I’ve noticed over the past few years a distinct change in the contents of public comment threads in response to articles. Especially in the last few months, the tone of people’s comments have become much more filled with vitriol, hatred and violence toward government. I get it – the current governments suck! (Thus: Sapiocracy.)
But I just read a comment on a popular website begging everyone to learn how to make bombs in order to get ready for what needs to happen.
Bombs. What the fuck? Really? That’s the best idea you’ve got? Either you’re a DHS troll or you’re the nut-job the DHS says their looking for. Either way, you’re not part of the solution.
Don’t get me wrong – I strongly support individual rights to violently oppose a tyrannical government. But we’re not there yet. If you are an intelligent person and feel a need to brush up on your combat training, knock yourself out, but please don’t encourage the legions of internet morons to do something stupid. Calls to promote mass violence is the opposite of wise.
The angry tones emerging aren’t surprising given the level of outright corruption being revealed. However, it is disturbing (to me at least) because it isn’t necessarily the only or best way to solve the problems. This level of idiocy isn’t going to end well.
Sure, it is possible that the corrupt are so entrenched and sociopathic that history will show that the only action that breaks the cycle of corruption is a violent uprising. This is how they did it during the French Revolution. Reminder: What the French got out of the French Revolution wasn’t exactly a good solution.
Methods of controlling empires has remained the same for millennia. Machiavelli’s The Prince enumerates time-tested elite tactics that seem to transcend every possible leadership scenario. Is it possible that technology has changed the rules? I think so, but you may disagree.
Many have debated the impact of technology on human behavior and governance. I want to point out two clear and present factors directly resulting from the information age. I believe they may have already changed the rules for engagement between the elites and the masses. I see almost nobody discussing them.
Below is a brief (if perhaps outdated compared to the PDF above) explanation. When reading this, I’m sure you’ll have many questions and doubts. Everyone does when they first contemplate the idea. For a more detailed description, please see the PDF above.
I see western populations grouped as a stratification of three distinct personalities. I may get the percentages wrong, but you’ll get the idea. The lowest (and largest) layer is around 80% and consists of mostly naive people who believe the propaganda they’re served. I’ll call these the lemmings. They aren’t stupid, but hopelessly believe what they’re told and don’t look below the surface at all. They are too concerned what others think of them and they’re trying to validate their own existence using metrics served to them by others. They go with the flow and try to avoid making waves. They believe in the American Dream and they think they have a chance at the nice home and car if they do what they’re told. Their understanding of reality is guided by mainstream media. They are simply ignorant.
“Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.” – Edward Abbey
I just read this quote in this image, linked from this article, which was cross posted here. (Yes, I’ve lurked at Zero Hedge for years. There’s a lot of good information there that you won’t find in mainstream media although, as always, you’ve got to take what you see with a grain…or pound…of salt.)
I’m not a fan of most quotes since they can seem profound when they’re really not. Daniel Dennett calls such non-profound-but-profound-sounding statements deepities. Dan humorously explains here.
This quote, however, rings true and the metaphor of a stew is powerful.
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.” – Alexander Tytler
As famously said, democracy is the worst form of government, except for all of the others. Why is this? I believe democracy is just a bit too simple.
During the last half century, I’ve learned a few things. Humans constantly bitch about their problems but rarely do anything to solve them. I created sapiocracy.com as part of a longer-term effort to change this. I intend to change the behavior of the human species.
If you really digest the that last paragraph in its full force, this is a vast goal. I’m aware. I’m not talking about writing articles to try to convince people they’re wrong or help people make minor life changes so they can achieve some trivial goals. I’m talking about developing real systems that cause radical change in the way people think and act.