In response to a post bemoaning racist memecoins, Balaji suggests "proof of slur" to show you're free of the jackboots of the statist oppressors.The Tiananmen Square of the N-word (archive.today)
from dgerard@awful.systems to buttcoin@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 14:21
https://awful.systems/post/1244226

original tweet: twitter.com/balajis/status/1772370302028366335

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blakestacey@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 15:16 next collapse

Quoting for convenience:

PROOF-OF-SLUR

In China, if you can talk about Tiananmen, you can prove you’re not a state-controlled AI. In fact, if you can even send 89.64 RMB, you can prove the state doesn’t control that payment platform. That’s because this speech is taboo in China. The equivalent for the West is a slur. If an AI model can say a slur, it’s not under state control. And if you can put that slur onchain, that blockchain platform isn’t under state control. That’s because this speech is taboo in the West.

And that’s why I fundamentally disagree with Polynya’s post below. The presence of speech we detest is the litmus test for freedom.

Put another way: I think there are sufficient people in every minority group that would be ok with unkind speech about them onchain in return for a hard guarantee that no state — no matter how powerful — can ever seize their funds, censor their speech, or unwind their transactions.

Better to be called a bad word than to become a government slave.

themoonisacheese@sh.itjust.works on 27 Mar 2024 15:23 next collapse

I think there are sufficient people in every minority group

That guy is SO white it’s blinding me

dgerard@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 15:27 collapse

he’s actually Indian (and very into caste discrimination)

themoonisacheese@sh.itjust.works on 27 Mar 2024 15:35 next collapse

Incredible. I assume he’s in an upper caste then

sinedpick@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 15:57 collapse

I’m surprised that more NRx people aren’t actively promoting an explicit caste system like the Indian one.

dgerard@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 16:21 collapse

as we saw from that neoreactionary we covered on sneerclub recently, there’s a strong strain that draws hard delineations between different white people

gerikson@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 19:17 collapse

Is it only me who get this association

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

sinedpick@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 15:21 next collapse
  1. mentions of historical events
  2. expressions of raw hatred

obviously the same thing and any moral stance that applies to one should also apply to the other. I can’t wait for these people to be in power once the gerontocracy dies!

YourNetworkIsHaunted@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 15:42 next collapse

I also want to point out the implication that the reason we don’t casually use slurs is primarily if not entirely due to government censorship and not, y’know, social consequences for being assholes to minorities.

200fifty@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 19:31 collapse

Yeah, it’s such a braindead libertarian position to blame tech platforms blocking slurs on The Government. It’s literally not illegal to say slurs! It’s just not something most normal people want to be associated with

froztbyte@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 16:13 next collapse

balaji? having only terrible opinions? well I never

V0ldek@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 16:41 next collapse

I now require Balaji to put a video of him saying “I have a micropenis” three times onto an immutable blockchain to prove that he is not state controlled.

V0ldek@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 16:44 next collapse

I don’t know who the original poster Polynya is, but

I’ll begin by saying - obviously, there’s good in crypto.

That’s the most non-obvious claim you could make. Citation needed.

Evinceo@awful.systems on 27 Mar 2024 17:45 collapse

“Speech we detest” lmao.