Whew, I'm not just an old cynic (11 Jul, 2019)

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Whew, I'm not just an old cynic (11 Jul, 2019)

Postby aardvark_admin » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:02 am

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So I'm not as cynical as I thought I was.. in fact, yesterday it was proven to me that my cynicsm is lacking!

I was truly gobsmacked when "enlightened" as to the shenannigans and outrageous abuses taking place within the halls of power of a foreign (but aligned) government and their bureaucracies.

Oh how I wish I was at liberty to "spill the beans" -- but sadly I suffer from an old-fashioned affliction that is becoming increasingly rare -- ethics. I gave my word not to repeat what I was told so I won't. However, I can assure you that even I was gobsmacked as to the scope and scale of things.

Although this wasn't New Zealand... I can see all the same hallmarks that indicate exactly the same kind of dishonesty, ignorance and corruption is likely taking place within our own "halls of power". Such a shame that everyone's hooked up to UFB-heroin and more interested in the latest reality show or blockbuster mini-series than in the injustices and frauds that are being perpetrated upon them behind closed doors.

Tragic!
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Re: Whew, I'm not just an old cynic (11 Jul, 2019)

Postby phill » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:26 am

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48945828

sort of on topic
it brings up all sorts of thoughts
( ,,,,,,,, ....... A E I O U use em sparingly theres probably not enough )

i might live and eat in a sewer .. but hey look how many of these shiney things i have got
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Re: Whew, I'm not just an old cynic (11 Jul, 2019)

Postby Muscular Jam » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:20 pm

I agree Bruce, people are people no matter what country they are from, and rampant corruption and cronyism is one of the 12 Early Warning Signs of Fascism. But what can I as an individual do? Well as Confusious observed, “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” So I seek to live a life of personal integrity and have raised my children to do the same. What more can I do? I got very excited when the opportunities party launched as it seemed different from the usual career-politician's bread-and-circuses and I agreed with their policies, especially the democracy reset (1 minute video summary). Yet their showing at the election was very sad.

I remember studying the rise of fascism in germany and thinking "why did people go along with it?" Now I see that it is really hard to stop a nation-wide trend. While I greatly admire Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the end he was unsuccessful in stopping hitler. perhaps my role is as Tolkien said, to have "fought the long defeat"
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Re: Whew, I'm not just an old cynic (11 Jul, 2019)

Postby A Bradford » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:33 pm

The quote from Marx made me grin. It was a nice epilogue to lines such as “a Fourth Estate that is now only interested in lining the pockets of its shareholders” and “politicians are more interested in greasing the wheels of big business.” Made my day.

Politicians are simply a reflection of us. They’re exactly like us and exactly what we deserve. But the political class more and more see themselves as elite and transcendent (as you say) and the ready-availability of the opiate of corruption is tantalising. I’m picturing your “astral” contact (I’m assuming him) twirling his moustache with devilish glee after your meeting, perhaps even looking upon the members of the meeting with derision for falling for the whole confidentiality thing. As you can see I am even more cynical than you as I can’t quite imagine a “good” politician or bureaucrat, e.g. I’ll bet your influencer-for-good “stretches” his travel allowance… or is that normal and allowed… break any rule as long as you are ‘acting-out’ your particular definition of good? From my point of view, no its not.

Anyway, forget the politicians, they’re as you say, mediocre monomaniacs trying to get onto that heavenly retirement scheme called the UN or EU where old politicians who are tired of having to bother with gathering votes from lowly types like us go to wallow in caviar with no way to jemmy them out of the stuff unless they die. (That’s the only thing that holds the EU together by the way). If I had the morals of a snake and the skin of a crocodile I’d consider running myself, but alas I was not so lucky.

But I’ll just make one point even though there are about 20 itching to be made…

It’s the intellectuals you really need to fear. Their irrational proclamations, undermining from above, trickle down to lunkhead apparatchiks like rumours. Philosophers, especially white liberal philosophers (and most are) who deride democracy on theoretical grounds, have a vested interest in their tortuous prose; their livelihood depends on it so they just can’t write bleeding-obvious common sense i.e. the stuff that you regularly point out. That would not do at all. So they prattle on convincingly enough about the nuttiest of stuff. Peter Singer reckons that you should feel the same about a child on the other side of the world, say for example in Liberia, as you do your own, otherwise its prejudice. It’s hard to fault the logic. And you don’t want to be a bigot do you?

Or that multiculturalism, (a concept that has been very successfully adopted by the plebs directly from the musings of white liberal intellectuals), is a great “salad” and the more vegetables the better, where no one ingredient predominates. What a beautiful salad it would be. Sounds good and most agree. But that means that you must not “butt in” when you see an old Muslim woman who has been living in, say, Britain for forty years but still knows very little English because a Muslim man actively prevented her just because he doesn’t want her having ideas above her station. (Incidentally this example has been seen in British Pakistani Muslims and I’m not suggesting it happens anywhere else). You must instead accept his culture as just as important as your own. There’s something uncomfortable about that isn’t there? It encourages ghettos and restricts movement out [betterment]. But if you are a multiculturalist then you must embrace these ghettos where the population enjoys de-facto extraterritorial rights. How can a multiculturalist object to any of this without asserting the superiority of his own values? It’s a conundrum that ordinary people find difficult yet philosophers can rationalise away in a single afternoon of dining at Maxims.

Anyway…

The point is… People are complicated and the “logical” musings of the likes of Marx are dangerous. Fear the philosopher. They cook-up all kinds of seemingly logical yet absurd arguments – as only they can and get paid for it – that are attractive on paper but fail to take into account that people are infinitely complicated and are not simply deterministic objects to be acted upon. The politicians and bureaucrats are just useful idiots; the politicians do what the bureaucrats tell them having themselves been picked in intellectual dribble from on high.
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Morons of the World - Unite!

Postby Perry » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:13 am

If the people will lead the way
Eventually, the leaders will follow.

Can't recall who said it, though.
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Re: Whew, I'm not just an old cynic (11 Jul, 2019)

Postby aardvark_admin » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:23 am

I love it Perry... you deliver some priceless gems!
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