User talk:Smerdis of Tlön

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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)


I'm restarting the page (still in progress). Want to add anything? RoninMacbeth (talk) 19:53, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

Currently in hospital and handicapped; no use of right arm. Was unable to login until found a wkaround for inability to type umlaut. Looks like a reasonable start. Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 23:50, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
Ah, I see. Well, best wishes! RoninMacbeth (talk) 14:59, 25 March 2018 (UTC)

Awesome Award[edit]

A close up of an awesome, amazing goat's face.

Awesome Award


Smerdis of Tlön

Reason: being awesome

For well researched contributions to articles.—ClickerClock (talk) 07:10, 4 April 2018 (UTC)