Friday, June 12, 2015

Strange loops indeed

In which people talk about things I don't understand...

  • The Curious Case of Mencius Moldbug
    The conference had accepted an apolitical presentation on a fairly obscure project by a software engineer named Curtis Yarvin, only to reject it last week after it received complaints about political views Yarvin espoused on his blog.
  • Two Kinds of Freedom of Speech (or #Strangeloop vs. Curtis Yarvin)
    Once you control Harvard Law, you control the courts. Once you control the courts, you control the laws. Once you control the laws, you control the people.

    Or, alternatively: once you control the technology conferences you control the team leads, once you control the team leads, you control the engineers, once you control the engineers, you control the tech industry, once you control the tech industry, you control the 21st century economy.

  • A Strange Loop
    Where things were done wrong was not Strange Loop 2015, but about PyCon 2013. That was no doubt part of a larger pattern, but it is the place to focus.

    PyCon 2013 was of course the venue for DongleGate. The accusations and responses over Urbit, Moldbug and Strange Loop are all quite beside the point, and can be harmlessly ignored, but I urge everyone to read about DongleGate.

  • Thoughts on Strangeloop and Moldbug
    The problem is that by insisting that conferences hold to the no part time asshole rule you create an incentive for people to go to conferences which are welcoming to full time assholes.
  • Strange Loop Tech Conference Bans Software Engineer Over Political Views
    Yarvin himself might be surprised at how uncontroversial his theories would be in the academy.

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