Tex Arcane: Solutions Not Welcome at the End of Empire

by Ryu

Tex Arcane is a lesser known WN, though he is quite good. He is probably the strongest WN in Oz.

“Declining civilisations are a lot like a Monty Python skit where people are screaming a bridge is about to collapse and they are inquiring of a crowd if any of them are engineers. Several real engineers hold their hands up but nobody calls on them. Instead, they ask a baker, a hairdresser and a florist what they think should be done about the dangerously unstable bridge. The engineers finally get discouraged and they trudge off downcast. As soon as they are out of frame, the bridge collapses. That’s the basic story of the end of the previous 40 or so civilisations we know about.

A friend of mine a couple of years back told me about the Roman Emperor given a tour of the watermills at the edge of the empire where two guys had figured out how to do the work of a thousand slaves grinding bread flour simply by using water power. I went off and read a little bit more of the background on the watermill in the last days of Rome. Sure enough, the late Roman Empire had a half a dozen inventions that could have transformed their lives overnight and reversed their fortunes. Nobody had the brains to try to deploy any of them as solutions. Instead, civil servants were coming up with oxen powered warships (decks covered with manure waist deep in a day) and mice trained to catch grain beetles to control spoilage (Mice poo and fleas as opposed to tighter barrels, which worked in the Byzantine Empire). The exact sort of solutions you would expect to get from a guy with an IQ around average and way too much authority. Stuff that just made things worse.

I continue to be amazed in the present era where you compare the confidence and self-assurance of the self-appointed ruling class on television with the results they are getting. You’d think that with their societies crumbling around them on a daily basis, they might be humbled and start to wonder if the direction they are urging us all in is actually working. It is their special gift to be nearly impervious to feedback. No matter what happens they continue to blame the problem squarely on the existing limitations on government power (which are increasingly non-existent) and believe with religious style zeal that the earthly paradise is always just one more emergency legislation session away. Only a temporary extension of State power, you see … until the “crisis” passes. Except every week there seems to be a new “crisis.”

“Wonder why there is all this endless concern about “bullying” in the school and workplace? Do you get tired of hearing it? Ever consider there must be some larger concern in the background driving all this noise about it?

It is because all the research going back more than 80 years, almost coinciding with the introduction of wide scale IQ testing, shows that the brightest and most gifted people are also the worst bullied and ostracised from cradle to grave.

The government wishes it could just ignore all the facts because they are really disturbing. On the other hand, they have all these goofy questions from the peanut gallery inquiring why all the “go-juice” seems to have vanished from the economy over the last two decades. They are trying hard to figure it out and every time they pay for research, the facts come back and they are unacceptable. People are crying because they don’t have no more taco fixings and consumer junk. The crops are dying and we got all these dust bowls. Somebody ought to do something, the sheeple screech. They really ought to.

The innovators, problem solvers and the brightest part of the population seem to be opting out. The cleverest ones form little online businesses that rarely employ more than a few people and cannot make a dent in the unemployment rate. The dumb ones cluster in the big corporations and participate in huge useless meetings all day long for years and years, trying to discuss why none of them ever seems to accomplish much of anything. Including figuring out why that is at all these meetings they hold.

My knowledge of history, which is more extensive than that of most college graduates you know (everything is relative) tells me there is nothing strange about our era.

In all declining civilizations, the good men retire to tend to their private gardens. They stop taking part in the larger social fabric and it is rapidly revealed that this little 5% of the population was doing nearly everything of consequence.

Permanent staff are great at putting on birthday brunches for their fellow employees when the date approaches. Everything else, not so much. What is much, much worse … which these governments discover again and again when they study the problem … is that they drove off all the good ones a long time ago through a variety of techniques which invariably alienate even the most determined quality people. Everybody makes a big deal out of the fact that Steven Jobs came back to Apple and fixed it after being run out of his own company on a rail. They never stop to consider that for every story like Steven Jobs that has a good ending, there are ten million stories you never heard about that did not end like this at all.

Even as a good tree produces good fruit, so a bad tree can only produce bad fruit. You know them by their fruits. Most of them are fruits. Just not the good kind.

“Women who had been bullied by a member of their own sex said they felt they may have been targeted because their senior colleague felt threatened by their abilities.”

Implicit assumption is that men can handle the same kind of victimisation on their own. They are absolutely right. Men do handle these situations better than women. They become a kind of person described as a transient for the last forty years (1970’s) in the hard scientific research. They work as contractors, temps, day workers and they get paid up front without having to go to performance reviews, sit inside round robin conferences while their fellow office members tear into them and single them out or listen to people who are threatened by their competency discuss when the earliest available opportunity is going to arise for them to leave. In other words, they arrange their affairs with a maximum of benefit to them and to minimize the pain and harm that can be done to them by others. It is just another example of why they are the brightest and most creative problem solvers.

Every once in a while on the road to bankruptcy, managers stop laughing for a couple minutes and they look around. What ever happened to old so-and-so, they think to themselves? That guy that was here last year. Right after we hired him, all sorts of stuff seemed to fix itself. Then there was that girl who used to work over in that corner. A lot of new business seemed to flow in when she was sitting over there. They try to focus for an instant but it is gone.

Another dude is guffawing about a foul in last night’s game and he loses his train of thought, which was never very persistent to begin with. “It was righteous, man, he totally fumbled! I’ll send you the link to the You-Tube video, it was awesome!” Yet even after he steps back into the shadow of his office door (Fifty years of research says cubicles don’t work, software people (not managers) need privacy to be productive) he has a faint sense of disquiet.

A corporate review board is coming up next month. They are going to be asking again why they never seem to make any progress on that revision system that has been so carefully set up to track issues. He knows the guy who is chairing it, he will have a couple drinks with him after work and set the guy up with some tickets to the game, he is sure he can rig it for another couple years and then he retires. Life is good. … but just to be safe, he knows he should call that recruiter. Better get one of those contractor guys in for a couple of months so that when the board review comes up, he can show them some kind of progress on something. They’ll use the contractor to keep treading water and keep upper management baffled on what is really happening down on the floor.

Those contractor guys are always good to buy a little more time. Besides, when the scrutiny ends, they can just cut the guy like they always do. Makes no sense to waste money you don’t need to spend. Those contractor guys charge a lot more an hour and they are weirdos, besides. Most of them don’t even like football. They are either fags or maybe crazy, all of them. You don’t want people like that around any longer than they are needed to bridge a crisis.”

http://vault-co.blogspot.com/2015/05/declining-societies-solutions-not.html

http://vault-co.blogspot.com/2014/01/vivos-upscales-their-vault-network.html

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11 Comments to “Tex Arcane: Solutions Not Welcome at the End of Empire”

  1. He is one step further, a Neanderthal supremacist.

    He hates homos, homo sapiens that is! 🙂

  2. To paraphrase Tex “Its a species wide problem.”

    At this point the hybridization is too great for Texs idea to come to fruition. The only hope is a Racial Laws based on science and segrgation by IQ bracket.

  3. The strong are often stupid, like society itself.

  4. I relate (even though I’m a woman). For too many years people toil for jerks because they don’t believe in themselves enough to start of business of their own or just live off the grid somewhere. No wonder the average American buries himself in “pleasure” when he gets home from work. How else can one deal with the soul sucking humiliation of a “job”.

    Get out while you still can. In an internet age, there truly ARE things one can do online to make enough to at least survive. Try something as a side gig, then when you’re making enough money (crunch the numbers and) quit that job!

  5. PS. Try to get good at something a robot can’t do well and be ready to be flexible in an ever changing world.

  6. Ryu, your theory on cops is spot on, from the ticker:

    “Those primped-up clowns up-armored, up-armed and then sat in the ****ing stairway for over an hour despite knowing this dickhead was loaded up and actively shooting innocent, unarmed and defenseless civilians from above.

    The cops sat on their asses while the gunman shot and killed all the people in the crowd despite having every ability to stop it before it ever happened while knowing exactly where he was.

    If you, in the military, sat and cowered behind hard cover while the enemy shot up your unit your ass would sit in front of a court martial for cowardice before the enemy under Article 99, you’d be convicted, you would go to Leavenworth as you’d be charged with those deaths due to your intentional inaction and then you’d get a dishonorable discharge when your sentence was served.

    It is in fact possible under Article 99 to get the death penalty for cowardice of this sort in a military unit.”

    When shtf, that jackboot turns into a tutu!
    Suddenly it’s all protocol, can’t engage…

    • Cops are basically BigFed bureaucrats.

      They obey orders. THAT, is their real job. Not serving the public, saving lives or any of that. They want that pension and they want to live.

      We are all on our own, Guest. No one is protecting us, no one cares about us. Act as if the police and military are not there to protect you, but to get in your way and stop you from attacking your enemies.

  7. Tex runs his Vault-Co. site out of OZ. This dude,https://thuleanperspective.com/ ain’t Tex. Varg used to be a lead guitarist in a Nordic death metal band called Mayhem. He killed the frontman of the band and burned a few churches, served time in prison, and now lives in rural France with wife and kids doing prepper videos on youtube.

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