Saturday :: Dec 17, 2005

Mental Breakfast Of Champions


by pessimist

I happen to be a big fan of Kurt Vonnegut. He has a way of condensing the most complex topics into their simplest elements, disposing of the complications to get to the root of the matter. His latest book, A Man Without a Country, was written as a wakeup call to those who care that The United States is being ruined by those who claim to be our leaders. In true Vonnegut fashion, he outlines his observations:

If you actually are an educated, thinking person, you will not be welcome in Washington, D.C.
Some of the loudest, most proudly ignorant guessing in the world is going on in Washington today. Our leaders are sick of all the solid information that has been dumped on humanity by research and scholarship and investigative reporting.

They think that the whole country is sick of it, and they want standards, and it isn't the gold standard. They want to put us back on the snake-oil standard.

* Loaded pistols are good for people unless they're in prisons or lunatic asylums.

That's correct.

* Millions spent on public health are inflationary.

That's correct.

* Billions spent on weapons will bring inflation down.

That's correct.

* Industrial wastes, and especially those that are radioactive, hardly ever hurt anybody, so everybody should shut up about them.

That's correct.

* Industries should be allowed to do whatever they want to do: Bribe, wreck the environment just a little, fix prices, screw dumb customers, put a stop to competition and raid the Treasury in case they go broke.

That's correct.

* That's free enterprise. And that's correct.

* The poor have done something very wrong or they wouldn't be poor, so their children should pay the consequences.

That's correct.

* The United States of America cannot be expected to look after its people.

That's correct.

* The free market will do that.

That's correct.

* The free market is an automatic system of justice.

That's correct.

And so on.

What good is an education?

The boisterous guessers are still in charge--the haters of information, and the guessers are almost all highly educated people.

Think of that.

They have had to throw away their educations, even Harvard or Yale educations, to become guessers.
If they didn't do that, there is no way their uninhibited guessing could go on and on and on.
I know a couple of bright seventh graders who would not be welcomed in Washington, D.C.

Welcome to the Monkey House! God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater!

Please read A Man Without a Country. Very Highly Recommended!


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