Progress with the ‘Human Action’

I have finally collected myself together and continued working hard on making my conspect of the ‘Human Action’ by Ludwig von Mises. [link] Chapter XVII is finally behind.

One of the best parts of the work – in addition to the purely praxeological consideration of the indirect exchange – is the logical, detailed and concrete explanation of the sources of the inflationist policies of the modern (XX and XXI centuries) governments.

This historical and sociological regression is very important, because it makes a lot of the current phenomena very clear: e.g. the role of credit expansion through the issuance of the fiduciary media as a tool of granting particular groups of people out of political convenience.

There is no need in a long search for an illustration to that thesis: Now in Ruᛋᛋia there are a lot of military members – basically all who are smart enough not to throw their money away on booze, meth and cheap AIDS-laden whores – who have been put to the favourable position in the economy. They are buying a lot of real goods (since it does not take a 130 IQ to understand the mechanics of inflation), so everyone else ‘enjoys’ serious price hikes on the housing, automobile-related markets and even on the market of food.

When the dust settles and Ruᛋᛋia loses, the military must pay the bulk of the reparations, because they were many times privileged by Khuilo's government through:

  • Inflationist policies
  • De-facto authorisation of any crime on the occupied terrtories
  • The social programs
  • Direct payments

The Libertarian Party U.S.A. is Done

A really good report from Reason.TV about the downfall of the Libertarian Party. This ‘Mises Caucus’ seems to look like a bastardised version of Murray Rothbard meeting the hillbillies prone to fighting.

The Twitter of this organisation is just an illustration of mindless contrarianism, praising Putin/Taliban/China along with just a few sound judgements.

For me, libertarianism is not about puerile contrarianism, but about the preservation and enhancement of the individual freedom by means of reason, not by means of emotional blackmail. So, if this is the face of libertarianism in one of the freest countries of the world, I think it is time for me to leave this marker, at least until the clouds clear.

[Conspect] – How Well Is Pseudo-Science Institutionalised in Ruᛋᛋia

This is my conspect. It is not a transcription (unless I make a quote). It is a summary of some material as I understood it. If you find any part of it interesting — get the source material and corroborate to be 100% sure.

YT: How Well Is Pseudo-Science Institutionalised in Ruᛋᛋia? (an interview with Alexander Panchin[UA])

Q2. How Pseudo-Science and Conspiracy Theories Fit into the Ruᛋᛋian Politics?

The conspiracy theories distributed at a state level may be genuinely held by some Russian officials, although the examples of the opposite are also known: e.g. the soviet boosting of the theory of the laboratory origin of AIDS.

The modern talk about ‘ethnic’ and ‘genetic’ weapons pushed by Mikhail Kovalchuk seems to be more ideologically conditioned than genuine, since the front-man of these ideas is regarded as an expert by the Russian elites.

Q3. Are There People in the Ruᛋᛋian Elites that Believe some Conspiracy Theories?

Speaker's experience: the ban of the GMO was a political decision, many people in the legislative bodies who specified the details of the ban were not even hiding it from the Parliament members and the persons involved.

Conspiracy theories may be a means of career advancement and virtue-signalling among the politically active bureaucracy members.

Q4. How Pseudo-Science Affects the Public Opinion in Ruᛋᛋia?

Conspiracy theories are sometimes instrumental to the propaganda, but the main recipients of these ideas are already thinking in a similar direction, so the conspiracy theories only allow them to affirm their already existent beliefs.

Q5. Did the War Boost the Tendency to Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

The tendency to easier acceptance of the conspiracy theories (and seeing patterns where they are missing) has been found correlating with living in the conditions of substantial existential instability and increased existential risks. It seems to be a coping mechanism that aims at making the world more understandable. Cf. interest to occultism and conspiracy theories in 1990s.

This ‘animism in the second intent’ is much easier a venue of thinking than the scientific analysis of the world.

Also, the existential instability creates a market for the occultists and conspiracy theorists.

Q6. Is the Ruᛋᛋian Ruling Class Afraid of Scientits?

Many of the scientists have oppositional views by the virtue of higher level of cognitive discipline and higher familiarity with the foreign languages.

Look at Andrei Zayakin and the Dissernet project, which has been very detrimental to the fake reputation of the Russian ruling class members. Dissernet have found a lot of plagiarism in the dissertation theses of many high-ranking officials, and the oppositional views of the project founder allowed the government to attack the Dissernet via their administrative resource and informal connections.

The system has created the conditions that allow it to bully anyone – be it a scientist or not – and these conditions are used by those who benefit from the particular act of repression against a particular person.
— Alexander Panchin

So it is not about the government being afraid of the scientific community, it is about the personal grudges held against particular scientists that participate in the civic life.

Q7. Were There Many Scientists Who Have Returned after They Fled Ruᛋᛋia at the Beginning of the War?

Frankly speaking, I knew very few examples of someone's returning, since… what's the point? I think that many want to go back.
— Alexander Panchin

The problem for Russia: everyone with demanded skills have left, and the longer those who have left stay abroad, the less is the probability of their return.

Among my colleagues, a lot of people went abroad to do science, since in these conditions it is very hard to do science, for this is an international enterprise. Scientific ethos implies that people from various countries unite so to solve an intellectual problem. Science does not recognise nationality or international borders.
— Alexander Panchin

Q8. How the Isolation of Ruᛋᛋia Will Affect the Development of the Ruᛋᛋian science?

On the institutional level, science implies existence of scientific schools: a local traditions, usually within the mainstream, united by some theoretical affinity of its members and a system of apprenticeship. If all the top gods leave a country, it loses not only these specialists, but also their apprentices, and the apprentices of their apprentices and so on, which leads to a long-term negative trend.

So, the escape of the scientists is running counter the voiced goals of the Russian scientific community.

For example, the scientists attracted by the Mega-grants were not numerous even before the war, and their numbers have dwindled.

Q9. Will the Pseudo-Scientific Ideas Be Disseminated More Frequently on the State Level?

Recent precedent in the field – Alexander Kudryavtsev, one of the major Russian geneticists, made quite absurd proclamations about the human genetics and longevity being affected by the ‘original sin’.

The ongoing issue with the Russian Academy of Sciences – the presence of homeopaths and other ‘alternative medicine’ supporters, which leads to huge consequences to the country's healthcare system.

This intellectual degradation is likely to continue, since the existing counter-measures against the pseudo-scientific infiltration into the state and state-funded scientific institutions are not enough.

Q10. What Should Happen so that the Scientists Begin Return to Ruᛋᛋia en masse?

I think that the war is not the only reason. It very much depends whether there will be some real indication of the government being ready to reform itself.
— Alexander Panchin

The rules of the social game must be set firmly so science can thrive, for the scientific research is a long-term endeavour.

A Curious Finding

While researching then materials for re-envigourating my censorship research, I found an interesting web site and - by extension - an interesting organisation.

Cognitive Security & Education Forum seems to have been active since 2019. At the moment I am going through their publications and papers to extract the useful information, and I already see a lot of insights relevant to the sociology of knowledge, memetics, and media research.

I encourage everyone who is interested on such topics to have a quick look on the web sites and the materials on it.

A Short Translation Auxiliary to the ‘Human Action’ by Ludvig von Mises

During the introduction, Mises makes a note that the first use of the term Praxeology occurred first in a work by Alfred Espinas, who had been a positivist before becoming a realist.

So, I translated the part being referred to: Alfred Espinas. Les Origines de la Technologie. // Revue Philosophique de la France et de l'Étranger. T. 30 (Julliet à December 1890). p. 114-116; I think I'll translate the whole article later, it is rather interesting from what I've skimmed through.

Dive into the definition

A Plan for a Holiday

I have finally got my hands on the ‘Human Action’ by Ludwig von Mises in paper, so it is finally time to make a great summary of it in about a month's time.

Since my main focus in the research is related to the critique of the modern ‘Sociology’, I am going to read this foundational writing in a rather unorthodox manner.

For me, the critique of the historical and economic sciences unfolded by Mises is much more important than his critique of socialism.

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