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Re: Favourite Quotes and Aphorisms

Post by William » Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:30 pm

From Nassim Taleb Twitter:

On #WorldPressFreedomDay let us stand in solidarity with the journalists murdered, tortured, and imprisoned by the Trump administration.


:lol:

This could be dripping with even more irony of one wants to compare the censorious make of left wing outlets on media vs the Trump administration.
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Re: Favourite Quotes and Aphorisms

Post by Physiocrat » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:11 am

William wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:30 pm
From Nassim Taleb Twitter:

On #WorldPressFreedomDay let us stand in solidarity with the journalists murdered, tortured, and imprisoned by the Trump administration.


:lol:

This could be dripping with even more irony of one wants to compare the censorious make of left wing outlets on media vs the Trump administration.
That is an awesome quote
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Re: Favourite Quotes and Aphorisms

Post by Physiocrat » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:11 am

William wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:30 pm
From Nassim Taleb Twitter:

On #WorldPressFreedomDay let us stand in solidarity with the journalists murdered, tortured, and imprisoned by the Trump administration.


:lol:

This could be dripping with even more irony of one wants to compare the censorious make of left wing outlets on media vs the Trump administration.
That is an awesome quote
The atoms tell the atoms so, for I never was or will but atoms forevermore be.

Yours sincerely,

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Re: Favourite Quotes and Aphorisms

Post by William » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:02 pm

"Everything which is not forbidden is compulsory"

TH White's pithy line from The Once and Future King on the logic of the ant hill and totalitarianism
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Re: Favourite Quotes and Aphorisms

Post by William » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:55 pm

“every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.”

-Franz Kafka

“If the citizens are under the intellectual hegemony of bureaucratic professionals, society breaks up in two castes: the ruling professionals, the Brahmins, and the gullible citizenry. Then despotism emerges, whatever the wording of constitutions and laws may be.”

-Ludwig von Mises

“Joined to the dead machine, [bureaucratic organization] is at work to erect the shell of that future bondage to which one day men will perhaps be forced to submit in impotence…if a purely, technically good, that is, rational bureaucratic administration and maintenance is the last and only value which is to decide on the manner in which their affairs are directed.”
-Max Weber


"The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy."
- Unknown (perhaps fitting that the origins and author of the quote are lost in a sea of murkiness)
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Re: Favourite Quotes and Aphorisms

Post by William » Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:42 am

No sect and no political party has believed that it could afford to
forgo advancing its cause by appealing to men’s senses. Rhetorical
bombast, music and song resound, banners wave, flowers and colors
serve as symbols, and the leaders seek to attach their followers to their
own person. Liberalism has nothing to do with all this. It has no party flower
and no party color, no party song and no party idols, no
symbols and no slogans. It has the substance and the arguments.
These must lead it to victory


Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism
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Re: Favourite Quotes and Aphorisms

Post by Physiocrat » Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:18 pm

William wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:42 am
No sect and no political party has believed that it could afford to
forgo advancing its cause by appealing to men’s senses. Rhetorical
bombast, music and song resound, banners wave, flowers and colors
serve as symbols, and the leaders seek to attach their followers to their
own person. Liberalism has nothing to do with all this. It has no party flower
and no party color, no party song and no party idols, no
symbols and no slogans. It has the substance and the arguments.
These must lead it to victory


Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism
With the exception of the cult of the leader without all the slogans, songs and colours liberalism will fail. It's not that all the other stuff is bad necessarily, it just needs aligning with substance.
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Re: Favourite Quotes and Aphorisms

Post by William » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:23 pm

“Our great goal was the universal triumph of Communism, and for the sake of that goal everything was permissible—to lie, to steal, to destroy hundreds of thousands and even millions of people…. And to hesitate or doubt about all this was to give in to ‘intellectual squeamishness’ and ‘stupid liberalism,’ the attributes of people who ‘could not see the forest for the trees.’”

Levi Kopelev, Soviet dissident


Shortly after he goes on to explain how these bolshevik intellugentsia were so trained that they could not be moved when stealing grain by from women and children so malnourished as to be turning blue, having distended bellies and vacant lifeless eyes... this was because of "the necessary process of historical material necessity, modernizing, equalizing, and collectivization".

A member of DAESH knows he's a member of DAESH, and you know he is. A Nazi knows he is a Nazi, and you know he is... I'm not so sure that's the case with bolshevik like philosophy


BTW: Lev was kicked out of the bolshevik party for not actively encouraging soldiers to rape, torture, and kill the captured invading Germans. He was considered then under the influence of "humanistic bourgoise propaganda".
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Re: Favourite Quotes and Aphorisms

Post by William » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:04 am

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
@nntaleb
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Oct 14
A Yuuuge agency problem in journalism: they care abt journalists far more than other pple.

+ Saudi Barbaria does Sept 11, blows up & ethnically cleanses Syria, Salafizes countries, wrecks Yemen. Nobody cares.

+ Saudi Barbaria suspected of killing one journalist, total deluge.



Nassim Nicholas Taleb
@nntaleb
·
Oct 15
Well,
@Paul_Salem
: A shameless shill for the UAE (hence Saudi Barbaria).

Foreign affairs people start with an idealistic views of the world; they try to become scholars. Then life happens and they realize they are unskilled labor; so they get corrupted to the bone.


Nassim Nicholas Taleb
@nntaleb
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9h
Now we are making progress. If I entered the Saudi consulate and beat up one of the prediabetic sheikhs, would the NY police intervene?

So if they can call the police on me( by (“authorizing”), not the reverse, there is an asymmetry.





3 recent from Taleb twitterverse. "Pre diabetic sheik" made me giggle until my tummy hurt.


And to even show he is a localist to the bone:


Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
@nntaleb
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15h
My problem with Saudi Barbaria is not domestic. They can have the regime they want.

It is that the country is dangerous to the rest of the world:
+ support for terrorism/911,
+ spread of Wahabi doctrine,
+ ethnic cleansing in Syria,
+ propaganda, infl over U.S. policy
etc.
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Re: Favourite Quotes and Aphorisms

Post by William » Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:16 am

"I can no longer call her [Elizabeth Warren] Pocahontas because she has no Indian blood. She doesn’t qualify.” Donald J Trump

That's an amazing insult off an already amazing nickname he gave her. I mean, that's just...wow. Bravo Donaldo, bravo
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