On Oct 17, 2020, at 1:56 PM, ‘Alan Forrester’ via Fallible Ideas firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On 17 Oct 2020, at 19:07, Elliot Temple email@example.com wrote:
[Alan’s blog post The state is not your friend | Conjectures and Refutations says]:
They [the govt] are not serving anybody by threatening Grimes.
They sorta are since they have lots of citizens who want Grimes threatened.
It’s not like they have a reply to Mises pointing out flaws in his ideas.
Most of them are social climbers, not intellectuals.
People in the UK worship the state and even when they disagree with the government in power.
Over-generalization condemning “People in the UK” with no “most” or “many”, and typo.
Is there something wrong with what I’m saying?
Are your tweets what John Galt or Howard Roark would tweet?
What is the purpose of the tweets? What is you goal(s) and what is your means of achieving it? Do you have a plan?
Are you trying to educate or persuade people? I think that’d take more explanation than you do in the tweets. And signaling libertarian tribe allegiance (as people will see it) causes some problems there. Part of those problems are due to genuine flaws with the libertarian tribe.
Some of these tweets don’t signal openness to discussion or having high quality reasoning to available in your mind to elaborate on the claims in the tweets. There are a lot of shallow tweets, including which make correct claims, whose authors couldn’t explain much more than they said in their tweet. Some of your tweets poorly differentiate yourself from those authors (even though you actually do know a bunch more arguments and info).
Why be into politics like this? Are you having fun? Do you think it provides practical benefit to you? Why don’t you do other things like physics or epistemology?
It’s not fun or beneficial. I should stop.
I’m annoyed because I think people should know better about this stuff than they do. But they don’t know any better so there’s no point in getting annoyed.
I think I liked twitter because I could see lots of stuff. But now I’m thinking it’s low quality stuff so I think I’m filling my life with crap.
I think I’m not going to bother with twitter much anymore. I don’t think any of the tweets you quoted were good. I lowered my standards. I might tweet out links to blog posts but I don’t think I’ll do anything else.
Thanks for the criticism.
I think you haven’t stopped, @alanforr, nor followed up to critically discuss the issue more thoroughly. Conceding too early, without learning enough to change, and then dropping the matter, is a way of protecting a behavior or value from criticism.
The steps to change a habit/autopilot/policy include observing what you do, trying to understand why and the benefits, coming up with an idea you think would be better which is a win/win not a compromise, using conscious control to try out the new idea, and using conscious control to practice the new thing until it becomes automatic. I’ve written about these steps in various places so I won’t explain it all again here.