Not just in America !!!

Link from Martin Legge.

### Oct 28, 2013 – 09:37 AM GMT
Politics / Social Issues
America’s Culture of Ignorance
By James Quinn

“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” –Thomas Edison

The kabuki theatre that passes for governance in Washington D.C. reveals the profound level of ignorance shrouding this Empire of Debt in its prolonged death throes. Ignorance of facts; ignorance of math; ignorance of history; ignorance of reality; and ignorance of how ignorant we’ve become as a nation, have set us up for an epic fall. It’s almost as if we relish wallowing in our ignorance like a fat lazy sow in a mud hole. The lords of the manor are able to retain their power, control and huge ill-gotten riches because the government educated serfs are too ignorant to recognize the self-evident contradictions in the propaganda they are inundated with by state controlled media on a daily basis.

“Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession – their ignorance.” –Hendrik Willem van Loon

The levels of ignorance are multi-dimensional and diverse, crossing all educational, income, and professional ranks. The stench of ignorance has settled like Chinese toxic smog over our country, as various constituents have chosen comforting ignorance over disconcerting knowledge. The highly educated members, who constitute the ruling class in this country, purposefully ignore facts and truth because the retention and enhancement of their wealth and power are dependent upon them not understanding what they clearly have the knowledge to understand. The underclass wallow in their ignorance as their life choices, absence of concern for marriage or parenting, lack of interest in educating themselves, and hiding behind the cross of victimhood and blaming others for their own failings. Everyone is born ignorant and the path to awareness and knowledge is found in reading books. Rich and poor alike are free to read and educate themselves. The government, union teachers, and a village are not necessary to attain knowledge. It requires hard work and clinging to your willful ignorance to remain stupid.

The youth of the country consume themselves in techno-narcissistic triviality, barely looking up from their iGadgets long enough to make eye contact with other human beings. The toxic combination of government delivered public education, dumbed down socially engineered curriculum, taught by uninspired intellectually average union controlled teachers, to distracted, unmotivated, latchkey kids, has produced a generation of young people ignorant about history, basic mathematical concepts, and the ability or interest to read and write. They have been taught to feel rather than think critically. They have been programmed to believe rather than question and explore. Slogans and memes have replaced knowledge and understanding. They have been lured into inescapable student loan debt serfdom by the very same government that is handing them a $200 trillion entitlement bill and an economy built upon low paying service jobs that don’t require a college education, because the most highly educated members of society realized that outsourcing the higher paying production jobs to slave labour factories in Asia was great for the bottom line, their stock options and bonus pools.

Instead of being outraged and lashing out against this injustice, the medicated, daycare reared youth passively lose themselves in the inconsequentiality and shallowness of social media, reality TV, and the internet, while living in their parents’ basement. They have chosen the ignorance inflicted upon their brains by thousands of hours spent twittering, texting, facebooking, seeking out adorable cat videos on the internet, viewing racist rap singer imbeciles rent out sports stadiums to propose to vacuous big breasted sluts on reality cable TV shows, and sitting zombie-like for days with a controller in hand blowing up cities, killing whores, and murdering policemen using their new PS4 on their 65 inch HDTV, rather than gaining a true understanding of the world by reading Steinbeck, Huxley, and Orwell. Technology has reduced our ability to think and increased our ignorance.

“During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.” –Bernard M. Baruch

The youth have one thing going for them. They are still young and can awaken from their self-imposed stupor of ignorance. There are over 80 million millenials between the ages of 8 and 30 years old who need to start questioning the paradigm they are inheriting and critically examining the mendacious actions of their elders. The future of the country is in their hands, so I hope they put down those iGadgets and open their eyes before it is too late. We need many more patriots like Edward Snowden and far fewer twerking sluts like Miley Cyrus if we are to overcome the smog of apathy and ignorance blanketing our once sentient nation.

The ignorance of youth can be chalked up to inexperience, lack of wisdom, and immaturity. There is no excuse for the epic level of ignorance displayed by older generations over the last thirty years. Boomers and Generation X have charted the course of this ship of state for decades. Ship of fools is a more fitting description, as they have stimulated the entitlement mentality that has overwhelmed the fiscal resources of the country. Our welfare/warfare empire, built upon a Himalayan mountain of debt, enabled by a central bank owned by Wall Street, and perpetuated by swarms of corrupt bought off spineless politicians, is the ultimate testament to the seemingly limitless level of ignorance engulfing our civilization. The entitlement mindset permeates our culture from the richest to the poorest. Mega-corporations use their undue influence (bribes disguised as campaign contributions) to elect pliable candidates to office, hire lobbyists to write the laws and tax regulations governing their industries, and collude with the bankers and other titans of industry to harvest maximum profits from the increasingly barren fields of a formerly thriving land of milk and honey. By unleashing a torrent of unbridled greed, ransacking the countryside, and burning down the villages, the ruling class has planted the seeds of their own destruction.
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● James Quinn is a senior director of strategic planning for a major university. James has held financial positions with a retailer, homebuilder and university in his 22-year career. Those positions included treasurer, controller, and head of strategic planning. He is married with three boys and is writing these articles because he cares about their future. He earned a BS in accounting from Drexel University and an MBA from Villanova University. He is a certified public accountant and a certified cash manager.

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6 responses to “Not just in America !!!

  1. John P.Evans, concerned citizen

    Chicken little!
    This cat is stealing my lines!

    It is disappointing that no-one on whatif is either prepared to debate or dismiss this view.

    Perhaps all are in support of the $47 million dollar tax/ratepayer spend on bike tracks.

    I am in Melbourne. Melbourne is a relatively flat city.

    On some streets the cycle lanes are wider than the car lanes.

    I have seen some 100 cyclists in three weeks.

    I’ve also seen some 2, 3 or 4 million odd cars.

    Melbourne is working on the same principle as the Dunedin stadium.

    “Build it and they will come” – hallelujah.

    At the rate of attraction it will take over 10,000 years for cycles to overtake cars.

    When I was in kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1981, on one street corner there were over 1,000 vespa scooters and one car, a Mercedes. Six years later there were 1,000 Mercedes and one scooter on the same corner.

    Kaohsiung had gone from impoversished to middle class in less than a decade.

    For Dunedin’s cycle lanes to be effective, Dunedin will have to revert to the poverty of Kaohsiung in 1981.

    At the present rates of taxation, indirect taxation (GST) and petrol tax increases and expected rates and tax increases due to ever increasing interest rates, Poverty of the people is just a matter of when.

    Some goose will suggest that, relatively, we are not overtaxed.

    The other countries that he/she will mention will also need cycle lanes.

    • John, good analogy for what we’re in for. Yeah, the post at top of thread isn’t for the faint-hearted or PC.

    • Mike

      I have to say I visit Taiwan every so often, and quite recently, often staying in the more industrial parts of Taipei where my business takes me – there are still 100 times more scooters than cars, often with entire families, and the dog, on them, bicycles seem to only be ridden by the elderly. A corner with 1000 Mercedes on it is going to be pretty big, and I’d suggest rather rare.

      Certainly there are more cars there than there were but scooters still prevail especially in a city where space and parking is at such a premium (and has such a great subway).

      • John P.Evans, concerned citizen

        Mike, Taipei is a city , a large population on a Small area.

        Taiwan is a country.

        Travel to Taichung and Kaohsiung where there is more space per capita, like Dunedin.

        Clearly Auckland, Taipei have space problems and numerically people problems and they MAY need traffic lights and other forms of transport and solutions.

        To introduce those kinds of solutions to a city like Dunedin or Oamaru that don’t have numerically people and/or space problems are acts of stupidity.

        But as another thread states

        The people are stupid, they allow their political masters to extract as much as they can for doubtful purposes and along the way they are also robbed by those masters who wallow at the public trough.

        And if you are suggesting a metro train system for Dunedin you are as loopy as they are. However that wil be a future stupidity for Dunedin once they make it impossible to drive a car into a city of 120,000 people that used to boast that you could drive home and back for lunch in 15 minutes.

        Not Now Jose.

        • Mike

          Strangely, we used to have a train system in Dunedin, and working public transit in general, we even had trolley buses that could zoom up Stuart St rather than struggle to outpace their cloud of black smoke.

          I took the train to school for years, people commuted from as far out as Palmerston or Middlemarch. My Dad cycled to work his entire life, except on rainy days when he took the train – his generation were the first in my family who ever owned a car, and having grown up in the depression he didn’t use it much.

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    The argument is framed along the lines of blanket restriction and major costs on those who are no affected, e.g. the pool fencing legislation where secure fences around the whole property, and a childfree home, were not sufficient, and the responsibility for minding their own children and prevent their trespassing was transferred from those who chose to have them. “If it saves one little chi-iii-lllld” became a byword on at least one useset group back in the day to typify this kind of attitude.

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