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- unpredictable - capricious totalitarian - never know where you are - plus impossible laws to follow (low speed limits a mild form, Google guidelines censorship, cancel culture what's not allowed who gets pilloried... Hitchens "Hitch-22" and Bret Weinstein #56 podcast 1hr10 in - livelihood at risk, got creators over the barrel, cite Covid-19 takedowns as evidence. Totalitarianism 2020 isn't going to look like Hitlerian fascism. It'll be techno-fascism, and it won't be an authoritarian cabal, it'll be an authoritarian plurality. This is nightmarish cuz it's far more solid, far more consensus, it's an algorithm in a common denominator team game and the only thing it's implacably against is the individual.
- heather's advice is excellent. dodge the algorithm. disconnect online footprint from offline identity. and have a dozen online identities, complete with social media 'demonstrable' realworld existences.
- “Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.” [Letters to a Young Contrarian]
- “By and large, Americans refuse to believe that humanity or society can be ameliorated by collective or political action. But they cannot do without the belief in amelioration, which is accordingly manifested in so many versions of ‘personal growth’ and ‘individual fulfillment.’ This supplies the energy and daring of the Utopian enterprise, and also commonly condemns it to defeat or disappointment.”