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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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IDIOGRACY COLLAPSE

I’m not positive, but going by my admittedly faulty memory I don’t believe anyone has talked before about how today’s institutionalized idiocy will aid in the swiftness of our coming collapse ( this title refers back to the movie “idiogracy” which was the “dumb guy in the present goes into the future and is the smartest guy around due to continuous generational dumbing down” comedy ).  I’m not talking about one profession, say the bankers or the military, contributing to the collapse, but rather the widespread complete idiocy in every single walk of society all together making any collapse happening for any reason far worse than it has to be.  Granted, in the short and long term it doesn’t matter at all.  The collapse is built into the cake ( population growth meeting resource decline ) and a few feeble attempts to slightly decrease the velocity of that collapse won’t make the slightest bit of difference overall.  Yet I think that if you know how stupidly stupid people will react, you might gain a slight edge in escaping the general die-off.  If nothing else, it is amusing navel gazing.

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I think we can all agree that most people are idiots, most institutions are getting more moronic as time goes by, and any reaction to systematic collapse will be met with the people and cultures at hand.  If the people are stupid and the institutional cultures practice counter productive responses, you can only except the equivalent of attempting to throw gasoline ( with ten percent ethanol added, naturally, so at least the delivered octane is 7% less than old school petrol ) on to the fire in the event of an emergency.   We start at a tender age when the herd of coneheads is forcibly indoctrinated into the public school system ( just a few decades ago, keeping your kid out of school was grounds for a SWAT raid and the harshest imaginable penalties [ probably exceeding that for illicit drugs ] but today a lot of states are far less uptight about it.  I image this is a combination of there being no more factories needing bell ringing responding robots, and the fact that one less student means less federal money but also one less student needing space and hence the school funding from property tax is spend elsewhere in the state budget.  Yet, for the most part, most of us put our kids in school so we have a “free” babysitter to get both parents working to pay that high property tax ). 

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From that point on, we can expect our children to be given a slightly less comprehensive education than the previous years or generation.  Oh, they will get plenty of class time and plenty of homework, but they won’t actually learn much of anything except how to pass a test and then forget the lesson.  If they do learn anything, it is all the wrong things, usually of a heavily tinted Politically Correct nature.  They are almost better off learning nothing but what is on TV and the Internet where at least they have a chance of being exposed to non-stateist viewpoints.  I mean, Hell, even a perfectly indoctrinated State Citizen wouldn’t be a bad outcome ( correctly responding to collapse-wise ) but a long time ago all that the official educational system delivered was stupid people incapable of critical thinking.  Stupid people being a lot easier to control by an elite interested in nothing more than strip-mining an old industrial power ( I still love Reagan, but it must be admitted his dementia addled brain was puppet string pulled by Bush Sr. into turning the financial industry loose on the whole economy with carte blanc.  The dismantling started then ).  Our public schools turn out idiots who must strive mightily to overcome that handicap.

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Which most folks won’t do, if not for lack of interest than for lack of time or energy, as the debt serfs are whipped around the clock ( you can’t afford a bigger house payment so you live far from work.  The total lifetime cost of transportation is greater than a more expensive home but you can only assume the monthly payment you can afford.  Artificially increasing housing costs, forcing car ownership on to everyone, forcing families to work a minimum of two jobs [ thank you, Obammy Medical Tax ], all translate into a nine hour day, with a two hour commute, a stress induced restless night and a relentless treadmill life ).

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10 comments:

  1. Idiocracy.... the title of the movie is Idiocracy.

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    1. Let me give you the ending quote from Thursday article:
      "( I hope I made a decent account of the last three articles of this series-if not I apologize. I was sick for a week with some nasty cold thing going around and the last two days of this writing is when I was near dead on my feet and my mind barely able to concentrate )"
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      I kept telling myself to look up the spelling ( my typing computer is not my Internet computer ) but kept forgetting, being brain dead. Oh well, I'll just claim I was avoiding trademark infringement.

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    2. Look on the bright side, Jim. Even with a cold & near brain dead, you still have a better grasp on things than most of the herd even when they're in their prime - such as that is.

      Idiocracy was a great movie. So... prophetic.

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    3. LOL, wait for the next two articles before you judge.

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    4. A note about Idiocracy the movie- part of the point of the movie was that the smarter people being able to 'stand on the backs of giants' were able to set things up so that the moronic breeders were still able to survive and breed - but the cost was in less and less advances in basic disciplines. This is actually where I think we are now. Since the development of the internet and PC back in the 1970s ( being released to the public slowly in the 80s - 90s) there has been no significant technological breakthroughs. There have been SOME progress on the pure theory front, but most applied technologies are refinements and improvements on existing concepts. The Apple iWatch is a circa 1930s Dick Tracy phone watch (only not really as it has to have an actual cell phone to synch to). Transportation, communications, housing, medical care, etc. Nothing that would surprise anyone from the 1980s on beyond the scales and conveniences. But now everyone has their hands held through every little thing. Don't put plastic bags over your head says the note. Don't lick the battery terminals says the warning. railings, nonslip floors, constant communications, safety first, Call 911 and Emergency Response will be there to fix your boo-boo. The eaters and parasites suck the energy of the developers and producers. Parasites breed faster than the hosts.
      Doom.
      Doom.
      Gloom.
      BTW there will be at least some parasites and eaters that will survive the end of any sort of collapse - avoiding and mitigating them will be essential to allow for any sort of recovery.

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    5. Idiocy certainly doesn't help much, but what of the decline in energy as a factor in lack of progress?

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  2. This is where many attempts to analyze what will happen in a collapse fall short: some will do logical things and many will do all sorts of hairbrain things that you cannot predict. It is not a controllable event.

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    1. Yet if we don't try, we'll feel like idiots ourselves.

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  3. Jim I had my kids ask their economics teacher how a private bank ( the federal reserve) affected, controlled economic growth. He told them if he taught that truth he would be fired. In the last 8 years Full time employment has dropped from 40 hour to now be classified as 32 now part time is capped at 28. Making the hamsters have to run twice as long on the wheel for the same treats. I can clear in 10 hours what a struggling Mc flipper can in a week and 1/2. I do BBQ for Myself he does it for a company that will fire him if he misses a 3 hour shift that wont pay the gas to get there.

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    1. I got out of the military, 14 years to go to retirement [ I got credit for civilian life between two tours ], hating the corporate culture. Now that most mom and pops are closing, if I ever change jobs I'll be stuck right back in a corporate type job. I don't see how others do it.

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