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In our time, to be one who  “stands athwart history, yelling Stop” is to be doomed to constant disappointment. In the Unprecedented Era, change is a constant. The only way to stop one track of change is by forming another, so if one manages to stop Change X, it will cause Change Y. Either way, change wins.

The only way conservatism has managed to achieve any victories in the Era is by allying itself with capitalism. But capitalism is a fearsome champion of change, a universal solvent. No past can maintain itself where capitalism prowls. A fire might as well try to win by allying itself with the ocean. Thus the conservative becomes a tool of his own disappointment.

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This past summer I finally, after intending to do for at least a decade, wrote my philosophical apologia. Why I thought this needed doing is explained in Part#1. Judge it as you wish.

If, after a certain portion (after Part#3, for instance), you’re looking for a bit of a palate cleanser, you might want to read this funny post.

We may dispense with any concept of the supernatural. Over the past two hundred years, the materialist metaphysic has been put to rigorous testing—not just in the laboratory, but in the everyday, constant and reliable use of modern technology. Any violations of materialistic reality would have to be so infrequent as to be negligible and, to be efficient, eliminable.

What is left is to start from the bottom up: particles organize, through the process of materialistic functions. This occurs throughout the universe. On Earth, in the past three billion years, this has led to life. There is no essential difference between those functions governing living matter and those governing unliving matter.

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