The American domestic conflicts of the current age are unique in human history in that they are entirely caused by social reformers. In prior ages, reformers sprung up when there was a need for actual reform. Social conditions demanded changes so that the people could attain a higher degree of peace and prosperity. Today, peace and prosperity are the default, so reformers sow discord and mayhem, like firemen who set fires, so they have something to do.
It is tempting to assume this is by design, but as Goethe put it, “misunderstandings and neglect create more confusion in this world than trickery and malice. At any rate, the last two are certainly much less frequent.” While there are certainly cases where the people in charge swing the wrecking ball just for fun, more often it is due to incompetence, an incompetence that is the inevitable outgrowth of a universalist worldview.
One defect of the universalist mind is the inability to appreciate the complexity of life. This is something most people understand intuitively. What works for you in your life is probably not going to work for everyone. The proletarian cliche of “different strokes for different folks” did not spring from nothing. It is a readily observable phenomenon and why restaurants have menus and cars come in different colors.
The great minds that rule over us just assume that everyone wants what they want, hates what they hate and loves what they love. There’s no room in their imagination for valid and legitimate alternatives to their ethics or even their aesthetics. Instead, when our betters hear the phrase “different strokes for different folks” they assume it means varying the application of the whip in order to achieve conformity.
This is the color of every great blunder made by the American ruling class over the last half century. They cannot imagine that anyone, at least anyone worth considering, would have different priorities, values, or passions. In foreign policy it means blundering into foreign lands handing out ballots at gun point. Domestically it means toppling over traditional institutions in favor of technocratic solutions that appeal to no one but their designers.
Another aspect of this is the inability to grasp the concept of scale. An old gag in statistics is that quantity has a quality of its own. Many things simply do not scale up or down very well. An obvious example is the New England town meeting system of governance. In a small town, getting the citizens together to hash out problems works very well. Try that in New York City and you end up with a riot. Try that in New Orleans and you have a hip-hop video.
The universalists cannot grasp that what works for them in their small groups of privilege and plenty cannot scale up to society as a hole. Caroline Swipple in Greenwich thinks it is great that Whole Foods does not sell sugary breakfast cereals. She thinks that should be the case everywhere so she demands government ban the sale of Fruit Loops. It is baked into the universalist worldview that their personal choices are universally good so they just assume they will work for everyone.
From the outside, it simply looks like the people in charge, the so-called social justice warriors, are just ignorant busy bodies obsessed with pushing people around. In some cases it appears to be spite that motivates them. Making smokers huddle in alleyways behind the pubs looks like the sort of thing one does to someone they hate. But that is not what is driving it. It is a blinkered view of life that cannot incorporate the great complexity and variety of human action.
This narrow view of life is the root of another defect and that is the lack of self-awareness. Stable, sensible people have some regard for their limitations. They know that some problems are not fixable. The best you can do is work around them. The people in charge, truly believe that all problems are solvable, including death itself. Not just that, but they are certain they are the ones to solve them.
The constant blundering in the Middle East is the most obvious example. Since the Bronze Age, the people living in and around Mesopotamia have been at war with one another. This is the nature of tribal people who have outlandishly high rates of inbreeding. Cousin marriage is near universal in some parts of the world, the most clannish parts of the world. Cousin marriage fosters clannishness, corruption and clan warfare.
Violent, tribal societies composed of low-IQ individuals is not the raw material for a liberal democracy. Despite these well known facts on the ground and 5,000 years of history, American leaders have been blundering around the Middle East for over 25 years. Bush gets most of the blame, but Obama has proven to be just as incompetent, despite actually being a Muslim of sorts. Obama, like Bush, just assumes he’ll solve thousands of years of problems in a few years.
When you roll it all up, America is a country with an abundance of peace and prosperity, but an overabundance of blinkered blunderers obsessed with conquering the human condition. Almost all of what ails us as a people is inflicted upon us by people who simply refuse to leave well enough alone. There is no version of the social contract that obligates or even permits the civil authorities to sow discord among the people. Yet, that is exactly where we find ourselves.
Thus, ends Part III
“misunderstandings and neglect create more confusion in this world than trickery and malice. At any rate, the last two are certainly much less frequent.” In whose mouth did Goethe put it? That is the key to understand the quote…
“From the outside, it simply looks like the people in charge, the so-called social justice warriors, are just ignorant busy bodies obsessed with pushing people around. In some cases it appears to be spite that motivates them.”
So, penis envy, addressed by The Dog in the Manger.?
(Why does everyone ASSUME The Dog in the Manger WASN’T a bitch?)
” One defect of the universalist mind is the inability to appreciate the complexity of life.”
I propose that the “issue” is their inability to recognize the SIMPLICITY of life, and MUST “invent” complexity of their own language, and “credentials, for comprehension”. Like The Emperor’s New Clothes.
But enough about tuition for …um…(ie)”higher education’.
Of course, I could be wrong. SOME of us believe we just “get it” (or got it), WITHOUT chronic corrective “reeducation” reinforcement.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Sometimes an acorn will just happen to fall on your head. …or something.
“Violent, tribal societies composed of low-IQ individuals is not the raw material for a liberal democracy.”
I would whole-heartedly agree with this, except for one thing. In the Middle Ages the baron or king or whoever made the (mostly local) rules, perhaps largely for his family’s benefit but caring enough that the peasants could get by and provide a reasonable, if cowed, work force. But these lords could do nothing about plagues or famines or even wars where bigger armies marched through, raping and pillaging on their way somewhere else.
In other words, in most of human history the powerful could not guarantee many things. They couldn’t even be sure the nature of death when it arrived wouldn’t be painful or horrific.
But today there are rich promises, and there are devices and ways to lessen the impact of famine, disease and even nasty neighbours. Thus today’s “lords” can offer goodies and distractions along with glorious and glamorous promises guaranteed to make the low-IQs toe the line. They can be bought into supporting a liberal democracy. Smart phones, free food, cash on demand, housing, health care and more means the peasants will go along with whatever their lords and masters want.
What the elite want may not really be any good for the population but hey, they promise free internet as a ‘right’ so make sure you vote often, please.
Are libertarians covert central planners?
Constant wars in the ME are largely due to Islam. Think of Islam as The Borg. It will never stop and seeks to encompass everyone. Sort of like an out of control virus. The West continues to make critical errors in dealing with them because they are ignorant of Islam and its prime directive.
In your Theories of Everything, you seem to be saying that you believe that the two competing schools of political thought are not very different from each other. Do you think you might be conflating schools of thought with political parties? I’m of the belief that there’s not much difference between the Dems and Repubs.,they both seek the same thing: greater State control, just to (slightly) different ends. The two primary schools of political thought are conservatism and progressivism. They are night and day. “Official” conservatism, as you called it, is just the flip side of progressive statism. But to me that’s the Establishment, and is why Trump is popular. Many conservatives haven’t given up their conservative values, they’re just not going to vote for any Establishment candidate. Trump is no conservative, but he’s pissed off the Establishment, big-time. Real conservatism is the much needed antidote to progressivism. I wish Trump was a true conservative, but these are spare times in many ways.
As the Z-Man rightly points out, many wars have been fought in the ME, predating Islam; however, Islam certainly has caused many wars, that’s true. I think Vox Day argued that Islam is responsible for some 3.x percent of all wars, which does not sound like a lot, but is actually more than half the wars caused by religion.
From where did Islam emerge? It did not spring from nothing. It’s the violent and clannish nature of the Arab that has shaped Islam. HBD people are very reluctant to accept facts about anything apart from IQ differences, and even here, they cater to Moslems — arguing that the Arab mean IQ of 80 could jump 20 points if only they ate more porridge; ignoring the fact that many are living in Europe, and they aren’t exactly malnourished there, quite the opposite, and they still have lower mean IQs than the European natives. 1st generation Turks in Germany had a mean IQ of 82, 2nd generation Turks were even 3 points lower, at 79.
Regarding the violent nature of people from Moslem countries, especially Arabs, there is a paper that has been cited by German anthropologist Andreas Vonderach which shows that 15.6% (sic) of people from Saudi Arabia have the genotype MAOA-2R, which has also been dubbed the warrior gene. Only 0.1% to 0.5% of Europeans have this genotype. That’s the highest amount known so far of any ethnic group. Add to this their greasy and dishonest nature (they are prone to lying), and low mean IQ, you can only have compassion with such a people. I mean, what are they good for? Arabs and Turks are among the least likable people. Many Blacks, at least, have humor. (I think the latter was even argued by Steve Sailer or someone else, partly evidenced by the fact that there are more black comedians than Moslem ones.)
Living in Germany, we are importing them en masse now. Pray for us. I don’t know what’s worse: mass immigration of sub-Saharan Africans, or Moslems from the Middle East and North Africa. Either way, we’re getting getting both. To quote Heidegger: Only a God can save us.