applying lessons learned from the censorship industry to better understand the manufacturing of consent
Good stuff, Grant. I will push back a little on this:
"I don’t want to go down the human nature rabbit hole, but suffice it to say if you share my priors you understand that human beings are inherently self-interested. We don’t do things that conflict with our deep perception of self-interest, whether conscious or otherwise."
The "or otherwise" thing seems slippery to me. I can accept the idea that you can evaluate my actions based on both the reasons I supply and your tests of whether they're logical and coherent with other actions. But once we get into the realm of "you unconsciously did such-and-such things to advance a subliminal self-interest," I'm out.
I do what I do. But to declare that it's all self-interest at the bottom, regardless of the person or transaction, is a metaphysical if not an outright religious statement. If that’s your god, so be it. But I think a better deal between dissidents would be one where we agree not to try to mindread each other while the Hydra is dancing.
📝 Tech plea. Could you please re-format your doozy’s headings in a proper manner, so they would allow precise targeting with links? Puhleez?
PS Tonic 7 fella shows the way 😊 --> markbisone.substack.com/i/132551691/what-is-gay
Great essay Grant
Good essay. Thank you