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January 5, 2010

"Is there anything our “educated classes” can’t fuck up, any reality they won’t deny?"

In a word, No.
"I think race- and class-blind meritocracy bought us about 60 years (1945-2008) of tolerably good management by Western elites. The meritocracy developed as an adaptation to the escalating complexity of 20th-century life, but there was bound to be a point at which that adaptation would run out of steam. And I think we’ve reached it. The “educated classes” are adrift, lurching from blunder to blunder in a world that has out-complexified their ability to impose a unifying narrative on it, or even a small collection of rival but commensurable narratives. They’re in the exact position of old Soviet central planners, systemically locked into grinding out products nobody wants to buy." -- Eric Raymond @ Armed and Dangerous Escalating Complexity and the Collapse of Elite Authority

Posted by Vanderleun at January 5, 2010 7:23 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I call them mandarins, as that is the closest approximation in history.

The interesting thing is the limitations they have imposed on themselves. No knowledge of things military, and no religion that anyone in need would take up, such as Christianity, although misanthropic cults like Gaia worship are ok.

Our mandarins therefore have abjured the strongest tools of power. They will not last long.

Posted by: Fat Man at January 5, 2010 9:10 PM

They even fucked up education itself.....

Posted by: Blastineau at January 6, 2010 3:15 PM

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Posted by: tiere at June 2, 2013 6:19 PM

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