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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 4 Apr 24

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 138 George Soros has a theory of change, and his goal is to make and move history. That theory of change is easy to understand if we take the time. It is also explicitly dialectical and alchemical. For Soros, society moves “historically” during times of chaos when people are searching for guideposts for what the future will bring, and it proceeds through change by “fertile fallacies,” which are the seeds of what has elsewhere been called mass-formation psychosis. That is, feedback loops based on consequential errors change history. If you want to change

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 138 George Soros has a theory of change, and his goal is to make and move history. That theory of change is easy to understand if we take the time. It is also explicitly dialectical and alchemical. For Soros, society moves “historically” during times of chaos when people are searching for guideposts


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 8 Feb 24

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 81 We all hear about the pendulum swinging in politics. We’re also all aware that the pendulum is currently pushed very far Left, leading people to suspect it will swing back hard soon; indeed, maybe too hard. It’s important to understand how Work Marxists and other Leftists throughout history have made intentional and productive use of the pendulum swinging. It is their style to arrange affairs so that when the pendulum swings back, it has also moved position so that instead of striking them, it strikes another one of their targets. In this episode of New

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 81 We all hear about the pendulum swinging in politics. We’re also all aware that the pendulum is currently pushed very far Left, leading people to suspect it will swing back hard soon; indeed, maybe too hard. It’s important to understand how Work Marxists and other Leftists throughout history have made intentional and productive use of


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 18 Jan 24

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 79 A magic word for Woke Marxists and their shrewd handlers is “reflexivity.” Reflexivity is the energy that makes revolutions go. Most of us, since we’re not wizards who want to manipulate society to our own ends, don’t think in reflexive terms, and so we not only fail to recognize the use of reflexive political warfare tactics against us, we also tend to fall for them. In this episode of New Discourses Bullets, host James Lindsay introduces the concept of reflexivity. Join him to learn to recognize the building of reflexive potential, the explosion into a

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 79 A magic word for Woke Marxists and their shrewd handlers is “reflexivity.” Reflexivity is the energy that makes revolutions go. Most of us, since we’re not wizards who want to manipulate society to our own ends, don’t think in reflexive terms, and so we not only fail to recognize the use of reflexive political warfare


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 15 Sep 23

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 127 Leftism, including Marxism, is operational. It is strategic. It knows what it’s doing and how to do it. It might look crazy, but that’s deliberate. In fact, Leftists proudly publish and disseminate activist guides for their agenda like the book Beautiful Trouble that spell out for anyone how to do “transformative” activism through deliberate and strategic troublemaking. In this episode of the New Discourses Podcast, host James Lindsay ties together three activist principles from Beautiful Trouble with a large number of relevant contemporary examples to make clear how Marxist Leftism works and is working in our current

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 127 Leftism, including Marxism, is operational. It is strategic. It knows what it’s doing and how to do it. It might look crazy, but that’s deliberate. In fact, Leftists proudly publish and disseminate activist guides for their agenda like the book Beautiful Trouble that spell out for anyone how to do “transformative” activism through deliberate and


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 24 Aug 23

By Ted Rau for Enlivening Edge Magazine [Enlivenning Edge is happy to be an affiliate ecosystem partner recommending this conference.] Let’s play good news and bad news. The good news is that I’m seeing more and more self-management and trust-ful and leader-ful organizations emerge, or traditional organizations that include more patterns of shared responsibility. What’s the bad news? I’m worried. I’m worried because I think the movement has significant gaps. Let me explain. Every organization consists of team-level and organization-level functions. (See, for example the Viable Systems Model) The team level functions do the major work of the organization— producing

By Ted Rau for Enlivening Edge Magazine [Enlivenning Edge is happy to be an affiliate ecosystem partner recommending this conference.] Let’s play good news and bad news. The good news is that I’m seeing more and more self-management and trust-ful and leader-ful organizations emerge, or traditional organizations that include more patterns of shared responsibility. What’s the bad news? I’m worried.


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 12 Jun 23

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 120 Woke Marxism is an invasive, subversive force that seeks to usurp the authority of the society it infects and transform it into something under its own control. This tells us quite a bit about it and offers us an unlikely glimpse at a comprehensive strategy to fighting it. In this off-beat episode of the New Discourses Podcast, host James Lindsay describes a broad, comprehensive strategy for fighting Woke Marxism by analyzing it from the perspective of traditional five-element theory. Join him to get a ton of ideas for useful things to do.

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 120 Woke Marxism is an invasive, subversive force that seeks to usurp the authority of the society it infects and transform it into something under its own control. This tells us quite a bit about it and offers us an unlikely glimpse at a comprehensive strategy to fighting it. In this off-beat


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 1 Jun 23

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 53 When you understand that virtually everything with Woke Marxism is (a) impossible and (b) a strategic provocation, it leads you to think about engaging with it differently. (And engage with it we must!) A powerful technique for breaking free of Woke magic spells and manipulation is simply to take a step back and name the dynamic. This is a powerful technique from mediation and negotiation that can break through many stuck situations, but it’s crucially important to understand how it must be applied to defeat dialectical traps and advances from the Woke. Join host James Lindsay

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 53 When you understand that virtually everything with Woke Marxism is (a) impossible and (b) a strategic provocation, it leads you to think about engaging with it differently. (And engage with it we must!) A powerful technique for breaking free of Woke magic spells and manipulation is simply to take a step back and name the dynamic.


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 27 Nov 21

The last three blog posts provided the core scaffolding for what I have been calling the Estuarine framework (pending getting a proper name for it). I’ve got a lot of work to flesh out the summary I provided in the last post, and also connect it with earlier material including a key post on the subject of learning in anthro-complexity.  But overall I am increasingly thinking it is as, if not more important, than Cynefin.  In the main, all approaches to strategy derive in some way or other from Military planning based on political objectives.  That said the various non-military

The last three blog posts provided the core scaffolding for what I have been calling the Estuarine framework (pending getting a proper name for it). I’ve got a lot of work to flesh out the summary I provided in the last post, and also connect it with earlier material including a key post on the subject of learning in anthro-complexity.


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 19 Nov 21

I’ve got into the habit of tweeting a summit picture from each Wainwright summit as a part of my challenge to complete all 214 in less than 40 days. For those interested I’ve summarised the current status at the foot of this post.  I have a clear end date – my 68th birthday on the 1st April 2022, a constraint (no more than 40 days) but within that I have buffer stock that can allow for weather and some injury.  Also on each day I have exit options, target time to each summit and I’m constantly monitoring time, weather, ground

I’ve got into the habit of tweeting a summit picture from each Wainwright summit as a part of my challenge to complete all 214 in less than 40 days. For those interested I’ve summarised the current status at the foot of this post.  I have a clear end date – my 68th birthday on the 1st April 2022, a constraint


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 11 Oct 21

Thanks to a sudden slip on greasy rock descending from Red Screes I’m home a couple of days early.  The absence of cartilage under both patellas, managed through kinesiology tape and strength and conditioning classes, means any fall or slip (and you can’t avoid them) can leave me with a week or more’s ibuprofen and icepack recovery.  It was a real pain (literally and figuratively) as I was moving at pace thanks to working on balance and taping over the previous month and looking forward to several days, so it was a depressing setback and after two days of attempting

Thanks to a sudden slip on greasy rock descending from Red Screes I’m home a couple of days early.  The absence of cartilage under both patellas, managed through kinesiology tape and strength and conditioning classes, means any fall or slip (and you can’t avoid them) can leave me with a week or more’s ibuprofen and icepack recovery.  It was a


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