Posted On: Thursday - June 22nd 2023 7:40PM MST
In Topics:   University  Americans  US Feral Government  The Future  Race/Genetics  Educational Stupidity  Big-Biz Stupidity
Under this recent post, Peak Stupidity commenter E.H. Hail pointed us to this very interesting article on the decline of competency in America. The writer is one Harold Robinson, and exactly who he is, his occupation, and his whereabouts were discussed in that same thread.
Mr. Robinson wrote this article for Palladium on-line (I guess?) magazine. (Who prints stuff out anymore?) After reading this excellent article, to be discussed herein, I did check out a few of the other articles on that site. From the looks of the home page and half of another article I perused there (on Xinjiang, China, from '18) this magazine features long well-written essays. It's not the site you can depend on to, cough, cough, you know like ... cough have something new to read daily. It looks like you'll see something new once or twice a week.
Palladium magazine's ABOUT page has the names of 5 Editor/Manager types and 8 regular "correspondents". They invite freelance writing, and that must be the deal with Mr. Robinson and his article to be discussed. It is directly within Peak Stupidity's wheelhouse. The regular reader would have seen our recent articles on the subject of declining competency in America. For starters, check out the Harvesting the fruits of a half-century of Affirmative Action series - Part 1 - - Part 2 - - Part 3 - - Part 4 and Part 5, or Demographics to DIE
OK, link bomb away, we can climb up to cruise altitude and praise and critique the article in question. As I wrote, this is in our wheelhouse. Peak Stupidity sees the slow (for now!) decrease in the ability to live 1st World lives. It is mostly due, IMO, to the large change in demographics that has occurred in America over the last half century. Affirmative Action, in effect for over half a century now, was a screw-job on White Men, no doubt. However, there were lower, sometimes token, numbers, and we had the attitude that we'd still do our thing with the additional burden of parasitic AA hires. The new Wokeness, with its insistence on quotas in all fields is making, and will make, a competent workforce a thing of the past wherever it's in effect.
Mr. Robinson seems to agree with this assessment. He starts off, in his introductory section, discussing recent military and industrial disasters, and he relates the problem with the workforce and modern Woke working environment. He discusses the century old to half-century-ending American practices of meritocracy and the use of the many standardized tests. He notes the "collision course" of the meritocratic system with the decade long (early 1960s to early '70s) series of Civil Rites laws, Supreme Court rulings, executive orders, and laws that were made to push non-White-Men into all the American Institutions.
Mr. Robinson's 2nd section, titled From Meritocracy to Diversity, goes back to the origin of the entrance qualifications to universities, with the explanation going back to Griggs v Duke Power (the impetus from Big Biz for the hiring of degreed employees). He discusses the ways Big Biz has been roped into the D.I.E. program, including the scourge of the HR "professionals.
Next, in Diversity in Theory and Practice, Mr. Robinson explains more about the escalation of D.I.E. in big corporations via "ask, tell, make". Going back to colleges and professional programs, he tells us how all the admission qualifications have been going away, because, DIEVERSITY. Then he discusses the very recent changes from the BLM/Woke pressure - with a helping hand from the Kung Flu PanicFest - that has resulted in the elimination of entrance and even EXIT! (i.e. Medical Boards) qualifications.
Mr. Hail noted that this great article may be something to bring to the attention of illustrious blogger Steve Sailer This university admissions discussion is especially in Steve Sailer's wheelhouse. He just loves that stuff. However, I will say here that Mr. Sailer likes to see and play with the numbers. Harold Robinson, writing here for Palladium tells the story without numbers and specific schools and racial headcounts. I'm fine with that, as I can see this guy's reasoning is sound, and he has the story right. Mr. Sailer might not be fine with that. Also, Mr. Sailer is too nice, and often a bit naive, to straight-out tell readers that the continuation of all this is leading to serious trouble, as in a 3rd-World nation.
There are 2 more long sections in this article, Competency Is Declining From the Core Outwards and The American System Is Cracking, that are not fun, but are very important reading material. This all goes along with what the articles on this site are trying to explain about our future. All the "complex systems" that let us live good lives in this nation are breaking down due to the lack of any serious fight against the D.I.E. non-White-male madness. I wish that a large majority of America could read this article.
Now, I'll give a few criticisms. Harold Robinson concentrates almost solely on the white-collar workforce in this article. He talks about the increasing numbers of AA/D.I.E. executives and managers who are incompetent including discussion of people running the Government.* Really, I don't see that as the real problem. After all, the NAZI and Soviet Russian Governments were run by almost all White men, but, arguably, Totalitarianism is worse on us the more competently it's practiced. I am not at all concerned with the US military having gotten into this Wokeness. Let the navy ships crash out in the South China Sea. I would like a weaker and weaker American military that (when it eventually comes to it) States or the American people can beat more easily. I'd like to see the US Feral Gov't, most especially, the IRS, be so incompetent that they do nothing resembling their functions as prescribed by Congress.
As can be seen in our Hotel Haiti series for example, Peak Stupidity is more concerned with the incompetence in blue collar and/or service work. There are professionals that Mr. Robinson discussed too, doctors for worrisome(!) example. Incompetent engineers are a REAL problem. Put the latter together with an incompetent blue collar workforce and bridges fall down, roads crack, machines break even faster than the current China-made Crap, and life becomes ever more of a struggle just to stand still economically. Bad service everywhere adds to the misery.
Mr. Hail brought up the lack of attention paid in this article to the Kung Flu as a point of discussion. Besides mentioning that the Covid gave impetus to the removal of testing requirements (done previously in person), the writer had only this to say:
The more recent coronavirus pandemic was another teachable moment. What started just three years ago with a novel respiratory virus has caused a financial crisis, a bubble, soaring inflation, and now a banking crisis in rapid succession.I don't think that was all about incompetence. Much of that was purposeful, by power-hungry and greedy people who took advantage of the latest virus. It doesn't sound like Mr. Robinson gets this, but I'm not sure from the 2 sentences.
I will now excerpt the last part of Harold Robinson's conclusion:
Americans living today are the inheritors of systems that created the highest standard of living in human history. Rather than protecting the competency that made those systems possible, the modern preference for diversity has attenuated meritocratic evaluation at all levels of American society. Given the damage already done to competence and morale combined with the natural exodus of baby boomers with decades worth of tacit knowledge, the biggest challenge of the coming decades might simply be maintaining the systems we have today.It could be worse than that even. All of this reminds me of the Mike Judge movie Idiocracy. I don't think Mike Judge's time span of 500 years is correct. We could be there in 100, maybe 50.
The path of least resistance will be the devolution of complex systems and the reduction in the quality of life that entails. For the typical resident in a second-tier city in Mexico, Brazil, or South Africa, power outages are not uncommon, tap water is probably not safe to drink, and hospital-associated infections are common and often fatal. Absent a step change in the quality of American governance and a renewed culture of excellence, they prefigure the country’s future.
* The writer rightly puts the focus on the FAA's Air Traffic Control system, which is a part of government. There have been an undue share of near-disasters lately. I wonder if the Globalist elites who push all this D.I.E. stuff onto the Western world can see the problems they have caused. These people do like to travel. Maybe they plan on bailing out of the West.