Becoming a Polyglot Planning: Ahead to Learn Dozens of Languages

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Wed, 03/29/2017 - 21:53

Are you thinking of learning many languages? Do you want to be a polyglot, fluent in dozens of tongues? Planning ahead, what would be an ideal approach to learning dozens of new languages efficiently?

Learning Similar Languages First

In order to learn many languages, it makes sense to learn them in order of similarity. Many languages share a common grammar with neighboring languages and at least a portion of their vocabularies. Learning languages in order of similarity greatly increases the fun factor and reduces stress.

The West versus the Rest: Diminishing Western Power as an Incentive for War?

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:25

How do civilizations compare economically? Dividing up the  world into roughly nine civilizations,[1] we can sum their member nations’ gross domestic product (GDP). This allows us to track a civilization’s share of the global economy over time.

Economists have long questioned the use of GDP as a financial measure, but in this study I only look at relative differences. I define economic power as a relative advantage that one party holds over others.

Europe First: Trans-Atlantic Civilization and the Law of Diminishing Returns

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Fri, 03/10/2017 - 11:37

Atlanticism is the belief in a single European-American worldview, as expressed in NATO and many trans-Atlantic trade agreements. But the relationship between Europe and America is far from equal. Since the American armies emerged victoriously from the Second World War, Europeans have been living as vassals, serving the interests of American capitalism.

Progressive Dehumanization: The Belief in Political Progress Substitutes for Genuine Religious Belonging

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:57

Reminding people of death strengthens their belief in social and moral progress, especially when those people are not very religious.[1] Hence, in our deconfessionalized time, a growing number of people has substituted genuine religion for a belief in progressive politics.

Rules for Alt-Radicals: How to Destroy the Left By Using Their Tactics Against Them

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:24

In his 1971 book Rules for Radicals, left-wing activist Saul Alinsky wrote, “Organization for action will now and in the decade ahead center upon America’s white middle class. That is where the power is.”[1] This line came from the same man who defined the American radical as “that unique person who […] genuinely and completely believes in mankind”.[2] I’m sure Salinsky meant his narcissistic self.

In Praise of Patriarchy: Patriarchy as a Response to Natural Disaster and Sudden Population Decline

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:47

In 1900, about 1.6 billion human beings lived on Earth. One hundred years later, the human species nearly quadrupled to 6.1 billion.[1] Before the end of 2020, we may pass 8 billion, adding in a single generation’s time what had once taken us thousands of years to achieve. But human populations aren’t evenly distributed across the globe. Different geographies, climates and cultures have allowed for different growth rates and different population densities.

The Road to Self-Rule: Man’s Long Climb from Serfdom to Freedom

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Mon, 02/13/2017 - 13:14

Since the day man awoke from the wilderness, he has been pondering the question of how to live in a society with others. What we call society today emerged over five thousand years ago in ancient Mesopotamia,[1] the area located between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in present-day Iraq.

Gulag or Hunger Games?: The Tragedy of the Commons

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:19

Writing on the problem of human overpopulation in a 1968 essay titled The Tragedy of the Commons, American ecologist and philosopher Garrett Hardin asked,

“In a welfare state, how shall we deal with the family, the religion, the race, or the class (or indeed any distinguishable and cohesive group) that adopts overbreeding as a policy to secure its own aggrandizement?”[1]

White Decline: Benefit or Danger?

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Sun, 02/05/2017 - 11:21

“By 2050, only 5 percent of the world will be European.”—Russel Shorto

When mass immigration makes a society more ethnically diverse, the narratives that maintain social order shift from traditional ones to abstract ones. Blood and soil make place for equality and diversity. But when a people becomes too diverse, e.g. when the dominant culture becomes a minority culture, the inevitable realization takes root that one is no longer one people, but many.