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September 27, 2014

Against Stuff!

The march was initially billed as “an invitation to change everything.”
I suspect many of the protesters would not be in favor of changing their ability to binge watch episodes of Modern Family on Hulu Plus or gaze endlessly into smartphones produced by Third World slave labor, but that’s just my intuition speaking. One justice-marcher’s sign read “Boobs Not Bombs.” Presumably, a convergence of forces has finally collapsed upon a Femen-inspired singularity whereby public nudity is now morally equivalent to a carbon offset. Another sign called for a “nuclear free, carbon free future.” Apparently this protester advocates a return to the lifeless void of the primordial universe. This seems in keeping with the general trajectory of leftist thought, which holds nearly every human act to be “problematic”—their term for “sinful.”
- Taki's Magazine

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 27, 2014 6:56 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

Got to emailing with my art director, talking about what would be needed if SHTF, water filtering systems, so forth. It was a non-linear exchange, to be sure. He sez:

"Me, I just want to have stuff people had 100 years ago, or a better modern equivalent. Bottom line doesn't look so bad then."

and I replied:

"Gee, maybe you should join these guys. Find out if they have a local chapter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-Luddism "

which got him going (which is what I wanted; he's good when he gets revved up)

"There needs to be a different flavor. Why does every movement arrange itself as opposed to something? How about the happy Luddites that could care less what you do so long as you stay off my front porch? Meanwhile I'll be sure to keep the things from the past that work: stored food, non-treated water, solar powered clothes dryer (a 50 cent line strung in my backyard), and so forth.

"People who worship the golden calf deserve what they get. Empty lives staring at tiny lit up boxes. An iPad cannot grow you a garden, nor catch you a fish. When the battery runs down you can throw it at someone or prop open the back door.

"What is needed is balance, introspection, lack of ego, shunning vanity, humility, and grace. Appreciation. Luddites don't have any more of these than some Apple freak - Subaru - toe hair - hippie, nor some slicked-up graphics hipster with every gadget imaginable. Humans are like raccoons picking up shiny objects. Luddites just think very little of other humans. More like misanthropes."

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 28, 2014 11:41 PM

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