When you start talking about social engineering, you can quickly get over your head. If you assign too much credence to the powers that be, assuming they can successfully pull levers at will, you are giving them too much credit. Like most humans, they themselves are lazy enough to only know enough to get the treasures they want. Bankers are usually only going to know about finances, politicians about wheeling and dealing and intelligence operators about bribery and assassination. Humans are lazy because it is programmed into them. Lazy means calorie conservation. And the lazy usually give themselves too much credit for hard work.
Most people, when being all gung-ho and Protestant Work Ethic, balls to the wall motivated to get ahead of all the competition, they STILL utilize culture to save energy. They rely on existing infrastructure, the physical and psychological, to exploit and manipulate to their advantage. They expand mental work to still save on physical work. Being a bigger dingus isn’t the same as being the hardest worker, but that is usually the thought process. Yet, I can’t sit here and argue with you, because we all know you are the hardest working guy out there. Kudo’s to you.
Even though every single one of you is the best and the hardest worker out there, you are STILL lazy. You learn just as much as you have to. If you need to be 5% smarter than the next smartest guy in the room, you study 5% harder ( don’t take it literally that studying makes you smarter-I’m just using that for illustration ) and you don’t go beyond that. So, when I say that bankers are smart about finance and little else, this is what I’m talking about. Most likely, in your profession you must fight and claw your peers anyway, which if nothing else means that the president of MENSA is still going to focus in specialized areas rather than generalize.
And yet, it is also dangerous to give our Benevolent Overlords too little credit for how they are manipulating events. Too often I hear, “Occam’s Razor” or “never discredit stupidity as a prime explanation” ( I know, the second quote is way off. I couldn’t recall exactly-but hopefully that is close enough ). I don’t want to be that tinfoil hat wearing guy, granted, but I also don’t want to be blinded to the different possibilities that exist which affect me.
Perhaps the best way to think of that is a billiard ball is largely controlled at the beginning but one stray ball changes everything. I think there WERE very successful level pullings at the beginning, starting with the robber barons and accelerating after 1913. It was almost as if WWI and Prohibition were mere test cases rather than desired events in their own right. Somewhere along the way the efforts to control and manipulate yielded less and less power as far too many inputs were no longer in “their” control.
If Industrialization was best served by continuing centralization, then with the real end of that paradigm in 1979, centralized control stopped working anywhere near as well, getting worse until we enter today where if it does work, by a miracle, it creates far too many problems as a consequence. By the way, I just picked the random numbers of the Industrial Age as 1779 to 1979. The beginning and end dates could be completely different. I chose 1979 as that was the date that per capita the amount of total energy started declining. So I picked 1779 because it was a round number at two centuries.
Gee, wasn’t 1979 just right after the Indian/Pakistani, etcetera famines were averted by the Green Revolution? Rather than a Malthusian Reset ( which was correctly called by Paul Ehrlich, but the “revolution” was either unknown or off his radar ), we got a sudden population surge which exponentially grew from there. Remember, population increase GROWTH might have DECREASED, but population is still increasing even if at a slower level. This isn’t a “save”, this is slowing down the race to the grave. Of course, we could still trip and fall in quicker.
So, aside from the issue of effectiveness, let’s just agree that some social engineering at some level is still being carried out. It isn’t nearly as effective in an Energy Contraction as it was in an Energy Surplus, but Puritan Blue Blood East Coast asswhores such as the Bush dynasty don’t give up trying to increase power and profit just because something like pesky Peak Oil gets in their way. If anything, the Lever Pullers try harder and get more desperate the further into Contraction you get. Isn’t genocide just the ticket to help with resource decline?
I’m not saying they cause genocide. It will happen with or without help as that is just how our species survives and thrives ( as in total numbers, not individual satisfaction ). But I do believe they are helping push us in that direction quicker. Remember the lazy part? Where they only know their specialized component of control? Do they understand energy contraction equates to loss of centralization? Or are they focused on their own specialized knowledge to explain the loss of control they used to enjoy? To a politician, politics will solve all problems ( “we need a stronger leader” ).
To bankers, economics will forever solve resource scarcity. A banker will plan on cashing in his chips from betting and abiding US Imperial collapse, thinking he has somewhere else to go ( the Bush Paraguayan ranch, for instance, or the Nazi Argentina relocation ), not realizing the entire globes economy is tied to petroleum. Or, are bankers much smarter than I claim, making me far less smart to assume otherwise? Perhaps they know exactly what they are doing, as if poking the bear is always going to play out as planned? Ah, planning world domination over sherry.
Regardless, social engineering as currently plotted in the US over gender and race differences have already baked into the cake the lines that genocide will take. All we are waiting for is the timing. I still tend to believe the spark will be economic. Credit and empire currently keep the system running, and if those experience enough disruption, the whole complex system which has zero redundancy will crash and burn. Overseas oil protected and stolen with Imperial Stormtroopers is used to grow and transport wheat from the northern plains to pay Afghans to grow opium paying our way to garrison the middle east, etc.
I’m not sure if this series is now complete or not. My primary focus was to argue for the inevitability of genocide, not necessarily to try to figure out exactly how and when it will unfold. But, who knows. Minions might have responded with new unseen points I can further utilize. If not, so ends this. If so, perhaps I’ll continue some other day.
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I just got an Amazon recommendation by e-mail. Clayton's "Life After Doomsday" is only $3 in Kindle.ReplyDelete
Software Patch. Jim, most of the terrain you cover in this series is very much the "human" operating systems. Those elements of collective groups or sole individuals that are functioning as influencers (media, entertainment, clergy, academics) controllers (gov't legislators, L.E.O, courts, judiciary, penal system) instigators (miltary, intel, N.G.O, think tanks, foundations) are all on their own but with loosely confederated agendas. It is way too vast with self interest clashing for a full coordination and control of results to the expected end goals. The ships of state and society are floundering vessels. The boiler room guy is frantic and patching things marginally, yelling back at the captain. The fellow steering has no skills or inclination to sail without gps aids or sense enough to avoid collisions. The captain is named Bligh book smart but cannot think outside the box. The cook in the galley who kinda knows a little of every thing occuring around him sits on a crate peeling potatoes wondering when the hell this cruise will be over. This series must continue or returned to later as more data and information is constantly occuring as a result of the events.ReplyDelete
Love your Titanic crew description. With Bligh in charge-classic!Delete
It cannot be totally separate and non-interlinking subject topics. "Collapse, Civil War, Genocide" (or various similar terminolgy) are not and no longer can be thought of as individual events not linked. Only pure simpleton blind luck will allow a Minionite to be unscathed by a combination of the three in various intensities. These and much more WILL occur in the next go around that is scheduled already. Plan accordingly.Delete
Damn big picture realities! I wanted a local collapse that was more like a "cozy" novel or movie! :DDelete
I have been viewing france 24 channel on the collapsing isis pocket. I study these foreign events (donbass ukraine, syria, arab spring, etc) there is a whole lot of internecine by products as a result. Minions will need big picture reality checks as the coming dust up may be a lot of misunderstood 4G versions of civil war, with non state actors jumping in (hessians) sprinkled with more than just two patron backers of the propped up parties. With as much diversity in Merica, along with porous borders, excessive coastlines, airstrips everywhere, etc. It will be a literal playground for adventure. Have wheat. Have ammo.ReplyDelete
Then get even more wheat and ammo. This weekend I'm up 10% ammo and the next few months of current-eating wheat.Delete