I’ve gotten feedback from enough people that they would like to continue to read my writing. So I decided to sign up on Substack. It seems like all the “cool kids” are migrating over there. I’ve gotten enough subtle hints from the universe that it would be beneficial.
Expect pieces to more quality over quantity. I plan to concentrate on book reviews and anthropology/history/economics. My intent is to make these the raw material for eventual book chapters. Right now I’m working on a series of posts about the book The Human Swarm by Mark W. Moffett. The next books I’m tentatively working on are Ultrasociety by Peter Turchin and Against the Grain by James C. Scott. All of these are on a theme (the development of complex societies). I’ve already written several pieces on human evolution and a summary of David Reich’s Who We Are and How We Got Here. I also plan on recycling some of my earlier work, either directly or (most likely) reworked to be more readable.
Don’t expect much in the way of current events (especially now!). I’m still just too angry and bitter over things. I still think that long-term trends like the failure of capitalism, the rise of right-wing authoritarianism, and creeping neofeudalism are important issues. It’s just that I can’t f*#king say anything about these topics without people’s brains bursting and completely misinterpreting everything I write. So to h3ll with that.
I’ve set up a Patreon where I might post pieces more directed to current observations. Hopefully, only people who actually want to read these will make the effort to find them. I don’t want to make the Substack a paying newsletter, so contribute if you’d like. Of course, I know what kind of hardship people are going through right now, so be sure and take care of your own house first. I still have a regular job that pays the bills and keeps me out of the cold.
Thanks for all your messages of support. I’ve read all of them, and they mean a lot, believe me. I’m sorry for not responding to them sooner. I’ve been trying to take care of a lot of things I’ve neglected for too long.
Let me know what you think about the articles. Stay safe and well during these troubled and turbulent times.
Saludos cordiales a todos,
P.S. I decided to use as a pseudonym of the author of the original book in Stand on Zanzibar. It’s still not my real name 🙂