Universal Basic Illusion

What’s up with this universal income thing? To me, Universal Basic Income represents giving up. It is a statement about the rich being so rich and owning so much of everything that they are basically creating an imaginary economy with the sole purpose of preserving their status. Universal basic income is a way for the… Continue reading Universal Basic Illusion

Manipulation works because people like to get smart for free.

People want to be smart by default. You can see it in the way a child becomes frustrated if another child understands faster whatever information. The manipulated gets information and arguments and chains of inference and deduction with no effort. They do not verify information because they have the same. human problem with giving back… Continue reading Manipulation works because people like to get smart for free.

Should cancer be celebrated when it hits the people you despise?

It is not plainly wrong, that you can be sure of. There is a nice brain teaser in considering wether it is fair, right, correct and so forth to rejoice the imminent disappearance from the life time space continuum of some person, in this case John McCain. 1 First we have the basic tenant of when… Continue reading Should cancer be celebrated when it hits the people you despise?

Thought stream

It is amazing how little people think of the fact that everything is a convention. I find it astounding, the jail of our social conditioning. But is it more than just that? Because it surely sounds crazy … Sometimes I strongly believe the world is led by insane people. And not only that, but also the… Continue reading Thought stream

Big issues are show stoppers but small issues are show spoilers

We tend to offer a lot of importance to big issues, and no importance to smaller issues. That means we’re made to withstand adversity, given adversity is grand, yet we’re also made to ignore adversity, given adversity is little. One can live with urinary infection and depression their whole life. We go over hardships and… Continue reading Big issues are show stoppers but small issues are show spoilers

In a future without ownership:

be careful what you wish for, it might just come true If that future it is not socialist, will we be slaves of wages? In that future, if it is too socialist, will capitalism succumb to failed centralised economies? When I won’t own anything what property will my constitution guarantee? In the business of perpetual renting… Continue reading In a future without ownership:

How To Make Sure Human Progress Sticks

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Audre Lorde From the little history I’ve read it is for me beyond any reasonable doubt… Continue reading How To Make Sure Human Progress Sticks

How to stop the incoming fascism

.. to be updated, fixed, constructed further, this set of ideas live in my profile until better consistency and meaning is achieved .. Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical… Continue reading How to stop the incoming fascism

Romania the secret service playground

[facebook url=”https://www.facebook.com/ciprian.muntele.7/videos/10154190955657761/” /] A river of light made of two hundred thousand people in Bucharest. For larger countries this might seem a flashmob, for Romania it is a civic force. In a country stolen from its people, the existence of civic spirit is a miracle. Nobody believes it. A country stolen from its people In this… Continue reading Romania the secret service playground

“I have nothing against gays, I just don’t like their culture”

The problem with tolerance I have heard this sentence in the title a lot of times. And I mean a lot. I used to say it in my twenties too. Then I looked at myself in the mirror and thought about it. Year after year the rot in it crystallized more and more and at… Continue reading “I have nothing against gays, I just don’t like their culture”

Discriminating against stupidity

Almost all predisposition to ignorance is formed in the childhood. Sometimes ignorance is chosen in adulthood. It can be cut off at the source only by great collective effort, which first effort is to acknowledge it exists and that it acts by dragging humanity down. Then by targeting and active action against those who disseminate… Continue reading Discriminating against stupidity

The arthritis of the world

In this day and age normal war of country versus country makes no sense. War today is the war of the political leaders waged on their own people. What seemed to be progress pushed us closer to enabling sociopaths and other emotionally empty or unstable, but charismatic, people to seize power in an unchallenged manner.… Continue reading The arthritis of the world

War Has No Good Side. None.

War is shit. We all know that. But there is this commonly accepted idea that war has some good sides. The first one, always brought up is that war makes technology and science advance faster. This is wrong: war by itself is nothing but a setback for science and technology because standalone knowledge which doesn’t… Continue reading War Has No Good Side. None.

Liberals Believe in Universal Values, Conservatives Believe in Fundamental Values

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the great divide: — this is the social schism that has been around since the dawn of civilisation, and it ain’t going away any time soon. People will not get along, never ever, ever. This idea I keep reading that the conservatives will eventually die makes me laugh hysterically and at… Continue reading Liberals Believe in Universal Values, Conservatives Believe in Fundamental Values

Why are taxes compulsory, but voting is voluntary?

A democratic state has two things that make it or break it: common wealth and common will. Even communist states were self entitled democratic, people’s democracy meant that it was assumed that there was a common will. However, what is strange is that everybody cares about the money much more than about the beings. I… Continue reading Why are taxes compulsory, but voting is voluntary?

You cannot have empathy for your oppressors because if you did you’d become your own oppressor

The opressed for the opressor may experience: mercy forgiveness compassion Why I believe these words are thrown around so weirdly, well, it is because we’re so bad at googling word definitions and word etymology, and because they tend to press painful wounds when needed. Take a child molester and the adult today molested child. There… Continue reading You cannot have empathy for your oppressors because if you did you’d become your own oppressor

Donald Trump won’t do squat

Protect the system they voted against. Why the fuck is everyone whining about one dude so much? There is a system. On January Day when he will have the most awesome egogasm in his life, he’ll also enter the biggest BDSM relationship with the system that keeps the whole US joint working. And the system is the… Continue reading Donald Trump won’t do squat

When proven wrong people don’t feel enlightenment but defeat

“The Agony of Defeat”, Trevor Batstone. Emily Dinckinson wrote: Success is counted sweetestBy those who ne’er succeed.To comprehend a nectarRequires sorest need. Not one of all the purple HostWho took the Flag todayCan tell the definitionSo clear of victory As he defeated — dying –On whose forbidden earThe distant strains of triumphBurst agonized and clear!… Continue reading When proven wrong people don’t feel enlightenment but defeat

Smart people shine in the light, wise people glow in the dark

find out why this is important We like trinkets, since forever. We love shiny new toys and sparks and glitter and just about anything bright that beautifully distorts the light it reflects. So do crows. Because we’re all crows who hoard crap, because its shiny and pretty, we inadvertently have expanded this behavior on how we… Continue reading Smart people shine in the light, wise people glow in the dark

Cultural export and identity politics

European culture pounded on to be reduced to the Roman nostalgia and Medieval Fantasy What if the world stops appropriating the american way? The american way, the american dream, the american identity is a culture of freedom, cowboys, feet raised on the desk, cigar and whiskey, brash dreaming and freedom to build fences, the cult of the… Continue reading Cultural export and identity politics

TIL: Nassim Taleb is a Trump supporter

An idol has fallen and the thickness of disappointment is suffocating I live in the middle of nowhere so excuse my ignorance. I like mr. Taleb’s ideas a lot but his last article, The Intellectual Yet Idiot left me completely unimpressed, even more, a tad surprised that someone of his caliber could descend into such… Continue reading TIL: Nassim Taleb is a Trump supporter

The pursuit of joy

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — — I believe this snippet of text to be what guides the world as we speak: a proposal that worked so… Continue reading The pursuit of joy

Beware of singlethink!

one meaning assigned George Orwell got this one wrong There are some forms of art, literature, visual and other, which are so grand that you cannot go around them, no matter how much you try. I wish I had found another example, rather than referencing Nineteen Eighty-Four, yet again, but it is simply too good and too… Continue reading Beware of singlethink!

Would you ride an untamed horse?

Are we blind to the fact that we have a religious concept guiding our economical theory? Free market and invisible hands What is this “invisible hand” madness? Why are we so convinced that the “market” can handle itself, while we’re depending on it with everything, from our present health to our entire species’ future? In… Continue reading Would you ride an untamed horse?

Why Apple is wrong, even if innocent

we came for profit! I fully support the EU Commission’s decision about Apple, even if, in the end, Apple or the Irish officials will win the appeal. There is a tremendous good and positive social message sent by the EU Commission, on making the Irish government take back from Apple the tax it itself helped to eschew.… Continue reading Why Apple is wrong, even if innocent

The Game Is Not Rigged, You Are An NPC

Whenever you feel like you’re left out of the game understand this: you are in the game all right, it’s just that you’re not playable. This idea got to me from a comic: http://forlackofabettercomic.com/?id=227 I saw this a while ago and it stuck with me. Surely, the reason for which I remembered this comic is… Continue reading The Game Is Not Rigged, You Are An NPC

You can’t hate what you don’t love

Hate is a very poorly misunderstood sentiment. There is all this talk about hate speech, haters, hate as the cause of war, religious hate, hating your kind, hate mail, hate comments. Talk, talk, talk. Here is the thing: the object of hate can only be the love you have for something. The love! Not the… Continue reading You can’t hate what you don’t love

Why you should be bored of this revolution

maybe I am not allowed to use this image … It is the time of doers. It’s gonna take a while for the age of thinkers to come again. Every success story today is more about accomplishing what we call “wealth creation”, and less about what we call “good creation”. Sure, maybe you are one who… Continue reading Why you should be bored of this revolution

Freedom does not mean deregulation

I think this sums up the whole problem in several aspects of our global society: finance — regulations are the missing ingredient that spoiled the whole industry with unpunished theft commerce — regulations are the missing barriers that allow crappy products to put solid businesses out of business on price wars movement — regulations on the movement of people is the… Continue reading Freedom does not mean deregulation

Make life worth living again!

Joe Brewer it is as if you ended the story too swiftly. Spiritual practice has been around for ages, and it has not caught enough traction to become mainstream in its original form. What we have today is all kinds of washed up concepts, that start from their original eastern or western philosophies of detachment or attachment,… Continue reading Make life worth living again!

I don’t like nihilism because it is not profitable

I find nihilism to be funny. Really, I mean there is nothing, nothing funnier than staring into the void, and noticing the look on the void’s face, while it’s staring back at you: Because that’s how I see us humans, being in such a way that any eternal and motionless entity observing us thinks we’re… Continue reading I don’t like nihilism because it is not profitable

We can’t stop it because we’re not doing it

Someone must have something against someone else. Lately if it’s not Americans vs Mexicans, it’s the police vs the blacks, or the blacks vs the police, the Muslims vs the Christians, or the western civilization vs the eastern civilization. If it isn’t any of those, it’s the millennials vs the baby boomers, the brogrammers vs… Continue reading We can’t stop it because we’re not doing it

What a misunderstood concept

The “Political Correctness” phrase is the perfect example of good intention ending in disaster. The whirling cascade of bad jokes, inspired by the politically correct approaches (see George Carlin and his hate for PC) show in a crystal clear precision the difficulty of being lucid in a world bathing in confusion. The derogatory way in which… Continue reading What a misunderstood concept

Click to see which kind of normal you are

Say, do you know the difference between: normality as defined by majority, and normality as defined by society? What is the difference between society and majority? Society is time bound. Majorities are interest bound. When you heard Obama say “on the wrong side of history” he was talking about society. When you hear Trump say… Continue reading Click to see which kind of normal you are

Libertarianism seems to work only in a society made of intelligent and educated people.

The reason most of the rule mazes exist is the same exact reason for which there are 613 commandments in the old testament: dumb uneducated hordes. It might sound like shit to hear one thinking with sweeping generalizations about society and call people dumb and uneducated. But, allow my transgression, for illustration purposes, the truth is people… Continue reading Libertarianism seems to work only in a society made of intelligent and educated people.

Are you wondering?

Doesn’t the Internet solve the representativity problem? Will we continue to need a handful of “special” people to “represent” us? Shouldn’t we all already be political actors in society having power, real power into the back pockets of our trousers? Can’t we just disrupt the government already? Didn’t technology already shake the establishment enough so… Continue reading Are you wondering?

All of Romania roots for Bernie Sanders!

Around here, in this particular forsaken land in Easten Europe, there is an old joke: The ultimate plan for Romania’s prosperity: declare war on the US and then surrender! Now, Bernie Sanders has good reason to invade Romania. We’ve been waiting for this development for ages around here, we finally have something the americans want:… Continue reading All of Romania roots for Bernie Sanders!

Life is socialist, evolution is liberal

copyright as seen in the photo There are current events happening in the world that, once again, put face to face the two opposing factions of the democracy capitalism tango: socialism and liberalism. Truth be told, liberals are far more successful than socialists. That’s the bare truth, as upsetting as this may sound. The rich, the… Continue reading Life is socialist, evolution is liberal

Forget Maslow! Everything Is Basic Need.

This damned theory, which governs our life plans, assumes that happiness is reached at the top of a pyramid of needs, and, until you get there, you must figure out more immediate problems like food, shelter or safety. On the basis of this model, a whole set of directions have been set in our society,… Continue reading Forget Maslow! Everything Is Basic Need.

Why isn’t govt. better

Because the government doesn’t really ask? Because the Caesar just takes what is Caesar’s? Somehow people don’t feel like they can choose. I can choose the Appstore or the Play Store, I can walk or Uber, I can sell on amazon or not, and the terms are upfront and I can bail out. With government… Continue reading Why isn’t govt. better

Platform tax, platform neutrality

How about taxing platforms for all the efforts that governments would make on their behalf? This approach has two benefits: it eliminates the usual problems with self regulated industries (corruption, hiding data, independent branches, operating through fake front companies and so forth) it eases business and does not hamper growth (taxes are easy to integrate… Continue reading Platform tax, platform neutrality

6 step East European weight loss system

1. Walk 20 kilometers every night. Visit important places such as the parliament or the government. Bear to make friends with real people without Tinder thinking your way. Ignore the police defining your path with long fully equipped human chains, they are all meant well. Keep up with the other tens of thousands, no time… Continue reading 6 step East European weight loss system