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An amateur policy wonk that wants to build a better world for the next generation. "I can not praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat. Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary." John Milton

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Reposted with permission from the Parallax Views podcast by JG Michael. For many other talks like this one, find Parallax Views at, and Big thanks to JG for his interest in my ideas, and for extracting these atypically coherent thoughts from me. JG’s excellent questions helped me make connections I’ve never made in public before, which reminds me how these new media are still so poorly understood. For intellectuals, podcasts are first and foremost production technologies rather than distribution channels or influence mechanisms (as they are to business people and social climbers). From Michael’s notes: “…How Justin got into academia… accelerationism… Justin giving his definition of accelerationism and its take on modernity… the different branches of accelerationism – r/acc (right accelerationism), l/acc (left accelerationism), and u/acc (unconditional accelerationism)… criticisms of these lines of thought… main players within the accelerationist milieu such as Nick Land and Edmund Berger… Nick Land’s dark accelerationist vision… the way in which religion can act as a social technology against these horrors… the Frankfurt School philosopher/sociologist Theodor W. Adorno, his critique of instrumental reason, and the influence Adorno’s writing has had on Justin’s thought… this leads Justin into making an unexpected comparison between Adorno and… Jordan B. Peterson… Justin’s research into the political ideologies of Jordan Peterson’s fanbase… Justin’s research into political ideology and fragmentation… the central accelerationist concepts of “Exit” and “patchwork” in depth… why religion has become so important to Justin and specifically his renewed interest in Catholicism. How Justin’s radical politics are connected to his own religious beliefs… Catholicism’s often overlooked history of breeding radically emancipatory thinkers…”