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The Long Night is Coming

January 5, 2019 - 05:18 -- Admin

Written by an anonymous friend who also senses the arrival of the long night of networked tyranny:

"Today is the final day of 2018. As years go, it was adequate to its purpose, which was delivering us in one complete orbit about the Sun. Enough with retrospectives: let us understand what is coming in 2019.

Headed towards Collapse

June 28, 2018 - 08:06 -- Admin

Over the last several weeks we've seen a rapid diminishment in the fictive kinship that unites us as Americans.  In fact, many of us don't just disagree with other Americans.  We see them as existential threats.  

21st Century Authoritarianism

May 25, 2018 - 10:08 -- Admin

Here's a question you should be asking yourself:

What does 21st Century authoritarianism look like?

Given what we've seen so far, it isn't likely that we're going to see a return to the 20th Century model, with its absolute dictators, industrial scale bureaucracies, paramilitaries, ideologies, ubiquitous/vicious secret police, relentless propaganda, etc... 

That model died when globalization and the Internet hollowed out the nation-state.

Long Night Update

May 19, 2018 - 05:16 -- Admin

Here are some notes tracking the arrival of what I’m calling the Long Night -- a world run by oppressive social networks that ruthlessly narrow public speech and behavior.   

Covered topics:  Twitter's bubble maximizer.  Enforcing limits to free speech in NYC.  Doxing protesters in Russia.  

How the EU could change the world through Data Asylum

April 20, 2018 - 05:42 -- Admin

Here's an interesting though experiment.

The EU's new data privacy law is just about to come into effect (May 25th).

That law makes it very hard for Facebook and other services to collect data on individuals because it has a very high privacy standard.

That's a problem for Facebook and many other Internet companies. 

Facebook, and other tech companies, set up a fake International Head Quarters in Ireland to avoid paying US taxes.

A Clash of Three Decision Making Systems: Fascism, Communism, and Democracy

April 17, 2018 - 05:03 -- Admin

Last month's Global Guerrillas report used a combination of:

  • David Ronfeldt's TIMN (tribes, institutions, markets, and networks) framework 
  • Complex systems theory, and 
  • Boyd's OODA 

to figure out how we can adapt to the challenges we face without the radical simplification of societal collapse.