1918-2018, or Why World War One is part of your life, too


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2World War One was the death of a prosperous, relatively happy world. If you read the biographies of people who fought in that war, you’ll see something very familiar  – The loss of a world of youth, and its replacement by a hideous world of ideologies and political insanities. Everyone who fought in that war resented it, and what it did to their lives in so many ways.

The sheer madness of World War One was a guide to the future in so many ways:

Ridiculous basis for a war: The Archduke who was shot and triggered the war was one of the progressives, trying to address the issues for which he was assassinated. It was a sad event, certainly, but not a good reason for an estimated 20 million deaths and four years of mass human misery. There was no reason for this war at all, on any rational basis. One authority comments that the most striking cause for the war was the sheer mediocrity of the people involved, office boys with no clue about warfare or its possibilities, or how to stop a war from happening.

Maniacal conduct of the war: Even those who assumed a war was inevitable never predicted the results. The sheer slaughter of World War One is still statistically as bad as later wars in terms of massacring combatants, usually to achieve absolutely nothing of military or political value. People were walking in to literal hails of machine gun and artillery fire, and they just kept doing it. Millions were killed, and many more maimed for life. The only people who benefited were the arms manufacturers. Everyone else lost.

The most vague political concepts of the war: By 1915, Europe and Russia were annihilating their soldiers at thousands per day, with no clear view of what was to be achieved except “victory”, at the price of an entire generation. Even the Vietnam War doesn’t quite reach this level of mindless obsession.

Social catastrophes: The Russian Revolution, the creation of a maimed and barely viable Germany, and the legacy of Britain’s horrendous war costs were the catalysts for a disgusting, politically corrupt future and the endless local wars of today.  1918 was the benchmark for political failures of all kinds, and the predecessor of “austerity”, that worldwide obscenity, in its first form.

Hijacking democracy: The rise of Fascism, Nazism and Communism date from 1918, too. Ultra-capitalism in the US the early “1%” and the Depression consolidated capitalism in the West as the so-called antithesis of the anti-democratic movements. In practice, capitalism enforced another form of anti-democracy, the hijacking of government by the big capitalists. The New Deal dealt only with the physical problems, not the venal, verminous mindsets which contaminate the world now.

Propaganda and disinformation: Fake news is nothing new. During and after World War One, it became a science, and the basis for Orwell’s 1984. By 1946, it was a standard tool of governments. Some people still fail to recognise that Big Brother is a stagnant, self-limiting, self-oppressing society, dedicated to preserving its owners, not the society.

Ideological warfare in war and peace: The ideologies which sprouted like diseases from World War One’s gigantic cemeteries were arguably worse than the war. These were the excuses for genocide, fire bombing, mass executions, and the vast human disasters in Europe and Asia. Even colonial genocides didn’t reach these industrial scales of mass murder.

Yes, World War One is your problem in 2018

If you’re one of those people who believes that nothing which happened before you were born is relevant to you, you’re very wrong. The map of human misery as it now exists was made in 1918. A war which never needed to happen at all caused it all.

There’s no reason to believe that so many prosperous countries would have torn each other, and themselves, to pieces and set the scene for the 20th century’s hideous “entertainments”. The Holocaust, the Great Depression, and the Cold War could never have happened without World War One.

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This book is all about fears. It includes a monster which learns how to bore people to death and the wonderful town of Pithcurdle, in which the coming of the dreaded Toothpaste Man is a cause for celebration.

Germany, a middle class country in normal times, could never have been the scene for Nazism without the Treaty of Versailles which sent it broke even before the Depression. Global colonialism would have come and gone on its own. Social changes and improvements for the poor were already happening in the West, and percolating to the East. Before World War One, there were no fanatics running nations. Even when the Russian and Chinese Revolutions first happened, they were led by moderates and academics, not fanatics and criminals.

Science couldn’t have been so easily diverted to military industrial uses, either. World War One turned basic technologies in to high value commercial assets. War, in effect, became truly profitable, and easy to distribute, worldwide. No prizes for seeing the modern parallels and their equally repulsive ramifications.

The same methods, the same stupidity and same basic mindsets are still in play. They’re like some sort of rotting corpse centre stage at a wedding which never quite happens. For some reason, these ugly bastard children of World War One are still calling the shots, a century later.

World War One As Part of Your Life? Yes. Lucky You.

Those who don’t learn from history are fools at best, traitors to humanity at worst. Look and learn. History is the greatest horror stories ever written, and you’re in it, whether you like it or not. NONE of the problems have been solved. If you don’t recognise history as a threat, you may well become history well before your time.

 

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The No Think society


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2A No Think society is a recipe for failure. In the past, No Think societies have blundered on regardless down the millennia, crashing whole civilisations. Now, the same No Think mentality is destroying this civilisation just as effectively.

No Think, defined

A No Think environment is typically all about means and processes, rather than objectives. Goals are vague, and often just token rhetoric, like “… for our children, and our children’s children”, utterly meaningless. (Thatcher’s “children’s children” are a monument to the barrenness of No Think.)

At best, No Think goes from A to B, however haphazardly or insanely. Even the idea of more steps from C-Z doesn’t begin to enter the “thinking”. No Think is also stunningly undemanding in terms of logic. There’s little or no If/then logic, aka contingency logic/step logic/using your brain for something other than keeping your ears apart.

No Think is also extremely simplistic, almost insultingly so. Generally, it’s no more than a jingle, like Make America Great Again or Peace in Our Time. Even the physical realities are somehow expected to follow the jingle, not the facts. Greatness and peace need more than verbosity to happen.

The ramifications of No Think

No Think is also highly counterproductive. For example:

  • Generations full of plagues of psychologists and psychiatrists now exist with unheard-of levels of mental illness. (To be fair, many psychologists and psychiatrists are among the most ferocious critics of this situation.) The No Think theory is that if someone’s there to do a job, it must be being done. It isn’t.
  • Human rights is a major cause for all progressives. It’s even accepted by conservatives, however unenthusiastically. Human rights abuse in the No Think world is now as bad as it’s ever been. Slavery is higher than ever before.
  • Poverty is the all-time leading disaster in human life. Attempts to end or alleviate poverty are ongoing and sincere, but the No Think society, with its one step logic, doesn’t get it. Even by its own very shallow standards, poverty is bad for a No Think society. Poverty means lower economic participation, lower revenue, less business, and serious obstacles to productivity. See anyone actually doing anything about ending poverty?
  • Pollution is poison. Any one of those toxic chemicals can kill you or give you a serious medical condition. Some of the chemicals make compounds of each other, and nobody really knows what they can do. You, on the other hand, are more likely than ever to find out. You’re in big trouble, hit with serious medical expenses, and is anyone doing anything about pollution. Only very slowly and grudgingly. The No Think approach is that “pollution is business”. That’s it. No more thinking has been done. The result is a pole to pole sewer full of toxic materials and very large numbers of very sick people.
  • High fructose syrup is generally considered very dangerous. The rates of obesity and diabetes have gone up drastically in the last generation. High fructose is one of the major culprits. It took at least a decade for even the basic theory of the risks of high fructose to filter through the No Think political environment.
  • Carbon emissions are quite unnecessary and easily preventable with proper process filtering and better, cleaner, combustion. Carbon products like coal and oil can be used to make much safer products that earn more money for producers. Is any of that that happening? No. Again, “Pollution is business,” and the rest is just lying.
  • Polarization is extremely bad for societies. In the whole of human history, there has never been anything safe about people who hate each other’s guts living side by side. What’s happening in No Think Land? Deliberate polarization, and it’s a career for a lot of people.
  • Crime is parasitism. The No Think society is “tough on crime”, but is that having any real impact? No. Quite the opposite, crime rakes in about $1 trillion per year, at the expense of the entire human race. The ridiculous War on Drugs simply bankrolled organized crime, which now contaminates and corrupts just about all sectors of business. No Think, not surprisingly and as usual, has no answers and no ideas.

Yes, this could go on forever, and I’m not going to waste my time or yours on the very long list of subjects. The real issue is the No Think problem. If you don’t think about possible outcomes, you’re going to hit the fan sooner or later. If you don’t model and plan, you don’t have either a model or a real plan.

No Think = No Criticism

One thing that fascinates me about No Think is that all forms of criticism are blocked, however ineptly. Facts are ignored, ideas are simply not developed, and practical issues are rarely mentioned. Even the theory of public, let alone expert, input and criticism is simply absurd in most cases.

Not helping matters much is the fact that in many cases the criticism, particularly expert criticism, isn’t even understood. If your mindset is that A to B = making money, then no criticism is likely to be seriously considered. If the mindset is tail protection, then criticism is very unlikely to be acted upon.

A con man is a good example. The last thing a con man wants a victim to do is think. The fewer risks the victim is aware of, the better. Now apply that theory to global finance. See how those ridiculous, impossible Third World and Greek loan scenarios fit so well in to No Think business? No Think is a built-in barrier to accurate assessment of anything. If you don’t think, you can’t argue.

No Think Executive Culture

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This book is all about fears. It includes a monster which learns how to bore people to death and the wonderful town of Pithcurdle, in which the coming of the dreaded Toothpaste Man is a cause for celebration.

C.N. Parkinson, author of Parkinson’s Law, made a very accurate assessment of No Think. He said that the targets are very close, so scoring is high. This is a type of incrementalism, the sort that claims that a 1% increase in something or saving money on wages by sacking staff is some sort of achievement.

It isn’t, and can’t be. The nominal figures are also open to debate, given that you’ve just lost your income-earning staff, and that 1% barely equates to inflation. You’ve met your pathetic goals, and patted yourself on the back, but nothing much has actually been done.

Now imagine a world invested in endless executive meetings, where this is the default method of doing quite literally everything. Whether it’s education, health, or a war, this No Think is based on minimal actual logic, perspective, or anything else which could be called mental activity of any kind.

Political No Think is roughly similar, and can be society-wide. The French Revolution against monarchy resulted in an Emperor, Napoleon. The great egalitarian Bolshevik revolution resulted in an oligarchy of privilege for some, and death and misery for millions.

Military No Think

The longest-running and best documented example of No Think is military. In the very first recorded battle in history, a Pharaoh rewrote history so that he was seen as the main hero in winning the battle of Megiddo. The Crusades were recorded as noble adventures in the name of God, but were in fact sleazy, personal-empire-building, failures involving massacres of everybody, including Christians. The Thirty Years’ War decimated central Europe as badly as the Plague, but was always portrayed as a religious cleansing by BOTH sides.

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The theory of this book is that if you can afford to be lazy, you must be doing something right.

In World War One, the idea that unprotected human beings charging machine guns was a bad move took 3 years, and millions of casualties, to sink in. World War One itself was totally unnecessary, but its No Think logic paved the way for Hitler, World War 2, and everything else that followed at the expense of slaughtering two generations. The War to End All Wars produced nothing BUT more wars.

Talk about counterproductive – The British Empire, which had absolutely no reason to get involved at all in World War One, started itself on the way to oblivion. The Austrians, who started the war, lost their empire, as did the Russians and Germans. France, the unwilling host of the worst of the war, turned in to a gigantic graveyard from the Channel to the Swiss border.

In Vietnam, 50 years later, no amount of tactical or political information seemed to make the slightest difference. A No Think political  mindset ignored both the successes and the failures. Having discarded the military option and obviously not considered any others, it tried for that most untrustworthy of escapes, a “political solution” which definitively lost the war.

This is No Think incarnate – Stupid, thoughtless decisions based on nothing resembling real logic. The 20th century was the warning. The 21st century may well be the tombstone.

The world can’t afford this type of super-idiocy any more. If you’re not thinking, you can’t really be in control of anything. Situations need to be managed. The next big mistake may be the last. All problems can be solved. Mistakes can be rectified. If they’re not, it’s well past time to go, humanity. Nobody’s wearing T shirts saying “Save the Stupid”, are they?

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Read a few of my books and claim that they’re interesting. Nobody will believe you, they’ll think you’re a nut, and you can frolic to your heart’s content.

SMJ hasn’t been updated for a while, thanks largely to volume of work and Amazon’s various new features, which I’ll have to manually add. Expect something, but no idea when.