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From Reagan to Obama: The Degeneration of the Human Mind

October 9, 2010

Silverwolf believes that, over the last 27 years, a great degeneration of the Human Mind, and the Human Being, has been taking place throughout the world. This degeneration has been driven by three main forces: the Socialist-Bureaucratic Collectivist State, the Womanization of Western educational culture and governmental bureaucracies, and the coming of the computer, along with its concurrent cyber-conditioning.

Silverwolf can recall reading “1984” in the early 60s, and wondering if it would really be like that come 1984. In 1984, he can recall looking down at a penny with that date on it, and thinking “we’ve made it, and bad though it be,  it doesn’t seem anywhere near as bad as “1984” depicts it” (i.e. it being society). This was right in the middle of  Reagan’s disasterous, spendthrift, Administrations.

But now Silverwolf thinks that perhaps Orwell hit the date on the nose, not for the kind of society he depicted in “1984”, but rather for the beginning of the process that is leading to that society. The Year 1984 marked the real beginning of the acceleration towards the Big Brother society, for that was the beginning of the decade that saw the computer go from a very primitive, limited, level, to one that was cunningly used to condition and program Human Beings in all kinds of ways.

The Philosophy was simple: human beings can be conditioned, we know, just like Pavlov’s dog, but we, the cyber experts, are going to use this computer to carry conditioning up to it’s most efficient level, well past what Madison Avenue was able to work out in the 30s-70s. They were working at a disadvantage, poor Seersucker saps, with paper and human brains, but now we have a new god, the computer brain, that is far more efficient, and can learn from its own mistakes in a never-ending feedback loop that makes it learn far quicker than any thick-headed human being, even among the brightest of that species. The tricks and ploys that Vance Packard exposed in “The Hidden Persuaders”, detailing the subtle subtrafuges used by the mega-corporations circa 1960 to separate the sleepwalkers from their nickels and dimes, have been supplanted by computer-driven brainwashings; only now they take $5 and $10 instead of nickels and dimes.

Silverwolf has discussed in many blogs the effect of the modern Collectivist State, and the Bureaucrats, on the Individual. In more Libertarian times, before the advent of so many of these government programs, and government bureaucracies, it was possible for a man to live a comparatively free life, if he were both very industrious and fairly lucky. Men could live in America as free Individuals on a far larger scale than in any European country, in the late 19th century. The lack of an income tax, the comparative cheapness and abundance of land, and the late adoption of the minimum wage, meant that for a very long time, from the 1880s to the inception of the income tax and the Federal Reserve, men could easily set up in business running a small store if they only had the Capital, or could hire help with complete Freedom to Contract, one of the basic Human Rights. The unneccesary dissipations of energy so fatal to so many business ventures in modern semi-Socialist America were not present in those more Libertarian times, and happy was the small entrepreneur who saw his dreams realized in a decade or less, versus the lifetime of drudgery for nothing he would have faced in Europe or modern America. It’s no wonder Americans grew patriotic and protective of their Republic, and loved the Libertarian Life, even as they overlooked the fact that its wealth was in part based on the stolen labour of the Southern slaves, and the theft of lands from the Indians, and from Mexico (who themselves had robbed it from the Indians). This was not brought up much, except by such “nuts” as Henry David Thoreau, the great Libertarian, Naturalist, and Abolitionist.

Needless to say, the modern Bureaucracies, whether in America, the U.K, Euroland, or Australia, make the Individual feel like a small cog in a vast machine, and one whose rules he has a “duty” to obey. The Ten Commandments have been replaced by the “proper and correct” way to fill out your 1040, or the paperwork in order to hire someone; reams and reams of regulations that must be memorized and complied with, or else you have a new hurdle to jump over if you don’t comply with them correctly. And so goes so much of the human energy of life that used to go into either making a living, or enjoying life, or just “sitting quietly, doing nothing”, like the cats. Now all that human energy is the property of the Bureaucrat and the Collectivist State.

A beautiful example of this Bureaucratically-induced hell recently occurred in England, a country that is always preening itself on how well it treats its elderly citizens. It was announced that, starting a few years hence, payments would no longer be allowed by check, but only by debit or credit card transactions, and people could verify their balances online; in other words, banking would be de facto online banking.

This proposal caused a storm of controversy in the elderly community, where many people  were used to paying by check as they had for decades, while the fact that in a few years, all these elderly people would not only have to acquire a computer, and pay the exorbitant fees for using an online internet service, but also learn how to operate a computer, or else they might have to impart their most intimate financial details to a virtual stranger if they enlisted the help of a library worker, or a volunteer. We can well imagine the anxiety engendered in an 87-year-old-widow, who has trouble remembering how to operate her VCR and TV controls, let alone learning the jillion and one details necessary to operate a computer, or to operate it in the most efficient manner, when she is told by some young governmental bureaucrat that, three years hence, she had better have darn-well learned how to operate a computer, and have one ready to go, or else she can forget about banking.

So, there is no need to rehash the Passive-ication and de-Individualisation of the Human Spirit by modern Bureaucracies, both governmental and corporate. Or their completely detached callousness as we see in the example above concerning the elderly.

Nor will we deny that there has been a further passive-ication of what once was a masculine-oriented society by the womanization of the West, mostly through the public educational system, where the vast majority of teachers are women, and also due to the large number of newly-minted women bureaucrats that came in with the mandates on quotas, meaning that not the best person necessarily got the job, but, in many cases, the only woman to apply got the job, or there were only a few women applicants to choose from. Federal and State statutes on hiring quotas must be obeyed, you know. A similar phenomenon occurred in private industry, where the hassles of getting labelled as discriminating against women (often enforced by women-harridan government bureaucrats, getting their first taste of Power in their lives) meant that companies would take on less marginally-productive workers if they happened to be women, just to comply with the new quota laws.

But perhaps it was mostly felt in the halls of academia, where women moved into universities in large numbers, not only as professors, but also administrators, graduate students, teaching assistants, and library workers. This overtaking of what had, say under the British school system, been a male-dominated profession had a profound impact on the psychological development of young children, and its specific impact on boys led to a great change in the psychological make-up of society. No longer did the young boy spend the bulk of his days with his father, observing him, or helping him, at his work, or even spend it in the presence of men teachers. Now he spent virtually all day being conditioned by women teachers in the public schools, surrounded by other little women (girls), or with his mother until his father returned from an exhausting day at the office or the factory, in little mood to start playing the paternal role to one or several young boys.

This is not to say that this Womanization had a completely negative effect; far from it. In many ways, it ameliorated many of the horrible abuses and sadistic practices that were prevalent when men ruled academia, as witnessed in the sadistic floggings that used to take place at British boys school, or the sadistic segregation of boys from girls, at an age when their hormones are just starting to flow. It did produce a “kinder, gentler” educational experience for many students, and some children even enjoyed public schools, or large parts of the curriculum. Moreover, in certain administrative roles, women have done a much better job than men, depending solely on the qualities of the woman; for example, in running hospital wards, hotels, libraries, restaurants, etc.  However, the variance between an efficient administrator wielding power to run an bureaucracy, and what Silverwolf would call the largely natural tendencies in women towards families and interpersonal interests, and away from “career” as the primary definer of their role, seems to create a conflict of emotional variation in many women, in Silverwolf’s view. This problem, as was present to the Communists of the Soviet era, is well defined in a film like “Wings”, about a single Russian woman who is the principal of a mixed sex public school under the Soviets in the early 60s.

So we see that both the Collectivist State, and also the womanization of bureaucratic-academic culture, led to profound changes in the human psyche, making it both willing to subject itself to Big Government intrusions into its Liberties, which the Jeffersonian Bill of Rights was meant to prevent, but also to “get along and not show anger” when its Freedom was curtailed and assaulted, the result of womanization, since women tend to be much more socially lubricated than men, more rarely showing the fistacuffs aggression that many men feel towards other men when their Rights are stepped on. (The late, great CongressWoman, Bela Abzug, was a notable exception, despite her Social-Democratic outlook.)

Yet bureaucracies and women are factors in society that have been dealt with since time immemorial, from Babylon to Rome to modern-day USA, but it is the last factor, the computer and its concurrent cyber-conditioning, that is the key factor behind the Degeneration of the Human Being and the Human Brain.

With the computer and the robot came the freeing of man from much drudgery, but also the wiping out of Human Talent as a factor in many professions, trades, and Arts. And more ominously, it led to, and is continuing to lead to, more and more subtle forms of conditioning the Human Brain and the Human Mind, while concurrently the computer made that brain and that mind only duller by doing much of the drudgery work that used to force the brain to stay somewhat sharp. Instead of counting up a column of figures, or even doing it in ones head, one merely pumped it into the calculator, and had the result in a millisecond. It really was something to pump those numbers into that little handheld and behold the answer in a split second. How could it do the square root of that long fraction in a flash? One really had to smile in wonder at it. And recall, this was the first time in history that anyone had had that capacity. Think of the centuries of hundreds of thousands of lives of clerks, whose sole job was to count up numbers correctly, or calculate statistics. Now gone, never to return, thanks to the $3 handheld, with solar battery thrown in. Nowadays the handheld calculator seems a bit passe, when compared to pumping a few terms into google, and having it come up with thousands of valid references in a hundredth of a second.

Silverwolf wonders how many reference librarians have thrown themselves from rooftops annually since 1984?

But the end product of this 27-year-long process has been the complete mechanization of the Human Brain, at least in those unfortunates born under the sign of Reagan, in 1984, and afterwards. And it has affected most of those born before 1984 too. Only a few Amish and Mennonites, and Thoreau-type eremites, have been able to save themselves from the ubiquitous contagion.

And not only that. The Human Psyche is being conditioned by electronic biofeedback, by various subliminal messages that people are completely asleep to, and by the vast number of feel-good psychotropic drugs, supplied by the major pharmaceutical giants at taxpayer expense, that people who throw those who use cannabis in jail like to use. Children are being drugged in the public schools for made up diseases, when what they are expressing is the overwhelming boredom and lack of Freedom any sane child would feel in those monumentally boring and stupid psychological brainwashing centers, and many of the uppity children suffer from nothing except the ignorance of their junk-food-eating parents on what that junk-food is doing to their children’s brains.

All these digital and chemical techniques aim to change the Human Brain from the outside, but never from the inside. And thus, being mechanical and uninspired, they are doomed to failure.

At the same time as this triad of albatrosses, —the Collectivist State, the Womanization of Society, and the Computer Brain and the genetic engineering and biochemical conditioning, —are all deadening the Human Brain and making it completely mechanical, what is Society offering the Individual, whose brain and life have now been freed from many time-consuming busy-work chores of the pre-computer age, resulting in a vast amount of leisure time in comparison, say, to the 19th century worker or farmer?

Nothing but Entertainment.

The consumption of Entertainment has now become the main activity for probably billions of Human Beings on Earth. With the Human Brain deadened by the computer, and conditioned in myriad ways by the cyberconditioning techniques and the man-made psychotropic drugs, it must be filled up with something. And since, thanks to the computer, it has atrophied, and become completely bureaucratic and mechanical, that same Brain is easily satisfied as long as it is given a constant stream of new stimulation on which to mesmerize its attention. Films are the epitome of this mesmerization, completely absorbing the watcher’s attention for hours (if it is described as a “good” film; a “bad” film has come to mean one that does not achieved the requisite degree of viewer-hypnosis.) And one can easily see, from the press and from general conversation, how overwhelmingly important film, as an entertainment escape for modern man, has become.

Other entertainments include the stupid fixation on sports, music, and religious entertainments like attending temples, mosques, churches, and synagogues, performing the same old rituals over and over for thousands of times. (Is this what G-d put you on Earth to spend your time doing, while millions starve or rot in jail for their political views, or for having a small quantity of some drug?) Books, the radio, gambling: anything to fill the empty boredom of a mind dulled by the Computer Brain. Or endless chitchat about nothing on the cellphones and chatrooms.

And so it goes until they keel over, those brain-deadened Human Beings who live outside of the forest.The Degeneration of  Human Beings continues apace.

Silverwolves shun them, to protect their still-feral Brains.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

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