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Monday, July 05, 2004



Simple truths.

The snotty writer of the Harvard-Unabomber article called Kozinsky's Manifesto a collection of popular cliches. Damn right, dude - that's all you need to do: just say it simple. Laboriously intricate academic studies based on even dumber cliches are not really an advance. You live in a world of banalities, dumbass, no matter how snotty you try to be, you can't be more intelligent than yourself - which is to say not much.

Simplicity is frequently assimilated to lack of intelligence. Sometimes it's true, oftentimes it's not. Fools say what the wise think tacitly - and the wise don't really think better, they just know how to hide their vacuity behind glitteringly intricate facade. Brilliance and genuinely keen thought are extremely rare. The ability to say keen things simply is also rare. The Unabomber, for all his uncouthness, said what he really thought - no more, no less. That's enough for me. I'll leave the pretense to academics, who have nothing much to say as a rule. Guess why that is - because they work from accepted ideas and are afraid to show how poor they really are in thought. Erudition has always been the perfect way to hide blatant stupidity. And people are usually stupid enough to be tricked by this. But that's an old story and old cliche here.

That's a nice short paragraph. What else do you need?
50. The conservatives are fools: They whine about the decay of traditional values, yet they enthusiastically support technological progress and economic growth. Apparently it never occurs to them that you can't make rapid, drastic changes in the technology and the economy of a society with out causing rapid changes in all other aspects of the society as well, and that such rapid changes inevitably break down traditional values.
Heh.





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