New Poster

I would like to thank everyone for the invitation to contribute, although the very libertarian tone of some of the posts makes me feel a trifle out of place.

 First, an introduction:

 I was born to a British soldier and his German wife, gaining the English sense of humour and the German ability to organize (and avoiding English cooking). I spent my formative years moving around England, Wales, Germany and Cyprus, until I moved to the mid-Western US in 1978. I have stayed here ever since, working in higher education as a teacher and scientist, and recently in administration. I did not become a US citizen until 2009, because of the deep loyalty that I felt to the country of my birth.

In terms of the topics discussed here, I am a firm believer that most of what enlightened Western governments try to do is the right things. Those that are done very well for the good of society, such as basic scientific research, appear to happen not due to the structure that promotes them, but in spite of that.

My opinion is that much of our social and economic mess is an obvious consequence of the kind of people that rise to management and political power. They are the ‘B Ark’ folks of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, who impede every new venture because of the constant fear that they might do the wrong thing. I wouldn’t trust most of them to change a toilet-paper roll. They share the supreme confidence which comes with complete ignorance, which enables them to ‘organize’ people with real talent.

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7 comments for “New Poster

  1. May 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Excellent Post

  2. Junican
    May 25, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Needs to be developed. Right idea though.

    • May 25, 2011 at 5:54 am


  3. Voice of Reason
    May 25, 2011 at 3:49 am

    I think that Douglas Adams beat me to it, over 30 years ago.

    However, the main point stands, based on my observation. Human cultural constructs, including power structures, have not adapted to the Industrial and Scientific Revolutions, and the result will likely destroy us.

    The excesses that scare us all here are the flailings of a failed system, which wants to preserve power in a world which depends on technology that they do not understand at all.

    The idea of power and incompetence is not new (consider the Peter Principle). There was an interesting 1999 study, which showed that competence and confidence are negatively correlated. Since confidence is what gets you promoted in big organizations (in the US and UK at least), is it any wonder that we get the likes of Tony Blair and George Bush?

  4. Fred Thrung
    May 25, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Not to take anything away from that genius Douglas Adams but Ayn Rand beat you to it over 50 years ago.

  5. Voice of Reason
    May 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I am trying to fight my way through ‘Atlas Shrugged’. It reads much better as a comedy.

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