Sometime back in the late 1990s, Utne Reader, a magazine which was then what we called “progressive”, voted Ithaca, NY, the Most Enlightened city in America. I lived there at the time, being confined at Cornell. Utne got this right.
They have one meaning of “most enlightened”, but I have another: farthest gone.
Ithaca was then what we now call woke. It also was then, and might even be now, the city with the greatest proportion of Experts, and where the greatest proportion of people have an unquestioning faith in Experts.
It is also therefore the city with a school which still, to this very day, now–today, requires kids to wear masks outdoors and indoors.
They also ban kids from speaking during lunch. “If the students had to ask the teacher a question, she told me, they had to first don their masks, and then take them off again to continue eating.”
“Second-graders who began school there as kindergarteners in fall 2020 have never experienced a normal day of school in their lives.” Why, the article says, is a “story of how, when faced with a crisis, many public health authorities—along with regular people and bureaucrats following the authorities’ lead—believed that the more extreme the response to the virus, the more wise and virtuous the policy.”
It was Experts who designed the “responses.” And it was the pull of toxic femininity and the cult of Safety First! that demanded them.
The school is “populated with the offspring of professors, doctors, and lawyers.” Which is to say, the spawn of Experts.
There is no evidence that masks have protected the kids, but there is Expert theory that says they do. Anyway, protecting kids is not the main goal of mask mandates. It is to protect Safety First! cult members, who are frightened of everything, and insist you should be too.
Now you will laugh at this school, its idiot parents and its hersterical teachers, and you should. And you will pity the wee tykes who are being uselessly tortured in the name of Safety First!, as you should.
But your derision and your pity means nothing to Experts. The evidence, which is constant, everywhere, and massive, that their “solutions” are not only ineffective, but positively harmful, means nothing. Not to them.
Why? Because they have looked into their minds, their brilliant awesome credentialed minds, and discovered a great treasure. They have discovered their thoughts are worthy and wise and beyond question. Because their Degrees say so.
Their “solutions” work because they thought those “solutions” into existence. The “solutions” cannot therefore be wrong. They are right and true by definition.
An Expert worshiper, and journalist, though I repeat myself, tweeted “The parental rights movement actively threatens the safety and wellbeing of children and by extension, democracy itself” (she links to a long whiny article on the subject).
“Democracy” is what they call the Expertocracy, the uniform rule by Experts. The form of government in which credentialed Experts decide what is best for all things. I want to stress that all. It means what it says. Each and every aspect of life must come under the sway of credentialed Experts. They know best.
You, mom, reading this blog, do not have a PhD in momming. But Experts do. By convention, they know more about how to raise your kids than you do. If you carp, you are treated with the disgust you deserve. How dare you question an Expert?
“Do not confuse your experience with your own child with my degree, my certified diploma bearing degree, in momming. If I, an Expert, let you raise your own child by your own lights, you will almost certainly do so sub-optimally.”
“Therefore, you must follow this mandated government-enforced Expert-designed child-raising guide. You must report regularly. You must meet the metrics. Failure to do so will invoke harsher “solutions” to save your child from non-certified ideas.”
That’s just for kids. Now imagine this happening everywhere, all the time, for every aspect of your life. Don’t believe it, even after three hard years of experience? Spending cash is now illegal (over a thousand Euros). Because Experts know you’re up to no good, and because they can’t track it for their models. (We warned you about this years ago, and even earlier here, and many other times.)
Sometimes the “solutions” will be modified by the cult of Safety First!, sometimes by toxic femininity, sometimes by plain greed of the oligarchs, but at all times by the adamantine hubris of our Expert class.
It’s bad now, but it’s going to grow much, much worse. Especially as the titanic DIE efforts at universities are now paying off in a flood of addled graduates. In olden days, at least Experts had a minimum intelligence. Under DIE, they will not be required to have any.
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Your description here of experts driven by mindlessly destructive theories without regard for consequence reminded me of… what was it… oh yes — a passage from that notorious anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion:
Dear Hagfish. Americans don’t to have to read the putative fake documents of the Protocols to learn what the racial supremacism of the Talmud teaches about us goys for we can readily learn of what the most recent jewish Messias had to say about us goys.
He is so spot on he had a special day named in honor on him. It was celebrated only a few days ago.
Who said this and why was he given high honors by our Gov’t?
We do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level. Rather we have
a case of . . . a totally different species. . . . The body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of[members] of all nations of the world . . . The difference of the inner quality [of the body] . . . is so great that the bodies would be considered completely different species. This is the reason why the Talmud states that there is an halachic difference in attitude about the bodies of non-Jews [as opposed to the bodies of Jews “their bodies are in vain”. . . . An even greater difference exists in regard to the soul.
Two contrary types of soul exist, a non-Jewish soul comes from three satanic spheres, while the Jewish soul stems from holiness.
Starting with President Carter in 1978 the U.S. Congress and President have issued proclamations each year, declaring that …. birthday — usually a day in March or April that coincides with his recognized Hebrew Calendar birthdate of 11 Nissanbe observed as Education and Sharing Day in the United States. ….. would usually respond with a public address on the importance of education in modern society, and holding forth on the United States’ special role in the world.
Honored by Congress
After ….. death, a bill was introduced in the US House of Rep sponsored by Congressman Charles Schumer and cosponsored by John Lewis, Newt Gingrich, and Jerry Lewis, as well as 220 other Congressmen—to posthumously bestow upon Schneerson the Congressional Gold Medal.
President Bill Clinton spoke these words at the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony:
The late … eminence as a moral leader for our country was recognized by every president since Richard Nixon. For over two decades, the .. movement now has some 2000 institutions; educational, social, medical, all across the globe. We (the United States Government) recognize the profound role that …. had in the expansion of those institutions.
Rabbi Menachem Schneerson is his name and it is simply unthinkable that an Israeli Gov’t would give all manner of high honor to any Christian Minister or Priest who taught that the souls of Jews were of satanic origin.
But, then again, Jews have self-respect and are not afraid of weak, sissified, Christians who are too cowardly to
Defend Israel and Judaism? Hell, yeah.
Defend Christianity? Hell no
So, go ahead and vote every year and tell your own self your vote matters.
O, and one last note about the late Rabbi. After he died the Jews fully expected he would resurrect and that is because after rejecting Jesus as Messias they are forever doomed to accept a series of fake Saviours.
And, mom, don’t even consider asking your mom, aka grandma, for advise. Together, we must stop the cycle of ignorance, passed down through the ages. Just seek sage advise from those who never had kids because they hate kids. Only they have your children’s best interest in mind.
It’s termed “The Massacre of the Innocents”. Ithaca is a killing field.
Briggs. There is a vey interesting piece in the latest issue of “Culture Wars” focusing on your home state.
“How Rainbow Farm Inaugurated Drug Culture in The Wolverine State” and notes the great America First movement anchored in Detroit by Henry Ford, Charles Coughlin and Charles Lindbergh.
America First is, obviously, kaput but it is interesting to see how what was once America’s main street, Detroit (Cos labor is the source of all value) ) was set upon and destroyed by Wall Street because it wanted America kept out of WW2.
Buh Bye Labor Economy, hello FIRE Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Economy.
I’m baffled as to why you think intelligence in elites would be some kind of advantage. The stupider they are the better. They will be constantly shooting themselves in the foot and thereby inciting the peoploid hordes to rise up and burn public buildings until sanity returns. Smart and evil can get things done, stupid and evil will fail.
Stupid and evil, John Pate, is currently being ushered in by smart and evil. Smart and evil has long term designs for stupid and evil’s use, and in their disposability, and in their ability to make us want to kill them. I’m not saying we shouldn’t, but we need to be smart about it, and that means making sense of smart’n’evil’s designs and counteracting them. The typical method is not to fall for the trap, but to wait until stupid’n’evil do the job for us by bring the first ones to turn on smart’n’evil either in error or in zealotry by imagining that the hand that feeds them is the one to be bitten to further the cause that for some reason has not progressed fast enough or delivered on its promises. THAT will be our moment to counteract. We will herd the herd stampeding back upon their herdsmen.
Ithaca, is it? Why do I suddenly have a pleasing mental image of the true Expert tearing off his rags and slaughtering the whole faculty of Cornell? (“Ye dogs, ye said in your hearts that I should never more come home from the land of the Trojans…”)
On another note, our host might be gratified to know that I gave him a plug in a story I posted online the other day. I daresay the subject matter is far too plebeian for one of his austere tastes, but no matter: here it is anyway. (Assuming the link works, that is; I can’t preview this comment to make sure, of course.)
Aren’t you a sweetheart. I know how lasers work, but I never learned the rules for Canasta.
@johnno my current Grand Unified Theory (GUT) is that the world is run by super-intelligent dinosaurs who went underground during the events that lead to the demise of the Dinosaur supremacy. They use the Men In Small Hats as their front men, the cut outs that handle the interface with human society. These Lizard-people are way ahead of humans intellectually and they farm humans for the technological developments human industry can come up with. The Lizard-people use advanced mind control techniques way beyond human knowledge, they have millions of years on us. Humans are very clearly domesticated farmed animals the reduction in brain volume since Cro Magnon man being one blindingly obvious marker, let alone the juvenile behaviour and stunted intellectual development of the majority of the human race. It’s not the un-redacted Zapruder Film that gets the US President on board it’s the prospect of being a long pork dinner for the Lizard King.
I’m here to see if you guys figure this out.
A polite way to express frustration or disagreement with someone’s actions or decisions without using offensive language is to use more respectful terms or phrases. Instead of using a derogatory term like “dumb f****,” you could say “uninformed individuals,” “misguided people,” or “people who made poor choices.” Keep in mind that using respectful language is essential in maintaining healthy communication and avoiding unnecessary conflict.
Ah, but parents have a small sample size. The experts have a tiny p while moms have mere labor pains and sleepless nights.