The Crisis Of Competence

One of the subtexts to the current war in the Ukraine is the fact that the West has been wrong about every aspect of the conflict. None of the predictions about the actual fighting have been correct. Even the propaganda has been hilariously wrong, often making the West look foolish. The economic response, which was supposed to be a fatal blow to Russia, has gone horribly wrong. Europe now faces an unprecedented energy shortage this fall and winter.

The bulk of the blame lies at the feet of the neoconservatives running foreign policy for the Global American Empire. The same cast of characters who were horrifically wrong about Iraq and Afghanistan in the Bush years have managed to turn a regional issue into a global disaster. London and Brussels, along with the provincials occupying legacy positions in national government share blame as well. They enthusiastically went along with a war plan that had no chance to succeed.

The degree of wrongness is a thing of beauty, when you can look at it from a purely objective point of view. Rolling dice, flipping coins or pulling policy ideas out of a hat would have had a better result. One could be forgiven for thinking that maybe this series of errors is somehow deliberate. Maybe that ridiculous bald guy from the World Economic Forum really is a super villain. The masters of the universe are setting the West ablaze so they can build back better.

The question that should be pondered is why has everything gone so terribly long for the collective West? One reason is competence. The Global American Empire is led by a man who barely knows where he is most of the time. In his prime, Joe Biden was known as an affable moron. In his dotage, he is a confused and incompetent old man unable to perform his duties. His handlers give him stage instructions for basic things like where and when to sit.

Biden is the bit of the iceberg we see. There is a whole apparatus around him that was instrumental in getting him into office. The Washington political community thought a dementia patient was better than Trump. That says nothing about Trump and everything about the people who engineered Biden’s ascension. People forget that the Democratic Party had to rig its own primary to get Biden the nomination. They never stopped to think what this would mean after the election.

Of course, this degree of incompetence is made possible by a political culture that is defensive, isolated and insulated. They picked Biden because he was the safest option to get rid of Trump. Biden’s primary appeal to the political class was that he was a vegetable they could move around however they pleased. Biden and his family were simply happy to fill the role and play their part. He also provided the best chance of liberating the city from the scourge of Trump people.

That decision gets to the insularity of the political class, not just in Washington, but across the collective West. These are people without any understanding of the societies over which they rule. When you look at the resumes of these people, the common feature is no experience in the dreaded private sector. Politics has been their life since they were adults. In fact, we have reached a point where private sector experience raises suspicion in the political class.

These are people who simply have no idea how things work. They just take for granted that things work. Like the heirs of a family business, the political class has spent their life in a system without ever having to think about how it came into being. The system of power they command is a permanent feature of life. The only variable is who will have control of the institutions of power. That is politics, the game of verbal chess which picks the winners and losers in the system.

Therein lies the other cause of this unfolding disaster. The West is a collection of people who deal in words exclusively. They have never done anything, other than talk about making other people do things. Nancy Pelosi has been in Washington for eighty years and there is no single physical thing she can point to, other than her ten-thousand-dollar freezer, as a product of her political career. When she is dead, the next wave will wash away her footprints in the sand and she will be forgotten.

On the other side of this fight is a different system, one that is the result of people doing things and rising in the ranks as a consequence. Putin is a man who had to navigate a world where failure meant prison or death. When that world collapsed, he had to navigate a world of chaos. When he gained power, he then had to impose order, often taking on powerful oligarchs backed by Western interests. Putin and his ruling circle are a collection of men who do things, not just talk about things.

Six months ago, the West was prepared to give the Russians a good tongue lashing, cancel her from the internet and de-platform her from the financial system. On the other side, the Russians prepared to fight a war against a well-armed and prepared enemy in Ukraine and a well-armed and prepared West on the world stage. One side was ready for a battle of words while the other side was ready for a battle of actions. It turns out that words count for a lot less than actions.

All civilizations have periods of incompetence. The Russians suffered through the Gorbachev and Yeltsin periods. The difference for the West is that the system has been selecting for bourgeois obsequiousness for a long time. The reason Washington is run by fossils is the next in line is much worse than the geezers. Mitch McConnell knows something about running the party. Kevin McCarthy was selected because no one in power worried that he would be a challenge.

The crisis of the West is that it is now run by a managerial class that was selected for being the teacher’s pet, ticking the right box on a form and making sure to never utter a discouraging word around the boss. It is why presidents have been increasingly ridiculous since the Cold War. Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump and now Biden are all mileposts in the decline of competence. Next up is Kamala Harris, an absurd manifestation of a system that selects against competence.


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1 year ago

[…] Studying the Z-man’s weblog the opposite day, I smiled at this: […]

Bilejones
Member
1 year ago

File this under “Threat’s that you don’t need to worry about”

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My Comment
Member
1 year ago

We may simply be in a post competency world in the US. The rulers see us as useless eaters They want to reduce our numbers and replace us with Africans and Mexicans. How much competency do you need in the managerial class if you hate the general populace and want them to die? Not much except for police and then only to protect the rulers from the rabble. As long as Europe stays submissive, the Empire continues continue to grab resources and the military industrial complex is making a lot of money the rulers don’t even care about the competency… Read more »

miforest
Member
1 year ago

well , this is an accurate article . that is how civilizations die. Rome struggled on until everyone who could fix an aqueduct died or was killed. then its all down hill with increasing speed. i think our foolish leaders are directed by the bald guys organization. they want us eating bugs , and we will. don’t believe me ? look at this list. https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/another-food-processing-plant-shutters-operations-adding-long-list-closures

Frip
Member
1 year ago

Z: “These are people who simply have no idea how things work. They just take for granted that things work. Like the heirs of a family business, the political class has spent their life in a system without ever having to think about how it came into being. The system of power they command is a permanent feature of life. The only variable is who will have control of the institutions of power. That is politics, the game of verbal chess which picks the winners and losers in the system.” Well said. “These are people who simply have no idea… Read more »

Whiskey
Whiskey
1 year ago

Devil’s Advocate: Competency is not needed or wanted. Any “problem” can be fixed either by low-cost imported Indian or Chinese labor or made unimportant by the Media. Never mind the bugs on the menu, here’s the January 6th newest issue. “Remember when we told you there was no future, well this is it.” Turkey fell in line, obediently, as it was made clear to Erdogan that he does as he is told or he is removed. The G-7 basically just banned Russian oil exports (as they are the only ones able to insure them). Elections do not matter because either… Read more »

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Whiskey
1 year ago

The incompetents are coasting on the back of previous competent generations and the remaining competents still manning the necessary positions. But, a large, complex, industrial, high-technology empire, in fact, does need competent people. We’re in the Trust Fund phase of empire and like all trust fund kids, the money (or competency in this case) runs out. Also, if you think the G-7 actually put a price cap on Russian oil, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. You might have noticed the price of oil was basically flat today. First, India and China won’t abide by the price… Read more »

A.B Prosper
A.B Prosper
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

I see this every day in California. Companies that did huge projects in the past now cannot complete very basic projects in L.A. L.A. is a huge market and they have had to just stop doing work there, In the past even when it became heavily Mexican it had enough reserves of engineers and good people to get jobs done. What’s left are some aging Boomers who are leaving at an alarming rate a tiny handful of Gen X and Millennials and hundreds of opening that will never be filled. The obvious solution is to double pay and to make… Read more »

Dennis Roe
Dennis Roe
1 year ago

This is not incompetence. It’s deliberate destruction and murder.

trumpton
trumpton
Reply to  Dennis Roe
1 year ago

I know it looks like its intentional, but I assure its just plain incompetence says the man and his friends with the sledge hammers standing in the middle of your ruined house.

miforest
Member
Reply to  trumpton
1 year ago

utter nonsense. have you seen this list? read it and then see what you think https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/another-food-processing-plant-shutters-operations-adding-long-list-closures

fakeemail
fakeemail
1 year ago

“The question that should be pondered is why has everything gone so terribly wrong for the collective West?”

Because men have forgotten God.

Truth itself has been rejected. All the ideas society accepts are built on false premises (and promises) and their true purpose is power over God and truth.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  fakeemail
1 year ago

Alternative explanation: The trust and altruism of white men was hijacked by an alien people. Further, the greed of our more individualistic people has been incentivized towards our own displacement. Through their domination of the media they turned our women and our children against us and use blacks as a cudgel to beat us with. I don’t know how we adjudicate our disagreement. Until recently, the Scaninavian countries were the happiest countries on Earth while being the most irreligious and white. I respect your viewpoint but find it unpersuasive. I hope we can still get along. As I understand the… Read more »

A.B Prosper
A.B Prosper
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

I concur

Non religious Scandinavia minus migrants functions at a very high level and Sweden often has a higher White TFR than the US with longer lifespans as well

You do not need nor require religion if the people don’t need it, The US though was founded by religious nutters and grifters kept somewhat in check by the Frontier, Christianity and occasional well directed violence

The checks and balances seem to be gone so the natural outcome of what we had degrading to its natural low level is clown world

imnobody00
imnobody00
Reply to  A.B Prosper
1 year ago

You don’t need religion.. If you are a Scandinavian and only worry about material things. Scandinavians are biologically adapted to very harsh climates, which select for people with high morals and pathological altruism. Besides they are ethnically homogenous. You cannot copy this in USA to people of English, Irish, German and Italian descent. In addition, life in Scandinavia is lonely, socialistic and inhuman. Watch on Youtube “the Swedish theory of love” In addition, they are being conquered by Muslims. If they were a society with Christianity as official religion, they could say that Muslims are not allowed. (Hungary did something… Read more »

A.B Prosper
A.B Prosper
Reply to  imnobody00
1 year ago

Muslim birth rates aren’t especially high in Europe as most “Muslims” turn quite secular pretty fast. That is why elites push more immigration to replace loses. Like the US migrant inflows are the issue less child bearing. Also at no point did I say that the US could do what Scandinavia did . And while the life may be lonely and unpleasant, the reality is so is American life and as noted the proof is in the fertility. The Scandinavians has stable fertility, ours is in decline and not better Our society doesn’t work and while I am not advocating… Read more »

Majorian
Majorian
1 year ago

Copy of my intervention below, this time (hopefully) posted in more readable format Based on the current economic and politic turmoil, I cut and pasted from the conspiratorial web, and integrated with a bit of my own, this bit of speculation about what may be the most probable future scenarios: We have high inflation, and also have a recessionary trend. In this situation, squeezing credit and raising interest rates would almost certainly not only aggravate the recession, and cause unpredictable social disruption. It would also burst a bubble of debt with catastrophic consequences. The traditional recipe for getting out of… Read more »

rexl
rexl
1 year ago

I’m afraid I do not understand why my comment will not published?

rexl
rexl
1 year ago

You say that the neo-conservatives were to blame for these wars. However, what about the ‘Intelligent Services’ certainly they must share in the blame.

Frip
Member
Reply to  rexl
1 year ago

“What about the ‘Intelligent Services’ certainly they must share in the blame.” It’s all the same freakin thing man. It’s not like there’s a spoon upstairs. And a fork downstairs. It’s all a spork.

aa
aa
Reply to  Frip
1 year ago

I need to live long enough to use this in an actual conversation.

OswaldSpangledBanner
OswaldSpangledBanner
1 year ago

Anybody see the press boomlet for Sue Rice? I guess you can tell I don’t buy it (her covertly running the White House on Obama’s behalf — she is a mulatta preppie like himself so maybe benefits from interpersonal/charismatic favoritism at most). It would not faze me if POLITICO announced she’d paid them to run the puff piece, in the way that publication normally receives news via corporate sponsors. Rice who to any zoomer may seem antediluvian is actually a new-breed post-Hillary/Schumer figure (and 2 gens after Biden/Kerry fossil formation) and middle-of-the-spectrum for the Taleb “IYI” category– not the worst,… Read more »

Majorian
Majorian
1 year ago

Based on the current economic and politic turmoil, I cut and pasted from the conspiratorial web, and integrated with a bit of my own, this bit of speculation about what may be the most probable future scenarios: We have high inflation, and also have a recessionary trend. In this situation, squeezing credit and raising interest rates would almost certainly not only aggravate the recession, and cause unpredictable social disruption. It would also burst a bubble of debt with catastrophic consequences. The traditional recipe for getting out of a conjuncture of recession combined with inflation prescribes making massive public infrastructural investments… Read more »

Mysteerious Rooshian Vooman
Mysteerious Rooshian Vooman
Reply to  Majorian
1 year ago

Didn’t read the whole thing, but what I did read was quite good.

Instead of introducing you to the idea of paragraphs, I’ll just slightly refine something you (and many others) have said: IT is not going to war that brings (brought) the economy out of the doldrums; it is putting the economy on a war footing that does it.

Not the same thing.

Majorian
Majorian
Reply to  Mysteerious Rooshian Vooman
1 year ago

I thought each time I would finish a sentence and press ‘Enter’, there would be an empty line.
Evidently I went with muscle memory instead and used ctrl+enter without noticing.

Frip
Member
Reply to  Majorian
1 year ago

Majorian you almost got paragraph separation right. Giant wall of text is still giant.

Majorian
Majorian
Reply to  Frip
1 year ago

Yeah, reposted. Still some ctrl+enter new sentence botches, but this time I put spaces between paragraphs.

Majorian
Majorian
1 year ago

The difference for the West is that the system has been selecting for bourgeois obsequiousness for a long time. […] The crisis of the West is that it is now run by a managerial class that was selected for being the teacher’s pet, ticking the right box on a form and making sure to never utter a discouraging word around the boss. So very true, it is infuriating being condescended upon by these middle class macaroni morons. Pol-Pot moment from the Zman. Maybe there’s a chance there was a similar situation in czarist Russia, so that the intelligentsia+bolsheviks were justified… Read more »

imnobody00
imnobody00
1 year ago

As a guy with a long experience in United Nations organizations (yes, I have worked in Mordor), I can tell you that the most incompetent people work there. They are good at talking, climbing and backstabbing but nothing more. Some parts of the UN run at the level of African governments.

Unfortunately, the words they speak are collected by governments and more efficient organizations so they can do real evil.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  imnobody00
1 year ago

My limited interactions with State Department personnel left me with very similar impressions.

Xin Loi
Xin Loi
1 year ago

Thanks for an excellent piece.

It is also appalling, and an Xray of what our rulers value (and also what they think of us) that their war plan was to deprive Russians of OnlyFans and McDonalds, which would cause them to overthrow the State.

Chazz
Chazz
1 year ago

I like Sergei Lavrov’s observation concerning some of his western counterparts: “They must not have done well in school”.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Chazz
1 year ago

Hell, In our current schools they probably all made straight A’s. American “education” being what it is.

Horace
Horace
Reply to  Compsci
1 year ago

I read something recently that suggested that the Russians were taking a look at their educational system with an eye towards making sure that whatever we are doing wrong, is removed from their system. We are in this, and in so many other ways, an example to the world of the path not to follow.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
1 year ago

Two examples of the crisis of competence:

Moderna and Pfizer are tired of manipulating their shot data so they are lobbying the FDA to dump clinical trials altogether:

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/who-fda-gates-future-framework-covid-vaccines/

Macron caught on a hot mic telling Biden that Saudi and UAE have no ability to raise their oil production capacity:

https://mobile.twitter.com/freedomrideblog/status/1541521142707589121

The only competence the people have is driving the collective West into aThelma & Louise style ending.

imnobody00
imnobody00
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 year ago

Yes, they are good at breaking things, because breaking things is easy. But they cannot build anything.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 year ago

Macron is feeling the heat from an angry populous. He probably staged the whole thing for *his* political effect.

AnotherAnon
AnotherAnon
1 year ago

This latest G7 Biden bungle is a good sample of what’s lined up in the wings. They came in with 2 goals: to ban Russian gold sales (purely symbolic) and to cap Russian’s price of oil to EU (minus Bulgaria, CR, Austria and whoever else gets oil by pipeline instead of port shipment). Apparently Yellen’s been tasked with Biden’s childish project of capping maritime oil. As if Putin needs to sell oil to EU at US-dictated prices! Further, this BS doesn’t go into effect until December, and Putin will probably have mopped up Ukraine by then (maybe taking Odessa with… Read more »

Mow Noname
Mow Noname
Reply to  AnotherAnon
1 year ago

“Fallout this December”

Governor Lard Ass in Illinois post-poned the (inflation indexed increase passed by Democrat general assembly) gasoline tax increase until after the November election.

Problem solved!

Bilejones
Member
1 year ago

As I’ve said before Europe faces much worse than a rough winter. Come the fall the EU will be finding all sorts of ways to unwind the sanctions. It is not apparent to me why Putin (let’s play the West’s name game) should increase energy supplies. Putin’s St Petersburg speech is an astonishing contrast to the wall of lies that issues from the orifices of the west. https://kanekoa.substack.com/p/vladimir-putins-st-petersburg-speech Electricity costs in Germany are three time higher than in the US – 33 cents kwh v 11 c kwh. and will likely double again. We are going to witness the de-industrialization… Read more »

trumpton
trumpton
Reply to  Bilejones
1 year ago

Think of how retarded the average EU politician is, and then realize half of them are more stupid than that.

trumpton
trumpton
Reply to  trumpton
1 year ago

I said that and then I read a piece about the head of NATO committing to zero carbon emissions for NATO by 2050 and the push for electric vehicles on the battlefield and that NATO already takes “account of climate change when planning our operations and missions.”

https://www.rt.com/news/558014-stoltenberg-nato-climate-change/

I should have said imagine how retarded Jens Stoltenberg is, and then realize half the EU class is more stupid than he is.

Majorian
Majorian
Reply to  trumpton
1 year ago

They cannot possibly be that dumb, this is the press running out of things to say and coming up with something by combining current buzzwords. What’s wrong is they are not sufficiently endowed with common sense to realize that reducing co2 is an objective with no priority in the context of war, and that the blunder is hilarious.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  trumpton
1 year ago

I am laughing so hard I am CRYING

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
Reply to  Bilejones
1 year ago

What Germany lacks in oil and gas it can make up for in coal production. Most of the gas turbines that generate power are multi-fuel, meaning they can run on gas, oil, or coal. Siemens and Alstom have been building these types of gas turbines for decades. It’s actually not that difficult to convert gas/oil burning turbines into coal-fired air turbines (CAT) and German is legendary for coal production, especially the old east Germany. Of course the majority of politicians and most of the media on both sides of the Atlantic are ignorant fools who haven’t the faintest idea how… Read more »

Falcone
Falcone
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
1 year ago

Would the Greens allow you all to boot up your coal plants?

Old expression I remember from college, always stuck with me:

The green tree (eco movement) has red (commie) roots

Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
Reply to  Falcone
1 year ago

Falcone – not news flash:
‘Unimaginable’: Austria prepares to reopen coal power station. The plant, Austria’s last coal-fueled power station, was closed in 2020 but now the government — nervous that Russia may cut its crucial gas deliveries …etc.

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
Reply to  Falcone
1 year ago

Oddly enough, even the greens don’t like freezing. Although I hear the ones in the UK seem to enjoy it.

Vajynabush
Vajynabush
Reply to  Falcone
1 year ago

Or put another way, they’re watermelons: green on the outside, red on the inside.

Majorian
Majorian
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
1 year ago

Yes massive coal mining resumption, with good peace of the Greens Party and of your typical numbed down, politically correct, middle-class German citizen, I suppose. Since we are here, can I get your point of view of educated German interested in current affairs, about the leading role your country is currently playing in Europe over the economic and political fields? Economically, unified Germany has absorbed much of Eastern Europe (Visegrad countries), Romania and ex-Jugoslavia as low-tech, cheap labor seats of satellite activities for the the German industrial export-focus conglomerate. Places as far away as Finland, Catalonia, Northern Italy are also… Read more »

trumpton
trumpton
Reply to  Majorian
1 year ago

Germany has not had a truly independent government since the war IMHO.

Its been occupied by the US to prevent it gaining its own direction.

As the NATO motto is keep America In, Russia out and Germany down.

M
M
Reply to  trumpton
1 year ago

The NATO motto summarizes the situation quite well, I concur.

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
Reply to  Majorian
1 year ago

Germany has always been the strongest economy and socially, takes better care of it’s workers than any other EU member going back pre WW1. It’s a historical fact. We are, and always will be the strongest European economy. Period. Even if Audi, Mercedes, Siemens or other major German corporations outsource to Czech, Poland or Hungary, we will still be the best place to live and work. Poke your head into any Germany company and you’ll find French, Italians, Spanish, Polish, Sweeds, Netherlanders. Pretty much every EU country is well represented in all major German firms, and across all areas including… Read more »

Majorian
Majorian
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
1 year ago

Lol you skimped the question, even though it was a technical one about monetary systems (the current Euro opprobrium), so it’s OK. Now, I do not want to sound blunt, but I can’t resist from quipping that probably other Europeans come to work in Germany because they are left with few alternatives. Income tax (maximum) rates for the bigger European countries are Spain 47%, France 45%, Germany 45%, Italy 43% so more or less on the same level. UK too a decent income is taxed at about 40%. Before the Hartz labour reforms (among other things associated with the introduction… Read more »

Xin Loi
Xin Loi
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
1 year ago

“As for our military, why should we waste money supporting our own when we have the US here with all the latest military technology and best trained troops in the world?”

Because the US military is rotting from the inside out, and as far as your wonderful (truly) economy goes, I follow the old saying: “With the Russians in Frankfurt, the DM (now Euro) is toilet paper”

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
1 year ago

I believe it was Lynn or possibly Rushton, who did an analysis of the average IQ of a native (Black) South African university student. Somewhere about 100-104. This is nowhere near the ability to take and master higher level STEM studies. I suspect this will be evident in SA when the whites there disappear, or drop below the Critical Fraction.

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  Bilejones
1 year ago

Thank you for the link to the full text of President Putin’s address. He doesn’t attempt to gloss over the problems that face the Russian Confederation; rather, he commissions his government, the regional governments, and the private sector to work collaboratively to devise possible solutions that redound to the benefit of the citizenry and the nation. He is frank about Russia being a multiethnic nation, but I don’t think that this means that he wants to institute lower standards (like here), but instead wants to maintain high standards, yet without tossing the less competent or intelligent under the bus, as… Read more »

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  JerseyJeffersonian
1 year ago

Oops, should be Russian Federation. Close…

dr_mantis_toboggan_md
Member
1 year ago

The selection criteria of the ruling class is simple: They don’t want anyone who comes from the dreaded “private sector” and they don’t want anyone who can outshine them. For the media, as you said Z, it’s pathological lying in support of whatever narrative they try to pass off to the public as the truth. In the military, there are also selection pressures for the officer class. Once, there was a hidebound group of “ring knockers” who graduated from each service’s academy who used their friendships and connections to rise up the ranks. Many times, those like me that were… Read more »

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  dr_mantis_toboggan_md
1 year ago

dr_mantis_toboggan_md: You appear to be one individual to whom I can say, unironically, “Thank you for your service.” Although, to put that in perspective, my husband and I lament that his father’s lifetime military career was ultimately worthless in view of what AINO has become.

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
Reply to  dr_mantis_toboggan_md
1 year ago

I had a good laugh this afternoon. I spotted a Bundeswehr soldier in his issued camouflage uniform on an electric scooter going down the sidewalk. I laughed even louder when I realized he was black. Our military is a laughing stock already, so it’s clear they are in desperate straights if they have to recruit non-Germans like this one.

PrimiPilus
PrimiPilus
Reply to  dr_mantis_toboggan_md
1 year ago

Years ago a friend of mine who had been an enlisted Marine in the ‘60s, then a Navy and finally Army chaplain (where I met him) said something to me when I was a (not so) young captain. A simple statement, thrown out to me almost casually, struck me like an iron skillet some time later. His words:

“All the good general officers get out of the Army as Lieutenant Colonels …”

The next 20 yrs of my service proved him right.

dr_mantis_toboggan_md
Member
Reply to  PrimiPilus
1 year ago

I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, so that sounds about right. I do miss flying, but the administrative part of the job when I was on active duty was replete with thousands of useless reports that no one really reads and lots and lots of PowerPoint.

If they wanted to fix the pilot retention issue, they need a way to let pilots fly without having to be paper-pushing dipdunks as a collateral duty. As a Reservist, you show up, log your hours and leave the collateral chores to the active duty component in the squadron.

Dirtnapninja
Dirtnapninja
1 year ago

Our Elites are governed by the principle “I think, therefore it is”

Disruptor
Disruptor
Reply to  Dirtnapninja
1 year ago

Let there be light

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  Dirtnapninja
1 year ago

Rather, “I feel this should be, therefore, no matter the feckless stupidity involved, it must be made to be so. Selah!

Lanky
Lanky
Reply to  JerseyJeffersonian
1 year ago

My image of our government is a woman doing interpretive dance in a burning building.

Winter
Winter
Reply to  Lanky
1 year ago

…and some of the women have male appendages and five o’clock shadows.

Howard Beale
Howard Beale
Reply to  Lanky
1 year ago

Lanky, you nailed it. Just passed that around my circle. Wholehearted agreement.

imnobody00
imnobody00
Reply to  Dirtnapninja
1 year ago

The modern man cunningly manages not to present his theology directly, but through profane notions that imply it. He avoids announcing his divinity to man, but proposes goals that only a god could achieve or proclaims that the human essence has rights that suppose it to be divine.

Nicolás Gómez Dávila
(sorry for my translation: it is the best I could do)

Tars Tarkas
Tars Tarkas
1 year ago

The ruling class has fallen into decadence and incompetence. Covid was a big wake up call, or at least should have been. Had they stuck their fingers in their ears and covered their eyes and mouths, they would have handled it much better. Simply doing nothing and wishing it away would have been a better strategy. They are even worse equipped to deal with the war in Ukraine. Really, they probably did more than any other group to start it. What is standing between us and a nuclear exchange is the sober men in Russia. Russia is already justified to… Read more »

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Tars Tarkas
1 year ago

“They are even worse equipped to deal with the war in Ukraine. Really, they probably did more than any other group to start it. What is standing between us and a nuclear exchange is the sober men in Russia.”

The problem is with the hysterical, feminized “leaders” in the United States, and that now includes the Pentagon. They easily may bungle us into a nuclear war.

AnotherAnon
AnotherAnon
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 year ago

Worse yet, politics necessarily revolves around getting the “woman vote” – hence feminism will never be dropped (until it sinks society). Russia is largely free of this burden. Putin understands all this but it unfortunately doesn’t make having to deal with the hysterical US/West much easier.

trumpton
trumpton
Reply to  AnotherAnon
1 year ago

The woman vote is dictated by the media conditioning. so it seems a closed circle of providing the opinions you then solicit.

You get the “vote” for policies you seeded as if by magic.

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
Reply to  Tars Tarkas
1 year ago

Putin never would have done this with Trump in office. But he already knew Biden was a complete buffoon well before he got into office. Just look at the timing..it’s obvious Putin knew exactly what he was doing.

Europe won’t raise a finger, the Americans won’t do much either. It’s a win-win for Putin and he knows it. Time and the damage to the European economy are all on his side.

RoBG
RoBG
Reply to  Tars Tarkas
1 year ago

They ruling class “elite” profited enormously off of Covid. (Web search “Covid millionaires” and “Covid billionaires.” ) The people in charge only increased their wealth. The same can be said of the proxy war in Ukraine. How many billion$ have been extracted from the taxpayers of the West and funneled into the coffers of the MIC? I don’t doubt that the so-called elite are decadent, but I don’t see them as particularly incompetent in the pursuit of their goals.

joe tentpeg
Member
1 year ago

Filed under ‘Competence of the Third Triumverate’:

Rice, Jarrett…and that skilled Chicago community organizer…obozo.

JR Wirth
JR Wirth
1 year ago

There’s no great leader in the wings to take control when things finally turn to chaos. Therefore the chaos soon to be unleashed will choose its own leadership. People of which no one has ever heard. Or should I say men of which no one has ever heard, because we’re heading for an era where the ladies will be shown the door…to the kitchen. They’ll come from doing real things in real industries, many of which will have been government contractors at some point. Maybe even some with a minor stint in government, only to look around and know that… Read more »

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  JR Wirth
1 year ago

I’d say government subcontractors, perhaps ones specializing in custom fabrication.

The managers and execs in the big MIC shops are nearly as clueless as the Jonestown, DC crowd.

Chet Rollins
Chet Rollins
1 year ago

> People forget that the Democratic Party had to rig its own primary to get Biden the nomination. They never stopped to think what this would mean after the election. Seeing three contenders drop out and support Biden on the same day was more insane than even Trump’s election, with barely a whimper from the radical left. And then Reddit and Twitter went from their guy to Biden on a dime. While it was probably largely bots trying to shift opinion and manufacture consent, the fact that the power players running these things were all in lockstep showed the farce… Read more »

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
1 year ago

It goes back to morality. Don’t deal with your demons. There are no demons. That’s the crazy talk of spooky people.

If virtue was enough, CivNatery would have us in good shape.

So we end up with morons following retards who kill foreigners, sell out Americans, and oppress the whole world to get rich.

Captain Willard
Captain Willard
1 year ago

On the bright side, the truly capable in this society have been busy getting stinking rich in technology, commerce, biotechnology and finance. There is plenty of talent in the private sector. So far, they’ve taken the path of least resistance and gone along with some of the crazy woke stuff. Perhaps when things start crumbling around their ears, they may insist upon reforms.

I don’t know why I’m so optimistic this morning…..all the leftist butt-hurt around the Roe/Dobbs decision put a spring in my step.

Chet Rollins
Chet Rollins
Reply to  Captain Willard
1 year ago

We’re starting to see the vestiges of a counter elite with the likes of Musk dipping his toes, of course Bezos and Thiel also. Of course, it’s largely due to the fact they’re nerds whose brains can’t stand the double-speak and just want to go into space and do cool stuff. The technocrats are largely bugs who want to ensure the rest of the world become bugs just like them. Their goal is to crush anyone attempting true greatness to dust. The pioneer white nerds got their own tools used against them then got cancelled by the ascendent left, which… Read more »

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 year ago

Did the libertarian Internet ever really exist?

I mean, there is evidence that government money was behind most of the Big Tech monsters running amok nowadays.

Chet Rollins
Chet Rollins
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 year ago

Every big tech company, from Youtube to Twitter to Facebook, was very libertarian at the start. Whether this was sincere or just an act is a very good question.

trumpton
trumpton
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 year ago

Probably about as real as the Libertarian party itself.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 year ago

You’re a nerd with a passion sincerely pursued. Once you’ve got something going, the bigs come to you with a proposal and a promise to take your passion mainstream. Now you’re corrupted.

It’s called capitalism, and it’s how every modern industry began. Shakespeare had a theater, Disney isn’t even a person anymore, just a poz-spewing global brand. I don’t doubt who wins the marathon, though.

Mr C
Mr C
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 year ago

They still are. Big tech says do what feels good. Nothing is wrong, except telling someone else they are wrong. This is libertarianism in a nutshell. They’ve just been guilting into verbalizing what a libertarian ends are.

Captain Willard
Captain Willard
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 year ago

Thanks Chet. You made my point better than I did. I would just add that the people here who think successful hedge fund managers aren’t smart haven’t met many successful hedge fund managers. The issue obviously is how they are directing their efforts and whether they benefit society.

Valley Lurker
Valley Lurker
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 year ago

A circulation of elites that includes Musk & Thiel may be the best that can be hoped for any time soon. I say this disapprovingly, disappointed but realistic. Bezos isn’t going anywhere and still is worse than those two in my opinion, and represents no circulation at all.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Captain Willard
1 year ago

Captain Willard: Calling those getting rich in finance and technology “the truly capable” is not how I would describe the hedge fund leaders, day traders, and dot.com bots.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  3g4me
1 year ago

The finance guys are capable at extraction for doing very little work. I worked at hedge fund. Of all my jobs, no one put in fewer hours than hedge fund managers and traders and made more money.

Creating financial markets and then skimming off of them is a skill but a socially destructive one. My favorite failed painter outlawed this and he was correct.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

Fascism and communism fell first because they weren’t as good at it imo.

We’ve got cultural destruction, growing economic destruction, a ‘browning’ population, mental patients wielding political power, a husk of a man in the White House, kids learning at the tranny’s feet, and the cracks are finally starting to show.

The money men are EXCELLENT at what they do.

Mow Noname
Mow Noname
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

My current position working the skim as a cog at GloboBank is probably the easiest job I have ever had.

Curious to see how the collapse in the global debt market is going to shake out. The S&L, 1998 and 2008 crashes will be nothing compared to what I see coming.

Bilejones
Member
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

The decline of the West is the history of the rise of the rentiers : The State, The Academy, The Bankers etc.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
1 year ago

Overall, a good essay. The main criticism that springs into my mind (“oozes up from the bottom muck” might be more accurate 😀 ) are some open-ended questions like: Given that our present government(s) select for incompetence, what behind-the-scenes entities most likely profit from this state of affairs? Two ancient investigative rules: Follow the money; Who benefits? Z implies as much (e.g. the odd selection of Biden and Harris in the 2020 Democratic primary process): the apparent leaders, the Bidens, maybe even the congress critters, are largely puppets and figureheads. Who is it, actually, that pulls their strings and puts… Read more »

Bartleby the Scrivner
Bartleby the Scrivner
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 year ago

I honestly think that we will never really know. Just stay off the radar and keep a target off your back.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
1 year ago

If you look at American leadership from the Founding until, say, the late Twenties, it was characterized by mediocrity. Yes, there were impressive and dashing and highly competent individuals here and there–Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Jackson, and so on–but most leaders simply were figureheads for their respective parties and movements. The federal government was not complex, was relatively tiny, and secondary to most aspects of life. FDR changed all that with predictable results. Complex systems require highly competent people with good skillsets in narrow areas. Being a democracy, of course, means mediocrity will be the norm under the best case scenario.… Read more »

Captain Willard
Captain Willard
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 year ago

Jack – I tried this exact argument last time Zman wrote on this subject and most everyone crapped on me!

But obviously I think you’re correct in that the increasing complexity of centralized systems requires greater skill and makes a constant level of capability among bureaucrats seem inadequate to the task.

Simplification and decentralization is at least a start towards the solution.

Donzie
Donzie
Reply to  Captain Willard
1 year ago

Would like to agree with you about state and local takeover of federal functions. I tend to think that the best states are a lot better than the average fed. However, the bulk of the money is with the feds, and they have to agree to “give” it back to the states. Doesn’t happen without a lot of strings. And those strings pretty much guarantee a continuation of the current state of governance.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Donzie
1 year ago

The Fed printing press and the remaining trust in the USD are the two pillars of their power.

Remove those and they’ve got nothing.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Donzie
1 year ago

At one point Republicans touted block grants to remove the strings. Of course, the federal GOP lawmakers couldn’t grift as much if there were direct transfers to the individual states. While every state would take a hit, in some cases a near-fatal one, if federal funds were not available, all of them would survive in some form or another, likely in a coalition. Further, the reality is that the funds WILL dry up. To play on what Geese noted, worthless dollars make everyone poorer and the federal government essentially powerless. So those funds will be essentially meaningless in the near… Read more »

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 year ago

Let me add, as others have previously noted, the proxy war in Ukraine was a failed attempt to expand the debt-based GAE economy into new areas. Without an increased number of people willing to buy its debt, the GAE cannot go on.

PeriheliusLux
PeriheliusLux
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 year ago

This is a good thread. Nicely done everyone. One small thing I would add is to remember how addled in debt many municipalities are. They rely on federal funds – at least for the retirement and pension funds. I think the biggest bomb of all is the pension fund ponzi. When the wealth effect dissipates things will get very interesting. Those who are courting and abetting the direct reparations beggards may finally see the light. It is probably worth looking into an area that is not in huge debt at the local level and that has a population that can… Read more »

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 year ago

Jack: I don’t know that having local and state governments becoming “actual power centers” will necessarily be a good thing. The majority of immigrants and women in my DFW ‘burb vote for the holiest person of color they can find. Greg Abbott is always looking for good press but never does anything of any real substance. I have yet to regret having my name removed from the voting rolls. As the larger institutions people once depended on decay, so too will the smaller ones – i.e. state and local ‘government.’ Because they, too, suffer from a lack of competency. And… Read more »

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  3g4me
1 year ago

“The city council can continue to make its rulings, but the real people and real industry that enables real modern life is gradually falling apart. I don’t think regionalism is going to stop that, at least no in the short term.” I disagree in part. While in the short term the larger urban centers will sink further into dystopia, those even of middling size will stabilize into less grand visions of themselves; I expect public school systems to be a thing of the past in about ten years, for example. Long term, the larger urban centers surrounded by saner, Whiter… Read more »

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 year ago

Jack: I would rather your vision of the future than a gradual breakdown into further local bureaucracy. As far as leaving DFW and Texas, we’re planning on it and working on it. Yes, we realize that sooner is better than later, but there are family and financial concerns involved.

Bilejones
Member
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 year ago

There are a few blogs who increasingly reference the 1860’s little fracas as “The First Civil War”.

Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
1 year ago

Factoids via another publication: • Despite efforts to curtail purchases of Russian energy exports, soaring oil and gas prices — themselves, a reaction to the invasion — have poured funds into Russian state coffers. • Russia’s current account surplus tripled to more than $110 billion so far this year, putting it on track for a record. • The income boom has propped up the country’s currency and stabilized inflation. That, in turn, allowed the central bank to scale back the emergency interest rate hikes it implemented at the beginning of the war. The G7 continued escalation is a tacit admission… Read more »

Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
Member
Reply to  Stranger in a Strange Land
1 year ago

Spectacular. Which publication was that, Stranger?

Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
Reply to  Glenfilthie
1 year ago

Axios Markets (trends Left, but generally informative)

Bill Jones
Member
Reply to  Stranger in a Strange Land
1 year ago

The guys at at The Duran have been batting 1000 on this war,

Arshad Ali
Arshad Ali
1 year ago

Might be an idea to re-watch Mike Judge’s 2006 film, “Idiocracy.” This was one of those “semi-banned films.” But it also troubled viewers because it was too close to today’s reality, rather than five centuries from now.

When the struggle for survival (temporarily) subsides, and nature does not choose for competence and ability, then the population and its leaders become weak, flaccid, stupid, and thoroughly incompetent.

Whitney
Member
Reply to  Arshad Ali
1 year ago

It was absolutely crazy when that movie came out. I mean, they delayed it for a year, trying to bury it, they did absolutely no press tour for it, still I managed to see it in the theater on opening night, a Friday night, walked into the theater there were eight other people in there. We all just literally looked at each other and shrugged our shoulders like this is so bizarre. The theater was packed of course for everything else

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Whitney
1 year ago

But at least the President was black! Oh, wait…

Crabe-Tambour
Crabe-Tambour
Reply to  Arshad Ali
1 year ago

An interesting example of a new category–the anticipatory 7documentary.

Mr. Generic
Mr. Generic
1 year ago

> Next up is Kamala Harris, an absurd manifestation of a system that selects against competence.

No, no. She’s extremely competent. She literally slept her way to the top. She is the perfect role-model for the Only Fans Generation.

Outdoorspro
Outdoorspro
Reply to  Mr. Generic
1 year ago

I guess you could say that Kamala is someone who actually does things. Unfortunately, those things usually require her being on her knees.

btp
Member
Reply to  Outdoorspro
1 year ago

Kamala Harris rose to the top in a system where failure meant all her unspeakable acts with Willie Brown were for *nothing*.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Mr. Generic
1 year ago

San Fran is full of beautiful, intelligent women and she is neither. That Kamala was able to rise to the top through slutty adultery surprises me. Even when she was young, I would have put a bag over her head. She must really be uninhibited and adventurous.

Reziac
Reziac
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

She was willing to sleep with Willie Brown. How many beautiful, intelligent women could stoop so low??

Bilejones
Member
Reply to  Mr. Generic
1 year ago

Next in line has got to be a rock.

We had Trump the animal, Biden the vegetable…

Wolf Barney
Wolf Barney
1 year ago

During the Democrat primaries, when Tulsi Gabbard participated in the debates, she was clearly the most impressive and competent among the large group running for president. The contrast was striking. Mayor Buttboy was bland, Williamson was a weirdo, Biden a confused old guy, and Kamala Harris was exremely unlikeable and a dunce.

To be clear, I’m not heaping glowing praise on Gabbard. I would guess that most of us have met and known individuals more impressive than her. She just stood out as the best of the worst.

Ryan
Member
Reply to  Wolf Barney
1 year ago

Of course it was retarded and will become more retarded each time because their primary intended audience is blacks and college aged girls. 100% chance of retardation.

RoBG
RoBG
Reply to  Wolf Barney
1 year ago

Yes. And when she qualified for the next round of debates, they changed the rules to exclude her. (The R-team did a similar thing to Ron Paul back in the day, as did the D-team w/ Hilary in ’08.) The inner party chooses the candidates.

trumpton
trumpton
Reply to  RoBG
1 year ago

Given they are 2 private monopoly organizations they can set the rules to whatever they want.

The questions should be why are you voting for employees of a private monopoly organization to run your life?

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

I’ve always been fascinated by how incredibly effective neocons are at weaseling into power and how terrible they are at wielding it.

Their natural knack for extracting wealth from a foreign society simply doesn’t translate into maintaining that society, much less improving it. They utterly lack noblesse oblige for others, even those over whom they rule and rely upon for their position.

They truly are an odd people, so talented in many ways and, yet, completely clueless in others.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

“Parasite” is a harsh word, but…

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

Yeah, but parasites usually try to stay in the background, quietly sucking enough blood to survive but not so much as to kill the host.

Our friends are anything but quiet and seem determined to either kill their host or force it to expel them. It’s a very odd evolutionary strategy.

Ploppy
Ploppy
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

The parasitism they engage in requires being noisy because it’s social parasitism. They are able to latch on to the good impulses of gentiles and siphon that to their own ends. They demand that you be fair to them while favoring their own, give charity to them while they give nothing but to their own, demand sympathy from you while they laugh at your misfortunes. insist on you following your own rules in an orderly fashion while they subvert them. If they ever get around to updating Nordic paganism for modern times, I recommend adding a bit about these people… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

How is it an “odd evolutionary strategy?”

When a permanent minority, you get your enemies to kill each other.

Be prepared to take some losses, remembering that though each man will die, the tribe is immortal.

Thus you have a demographic obsessed with rape and force-breeding soldiers on one side, and with vulgarity, lust, and prostitution on the other.

Whatever you can stick it into…a scattershot approach. Remember also that homo soldiers were the shock troops, the frontline berserkers in ancient armies.

You’re seeing the strategy and mindset of a different psyche, alien to the white mind.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 year ago

Oops, *get your enemies to kill each other that you might take and rule their territory

Carl B.
Carl B.
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

I cannot for the life of me discern any “talent” possessed by the likes of Max Boot.

Wolf Barney
Wolf Barney
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

Every group has their strengths and weaknesses. The group I belong to created Western Civilization. We’re also very high-trust and are prone to suicidal altruism.

usNthem
usNthem
Reply to  Wolf Barney
1 year ago

Back in the day, we were king of the hill, knew it and acted like it. Now, well easy times have created weak men and women and here we are – on the edge of the abyss.

Screwtape
Screwtape
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

One of the strengths of the deep state uniparty whatnot is in holding up the high stations of the supposed opposition while also grounding them into the leftist power plant such that their only “wins” were either inert or bipartisan or 100% theatrical. Bi-partisan of course being just gaytalk for anti-heritage American. The lefts monopoly on credentials of institutions and the institutions themselves captures oppositional talent and yokes them to the machine such that their gifts are corralled for the opposition from day one. Kinda like how the NBA-Nike adopts basketball American eggs out of the ghetto by age 10.… Read more »

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

I believe I know what particular ethnicity you refer to 🙂 While we didn’t specifically cite them, it’s no secret they are found disproportionately in government and other skilled positions. They have a history going back centuries if not millennia, of going from outsider, to necessary evil providing needed skills, to highly successful examples in niches of their host nation; yet often bring disaster upon both themselves and their host. Perhaps these people don’t hold exclusive claim to such an odd tendency. Yet it’s a foible well-attested in world history and even in their own writings.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
1 year ago

How did the incompetent conquer the competent?
How did women defeat men?
How did the tribe subdue the whites?

If the competent are so competent, it is a puzzle to explain how they were overthrown.

Affluence that bred complacency and a love of comfort above all else.
The open-hearted gullibility of white men during good times.

trumpton
trumpton
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

Its an underpants gnome argument.

They are so incompetent they dominate all politics, media, corporate, military, judiciary, cultural control in the west and have maintained it for decades.

Its an argument in contradiction to evidence all around.

trumpton
trumpton
Reply to  trumpton
1 year ago

Just because you get to see the clowns in giant shoes falling over each other in the ring does not mean the circus is not managed competently.

The issue comes down to knowing what is the goal in order to judge whether its incompetence or intent.

Destruction can be achieved via chaos as well as any other means.

Arshad Ali
Arshad Ali
Reply to  trumpton
1 year ago

There are two ways of advancing the argument about incompetent leaders:

1) The techno-bureaucratic system has an emergent awareness of its own and selects those who furthers its interests — and they are thoroughly incompetent by the indices we humans measure competence, and/or

2) The “leaders” we see are paid actors performing a pantomime, which is meant to distract and obfuscate both from who really calls the shots and unfolding reality.

What I seem to witness is an engineered demolition of the western world.

trumpton
trumpton
Reply to  Arshad Ali
1 year ago

There are also positions in between obviously.

It does not have to be a giant cnspiracy. It can be quite a small conspiracy if you are in the right positions and all directives are trickle down instructions.

Look at the coof. It does not require every doctor to be in on the fake vex, maybe 10 people in each country in the right positions that set policy and the NPCs just follow the syllabus they are given even unto destruction of themselves.

Anonymous White Male
Anonymous White Male
Reply to  trumpton
1 year ago

“Look at the coof. It does not require every doctor to be in on the fake vex, maybe 10 people in each country in the right positions that set policy and the NPCs just follow the syllabus they are given even unto destruction of themselves.” It does require a gigantic conspiracy. These “10 people in each country in the right positions that set policy” alone indicates that TPTB know what those 10 positions are and have staffed them with the proper puppets. Then, you have to have the media support their pronouncements while blocking any competing information. Plus, the politicians… Read more »

trumpton
trumpton
Reply to  trumpton
1 year ago

By giant I suppose I mean everyone.

You are correct. But even then the size is still relatively small if you consider the decision making positions (n a real sense) and the NPC followers of the directives. Even if the numbers can be quite large.

The NPCs can be as incompetent as you want, what does it matter how badly they f things up, as long as they get the general direction.

In fact I suppose the worse the better if your intent is destruction.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  trumpton
1 year ago

Not a conspiracy, rather, an industry.

karl von hungus
karl von hungus
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

it’s a consequence of the US having conditions conducive to normies. this crisis of competence is driven by the ascendency of normies.

3 Pipe Problem
3 Pipe Problem
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Accurate. Very accurate

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Quite true.

However, the sands are shifting. Identity politics, failed wars, economic limitations, the arrival of other scheming groups, etc. The environment that created the current leadership is gone.

Will be interesting to see how those three groups adapt.

Dr. Mabuse
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

Incompetent versus Competent isn’t like hand-to-hand combat between 2 individuals. The spiteful and the stupid built their control by little increments, acquiring allies along the way, until they surrounded the competent. Then the intelligent people had to fight the corrupted institutions in addition to the malicious fools at the top. There was a case of a Russian plane that crashed in the early 1990s because the pilot in charge foolishly allowed his son to sit in the pilot’s chair and “fly the plane” for a treat. While the adults were happily chatting, the kid accidentally turned off the automatic pilot… Read more »

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Dr. Mabuse
1 year ago

Good response but it kinda restates the problem.

I’ll summarize your words as: the competent are not very competent at social group warfare, especially when compared to other groups.

This is Nietzsche’s Ressentiment. This is also why individualism is so dumb.

imnobody00
imnobody00
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

It is easy. Competence to obtain power and competence to manage things when you are in power are too different skillsets.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  imnobody00
1 year ago

Exactly. And these folk thrive due to an electorate too stupid to see through their lies.

karl von hungus
karl von hungus
Reply to  Dr. Mabuse
1 year ago

it was that same kind of dangerous miscalculation that led to chernobyl going off.

Dr. Mabuse
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

Chernobyl WAS the same sort of incident, and for the same reason: the people involved didn’t think there was any danger in what they were doing. They knew they were breaking the rules, but they thought there were fail safe devices in place, so disaster *could not* happen. They didn’t fully understand the equipment they were working on, and didn’t realize it. Our situation is similar. The malignant misfits now running the the machinery were allowed in by people who thought, “Oh, what harm can it do?” Humoring the barren harridan with a safety fetish, the truculent foreigner, the sexual… Read more »

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Dr. Mabuse
1 year ago

Dr. Mabuse: Excellent analogy. And spot on – that is what daily life now feels like – fighting the burkha clad drivers or Karens texting on the interstate, while keeping an eye out for cops looking to ticket a White dupe minimally exceeding the speed limit. Dealing with surly or nonexistent store clerks, trying to find someone who speaks English, and knowing not one of them understands the system they are now helping to crash – who designed it and for whom, and why. And I’m not even trying to fight anyone or preach to anyone. I’m just trying to… Read more »

BeAPrepper
BeAPrepper
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

Competence is measured against some standard. If you replace your estimation of competence against theirs, then in makes more sense.

If you want to “fundamentally change America”, replace white people and any remnants of Western Civilization, and achieve a new world order ruled over by elites who eat beef while you eat bugs, then an estimation of their level of competence rises.

imnobody00
imnobody00
Reply to  BeAPrepper
1 year ago

I thought like this but some things convinced me that they are really incompetent, in addition to evil

Biden publicly telling that they were going to trash the ruble, for example

Le Comte
Le Comte
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

Correct. White America needs to wake up and trim down.

Drew
Drew
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

How did incompetent (administrators) conquer competent (administrators)? By out-politicking them. It’s neither paradox nor mystery once you define the word competence. Basically, the skill set for administrator differs from the skill set for winning elections, and the electoral system favors the latter skill set. Hope this helps clear up your sophist confusion.

Severian
1 year ago

Your last paragraph is the killer. I’ve seen the next generation of “leaders” at close range. The thought of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez keeps me up at night, because based on my very long, very broad experience of college kids, she’s what I call the “Basic College Girl.” They’re ALL like that. Indeed, she’s one of the smart, motivated ones. In their world, she’s a competent go-getter with a lot on the ball… ….and that idiot is going to be La Presidenta por Vida in ten years. Her cabinet is going to be worse, and the generation below her is too stupid… Read more »

Joey Jünger
Joey Jünger
Reply to  Severian
1 year ago

Every time I see Biden, I’m reminded of what Lisa said to Homer when he didn’t want to let Grandpa drive. “Studies have shown that the elderly drive at least as well as sleep-deprived monkeys.” I’m not sure, though, whether Biden or Ocasio-Cortez have quite as much on the ball as sleep-deprived monkeys.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Joey Jünger
1 year ago

The people who don’t know what they don’t know are the most dangerous. AOC reached her level of incompetence in the private sector as a barista. She had no where left to go except politics. 🙁

Whitney
Member
Reply to  Severian
1 year ago

These are absolutely the leaders that this cult of child sacrifice and sodomy deserves

karl von hungus
karl von hungus
Reply to  Severian
1 year ago

how many female presidents are there in South America?

usNthem
usNthem
Reply to  Severian
1 year ago

With camel toe possibly in between, God help us.

BeAprepper
BeAprepper
Reply to  Severian
1 year ago

Wow. AOC in 2040. I can image it quite clearly, Sev.

The country by then reminds me of a old Elmer Fudd cartoon.

He’s tooling around in his old jalopy, sausage patches on the tires, steam coming out of the engine, cracked windshield, bouncing up and down, looking as daffy as the duck he’s after.

TomA
TomA
1 year ago

Once again, let’s go deeper. How did we get here? First, start with the charade of a two party system in which you have approximately equal voting blocks. Every election now has a reliable base of over 40% for each candidate and only a small percentage decides each race. Now add in vote bribing aimed at the stupid and the needy, who will gladly sell their vote for a few shekels or alms (hello black community and illegals). But that alone is not good enough. Social media is the crack cocaine of propaganda-based indoctrination that reliably sways the mush-heads that… Read more »

Whitney
Member
1 year ago

Somebody please link to the video of the western Powers, trudeau, johnson, that horrible Ursula woman and others, sitting at a round table laughing and mocking Putin while they are falling into the pits that they dug for their enemies. I don’t want to starve to death, I don’t want the country to fall into anarchy, but if my reward is I get to see these people swinging at the end of a noose I’ll take it

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Whitney
1 year ago

I’d only add that the level of infantile discourse in that G7 clip is pretty commonplace among the managers and execs in the MIC.

It’s not any better among the grey/blue collar set either. Conversations are largely endless snark with a sprinkling of references to gross bodily functions.

M. Murcek
Member
1 year ago

Well. Competence would begin with spelling it correctly…

Bourbon
Bourbon
1 year ago

“The Crisis Of Competence”

Army cuts high school diploma requirement to boost recruiting
https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/4074445/posts

Every branch of the military is struggling to make its 2022 recruiting goals, officials say
https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/4074488/posts

High Skrewl dropouts wielding multi-billion-dollar weapons systems is an excellent recipe for achieving Peak Clownworld.

3 Pipe Problem
3 Pipe Problem
Reply to  Bourbon
1 year ago

Also makes one wonder how the technological armamentarium will be kept in good working order when no one can read or do simple math.

Captain Willard
Captain Willard
Reply to  3 Pipe Problem
1 year ago

Mercenaries.

The hewers of wood and drawers of water, as Marechal Foch put it, will still be recruits. The drone operators, high-tech repairmen and EW specialists will be mercenary white guys. You are already seeing this in Ukraine.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Captain Willard
1 year ago

Tend to concur. However, awareness of how mercenaries are treated under the Geneva Convention might impede recruitment efforts, no matter how good pay may be offered. 🙂

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Captain Willard
1 year ago

The competent woke white merc pool is not all that large.

Uncle Vlad is whittling their numbers down as I write this.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 year ago

The official figure touted by Russia have surprisingly few American and British merc’s. Poland fields the majority. Not sure those outside of America and Britain can be relied upon for technical understanding of high tech weapons systems rather than ground pounders and door kickers.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Bourbon
1 year ago

Just so. This is a a problem going back perhaps over a century (one of the first wide scale uses of IQ/Competence tests was by the military during WW I). Here’s a link to a slightly older article: http://observer.com/2018/08/pentagon-most-americans-are-too-fat-stupid-to-enlist-in-the-military/ Roughly 70% of all young adults are too fat (50%), stupid (~20%) and/or criminal (10%) for any branch of the military. And those numbers have doubtlessly deteriorated in the decade(s) since. As I’ve often cynically noted, anyone who has served in the military and/or lower level government jobs knows that hurdle isn’t particularly high for entry, and it’s all the more… Read more »

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 year ago

The ones who would join are too stupid to make it, and the ones who could make it are too smart to join.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  c matt
1 year ago

Ben supplies the facts and figures, Matt supplies the memorable summation. 😉

Severian
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 year ago

Don’t read too much into the IQ tests for WWI. The American Expeditionary Force was all-in on the idea that they could avoid shell shock among their troops if they properly screened recruits for intelligence (among other things), because they mistakenly believed that “propensity to shell shock” and “intelligence” were inversely correlated. They largely thought the same thing going into WWII, but manpower requirements being what they were…

Ganderson
Ganderson
1 year ago

You might want to fix the headline. Good points, though.

AntiDem
AntiDem
1 year ago

It’s spelled “competence”

Sorry, but somebody had to say it.

Forever Templar
Forever Templar
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Any reason to keep Word? Open source stuff isn’t always great, but I’ve been using LibreOffice for years.

imnobody00
imnobody00
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Writing with no inclusivity check mark would end up being mandatory in every school and every job..

When you see it, yo can say: “Nobody told me”

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Wait, your not kidding? omg

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Forever Templar
1 year ago

It depends on the level of complexity in the document.

LibreOffice and the other free suites maintain good MS Word compatibility with basic business correspondence.

That seems to degrade pretty quickly once you start including graphs and mathematical equations that are required for STEM work.

Mow Noname
Mow Noname
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Intentional or not, I think the spelling error was hilarious.

Nick Nolte's Mugshot
Nick Nolte's Mugshot
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Brings into question the competence or “compentance” of the current crop of Microsoft programmers.

KGB
KGB
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

This is why I will always keep my Microsoft-issued disc of Office 2010, which I purchased for $9.95 through their home use program at work. I suppose sooner or later they’ll come up with a way to nuke it or make it incompatible with the most current version, but the older it gets the less I think they’re worried about it. The online version, which is what I use during the day, is wonky shite.

Ploppy
Ploppy
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Inclusivity check? I didn’t think it could get worse than the “this sentence may be in the passive voice” grammar checker that plagued my school essay writing. No wait, “My essays were plagued by the grammar checker, my being accused by it of having used passive voice.”

PeriheliusLux
PeriheliusLux
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Sounds like Microsoft has colonized your computer and via that, your blog.

Maybe you can get a government grant to de-colonize them. Strike while the grifters irons are hot!

Joey Jünger
Joey Jünger
1 year ago

I remember maybe on the first day of the whole imbroglio in the Ukraine, even before I heard of the escalation, I was confused by something I saw on my homepage. There, on the news section, instead of some ridiculous pop star or an empty suit, was a white man with genuine hardness in his eyes. He looked like he’d been in prison for ten years, yet he was wearing a blue suit and a conservative tie. I hadn’t seen anyone in modern American politics (or modern American anything) who looked like that. I clicked and saw it was Kremlin… Read more »

Liberty Mike
Member
Reply to  Joey Jünger
1 year ago

Joey, are you besmirching the benighted Brittney Griner? Please, say it ain’t so.

She may be a WNBA sasquatch to you, but she is a Super Non-Binary Beyond Butch hero to BIPOCs and trans-athletes as well as Ben Shapiro.

bob sykes
bob sykes
Reply to  Liberty Mike
1 year ago

OK, Yeti, then.

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  bob sykes
1 year ago

Brittney Griner with a str@p-on and Ben Shapiro on all fours – now that’s some ghey pr0n I might ackshually watch.

PeriheliusLux
PeriheliusLux
Reply to  Liberty Mike
1 year ago

Ben Shapiro isn’t a trans-athlete?

Horace
Horace
Reply to  Liberty Mike
1 year ago

heh. I also recall reading about a separate incident where a Zambian sasquatch twerked at a Russian war memorial and iirc got 3 years in prison. Damn right I am hoping to see Russia triumphant.

ProZNoV
ProZNoV
Reply to  Joey Jünger
1 year ago

If hyperbolic click baiting Zerohedge is to believed, NATO is getting a super boost of equipment and soldiers to the tune of a quarter million men.

This could be the “hard times make hard men” moment. God help us.

Said it during the Russian troop build up on the border, and I’ll say it again here:

Nobody puts a condom on unless they’re ready to f. These ridiculous madmen are really going to do it. They’re going to pull the trigger on a war with Russia.

karl von hungus
karl von hungus
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 year ago

where will these 250k super soldiers come from? US recruiting is cratering at the same time standards are being reduced. the EU doesn’t have one capable military in all its countries combined.

just like everything the retard lords plan, an army of gen-z soyboys is not going to be winning any wars.

birth rates are cratering all over vaxxlandia; not a good time to get into a massive loss of life event.

Professor Alfred Sharpton
Professor Alfred Sharpton
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

Don’t forget about the old theory that the elites actually want depopulation. It all ties in with their Gaia worship. WW3 is an accelerant to that goal, especially if white boy gets killed off in the process.

usNthem
usNthem
Reply to  Professor Alfred Sharpton
1 year ago

Yeah, but just think of the pollution all those nuke explosions will create – though it’ll probably take care of global warming. The question they have to axe themselves is: will gaia be happy or mad?

ProZNoV
ProZNoV
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

The same has been said of Russia v. Ukraine: they’re old people’s homes with TFRs well below replacement. Demographically, this war makes no sense.

That isn’t the calculus. [insert favorite conspiracy here]

Personally, I think the West is in the throes of a nihilistic death cult. War with anyone won’t touch our elites in any way, other than to pad their bank accounts.

Gunner Q
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 year ago

“Personally, I think the West is in the throes of a nihilistic death cult. War with anyone won’t touch our elites in any way, other than to pad their bank accounts.”

Agreed. I think it’s a consequence of massive wealth centralization. When the arrogant cannot feasibly have MORE, the only way to fuel that arrogance is for everybody else to have LESS.

I don’t like the idea of making wealth into a crime… but I don’t see billionaires pushing against the Narrative, either. Mike Lindell and Elon Musk come closest in USA and nobody would call them altruists or idealists.

ProZNoV
ProZNoV
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

We’re already in a ground war with Russia. Now they’re openly upping the ante; they’ve the troops to do it if it’s Eastern Europe.

Taiwan, if we’re dumb enough to contest it, will be a naval war.

The US Navy hasn’t fought a peer, or near peer competitor in 75 years. Your guess is as good as mine. But the interior lines, means of production, and fighting spirit vastly favor China.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 year ago

Those NATO spokesdroids are just flapping their gums.

In the real world, one cannot simply print up some armored brigades and heavy artillery like a pallet of euros.

It’s bizarre to watch these creatures proclaim otherwise.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Joey Jünger
1 year ago

Joey Junger: Oh gawd, have you seen the comments at the Daily Mail when they report on her woes? “Bet she misses ‘murrrica now.” “Guess she’ll regret kneeling for the anthem.” If they weren’t so utterly civnat clueless they’d be hilarious in their symbolic patriotism to a dead letter.

And the photos of that thing – sasquatch is so very apt – towering brown thing with wild eyes and dreads and tats being led by normal-appearing White Russian men and women. Perfect symbol of primitive strutting AINO versus competent and proud Russia.

KGB
KGB
Reply to  3g4me
1 year ago

My goodness, I just had the misfortune of reading the Fox News article and I think I lost 3-4 IQ points reading the comments. “Her wife” this, “Muh Constitution” that. The best/worst ones are those that cluck about the fact that she was all worried about rights for her fellow deviants in America but Russia! is so much worse.

We joke about it now but it won’t be long before the human ballast of American normie-cons begin bragging about how Dems are the real transphobes.

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Joey Jünger
1 year ago

I truly am rooting for Russia in all this. What was our country has become the enemy we supposedly vanquished when the Cold War ended. I still can’t believe that I have changed that much. Although maybe I haven’t changed and the country has.

Frances
Frances
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

It’s not you, it’s the country. And despite the decline that’s been obvious to most since 9/11, the pace & breadth of degradation over the past 5-6 years has become staggering.

Fingerlickingbad
Fingerlickingbad
1 year ago

The ‘decline in competence’ may be most evident in government, but IMO it is being felt in all realms. And whether it is the result of mal-education, mal-parenting, or some Darwinian result of lower IQ persons giving birth, while higher IQ persons get grad degree, fancy credentialed career instead of passing on their genes, the results are coming in and they are stark. And negative. What, now, is a ‘restaurant’? A magnet for illegal immigrants? A place where one can get bad food, and bad service for high prices? Where I live, going out to eat is an exercise in… Read more »

bob sykes
bob sykes
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Not in north-central rural Ohio.

Mr. Generic
Mr. Generic
Reply to  bob sykes
1 year ago

This. Most of the doom-and-gloom opinions on the internet are shaped by lived experiences in urbanized, “vibrant”, blue hell-holes. Crime. Empty shelves at the supermarkets. Hair care products locked in drug stores. Pantifa. Mask/vaxx mandates. Unaffordable housing.

Most of the USA is still normal.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Mr. Generic
1 year ago

While I’m as pessimistic as most of us here are, allow me to offer a snapshot of my local town and how it (hopefully!) presents a worse-than-actual reality view of my local populace: Monday about 2:00 PM, I went shopping at one of the better groceries here in ex-urban central Florida city. As I tend to notice such things, I saw a disproportionate number of mothers with biracial children (two or three, and this in the local upscale store, not the Save-a-Lot). Too, outside there was a somewhat unusual duo of a homely white-ish female and a black male, each… Read more »

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Mr. Generic
1 year ago

Mr. Generic: DFW is urbanized and all too vibrant, but I wouldn’t yet call all its ‘burbs “blue hell-holes.” And while shelves are not empty, I noticed about 10 years ago when they started locking up or chaining retail products. At the same time, there was a massive increase in the number of non-White drivers of insanely expensive sports cars on the road. And the remaining White public school population appears increasingly unaware that it’s constantly shrinking as it pals around with its Han and pajeet besties. No, most of the US is not normal. You are fortunate that where… Read more »

Fingerlickingbad
Fingerlickingbad
Reply to  Mr. Generic
1 year ago

I don’t get the downvotes for your comment. I concur. Went away from where I live (and described), to a region, same state, 250 miles outside the urbanite zone of my residence the other day. Nice people, good food, good service and lower prices the norm. Had 3 eggs and rye toast, with coffee, $4.20. Waitress, perfect example of how older women with a life of smiles in the rearview are – plus fast to refill our coffees, noticed we were first time customers. No traffic – where I live 1/8 of a second after the light turns green, “honkkkk!”… Read more »

karl von hungus
karl von hungus
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

it seems like the lack of staff is directly tied to a lack of decent pay. maybe combined with forcing people to work under shitty conditions (to compensate for being understaffed).

karl von hungus
karl von hungus
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

boomer retirement, people cashing out of their homes during insane R.E. market, and I think extended families are conglomerating back into a single home.

Professor Alfred Sharpton
Professor Alfred Sharpton
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

There’s a ton of millennials (yes, in their 30’s) moving back home and even more Gen Z who simply haven’t moved out. Why work when you’ve never had to work before, and Boomer parents will stock the fridge for everyone?

trumpton
trumpton
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Once you accept the puzzle is answered by just less people, its no longer a puzzle.

Mr. Generic
Mr. Generic
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

A lot of it is interstate migration. The competent people are flocking to places like Texas, the Ozarks, Tennessee, and Florida.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

It’s still possible to make decent income with little capital trading momentum/volatility on a variety of financial instruments.

No reason not to because they are going to crash everything to zero, rendering any fiat-denominated capital worthless.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

I have seen no plausible explanation offered. You have to wonder if there is a massive underground economy or secret government bennies because no other explanation suffices. Whate KvH pointed out is true, but there are tons of work-aged people without family support or assets to sell who are humming right along, too.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Another potential source of funds could be people taking loans against their 401k to play the extend and pretend game with their credit cards. I imagine that some people were taking home equity loans as well. I’m not sure where to find reliable stats for either of those.

Barnard
Barnard
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

Businesses have been raising pay significantly and can’t get qualified applicants. In the Zman’s example dental hygienists are very well paid. More and more people don’t want to put up with all the nonsense that goes along with showing up to work everyday. Lots of people retired somewhat earlier than they expected after Covid started. A significant number of women decided to stay home with their kids or pursue more flexible work options. An added pressure on all this is that the public schools are turning out a generation of imbeciles incapable of doing skilled worked. I don’t know how… Read more »

usNthem
usNthem
1 year ago

There are no sober, practical minded men (let alone females) running the show anywhere – the hive mind rules. Their blatherings on any subject are as predictable as the rising of the sun. I’m not sure what it’s going take to get things back on track, but it needs to happen sooner rather than later – economic implosion and/or WWIII are right around the corner.

c matt
c matt
Reply to  usNthem
1 year ago

And civil war-that is also around the corner and IMHO more likely than WW3