Pen as Sword - Social Commentary

Is the Tree Rotten?

Sipping my morning coffee and contemplating temperatures in the plus ranges – things are very much like a maritime spring day today, complete with fog.  Watching Fox, watching Global, watching CTV, and CBC, and BBC, and reading the Economist, and even once in a while the Mop & Flail (although that rag has, over the years,  become much more suited for wrapping used kitty letter than reading)… Everywhere we are continually inundated with a tide of media speak, of endlessly nuanced flavours, views, spin and talking points about and by our ruling elites and how much they are doing for us, or not doing for us, and so on and so forth.

Yet we see every day around us increasing signs of the detachment of these same elites in the media and government from the realities of everyday live for “everyman”. “Budgets”, and “State-of-Union” addresses, and “news” conferences, and magazine articles, and “news” shows – the infamous infotainment style of reportage. We become accustomed to accepting, in a pseudo “Skinner” manner, whatever we are told by these “sources”  because even a broken clock is right twice a day and we periodically get a real grain of corn amidst the chaff.  Of course any really good lie comes at you sugar coated in a lot of truth and it is the progressive agenda that is the big lie coated with the sugar of “helping and looking after the voters”.

One gets the distinct impression that the elites everywhere eventually and inevitably begin to believe their own spin – their own BS, as a friend remarks.  The almost universal development of a “L’etat, C’est moi” attitude amongst our bureaucracy and their political masters reveals just how detached from reality and everyman they are gradually becoming. This phenomenon, this separation of the elites from the masses, is one of the commonest signs of social decline in any society . Where the elites – the leadership and their servants – share the concerns and values of the people, the government proceeds smoothly. Where the elites are psychically and socially separated their people, they start designing policies that actively harmful to the masses. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the areas of Social Services and Criminal Justice. When the elites come believe that the basic rules of decent conduct are only for the “little people” and don’t apply to the elites we are already too far down the slippery slope to recover without cataclysm.

And amongst the people, the ones most susceptible and sensitive to the decline of values and morals, the ones most affected  by harmful policies are the young. Increasingly as they age they perceive that the deck is stacked against them, they have less invested in the status quo and less to loose by abandoning the old values. They have known nothing else and the education system and the social services available to them and the performance of the justice system when they eventually run afoul of the law all conspire to produce an underclass of ignorant visionless consumers who concentrate on living for the now, for their passions and appetites, because they see no future. They can’t imagine things getting better and they turn to any demagogue who promises them something they have been told they want – right now.

I don’t think I am imagining all this. I really do see this all around me every day. Does anyone else see this picture of society?  It seems pretty straight forward to me. It is as plain as the voice of the senior bureaucrat who once told me over coffee (I was a policy writer at the time) in all sincerity that he believed that the function of government was to separate resources from producers and distribute those resources as he saw fit according to policies developed by the same class of bureaucrats for the betterment of those who had less resources – this was his religion, a religion of take from those who were considered to “have” to give it to those who were considered to “have not”, as if the state of “having”, by some alchemy of progressive policy, rendered the “haves” generally evil. The corollary of this was the equally phantasmagorical belief that the state of “not having” automatically conferred the mantle of general goodness upon those who “have not”.

He saw himself, rather romantically, as a kind of “Robin Hood” in a suite. The mechanics, the underpinnings, of have and have not never seemed to enter into the thought processes. He must have missed the Economics 101 class where the prof pantomimed the action of socialist government by “acting” as the government taking from the producer and pocketing a large share while passing the remainder on to the receiver. This is simplistic I know but reflects the reality of daily existence for more or less any producer on the planet, whatever their product might be. Bureaucrats as pimps – interesting image.







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