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.

Consider it The Hipcrime Vocab 3.0 (after the Blogger and WordPress sites)

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 🙂

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  8. Just want to say that 6 years ago as a young college student working a mediocre retail job I stumbled upon your blogspot post “The Dying Americans” and it had a huge impact.

    I saw your point and boy did I become depressed. Then I realized some people really considered things to be great and I couldn’t tell if they were wrong or not. Sometimes I don’t know myself.

    I will say as far as the school-to-prison pipeline goes you are very right. I never finished college, developed a drinking problem, and landed myself a jail sentence. I’m still a member of the working class and I want out.

    I lost a girl I loved a lot because she was also addicted to drugs and alcohol and neither of us had anything in the way of money. We both had one finger on the steering wheel so to speak and she just had enough.

    One thing I cannot deny though is there is an element of sado-masochism I have when seeing bad news or whatever and being like “oh yeah this is great maybe I can tell my children I lived through something like the Great Depression.” But no…

    Either way the 21st century does not look like the beginning of a star trek utopia. Its really just goddamn boring.

    Thanks again for your posts.

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