Where is the so-called voice of youth? It’s missing.


Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The voice of youth may be a tired phrase, but it’s an important concept. A generation of doormats has no voice. If such a generation now exists, it’s a serious problem.

I refuse to believe that younger people have no opinions. That’s certainly not my experience. Even the “sadly educated” have at least a few ideas of their own.

The current under 20s generation, as seen in media and tedious loudmouthed social media, seems to be a video game addicted collection of aspiring corporate corpses? Is Big Bang Theory or some excruciating bit of “entertainment” all anyone can think of to do with youth? If so, it’s a real insult.

How did that happen? Don’t people take the under 20s seriously? If not, why not? This is the generation which will be fighting the next wars, getting lumbered with a tech economy in which old style careers and jobs will be impossible, and from the look of it, largely broke and struggling to make ends meet.

This is a true future disaster in progress, and the possible answers to those questions are hardly reassuring. “Reasons” for not taking the younger generation seriously may include:

  • They’re broke: Therefore they’re not economically relevant, and have little if any real social clout. Try that on a spreadsheet. Talk about a no chance scenario.
  • They can’t influence an economy and a society they can’t access: True of the chronically poor since the beginning of recorded history, and a great way to effectively discard an entire generation.
  • They have no political muscle: Wrong, but expedient, this view of the younger generation is basically lazy. They will have some sort of political clout, but it’ll be handicapped by the above points, which will also be their main areas of political interest.
  • They’re “dumb”: This very cynical view means that younger people are stuck with the image of how things work. They’re not criminals (yet, no thanks to this thinking) they’re not corrupt, and they take things on trust, like most young people. Therefore they’re idiots? Shaky logic, but look how little is done to inform them. The most communicative generation in history is being fed garbage.
  • They’re sick: This toxic wasteland of an environment makes people sick. Being sick is “wrong”. Therefore the young, if sick, are bad people. Particularly if they miraculously can’t afford treatment. So it’s all their fault.
  • They’re obstructed by employment factors: Since some collection of morons decided people should work all the way to the grave, promotions and opportunities have been reduced for younger people. That’s their fault, too.
  • They’re media-dependent: Another very wrong view. That’s what they said about the 60s generation, and look what happened. That generation made its own culture, because the mainstream culture was too insane. The modern generation ARE at a disadvantage, stuck with crap in incredible amounts, but it IS crap. You can’t live on crap forever.

If this collection of “reasons” is making you puke, imagine how living it feels. If there is a “voice of youth” muttering around under all this filth, it must be doing a lot of swearing.

What “voice of youth”?

So what would you call a “voice of youth”? Instagram? Selfies to the point of death? Facebook, with its paid collection of psycho trolls? Rap? Rock? Idiotic movies full of people shooting each other? Some youth culture you’ve got there, Grandma.

Instagram is a brief attention span, low value, visual thing. Facebook is a social medium for older people. Twitter is X characters of spleen or wit, depending on your perspective.

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My books are set in the England of the immortals, not some dreary little off license. Wonder why? No.

Rap and rock are both over 40 years old. “Youth” has nothing to do with it, particularly when rap and rock are both obsessing over irrelevances. Nobody gives a damn about some gangsta or hairstyle whining about everything. Whining is easy; it’s getting somewhere that’s difficult. That culture is dead and it goes nowhere anyway. It’s also avoidable, and to their credit, most younger people can take it or leave it, and they do.

The fact is that there is no place for a voice of youth. This is a middle class morgue of values, imposed on youth. If the poor bastards are glued to their phones, it’s because they have very few other places to go.

The pity of it is that this generation is quite articulate, when it gets a chance, which is almost never. Even allowing for the day care version of the arts we have now, they can be very interesting, if able to get a word in.

The voice of youth is getting drowned out by the senile babblings of a society from the past. Geriatric politics, corporate wanking, you name it, it has more coverage and more space than it deserves, at the expense of youth. That’s a damn high cost.

The environment and the voice of youth, sort of

One area where the younger generation is getting somewhere, with some natural justification, is the environment. Kids usually react to any environment in which they grow up as “normal”. This hellhole of a planet, however, as it now is, (it really wasn’t) is getting plenty of attention. They’re not treating it as normal, but something to be fixed, which is quite right.

That, of course, instantly conflicts with the established apathy and stupidity of these times. It’s a very good sign that younger people are involved with the environment, and not just because of the environment. The conflict will  also help to spell out other conflicts, like careers, money, jobs, and the rest of the dysfunctional, hopelessly incompetent mess this generation is entering. To fight this is to fight the war that needs fighting, against the dehumanization of humanity. The option is to win. Should work, too, given the ineptitude of this society, which can never defend against the new and fun.

Inventing a voice of youth

If you were to invent a new voice of youth, it would have to be well outside the shabby, boring, predictable, cardboard box which modern media provides. It would have to be crowd-social-accessible-acceptable, without the ancient garbage. It would also have to be sourced entirely from younger people, even if some older people would like to help. (If you’re older, be helpful but peripheral; youth is sacred, not to be intruded upon.)

One thing this generation has proven is that it’s quite happy to leave the garbage behind. Finding points of access seems to be a strong suit for a generation living in a barely functional museum, and it may well find the voice and the way out for the voiceless.



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Stupidity – A User’s Guide


Paul Wallis, Sydney Media JamStupidity is a strange thing.Any situation may start the thinking which becomes the reason for stupidity.

Clear as mud? Or too obvious for words? Both. Stupid people are stupid by nature. But intelligent people can make stupid mistakes nobody else would think of. Everyone does something they think is stupid. Everyone does something other people think is stupid. ‘

So stupidity is in fact pretty much more a probability than a problem. The question isn’t what to do about stupidity. It’s about what to do with stupidity. Continue reading

Devaluing wealth and calling it capitalism


corporate dynamicOne of the things that makes “saving the world for plutocracy” so amusing is the fact that so many of these so-called capitalists have been devaluing their own wealth so effectively. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Australia, where being a millionaire now equates to owning half of a pretty pedestrian home.

The brilliance with which so many alleged business people have managed to increase their own overheads and decrease the value of their revenue is truly spectacular. Clutching the Big Book of Capitalist Clichés, they have managed to effectively destroy the value of their own incomes.

One of the reasons Australia can be considered as a test case for the rest of the world is that the phenomenal lack of originality in basic thinking in the capitalist class is genetic. They are the descendants of money grubbing middle class idiots, the promoters of money-mad, methamphetamine-like idiocy, and quite unable to grasp much more than grade school levels of information. Typical Western non-people, in fact.

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This book is all about creative ideas. Nobody has yet died of reading it, but it’s a pretty tough call for those not familiar with working with ideas.

Like their foreign counterparts, they regurgitate this outdated pabulum as policy, ideology, and even perhaps for mating purposes. (Who knows, who cares?) Privatization in Australia has been a truly monumental exercise in raising costs. Australia in the 1950s was a country suffering from its usual levels of low capitalization, and sharing the cost of communications, energy, et cetera made sense.

At some point, however, it stopped making sense ti someone who realized you could give all these cash cows to themselves and their slug-like little friends. Obviously, if you privatize everything and then crank up the prices and overheads, it’s good business for somebody. Actually it’s good business for sellers and deal makers; for everybody else it’s certain death by degrees, according to what happens to cash flow.

Imagine a situation where in one of the richest countries in the world electricity price increases prompt a woman in a wheelchair to ask whether or not she will be able to afford to recharge her wheelchair. The result, you may ask?

A heartfelt expression by senior politicians of “the end of the age of entitlement” was the net result. Apparently legal entitlements, statutory rights, and other details are not part of this stampede to economic oblivion.

Australia’s politicians are a pretty representative group of modern politicians – Totally insular, usually several generations removed from anything vaguely resembling hardship, and absolutely brainwashed with whatever pointless dogma is being spouted by their peer groups.

Another terrible bogeyman in the form of deflation emerged during the transformation of Australia into an Easter Bunny. Interestingly, the very people who have been squeaking about market forces for at least 30 years don’t like deflation.

Quite rightly, they point out that deflation means a decrease in asset values. The maniacal increases in prices, which have exactly the same effect the minute you try and buy or sell something, however, are quite all right.

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About Australia in the 21st century – It was going to be called Wankers Wonderland, but I thought that was too tactful. “Buckley’s chance”, in Australian slang, means “no chance”.

The fact that deflation may be reflecting the impracticability and unsustainability of prices, of course, was never mentioned. One of the richest countries in the world is now bleating (with good reason) that the next generation will simply not be able to afford to own their own homes. The related issues about insane prices for pigeon coops and a ridiculous employment market in which nobody can expect to have jobs for more than a few years at a time didn’t get a mention, either.

Like just about every other country on Earth, Australia makes a habit of having perfectly good working prosperous economic models and totally destroying those economic models. The working models are replaced with models that don’t work at all, at incredible expense, for no noticeable reason.

Like other Western countries, Australia has managed to make education as inaccessible as possible based on a ridiculous pricing structure and total lack of acknowledgement of the value of skills of any kind. This is despite a multi generational scream from the business sector for trained people. Education rip-offs, dubious service providers, and mindlessly exploding costs are now hitting the fan in the news, but everybody knew about that years ago.

If you’re getting the impression that devaluing your own wealth also involves totally destroying an economy, systematically, over decades, you’re quite right. It took a lot of effort to turn the fantastic economic boom of mid-20th century into the pathetic snivelling farce we see today.

Are we poor enough yet HYFDAY versionMinds of unfathomable mediocrity must’ve been involved in this process. Not only have the basic principles of capitalism been totally misunderstood, but even the basic mechanisms now don’t work properly. To explain – The purpose of capitalism is prosperity, not paying for 40 years of excuses for total failure by people who don’t have the professional or personal credibility to fall out of the rear end of a cockroach.

The pattern is that whatever the stated goal, the exact opposite is what will be achieved, usually far more expensively than originally projected. Public health is probably one of the best examples – For some reason it’s okay to have sick people in the workforce or carrying guns and on the roads. The more money that goes into health, the sicker the society seems to become.

People under 30 may have trouble believing that there was a time when the global society wasn’t full of rich raving lunatics, but it did actually happen. Wars were something people cared about; poverty was an issue, not a mere excuse to pretend that you give a damn about something. Slavery barely existed, pandemics were virtually eradicated, and the overall quality of life, if not spectacular, was reasonably good.

Job page 24The irony is that all this happened at a time when capitalism actually knew what it was doing. At that time, there was such a thing as actual objectivity. The future was supposed to be incredibly prosperous, better than ever, and, well, worth waiting for. This was before the built-in corruption, before the global saturation levels of organised crime, and other current hobbies.

This version of the future, following the formula above, is the exact opposite of expectations. Everything has been devalued, from basic individual lives to macroeconomic fundamentals. There are no longer any realistic expectations of significant positive achievements; this verminous version of the Middle Ages hardly qualifies as a future.

So consider the stinking, futile carcass of the modern world – Devaluation evolves into decay, and dealing with the state of decay evolves into virtual hunter gatherer survival. This is no longer a civilisation – It is a pitiful attempt at human existence with arguably the stupidest rationales ever expressed for its existence.

Having cheered you up with this merry little frolic through the obscenities, an irony – Every single thing mentioned above can be fixed very easily and quite quickly. Anyone slightly more intelligent than a bored rock should be able to figure out how.

Know anyone like that?

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Why there’s no point in talking to conservatives at all


corporate dynamicConservatives used to be real people, not rehashed two dimensional jingles with no opinions of their own about anything. Conservatives used to be all about serious social responsibility.  Now it’s about how many vermin can get on the political gravy train.

Neo conservatism is a sort of endless un-communications workshop, where reciting by rote every single word is the only real agenda.


There’s no such thing as a personal opinion. Everything is pre-scripted. It’s a pretty simple good/bad approach for neo conservatives:

Good (must love)

  • Republicans past and present
  • Deregulation
  • Guns
  • Rich people
  • Wall Street
  • Anti-environmentalism
  • Oil industry
  • Tea Party
  • Kochs
  • Talkback hosts/ FOX
  • Anti-ethnicity of any kind
  • State secession
  • Business of any kind
  • Historical fiction
  • Pharmaceutical prices
  • Rich lifestyles
  • Old people with assets

Bad (must hate)

  • Democrats past and present
  • Regulation
  • Gun laws
  • Poor people
  • Mentioning financial crime of any kind
  • All environmental issues
  • Greenhouse issues, spills, etc.
  • Anyone who disagrees
  • Any reference to human needs
  • Anyone with a different opinion
  • Civil rights/ constitution, etc.
  • Federal government
  • Any mention of corporate crime
  • Historical facts
  • Sick people
  • Homeless people
  • Old people without assets
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Didn’t know that, eh?

This is pretty much how you imprint chickens. Whether you actually believe people are this simple or not, there’s a good, potentially lucrative career in pretending to be so dumb for neo conservatives.

The fact is that none of these issues are negotiable on any level. You can’t be “a bit conservative” any more. Everything is black and white. The super-rich are wonderful and should have more money. The ultra-poor are horrible, and should have less of everything.



  • Any statement made by a conservative politician or commentator is gospel truth; any other statement is just plain wrong.
  • No conservative statement or policy can be questioned, at all, by anyone.
  • It’s a bit like believing in Santa Claus. A conservative will be elected, and there’ll be milk and cookies and Christmas presents for all, like during the Great Depression and the Great Recession.

Now the question – What can you talk to these people about?

  • You quite literally can’t even discuss the weather, which is a socialist conspiracy.
  • You can’t talk about trees and animals, which, like Nature, are sworn enemies of democracy.
  • You can’t talk about the price of meds; it’s your own fault for not being prepared to pay multiples of original costs.
  • If anything at all is said by anyone else, the exact opposite must be true.

Personal perspective regarding conservatives

conservativesIronically, if I wanted to take it easy, I could be a conservative. I’m over-qualified, in fact.  I’m 100% WASP, upper middle class by birth, raised in 1% Land in Australia.  One of my German family distant relatives is a major GOP donor. (There are so few people with this German name (not my surname) that we’re instantly recognizable.)

The problem – I was also raised as a kid to despise social climbers, hypocrites, mob rule, bullies, and cowards.  Strangely enough, as an adult, I do, simply because they are what they are. They’re trash, pure and simple. They don’t belong in buildings, let alone in public office. They’re basically useless, incompetent, and extremely untrustworthy.

This is an example of my perspective in practice:

We had a local politician, a pretty average/ also very parrot-like sitting conservative Member of Parliament who was talking to our neighborhood about an election, and he said, in all cynical innocence: “Well, of course, you people have to vote for us, don’t you?”  He was booted out at the next election. Our 1% Land blue-ribbon conservative electorate elected a socialist, for the first time in living memory.

Translation:  Remember who you’re talking to, you scum. You don’t have to elect these vermin, whatever side they claim to be on.

Point made, I think?


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Why do people continue to wallow in outdated ideas? A theory


Wasp2If there’s one thing the internet does better than anything else, it exposes the sheer antiquity of so many common issues. Hopelessly out of date ideas fester. Ridiculous mindsets seethe. There’s a reason for that, and nobody’s going to like it.

I’ve spent a lot of time listening to “debates” on subjects my parents and their friends were talking about decades ago. It’s incredible to watch these dino-ideas lumbering around, so long after their time. To say that I’m less than impressed is a massive understatement. Genetics, space, science, arts, race, religion, you name it – The reinvention of the wheel of debate about ideas is now a global industry. It’s also arguably the most destructive force on Earth, in terms of improving the human condition.

Why do these hopelessly impractical old ideas still exist at all?

This book is all about creative ideas. Nobody has yet died of reading it, but it's a pretty tough call for those not familiar with working with ideas.

This book is all about creative ideas. Nobody has yet died of reading it, but it’s a pretty tough call for those not familiar with working with ideas.

Why are all these old ideas brought out of their endless closets and paraded around like newborn babies? The technologies have changed, sure, and added some traction to meaningful debate, but these debates aren’t meaningful. They’re obsolete.

They’re also hysterical. It’s axiomatic in human history that ideas are discovered by geniuses, developed by hardheads and cynics, misrepresented to fever pitch by ideologues, and perverted by morons. It’s a particularly dull process.

What’s not usually considered in the process, however, is the very different knowledge bases from which ideas are developed/exploited/lost in hysteria:

  1. The geniuses, rabble that they are, have what could be called “inspired” sources of knowledge.
  2. The hardheads and cynics have pragmatic knowledge bases.
  3. The ideologues are either mindless acceptors of whatever ideas happen to be around, or thinkers with different views based on their usually very eclectic knowledge bases.
  4. The morons simply adapt ideas to their own mindsets and knowledge of whatever degree of obsolescence. “Everything’s OK because a chicken told me so” more or less covers this vacuum.

Symptoms of dysfunction – The knowledge bases of ideas

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Media “ideas” – A disease which doesn’t even know it’s a disease.

The knowledge bases, not surprisingly, reflect a lot about the individuals and groups using them. What’s not generally understood is that you can practically track a person’s whole life story by their ideas.

These knowledge bases are sourced from an early age, in specific environments. How you learn says a lot about who you are.

That, in turn, usually relates to socio-economic environments. An extremely unfashionable, but usually pretty accurate, view is that the poor and undereducated are literally decades behind the times. (Many people do react very effectively to these situations, and bravely get themselves out of these environmental graves, but these knowledge bases tend to stick in socio-economic classes.)

This unsightly situation even affects whole nations. Growing up in Australia, I was told by my parents at about age 4 that Australia was usually 20 years behind the US in many areas of thinking and cultural/technical development. How true that was, I learned very soon, to my utter, and in some cases ongoing, disgust.

However, in my observation, the basic rule holds true – Those in disadvantaged circumstances tend to be either unaware of more advanced thinking and ideas, which aren’t directly relevant to them. People raised in those environments, however, are also likely to bring with them the outdated ideas and mindsets of their origins.

Outdated ideas – The plague affecting the world

Mass Media page 5This may seem like a rather expedient, not to say downright snobbish, viewpoint at first glance. The problem is that outmoded ideas do persist, and they are truly toxic. America, the home of the Big Idea in modern history, is awash with absurd anachronisms. Western culture, in its superficial obsession with technologies and fads, lugs around old sitcom ideas and clichés as role models, career paths, and a lifestyle.

(Racism and hate, two of the nastiest and most destructive idea spectrums on Earth, are good examples. Logically – It’s none of your damn business who someone else’s ancestors were. The rest of the world wasn’t born for your, or anyone else’s, approval. Yet that insular, impractical, useless range of ideas is the sole basis of so many so-called ideologies, poisoning the human environment for centuries.)

It’s hard to imagine a more useless scenario. These ideas aren’t just out of date – They’re major liabilities in practice. New ideas are too unfamiliar for easy processing in this museum of thinking. That slows down their adoption.

Mass Media page 3Hiding behind “norms” of thinking is also the working basis of anti-intellectualism. This is idea-phobia, as much as a totally dysfunctional approach to reality. New ideas take over; if you’re behind the eight ball when they kick in, you’re likely to stay there, be left behind, or have to undergo an arduous, thankless, process of catching up.

It’s not a pretty picture, and it’s not that simple. It’s quite natural, and reasonable, to hold on to ideas you like; these tend to be trusted ideas, perspectives, and useful ways of thinking. Ironically, in this putrid mess of anachronisms, some older ideas stand up quite well.

The problem is that some people can’t make the distinction between the utterly useless ideas and the ones that still hold true. They’re certainly not trained to think like that. Basic thinking, like metaphysics and core rational logic, have been left out. How do you criticize an idea with no working logic to help you? You can’t use a calculator on these things.

Education is a mixed blessing in this regard. You can teach, sure, but any teacher will tell you that some ideas simply aren’t learned, let alone taken up as working models. Many ideas simply aren’t understood, simply because they’re too far removed from individual realities.

You have to wonder why this book is STILL so far ahead of "debate" so many years later. A classic case of the current thinking being so far behind previous thinking.

You have to wonder why this book is STILL so far ahead of “debate” so many years later. A classic case of the norm being so far behind previous thinking.

You could argue that religions persist simply because they’re inaccessible ideals. The human mind doesn’t seem to mind grabbing hopeful ideas, however vague and badly expressed. Political “ideals”, (contradiction in terms) however much proven to be no more than hot air, are accepted as options for various reasons, with whatever level of belief. People in hideous circumstances don’t refuse hope, however insincere those offering it may be.

(One of the reasons I don’t make a habit of attacking the religions despite plenty of provocation and seemingly endless just causes is because sometimes they’re all some people have. Much as I despise the hypocrisy and general practical uselessness of religions, who’s to begrudge people a little peace and hope?)

So – Ideas of all ages, in one unholy, impractical potpourri of mutual abrasions. Progressive people often don’t get old style thinking. Old style ideas seem ridiculous. Old style ideas, in turn, often ignore anything which conflicts with them.

Bottom line – Outdated thinking will persist and continue to obstruct, until new ideas are made more accessible, and above all, more meaningful. Media can do that, and usually doesn’t. Nor do the “intellectual elites” seem to be particularly useful in that regard. Our heroic “thought leaders” seem to feel that their ideas have precedence, regardless of their own total lack of achievements in the wider world. Marketing can promote new ideas, and usually does so incredibly badly. You can promote a Playstation game in a future world, but not a real human future? Grim.

If you want people to understand new ideas, explain them. Show them to be practical in real terms. Make the ideas usable, not some distant manifestation of yet another inaccessible fountain of wisdom outside personal experience. Get on with it. Humanity can’t live in a state of built-in mental constipation forever.

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Where are the civilized people?


Wasp2People may find it hard to believe, but there was a time when obsessions and neuroses weren’t the sole basis of society. People had civilized intellectual lives, something few people have today. They had interests other than watching other people, and did something themselves. They even had something to talk about.

Some background:

The things civilized people didn’t admire included –

  • People weren’t obsessed with money and sex. These weren’t the sole topics of conversation. Nor were they the sole reason for social contact.
  • People weren’t proud of their ignorance. General knowledge was an expectation.
  • Criminals weren’t heroes and didn’t run countries. They were expensive minor nuisances.
  • People didn’t talk about religion, and minded their own business about your beliefs.
  • Illiteracy wasn’t a criterion for status. It was either a disability or proof of stupidity.
  • “Success” meant actual, unique achievement, not a return to the caves with some dismal, boring, collection of tales about battles with spreadsheets.
  • Politics was seen in its true light of employment for the useless and sycophantic. It was for the dummies in the family.

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