This is a blog post rendition of my 1-hr presentation at The 21 Convention in Austin, TX in August, right after I gave a 20-minute abbreviated version of same at the Ancestral Health Symposium, 2012, in Boston, at Harvard University School of Law.
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" — Isaac Asimov
In the last installment, Part 7, I did essentially what I did in Part 1 where I outlined the quality of Paleolithic knowledge; only in that case, it was the quality of Paleolithic social power. So here, I'll juxtapose that to the quality of Neolithic social power, just as I juxtaposed quality Neolithic knowledge in Part 2. Make sense? Good. onward, then.
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." — Winston Churchill
There you go: your 1 in 300 millionth say in your own affairs! Wowzers!
It doesn't scale, folks. It simply doesn't, never will. Moreover, because people are incentivized to not think—but to instead simply meander with the herd—you basically end up with a dumber and dumber herd of cattle.
"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." — H. L. Mencken (Baltimore Evening Sun; July 26, 1920)
Nobody gets out of this alive.
In the next installment I'll give you my comprehensive list of social solutions to this little dilemma.
- Part 1: The Quality of Paleolithic Knowledge
- Part 2: The Quality of Neolithic Knowledge
- Part 3: The Problem With Authority
- Part 4: Having One’s Cake and Eating It Too
- Part 5: The Real Hobgoblins
- Part 6: Democide
- Part 7: The Quality of Paleolithic Social Power
- Part 8: The Quality of Neolithic Social Power
- Part 9: Conclusion; How to Fix Everything