Satire a decade ago. News now
A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying, ‘You are mad, you are not like us’.
St. Anthony, The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
SOCRATES: And if they can get hold of this person who takes it in hand to free them from their chains and to lead them up, and if they could kill him, will they not actually kill him?
GLAUCON: They certainly will.
Once, the idiots were just the fools gawping in through the window. Now they’ve entered the building.
From The Rise of the Idiots, by fictional journalist Dan Ashcroft in TV series Nathan Barley.
I have not seen the film Idiocracy, but there are enough snippets and trailers on YouTube to get the general gist. In the world of the future, natural selection has not favoured the intelligent but, instead, the stupid. ‘With no natural predators to thin the herd’, the trailer says, evolutionary supremacy has simply gone to those who reproduce the most.
This, of course, seems more relevant to the threat of Islamic demographic dominance than to the stupid West, but the premise of Idiocracy is that the world of the future is populated by morons. There is civilisation of a sort, but it is chaotic and pointless. Crass entertainment rules. Everything is on the brink of total collapse.
Using the Woody Allen Sleeper wheeze, one man seems to have been cryogenically suspended or similar, and wakes up in this world of idiots. Compared to his new fellow citizens, he is a genius, but because they don’t understand what he is saying, they treat him as retarded.
As with the St. Anthony quote above, and the fate of Plato’s prisoner, who escapes the cave of deception and sees reality brightly lit by the sun, before returning to be killed by his fellow prisoners, the visionary in a crowd of fools will always be singled out for victimisation. So it is today.
Our recent subject, Raheem Kassam, was asked in an interview with Paul Joseph Watson to describe the open borders enthusiasts who demand unlimited immigration. He summed them up with a familiar term.
Now, Old Traumavillians will know well that I do not believe in the innate stupidity of those who plan to Islamise Europe and Hispanicise – if that is a word – the USA. Far from it. But intelligence is no guarantee of goodness, just as there are high-IQ serial killers such as Ted Bundy. But the foot-soldiers, the students, Antifa, the NGO goons, the virtue-signalling celebrities, the Leftist Twitter crowd? Yes. Morons. Stupid with bells on.
Stupidity used to be a mark of failure. Not mental impairment, where the sufferer has a physical or genetic component which impairs the ability to learn, to process the raw muck of information into the clay of knowledge and, hopefully, into the finished pottery of wisdom. Actual stupidity. Not anymore. As society de-evolves, stupidity is becoming the new guarantor of acceptance and advancement. I know. I have worked in British property management.
Let’s look at the dictionary definition of stupidity, although even those once-sacred lexical Bibles are not immune to the great dumbing.
The OED sayeth of stupidity;
Behaviour that shows a lack of sense or judgement.
But that is not quite good enough for our purposes. There is more of a wilfulness about Leftist stupidity than is explained by the simple omission of equilibriating criteria. Looking at the modern British or US campus, for example, with its program of wiping white men from the syllabus to be replaced with junk studies, one is reminded of Mao’s treatment of intellectuals. We will impose stupidity on you by removing its alternatives. Mao, it should be noted, persecuted intellectuals largely to prevent their being influenced by Western – ie. white – thought. There are enormous parallels with today’s academic chaos.
I think the answer is as obvious as Edgar Allan Poe’s purloined letter, placed in plain sight where anyone can find it. The elites are frightened of intelligence. This could be the brightest generation, and we all know what smart people do. They question authority. This was Mao’s other fear. What all ruling elites fear is the man or woman who is intelligent enough to take control and command of their own lives. And, of course, the greatest invention since Gutenberg’s printing press circa 1840 therefore represents the greatest threat to the ruling classes; the internet.
In the entertaining movie K-Pax, Kevin Spacey’s character claims to a psychoanalyst that he is fact an alien from another galaxy. He is not a little green man or bug-eyed monster, but Kevin Spacey-looking. His planet, he says, is way in advance of Earth’s stumbling, infantile attempts to progress. Asked how he got to Earth, he refuses to explain, stating that if he did so ‘you’ll blow yourselves up. Or someone else.’ He goes on to say;
‘You have no idea how much energy there is in a beam of light.’
In a similar way, I am not sure that many people know how much energy there is in the internet. The elites are happy for it to be used for shopping and pornography, and it is also coming in increasingly handy for surveillance and the creation of a new class of political prisoner for the 21st-century gulags that prisons will increasingly become. But, in the right hands, it is a tool for the elites to fear, which is exactly why they are working to curtail the range of its possible effects.
Of course, some of you will have responsibilities to your families and children. But that aside, your biggest responsibility is to fight against stupidity, to hone your minds, to kick against the pricks and not to allow the idiocracy to rule. Get rid of your television. Forget the shopping trips to buy more things you don’t need. Boycott Hollywood. That is easy; you just stop going to the cinema. Read 50 pages a day, and make sure it is not a book you are being told to read by advertisers and the BBC. More than anything else, think.
I’ll leave you with this YouTube snippet from a very funny and prescient TV series from over a decade ago, Chris Morris’s Nathan Barley. The whole premise of the show is that stupidity and intelligence are locked in a battle, and journalist Dan Ashcroft’s feature, The Rise of the Idiots, is a perfect satirical swipe at the type of state-enforced cretinism I have been writing about. Sadly, the idiots Ashcroft sees on the streets are looking less and less like pastiche as the days go by.