CaptainACAB wrote

The exact same utility that it had before, to be honest.

That the robit is able to replicate common elements merely means that the robit highlights how cyclical we are as a species; we'll recycle the discourse and drama until our collective end and we'll do that regardless of whether or not the AI exists; technology can attempt (and even succeed) in outmoding many human actions, but I don't think any social or creative aspect will be entirely supplanted (especially not the latter).

The only real value that debate has is either in amusement or advancing understanding on a given topic; common talking points are only common to us because we've seen them before; at that point, it's time to accept that we either understand the topic in its entirety or that we haven't come up with any novel perspective on it and attempt a deeper understanding via whatever other method we can find; the point being, the machine cannot innovate, it cannot create, it can only mimic what it has seen so many times before; so the value that humans generate in debate stems from our ability to dream up new ways of the perceiving, articulating, and/or thinking about topics that have our interest.

Common talking points can only come from common ideologies, common ideas, common arguments; there's significantly less utility in argumentative framework that literally embodies values seen within the status quo. Common arguments are more likely to be heard by people already immersed in a given topic anyway; new people would get more value out of debates because they've seldom, if ever, heard the arguments before.

Finally, let's face it: if someone told me that they understood the nuances of a given topic because they used an artificial intelligence to simulate a debate between two sides of a given issue, I'd call them delusional. I've played with a few AI; in my experience, they're very inconsistent.


CaptainACAB wrote

I've yet to see an actual meritocracy (thankfully); it's a term made up by the beneficiaries of nepotism so that they can pat themselves on the back for deluding themselves into thinking that they're anything other than spoiled brats that have everything handed to them.

It's yet another example of ideas dreamed up to reform Capitalism, but for people that love work ethic.

Literally devoid of value, novelty, or benefit.


CaptainACAB wrote

Societies shouldn't "strive for" anything; they're not people, they don't have any agency beyond, at most, what the most powerful individuals/groups demand that they have.

A stateless society would essentially just be a group of co-inhabitants in a given area (assuming that they're sedentary); there's no power structure to take advantage of, each individual is completely autonomous; really only tied to their fondness for the group or other individuals in that group. If each individual in a given group decides to be "peaceable" without any coercion (no one actively does that though; it's really more like "there's literally no reason to start shit; I'd gain nothing from it", assuming the thought even comes up at all), they're just doing what social animals do; there's no conscious collective effort to strive for peace, just vibes.

That's not going to be permanent, mind you; relationships are complex, emotions aren't predictable, life happens, people die, people grieve, people lash out; groups of people magnify all of that to a greater degree. Peace is untenable under anarchy because under anarchy, an autonomous individual can express themselves in a manner that is disruptive to harmony and/or calm.

Unless you specify your use of "peace" as the opposite of "armed state conflict", then, yeah, I it wouldn't be unachievable under anarchy, but I mainly associate "peace" with "actively maintaining the status quo", so I'm definitely a Negative Nancy on that front.


CaptainACAB wrote

My hot take on "peace" is that it's literally unachievable within anarchy.

Every time someone talks about "peace", there's always a caveat in that in needs to be enforced in some way.

I'd rather relationships, interactions, and reactions just form and change organically than force them to fit within some narrow-minded ideal.


CaptainACAB wrote

Reply to Friday free talk by kano

Seasonal position's almost over; have to find a new job soon. Rent ate up my whole paycheck and then some because no one else could pay it.

Been spending the past 3 weeks trying to re-haul the decade + old writing projects from my linux switch debacle whenever I could find both the time and the motivation to do so (which I seldom could); file recovery got a few recent docs, but mostly duplicates from 2013 (and holy shit that stuff was cringe inducing).

New pokemon game is a glitchy mess, but I've been having fun with it; and with a franchise like that, I'll take whatever good I can get.


CaptainACAB wrote

I fucked up when I installed linux and pretty much lost everything.

I thought I knew how partitions worked. I didn't.

"But Captain; surely you backed your stuff up beforehand!"

I sure did. For reasons I won't get into, that drive isn't an option anymore. c:

So after running photorec or whatever I have...27,232 files to scrawl through and hope that I can pick up the pieces; I have my Firefox history due to having sync activated (Not that I knew, but it was a pleasant surprise).

The video games and their saves I can sort of go without (I mean, I can just redownload and replay the ones I never beat, no biggie); but I had an extensive writing hobby and have been working on shit for almost a fucking decade and that's the most devastating loss of all, tbh.

The good news? I'm no longer using Windows 10 on my laptop (which I use for pretty much anything that isn't gaming). Ask me in a couple of weeks if it was worth it; I've been telling myself that everything that I can get back was superfluous baggage.

Also, getting over a cold.


CaptainACAB wrote

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This Marxist really implied that America's state apparatus is beneficial to Black americans.

Holy shit.

I mean the "commies n anarchists want the same thing" myth has been around, so it's not really an exceptional lapse in judgement, but that last last sentence is just


CaptainACAB wrote (edited )

I modded the shit out of Skyrim and X-com 2 and they've more-or-less dominated my drastically reduced video game playing time.

I've been trying to get back into some games that I've never really finished, but I usually just play, like, a round/level/mission before going back to the previous two.

I think that my passion for gaming is dying and it's pretty distressing.


CaptainACAB wrote

I "like" my new job.

I don't care about the work itself, but something's been going on: I stop getting calls at around the last 2 and a half hours of my shift (here's hoping that continues indefinitely, because my work ethic is so low that sitting at a desk with nothing to do is still better than the 5 and a half spent on the phone with--ugh-- people), so I'm a lot closer to the "four hour workday" than most.

Of course, even with this enviable position, I still don't actually want to work and still actively dread the idea of doing my job; so if anything, I'm even more convinced that work reform is a waste of time and that work abolition is where it's at.


CaptainACAB wrote

I hate humanists so much.

I'm just anti-civ because it's the logical conclusion of anarchist individualism/egoism.

It has nothing to do with applying human morality to a world that is under absolutely no obligation to bend to it.

The idea that civilization keeps the scary things away is an incredibly ignorant and sheltered one.


CaptainACAB wrote

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Suburbs really are the cops of places. I don't expect much from the literal manifestation of government subsidized racial terror because I still live in one and haven't had the chance to develop any sort of misplaced nostalgia.

These people are afraid of and infuriated by just about everything; I remember finding out that the other highschool kids cut their walks home in half by going through a gate that had a tear in it. I went from having to spend about an hour walking home to about 30 minutes. All was good until some people inevitably complained about "tresspassing" (boo goddamned hoo, some highschoolers walked through your over-trimmed back lawn for all of 2 minutes because they didn't want to spend 30 minutes walking around a glorified fence) and the gate was fixed.


CaptainACAB wrote

In aesthetics, sure. I was around 10 when Obama ran, so I didn't really care about politics, but even I remember his opposition suspecting him of being a socialist or Muslim; hell, they even had whole thing with his birth certificate. I don't think the right in the UK is outdoing the US in that regard, especially in today's "culture war" climate; I just don't see how they could pull that off. You're absolutely right, Obama sold people hope; and everyone bought into it; even the actual left to some extent; better performance and spectacle from everyone all around than today's UK.

Keep in mind that

Ravikant Kisana, an Indian academic of cultural studies, doesn't believe this is a Barack Obama moment for British politics.

Is also immediately followed by

“Sunak’s politics doesn’t threaten the status quo,” he told VICE World News. “Rather it reflects the intersection of caste and race that is seen in his fiscally conservative, quasi-imperialistic and right-wing politics globally. It’s practically white.”

This implies that either the writer of the article or the academic (I can't really tell which of the two is comparing Sunak to Obama) believes that the same doesn't also apply to Obama's politics; which is so goddamned odd, because whenever Black radicals talk about Obama, this is our exact criticism.

Either way, they're both examples of the ancient "Black/brown faces in high places" political tactic and suggesting that they're different in any way that actually matters is...just blatantly wrong.

But at the end, I don't think it's even matter one way or another, bloody politicians

This is also true. This is, like, the one thing everyone in the left and post-left will agree is identity politics.


CaptainACAB wrote

Ravikant Kisana, an Indian academic of cultural studies, doesn't believe this is a Barack Obama moment for British politics.

It's funny because that's exactly what it is.

“Sunak’s politics doesn’t threaten the status quo,” he told VICE World News. “Rather it reflects the intersection of caste and race that is seen in his fiscally conservative, quasi-imperialistic and right-wing politics globally. It’s practically white.”

Like, c'mon, really? Really???


CaptainACAB wrote

"We should have a really small transitory state in order to ensure that it withers away."


Small transitory state: "I need more power and influence in order to secure our new Socialist economy."

"Fair enough, just don't have too much power, okay?"

Later again:

Medium transitory state: "Sorry, can't wither away, yet; gotta keep the Capitalist invaders from taking over."

"Shit, we're in danger? Here, have some more power and influence."

Later still:

Marxist state: "Wither away? Are you some sort of counter-revolutionary revisionist? Get back to your shift, we need to meet the production quota in order to show Liberal Capitalists just how much more efficient our economy is."

"Aw, fuck."