses. Technological innovation takes our minds off our feelings, both during wartime and peacetime, in a manner similar to how blithering idiots ramble on like freight trains in their attempt to suppress upwelling feelings they have no experience in processing, because they never make time to try. 

The less time...

Why We Fight Islam

Paris by Moyan Brenn | CC BY

After the 9/11 attacks, President Bush assured the world that America was not at war with Islam. But the Paris Charlie Hebdo shootings showed that Islamic terrorism is at war with the world. Rooted in traditionalism, Islam despises freedom, stifles progress and buries critical thought. Islamic doctrine rejects everything that Europe and the West have built up over the past three thousand years. Islam is not a religion, but an oppressive ideology posing as one. We owe it to history to defend the future...