COPS OR FOOD 2
Complex societies always increase complexity as a coping mechanism for resource contraction. Since they can’t replace the resource, they substitute a less desirable product. When the economy crashes and taxes disappear, you hyperinflate. When the droughts come, you try to enlarge the huge reservoirs. When you increase the workers to decrease wages, because you can’t increase your customers so you lower your costs, you lower standards to accommodate the decreasing skill sets, all the while increasing HR costs and liability insurance to cope with more workers. And when skills are degraded you increase the training needed as a band-aid, to fool yourself and others your workers are not lower grade. The military and LEO’s are now like this, the standards ever increasing even as the increased training does nothing. Because the training is book learning and the reality on the street is ignored in favor of an Ivy Tower reality, standards in reality slip towards bottom as on paper they are perfected.
Insisting that officers in the military receive college degrees rather than move up through the ranks provides a book smart leadership utterly ignorant on how to fight, how to lead, how to learn or how to do anything not rigidly defined by a bureaucratic manual. Insisting that the police officer on the beat receive college rather than experience or on the job training, you have a very book smart wimp unable to be a peace officer but able to overreact in levels of force or operate in swarming attacks due to his ineptitude. Add PC crap into that mix and it just gets exponentially worse. This is just a complex system getting more complex as it fails and the trend cannot be reversed as that is simply not the nature of organisms struggling to fight. You NEVER try a new way to survive as that is counterproductive. You always use tactics that worked helping you survive before. And centralizing and increasing complexity is how all our systems organizations were both founded and what provided success before in daily operations. If a farmer always produced enough food by plowing, he sure as God made little green apples won’t try French Intensive methods during a famine. He’ll plow and plow extra if possible. So a organization like the Army doesn’t change its methods during war, it does MORE of what worked last time. Changing strategies is dangerous.
The US conquered most of the world with a central bank, burning lots of oil, mechanizing everything while managing everything with corporate top down heavily centralized bureaucratic cultures. Now that the oil supply is contracting, and has been doing so for nearly fifty years, we’ve lost the abundant oil and industrial aspect and are only left with financing and bureaucracy. So we get more and more of those two survival strategies. It doesn’t matter that they are blatantly inappropriate for all the problems we are seeing, because survival strategies by definition do not allow innovation. You repeat what worked in the past. Period. This is how we are hardwired and why those striving to change the system are attacked. That is why we won’t change to save the planet or change to save the empire. Those systematic approaches that would save the in place system are diametrically opposite of what allowed the system to be established. And if a system is an organism, it fights for survival as it is.
So don’t expect education reforms to succeed and don’t expect common sense to be followed. Every profession will fight for its survival by increasing minimum certification standards to exclude more upstarts, or increase the promotion of its old members ( the already hired get paid more to attend college courses or Time Served certification and the newcomers must shoulder that cost personally ). College standards are corroded by dilution-the more students admitted the less is taught even if the time learning increases-as more are forced to get certification and every new generation possessing more college has less and less knowledge. By adopting the principle of higher college training prior to becoming an officer or a police officer, less and less positions can be filled due to up front costs incurred by the prospective applicant. It is the same principle as factory workers commuting cost. When Ford started cranking out cars, the auto companies provided transportation. When that was shifted to the worker, you suddenly had a new up front cost of commuting just to be able to work ( this is a modest cost, not comparable to the three year gross salary a college education requires, but is illustrative ).
And how about health care? It used to be provided by the employer. All these extra costs keep being off-shored from the company to the employee. Commute, retirement, health care and now training. Training shouldn’t be rocket science. The company pays you to train and you are obligated to stay X number of years, otherwise you must pay them back. But that doesn’t protect all the interests increasing standard requirements. All those organizations profiting off more of what worked for them in the past. So reform is impossible. Now, when you increase the cost of something, obviously you get less of it sold. Increased costs to become a police officer mean you get less cops. Or, more people wanting to be cops but have no aptitude but do have money for the increased schooling requirements. Even as more need college, less are capable of performing the job correctly. Peace officers must have a certain temperament and native skill set. LEO’s just need to have a bureaucratic mindset, an ability to blindly follow orders.
All this translates to having a lot of very expensively trained cops, but not enough to do the job of public order. They need to be paid far more to compensate for the training and so overall you get to have less. And those you have are nowhere near as effective. Because book learning replaces standards. Certificates replace experience. Greed replaces vocation. Or worse, job/retirement security, the bureaucrat disease, replaced civic duty or dedication. And since the leadership is even worse, political certificate holders, not trade practitioners, the few competent ones are blocked, dissuaded, emasculated, overruled or ignored. A paper tiger, overall. And this will effect the public in the collapse. Continued.
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