Friday, September 11, 2015
Nature is hard. Math is easy. 1

Thinking about modernity in terms of metrology.

Illustrate with three basic quantities.

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1. Money. When dollars were measured against the (comparatively) fixed quantity of gold, capitalists and workers shared the same yardstick. Capitalists understood that the way to have more money was to generate more value through labor. The Chosen couldn't simply define a trillion dollars. They could try to steal a trillion from the workers, but the workers didn't have a trillion to spare. They could (and often did) try to create more value by whipping and starving the workers, but that didn't last. Workers died, and then other workers revolted. So the Chosen had to persuade workers to create more value by paying them and treating them decently.

After the static measuring stick of gold was yanked away in 1971, the Chosen realized that money is pure math if you own the definition machine. Now they could simply define as many trillions as they wanted. And since they want infinite trillions, they are well on the way to defining infinite trillions. No need to pay workers or create real value.

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2. Power. When USSR was counterbalancing US, both sides were pushing back and forth along a shared static yardstick. Each side knew that it could only advance a few inches, because the other side was watching the same stick.

When USSR disappeared in 1990, the measuring stick rotted away. US felt able to roar ahead, invading every country that insulted Our Prophet Netanyahu. Imperial delusions always work for a little while, but "there is always some leveling circumstance that puts down the overbearing." USSR finally rises to restore the balance.

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3. Morality. When churches served as instruments of the static measuring scale of Natural Law, people had an easy way to measure their morality. The church gave us a chance to check our moral weight against the standard, and attempted to feed or exercise us if we were too far off the beam in either direction. We instinctively understand that MORALITY IS ANOTHER NAME FOR SURVIVAL, so we found this measuring and adjusting service worth paying for.

Now that God's static measure is gone, leaving only the light-speed dynamics of Satan, there's nothing to measure against, so we don't need to pay for the service.

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Continued here.

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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.

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