By Thorsten J. Pattberg for the Saker Blog
In 2016, a video game influencer and Youtube superstar going by the handle of Markiplier uploaded a 5-minutes long video of him gazing at a banana. That video immediately got 3 million views. The baby face with fiery-orange top hair wanted to prove his theory that because he is a celebrity, people will watch his content no matter how moronic. And they did.
And this isn’t just a fringe movement. Humanity is actually getting dumber. The technical term from evolutionary biology is dysgenics or selection of the unfit. To put it bluntly, our liberal society allows its not-so-bright members to fornicate like rabbits. Thanks to human rights and a generous welfare state, those idiots have no natural enemies like merit or competition, and fear no consequences for bad life decisions. And when it is time to mate, hell yes, they find each other and multiply.
And that is just the beginning of our downfall. We actually do have to entertain these idiots, and the standard by which we must do that has dramatically declined too.
One talentfree Italian artist in 2021 sold an “invisible sculpture” for $18k, the Financial Times, the Independent and Art.net reported. Not too shabby. Several international “bestsellers” on Amazon.com, the internet book monopolist, now literally consist of blank pages. Blank pages as in: the authors uploaded empty manuscripts. This is supposed to be funny, as I am sure it is to the majority; and gets even funnier as those empty pages apparently sell like hot cakes, including such click-baiting titles as ‘The Complete Book of Reasons to Vote Democrat’ or ‘Inside the Mind of Donald Trump.’
A Dutch museum erected giant turds and poop and feces, entitled ‘Walking through Excrements’. “Wow,” said one visitor, “there were four giant turds inside the 16,000 square feet of museum space!” “One was a brown spiral,” said another. The New York ‘All the News fit to print’ Times spread the news to all Americans. In particular, the masters of taste marveled at the active part of the exhibition, where folks were invited to get nude and put on naked costumes in the shape of vaginas and penises, before posing in front of colossal heaps of stool.
That New York poop exhibition is nothing compared to much larger landmarks of stupidity and idiocy in Europe. Take ‘Centre Pompidou‘, the museum of modern art in Paris. Think of a giant elephant with its intestines on the outside. So these stupid architects designed a street-block sized box covered with toilet pipes and gas tubing and dirt pockets and drip legs and cable mash. Tripadvisor calls it “unbelievable ugly”. The Travelling-Geek calls it “possibly France’s ugliest building.” Even the British Broadcast Corporation BBC calls those “guts of pipes and tubes” the most ugly sight, which “caused shock and outrage in its day.”
Never judge a book by its cover, though. So hell yes, let’s go INSIDE. It was the turn of the millennium, and thousands of unsuspecting tourists were staring aghast at avant-garde Austrian “actionism,” including Otto Muehl’s unforgettable masterpiece ‘Der geile Wotan’. In case you are unfamiliar with Centre Pompidou and the global art scene, the Austrian actionists filmed wild orgies in a farm house and drinking their own urine, and ‘Der geile Wotan is’ really just the group defecating on the artist’s head.
And that is just high society. Wait until you see what is going on with the uneducated masses. One female British cosplay idol who got famous for a-he-gao memes, a facial expression Japanese under-aged are supposed to make during orgasm, sold her bathtub water for $30 an ounce. This story apparently triggered 20,000 newspapers and blogs to write about her, which is more publicity than the Beatles or Elvis Presley could generate back in the days with actual stardom.
To our sociology majors, this race to the bottom is unsurprising: Base and perversion are now mainstream entertainment. Putting years into hard work or practicing a skill seems stupid to the stupid. Why not farting and belching during a live stream playing your favorite online shooter game ‘Fortnight’? Done! 170,000 views in one evening. I am famous!
It would be tedious to list the many world leading thinkers who warned us about the coming stupidiocracy. It is too late for that. Instead, let’s poke fun at human stupidity in animated comedy series such as Beavis and Butt-Head (1993-), The Simpsons (1989-) and Southpark (1997-), now watched by billions. One Hollywood film director, Mike Judge, became legendary by making the 2006 sci-fi movie ‘Idiocracy’, now jokingly considered a real-life documentary about America’s intellectual decay. It is basically about an average Joe with an IQ of the exact 100 points average, who is forgotten in hibernation sleep in a secret military experiment and wakes up in the year 2505, where he is now “the smartest man in the world.” In that future, entertainment is all about genital jokes and lots of ass, and gamer chairs have in-built stationary toilets for us screen addicts.
One of the profoundest essays on the Laws of Human Stupidity ever written is the Le leggi fondamentali della stupidità umana (1976), by Carlo M Cipolla who, had he not been Italian, would have ranked among the greatest European philosophers. Of course, an “essay” by definition is unscientific and opinionated, and it could be argued that any attempt at formulating a law of stupidity is… well… stupid already. Nevertheless, Cipolla’s conclusion cannot be unseen, for he argues that stupidity has nothing to do with intelligence or any other characteristic of that person. His Third Law reads as follows:
“A stupid person is a person who causes losses to others while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.”
This explains quite frankly why all those idiots mentioned above, from Markiplier to the New York Times, from the architects and artists of Centre Pompidou to the makers of stupid American tv comedy shows, have done nothing for human advancement but wasted our precious life time and made us all more stupid.
So where is the journey going? Nobody can tell us. Investigative journalism went down the toilet. One young Chinese couple in 2015 humped in the changing room of a Japanese Uniqlo branch in Beijing, China. International clothing company for the lower classes? Check. Young people fucking in a box? Check. China and Japan, fuck me this is good: Check! This story made it into the foreign policy sections of the most prestigious News outlets, from the Wall Street Journal to (always!) the British Broadcasting Corporation.
What were those program directors and editors-in-chief thinking? Or better: what were they not thinking? They should know very well that not the degeneracy and the fucking, but the showcasing of that degeneracy and fucking, is the true state of idiocracy. It will probably further erode public morals, our education system and our genetics. But who cares at this point, right?
That said, is it not conclusive to surmise that our clever news feeders know much more about evolutionary biology than they care to admit? Maybe they’ve read Carlo M Cipolla. Maybe they weaponize stupidiocracy against us. If so, they purposely farm this ocean of proverbial human jellyfish so primitive we exist to eat and consume and derive no gain without a brain.
The author is a German writer and cultural critic.
“I swear stupidity is gonna kill us. The climate summit just announced they wanna end air travel and cow farts.“ –Moonriddengirl
- The Menticide Manual – Foreword + Start Early
- The Menticide Manual – Quibbling
- The Menticide Manual – Gaslighting
- The Menticide Manual – Ghosting
- The Menticide Manual – Framing
- The Menticide Manual – Inverse Reality
- […] and more twisted tales of insanity and madness to come.
“I have insisted that any new structure for codifying experience and moving information, be it alphabet or photograph, has the power of imposing its structural character and assumptions upon all levels of our private and social lives-even without the benefit of concepts or of conscious acceptance…that is what i have always meant by the Medium is the Message. Marshall McLuhan – The Man who Infuriates the Critics
“Future historians will surely see us as having created in the media a Frankenstein monster which no one knows how to control or direct, and marvel that we should have so meekly subjected ourselves to its destructive and often malign influence. ” Malcolm Muggeridge
and so one will be able to understand what is here:
by what is found here:
I know that you and many others would probably not like to hear this. But what you are observing is the natural evolution of the most radical and extreme worldview known in human history, Modernism.
The essence of Modernism is the radical removal of all known human norms even if they are hesitant to admit this publicly. Among all others, modernists have always and especially focused on the removal of all ethical norms. Therefore, what you are observing very correctly is only the expected outcome of modernity!
Seems like another Weimar Republic in the works. How will the pendulum swing back?
I think you are confusing modernism with post-modernism, but never mind.
Tom Wolfe nailed what was wrong with the “modern” art scene in a wonderful short book called The Painted Word (1975).
Edward Dutton covers the real drop in intelligence (and numerous other things, often wearing a ridiculous costume). He did a review of Idiocracy a couple of weeks ago. His conclusion: the film sugarcoats our predicament, and that things will get much worse much faster than suggested in the movie.
Modernism is indeed the most evil disease that ever befell humankind; I have been a student of Anti-Modernism and Anti-westernism (Both go hand in hand)
I have also read and collected considerable sophisticated collection of literature on the subject, surprisingly most of the extremely vehement critics of Modernism are Western western european men and again surprisingly almost each one of them have converted to traditional Islam. Now then for any one interested in expanding their knowledge on Anti-modernism should read
1, Frithjof Schuon:1907 – 1998) was a Swiss metaphysician of German descent, belonging to the Perennialist or Traditionalist School of thought, Islamic name Essa-Nouruddin. ,
2 Gai Eaton,“The modern Westerner, persuaded that he has a right to “think for himself” and imagining that he exercises this right, is unwilling to acknowledge that his every thought has been shaped by cultural and historical influences and that his opinions fit, like pieces of jigsaw puzzle, into a pattern which has nothing random about it.”
― Charles, Hassan Le Gai Eaton, Islam and the Destiny of Man
3, Rene Guenon (Abdul Wahid Yahya) I would put this man as a giant of metaphysical studies ;“for everything that has any kind of existence, even error, has necessarily its reason for existence, and disorder itself must in the end find its place among the elements of universal order. Thus, whereas the modern world considered in
itself is an anomaly and even a sort of monstrosity, it is no less true that, when viewed in relation to the whole historical cycle of which it is a part, it corresponds exactly to the conditions pertaining to a
certain phase of that cycle, the phase that the Hindu tradition speci-fies as the final period of the Kali-Yuga. It is these conditions, arising”
― René Guénon, The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times
There is little doubt that this modernism is steadily taking us humans into a disaster of incalculable proportion and we are like a creaking horse cart, being pulled uphill with a blinkered horse, What could go wrong?
Time to visit YouTube and watch Channel 4 Series “Brass Eye” which showed just how stupid celebrities could be with its satire on politicians and fake current affairs programmes
Terrific piece! The world is going down the toilet. At the same time, we can’t look away. I saw that cosplay girl story ‘Belle Delphine’ from the UK and her bathwater actionism. She was like 19 back then, and so dumb. She posed with a dead octopus too. She got banned from Instagram and Youtube and years later opened her OnlyFans account. Now she is doing adult content. Total self-destruction, for sure. That said, she got rich and famous short-term, and young people do everything to stand out these days. Never mind the disgrace for her family and the overall degeneracy for society. The reference to Cipolla is important. Stupidity has nothing to do with intelligence. It is in the behavior. Stupid is what stupid does.
Nothing to argue with here. Except: “…those idiots have no natural enemies like merit or competition…”. Competition is fine when its excesses are regulated. Merit, however, is the softer, ‘acceptable’ idea that emerged amongst management theorists once everybody decided that eugenics was just too much. After all, merit cuts both ways. I might merit a pay rise or I might merit a one-way trip to Auschwitz, depending on who gets to decide and what the criteria are.
How to define stupid, that is the question, one answer might be, ‘absorb as much information as you can and then radiate idiocy’ …
Information saturation radiation madness, as the human mind, the soul, spirit, the ego, what ever part you want to name in whatever way you like, fails to be fit for purpose with the overload, and is not designed for thoughts, perceptions, observations, to be unprocessed, but to develop, and mature in a time-continuum with its own dynamic and individual form and manner.
To add another report, a gallery with uniform panels of canvas around the walls, placed the same distance apart, all painted jet black. Saw this today.
The problem is very complex indeed. In this idea that “everybody has his own truth” or that good and evil are relative to the subjective appreciation of the individual; or that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” the very concepts of Truth, Beauty and Good have been destroyed. Because if everything is true, then “The Truth” ceases to exist, it becomes merely an appreciation.
Despite of all the goodwilled intentions, what these “libertarians” are doing is demolishing the ideas of Socrates, Plato and Aristhoteles on which our civilization is based.
If any “truth” has the same worth; what is the point of debating ideas? Why use dialectic thinking? Why share with others? what is the point of the scientific method?
I recall a chat I had with one of the greatest theatre directors (Ludwik Margules) many years ago, he said there was a great abyss between art and entertainment. Basically that, as an artist, he worked to the higher limits of his brain and if there was only one person in the audience that could climb to that hight that was the person he was working for. On the other hand, when he directed for the industry of entertainment, he had to make sure even the dumbest person in the audience understood everything in the play (for he also paid a ticket). So generally he had to deal in simple plots made by and for simpletons.
In the words of Alain Finkielkraut in his book “The Downfall of thinking”, the culture has been brought down by the industry of entertainment. And the result will be that the glowing of the screen will leave us with the grotesque face to face of the fanatic, and the idiot.
I have to laugh and nod my head at the truth of all these observations and also share the conclusion that weaponization of studidization must have been the long term goal all along. What better way to control the serfs of the near term feudal future than to reduce them to harmless easily entertained and infinitely malleable idiots. I’d say we’re pretty much there as we speak.