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The Song Dynasty’s Surrender

So we left as the Jurchens conquer the Song capital of Kaifeng, empty the city of all its valuables, butcher most of the population, taking around 100,000 people as slaves. Among them the whole imperial family, 5,000 people in all, plus all their servants. The wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of the emperor and all […]

The Song Dynasty’s Fall

So let’s continue the rise and fall of the Song Dynasty. Let me digress a bit and let me talk about the capital of the Song. The borders of this map are contemporary China, but look at the topography. The Song Dynasty’s capital was in Kaifeng. Kaifeng is probably the most retardedly located capital of […]

The Song Dynasty’s Decline

So we left the story at Song Huizong. Huizong was as I wrote a consummate artist and a famous bon vivant. He knew how to enjoy himself. That means he generally wasn’t interested in politics. Politics is generally very boring, pushing paper around, taking decisions about stuff you know nothing about. However Huizong was very […]

The Song Golden Age

People are asking for more Chinese history. I agree. Chinese history is great. It’s long, it’s well documented, and it’s documented in explicitly moralistic terms. Chinese thought has been always focused in how to achieve good governance, and histories are written as to contain parables of what good government is, and what bad government leads […]

Debt

A few weeks ago I had a short exchange with Nick Land on Twitter on the issue of debt. Debt is a huge issue, a big part of what’s wrong with the fabric of modernity, a big factor of what’s driving modern civilization into collapse. And yet it has remained largely underdiscussed in these circles. […]

2016

So the year is near its end. It’s been an eventful year. A good year, perhaps. A year of hope. Trump won. The UK voted to leave the European Union and the government is willing to enforce that. Millions of hostile Muslims are roaming Northern Europe, stealing and raping at will. Fortunately I’m not in […]

Trump needs Friends

Say Trump wins. Trump may very well end up winning next week. So say he wins. He’ll then be at the top of the Federal Government. A lair of snakes if there ever was one. Every single agency of government, and every single unofficial agency of government (Academia, the Press, all those QUANGOs, basically every […]

The Spectre of Nationalism

After some lazy Youtube pastes, I guess it’s time to write something interesting about Brexit. You’ll have to forgive my delay as I was too busy getting drunk in celebration. Or in despair. I don’t know. The ghastly forces of nationalism are sweeping now across Europe, liberals say. “Racism is out of the bottle”, they […]

The distribution of power

Another Chinese story. Royal absolutism was invented by Shang Yang in the Chinese state of Qin, 360 BC. Of course absolute rulers had existed before, in the Middle East obviously you had plenty of god-kings; but Shang Yang’s governance was recognizably modern. It was planned on secular terms, it had a central bureaucracy, and it […]

The Law

A while ago I wrote some posts on the classical Chinese novel, the 14th century Water Margin 水滸傳. The Water Margin is the story of 108 outlaws, in the original 英雄好漢, which literally translates as hero 英雄 yīngxióng and … 好漢 hǎohàn is very hard to translate. 好 means good, that one’s easy, but 漢 means, well, […]