User talk:Smerdis of Tlön

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I have a draft about Legalism (Chinese Philosophy)Wikipedia's W.svg. You can edit it, if you want. RoninMacbeth (talk) 21:37, 30 July 2017 (UTC)


So, are you a classical liberal? —вιgℓʝвιgℓ (ᴛᴀʟᴋ/sᴛᴀʟᴋ) 03:22, 6 September 2017 (UTC)

'Classical liberal' nowadays is mostly a synonym for 'economic libertarian', and while I am a cultural libertarian I think we need a much bigger role for government as the moderator of economic life and relationships. I've only recently started reading Confucius, but I find a lot to admire in his thought. Leftist equality is not reasonably possible, but people need to know where they stand, and have their superiors expect only reasonable and customary things for them. The capitalist cult of 'growth' and 'efficiency' introduces an ever tightening ratchet, and that's wrong. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 03:44, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
Do read Zhuangzi too, if you get a chance. There's a strange syncretic outlook it produces in conjunction with Kongzi (and Mengzi, or Mencius), plus the Zhuangzi connects on an emotional level that defies any easy explanation. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 05:45, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
So you're a social libertarian and economic liberal? —вιgℓʝвιgℓ (ᴛᴀʟᴋ/sᴛᴀʟᴋ) 18:33, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
Pretty much so, assuming that you mean 'liberal' in the American sense of 'tax and spend liberal'. I don't believe in the pipe dream of universal equality; human societies don't work that way. Instead, I'm a conservative who believes in a steady state society, where people are able to get along the ways they always have. The ultra-capitalist fetish for 'growth' and 'productivity' ultimately makes it progressively harder for everyone to make a decent and comfortable living. So I think a bit of redistribution and heavy regulation is called for under current conditions. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 18:43, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Brogressive Essay[edit]

Some sentences have been added to your essay, which I believe are intended to under its message. I took steps to remove them, but they edits were reverted and I was told to seek your express approval as it is an essay. Consider this a request for said approval. Levi Ackerman (talk) 15:53, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Thank you. I really don't care much about that essay, which started as a requested article and then got moved to essayspace for reasons I never understood. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 19:08, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Questions About Abrechnung mit Reaktion[edit]

I'm reading through the essay now, and I had a couple questions. First, how is commercial activity over the internet a mistake? Not that I disagree, but I just want to know your reasoning. Second, couldn't it be said that every civilization is irredeemably flawed and will inevitably collapse? RoninMacbeth (talk) 04:16, 26 November 2017 (UTC)

Start with the easy one first: yes, every civilization is flawed and will inevitably collapse. Now, I remember when Usenet and FTP were the Internet, and a better Internet it was back then. I can do almost everything I ever did on the Internet with Usenet and FTP. I remember when the WWW was supposed to work like wiki syntax. I remember the scandal of the first spams. There once was a non-commercial Internet. And it was not about harvesting your data to serve you better targeted advertisements. Change, as usual, was not an improvement. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 04:57, 26 November 2017 (UTC)
I can kind of see how being run by an aristocracy of Byrons and Hitchenses could avoid moral panics, but how would you stop the decay of aristocracy in the long run? How would you prevent the descendants of the initial aristocracy from descending into decadence, corruption and, most dangerously, idealism? RoninMacbeth (talk) 07:35, 26 November 2017 (UTC)
It's not a totalistic vision; the aristocratic house would be a part of government but not the whole thing. It's open to and in fact encourages a bit of decadence, which to me is one of the attractions of such a model. And that's probably the best defense against idealism as well. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 17:38, 26 November 2017 (UTC)

Side Note[edit]

In the Romanticism vs Enlightenment debate, which side would you say you are on? RoninMacbeth (talk) 04:59, 8 December 2017 (UTC)

{Late} Romantic to be sure. Baudelaire and Schopenhauer are the foundations. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 05:15, 8 December 2017 (UTC)

Merry Christmas![edit]

As a gift:

You've been nominated in the upcoming moderator elections. See the nomination at RationalWiki:Moderator elections/Nominations. RoninMacbeth (talk) 22:52, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

Doing Some Research[edit]

You seem to have written quite a bit about folklore here. Can you please provide me with any information about Celtic depictions of the Fair Folk? Also, is the whole Seelie/Unseelie Court thing fakelore? RoninMacbeth (talk) 05:03, 4 February 2018 (UTC)

Best resources I know for studying fairies are books by Katharine Briggs, esp. The Fairies in Tradition and Literature (1967) and An Encyclopedia of Fairies (1976). Ronald Hutton's recent The Witch (2017) also contains a helpful chapter on Celtic fairy lore as it had an impact on witch trials. The seelie and unseelie courts were mentioned in contemporary literary sources. But since the fairies were reckoned by believers as a malign host that needed appeasing, calling them seelie may have been out of fear or propitiation. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 05:14, 4 February 2018 (UTC)