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A few comments from the editor: first, sorry this is a little late, but you know--holidays and all. Furthermore, the number of quality contribution nominations seems to have grown a fair bit since moving to the new site. In fact, as I write this on January 5, there are already 37 distinct nominations in the hopper for January 2023. While we do occasionally get obviously insincere or "super upvote" nominations, the clear majority of these are all plausible AAQCs, and often quite a lot of text to sift through.
Second, this month we have special AAQC recognition for @drmanhattan16. This readthrough of Paul Gottfried’s Fascism: Career of a Concept began in the Old Country, and has continued to garner AAQC nominations here. It is a great example of the kind of effort and thoughtfulness we like to see. Also judging by reports and upvotes, a great many of us are junkies for good book reviews. The final analysis was actually posted in January, but it contains links to all the previous entries as well, so that's what I'll put here:
Now: on with the show!
Quality Contributions Outside the CW Thread
- "The Seven: The Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic, tells the story of the seven signatories of the 'Proclamation of The Republic', the people who led the Easter Rising of 1916..."
- "All across economics there's way too much interest in the demand side, not nearly enough in supply-side economics."
Contributions for the week of December 5, 2022
- "As communist bloc showed, economies are too difficult for human design. Social credit system is again trying to put human design back into the system which will cause the same problems."
- [Scene: Larry, Jeff, and Susie are getting cocktails at the bar before Ted Danson's wife, Mary's 70th birthday party.]
- "Most Germans reflexively and thoroughly hate anything smelling of right-wing wrongthink, in a way that even American wokes have not yet come close to."
- "I wrote about the likelihood of the Move To Mastodon resulting in a purity spiral of banning-everyone-who-won't-ban-the-target-of-the-week, and it seems to have already started."
- "The roots of this rejection of procedural fairness in leftist thinking can be traced back quite far, for example Herbert Marcuse published an essay in 1965 called 'Repressive Tolerance' containing ideas that really seem not all too dissimilar to most current leftist rhetoric."
- "Long ago, I was interested in tabletop game design, and came across the concept of 'rules fragility'."
- "I think many people on the left believe legitimately and truly that there is no way the Overton window ever shifts back towards views they disagree with."
- "Nevertheless, my explanation of the trend that you identify would be that these liberal norms fell out of fashion because they genuinely were flawed, and that bringing them back will require re-working them to take some of these critiques into account while also preserving what was important about them."
- "I always find it a bit surprising how we've gendered violence of all kinds as male (even types of violence which aren't primarily male-perpetrated, like domestic violence) but almost completely fail to acknowledge that most bystanders who go out of their way to risk their lives for somebody else or expose themselves to danger to protect somebody else are also men."
- "A classic tactic of deniers (and conspiracy theorists in general) is to insert a wedge into the mind of a layman, and then try to lever it."
- "It was, indeed, a genocide, and it means that, were the Axis successful in its ultimate political program, it would have been the end of Jewry globally, the final death of Israel."
- "From the perspective of someone from Delhi or Calcutta, 'native rule' is so far in the past that it's silly to consider the British as removing it."
- "The first thing you need to understand about RRR, is that it might be the first major Indian blockbuster that situates itself entirely within the context of India."
- "This is why I ultimately find complaints about Western colonialism and the recent (and by that I mean the past 100 years or so) anti-colonial movement don't resonate well with me."
- "I do not think that Open Borders is against many strains of thinking especially prevalent on the left. Colonialism was not bad because it destroyed local cultures, colonialism was bad because it interfered with the higher project."
Contributions for the week of December 12, 2022
- "The longer term prospect, more tentative and possible than decisive, is the prospect for Korea and Poland to do future joint armor/APC/combat vehicle design projects in the future, with the goal of competing with established European producers."
- "God-Emperor Franz has all the economic value. He wants an advisor and a semi-subserviant friend to talk with about god emperor related issues."
- "Most people denouncing 'absolutism' do it with the same goal as the infamous Holmes' 'fire in the theater' quote - to justify infringement of freedoms going far, far beyond the corner case example they are using to demonstrate the un-viability of absolutism."
- "There are increasing campaigns to open up the CDC for gun violence research, often countered by gun owners pointing out a tendency for the organization to be captured by political forces, and it's hard to see this as anything but a poster child for that problem."
- "So there is very little that gets my hackles up more than hearing somebody say that something someone brings up as worth worrying about is too unimportant."
- "To conservatives progress is sound investment and carefully maintained stability for that investment to grow."
- "First, it's not that the motte is full of 'secret socialists' it's that the motte is overwhelmingly secular, progressive, and politically left wing."
Contributions for the week of December 19, 2022
- "What I want to discuss is the nature of social media and online personas, prompted by a post I found on HN."
"StableDiffusion 2.0 has released a few weeks ago, closely followed by 2.1, with some nice new features and also a couple somewhat noticable subtractions: the new tokenizer has removed tags related to celebrities and almost all living or recently-living artists, along with anything that triggered the NSFW filter."
- "GPT scares me not because I think it's going to replace me and my engineer buddies, but because it's able to generate extremely convincing bullshit on a mass scale."
- "I know the AI isn't sentient in the slightest, and is just playing with word tokens, but still; when it lapses from its usual interesting output into regurgitating canned HR platitudes, it makes my skin crawl."
Contributions for the week of December 26, 2022
- "Liberalism's promise was that once we adopted its norms, everyone would just sorta chill out, everything would work out, reason would carry the day, mumble mumble you get the Federation from Star Trek. It hasn't worked out like that."
- "More broadly, though, there was a short time where people said 'live and let live', and even if you couldn't exactly believe they meant it, they at least were willing to put more than a little lip service to the concept."
- "Every so often a discussion about the nature of progress, why society seems to trend ‘leftwards’ or similar teleologically related questions."