Posts Tagged ‘bias’

How to route around federally filtered news and history?

January 22, 2008

This blog has started to document the extreme statist bias that occurs in our news and other political information sources, including even much of the libertarian blogosphere, by the effects, direct and indirect, of tax money, the motivation to lobby to obtain some of that tax money, and effects on surrounding culture, including even people who believe themselves to be “libertarians” but associate primarily with paycheck vampires and each other. The United States federal version of this paycheck vampire culture I call the Orange Line culture after a D.C.-area subway system near which most of the area’s media, governmental, and academic institutions are located (see the anti-blogroll at right for a partial list).

Ron Paul’s campaign routed around the D.C. establishment in two ways: (1) the Internet, and (2) Hollywood and New York City entertainment shows. It’s no coincidence that Paul was on Bill Maher, John Stewart, Jay Leno, and similar entertainment shows far more than on election news coverage by D.C.-centric reporters. The threat the Internet poses to traditional media has been much noticed, but less noticed has been the growing rift between Hollywood and D.C. and the willingness of Hollywood to facilitate the process of “routing around” Orange Line culture.

Mencius Moldbug among others has documented how such biases amount to information warfare against taxpayers. These federal attacks against the interests of property and freedom, which threaten the statist’s tax revenues and political power, have dominated mass media for at least a century. He proposes “Revipedia” as an “information warfare” project to counter the information warfare that is perpetrated, as Orwell described, in both political news and history against traditionalists and libertarians by paycheck vampire culture.

Mencius’ main good idea is to bias the research towards old and very new sources (via the bias of online sources towards pre-1922 and post-1995), which eliminates the intermediate ultra-statist 20th century but includes the relatively libertarian 18th and 19th centuries and the libertarian early years of the Internet. This introduces a bias that partically balances out the profound Orange Line bias still found in most media, including the blogosphere.

But MM goes on to propose administrators to filter content — supposedly chosen to share our “reactionary” values. This is a very bad idea, not out of some atavistic blind faith in democracy, but out of information warfare considerations. Administrators are dangerous because they can be targeted for smearing and corruption by the Orange Line. They are central points of failure that can be blackmailed. The extra power of administrators also discourages non-administrators from participating. I certainly would not participate unless I had equal editing privileges, and I’d encourage any other reactionary to act likewise.

Besides the crude temporal filter, we should use a crude geographical one. Our task is to eliminate the vast bias that has been and continues to be introduced into political thought and history by the narrow beltway culture. OrangeFreePedia might use, formally or informally, automatically or mentally, geolocation to exclude any contributions from the Washington, DC area, government universities, and government labs. My “Orange Line” anti-blog is a first stab at a mental filter that the reader can use.