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In this video, I respond to the stream The Distributist, and several other CANIS members had. I also introduce the second rule for reaction: Turn Gatekeepers into Gateways.
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Hey kings, in honor of No Nut November, I thought I'd put some encouragement for those participating in it. The poem is "Iste Mundus Furibundus" from the Carmina Burana, originally in Latin. The translation is my own. In my own opinion, I feel I stayed pretty faithful to the original, though I did take some liberties to preserve the rhythm. Here is the original text.

Iste mundus furibundus falsa prestat gaudia
Quia fluunt et decurrunt ceu campi lilia
Laus mundana, vita vana vera tollit premia
Nam impellit et submergit animas in tartara

Lex carnalis et mortalis valde transitoria
Fugit, transit velut umbra, que non est corporea
Quod videmus vel tenemus in presenti patria
Dimittemus et perdemus quasi quercus folia

Fugiamus, contemnamus huius vite dulcia
Ne perdamus in futuro pretiosa munera

Conteramus, confringamus carnis desideria
Ut cum iustis et electis in celesti gloria
Gratulari mereamur per eterna secula
Amen

This video is a tribute to the heroes of Rome who sent the idol Pachamama to the depths of the Tiber.

In honor of the meme going around. I WILL NOT LIVE IN THE POD AND I WILL NOT EAT THE BUGS! A parody of Dr. Seuss's Green eggs and ham.
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In answer to a few questions some of you had about me and my relationship to both reactionary thought and liberalism.
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Let's jump back into the Rules for Reaction series. First rule for aspiring reactionary leaders looking to make social and political changes is to learn your terrain. Also, in the video is a little update of what I've been doing for the last few months with CANIS and the Distributist.

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When: August 23rd, 7 pm
Where: San Antonio Grill @ 3908 12th St. NE Washington DC, 20017

You don't need to bring anything, but everyone's paying their own way. Let me know if you need any more info.

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In this video, I address the famous violinist argument made by Judith Jarvis Thomson in her 1971 paper, "A Defense of Abortion," while responding to Olly of Philosophy Tube's presentation of that argument.
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Olly's Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2PAajlHbnU
"A Defense of Abortion": https://spot.colorado.edu/~heathwoo/Phil160,Fall02/thomson.htm

Sorry for the long wait but it's finally here. The beginning of my new series where I try to unpack what an actual reactionary Praxis would look like.

Texts for further reading:

- Mencius Moldbug, "Letter to Open-Minded Progressives"
Moldbug could be called the reactionary Marx. He's the first person I'm aware of who does a dialectical critique of the left from the right. Definitely required reading for reactionaries. Like I said, I don't agree with him on every point, but I think his analysis is probably the best compromise between breadth and accuracy.

- Antonio Gramsci, "The Prison Notebooks"
Gramsci's analysis on Hegemony is perhaps the leftwing forerunner to Moldbug's 'Cathedral.' Reading him influenced my thinking.

-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, "Letter to Soviet Leaders"
Author of the Gulag Archipelago, his letter, presents an interesting Russian perspective to the problems with Marxist Ideology.

- Aleksandr Dugin, "The Fourth Political Theory"
His thought was influential on me in developing my thoughts here, if only as disagreement.

- Saul Alinsky, "Rules for Radicals"
Obviously, the title of my series is inspired by Alinsky, and many of my rules will assume some of his rules. But I do want to emphasize that (for reasons that later in the series will become obvious,) I am not an Alinskyite. My rules are not, "rules for power" and unlike his, which he says are good for all types of movements, mine cannot be divorced from the goal to which they are directed.
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In this video, I talk about how a discussion from Sargon's D&D campaign touches on a famous philosophical problem: the problem of the one and the many, which is addressed in Plato's Dialogue "The Parmenides." Socrates's solution to the trap of the Third Man Argument in the dialogue creates the philosophical space for Christian thinkers, like Thomas Aquinas, to later introduce the Analogy of Being, which has since become central to Christian metaphysics.
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So, you all might have noticed I'm trying something different. The chess games are uploads of my personal games. Let me know in the comments if you think this is better because it gives you something to look at other than still pictures or if you think it's distracting.

Parmenides dialogue: http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/parmenides.html

Sargon's D&D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QZEWO1Cww4
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I wasn't planning to do this video in verse, but while researching for it, I happened to stumble across, Mandeville's Fable of the Bees and couldn't resist making an updated version for youtube.

Essentially, the point I hope this little doggerel got across, is that the discussion Duchamp, Distributist, and Academic Agent began on individualism vs. collectivism for the state seems to begin and end with a consideration of the whole of the state, not of the parts of human beings.
Taken to its logical conclusion, this way of thinking about the state would find that the strongest states are often the most vicious states.
Since none of the interlocutors here would suggest that states ought to promote vices in its citizens for the benefit of the state, it seems that the frame of the discussion has been a bit mislaid.

Rather, we should begin from a discussion of morality, and see if what is moral leads us to either individualism or collectivism in different aspects of life.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2YutDougY4 Danny Duchamp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGCQ1ferVhc Distributist
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSOK1D1aPw4 Academic Agent

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In this video, I continue the argument for proving the existence of god begun in the previous video. In Part I, I showed that a necessary substance must exist. In this video, I show that given the existence of a necessary substance, that substance must be simple, unique, and the uncaused cause of everything else that exists.

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In this video, I give three proofs for the existence of a necessary substance. In future parts of this series, I will build upon this necessary entity until we get to something looking like the Christian God.
1. The De Ente Argument of Thomas Aquinas, which is a cosmological argument relying on the distinction between essence and existence. Thomas Aquinas argues that essences cannot provide existence, and so every essence with existence must receive it's existence from another existing thing. This creates an infinite regress unless you posit an entity that exists out of necessity, a necessary substance.
2. The second argument is one I came up with. It's a modal reformulation of St. Thomas Aquinas's argument from causality. Essentially, given that nothing cannot exist, it follows that something must exist. And that thing is either necessary or contingent. But, if it's contingent, it must receive it's existence from something else. To avoid an infinite regress, we must assume something exists out of necessity.
3. The third argument builds off of a paper written by Dr. Chad Vance, a philosophy professor at the college of William and Mary. Basically, possible worlds depend upon a general overlap of our world preceding their divergence from our world. This means there must have been a time when all possible worlds were identical, that is to say, that the state of affairs in those worlds existed necessarily. Thus a necessary substance must exist. Check out his paper:

"Dispositional Modal Truthmakers and the Necessity of Origin," Chad Vance, 2013.

http://www.academia.edu/6931262/Dispositional_Modal_Truthmakers_and_the_Necessary_Origin_Philosophia_
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All the nice-looking graphs in the video illustrating Dr. Vance's theory are from that paper.
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So, the idea came to me last night. Can Jesus's parables be put in the context of internet? This is my attempt to do so. Also, relevant to recent drama in the skeptosphere.
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A sonnet I wrote in college.

Text:

Our God is only one, and yet they’re three
That are referred to by this sacred name:
The Father, Son, and Ghost, whose persons be
diverse and yet in essence still the same.
Why? One alone can’t love; The logic’s sound!
Since love of self is less love more so pride.
Therefore in sep’rateness is true love found,
For through division love is multiplied.
And for that reason human beings were made,
That by new persons love may be increased.
And though through sin our love was caused to fade
it’s been rekindled in the Paschal feast.
Thus man discovers who he was afresh
In his partaking of the blood and flesh.
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Just wanted to share this video that the Liberalist International Assocation made. Check them out! Also check out the USA Liberalists and UK Liberalists

Liberalist International Association: http://liberalistinternationalassociation

USA Liberalists: https://www.USALiberalists.org
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UK Liberalists: http://liberalists.org.uk

A response to Dr. Randomercam. Despite my disagreement with him here, he's a great youtuber, and his channel is informative and entertaining. You should follow him here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/DoctorRandomercam
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XuzFR3rJg0

Outro Song: Better than Drugs - Skillet
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Responding to a persistent question
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Eternal rest grant unto them,

O Lord, and let perpetual light

shine upon them. May the souls

of all the faithful departed, through

the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-8255

Just a fun video using clips I came across recently

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Pope Benedict XVII is a culture commentator, philosopher, and analyst of political issues. His videos touch upon religion, philosophy, and politics, and the intersection of all three. Channels similar to mine include Sargon of Akkad and Vee. I am a Catholic Liberalist and count Cardinal John Henry Newman, Pope Benedict XVI, GK Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Locke and Saul Kripke as my influences. Thank you for your support!

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