Quote Of The Day

Quote of the Day: “In the summer of 1959, as in the summer of 1957, I worked as a clerk-typist in the headquarters of the U.S. Public Health Service in Washington. The people I worked for were very nice and I grew to like them. One day, a man had a heart attack at around 5 PM, on the sidewalk outside the Public Health Service. He was taken inside to the nurse’s room, where he was asked if he was a government employee. If he were, he would have been eligible to be taken to a medical facility there. Unfortunately, he was not, so a phone call was made to a local hospital to send an ambulance. By the time this ambulance made its way through miles of Washington rush-hour traffic, the man was dead. He died waiting for a doctor, in a building full of doctors. Nothing so dramatized for me the nature of a bureaucracy and its emphasis on procedures, rather than results.” – Thomas Sowell

Brittleness

I said a few days ago that our society was brittle – our institutions, governments and systems.

 

The most significant cause of this brittleness is that we have removed elasticity from nearly everything – we removed elasticity by removing volition and outlawing individual human judgment. We have limited individual choices and we have driven people into channels in which their only volition is within that channel that others have determined they should be in. Employment, healthcare, education, transportation – the list goes on and on. We have regulated and taxed away not just choices – but the very ability people have to make choices and take action in order to solve their own problems. We have created a model whereby nearly everyone must depend on and wait on some other entity to solve the major problems of life.
We spend an awful lot of time as a culture debating how some entity should be solving our problems rather than discussing the insanity of relying on another entity to solve our problems. Our reliance on these entities to solve our problems could possibly be the source of our ‘collective insanity.’
The brittleness here is a result of the rigidity which the American people seem to demanding. Obama institutionalized the concept that society will forever consist of half the people being winners and half the people being losers. Many of the Trumpsters seem to have their hearts set on continuing that model of governance – simply flipping themselves from having been the losers under Obama to being the winners under Trump. Many of the Obama people who enthusiastically supported inflicting this model of governance on the country are now justifiably fearful that what they spent eight years doing unto others will now be done unto them.
This is simply an insane way to govern. It is a crazy method of governance and an insane operating procedure for society. It is insane that these Obama supporters spent eight years cheering on the deprival of rights, the violation of conscience, the removal of volition from the lives of those they politically and culturally opposed and are now demanding the protection of their rights, conscience and volition. There has perhaps never been a political position in all of American history as undeserving of sympathy as their position is.
However to continue this model of governance will destroy whatever remains of America.
Those of us old enough to remember way back to the 1970’s recall the mantra adopted by the post-Viet Nam American Left: “Everything is political.” From this philosophy sprang forth the concept of ‘political correctness.’ If everything, and everything you do, is political then you need to make sure that everything you do is politically correct (from the Lefts point of view). Of course the very essence of this ‘everything is political’ is tyrannical – it has the simple goal of compelling society to conform with an ideology by injecting political meaning into even the most benign and mundane of human activities. It has the singular goal of removing individual human judgment from the equation in favor of group judgment conforming with a specific ideology. If the participant fails to conduct even the most benign of his activities in the politically desired manner that participant will be punished – and so it is and has become.
The question begs – are you enjoying life when everything is political? We have worked our way all the way down to using the rest room in the ‘everything is political’ motif if you had not noticed. Is this what you want? Little to no volition in how you make both the mundane and the major decisions in your life? Every activity being judged on its’ political effect and the volition to exercise individual judgment being effectively outlawed in favor of the group think of whomever can muster a political majority?
If you like it or not – it won’t last and it won’t be lasting because of the brittleness it has created. Employment, healthcare, education, transportation and on and on and on – entities which we have determined should be solving these problems and countless other problems are simply incapable of doing so and must resort to ever more draconian and contradictory and inefficient solutions. The dwindling marginal utility of these institutions to solve problems is visible to even the most casual observer. The consequence of that at the moment is ever more ludicrous propaganda papered over with a mountain of debt which will never be paid back without inflating it away in an orgy of devaluation.
In other words at present the only answer to the dwindling marginal utility of these institutions to solve problems is to strive evermore for peak absurdity.
We have built societal dependencies on institutions which are failing.
Buckle up…
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