Monday, April 18, 2016

Coda

It's long past time to make this official: UR has completed its mission.

If you're discovering UR just now and don't feel like wading through a 2007-era Blogger template, some of the more salient pieces are available as Kindle books, here.  Start with the Open Letter or the Gentle Introduction.

If you're here because you clicked on one of those clickbait pieces and you're horrified, don't be afraid!  All your conditioning is telling you to run very fast in the opposite direction.  That's normal.  It's a healthy instinct.  Honestly, there's quite a solid case for taking the blue pill.  It's a vitamin.  It's good for you.  Whatever is in that red pill, it's definitely not a vitamin.

And let's not just dismiss the idea that you're right.  So is everyone else.  So is the world.  "All is for the best, in this the best of all possible worlds."  Still... perhaps we could try a little test?

Say the word democracy.  Notice how good it sounds.  Everything democratic is good.  A democratic meeting, a democratic policy, a democratic giraffe... if the adjective fits the noun at all, anything you paint with it comes out shiny and bright.

Now say the word politics.  Notice how bad it sounds.  This person is a politician.  She's being so political.  These dangerous proposals would politicize US foreign policy.  Every use of the word is negative.  Everything you paint with it comes out sordid and mean.

But... what is democracy without politics?  Is there any such thing?  If there is, doesn't it sound like something North Korea would come up with?  Our higher form of democracy has transcended mere  politics.  Uh huh.  Sure.  I know where you're going with that.

As objective realities  structures of governance  aren't democracy and politics in fact... synonyms?  But if they're the same word, how can they have opposite connotations?  How can it be that everyone knows, obviously, of course, democracy is a good thing, but politics is a bad thing?

Anyway.  They're just questions, Leon.  If you feel like you have a good answer, great.  Definitely go with that.  I hope it's juicy and delicious.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Hiatus

I think it's clear that UR has gone on de facto hiatus, so it seems best to adhere to my own philosophy and make it official.  I've also posted a couple more poems below.

I apologize for the absence of a comment section.  I am enormously appreciative of all the content that commenters here have contributed over the years.  (I am enormously apologetic for my total failure to contribute appropriate moderation.) Unfortunately, it is really useless to maintain open public comments after the slightest attention in mass-market media.

I would recommend other writers to read, but it seems presumptuous, patronizing and rude.  Whom should you read?  Alas, I fear you've already made that decision.  I'll follow Alexander, and simply say: read the best.

(I do want to give a special shout out to Deogolwulf, for his literary scalping of Slavoj Žižek. Not that a zombie really needs his scalp, but at least you get to keep it.)

(Better yet, give the living a rest and read the dead.  For instance, it's the broad general consensus of modern professional historians that James Buchanan was USG's worst President evah.  Well... haters gonna hate.  But why not give our own dear reality the benefit of the doubt, set that consensus as a prior - and then read Mr. Buchanan's own book? Which he actually, believe it or not, wrote himself?  Like, you know, a real person

I know.  I know.  You, also a real person, are too busy to read James Buchanan.  But not too busy to hate him.  Well, haters, etc.  And for non-haters, if your dear little prior needs any more of a workout, which frankly would surprise me, work it again with Lincoln The Man.  Personally I feel Lincoln is really the first of the modern Presidents, because I have a strong suspicion that just about every brilliant utterance we attribute to Lincoln, is actually the work of his brilliant young secretaries Nicolay and Hay.  Another unprovable conspiracy theory, I know, I know.

By curious coincidence, our leaders today, while of course great statesmen of historic proportions, are major writers in their copious spare time.  Really any of their masterpieces - I saw a whole box at Costco the other day - will do for a chaser.  But why not - Dreams From My Father?  If you do complete this grueling assignment, yet still find yourself taking the "real world" seriously, please write to UR for our warranty coverage.)

Anyway.  UR will reemerge, of course.  But not here, and not soon - and probably not even in this form.  I'll also try to do something non-lame with the archives.  Thanks for reading!

The Anarchy

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Cath Lab (2012)

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Crocodile Prayer

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Mr. Jones is rather concerned

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Urbit demo Sep 25 in SF

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Technology, communism and the Brown Scare

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Civil liberties and the single reactionary

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