Vineyard of Saker wrote:The Menticide Manual – Stupidiocracy
In 2016, a video game influencer and Youtube superstar going by the handle of Markiplier uploaded a 5-minutes long video of him gazing at a banana. That video immediately got 3 million views. The baby face with fiery-orange top hair wanted to prove his theory that because he is a celebrity, people will watch his content no matter how moronic. And they did.
And this isn’t just a fringe movement. Humanity is actually getting dumber. The technical term from evolutionary biology is dysgenics or selection of the unfit. To put it bluntly, our liberal society allows its not-so-bright members to fornicate like rabbits. Thanks to human rights and a generous welfare state, those idiots have no natural enemies like merit or competition, and fear no consequences for bad life decisions. And when it is time to mate, hell yes, they find each other and multiply.
And that is just the beginning of our downfall. We actually do have to entertain these idiots, and the standard by which we must do that has dramatically declined too. ...
The above is part of a multiple essay collection that I have read in its entirety. I especially enjoyed the "Deceit" essay.
Idiocracy is a movie that was released in 2006 that depicts a Western world that has been rendered dumb by commerce.
American new-wave band Devo releases a song called Jocko Homo which asks "Are we not men?" and then answers "we are Devo."
Devo stands for "de-evolution" or "devolution," and the band's theory was... this is where homo not-so-sapien is going. According to this song, rather than becoming stronger and wiser through evolutionary forces, humankind is doing exactly the opposite - becoming dumber and less healthy.
By the late 70s, the side effects of suburbia, TV viewing, and the isolation of car-based living was becoming obvious to everyone. Doing LSD and walking around golf courses at night trying to avoid security guards... was an extremely stupid way to live.
Q: How to enslave people?
Plato: "Heaven and hell myths"
MK Ultra: "Drugs, isolation and repeated messages"