Arousal as intoxication, and the infinite regress of reciprocal meta-desire; diabolical theorems

It’s time to write this shit down. I have not totally clarified these thoughts in my mind, and I doubt that I can communicate them in an optimal manner here and now, but I’ll begin my attempt anyway.

Before I begin: a warning. If you read and understand this theorem, you may never want to be involved in a sexual/romantic relationship ever (again). If the reasoning holds up, then the conclusion is that sex or romantic relationships are inherently anti-rational, unavoidably non-consensual (and therefore unethical).

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“Refuse to date men who watch porn”

Crossposted from Your Brain Rebalanced:

This is a slogan being promoted by feminists. I want to ask the dudes here: what do you think about this?

Here’s some graffiti/street art spreading this meme, from Untameable Shrews:

Here they use the #PornKillsLove hashtag, a slogan used by Fight the New Drug, a Mormon-founded but non-religious anti-porn advocacy and education organisation. You’ve probably heard of it.

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I wonder if Francois will talk to me again

He replied to my post on natalism indicating he might… or he might not. I can’t really blame him if he doesn’t think that to respond would be worthwhile. My answers may seem to reveal that my core position is far removed from his own, and has a religious aspect to it. And arguing with religious nutjobs is known to be often quite futile. And if it’s a tiny, non-influential cult, that’s even less worthy of engagement.

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2009 anarcho-escapist manifesto

This piece has been reproduced here with the permission of the author, who no longer supports the proposals of this document, for historical reasons.


We strive for a world that implements the promise of libertarianism: freedom for everyone who wants it. The closest possible implementation of an extreme personal autonomy, freedom to do whatever one wants, no matter who disapproves. “As long as it doesn’t affect other people?” With that caveat, this project is impossible. So we must modify the premise.

Everyone will be able to pretend to do whatever they want.

On first inspection, this may seem laughable, a parody of freedom. It is. But we propose that it can be a satisfying surrogate anyway. To introduce an important technological element and to reformulate the statement:

Everyone will be able to do whatever they want in simulation.

Simulation. Like videogames. The expressive and immersive powers of simulation will increase, growing toward a perfect mirror image of reality. Information technology will eventually interface directly with our brains. Assuming the inevitability of technological progress, the privacy of one’s thoughts will not be guaranteed. Same goes for self-determination/free will/volition, to the extent that that’s not illusory. It will be possible for the kernel of individual autonomy to fall under dictatorial or democratic domination. We find this idea detestable. Partly to stave off this dystopia, we hold to an absolutist, uncompromising assertion of individual freedom of thought.

We unreservedly oppose any efforts to impose coercive controls over the activity of escapism. This includes any compulsory censorship of fictional material, written, drawn, or moved from the imagination of the author to any media by any method. Production of fiction and publication to free adults will be unrestricted, no matter how disgusting, degrading, obscene, pointless, or gratuitous the material seems to someone else. As to the possibility of fiction and simulation encouraging undesirable behaviour in the real world, we hold that a freer, more compelling virtual world will lessen the appeal of doing anything ‘bad’ in reality. Laws may be required to suppress harmful actions in reality, but we advocate anarchy for the realm of escapism.

We oppose controls to make anything prohibited or mandatory in simulation, for example: forced time limits to prevent excessive use of MMO games. Game developers will be free to choose the rules and content for their games, and their decisions may include self-censorship to satisfy some ‘social responsibility’. Their deliberations will be free from fear of punishment.

Thanks to the Internet, getting away from the world doesn’t mean one is necessarily alone. Solitude is an option, of course. People are free to communicate with who they want, and free to ignore who they want. This can be seen as workable implementation of freedom of association.

So are we advocating that people play videogames all day? If they want to, sure. Don’t we still have to deal with the real world? Of course. Making hardware and generating the power to run it requires work in the real world.

How will the real world be run? Do we expect the Free Market to produce efficient, accessible simulation technology, or should videogame development be Government funded, or what? As far as this ideology is concerned: we don’t care. This ideology is concerned primarily with the realms of fiction and simulation. Individual proponents of these views may strongly advocate a particular mode of production, or they may be ambivalent. Regarding the method of implementation of the positive freedom of escapism, this movement (if it ever becomes anything like a movement) will necessarily become fragmented. That’s just fine. If you empathise with these views, and you’re a socialist, talk with your comrades about the importance of universal community-funded Internet access. If you’re an environmentalist, argue for the efficiency of digital distribution over shipping packages of plastic and paper across the world. If you’re a capitalist, invest in profit-seeking tech companies that are advancing simulation technology.

Crypto-anarchy is a feasible method for simply ignoring Government. But it is dangerous for many. Cryptography is illegal in some countries, surveillance technology will keep getting better, and the culture of control will only grow more suffocating if it isn’t fought.

We believe a more unified approach can be taken in the struggle for negative freedoms. That is, to establish the necessary cultural/social/legal groundwork: rejection of coercive mind control. We don’t see a need for revolution, not the violent kind anyway. We need creative propaganda. Use democracy to limit the powers of democracy, promoting autonomy instead. Campaign to change specific laws in your country. We see ways to leverage the Western zeitgeist: there’s the historical ‘right to freedom of expression’, and the modern trend of encouraging tolerance. These principles are often set against one another, but they fit a culture of escapism like a glove.

Version 1.0.1, released 22 July 2009, released under the WTFPL


Sex robots vs. feminists

Sex robots are coming! Well, they’re already here, but they’re kind of shitty. But our glorious industrial-technological society’s entrepreneurs are working on improving them, and their valiant efforts have recently earned the attention and, probably, admiration, of the tireless mainstream journalists. Here’s a Guardian piece.

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