The Upheaval

Parallel Holdings LLC
Exploring the shared upheavals of our era, including the rise of China, the ideological revolution consuming the West, technological and cultural change, and the crisis of liberalism.
Created 07 Apr 2021
  • Beijing Eyes the Metaverse
    31 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 13 4
    Source: Baidu screen-cap. On Monday Chinese internet giant Baidu launched its own version of a ‘Metaverse’ — a virtual reality social world — to compete with that of Meta, the company formerly known a...
  • Humor and Humanity
    26 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 31 7
    “Rhetoricians at the Window,” Jan Havickszoon Steen (c. 1658) “Laughter is a human thing, a virtue belonging only to humanity and God, that perhaps God gave to humans as consolation for having made th...
  • There Is No Liberal West
    08 Dec 2021 • 13 min read • 43 54
    Tomorrow, December 9, Joe Biden will finally host his long-planned “Summit for Democracy” – an international meeting officially meant to unite the democratic world in the cause of “defending against a...
  • Subscriber Community Thread (#3)
    03 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 8 6
    Hello everyone, First, a heads up that I wrote a short piece for The American Conservative last week on how US “national conservatives” have foreign policy ideals closer to what China talks up than th...
  • Dalio, Debt, and National Death Throes
    30 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 7 8
    Warning: charts ahead Is the world about to go bust? Are we at the terminus of a historical cycle, when “the old world is dying and the new world struggles to be born,” as everyone’s favorite Cultural...
  • Why Inquire?
    18 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 27 16
    Nicolas André Monsiau, Aspasie s'entretenant avec les hommes illustres d'Athènes (“Aspasia conversing with the famous men of Athens”), 1806 A reader writes in response to “The Reality War”: Hello N.S....
  • Subscriber Community Thread (#2)
    05 Nov 2021 6 6
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  • The Reality War
    29 Oct 2021 • 25 min read • 61 33
    What if I told you our world isn’t as it seems? That much of what we call politics and the “culture war” is really an ancient theological war over the metaphysics of reality, colliding with the digita...
  • Subscriber Community Thread (#1)
    22 Oct 2021 9 11
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  • An Important Update
    18 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 11 0
    Hello everyone, I have an important update to share. The Upheaval has now reached the point where it makes sense to begin adding paid subscriber features as the community here continues to grow. Start...
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