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Judging A Book By Its Cover, Literally!

Judging A Book By Its Cover, Literally!

One of the topics that has evolved over time for me is the importance of visual attractiveness. When I was younger I casually discarded the importance of outward appearance, citing the politically correct adage that “its the inside that counts!”. I held this statement to be true not just for evaluating people (including myself), but also for book covers, movie posters and on and on. I don’t need to tell you that this attitude wasn’t particularly helpful in my social…

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Trump and The Doctrine of Strategic Niceness

Trump and The Doctrine of Strategic Niceness

Scavenging through YouTube for clips of Trump on his Asia-tour it is becoming increasingly clear that Trump is using “niceness” as a weapon. If I remember correctly it was Scott Adams on one of his Periscope streams that talked about how Trump wants to make it preferable to be his friends. His Twitter “attacks” can certainly be seen as a part of a pattern of behavior lending credibility to this theory. He pounces on media and political critics and lavished…

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Reclaiming Visual Glamour From The Left

Reclaiming Visual Glamour From The Left

What does “politics is downstream from culture” mean in practice? Earlier today I was browsing through music videos on YouTube and the gears and cogwheels in my brain started spinning. I don’t usually use YouTube for music videos so in general I’m quite unfamiliar with music videos as a medium. I just finished “The Power of Glamour” by Virginia Postrell a few days ago, so I was primed to be aware of the glamorous set pieces contained in the videos….

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Thinking and Communicating on Different Wavelengths

Thinking and Communicating on Different Wavelengths

It becomes increasingly clear that people in the political sphere are talking around each other rather than to each other. Ever since the 2016 US presidential election season (and perhaps even before then) people fail to understand their opponent’s points of view. The other side is just plain dumb and misinformed. They can’t be rehabilitated, they’re a lost cause. As a Trump supporter in social democratic Norway, this is very clear to me. Skimming through national newspapers, both the journalists…

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Political Suicide Bombing

Political Suicide Bombing

Shortly after Trump’s inauguration I thought about making a bet with my boss at work. I thought about betting on whether or not Trump would be re-elected in 2020. My boss is vehemently anti-Trump and would naturally have chosen to bet against Trump. I was (am still? Trump please come to your senses on DACA) a Trump supporter and would have bet in favor of Trump being re-elected. Since that time, I’ve recalculated Trump’s odds for winning upon reading stories…

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Fool Me Once, Shame on You, Fool Me Infinity, Be The Media

Fool Me Once, Shame on You, Fool Me Infinity, Be The Media

More and more people are deliberately “playing” the media for personal gain. This gain can be purely financial, but also informational and influence wise. I’ve explained in other posts how the Neo-Nazi group “Nordic Resistance Movement” displayed excellent media savvy during the planning and execution of their recent march in a southern Norwegian town. Unable to spread their message through conventional means in the mainstream press, they expertly baited both the media and the general populace into giving them free…

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Winning Through Brute Force Argumentation

Winning Through Brute Force Argumentation

If the dominant narratives post Trump’s 2016 election win have taught us anything, it is that facts and being right doesn’t mean anything. Increasingly, we have seen the rise of brute force argumentation. We like to cling tightly to the belief that the best position wins the policy arguments through superior rhetoric, argumentation, numbers and statistics to back them up. We must recognize that this no longer accurately describes the political battlefield. The endless repetition of platitudes and conjured narratives…

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