Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
It had to be done. Because while this is fantastic…
Ineptocracy: (n.) a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
…its luminous effect only enlightens us on the nature of the problem that threatens to destroy us, not quite so much on how it came to be. It doesn’t break down this destructive machinery into its component parts; doesn’t point the way toward a solution. I’m a big believer in sensible pessimism, but optimism is a vital ingredient in finding a fix. To anything.
Also, simplicity is a virtue. So let’s concentrate on just the economic aspects of it:
Incompeconomy: (n.) an economic model only partially dedicated to the free exchange of goods and services, requiring that those who produce things comply immediately and unconditionally with the commands of those who do not.
This part requires special emphasis: Not “be influenced by the commands” of the non-producers, or “take into account the commands” of the non-producers.
What we are talking about here is a situation where the people who do not produce things come up with an idea…and maybe they jump through some kind of hoops, bribing and blackmailing and arm-twisting to get their 51 percent support of something, some activity that gives them that feeling they’ve done some real work…and it becomes law. Producers do not tell non-producers what to do; non-producers tell producers what to do.
And then everyone sits around and wonders why the economy sucks.
And yeah, the way I see it, one’s a subset of the other. Ineptocracy is a society, Incompeconomy is the economy within that society. Throughout all of it, the persistent working model is that the people who know what they’re doing, are shackled and bullied and cajoled by those who do not.
The point is, there are people out there walking around, just as free to cast their votes as you or me, who believe in the Incompeconomy. They do not come out and say it, but they are passionately agitated against its opposite. They view this as a non-negotiable point, that the producers are a threat to society unless & until they are hamstrung by some wise benevolent authority emanating from the ranks of those who don’t produce anything.
Very much like the dictum that the military should be placed under civilian control. In fact, this is the other side of that coin. The military should be under the command of the non-military, because, among other reasons, the whole point to the military’s existence is to achieve and maintain a monopoly on destructive power. Therefore, freedom depends on the law of the land subordinating them to something else. Well the thought process here, too nonsensical to be stated word-for-word even by those who believe in it, says the same thing about creative energies. Those who create are just as dangerous as those who destroy, therefore we cannot preserve our liberties until these creative forces are placed under the the control of something that is not a creative force.
It’s been thought out to the “Yeah, mmm, hmm, that sorta makes sense” stage, but not to the “We get better results when we follow it than when we don’t” stage. In fact, we’ve been following it, and the results are pretty wretched. Some day, we should make a point to debate the merits of this system of belief.
I got a feeling that those who believe in it, will come up with a defense of some kind after all. It will involve a caricature of the producers that doesn’t gel too keenly with reality; some Snidely Whiplash character who somehow makes his mega-millions by dumping glowing green sludge into rivers, kicking pregnant bunnies and squirrels out of the way when he carries the barrels. Twirling his mustache or something.
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