For any reasonably intelligent and curious person, it is impossible to ever be bored nowadays. Anything you would want to read, watch, listen to, or study is a few clicks away. Before the widespread adoption of the Internet, you needed to go to a library and if you didn’t live in or near a major city, you could easily have found yourself without much intellectual challenge. When I was a teen, the best my teachers could do was let me borrow mathematics textbooks that were designed for higher grades, which only had the effect of staving off boredom for the current year. Then again, I used the time I freed up that way for studying Latin, so it was still worth it. Yet, today, a smart teenager can find free materials online. You could plow through the entire high-school curriculum in a few years if you’re so inclined, and then move on to self-teaching you the content of a STEM discipline, all in the comfort of your own home.
You may now wonder where I am going with this, so let me ask you: when was the last time you met someone who had access to a bona fide ocean of knowledge but told you that they were bored? I met quite a few such people, incidentally women but that does not necessarily mean that it’s exclusively a female problem. I bet it’s the same for every other heterosexual man of above-average intelligence: you hang out even with women who are quite a bit dumber than you if you want to bang them. So, where am I going with this now?
The point I’m trying to make is that a smart person is able to get a lot out of even limited means of education or entertainment. Similarly, a smart person can do a lot even with limited tools. Now, look at what the empire builders and colonialists of yore were able to pull off: they had no computers, no GPS, no easy access to encyclopedic knowledge. Instead, a king could gather a bunch of guys he trusted, give them a few firearms, some goods to trade with, food supplies, a map, and a ship, and off they went. Very small crews were able to trade with foreign nations. They were also able to conquer and effectively rule them. As odious a topic you may think colonialism is, it is nonetheless quite obvious that it is an organizational feat to travel into the literal unknown, build up infrastructure, and set up a bureaucracy. Just think of the skeleton crew the British needed to effectively rule the Raj: there were around 150,000 British vs. 200,000,000 Indians!
Colonialism and old-age empire-building are still somewhat recent phenomena. India only won independence in 1947, after that drunkard Winston Churchill had squandered the British Empire. There are still people around who have living memory of colonialism. The desire to lord it over others has not disappeared, even though colonies nominally might have. Yet, today’s elites are a lot worse at it than they were mere decades ago. What I think is happening is an obvious decline in cognitive ability. This is sometimes referred to as the negative Flynn effect, i.e. the fact that IQs, after apparently having topped out in the 1990s, are now globally declining.
Rulers of the past were able to recruit smart men who were able to set up relatively well-working bureaucracies abroad. Today’s cognitively impaired elites, on the other hand, are not even able to rule their own countries. Sure, we can lament that leftism has gotten a hold of them and that they are deliberately pushing the world towards ever-greater chaos. I believe that this is indeed happening. Yet, it’s further evidence that we are ruled by morons because it is quite obvious that living conditions in the West have been declining, and that is without the Covid-19 hoax and the Black riots that have been going on in most of the Western world.
It is quite mind-boggling how many dumb decisions our leaders make. Obviously, they make shitty decisions at home, so why would they be able to make smart decisions abroad? It’s like some woman telling you that even though she loves wasting money, she promised that if you only married her and gave her access to your bank account, she’d be frugal. It does not make any sense. Thus, you end up with the United States blowing over a trillion dollars on fighting a bunch of goat herders with rusty AK-47s for over a decade in Afghanistan and having nothing to show for it. (Most powerful military in the world my ass!) We get chaos at home and chaos abroad. One of my most favorite new stories this year was the plot to overthrow the ruler of Venezuela. It was so comically bad that it made me laugh out loud. Then I thought of the Gran Sasso raid, i.e. the successful rescue of Mussolini during WWII, when he was held captive by the Allies. You laugh when reading about the former, but when you read about the latter, you feel your chest swell with pride at this display of excellence. The latter would be material for an inspirational movie that leaves you in awe, the former is maybe good enough for a comedy starring Ben Stiller. Sure, those are arbitrarily picked data points, but you can’t help but conclude that we have become less intelligent, efficient, and able. Even our supposed best are a bunch of bumbling fools. Seriously, do you think Hitler would have sent a bunch of clowns to overthrow a militarized country, or a bunch of school kids with air rifles to rescue Mussolini?
The more I think about it, the more I tend to believe that our elites don’t really have any kind of grand, satanic masterplan that involves letting the world burn. Instead, they are a bunch of feeble-minded individuals who just don’t have the ability to effectively rule. I mean, what do you think comes from having Biden, Soros, and Kissinger sit together and scheme? Biden needs to be reminded of his name after 15 minutes, Soros has to get his diapers changed, and Kissinger needs to be waken up. Those guys have completely lost it, and we’re all suffering as a consequence because they’re stubbornly holding on to power, just like some demented 88-year-old with reflexes the level of a stoner who insists that he is still fit to drive, until he drives right into a lake. All of them are doing the best that they can, and it’s just a pile of garbage. It’s like the slow kid in class who just doesn’t grasp geometry and you feel pity for him. Taking that kid and making him a teacher is the equivalent of today’s Western rulers who simply lack the integrity and intelligence to run their own countries well. Ruling the world is an entirely different task and one they are even less suited for.
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