You might wonder why this site does not make it to the big time. The answer is that we are not interested in the current fixation of the herd, but on what is eternally true and how human psychology discovers it, which makes us inherently unpopular.
The vast majority of people do not want a resource, wisdom, knowledge, or accuracy. They want something in which they can participate right now that makes them feel better. Humanity is chasing brain drugs and religion, politics, money, sex, and morality deliver those shots of dopamine and serotonin.
Since they are not being paid to choose good political and philosophical readings, and they are not rewarded if they do, they run off to whoever is flogging the $current_thing. Consequently tiny issues get over-amplified and explained repetitively in excruciating detail.
Very few seem to notice how freedom of choice leads to uniformity. When a news event happens, you can read a story about it on every news site. You can get the same opinions from those of your side, and they try to make you feel that your choice is the best one.
Even more, there is a pyramid-shaped market. In conservative media, whenever a new event like the Trump trial comes about, the big sites offer general opinions; the little guys offer clever tropes; the middle compiles both and stitches them together into a narrative.
People do not use narratives because they are well. They use narratives to preemptively justify themselves by explaining their sickness as wellness. The media pyramid exists to give people reasons to feel better about their choices and to rationalize their failings as the work of a scapegoat.
Leftist media is the worst for this. They have never left behind the days of chanting for the guillotine to kill whole families. To them, life is about revenge, which reflects their belief that their lives are static and will never really change or improve.
Conservative media falls short by being sloppy. Breitbart reports a story, The Gateway Pundit adds some paranoia, Zero Hedge injects theory, and then Tucker Carlson tells it all as an entertaining story of Us versus Them.
If humans had any brains — spoiler: no — they would realize that Us versus Them is a minor drama in the bigger struggle of Us versus Disorder as the human species tries to make itself sane enough to adapt to the newest addition to its environment, civilization.
That is the big picture, and we ignore it because it requires us to change our thinking and look beyond the immediate. Instead of choosing opinions to justify our past choices, we would need to look toward the future and, through that, to what has worked for all of time.
Applying Occam’s Razor to humanity shows us that most of our decisions are made from short-term thinking applied as if it were long-term in order to give it legitimacy in the eyes of others. This backfires because over time, the short-term thinking starts to fail, but then no one will change their thinking.
Most of our problems are obvious, the solutions are obvious, and our denial is obvious. In most cases, our short-term solutions perpetuate or create the problem, but we are afraid to deviate from what is already known to be accepted by others.
For example, strikes currently paralyze much of Europe and America because workers want more money to counter the rising cost of living through stagflation:
Unions are seeking a pay increase of at least 10.5% and have dismissed offers from employers of 5% in two stages plus one-off payments.
High inflation also seen elsewhere last year has hit many workers hard, said Ulrich Silberbach of the Civil Service Federation.
“We have recorded drops in real wages and these need to be balanced out,” he told reporters in Berlin, adding that some of his union’s members in larger cities are having to apply for state benefits to afford rent.
If these people spent thirty seconds of thought, they would realize that they are in a circular formation. Government taxes, unions kick up wages, and then the money is spent at the bottom of the market through subsidies, causing prices to rise.
In other words, the union can never negotiate good wages for its employees, only keep up with current costs, after deducting its percentage of course. Union organizers seem to live quite well on their salaries and get a lot of bonus payments for political activism.
The Occam’s Razor here is that the workers, by definition, are not competent to make decisions above their level. When given that power, they screw it up, creating a cycle where government and unions take money and use it to drive down the value of wages.
Their “solution” is in fact the source of their problem.
Most people will howl if you mention this, but all costs are passed down to the consumer. The consumer demands higher wages. That means prices must rise. The subsidized spend recklessly and drive up prices further. This produces stagflation, and only limiting taxes and entitlements stops it.
The French protesters currently burning down their capital city must not realize that what they are demanding will make their problem worse. The retirement age rose because the system is out of money; demanding more money out of the system means cuts and tax raises will occur somewhere else.
Trickle down economics turns out not to be fake after all, but it takes two forms. First, all costs trickle down to the consumer. Second, stopping that process raises the value of the economy as a whole, which makes purchasing power work for the consumer again.
In other words, we either build a civilization that provides opportunity to everyone, or we try to subsidize people in the socialist way and end up with a civilization that is worth less and costs more. It is a choice we have to make, but we made it piecemeal and ended up with a mess.
The same divide applies to many things. The problems of diversity and diaspora are caused by multiracialism. End that, and those problems go away. Not only that, but everyone has a better quality of life because they have pride in themselves and control their destiny.
We could also view this as a general statement of Darwinism: whatever roles we elect for government to take for us, we lose the ability to have on our own. People once could guide themselves through life without an army of experts, therapists, propagandists, and financial advisers.
With organic society, we had war-leaders in the kings and local managers in aristocrats, but everything else we did for ourselves. People had pride in who they were and confidence in what they were able to do. We traded all of that away for democracy, individualism, equality, diversity, and entitlements.
Tags: conservatives, occam's razor, unions