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BJ Campbell: You Have Been Captured By Your Politics

Also, We Discuss Literally Every Controversial Topic

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BJ Campbell is the author of the Handwaving Freakoutery newsletter.

We discuss a variety of topics, including egregores, a term he uses to describe a type of online conformity behaviour, updating moralities, statistics, guns, evolutionary psychology, vaccines, wokeness, war, nationalism, political violence, January 6th, QAnon, coordiantion problems, religions in the online era, gun-prepping, the post-liberal right, Curtis Yarvin, crime rates, Shiri’s scissor, and why everything needs more chaos. 

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Egregores:

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Memespace Egregores and Google Maps
When I look out upon the landscape of internet thought, and everything around me seems to make perfect sense while simultaneously being perfectly confusing to the people I’m talking to, I get frustra…
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The Mathematical Case for Prepping:

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The Surprisingly Solid Mathematical Case of the Tin Foil Hat Gun Prepper
On the one year anniversary of this publication’s jump to SubStack, in the wake of the January 6th “coup” or “protest” or “cute revolution cosplay” (depending on your media source), it seems appropri…
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HWFO on Gender Gap:

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Graphing the Gender Wage Gap
Since Biden and Harris are having their annual “tweet about the gender wage gap” day, I figured it would be a good day to post some graphs that explain the gender wage gap as best as science can curr…
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Firehose of Bullshit:

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All Hail the Firehose of Bullshit
You thought I was done with the disinformation articles? Haha, that’s hilarious. But today we’re going to be talking about institutionalized disinformation again, so I don’t have to bother you with obscure math that no normal person knows. That’s for part 3…
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Firehose of Bullshit 2: Permanent Moral Panic
Last Week, I brought you an article about how propaganda and moral panics interact in the form of a Firehose of Bullshit. There, I described their structure and continuation with little outside interference. If you haven’t read it yet, please read it first, because it is essential to understanding the following parts…
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Hanania on Fragile Wokeness: 

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Is Wokeness a Paper Tiger?
Earlier this year, NS Lyons wrote a piece on why wokeness is here to stay. I’d like to focus on his first of twenty reasons, as I think he likely considers it one of the most important. 1. One does not simply walk away from religious beliefs. What is called “Wokeness” – or the “Successor Ideology,” or the “New Faith,” or what have you (note the foe hasn…
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Yascha Mounk: The Great Experiment https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/665275/the-great-experiment-by-yascha-mounk/

Network Connectivity in Pizzagate:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0233879