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    Matthew C. Taibbi (/taɪˈiːbi/; born March 2, 1970) is an American author and journalist. He has reported on politics, media, finance, and sports. He is currently a contributing editor for Rolling Stone.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Taibbi

    The following article illustrates the cognitive dissonance of an elitist press who covered for and abedded the people who turned the U.S. into the political equivalent of a banana republic.

    Americans might soon wish they just waited to vote their way out of the Trump era


    I’ve lived through a few coups. They’re insane, random, and terrifying, like watching sports, except your political future depends on the score.

    The kickoff begins when a key official decides to buck the executive. From that moment, government becomes a high-speed head-counting exercise. Who’s got the power plant, the airport, the police in the capital? How many department chiefs are answering their phones? Who’s writing tonight’s newscast?

    https://taibbi.substack.com/p/were-in-a-permanent-coup


    You can't blame Taibbi, he is the side product of the fevered dreams of the adolescent culture of "make love not war". The most damming characteristic of adolescents is to believe they are wiser than they are which leads to them being ineffectual in bringing positive change. The great advances made in human rights in the 60s were not made by pot smoking promiscuous teenage radicals but by a southern Christian preacher, woman's rights not by radical feminists but the evolution of a process set in motion two generations earlier, environmentalism not by tree hugging hippies but by the process started by hunters and outdoor enthusiasts such as Theodore Roosevelt. The clean air and clean water acts were the result of processes that started when the boomers were in diapers and have as more to do with the growth of the middle class than idealism. Taibbi like so many others simply believed the propaganda of the self aggrandizing and vacuous adolescent culture. A culture that set the stage for the cognitive dissonance we see today.

    The peace and love that were going to change the world was just an excuse to get high, fornicate and avoid the hard work and sacrifices necessary to conscientiously evaluate and place into action real positive change. Today that mindset has unavoidably transmuted into equity, diversity and inclusion. Like all fundamentalist ideologies at it's heart is the idea that utopia is easily achieved by believing it's scripture not conscientious hard work. In other words the adult vision.

    Like so many dreams of the adolescent culture it takes a lot of cognitive dissonance to not see that the Obama administration not Trump set the stage for cold civil war. It was Obama that legitimized the weaponization of bureaucracy against political enemies. It was Obama's hope and change without substance that used identity politics for his personal aggrandizement that destroyed the Democratic Party. It was Obama who put the intelligence chiefs in charge who have given us this third world coup. A coup that has it's roots more in the destruction of a viable Democratic Party than Trump. Into the vacuum have come the normal spiteful mutants the left seems to have an endless supply of. People like Taibbi simply can't accept that the nightmare started with the vacuous adolescent dream that electing a black president would transform the world.

    ​​​​​​​The key to understanding how we got here is in understanding who the establishment is. For all intents and purposes they are the people that have not been under Darwinian selection for the longest time. Just as European nobility became degenerate due to inbreeding the current elite have accumulated mutations for generations. They favor individual selection not common sense group selection having become disconnected from existential reality. The same way females favor extrovert traits over general intelligence the elites favor manipulation over building trust. The K selection strategies that built western civilization are of no interest to them. People like Taibbi are their unwitting propagandists.









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  • #2
    Without Obama in office, I doubt Trump would have stood a chance of winning. As it stands right now, I suspect that the "impeachment" inquisition will run right through next year's election, unresolved, moving from hot button issue to issue. As one issue falters and collapses, a new one will crop up to take it's place. Whether it be new "whistle-blowers" with partisan motives, something Trump says or does that sends his opponents into apoplexy, some imagined slight, or whatever, it will just drag on and on endlessly.

    At the same time, the general public will grow numb and immune to the constant drumbeat that Trump is impeachable even as the Democrats refuse to vote on doing it but continue to "investigate."

    All they need for the Perfect Storm of defeat next November is to run a Leftist candidate who is calling for more government, more taxes, and heavy handed Socialist programs. That's a recipe for disaster.

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    • #3
      One of the aspects that makes it difficult to break through the madness is the extent to which academia is a prestige culture. Nearly the entire power structure within academia is populated by people from the adolescent culture or their handpicked successors. There are if course exceptions but for the most part the academics who achieve popular culture exposure are likely to be biased against reconsideration of positions they took in their youth. Some of that is ego, some confirmation bias but a good deal of it is that in a prestige culture based on "intelligence" changing your mind is difficult . There is also the problem that the more intelligent you are the better able you will be to rationalize your own irrationality. If you went around chanting slogans in your youth those slogans become part of your intellectual history.

      Even in the most intelligent academics there is another problem in that genius appears to be associated not just with intelligence but with disagreableness and openness. This will produce a certain disregard for cultural norms and a callousness towards people steeped in traditions. Most academics today will claim they never believed in the blank slate theory which can be proven to have it's roots in the neo Marxist progressive movement but in fact few ever strongly objected to it. This is important because it sets the psychological environment for their acceptance of authoritarian intervention and sympathy for radical socialism even if they superficially express misgivings. As it turns out many of the most intractable social problems have their origins in biology a heresy that if openly acknowledged would destroy the careers of most academics regardless of what side of the political fence they fall on. Even pointing out the fact that eugenics was a progessive/socialist movement long before the Nazis existed would land a historian in hot water. On a more individual level the combination of disagreeableness and openness often make the highly intelligent slightly mad. Think Newton and his religious obsession. Also openness and disagreeableness lends itself to a strange kind of indifference to moral standards making someone like Einstein prone to ignore Stalin's propensity for mass murder.
      We hunt the hunters

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      • #4
        Originally posted by wolfhnd View Post

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Taibbi

        The following article illustrates the cognitive dissonance of an elitist press who covered for and abedded the people who turned the U.S. into the political equivalent of a banana republic.




        https://taibbi.substack.com/p/were-in-a-permanent-coup


        You can't blame Taibbi, he is the side product of the fevered dreams of the adolescent culture of "make love not war". The most damming characteristic of adolescents is to believe they are wiser than they are which leads to them being ineffectual in bringing positive change. The great advances made in human rights in the 60s were not made by pot smoking promiscuous teenage radicals but by a southern Christian preacher, woman's rights not by radical feminists but the evolution of a process set in motion two generations earlier, environmentalism not by tree hugging hippies but by the process started by hunters and outdoor enthusiasts such as Theodore Roosevelt. The clean air and clean water acts were the result of processes that started when the boomers were in diapers and have as more to do with the growth of the middle class than idealism. Taibbi like so many others simply believed the propaganda of the self aggrandizing and vacuous adolescent culture. A culture that set the stage for the cognitive dissonance we see today.

        The peace and love that were going to change the world was just an excuse to get high, fornicate and avoid the hard work and sacrifices necessary to conscientiously evaluate and place into action real positive change. Today that mindset has unavoidably transmuted into equity, diversity and inclusion. Like all fundamentalist ideologies at it's heart is the idea that utopia is easily achieved by believing it's scripture not conscientious hard work. In other words the adult vision.

        Like so many dreams of the adolescent culture it takes a lot of cognitive dissonance to not see that the Obama administration not Trump set the stage for cold civil war. It was Obama that legitimized the weaponization of bureaucracy against political enemies. It was Obama's hope and change without substance that used identity politics for his personal aggrandizement that destroyed the Democratic Party. It was Obama who put the intelligence chiefs in charge who have given us this third world coup. A coup that has it's roots more in the destruction of a viable Democratic Party than Trump. Into the vacuum have come the normal spiteful mutants the left seems to have an endless supply of. People like Taibbi simply can't accept that the nightmare started with the vacuous adolescent dream that electing a black president would transform the world.

        ​​​​​​​The key to understanding how we got here is in understanding who the establishment is. For all intents and purposes they are the people that have not been under Darwinian selection for the longest time. Just as European nobility became degenerate due to inbreeding the current elite have accumulated mutations for generations. They favor individual selection not common sense group selection having become disconnected from existential reality. The same way females favor extrovert traits over general intelligence the elites favor manipulation over building trust. The K selection strategies that built western civilization are of no interest to them. People like Taibbi are their unwitting propagandists.








        So far, I don't see anything wrong with his statement that you quoted. It's an accurate description of what is taking place. We already know that our government has become an autocratic oligarchy and is now totally corrupt. Beyond those long-established facts, what specific point are you trying to make?

        Humanity discarded Darwinism a long time ago, thanks to modern medicine and several other technological developments enabling the worst and least able of our species to survive and flourish.
        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

          So far, I don't see anything wrong with his statement that you quoted. It's an accurate description of what is taking place. We already know that our government has become an autocratic oligarchy and is now totally corrupt. Beyond those long-established facts, what specific point are you trying to make?

          Humanity discarded Darwinism a long time ago, thanks to modern medicine and several other technological developments enabling the worst and least able of our species to survive and flourish.
          You have dig down in the article.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wolfhnd View Post

            You have dig down in the article.

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            First perusal not enough? Must not be very significant.

            Repeat perusal still does not reveal anything new or startling. He's just repeating what we have known for years. Only difference is that he is openly referring to a "coup", but that still puts him behind all the rest of us who figured that out a long time ago.

            Announcing that the house is on fire after the fire trucks arrive is not newsworthy. It's the guy who calls 911 in the first place who gets the credit.
            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

              First perusal not enough? Must not be very significant.

              Repeat perusal still does not reveal anything new or startling. He's just repeating what we have known for years. Only difference is that he is openly referring to a "coup", but that still puts him behind all the rest of us who figured that out a long time ago.

              Announcing that the house is on fire after the fire trucks arrive is not newsworthy. It's the guy who calls 911 in the first place who gets the credit.
              Sorry I'm too tired to converse, thanks for your comments.
              We hunt the hunters

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wolfhnd View Post

                Sorry I'm too tired to converse, thanks for your comments.
                Same here. I no longer have the time, the energy or the inclination to try and pry someone's thoughts out of them when they're trying to be profound. This is like herding cats.
                Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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