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Thursday, January 12, 2017

gatekeepers 2 of 3


GATEKEEPERS 2

Wow, that was an extreme suck ass day yesterday.  I churned out the first part of this article yesterday in the wee hours of the morning, unable to sleep sufficiently long.  You might think that less than five hours is enough sleep, and it might be for you, but for me it is not the best time to be operating heavy machinery or writing blog posts.  I stayed home rather than going out and buying more construction material ( put on hold over the holidays, and now I have a nice fat gift card from NOL I can splurge with-I tried to get her to hold the cost down as I never spend more than $30 per head-and those heads better be darn tooten grateful it is that much-but like most stubborn significant others she readily agreed and then ignored me, intoning the argument she knew I couldn’t counter, “I might as well pay for some of it in case we have to move out there soon”[ this of course is a lie on her part as she doesn’t really believe it, but I love how she humors my neurosis.  We have come a long way from me merely stocking a freezer and buying bottles of water ] ), but alas you were subjected to my writing while impaired ( don’t say “how is this time different?”! ).

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We talked about J.D. Vance’s book “Hillbilly Elegy” and how not only was it a bit over priced for a real life version of “You Know You Might Be A Redneck When…”, it was also a propaganda piece for the Elite’s gatekeepers.  It went something like this.  Hillbillies are great people but whacked  out of their head and living that life of dysfunctional sub-par citizens.  If you join the military to get a free college, then get into a lot of debt to get a more advanced degree, then never get a full nights sleep again, and kiss the ass of judges or politicians or both, then the good life will be yours and riches will shower upon you from the sky.  Hey, if that is the life you want, more power to you.  To me, it is a shallow and unfulfilling and bordering on immoral lifestyle.  But that is just me!  No judgment per se from this guy.  But I sure smelt a ton of judgment from J.D. pertaining to his tribe and so I might just have to call him out for cashing in on their backs.  Also, thanks for being part of the criminal justice system which is certainly NOT about justice but about keeping the current power structure in place.  Well, okay, I guess I am a bit judgmental.

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The part of the book that got me thinking was his statement that the poor do not join the military and hence the old saw about the poor dying in the rich mans wars is false.  His argument was that he didn’t meet more than one fellow hillbilly in all his time in the Marine Corps ( you’ll notice how I manfully restrain myself and don’t say anything nasty about the Corps ) so how could the poor be prosecuted?  I had to think about this one for a time, perhaps too long as my lack of sleep demonstrated.  But I couldn’t let that go.  I needed to once again be correct, or if I was wrong I needed to know why.  I pondered my military service from another viewpoint I never actively thought on, the socioeconomic background on those I served with.  And here is what I came up with.  The “poor” as in welfare recipient ghetto dwelling high school drop outs certainly do not join the military.  Nor do they work or try to stay out of jail.  These are the poor hillbillies J.D. is thinking on.

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However, the WORKING poor do join the military, and in droves.  Vance correctly points to culture as the needed ingredient in saving people from making bad choices to stay poor, pointing out how his work ethnic grandparents countered his mothers tendency to abuse drugs and be out of work ( and in one relationship after another ).  And I agree.  The working poor have a heck of a work ethic.  I grew up around a father who worked all day then came home to continue construction to save costs on our home ( and that was in a long line of fixer-uppers ), then spent the weekend cutting wood or what have you ( it was central California but to natives of SoCal, Central got cold in the winter.  Only later did I learn what real cold was ).  My mother cooked everything from scratch, even using ground wheat kernels to make her own pasta, and made homegrown artsy-craft woven items to sell for extra money.  Despite how I fought it, the work ethic was pounded into me by nagging and example. 

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I think we all relate to that, most of us having grown up poor, thinking we were middle class and not realizing we were not.  Especially after the Seventies got started.  We never thought the military was a BAD decision, just one of about two or three.  But just because a choice is voluntary, given that it was voluntary only in that it was the least worst choice, doesn’t mean we aren’t taken advantage of.  We sign on the dotted line under false pretenses and then must take whatever they throw at us.  To me, it was a necessary Tough Love I’m glad I went through as the alternative was being more of a dumbass in life.  But I did get out once I understood I was cannon fodder.  Only later did I understand I was that way because I was poor.  Make no mistake, the military wants ZERO ghetto dwelling uneducated rejects.  For a time, you could join with a GED, but now you can’t even do that.  High School graduates only, and you have to test at a minimum intelligence.  Why is this?

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It is a gate keeping function! To get cannon fodder, the military must offer college.  And college is the entrance fee to the 10%.  The 10% are the guardians to the 1%.  The 10% don’t have to be all that smart, but they must be literate and they must be completely sold on the economic system that they are protecting at all costs.  What better litmus test than college debt?  Usually the military shouldering most of that cost still assumes you get into a real amount of debt.  Just far less than others.  So you volunteer to potentially die for the system AND volunteer to economically yoke yourself to it also as a sign of dedication and obedience.  We finish up tomorrow as we explore further how the poor are indeed dying for the rich.

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10 comments:

  1. Another Bison Prepper bit of genius malapropism "Work ethnic". People genetically predisposed to want to be independent instead of sit back and accept the free stuff that is also enslaving.

    pdxr13

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    1. I had to look up "malapropism". Damn, I'm unintentionally extra hilarious today! Good catch, good mental gymnastics!

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  2. I had a buddy come back from Blue Helmet Tour as an MP with minor brain damage who says funny things like this. We were out in the woods when he called a green-tip cartridge M855/SS109 "Army Piercing". I just about fell in the wet snowy moss laughing, and he was wondering why. re: "Work Ethnic"

    pdxr13

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    1. Hold on! MP, brain damage...Okay, even being the butt of the joke, still funny! :)

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  3. Good point about how most of us are thinking we're middle class when in fact we're working poor.

    I certainly fall into that category. My father asked me if I was going four wheel driving a while back. I didn't have the heart to tell him I couldn't afford the fuel for mere entertainment (Getting my preps in order takes precedence).

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    1. Parents are funny as we age. Mine gross $60k a year but are struggling, then act surprised when I pinch every penny on $10k.

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  4. Interesting article on economic contraction (albiet with an emphasis on a slow collapse) based on falling energy demand with a hat tip to the concept of resource depletion: https://ourfiniteworld.com/2017/01/10/2017-the-year-when-the-world-economy-starts-coming-apart/

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    1. I believe Doomstead Diner has published this also. Thanks for the heads up.

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  5. I know two squared-away local kids from my rural community who joined the military. I think it was an opportunity to successfully leave the area economically with a stable job to start their life. The first I was really concerned for, safety wise, but is doing great with some sort of computer job. The second I don't think will make it out alive, as he's trying to be the next version of Rambo. He didn't take my advice that just about any employer would want to hire him with his strong work ethic and good attitude. I'm praying he makes it out alive, and uninjured physically or psychologically.
    Peace out

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    1. The military isn't a bad deal, all things considered. Think of it as a REALLY bad corporate job, with several bosses always up your ass, with unsafe working conditions and no transferable skills. But still good in that it gets you that start, without debt.

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