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Cake day: Feb 01, 2021


Then what? By which I mean what’s then in store for the world, China, or the DPRK? I’m fairly certain that if you have a good answer for any of these, you’re way ahead of the curve. I myself have a hard time imagining how a country bounces back from the sort of malformations evident in the DPRK, nor what role they might ultimately play in the wake of China’s rise, let alone what, if any, amelioration might be in the cards for them.

I think they’re a broken and scarred country. A country cannot undergo tribulations of the sort they have without incurring heavy and permanent losses in development and dignity. Even doing well in their situation demands measures which can only exacerbate their particular predicament.

While lifting sanctions would surely improve their situation on many levels, I think the repercussions of sustained and intense antagonism both internally and externally will not be a pretty sight to behold. We hardly have a global community capable of nurturing North Korea back into the fold (and back into the fold of what, exactly, would be difficult to discern). I don’t think that increased exposure to the global economy necessarily results in a net benefit for the DPRK or the world at large, however worse it may prove to sustain sanctions; I’m really just a pessimist all around and no amount of my or anyone else’s sympathies or apologia on their behalf is going to undo the damage already wrought upon them.

Haven’t tried this particular implementation myself, I’m generally an advocate for most uses of IPFS: https://github.com/zhoreeq/ipfd

auto-scrolling and pausing through so much text is kinda tiring.

I’m fairly certain this is the point. In any case, it’s not nearly so tiring as actual capitalist exploitation.

That first passage is worth quoting in full:

Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.”

  • Matthew 10:34-42, Luke 12:49-53

This is an oft-cited passage by Žižek, partly in reference to his Christian Atheism, but also as a link between that position and his radical position. There is a sense in which all emancipatory projects must always begin through the priority of the greater community (global, in the case of a world religion) over those of, say, kinship or its psychological baggage.

Maybe a bit of a stretch, but the world of Death Stranding has a curious set of circumstances, politically and economically:


There’s no money or even barter by all indications and the only form of exchange seems to be a reputation system and trust network which seems to be a basis for opening up access to resources and tasks. There’s no state to speak of, but there are companies and one major one attempting to extend a sharing network and unify various disparate outposts, cities, and their respective capabilities. It’s not clear what these companies do other than to facilitate and somehow organize some sort of sharing economy, which includes R&D, services (security, transportation, and the like), and general communications.