The Strategy of the Mediocre
NB: a couple of weeks ago I received my first notice from google about one of my posts being barred. I didn’t protest or anything. The post already had its run, and was even picked up at LRC. So, it was out there. Strangely, a few days later, it magically re-appeared. As of this writing, it is still up.
Why do I bring this up now? Well, this might be number two in the series.
To Save America, Restore Our Frontier: Restoring accountability in America is the fight of our times, by Joe Lonsdale
The section I will focus on is entitled Unaccountable, Declining Institutions Prefer Wokey (link). Lonsdale’s argument is that the woke mind virus (WMV) is “the perfect philosophy for unaccountable power.”
The WMV is the perfect nihilist philosophy for kludge and decline. It’s a circus being put on by the least accountable people and institutions on Earth.
Universities, growing on the back of guaranteed student loans, have departments in the dozens, even hundreds, working to stoke this virus. Almost none of these people are qualified to do anything that society would pay for absent the temporarily “free” money doled out by the state. Governments have countless tens-of-thousands of employees doing the same – and I expect the market demand for those individuals qualified to perform such WMV services also approaches zero.
But it isn’t that they aren’t qualified to even find their way out of a paper bag. They are not even held accountable for the success or failure of the virtually useless task to which they are assigned. Every failure is merely an opportunity for a bigger budget, a promotion, a new program.
Lonsdale notes the French radicals of the 1960s as providing philosophical cover for the WMV, but it is the unaccountable institutions that are the main driving force behind the movement in our societies.
So, “fighting wokeness” is the wrong strategy. We ought not spend time and energy fighting battles at the surface level while losing an institutional war underneath. The first step is to identify where it prospers most. Here’s a non-exhaustive list:
- Federal and state bureaucracies
Article from LewRockwell