I guess this is the part where I plunge in and make or break.

Go big or go home, they say. For two centuries, being able to shoot you mouth off about terrible conditions for oneself or others has been the steam valve that prevents an excess of public rage that might threaten ‘stability’. Or the Republic generally. So I may as well shoot my mouth off, too.

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Libertarian Ideologues Admit Socialism is Natural

Why we keep hearing that the ‘government’ is ‘socialism’= slavery.

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Libertarian radio show host Tom Woods posed a question (32:24), why does socialism have such enduring appeal, despite its supposed failures? His guest, economist Dr. Kristian Niemietz responded,

Niemietz: Well there’s a lot to be said for the theory that socialism is hardwired into us. That our economic intuitions are all fairly socialist. We often extrapolate from the kind of economy that our ancestors — our hunter gather ancestors — were living in, where economic activity is collective activity. You have the group deliberately, consciously collaborating, doing something together, and then sharing the spoils and that is a political act. And the kind of modern economy that we have today, a much more complex economy, guided by anonymous mechanisms is just counter intuitive. There is something in us that militates against that. That would also be the reason why almost no free marketeers, at least I don’t…

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Non-ergodic economics, expected utility and the Kelly criterion (wonkish) — LARS P. SYLL

Suppose I want to play a game. Let’s say we are tossing a coin. If heads comes up, I win a dollar, and if tails comes up, I lose a dollar. Suppose further that I believe I know that the coin is asymmetrical and that the probability of getting heads (p) is greater than 50% […]

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Down with the Working Classes!

Mirroring many of my feelings lately.

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If the Left is ever going to come together to save the world from Donald Trump and his legions of fascistic Putin-Nazis, we’re going to need to confront our primary enemy … the international working classes. Yes, my comrades, I’m afraid it’s time to face the facts, depressing as they are. The working classes are not our friends. Just look at how they’ve been betraying us … and after all we’ve done for them all these years! This cannot be allowed to continue, not if we are going to rescue democracy from Trump, Putin, Assad, the Iranians, and Palestinian kids with terrorist kites, and eventually stem the blood-dimmed tide of neo-fascist anti-Globalism!

Now, OK, I know you’re probably asking, “how can the international working classes possibly be the enemy of the Left?” and “wouldn’t that render the whole concept of the Left completely absurd and essentially meaningless?” and other pertinent…

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Gregory Desilet Answers Jordan Peterson on Derrida; + Prisoner of Infinity Primer video

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Guilds Lake, 1905 — Vintage Portland

Guilds Lake and pavilions during Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905. View this image in Efiles by clicking here.

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The War on Dissent

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Just when you thought the corporatocracy couldn’t possibly get more creepily Orwellian, the Twitter Corporation starts sending out emails advising that they “have reason to believe” we have “followed, retweeted,” or “liked the content of” an account “connected to a propaganda effort by a Russia government-linked organization known as the Internet Research Agency.” While it’s not as dramatic as the Thought Police watching you on your telescreen, or posters reminding you “Big Brother Is Watching,” the effect is more or less the same.

And if that’s not creepily Orwellian enough for you, Facebook has launched a Ministry of Counterspeech, manned by “a dedicated counterterrorism team” of “former intelligence and law-enforcement officials,” to “disrupt ideologies underlying extremism” (see Chris Hedges’ recent essay for details). The Google Corporation is systematically disappearing, deranking, and maliciously misrepresenting non-corporate news and opinion sources, and the “thought criminals” who contribute to…

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How employed are we?

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Austerity never ends: Economists say wages are too high

Source: Austerity never ends: Economists say wages are too high

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Portland Olde School

SW Alder Street between SW Broadway and SW 6th Avenue looking southeast, 1923. View this image in Efiles by clicking here.

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