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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

athor-i-ty


ATHOR-I-TY
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note: JS of ID-got your letter.  Thank you much for the kind words.  Be cool.
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I’m by no means a nerd watching episodes of South Park over and over again.  I have the movie on DVD, and back in the day I had some “best of” collections of the show, probably on VHS tape ( long lost in a random move ) of which there was Hanky The Christmas Poo which was a classic.  And other than You-Tube clips I’ve never watched any more.  Jesus man, I’d be the world’s biggest dumbass to ever pay for cable TV, and that is were the show airs.  I know you’re used to my tirades against Rent and Cars being the nemesis of all frugalists everywhere, but you can safely add on Cable and Cell phones to that list also.  Never, ever, EVER pay for that crap if you can help it.  RC3: rent, cars, cable, cells.  I like that, pretty snazzy.  I’ll forget it by next week and never find it again in all my articles.  Did you recently read the Doomstead Diner Dude?  He was pretty hilarious, making fun of the Druid Dude for thinking people wanted to buy a book collection of all his ten years of blog articles.

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Most of our blog entries are rather topical, like a newspaper article series on the CIA causing the L.A. ghetto crack outbreak.  In a sense it is historical reporting and is always relevant, but in another sense he is correct that nobody has any interest in going through ten years of your old evolving yet to be current writing style.  It is a shame, almost, that blogs replaced newspapers.  A lot of top notch book worthy material goes ignored due to volume.  I’ll come back again and again to “A Century Of War”, the best paper book treatise ever on oil geopolitics, in my ever so humble opinion, but the authors library of  electronic writing is basically at my fingertips yet soundly ignored.  With the Internet, quantity does have a quality of its own but only in terms of diversity of resources.  From the consumers standpoint it can be highly educational.  From the authors viewpoint, it is a graveyard.  Now, I have no idea why we just took that detour, other than I wanted to for no good reason.  I was speaking of the cartoon South Park ( which has stayed fresh as social commentary long after the less than stellar attempts by others such as Family Guy or Simpsons ).  Even with never watching it, the few catchphrases you pick up even so are brilliant in their bumper sticker summation abilities.

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“Respect my athor-i-ty” was the fat kids attempts at leadership.  Don’t do as he said because he knew what he was doing, but because he was given authority.  To me, a classic encapsulation of a huge problem with how our society is run nowadays.  The idiots placed in charge by the Elite are complete morons and douches, unencumbered by intelligence or common sense, yet are expected to be blindly followed for the simple fact that they have been granted the athor-i-ty to be our leaders, we of the perceived unintelligence due to our social class.  Now, and I’m speaking to the guys here, think back on how all our tribal functions are performed.  Men are highly competitive, in all things big and small, and challenge each other constantly.  The winner is acknowledged as a de facto leader in whatever endeavor is being undertaken, gladly, by all, for his leadership has been established by token of demonstrated ability.  This is how tribal war leaders are chosen and hence how a lifetime of emulation in other matters reinforces and trains the tribe to be more successful and the survivors of conflict.

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( This is also why guys can fight and then become fast friends.  We are wired to desire demonstrated ability, even to the determent of our own aspirations.  Women are completely different, and also for very good survival reasons ).  Our current social construct attempts to train men to be women.  It undermines ability for the reinforcement of dominance by deceit ( again, this is NOT malicious.  Women are wired differently.  They all understand the deceit dominance game and all play it.  It is anything but cooperative, whereas men’s dominance game is ONLY cooperative.  One is not better or worse than the other, it simply just IS ).  It isn’t that women don’t desire demonstrated ability, it is just that the men want to reward the ability to perform a specific task and women want the ability to become a leader to be the only criteria.  And THAT, my fine feathered minions, is why women should not be in charge of war or corporations.  Not because they aren’t capable leaders, because they are, but because they can ONLY be leaders and not leaders of their profession first and organization second ( obviously this is all said using a broad brush.  It assumes you understand generalities ). 

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But look around you and nowhere is ability rewarded.  Only group consensus.  Group consensus should flow from demonstrated ability, not just from the ability to be a leader of anything.  That is what happens when you mix the sexes in the workplace.  Two diametrically opposed styles of organization being forced to co-exist.  So obviously, deceit usually wins over ability.  Welcome to Women’s Lib, Unintended Consequences edition.  Do you wonder how a Girly-Man organized military is getting their asses kicked by a bunch of ragheads?  Even setting aside our criminally deficient training in the wrong strategies and tactics.  Both the military and corporations went down the road to irrelevance long ago by becoming susceptible to the idiocy of mixing the sexes in work when they slowly but surely started leaning away from demonstrated ability towards book training which is far easier to game and manipulate ( a female professional specialty ).

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Which is a disease of centralization.  Elites, of either gender, are far better at being a leader rather than a doer.  They are professional leaders having no skill in engineering or the military arts or any specific task orientated job.  Their job is simply to lead.  So if they can’t demonstrate a skill in a profession, they must be given leadership positions by a higher athor-i-ty.  And you are expected to respect the position.  Full stop.  This is going to lead to rather interesting issues come the apocalypse. 
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ATHOR-I-TY 2
As we just discussed, the majority of police are educated in theory and hired on schooling rather than innate ability.  The high cost of education demands higher salaries, leading to understaffing.  The politics of the leadership is leadership without professional ability ( they are trained to lead, not to be police officers ) and since like always hires like, book smart idiots hire book smart idiots.  They don’t hire good cops.  This is an almost entire organization ( the exceptions are neutered ) which is only about demanding respect for their athor-i-ty.  They don’t want respect because of their abilities but because of the authority bestowed upon them ( I’d think it was too obvious to be needed to be stated, but I’ll stifle dissent by repeating the obvious.  I KNOW a government must to some degree insist on compliance under threat of force, but in a functional society compliance is near completely voluntary.  The more dysfunctional the society is, the more threat and force is necessary and the less voluntary is the compliance.  You should happily comply with the authorities because it is a fair and just system and everyone is better off by doing so, and you respect the peace officer because he is good at his job.  He EARNS the respect, he doesn’t demand it.  Welcome to “no way in Hell that is the case anymore” ).
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I could go on and on, evaluating the evolution of peace officers into law enforcement as part and parcel to the very system they oversaw demanding as such as it changed to the worse, but let’s just take this as a departure point.  The cops are mostly incompetent appointees and demand their authority be unquestionably acknowledged.  Come the collapse,  this viewpoint is a perfectly natural launch pad towards warlordism.  I’m not saying they will be successful in the long run, since war has a bizarre habit of penalizing incompetence ( all other factors being equal.  Don’t look too closely at current conflicts as resource control particularly skewed that ).  But they sure as hell will cause a lot of mischief in the short term.  I can see them as being a very annoying force in trying to appropriate resources very early on.  Just by acting on their own, you can imagine the chaos.  Deputy Dave lives in a walled community ( they ain’t paid chump change, and their trophy wives usually match their wages.  Between the two it should be easy to earn over $60k a year ).  Assuming he can’t link up with his buddies-say, he lives close to his beat on the end of a large county-he’ll assert his authority and deputize the security force and any residents with military experience and try to be in charge, starting with centralizing the armory AND the community kitchen supplies.  Goodbye to your ability to survive.  Goodbye your supplies.
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Officer Owen lives in your suburb and mostly lives in the new appropriated barracks by the police station, but keeps returning periodically to get reports from his appointed block captain to see how well everyone is cooperating.  He also takes away some more confiscated food and ammo.  He and his patrol buddies storm any house not cooperating, aided willingly or not by other residents.  Thanks for supplying your local law enforcement!  These bastards don’t belong in charge, or deserve material support, but they have ATHOR-I-TY.  So they are, until they aren’t by a better group of paramilitary.  As stated, these idiots will rarely survive the transition devolving from a centralized state.  Ability will bloodily reassert its primacy.  But will you be stuck in the middle of this conflict?  Groups are NOT your friend during the die-off.  Not unless they are formed prior and are competently vetted.  Ad hoc groups, such as your random neighbors? Well, see the above.
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Your group had better be able to not only stay away from legally mandated authority, not only fight them if needed, they certainly must have the ability to see through the ruse of granted authority.  I don’t think you can legitimately claim your potential group mates believe that.  Most folks just go along with the authority schtick.  It is much easier mentally.  Which is one of the reasons gang members will have initial success.  They can dismiss the claimed authority since they have personally lived through its misapplication.  Otherwise you are just a book learned Libertarian, no real world experience in the application of your perceived freedom.  You oppose on principle but in practice acknowledge the demanded authority.  If you don’t violently oppose, you consent.  Criminals by their nature have opposed in reality rather than in principle. 
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So, it is not only the authority figures you must fear, but all their little peons who gladly consent to their rule.  They are more of a threat.  Because it isn’t just that a warlord wants to take your stuff and kill you.  It is also about group cohesion.  If the group more willingly fights, fights consensually, they are far more dangerous.  Most cops think they deserve to lead, being given a mandate by authority, and most of their cannon fodder recognize the authority.  They are incompetent, both leadership and follower, which is why criminals will prevail over them long term, but they still pose a threat to you just from numbers and location.  Beware their existence and threat.  And keep in mind if you welcome a cop into your group for security specialist or law enforcement, most do keep that Athor-I-Ty delusion in the back of their heads.  They will most likely be the one to turn on you in a coup.  Remember that “mandate of heaven” deal.  Since big daddy government is now most peoples real religion, authority being granted is as a voice from God.  A infallible blessing of all behavior needed to complete that holy task.  Word to the wise.
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19 comments:

  1. Wow! You really nailed it. "In a functional society compliance is near completely voluntary. The more dysfunctional the society is, the more threat and force is necessary and the less voluntary is the compliance." From a biblical world view this is exactly how the founders felt. The more a society WILLINGLY acts according to its morals the less government compulsion is needed to force them to act that way.

    "[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
    Benjamin Franklin

    "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
    John Adams

    "If men were angels, no government would be necessary."
    James Madison

    -Novice

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    1. Well, the founders saw the citizens needing to act with morality to forestall compulsion, but did the founders ever realize the elite must be forcibly held to a morality? I would wager few did, as besides Jackson which one was acting as they preached? Jefferson might have said the "tree of liberty needs to be refreshed with blood" thing, but while mostly pro-individual he also held contradictory views. Slavery, perhaps? Not sure if/when he emancipated them. Washington had no interest in doing so, the elitist prick.

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  2. "...a government must to some degree insist on compliance under threat of force, but in a functional society compliance is near completely voluntary. The more dysfunctional the society is, the more threat and force is necessary and the less voluntary is the compliance. You should happily comply with the authorities because it is a fair and just system and everyone is better off by doing so, and you respect the peace officer because he is good at his job. He EARNS the respect, he doesn’t demand it. Welcome to “no way in Hell that is the case anymore”"

    _ damn Jim. Just Damn. That there is the best writing I have ever read supporting a libertarian leaning worldview without being an outright libertarian or anarchist I have ever read.

    I know governments are a necessary evil - they fill a need(s), just as other forms of organized crime do.
    In the case of governments these needs are multi fold but led by a single simple premise - a certain territory is held against other organizations (usually other countries), and within that territory certain rules are enforced (laws) that respect certain individuals rights (like right to property ownership by private individuals, or right to work and be treated like a cog in the machine for maintenance, what ever rights the government is set up to acknowledge).
    When that government fails to hold its territory, or fails to enforce its basic tenets, that government too will fail.
    The basic tenets going less and less filled make for more force required to get compliance of the body of citizens.
    Your apparently off the cuff description of voluntary compliance equating to functionality vs disfunction is a great way to see how close a country is coming to failure.
    Venezuela's current problems are a perfect example of your quote above being demonstrated - no one in their right minds doubts that Venezuela's government is terribly far from out right collapse if not revolution and replacement. Even the LEO's and military are no longer respecting their own authority. one little extra pin-prick and the countries regime would be no more (in its current state at least).

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    1. It took me awhile to shake my own Libertarian indoctrination. Not terribly hard, but our own BS is always the worst.

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    2. eh, I am still Libertarian, but I know humans aren't perfect, and are both tribal and in need of some sort of government (I just want the least government possible that lets me live they way I want to)

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    3. The biggest problem it seems libertarians have is they think human biology, anthropology, evolution, etc., are all terribly inconvenient and not applicable in the face of their great god "Natural Rights". A great bunch of folks, but mislead by looking through that paradigm.

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    4. Eh, sound like you are describing the extreme indivualist libertarians/ anarchist that assume everyone is rational and without interest in helping their families beyond childhood. Obviously they are wrong (you have adult children, would you turn them away during the collapse?) But the libertarians that simply want an armed yeoman style populace and a minimal highly restricted government aren't as impractical - and even have historic examples (flawed ones) to point at. Like frontier era USA. Sure the wild west has been made out to be full of indian wars and shoot outs but the reality was closer to libertarian ideals than that hollyweird illusion that was created for the dramatic appeal.

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    5. Never met a non-extremist, but that is usually from being a corresponder rather than a meeter.

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    6. Anarchy: Absence of gov't.

      The rest you may believe you need the boot on your neck 24/7 but I'll have none of it.

      And don't give me that *other guy* nonsense. That is, YOU know how to live a civilized life but it's the other guys that need to be constantly shown where that legal line in the sand is.

      This current gov't is the greatest criminal terrorist organization the world has ever known and anyone that believe it is better than nothing at all needs to be professionally examined by an entire institution of mind scientists.

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    7. Agree about the current gov, and I have no love for it, yet you must admit that 400 years of oppression did deliver imperial treasure to you and I.

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  3. "They (criminals/gang members) can dismiss the claimed authority since they have personally lived through its misapplication. Otherwise you are just a book learned Libertarian, no real world experience in the application of your perceived freedom. You oppose on principle but in practice acknowledge the demanded authority. If you don’t violently oppose, you consent."

    I personally have had LEO point firearms at me with intent to kill if not for the arrival of the press and other civilians I would be dead decades ago. I in no way respect position or badges - I only fear the organization behind them. For decades now I have done my best to look like just another sheep to the local communities and LEO's, no special skills no special resources. But come collapse if I disagree with the local Author-I-ty I will deal with it without compunction - from hiding, to blending, to asymmetric warfare on a personal level. I intend to not be a slave, and have control of my own destiny- even if I have to pretend to be a slave you can be sure I will have hidden the keys to the chains and assets that wont be found. And should the keys be found, and the assets seized, the tyrants will be hard pressed to survive my revenge, even if I should fail to kill them. I have worked with the poorest of the poor, and gang members, and criminals of several stripes. The worst criminals of all are those who can get away with it without fear aka government agents / LEOs.
    No respect for 'author-i-ty' here. None from my spouse either (spouse lived in compton & watts, mother-in-law avoided nazi death camps by skin of teeth). Both of us can disguise it well enough to work for government (me 5 years, spouse nearly 15), but it wears on our bodies and souls. Now to teach these attitudes and skills to our children and eventual grandkids.

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  4. I am watching the Author-I-ty around me (by the way those with it include a capital I when they say it). And those with it have been playing tug of war around here. City, County, and State levels trying to one-up each other by having various press releases defining duties and accomplishments. (the "city" of 2k has about 2/3rds the population of whole county, and until recently relied on the county sheriff and landfills for those needs of the city, but now the city is trying to get there own landfill and has their own Chief of Police - who has a ticket ready to give the Sheriff for his dogs being off-leash in the city limits, State LEO's stand ready to ticket both for speeding on highways when not in official vehicles, and then to complicate matters, as a border town city, county, and state LEOs are out numbered by our transient border patrol badges with LEO powers - still out numbered by combination of rarely called upon city police reserves, and sheriffs posse but are full time people sent here as punishment or to train up by DHS... and of course further complicated by the county population mostly (75%) consisting of only 6 extended families - one of which is the sheriffs. The remaining 25% of the population tends to be hired by one of the two big industries here - the regional telecom or the border patrol, the Oil companies pulled out during the bust and we lost @10% of our population over night. Now the Sheriff could certainly step up for 'Author-Ity' during the collapse. But if he doesn't have at least one of the other LEO organizations behind him it will get ugly fast. If the City and County co-operate the state will probably go along with it even against the border patrol/ DHS, but if County or City goes with DHS then DHS will dominate - but the people will be very unhappy as the DHS is seen as interlopers and transients barely tolerated by the community (for now. )
    As you can see figuring out likely ways the police state will tighten its grip or crumble into warlordism is of great interest and concern to me.
    In other words I am willing to violently oppose when necessary but intend to make it worth my while, and only when necessary, otherwise violence is just spilling blood (your own) to no purpose.

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    1. The oil bust must have put a huge damper on the economy if the various gov units are so openly battling each other.

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  5. And, as I final note I appeal to everyone who loves life and liberty to learn how to present the illusion of resignation/acceptance while actually positioning themselves to make a potentially suicidal stand against any unbearable assault against your life and liberty. It is possible to have the body language saying near complete surrender while being positioned to ruin they tyrants eyesight, throat, joints or other permanently effecting areas. It is possible, when at point blank range to fight on even when shot directly in the heart.
    Make the bastards pay when it is all that is left of your life or liberty.

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    1. Just beware, new tyrants might be fooled but those around awhile will have experienced troops able to read body language.

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    2. Acting lessons.
      Not just for gay people any more.
      Only rarely do people get really skilled at reading body language while otherwise distracted. But that doesn't mean you will necessarily get the advantage of surprise either.

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    3. You have to learn to act gay? :)

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    4. No. Though it might help.
      You have to learn how to ACT - be able to appear angry when you are not, and despairing when you are happy, etc. "oh, noes mr. fox!, please don't throw me into the briar patch!!!" works best when you voice doesn't drip sarcasm, your eyes don't roll, and your lips don't smile.
      Most people think men who study acting have to be gay for some reason. Maybe because gay people used to have to pretend different emotions all the time they were good at it, and often went into acting as a career, and thus started the stereo type. Who knows, but good sales men are also actors pretending to be your friend.

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    5. I never ran across that "gay to learn acting" meme. I must not get out enough.

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