• AMMDI is an open-notebook hypertext writing experiment, authored by Mike Travers aka @mtraven. It's a work in progress and some parts are more polished than others. Comments welcome! More.
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from Notes on Daybreak
  • The virtual equation of morality and authority is interesting.
from YMCYL Kindle Notes
  • being itself is understood as having more power to speak and transmit, and more potent authority, than God, the ruling idol of religions.
from anarchism
  • I always thought of Buddhism and anarchism as basically aiming at the same thing. – a revolution against false authority. What the State is to the People, the Ego is to the real person.
    • I guess I should be speaking of "mtBuddhism" or something to mean, not actual Buddhism as understood by a practitioner, but the mishmash of vaguely Buddhism-ish ideas I've accumulated.
    • I haven't read much on the connection between these two worldviews, except this piece by Gary Snyder
      • That site appears to be managed by Ken Knabb, a piece of work, apparently he was so committed to leveling that he protested the fact that Gary Snyder gave a performance and got applause ...
from Blood Meridian
  • Suppose two men at cards with nothing to wager save their lives. Who has not heard such a tale? A turn of the card. The whole universe for such a player has labored clanking to this moment which will tell if he is to die at that man's hand or that man at his. What more certain validation of a man's worth could there be? This enhancement of the game to its ultimate state admits no argument concerning the notion of fate. The selection of one man over another is a preference absolute and irrevocable and it is a dull man indeed who could reckon so profound a decision without agency or significance either one. In such games as have for their stake the annihilation of the defeated the decisions are quite clear. This man holding this particular arrangement of cards in his hand is thereby removed from existence. This is the nature of war, whose stake is at once the game and the authority and the justification. Seen so, war is the truest form of divination. It is the testing of one's will and the will of another within that larger will which because it binds them is therefore forced to select. War is the ultimate game because war is at last a forcing of the unity of existence. War is god.
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10 Apr 2021 06:09 - 01 Jan 2022 07:48

    • I've been reflexively anti-authoritarian all my life. I don't feel particularly proud of it at this point; I'm old enough now that it's kind of embarrassing. That is, I'm mature enough to know that a degree of authority is necessary for anything to function – someone needs to be in charge in some sense, although they don't have to be an asshole or a dictator about it. Leaderless collectives don't work very well, although there are always hints of tantalizing experiments.
    • The implication is that one needs to separate out authority from authoritarianism. The latter is what the right is about; they tend to worship power for its own sake (I guess – that is one takeaway from the Trump phenomenon).