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notbillgates  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Theopolitics in Amurica

    This is because the free market as it currently functions cannot work in a world of increasing automation, which makes labour far less important to economic growth.

The free market will continue to function the same as it always has, thats the great thing about a free market structure. It will adapt to any situation, regardless of whether or not there is an increase in automation, this principle has been demonstrated before, beginning with the first industrial revolution and continuing today.

    the nation-state is not a structure that makes any sense in 2014.

There always has and always will be faction in the world, unity will never exist on a world wide scale, this is simply human nature. I cannot see a single example of a united world that was not by force. Rome was united only by brute force, the British empire, every "democratic" country on earth today continues to exist because it's citizens live in fear of the power they have chosen to hand to their government. It's a sad truth but no cooperative society will ever exist with humans in charge.

While you make many excellent points about a system that I to agreed is totally broken, your view of humans ability to unite as one is far from realistic. I cannot present you a solution and it's doubtful that anyone can present a solution that will fix the problems created by theological states. Once you institute a solution it will only create different, potentially worse problems.

    “It was a lone tree burning on the desert. A heraldic tree that the passing storm had left afire. The solitary pilgrim drawn up before it had traveled far to be here and he knelt in the hot sand and held his numbed hands out while all about in that circle attended companies of lesser auxiliaries routed forth into the inordinate day, small owls that crouched silently and stood from foot to foot and tarantulas and solpugas and vinegarroons and the vicious mygale spiders and beaded lizards with mouths black as a chowdog's, deadly to man, and the little desert basilisks that jet blood from their eyes and the small sandvipers like seemly gods, silent and the same, in Jeda, in Babylon. A constellation of ignited eyes that edged the ring of light all bound in a precarious truce before this torch whose brightness had set back the stars in their sockets.”

- Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy

Galapagos is my favorite of his works. I love that he is able to tell a story in such a way as to create a valid argument against his own brain.

    “That, in my opinion, was the most diabolical aspect of those old-time big brains: They would tell their owners, in effect, ‘Here is a crazy thing we could actually do, probably, but we would never do it, of course. It’s just fun to think about."

    “And then, as though in trances, the people would actually do it.”

    When the world is at peace, when all things are tranquil and all men obey their superiors in all their courses, then music can be perfected. When the desires and passions do not turn into wrongful paths, music can be perfected. Prefect music has it's cause. It arises from equilibrium. Equilibrium arises from righteousness, and righteousness arises from the meaning of the cosmos. Therefore one can speak about music only with a man who has perceived the meaning of the cosmos.

Excerpt from Lu Bu We's Spring and Autumn as quoted in Magister Ludi, Hermann Hesse

I would love to reread Walter M. Millers A Canticle for Leibowitz and be able to discuss it with a group.

notbillgates  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Give me some "SPAM"

I'm the maintainer of a small project I've dubbed I2P Berry, basically a image for raspberry pi that turns your pi into a router for the I2P secure network. It's not nearly as exciting as many of the things other people are showing off here, but here's the main site if you guys want to try it out.

For the present is the point at which time touches eternity. - CS Lewis "The Screwtape Letters". Great exploration of perceived human vice by the way.

I love one of his lesser read works, Galapagos. Really worth finding a paper copy to read.

notbillgates  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Any other reddit exiles ?

I recently left HN as well. I've never seen and it seems like a really great place for tech news. Thanks for the recommendation!

notbillgates  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: TinCan: username roster

notbillgates_9a2f4 - Long Beach, CA and Calgary, AB

I like it without text, but theres enough space for some if you want it. I used the same colour scheme as insomniasexx.

notbillgates  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Congratulations Hubski!

Makes a great desktop background!

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