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Samyutta Nikaya


The Buddhist “bible” is called the Tipitaka. It’s a massive collection of texts that were first compiled by the Fourth Buddhist Council in 29 BCE. It’s divided into 5 nikayas (volumes). One of my favorite nikayas is the Samutta Nikaya, the 3rd volume, pictured here. As you can likely tell from the thickness of this book, the Buddha had a lot more to say than the handful of inspirational quotes floating around on social media.

Assorted Thoughts

[last update: 2014.11.10]

Competing drives us to work against—rather than with—each other, and withhold help and knowledge to retain our advantage.

The impetus for natural selection and progress is competition. Capitalism is the natural byproduct of our shitty biology.

Hypothesis: Violence, tribalism, sexism, everything bad are biologically innate to human nature. Altruism is the only true social construct.

Leaderless movements still need a blueprint. Even anarchists have literature to lay groundwork and establish direction.

Likely correlations: authoritarianism ∈ subjectivism, libertarianism ∈ objectivism, liberalism ∈ humanitarianism, conservatism ∈ tribalism.

Exploiting our emotions for clicks and ratings is the strategy of most news outlets—left and right. The angrier they can make us, the better.

Objective journalism isn’t “impossible.” Just present at least two perspectives and don’t inject adjectives. Let me decide for myself who to believe.

If your gender politics are framed primarily on regulating sexual content rather than diversifying it, you are sex-negative.

When you break it down, ideologues—from the left and right—pushing for involuntary collectivism is the problem.

Forced collectivism depends on the rejection of individuality and objectivity to foster authoritarian submissiveness.

Collectivism is best achieved by individualist means. The encroachment of involuntary interdependence is too extensive to avert backlash.

Mainstream Western feminism is not about equality. It’s about whining incessantly about things that offend spoiled white people.

Culture evolves from experience. Privilege limits experience. Cultural appropriation compensates for lack of personal experience.

If you refer to your followers as “hivemind”, or say “Go!” after asking a question, you might love yourself a little too much.

Money, Politics, and Anarchy



How often do you think about money? Were you lucky enough to inherit a privileged life with only a few obstacles, or do you, like most people, usually find yourself tending to tasks you were forced to do just to live?

From the age of 5 to 22, and sometimes beyond that, the so-called education system methodically crafts us into gears for the employment machine. After enduring nearly two decades of partisan indoctrination, we have to fight each other in the crowded confines of a “free market” for the next 40 to 50 years for status as employees.

With an estimated 7 billion people on the planet, many of us won’t be able to get work despite our qualifications. Life is made even more laborious for the marginalized when employers — consciously or subconsciously — add superficial attributes like culture, gender, and “attractiveness” to their hiring criteria.


The top priority of social conservatives is conserving Christian culture. The top priority of left and right-wing libertarians is maximizing liberty.

Social liberals acknowledge social and economic inequality and believe more government and fewer liberties is the solution. For social conservatives and right-wing libertarians, business regulations is a greater problem than inequality, and they believe we could be more productive without them.

Social conservatives, social liberals, and right-wing libertarians all advocate an unfettered master-slave relationship — corporation as master over the worker, or government as master over the citizen.

Of the political philosophies mentioned, left-wing libertarianism is the only one that prioritizes the worker and citizen over the corporation and politician. In its individualist and collectivist variants, left-libertarianism advocates freedom from government and wage slavery through unionization and/or mutual aid.


The words Anarchism and communism, like liberalism and conservatism, shouldn’t be feared or rejected at their mere mention. Anarchy is derived from the Greek anarchos meaning “one without rulers.” It does not mean “one without rules.” And communism, like communion and comradery, is derived from the Latin communis meaning “common” or “universal.”

Anarcho-communism, anarcho-syndicalism, mutualism, Christian anarchism, and individualist anarchism are five common branches of left-libertarianism. Each of these branches calls for the suppression of oppressive corporate and political intermediaries that stand between us and our liberation.

We’re prisoners on the capitalist hamster wheel — overworked, underpaid, and neglected. While we fight each other for survival, they live comfortably with more than they’ll ever need. With much of the land “bought up” and guarded by them, we’re left with few habitable places to escape to. Is this the life you want, or do you want your life to be about something more?

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The System is Fucked


By grossly expanding the scope of the government, progressive politicians have undermined our civil liberties and self-reliance. Fostering free markets by minimizing or eliminating the capacity of the government and trade unions, as advocated by conservatives and right-wing libertarians, would give corporations dominion over the citizenry.

Capitalism, the economic system that rewards those who excel at using a method of psychological manipulation called “marketing”, has divided and turned us against each other. With social-Darwinism and conceit at its core, capitalism provokes inhumane competitions for attention and the leftovers not yet stockpiled by the overpaid.

Critics of government overreach have been called selfish, apathetic, and bigoted, and those who feel the overpaid should be progressively taxed to compensate the exploited are said to encourage laziness, envy, and theft.

What is the solution?

How can government encroachment be retracted in a way that doesn’t neglect the downtrodden and those who oppose compromising ethics and individuality to conform? How can corporate corruption—which has happened, is happening, and will likely continue happening—be mitigated?

F. A. Hayek

The Constitution of Liberty

First entry of my new photo series, “Angled Shots of Books I Recently Ordered From Amazon or Barnes & Noble.” But seriously. Friedrich Hayek was a great thinker. The Road to Serfdom, the first book I read by him, is one of the main reasons I’m an advocate for liberty and individualism now.