Tag Archives: other opinions

Other Opinions #56 – Our Elites Still Don’t Get It

The title is clickbait. The article however, is excellent.

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Other Opinions #51 – Tolerance is not a Moral Precept

https://extranewsfeed.com/tolerance-is-not-a-moral-precept-1af7007d6376

Disclaimer: I don’t necessarily agree with or endorse everything that I link to. I link to things that are interesting and/or thought-provoking. Caveat lector.

This one is a really interesting take on tolerating intolerance and that whole mess, and unpacks it in a way that makes a lot of sense, but also I think fails to line up with how tolerance is actually often used. I’ve seen people with both conservative and liberal viewpoints try to open up what are essentially peace talks in the current ongoing culture war around diversity, only to be shouted down in the name of not tolerating intolerance.

Liberals need to recognize that not every form of conservatism is a fundamental threat to their very existence (some are, sure, but it’s not exactly difficult to tell them apart), and conservatives need to stop whining about their viewpoints not being tolerated just because they’re unpopular right now.

Tolerance is a peace treaty, but peace requires minimal trust and good faith, both of which are sorely lacking.

Other Opinions #50 – Everyone Says I Am Running Away

Everyone Says I Am Running Away

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On the one hand, the fiftieth of these feels like it should be more substantial or important or something. On the other hand, fifty isn’t that significant a number, and I’m feeling lazy.

The author of this one is trying to explain himself to people who say he’s running away from “real life”. On the one hand, axiological relativism, and life is what you make of it, etc. On the other hand, socio-cultural conformance is a powerful force multiplier because it builds trust and lets people work towards implicit common goals. Society can afford and absorb some people who break the mold, but eventually the system decoheres. Be careful what you wish for.

Other Opinions #49 – Everything Except Country and Rap

http://www.runoutnumbers.com/blog/2015/11/16/everything-except-country-and-rap

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One has to wonder how something like Hamilton (the musical) affects the perception of this sort of thing. Does it make hip-hop “cool” among white people? Is that OK?

Other Opinions #48 – Intelligence Equals Isolation

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IntelligenceEqualsIsolation

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If TV Tropes has a trope for literally everything, is anything really a trope anymore?

Other Opinions #46 – There’s No Real Difference Between Online Espionage and Online Attack

This one is a couple of years old but still relevant, especially with the recent ransomware attacks. We’re used to thinking in terms of human actors, where an informant is a very different kind of asset from an undercover operative. The former is a passive conduit of information while the latter is an active force for change. In technological conflict there is no such difference. Both activities require the ability execute code on the remote machine and once that is achieved it can be used for any end, passive or active.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/03/theres-no-real-difference-between-online-espionage-and-online-attack/284233/

And of course any vulnerability, once discovered, can be used by whatever criminal claims it first.

Disclaimer: I don’t necessarily agree with or endorse everything that I link to. I link to things that are interesting and/or thought-provoking. Caveat lector.