Looking back from summer of 2016, it's best to think of these as inspirational fiction. Taken as fact, they're a dead end both in terms of my writing career and in terms of social and personal strategies. Building a good society and living a good life are much more complicated and difficult than I imagined. Actions that feel meaningful often make things worse. Civilization is a propaganda word and evil is a misunderstanding. The enemy is within.
In late 2012, I spent a few weeks going through these and doing whatever I had to do to still feel okay about having my name on them. But I might eventually revert to the originals if I think they're safe from being taken too seriously.
There are three kinds of revisions: annotation, rewriting, and disclaimers. For example, How to Survive the Crash and Save the Earth was annotated to keep all the stuff I was wrong about and explain why I was wrong. The Effects of Highly Habitual People was so heavily rewritten that I saved the original version. Arno-geddon was kept unchanged, but with a disclaimer at the top. The Slow Crash has some of all three. Your Life As Pornography is the only thing that was already perfect. The singularity essays were so difficult that they stalled the project, so I also never got around to fixing "How to Save Civilization".
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