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16 July 2010

Chromatic blogroll

I've added a blogroll of sorts to this blog. The positioning and coloring is based on the 'political compass' displayed in the upper left corner. The coloring is copied directly from the political compass for the four corners, and RGB-interpolated for the other five positions in my 3x3 grid. The left column of my 3x3 grid is in the left column of my blog template, likewise for the right. The center column I didn't quite know what to do with. For now I decided to place it in the center column under the blog entries. It's too obscure a placement for blogroll-type lists, but seemed for now more appealing than arbitrarily assigning it to either left or right, or putting it above blog entries, which shouldn't require navigating past much and should certainly be visible without pressing page-down or the equivalent.

Assigning blogs to pigeonholes of course is on a call-'em-as-I-see-'em basis. If anyone has complaints with their placement (where or if) they will be honored. Just send email to november-eight-charlie-hotel-zulu-at-yahoo-dot-ca.

15 July 2010

Another likely 'sporadic E' event

Or it could be the fog. Morning of Thursday July 15, 2010 was hopping for ATSC (i.e. DTV) DX-ing from my QTH north of Detroit. Picked up the following stations:

  • 11 WTOL Toledo CBS (+ 11.2 'News 11')
  • 15 → 5 WEWS ABC Cleveland
  • 17 → 3 WKYC Cleveland NBC (+ 3.2 weather radar)
  • 23 ION, Qubo, ION Life (local Christianist station WUDT still logging as 8 → 23.1)
  • 26 → 25, WVIZ Cleveland PBS (+ 25.2, 25.3, 25.4)
  • 27 WBGU Bowling Green, OH PBS (+ 27.2, 27.3))
  • 31 ION, same routine as channel 23, above.
  • 34 → 61 WQHS Cleveland Univision

Antenna is a simple single 'bowtie' UHF antenna in the attic.

There were also those pregnant pauses suggesting the receiver really wanted to pull a signal out of digital channels 10, 12, 13, 20, 47 and 50

11 July 2010

Anagorism as Neologism, or not

According to one "Flash Card Machine," anagorism means the following:


the point in the plot especially of a tragedy at which the protagonist recognizes his/her or some other character's true identity or discovers the nature of his situation

This is of course unrelated to my own formulation of anagorism simply as an antonym or negation of agorism. The 'original definition' of anagorism nevertheless has a spooky relevance to my own emerging consciousness concerning the inevitability of the agora, and all the inner conflict etc. arising from such realizations. In the interest of advancing the word anagorism as a sort of a meme, I've started using it as a tag.


The following is a parody:






Definitions




Agora

Greek word meaning “open marketplace”.

Agorism

the ideology which asserts that the Libertarian philosophical position occurs in the real world in practice as Counter-Economics.

Anagorism

the ideology which asserts that the Anti-authoritarian philosophical position occurs in the real world in practice with countermeasures against economics.

Anagorist

advocate or conscious practitioner of attempted end-runs around the so-called laws of economics, older terms include Communist and Socialist.

Economics Countermeasures

the intensive study of all licit and illicit economic activity with a particular interest in reverse engineering.

Libertarian

one who believes state intervention is the only possible enemy of Liberty.

Libertarian Left

activist, organization, publication or tendency which opposes parliamentarianism (electoral politics), defends Counter-Economists, and prefers alliances with radical and revolutionary tendencies to those with conservative ones.

Anagorist Left

activist, organization, publication or tendency which prefers alliances with radical and revolutionary tendencies to those with conservative ones, opposes parliamentarianism (electoral politics), defends non-market monkeywrenchers of the state and non-state monkeywrenchers of markets.


More definitions of konkinite terms...


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Anagorism is revolutionary market-negative anarchism; distinct from both non-market anarchism and market anarchism.



In an anagorist society, law and security would be provided by radical transparency and the resulting mutual trust or mutual distrust as the case may be. Anagorists recognize that situation can not develop by working against the market, but they also realize that working within the market is a recipe for social rank. Instead, it will arise as a result of understanding how the market process does what it does, not blindly following its 'signals.'



As the state is banditry, counterrevolution culminates in the suppression of the criminal state by market providers of security and law. Market demand for such service providers, like all market demand, is need or desire, backed up by cash. Development of that demand will come from those with the resources to be in a position to be demanders in the economic sense (and thus need not turn to the state in its role as monopoly provider of security and law). That sector of the economy is the counter-economy – black and grey markets, which even in the actually-existing market economy are the domain of protection rackets.


The Tribal Anagorist

I once saw a bumper sticker that read: "I don't have anything against God&emdash;it's His fan club I can't stand." Substitute The Invisible Hand for God, and you have the way I've been feeling lately, to a point. To be glaringly honest, I must say I have never really been intellectually capable of not believing in the inevitability of the market mechanism. On the other hand, I have never been emotionally capable of being at peace with its implications. I want to believe that the market is a human invention rather than a force of nature, but I can't summon up enough suspension of disbelief to maintain that belief.

For the sake of argument, let's tentatively classify me as someone who accepts the market as a reality that isn't going away any time soon. As the gnostics have their "Hypostasis (i.e., reality) of the Archons," I'm burdened with the realization (gnosis) of the Hypostasis of the Agora.

In this blog post I would like to outline my current thinking on how best to pursue radical change with both freedom and equality in mind.

While I'm prepared at this point to give up on giving the Invisible Hand a bone-crushing 'bionic handshake,' I'm still determined at least to arm wrestle it to a draw. Human outcomes should be a negotiated compromise between the reality of the market and the hopes and dreams of humanity (or at least the present specimen thereof); prominent among those being freedom from precarity and the supplanting of competition by cooperation.

While solving the Calculation Problem may be theoretically impossible, I believe we may have sufficient information technology to uncloak the Invisible Hand; making it a visible hand. Even under main$tream economic theory, transparency is a prerequisite for a fully competitive market. I'm trying to build a collection of ideas on how to impose transparency on the world and to monkeywrench business models based on asymmetric information. Readers (if any) are encouraged to participate in this effort at the pubwan wiki. Even if the market ultimately turns out to be something we can't control, I'm nowhere near ready to accept is as something we can't understand, and I intend to understand it at a microscopic level of detail.

I reject as false the dichotomy between 'market economy' and 'centrally planned economy' (or more pejoratively, 'command economy'). I see no reason decentralization should be incompatible with economic planning. Wild Pegasus once ridiculed Participatory Economics as 'making Pol Pot look like a piker.' I see this as a gross overstatement. Although I'm not a peace with economic consumption requiring permission (apparently the case under Parecon), I'm equally not at peace with participation in production being a privilege. As far as I know, all pro-market views equate the 'a job is a right' thinking to what they call 'forced sales.'

So, while I can't with any intellectual honesty fully identify with the NMNS or non-market-non-state tendencies, neither can I have solidarity without reservations with the market socialist and related tendencies. I also refuse to jump on the 'post-left' bandwagon as I find rightist ideas such as the free market to be as inimical to social solidarity as statist institutions are to freedom.

Not so much as a middle ground, but as a reversal of stated priories, I will tenatively start labeling myself as MNNS (market-negative-non-statist). Basically I'm addressing the market mechanism as something inimical to my hopes and dreams, but that is theoretically impossible to dispense with. It occupies a position of contempt similar to that of entropy in my estimation. Maybe instead of 'anagorist,' you should call me 'agoraphobic.'

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