The government decides to try to increase the middle class by subsidizing things that middle class people have: If middle-class people go to college and own homes, then surely if more people go to college and own homes, we’ll have more middle-class people. But homeownership and college aren’t causes of middle-class status, they’re markers for possessing the kinds of traits — self-discipline, the ability to defer gratification, etc. — that let you enter, and stay, in the middle class. Subsidizing the markers doesn’t produce the traits; if anything, it undermines them.
Shorter version: it is the internals, not the externals, that are markers of success. My logic in suggesting this is that the U. S. Army relies purely on externals in the form of the official DA photo for both promotion and selection for command at all levels. If I recall correctly, all the services require a full-length photo. Each photo is a resume-by-ribbon and badge check (it’s not what you have, it’s what you don’t have), and a physical beauty check (“Ken & Barbie” make at least Colonel. We neanderthals retire at major). On the Army’s former Class A (green) uniform, the all-important combat patch could not be seen. That meant the Combat Infantryman’s Badge was The Boss for promotion. That’s been remedied with the Combat Action Badge and the enamel unit pin denoting combat service on the Class A (blues).
Another example of the external is anecdotal. A former Divion Artillery (DivArty) commander made it to Major General. His one job after commanding the DivArty was holding the umbrella and briefcase of a more senior general. While this job was entirely appropriate given the officer’s vacuous approach to command, it wasn’t really the job of a modern general. The officer did get to witness generals in the wild, but unfortunately continued his vapid view of command.
As Townie is wont to say “thus it ever was, thus it ever shall be.” The structure of the officer management system provides undue, unearned advantages without regard to the value and contribution of officers.
The good thing about Major Waggy’s essay was his refraining from boiling the ocean. Which provides another opportunity for me to try it. Yes, the officer corps has been dumbed down through the application of externals and the de-valuation of the freedom of thought that began in the 1970s.
If an alien from space were to judge the value of intelligence in our society based on our television shows, he would quickly come to the conclusion that silicon trumps brains. And shiplap. We don’t place much if any value on intelligence. Looking at how dissenting scientists are treated in the current atmosphere of Climate-Lysenkoism, the attributes of curiosity and the freedom of thought are being trained out of millenials and their children. Want a cure to diabetes? You’re a [expletive deleted] racist!
Is mankind in a process of de-evolution? Evolution is another arena where pseudo-intellectual fascism reigns supreme. If I recall the Theory correctly, the answer is ‘maybe.’ A species rises, reaches the peak, then goes through a period of decline (lowering of birth rates and climate change and the rise of a new competitor species) and then disappears. Or s jumps the taxonomic train and turns into whole new family and species, like chickens. Something like that. I haven’t seen any chickens in uniform, but paratroopers do strut like a banty rooster, so ‘maybe.’
The Good Professor provides a cogent insight into the problem posed by Major Waggy: the people who became officers before New Math was introduced were sociologically different. They came from two-parent families. They weren’t socially promoted in elementary school because warm-squishy-feelz. They went to a church, had part-time jobs in High School, and weren’t ‘joiners’ (joining many groups in HS in order to pad their get-into-college resume) but doers. Their parents won the financial lottery and could fork over the $4,000 for a 4-year degree. There was also a difference in pedagogy.
The way The Professor and Townie were taught, and what they were taught was different from what Lt.Col. P, BullNav and I were taught, were different from what Slater was taught, is different from what today’s Keydets are being taught. The decline in pedagogy plus the degradation in teaching methodology equals a vastly ignorant society.
We know the vectors. Bill Ayers, after being acquitted from his murder trial because police didn’t have a warrant to listen to his phone calls (what a different era that was since his acolytes listen in on yours), put his plan to murder 23 million Americans aside (kid you not) in Cambodian-style communist re-education camps and went into teaching teachers. Get ’em while they’re young! “Critical Theory” which was critical of everything that is not communism-socialism-fascism became the operational underpinning of textbooks and how teachers were taught. What happens over the course of three generations?
You get some really insane ideas of America. ‘Slavery was started by white Americans to disrespect black Americans and only practiced in America.’ ‘The CIA developed HIV/AIDS to kill off blacks.’ ‘Mexico was tricked into getting its butt kicked by Texicans and Americans in the 1830s and 40s, so California should be returned.’ ‘Every war is an Imperialist/Corporate-Profiteer’s war.’ Most of this was created in Moscow and shipped to friendly academics to give these examples of disinformation an academic veneer. Dissenting scientists/medical practitioners/everyday joes are too evil to ever earn an income again – and to be certain, ensure their children denounce them in order to get a few crumbs. The viewpoints, rhetoric, tactics and other demonstrations of contempt for America and pathological hubris makes the Alt-right and Antifa movements indistinguishable (well, some voted Communist or Green, while the others voted for the Cheetoh Jesus because Ron Paul said to).
The scope of “alternative facts” put forward by academia (K-Ph.D) is breath-taking. Americans today don’t even know what science is. Or economics. Or even person-to-person interaction when that other person holds a disagreeable position. Every government activity is a conspiracy, every social event is a false flag. Yay for the US of A.
Our officer corps is not “stoopid.” The Officer Corps looks damn good in uniform, and has more degrees than a thermometer. It is mis-educated, and structurally-designed to promote intelligence-extinction and therefore ignorant of success in warfare, the society it makes war for, and why it makes war. But, in its defense, so too are America’s citizens, its politicians, and its major societal bulwarks of religion, knowledge, health, and family. If America’s officers are a reflection of America, is it little wonder they resort to uniform-porn to determine who is worthy? Trust me, I heard it from my spirit guide while opening my chakra with a crystal during a discussion of white cultural appropriation of the proto-Palestinian Noah’s myth of sea-zir-ship. Because it’s Bush’s Fault.