NASSIM TALEB ~ NO ~ VIA NEGATIVA ~ SKIN IN THE GAME ~ 2018

~ M-W-S ~ Muscles – Without – Strength

~ F-W-T ~ Friendship – Without – Trust

~ O-W-C ~ Opinion – Without – Consequence

~ C-W-A ~ Change – Without – Aesthetics

~ A-W-V ~ Age – Without – Values

~ L-W-E ~ Life – Without – Effort

~ W-W-T ~ Water – Without – Thirst

~ F-W-N ~ Food – Without – Nourishment

~ L-W-S ~ Love – Without – Sacrifice

~ P-W-F ~ Power – Without – Fairness

~ F-W-R ~ Facts – Without – Rigor

~ S-W-L ~ Statistics – Without – Logic

~ M-W-P ~ Mathematics – Without – Proof

~ T-W-E ~ Teaching – Without – Experience

~ P-W-W ~ Politeness – Without – Warmth

~ V-W-E ~ Values – Without – Embodiment

~ D-W-E ~ Degrees – Without – Erudition

~ M-W-F ~ Militarism – Without – Fortitude

~ P-W-C ~ Progress – Without – Civilization

~ F-W-I ~ Friendship – Without – Investment

~ V-W-R ~ Virtue – Without – Risk

~ P-W-E ~ Probability – Without – Ergodicity

~ W-W-E ~ Wealth – Without – Exposure

~ C-W-D ~ Complication – Without – Depth

~ F-W-C ~ Fluency – Without – Content

~ D-W-S ~ Decision – Without – Symmetry

~ S-W-S ~ Science – Without – Skepticism

~ R-W-T ~ Religion – Without – Tolerance

NASSIM TALEB ~ SKIN IN THE GAME ~ 2018

~ HAIDL ~ Hidden Asymmetries In Daily Life

~ IATINDBAATRW;ITRW-TI ~ In Academia There Is Not Difference Between Academia And The Real World; In The Real World – There Is

~ IYHTR-YMAGSOTR-NLOPTPOYM ~ If You Have The Rewards – You Must Also Get Some Of The Risks – Not Let Others Pay The Price Of Your Mistakes

~ IYIROO-ATAH-YNTPSPFI ~ If You Inflict Risk On Others – And – They Are Harmed – You Need To Pay Some Price For It

~ IDLRBTIMOTO ~ I Don’t Like Reading Books That Inform Me Of The Obvious

~ ODAPBEJI ~ One Debases A Principle By Endlessly Justifying It

~ YCS-K-F-CWTG-A-YCS-A-F-CWTG ~ You Cannot Separate – Knowledge – From – Contact With The Ground – Actually – You Cannot Separate – Anything – From – Contact With The Ground

~ TKWGB-T-V-TAE-E-A-TWOT-IOW-CWTE-IVSTT-OT-R ~ The Knowledge We Get By – Tinkering – Via – Trial And Error – Experience – And – The Workings Of Time – In Other Words – Contact With The Earth – Is Vastly Superior To That – Obtained Through – Reasoning

~ ESB-LD ~ Elaborate Semiabstract Buzzword-Laden Discourse

~ I-NLFH-TF:TTISND/TTIL-N-H-D/TTITOA-NI ~ Interventionistas – Never Learn From History – Three Flaws: They Think In Statics Not Dynamics / They Think In Low – Not – High – Dimensions / They Think In Terms Of Actions – Never Interactions

~ RL-HTH-S/T/F/N-S ~ Real Life – Happens To Have – Second / Third / Fourth / Nth – Steps

~ WWCT-I-D-LMD-SBTNHTPFTCOTA ~ What We Call The – Intelligensia – Delusional – Literally Mentally Deranged – Simply Because They Never Have To Pay For The Consequences Of Their Actions

~ I-FDNH ~ Intervention – First Do No Harm

~ WHABC-B-WSET-DTW-NWC ~ We Have Always Been Crazy – But – Weren’t Skilled Enough To – Destroy The World – Now We Can

~ B-IA CBWAPI-CSFTCOHOHA ~ Bureaucracy – Is A Construction By Which A Person Is – Conveniently Separated From The Consequences Of His Or Her Actions

~ W-WHNCBT-D-O-MP-T-L ~ Well – We Have No Choice But To – Decentralize – Or – More Politely – To – Localize

~ D-R-LSA ~ Decentralization – Reduces Large Structural Asymmetries

~ S-ITTOPO-AR-TAC-SITG ~ Somehow – In The Thousands Of Pages Of – Additional Regulations – They Avoided Considering – Skin In The Game

~ S-LB-RP-VN ~ Systems – Learn By – Removing Parts – Via Negativa

~ SITG-KHHIC ~ Skin In The Game – Keeps Human Hubris In Check

~ WKWMMCWIBTWIG ~ We Know With Much More Clarity What Is Bad Than What Is Good

~ VN-ABR-I-MPALE-P-T-VP-ABA ~ Via Negativa – Acting By Removing – Is – More Powerful And Less Error-Prone – Than – Via Positiva – Acting By Addition

~ ATAFSWGAFAL-U-TIAPFTA ~ Avoid Taking Advice From Someone Who Gives Advice For A Living – Unless – There Is A Penalty For Their Advice

~ WABA-D-T-U ~ We Are Better At – Doing – Than – Understanding

~ TLE-TRTFAKTR-A-TLEOTNLWT ~ The Lindy Effect: Time Removes The Fragile And Keeps The Robust – And – The Life Expectancy Of The Nonfragile Lengthens With Time

~ OAN(BP) ~ Overeducated And Naive (But Punctual)

~ TINKRDO-R-TMRO-T-‘N’-R ~ There Is No Known Rigorous Definition Of – Rationality – That Makes Rejection Of The – “Natural” – Rational

~ WI-R-ITWA-TCE-MTLFALT-T-S- ~ What Is – Rational – Is That What Allows – The Collective Entities – Meant To Live For A Long Time – To – Survive

~ CH-WBAFI ~ Causing Harm – Without Being Accountable For It

~ TWTSD-A-OTWDST ~ Those Who Talk Should Do – And – Only Those Who Do Should Talk

~ ATGMT-TI-AGSBTMATU ~ As Things Get More Technical – There Is – A Growing Separation Between The Maker And The User

~ TDB-PWSITG-TTGI-C-BT-FC ~ Things Designed By – People Without Skin In The Game – Tend To Grow In – Complication – Before Their – Final Collapse

~ IYC-ES-R ~ If You Can’t – Effectively Sue – Regulate

~ AYDT-OYW-CSC-SM-‘E’-OOI(AOOYL)-WEMYDI ~ Anything You Do To – Optimize Your Work – Cut Some Corners – Squeeze More – “Efficiency” – Out Of It (And Out Of Your Life) – Will Eventually Make You Dislike It

~ AHTSITG ~ Artisans Have Their Soul In The Game

~ PWTHTSITG ~ People Want To Have Their Soul In The Game

~ TSNBAATEOO ~ Thou Shalt Not Become Antifragile At The Expense Of Others

~ YNTEWYFO ~ You Need To Eat What You Feed Others

~ TEIAMRTTL-OT-IITLTSCTTE-NTR ~ The Ethical Is Always More Robust Than The Legal – Over Time – It Is The Legal That Should Converge To The Ethical – Never The Reverse

~ L-CAG;E-S ~ Laws – Come And Go; Ethics – Stay

~ SM ~ Scaling Matters

~ TEACCSBWPAAC-PTC-AITEUBR-SCCBTL-GBDAADS ~ There Exists A Certain Community Size Below Which People Act As Collectivists – Protecting The Commons – As If The Entire Unit Became Rational – Such Commons Cannot Be Too Large – Groups Behave Differently At A Different Scale

~ ROM-EMIG ~ Reliance On Metrics – Every Metric Is Gameable

~ Y-TMM-R ~ Yes – The Most Motivated – Rules

~ TMILALMTWASD-A-TBWTDASITSIH[H]FIOTSOTTRTTOTD ~ The Market Is Like A Large Movie Theater With A Small Door – And – The Best Way To Detect A Sucker Is To See If His[Her] Focus Is On The Size Of The Theater Rather Than That Of The Door

~ T-S-C-M-UTP-T-SG-AW-NAM ~ The – So-Called – Mathematics – Used To Prove – The – Selfish Gene – Are Woefully – Naive And Misplaced

~ LPA-UAGS-A-TWTCOT ~ Leave People Alone – Under A Good Structure – And – They Will Take Care Of Things

~ FINF ~ Freedom Is Never Free

~ WM-IWAPHODH;IIWHOSIAOL ~ What Matters – Isn’t What A Person Has Or Doesn’t Have; It Is What He Or She Is Afraid Of Losing

~ TMYHTL-TMFYA ~ The More You Have To Lose – The More Fragile You Are

~ TSOOIYG ~ The Skin Of Others In Your Game

~ THO-W-EIYEUV-IMTTFTTTE-OTNCB-CS-MYWPTP-ASCAY ~ The History Of – Whistleblowers – Even If You End Up Vindicated – It May Take Time For The Truth To Emerge – Over The Noise Created By – Corporate Shills – Meanwhile You Will Pay The Price – A Smear Campaign Against You

~ TWEI-SC-AAP-AN-IAEE-HATBT-STIA-R-WAPT-ES ~ Those Who Engage In – Smear Campaigning – As A Profession – Are Necessarily – Incompetent At Everything Else – Hence At That Business Too – So The Industry Accumulates – Rejects – Who Are Prone To – Ethical Stretches

~ PTWA-FIWARTAWTSTWA ~ Precede Talk With Action – For It Will Always Remain That Action Without Talk Supersedes Talk Without Action

~ IYI ~ Intellectual Yet Idiot

~ WPR-O-SR-I-TPATTWHNSITG-ITTPOF ~ What People Resent – Or – Should Resent – Is – The Person At The Top Who Has No Skin In The Game – Immune To The Possibility Of Falling

~ TE-I-EIP ~ True Equality – Is – Equality In Probability

~ TPINTP-IIHPHI ~ The Problem Is Never The Problem – It Is How People Handle It

~ IY-PL-CWY-IO-ICY-II-NY-PL ~ If Your – Private Life – Conflicts With Your – Intellectual Opinion – It – Cancels Your – Intellectual Ideas – Not Your – Private Life

~ TVM ~ The Virtue Merchants

~ V-INSY-A ~ Virtue – Is Not Something You – Advertise

~ C-ITOVYCF ~ Courage – Is The Only Virtue You Cannot Fake

~ P-B-F-U-L ~ Pronouncements – By – Fools – Using – Labels

~ OO-P-BT-V-T-AOK ~ Outside Of – Poetry – Beware The – Verbalistic – That – Archenemy Of Knowledge

~ IPS ~ Intolerant Political System

~ R-RIWY-D-NIWY-T-O-IWY-‘B’~ Rationality – Resides In What You – Do – Not In What You – Think – Or – In What You – “Believe”

~ SCF-T/U/S-L ~ Survival Comes First – Truth / Understanding / Science – Later

~ WIRITWAFS-ATH-S-I-I ~ What Is Rational Is That Which Allows For Survival – Anything That Hinders – Survival – Is – Irrational

~ IOTS-YMFS ~ In Order To Succeed – You Must First Survive

~ NCAR-I-IIOAFFD ~ Never Cross A River – If – It Is On Average Four Feet Deep

~ CAP-AO ~ Courage And Precaution – Aren’t Opposites

~ SC-INC ~ Selfish Courage – Is Not Courage

THOMAS FRANK ~ PITY THE BILLIONAIRE ~ 2011

~ SDA-B-BOTFOTP-NMBTD ~ Society’s Deterioration Accelerates – But – Blinking Out The Facts Of The Past – Nothing Matters But The Dream

~ WITPO-HW-O-SFAFDMASLHW-W-DFL-IS-P? ~ What Is The Point Of – Hard Work – Of – Scrapping For A Few Dollars More At Some Lousy Hourly Wage – When – Dishonest Financial Legerdemain – Is So –Profitable?

~ T-GOD-M-HBS-A-IMJ-TNAO-R-WF-C-CIIQ ~ The – Gospel Of Deregulation – Meanwhile – Had Become Such – An – Irresistible Methodological Juggernaut – That No Amount Of – Real-World Failure – Could – Call It Into Question

~ B-TB-A-B-A-J-RVCC-T-HPTTB-T-HDEW-TBCNBPTF-THTB-R-PU-DO-A-SBOITW-T-SABAFTHMF-AOA ~ But – Banks – And – Brokerages – And – Jerry-Rigged Venture Capital Concerns – That – Had Propelled The Tainted Boom — That – Had Done Everything Wrong — These Businesses Could Not Be Permitted To Fail – They Had To Be – Recapitalized – Propped Up – Dusted Off – And – Sent Back Out Into The World – To – Swagger And Bully And Fly That Huge Middle Finger – All Over Again

~ WHSU-ANPE-O-WTSC-’CH’ ~ We Have Stumbled Upon – A Nearly Perfect Example – Of – What The Sociologists Call – “Complete Horseshit”

CHRIS HEDGES ~ UNSPEAKABLE ~ 2016

~ TMYNAYF ~ The Moment You Need Adulation You’re Finished

~ T-V-I-SAS-M-INPA-FT-B-A-KUC ~ The – Vast – Internal – Security And Surveillance – Machine – Is Not Primarily About – Fighting Terrorism – But – About – Keeping Us Contained

~ M/P/S-WAAESBI ~ Money / Power / Status – We Are All Easily Seduced By Idols

~ IIA-E-ACTT-WABP-YWTGTSO-B-NOEI-OVF ~ It Is About – Empathy – A Commitment To Those – Who Are Being Persecuted – You Want To Get Their Story Out – Because – No One Else Is – Or – Very Few

~ VAGAW-SATS ~ Violence Against Girls And Women – Still A Taboo Subject

~ HB-ETWCAOEE-HANTSTAG-TEIEFOS-DTMTFP ~ Human Beings – Even Those Who Commit Acts Of Extraordinary Evil – Have A Need To See Themselves As Good – They Engage In Extraordinary Forms Of Self-Deception To Make This Fiction Possible

~ LA-CCTC-WHBHT-CS-A-EMIS-T-EDR-TRU-TAI-I-ES-SM-STS-C-CIOCI ~ Like All – Civilizations Careening Toward Collapse – We Have Become Hostage To – Complex Structures – And – Ever More Intricate Specialization – To – Exploit Diminishing Resources – Technocrats Rule Us – Trained And Indoctrinated – In – Elite Schools – Systems Managers – Serve The System – Cannot – Critique It Or Challenge It

~ WCS-JAT-O-PAP-TMW-MC-W-TWS-PAP-TMW-DOCF-JAT ~ We Can Serve – Justice And Truth – Or – Privilege And Power – The More We – Make Compromises – With – Those Who Serve – Privilege And Power – The More We – Diminish Our Capacity For – Justice And Truth

~ TH-WYRU-T-ST-N-ATTP-B-PKWID-B-A-TAP-YAAC-T-AFOH ~ Throughout History – When You Rise Up – To – Speak Truth – Not – A Truth To Power – Because – Power Knows What It Does – But – A – Truth About Power – You’re Almost Always Crushed – That’s – A Fact Of History

CHRIS HEDGES ~ WAGES OF REBELLION ~ 2015

~ T-D-E-E–TATQHBATDOTGM-HF-TPPTWTHRTLSOWT-T-DEHBEAAL ~ The – Disastrous – Economic – Experiment – That Attempted To Organize Human Behavior Around The Dictates Of The Global Marketplace – Has Failed – The Promised Prosperity That Was To Have Raised The Living Standards Of Workers Through Trickle-Down Economics Has Been Exposed As A Lie

~ A-T-GO-HAOW-A-P-C-G-TAT-CG-TS-CP ~ A Tiny – Global Oligarchy – Has Amassed Obscene Wealth – And – Pliable – Corrupt – Governments – That Abandon The – Common Good – To Serve – Corporate Profit

~ GTCETANIG-A-RTMOSTFTIOTIG-ANLCORRITOC ~ Governments That Cater Exclusively To A Narrow Interest Group – And – Redirect The Machinery Of State To Furthering The Interests Of That Interest Group – Are No Longer Capable Of Responding Rationally In Times Of Crisis

~ LOST-T-BO-C-FHAB-WI-CU/U/SODW/CDP/CI/TMLDAOHBDMAF ~ Looting Of State Treasuries – To – Bail Out – Corrupt – Financial Houses And Banks – While Ignoring – Chronic Unemployment / Underemployment / Stagnant Or Declining Wages / Crippling Debt Peonage / Collapsing Infrastructure / The Millions Left Destitute And Often Homeless By Deceptive Mortgages And Foreclosures

~ RTT-TO-BBOGACBTN ~ Revolutions Take Time – They’re Often – Begun By One Generation And Completed By The Next

~ EAEC-WCTT-SBAC ~ Economic And Environmental Catastrophes – Will Converge To Trigger – Systems Breakdown And Collapse

~ O-O-W-MB-ULOCFTGNOTD ~ Obscenity – Of – Wealth – Matched By – Utter Lack Of Concern For The Growing Numbers Of The Destitute

~ GITHOS-APRFCAASGOO ~ Government In The Hands Of Speculators – A Protection Racket For Corporations And A Small Group Of Oligarchs

~ AAOHETCB-MOQ-B/T/L/G/TSFM/TSWOOM-A-IAR ~ All Aspects Of Human Existence That Cannot Be – Measured Or Quantified – Beauty / Truth / Love / Grief / The Search For Meaning / The Struggle With Our Own Mortality – Are – Ignored And Ridiculed

~ NO-LU-CS-STDAAAT-W-C/P/H-A-R/S/A-CBDA-F ~ No One Who – Lives Under – Constant Surveillance – Subject To Detention Anywhere At Any Time Whose – Conversations / Proclivities / Habits – Are – Recorded / Stored / Analyzed – Can Be Described As – Free

~ TS-ALAR-W-CTUADT ~ Totalitarian Systems – Abolishes Liberty And Rights – While – Claiming To Uphold And Defend Them

~ AT-NLAL-WCB-TOAOLUIBDDP-A-BSUWW ~ According To – New Laws And Legislation – We Can Be – Tortured Or Assassinated Or Locked Up Indefinitely – Be Denied Due Process – And – Be Spied Upon Without Warrants

~A -FSOD-A-ATC ~ A – Fictitious Shell Of Democracy – And – A Totalitarian Core

~ L-HB-AGFOP ~ Lies – Have Become – A Grotesque Form Of Patriotism

~ T-COR-ITHO-T-HBA-AI ~ The – Cult Of Rationality – In The Hands Of – Technocrats – Has Become An – Absolutist Ideology

~ TUPAAIC-TCABRFTROU ~ The Urban Poor Are Already In Chains – These Chains Are Being Readied For The Rest Of Us

~ EITMIA ~ Empathy Is The Most Important Asset

~ TWF-WAN ~ They Were First – We Are Next

~ NOBOIWTJFCT-2008FM-TDOJMTDIIATDIP ~ Not One Banker Or Investor Went To Jail For Causing The – 2008 Financial Meltdown – The Disparity Of Justice Mirrored The Disparity In Incomes And The Disparity In Power

~ TLOVAPV ~ The Language Of Violence Always Presages Violence

~ IWDNSR-TUATP-BITE-GT-JARFCD-T-T-RAV-WBA-FBC ~ If We Do Not Swiftly Reincorporate – The Unemployed And The Poor – Back Into The Economy – Giving Them – Jobs And Relief From Crippling Debt – Then – The – Racism And Violence – Will Become A – Full-Blown Conflagration

~ TD-WIASWALICE-FNIOOM ~ The Desperate – Whose Identities And Self-Worth Are Lost In Collapsing Economies – Fashion New Identities Out Of Myth

~ WHLCICWWIM-HLMBD ~ When Human Law Comes Into Conflict With What Is Moral – Human Law Must Be Defied

~ TDNIATOREITBC ~ To Do Nothing In A Time Of Radical Evil Is To Be Complicit

CHRIS HEDGES ~ DAYS OF DESTRUCTION, DAYS OF REVOLT ~ 2012

~ TBT-HBAHS-SBRB-TDOTM-I-UF ~ The Belief That – Human Beings And Human Societies – Should Be Ruled By – The Demands Of The Marketplace – Is – Utopian Folly

~ TINI-HHOHN-TSTIT-SEBTFMLTASG-AY-WHPT-UBS-TDHWSO-E/L/E/C-AWA-HWT-TEOWWDFL ~ There Is Nothing In – Human History Or Human Nature – That Supports The Idea That – Sacrificing Everything Before The Free Market Leads To A Social Good – And Yet – We Have Permitted This – Utopian Belief System – To Determine How We Structure Our – Economy / Labor / Education / Culture – As Well As – How We Treat – The Ecosystem On Which We Depend For Life

~ EO-CO-NLBTWTU-TRIO-TSASS-F-C ~ Even Our – Corporate Overlords – No Longer Believe The Words They Utter – They Rely Instead On – The Security And Surveillance State – For – Control

~ TROD ~ The Rumble Of Dissent

STANLEY MILGRAM ~ OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITY ~ 1974

~ O-IT-PM-TL-IA-T-PP-T-DCTB-T-SOA ~ Obedience – Is The – Psychological Mechanism – That Links – Individual Action – To – Political Purpose – The – Dispositional Cement That Binds – To – Systems Of Authority

OP-SDTJ-A-WAPHOTP-CBAIATDP ~ Ordinary People – Simply Doing Their Jobs – And – Without Any Particular Hostility On Their Part – Can Become Agents In A Terrible Destructive Process

~ EWTDEOTWBPC-A-TAATCOAIWFSOM-RFPHTRNTRA-AVOIADACIP ~ Even When The Destructive Effects Of Their Work Become Patently Clear – And – They Are Asked To Carry Out Actions Incompatible With Fundamental Standards Of Morality – Relatively Few People Have The Resources Needed To Resist Authority – A Variety Of Inhibitions Against Disobeying Authority Come Into Play

~ SBIOA-IIETCTAOTBS ~ Sitting Back In One’s Armchair – It Is Easy To Condemn The Actions Of The Obedient Subjects

~ MF-CBSAWRE-B-ACROTIASF ~ Moral Factors – Can Be Shunted Aside With Relative Ease – By – A Calculated Restructuring Of The Informational And Social Field

~ ‘IWDWIWT’ ~ “I Was Just Doing What I Was Told”

~ A-T-AAIQ-TFTAEHIOAM ~ A – Tendency – Attributing An Impersonal Quality – To Forces That Are Essentially Human In Origin And Maintenance

~ WE? ~ Whose Experiment?

~ WSTDBSWTVS? ~ Why Should The Designer Be Served While The Victim Suffers?

~ NAOIHAUPQ-IMCBABPIIPC-B-AAATBDBIC-WNIHC-CBDITE ~ No Action Of Itself Has An Unchangeable Psychological Quality – Its Meaning Can Be Altered By Placing It In Particular Contexts – But – Allowing An Act To Be Dominated By Its Context – While Neglecting Its Human Consequences – Can Be Dangerous In The Extreme

~ SDOTV-PAMO-PJ-F-BTOTV-A-HBTCAO-M-P-A-W ~ Systematic Devaluation Of The Victim – Provides A Measure Of – Psychological Justification – For – Brutal Treatment Of The Victim – And – Has Been The Constant Accompaniment Of – Massacres – Pogroms – And – Wars

~ M-HDTV-AACO-AA ~ Many – Harshly Devalue The Victim – As A Consequence Of – Acting Against

~ B-B-T/W-A-TCSODA-MA-LAI-TCFTBAVIA ~ But – Between – Thoughts / Words – And – The Critical Step Of Disobeying A – Malevolent Authority – Lies Another Ingredient – The Capacity For Transforming Beliefs And Values Into Action

~ SFALITTMIAHSLATANTIA-‘IR’-MI-IA-CPM ~ Subjective Feelings Are Largely Irrelevant To The Moral Issue At Hand So Long As They Are Not Transformed Into Action – “Intellectual Resistance” – Merely Indulgence – In A – Consoling Psychological Mechanism

~ IIPETIR-WOIO-AILIACOEA-B-IFFTFCOTA ~ It Is Psychologically Easy To Ignore Responsibility – When One Is Only – An Intermediate Link In A Chain Of Evil Action – But – Is Far From The Final Consequences Of The Action

~ TPWAFRFTAHE-PTITMCCO-SOE-IMS ~ The Person Who Assumes Full Responsibility For The Act Has Evaporated – Perhaps This Is The Most Common Characteristic Of – Socially Organize Evil – In Modern Society

~ SITKTESI ~ Simplicity Is The Key To Effective Scientific Inquiry

~ OAMP-TOTCCTBUAIT:OSNISOAHPWINHNTTO ~ Of All Moral Principles – The One That Comes Closest To Being Universally Accepted Is This: One Should Not Inflict Suffering On A Helpless Person Who Is Neither Harmful Nor Threatening To Oneself

~ ‘ATSCBEP-TCNPTD’ ~ “Although The Shocks Can Be Extremely Painful – They Cause No Permanent Tissue Damage”

~ ‘TERTYC’ ~ “The Experiment Requires That You Continue”

~ ‘YHNOC-YMGO’ ~ “You Have No Other Choice – You Must Go On”

~ PLTSTIAFL ~ People Like To See Themselves In A Favourable Light

~ A-TPIA-P-S-S ~ Action – Takes Place In A – Physical-Social – Setting

~ OWSRATVWRMI ~ Obedience Was Significantly Reduced As The Victim Was Rendered More Immediate

~ DO-EB-EOEC ~ Diminishing Obedience – Explained By – Enrichment Of Empathic Cues

~ WTVIC-IIMDTE-FT ~ When The Victim Is Close – It Is More Difficult To Exclude – From Thought

~ TMOD ~ The Mechanism Of Denial

~ WMLNTHO-SBNHTIEL ~ We May Learn Not To Harm Others – Simply By Not Harming Them In Everyday Life

~ TFT-WANOR-MHAPEOTPPTMOBTO ~ The Fact That – We Are Near Or Remote – May Have A Powerful Effect On The Psychological Processes That Mediate Our Behavior Toward Others

~ T-C-A-V-A-PP-OT-V ~ The – Concrete – Visible – And – Proximal Presence – Of The – Victim

~ TRDSFTPM ~ The Results Differed Sharply From The Predictions Made

~ T-P-POAA-AIFCT-OOD ~ The – Physical – Presence Of An Authority – An Important Force Contributing To – Obedience Or Defiance

~ DBTACPA ~ Disagreement Between The Authorities Completely Paralyzed Action

~ AFFTHEOASHTTL-RTSFALA-ITTB ~ Action Flows From The Higher End Of A Social Hierarchy To The Lower – Responsive To Signals From A Level Above – Indifferent To Those Below

~ I-AWCBTPOHA ~ Inevitably – Action Was Controlled By The Person Of Higher Authority

~ TIIW-I-S-OTA-B-TGIS ~ The Individual Is Weak – In – Solitary – Opposition To Authority – But – The Group Is Strong

~ MS-FEO-ITSBWHATEOA ~ Mutual Support – For Each Other – Is The Strongest Bulwark We Have Against The Excesses Of Authority

~ WNR-GP-KUTTDOAAPATWCAS ~ With Numbing Regularity – Good People – Knuckle Under To The Demands Of Authority And Perform Actions That Were Callous And Severe

~ STA-I-APAPC ~ Submission To Authority – Is – A Powerful And Prepotent Condition

~ EWA-I-CCW-ARSIWCWAHBGR-WFTCHMFBP ~ Experience With Authority – Is – Continual Confrontation With – A Reward Structure In Which Compliance With Authority Has Been Generally Rewarded – While Failure To Comply Has Most Frequently Been Punished

~ ‘TP’-CWIPEGFTI-B-ISFITFTIET-COTHF ~ “The Promotion” – Carries With It Profound Emotional Gratification For The Individual – But – Its Special Feature Is The Fact That It Ensures The – Continuity Of The Hierarchical Form

~ G-AAFTKMTTPTAC;WTDON-TOIDAITD ~ Generally – Authorities Are Felt To Know More Than The Person They Are Commanding; Whether They Do Or Not – The Occasion Is Defined As If They Do

~ IINOITPTTLGTO-TMALGTT-APEICBAISOIIR ~ It Is Not Only Important To People That They Look Good To Others – They Must Also Look Good To Themselves – A Person’s Ego Ideal Can Be An Important Source Of Internal Inhibitory Regulation

~ D/T/PB-NTMS ~ Distance / Time / Physical Barriers – Neutralize The Moral Sense

~ R-MBCOIOW-IMBSTTV-WISASOH[/H]OP-F-SAB-F-SORTTGDOTV ~ Responsibility – May Be Cast Off In Other Ways – It May Be Shifted To The Victim – Who Is Seen As Bringing On His[/Her] Own Punishment – For – Stupidity And Obstinacy – From – Shifting Of Responsibility To The Gratuitous Deprecation Of The Victim

~ D-INAATCE-DRAMOIR-AT-T-IA-DOA-B-TPCIC ~ Disobedience – Is Not An Act That Comes Easily – Disobedience Requires A Mobilization Of Inner Resources – And Their – Transformation – Into A – Domain Of Action – But – The Psychic Cost Is Considerable

~ TPOD-IAGST-OHBF ~ The Price Of Disobedience – Is A Gnawing Sense That – One Has Been Faithless

~ TRODITTPOOAD ~ The Role Of Denial In The Total Process Of Obedience And Disobedience

~ OARD-COBEP-FO ~ Ordinary And Routine Destruction – Carried Out By Everyday People – Following Orders

DAVID WALLACE-WELLS ~ THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH ~ 2019

~ LAW ~ Life After Warming

~ IIW-MW-TYT ~ It Is Worse – Much Worse – Than You Think

~ TSOCCIAFT ~ The Slowness Of Climate Change Is A Fairy Tale

~ TEHE-FME-BTOWALTN ~ The Earth Has Experienced – Five Mass Extinctions – Before The One We Are Living Through Now

~ NJTBTT-HL-HEF-B-ATOAEDCAS-TSOHLI ~ Not Just The Biggest Threat – Human Life – Has Ever Faced – But – A Threat Of An Entirely Different Category And Scale – The Scale Of Human Life Itself

~ CR ~ Climate Refugees

~ TO-HN-ITHCOCAWAE-BR ~ The Optimists – Have Never – In The Half Century Of Climate Anxiety We’ve Already Endured – Been Right

~ TBLAONP ~ Too Busy Looking At Our New Phones

~ B-T-IPTMM-BF-TWOASLFNTWRDTR ~ But – Time – Is Perhaps The Most Mind-Bending Feature – The Worst Outcomes Arriving So Long From Now That We Reflexively Discount Their Reality

~ TEDWHU-SFAACAVRFOAFD-WPOOMM ~ The Ecological Dramas We Have Unleashed – Slowly For About A Century And Very Rapidly For Only A Few Decades – Will Play Out Over Many Millennia

~ TAFTM-UIOM-TT-PAG ~ There Are Far Too Many – Uncertainties In Our Models – To Take – Predictions As Gospel

~ SAOFWIA-BI-PP-B-A-P-PFTP-WBCOBWWCTD-N ~ Some Amount Of Further Warming Is Already – Baked In – Protracted Processes – But – All – Paths – Projected From The Present – Will Be Carved Overwhelmingly By What We Choose To Do – Now

~ B-IW-DN-A-CE-I-TNTY-L-TLTY-WRWBUBASWHTASATEOTC ~ But – If We – Do Nothing – About – Carbon Emissions – If – The Next Thirty Years – Like – The Last Thirty Years – Whole Regions Will Become Unlivable By Any Standard We Have Today As Soon As The End Of This Century

~ IIAHTBJHMHHAHQ ~ It Is Almost Hard To Believe Just How Much Has Happened And How Quickly

~ ‘FT’ ~ “Fire Tsunami”

~ CCIH ~ Climate Change Is Here

~ ‘ANN’-TTIAMS-TI-TEON;NNA ~ “A New Normal” – The Truth Is Actually Much Scarier – That Is – The End Of Normal; Never Normal Again

~ WHN-AA-AAANE ~ We Have Not – At All – Arrived At A New Equilibrium

~ ITCD-MOTMPCHWIHTLATRAR-TPO-EJ-‘CCS’ ~ In The Coming Decades – Many Of The Most Punishing Climate Horrors Will Indeed Hit Those Least Able To Respond And Recover – The Problem Of – Environmental Justice – “Climate Caste System”

~ T-COT-IA-C-T ~ The – Collapse Of Trust – Is A – Cascade – Too

~ HWTPG-IWABTCT-TDTFCC-MSOL ~ However Warm The Planet Gets – It Will Always Be The Case That – The Decade That Follows Could Contain – More Suffering Or Less

~ EOC ~ Elements Of Chaos

~ YDNNTC-W-CS-TB-A ~ You Do Not Need To Consider – Worst-Case Scenarios – To Become – Alarmed

~ TM-A-G-B-TKIIAM:WWWD? ~ The Models – Are – Good – But –- The Key Input Is A Mystery: What Will We Do?

~ TSILTL ~ The Sky Is Literally The Limit

~ ‘HI’E ~ “Heat Island” Effect

~ ACCIGB-U-TUO-HA ~ All Climate Change Is Governed By – Uncertainty – The Uncertainty Of – Human Action

~ CE ~ Cascading Effects

~ WNCOD ~ Whole New Categories Of Disaster

~ HOTWP-DO-SMFH-ESAI ~ Half Of The World’s Population – Depends On – Seasonal Melt From High-Elevation Snow And Ice

~ DO ~ Dying Oceans

~ ‘OA’ ~ “Ocean Acidification”

~ DIOO ~ Declines In Ocean Oxygen

~ DPA ~ Dangerously Polluted Air

~ M-P-ITO-T-F ~ More – Plastic – In The Ocean – Than – Fish

~ POW ~ Plagues Of Warming

~ TPI-NBFCC-VAEYL ~ The Planet’s Infrastructure – Not Built For Climate Change – Vulnerabilities Are Everywhere You Look

~ TW-S-WBDAUAI-P ~ The World’s – Suffering – Will Be Distributed As Unequally As Its – Profits

~ WNKT-IWB-M-M-M-E-T-NA ~ We Now Know That – It Will Be – Much – Much – More – Expensive – To – Not Act

~ M-W-TH-HBCOR-O-SR ~ Most – Wars – Throughout History – Have Been Conflicts Over Resources – Often – Resource Scarcity

~ T-EWE-AOMS-T-MH ~ Trauma – Extreme Weather Events – An Ongoing Mental Shock – To – Mental Health

~ TCK ~ The Climate Kaleidoscope

~ UD-YAY-NWD ~ Unambiguous Data – Year After Year – Nothing Was Done

~ T-CCDE-A-FII-APTMWPCIEIC-IAOIHI ~ That – Climate Change Demands Expertise – And – Faith In It – At Precisely The Moment When Public Confidence In Expertise Is Collapsing – Is Another Of Its Historical Ironies

~ FFS ~ Fossil Fuel Subsidies

~ FP-WAMIBTMWCTTWI ~ Frankenstein Problem – We Are More Intimidated By The Monsters We Create Than Those We Inherit

~ NE ~ Negative Emissions

~ MCT-AP-CITA-TIIT-TIO ~ Much Cheaper To – Avoid Putting – Carbon Into The Atmosphere – Than It Is To – Take It Out

~ TCOT ~ The Church Of Technology

~ POC ~ Politics Of Consumption

~ WKOPALTEATPOGR? ~ What Kind Of Politics Are Likely To Evolve After The Promise Of Growth Recedes?

~ MM ~ Mass Migrations

~ OGAOCT ~ Our Golden Age Of Conspiracy Theory

~ DD ~ DoomsDayism

~ A-TD-T-CD-B-TDCH-B ~ About – Three Decades – To – Completely Decarbonize – Before – Truly Devastating Climate Horrors – Begin

~ TAP:HMWWD-A-HQ? ~ The Anthropic Principle: How Much Will We Do – And – How Quickly?

ERICH FROMM ~ PROPHETS AND PRIESTS ~ 1967

~ TPO-UE-B-HN-A-WI-PFAIMS ~ The Principles Of – Unrestricted Egotism – Breeds – Hysterical Nationalism – And – Which Is – Preparing For An Insane Mass Slaughter

B-IDHAE-ITIILBTOWTI-IIIPBTT-ITIAITF ~ But – Ideas Do Have An Effect – If The Idea Is Lived By The One Who Teaches It – If It Is Personified By The Teacher – If The Idea Appears In The Flesh

~ TW-AI-A-NNNO-A-ATST-LT-WMC-P ~ Those Who – Announce Ideas – And – Not Necessarily New Ones – And – At The Same Time – Live Them – We May Call – Prophets

TLWTP ~ They Lived What They Preached

OT-FO-HTATB-P ~ Only The – False Ones – Have The Ambition To Become – Prophets

~ T-P-LTI-T-P-AT-TTPWAATTI ~ The – Prophets – Live Their Ideas – The – Priests – Administer Them – To The People Who Are Attached To The Idea

~ TEOTEHRITBTMOPNW ~ The Existence Of The Entire Human Race Is Threatened By The Madness Of Preparing Nuclear War

~ W-TLOTC-C-TLOH-C-TLOH ~ When – The Laws Of The Country – Contradict – The Laws Of Humanity – Choose – The Laws Of Humanity

~ W-MP-F-‘G’-TAAF-A-B-THB-D ~ When – Most People – Feel – “Guilty” – They Are Actually Feeling – Afraid – Because – They Have Been – Disobedient

~ WCDT-‘R’?-WCDT-C-B-WC-D-W-NEAO-O? ~ Who Can Disobey The – “Reasonable”? – Who Can Disobey The – Computer-Bureaucracy? – Who Can – Disobey – When – Not Even Aware Of – Obeying?

~ MC: TWJ/EWI/CWB ~ Many Confuse: Thrill With Joy / Excitement With Interest / Consuming With Being