I've recently re-read Lou Keep's Uruk series, and a lot more ideas have clicked together. I'm going to briefly summarize each post (hopefully will tie things together if you have read them, might not make sense if you haven't). This is also a mini-experiment in using comments to make a twitter-esque idea thread.

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I really like that you're doing this! I've tried to get into the series, but I haven't done so in a while. Thanks for the summaries!

(Also, maybe it'd be good for future comments about what you're doing to be children of this post, so it doesn't break the flow of summaries.)

7Hazard21d #4 Without belief in a god, never without belief in the devil [https://samzdat.com/2017/06/28/without-belief-in-a-god-but-never-without-belief-in-a-devil/] This post tracks ideas in The True Believer, by Hoeffer. There is a fundamental difference between the appeal of a mass movement and the appeal of a practical organization. The practical organization offers opportunities for self-advancement, and its appeal is mainly to self-interest. On the other hand, a mass movement, particularly in its active, revivalist phase, appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. A mass movement attracts and holds a following not because it can satisfy the desire for self-advancement, but because it can satisfy the passion for self-renunciation. The main MO of a MM is to replace action with identity. This is the general phenomena of which narcissism (TLP and samzdat brand) is a specific form of. Moloch like forces conspire such that the most successful MM will be the one's that do the best job of keeping their members very frustrated. Hate is often used to keep fire burning.
6Hazard21d #3 Use and Abuse of Witchdoctors [https://samzdat.com/2017/06/19/the-use-and-abuse-of-witchdoctors-for-life/] One sentence: Metis is the belief, the ritual, and the world view, and they are way less separable than you think. Explores the recent history of gri-gri, witch doctor magic used in Africa to make people invulnerable to bullets to fight against local warlords (it also can involve some nasty sacrifice and cannibalism rituals). Lou emphasizes the point that it's not enough to go "ah, gri-gri is a useful lie that helps motivates everyone to fight as a unified force, and fighting as a unified force is what actually has a huge impact on fighting of warlords..." The State's response is likely going to be "Ahhh, so gri-gri doesn't do anything, let's ban it and just tell people to fight in groups". This will fail, because this has no theory of individual adoption (i.e, the only reason people fought as one was because they literally thought they were invulnerable). This is all to hammer in the point that for any given piece of illegible metis, it's very hard to find a actual working replacement, and Very hard (possibly beyond the states pay grade) to find a legible replacement.

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byHazard 2y4th Feb 2018145 comments


In light of reading through Raemon's shortform feed, I'm making my own. Here will be smaller ideas that are on my mind.