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Protesilaos Stavrou
EU policy analyst. Philosopher. Front end developer. Free/libre software contributor. // Refer to my website for the specifics.

Protesilaos Stavrou

On the contradiction of non-interventionism

2021-02-09 Reading Ludwig von Mises’ lecture notes on Politics and Ideas reminded me of the contradiction that is present in classical liberal thought or within certain libertarian circles: the idea that a government committed to laissez-faire is either (i) not political, (ii) somehow less political than its opposing forces, or (iii) political yet objectively correct. The contradiction takes the form of a deeply ideological yet ostensibly unbiased double standard where...

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On platformarchs, the demi-state, and deplatforming

2021-01-26 The rule of law with fundamental rights rests on the distinction between public and private spheres, while recognising common and personal goods (res publica and res privata). The rights of an individual are protected against infringements from other persons and are equally guarded against violations from the state: the apparatus that operates in the name of the public good. As such, a rules-based system that enshrines fundamental rights for its subjects has...

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On the appropriation of Europe

2020-09-28 On 21 September 2020, Christine Lagarde, the chief of the European Central Bank delivered a speech at the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly titled Jointly shaping Europe’s tomorrow. Lagarde’s theme was in line with what the title implies and what one has come to expect from central bankers, namely, how the ECB helps forward the agenda of a more powerful political centre in the European Union, casually passing the unprecedented upward wealth distribution that...

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On the underlying values of superhero culture

2020-09-17 Culture embodies values and imprints them in the collective conscience as models of acceptable or desirable states of affairs. To think of cultural artefacts as mere entertainment, a transient exhibition with no further consequences, is to ignore the social-political function they perform. This is more so for works that are conceived, designed, and delivered in a top-down fashion, where a handful of power elites wields the authority to effectively dictate the...

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Emacs: podcast manager with Elfeed+Bongo

Here I show how I combine Elfeed and Bongo to manage my multimedia feeds (podcasts, videos). Integration between various tools is one of Emacs' greatest strengths. The previous videos: + Bongo and my extras :: https://youtu.be/C711C2l5-eg + Elfeed demo :: https://youtu.be/oHfAht9uTx8 My Emacs configuration file, from where you can get my code: https://protesilaos.com/dotemacs

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The Modus themes are built into Emacs!!!

My "Modus Operandi" and "Modus Vivendi" themes are now bundled up together with the upstream Emacs distribution. I explain everything in this presentation. /// The text is available on my website: https://protesilaos.com/codelog/2020-08-27-emacs-modus-themes-core/

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Emacs: BONGO and my extras

Demo of the Bongo media manager: how I use it to manage and play back my local music collection from inside Emacs. /// Link with the code: https://protesilaos.com/codelog/2020-08-06-emacs-bongo-extras/

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Emacs: custom functions for various tasks

Demo of bespoke functions that modify or extend existing packages. I use those daily and they make my experience with Emacs much more pleasant. /// The file I used for this demo is available here (my dotemacs is linked from there): https://protesilaos.com/codelog/2020-08-03-emacs-custom-functions-galore/

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Communitarianism and the self-institution of divinity

A new left can be pro-religion in the context of autonomy 2020-08-01 A thoroughgoing re-institution of society will inevitably have to deal with the issue of religion. The revolutionary platform must formulate a stance that stands as an antipode to the machinations of the ruling class while providing an alternative for the longer term success of the cultural shift such re-institution would both partially presuppose and provide the impetus for. Should we break...

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