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Conceitualmente, Enéas era de direita, mas é fácil imaginar que se Enéas tivesse ganho a eleição, FHC ia querer morrer.

Da mesma forma, a vitória de Jair Bolsonaro no segundo turno será a maior derrota da direita brasileira. Derrota da direita, e não da esquerda. Parece maluco dizer isso, mas não é a única coisa de ponta cabeça no cenário atual. Read More »

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Aconteceu, então, o grande Cacique faleceu.

Nesse dia o velho Pajé deu suspiro cansado do fundo da sua tenda, apanhou seu cajado e, no seu passo manco e lento, foi até o corpo inerte, disse um breve encanto, fechou os olhos mortos, e então tirou o cocar daquela cabeça flácida e levou-o à sua própria cabeça, altiva e poderosa — embora, pensando bem, ninguém sabia dizer com certeza se esses olhos velhos algum dia tinham sido tão duros, ou se aquele corpo velho alguma vez tinha assumido essa pose.

Imediatamente o novo cacique colocou seu aprendiz a preparar os ritos funerários e chamou os três jovens mais rápidos para levarem mensagens às tribos inimigas. Read More »

There is an experiment called Prisoner’s Dilemma Game, and if you have to learn one thing form it, this is:

Absurd situations lead to absurd behaviour.

Explanation: The game is one interaction between two players that choose either «cooperate» or «exploit». Both cooperate, both win big. Both exploit, both are screwed. But if just one exploits, he wins big and the guy gets even more screwed. It is a dilemma because you always want cooperate-cooperate, but if you know the other guy is exploiting, you’re better off exploiting too, but if you know he is cooperating, you are also better off exploiting, so you always get the worst outcome possible.

But another, different take on the thing, is that some situations are just outright completely screwed. There are some games that are unwinnable. If you put someone in a game like this, you have no idea what he will do.

The Wire has a tremendous scene where the bad boys at school get rounded up and put on a room just for themselves, and a teacher and a psych try to get to them. And the kids just don’t say anything. When they do speak it is just to comply to the expectation of speech, but there is no meaning. It is scary.

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That individuality in complex societies is not anti-group, but actually simultaneous coexistence of diverse groups, and that the diminishing diversity of groups leaves previously “individualistic individuals” in a dangerous position.

There is a narrative in wich the difference between East and West is that the later is individualistic and the former is collectivist. Curiously, the whole individualism thing does not explain much except in the West, in the sense that no one really thinks of the group to be collectivist, it is not really an issue, it’s just how things are, and this commonsense way of doing things gives weight to the social because the group is more long-lasting.

One hypothesis: That Individualism is not really opposed to Collectivism but in addition to, what Derrida would call suplementar. Furthermore, that it is a consequence of the complexification of society. Read More »