My name is Wolf, and I’m an engineer.

I work on Palladium Magazine with Jonah Bennett and Ash Milton. We are building a new post-liberal political discourse, which will build a new and better post-liberal worldview, which can build a new and better America.

My main intellectual interest is in fundamental concepts in statecraft and political philosophy, manhood, family dynasties, natural law, self-improvement, and the organization of ambitious political projects. These are deeply related, as parts of a coherent whole.

I also occasionally think about technology and futurism, and the glorious engineering projects that would be possible if we had a real state.

This is my website.

2019-02-14

The Components of Power

Power your ability to act on the world to accomplish ends, especially against the will of others. Your power is a function of both the state of the world, especially including your position in the world, and your internal nature. The latter is your “intrinsic power”. The former, insofar as it belongs to or refers to you, is your “position”.

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2019-02-08

Social Technology

Not all technology is made of atoms and bits. Some technology is made of people. I call this “Social Technology”, which is the technology of human organization, made out of human agreements, beliefs, worldviews, and plans.

Many people are using this terminology now, which is good. It is a good paradigm for thinking of human affairs, which is neither moralistic, nor relativistic. Though it unfortunately underemphasizes the organic reality of social organization.

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2019-02-04

Engineering

I’m an engineer. Specifically, I was trained in mechanical engineering at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. While going to school, I taught myself computer science and some philosophy on the side. Nowadays I focus on social theory.

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2019-02-01

Globalization Leads to Existential Systemic Fragility

A civilization has a trade-off between globalization, efficiency, and fragility on one hand, and localization, expense, and robustness on the other. Capitalism is very good at choosing the former. Efficiency requires specialization, and concentration. These lead to atrophying of local capabilities, lengthening and complexifying supply chains, and ultimately fragility.

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2018-12-31

Why Hydrocarbon Fuels Aren't Going Anywhere

Elon Musk has really done the surprising with Tesla’s commercially viable and high-performance electric cars. The general buzz around alternative energy sources piles on and one begins to wonder whether the days of gasoline are numbered.

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2018-12-11

The New Statecraft Project

I organize and edit discussions on the nature of society and the state, with the aim of creating an engineering grade science of social technology, focused on statecraft. This project has its own site: New Statecraft Project.

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2018-09-06

The Urban Dynasties Problem

I want to see Americans building large, powerful, and virtuous family dynasties. I am trying to understand more about how this works and how to make it happen.

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2018-09-02

Palladium Magazine

Jonah Bennett, Ash Milton and I are working on Palladium Magazine. The focus of the project is on constructively answering the question “what comes after liberalism?”

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