H/T to Sam. He found the piece here.
As I watched the video, I was taken back 30 years to my days at West Virginia State College. I was studying engineering. My architectural drafting professor was Mrs. Chandler. I had her for 5 hours a week, 2.5 hours of lecture and 2.5 hours of lab. One day, about 3 weeks into the class, Mrs Chandler starts her lecture talking about how everybody should be treated equal. Everybody should have the same car and house and food and clothing, she went on and on for about twenty minutes.
My father had educated me in the ways of our enemy, this is the 80′s, the cold war is still going on, so Dad had taught me what communism believed and how to identify it. Being young, impulsive, and hot-tempered, I interrupted Mrs. Chandler at the twenty minute mark and informed her that this was architectural drafting not political science and if she wanted to preach the “virtues” of communism she should ask to be transferred to the political science department where she could “indoctrinate the weak minded”. Every head in the class room turned towards me, stunned by the salvo I had just delivered upon our “esteemed” professor.
I experienced what my Father had taught me about communism that semester. My A turned immediately to a C and of course I protested it all the way to the top. In short I was told to live with it or leave. I left and eventually ended up at a community college in North Carolina studying computer science.
Meritocracy is a very interesting word, it is a political philosophy that believes man rises and falls based on his achievement. In the strictest environment of meritocracy, man can only rise based on his achievement, not by any other means. Thus meritocracy destroys economic and social classes, making it possible for a poor dirt farmer to rise up to be a captain of industry, if he so desires. Meritocracy empowers the individual to achieve according to how hard he is willing to work and to learn. It is a beautiful thing.
But communist, like Perry, always use it in a derogatory sense, you can tell because they always precede the word meritocracy with words like “inequality”, “discrimination”, and “disparity”. I used to wonder how people could buy into this idea that meritocracy was bad. About 10 years ago I had an epiphany, I was sent to Miami for a 2 week advanced training class. There were about 10 of us total in the class. Most of the people in the room had advanced degrees. The class was given by IBM so one evening they feed us dinner at a fine establishment there in Miami. After dinner the conversation began to meander, somewhere along the road politics entered the picture. I remained quiet and just listened to the talking heads. One of the PhD’s at table began to spew his dribble about the evils of a society founded on the principles of meritocracy. At his point I spent about 30+ hours with this guy and I had learned 2 things about him: he loved learning and he hated work.
The opposite of meritocracy is corruption, the corruption comes through mediocracy. The corrupt promote those whom they know for what they know, experience does not count for anything. One of the best professors I had in college had built, ran, and sold four successful business. After he retired, the college asked him to teach few business classes so that we could learn from his experience. He told us repeatedly that college would only give us 2% of what we needed to know to do our jobs effectively, 98% of what we needed we would gain through hard work and dedication. He told us the greatest teacher is first hand experience. The corrupt hate honest work of any kind, it is below them. This is why they are always soft on criminals, because criminals hate honest work as well (it’s the same mindset). The corrupt want to be paid for what “they think they know”.
For years I wondered why this country no longer produced men like Milton Hersey, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Jim Cannon, Harvey Firestone, Lewis and Powell Crosley, the Wright brothers and many, many others from that time period. Towards the end of the 19th America erupted like a volcano into the industrial age. Invention and innovation were the order of the day. America was booming like no other country in the history of the world. With the election of FDR America began slowly to reverse gears and invention and innovation began to disappear. In my humble opinion, today American businesses uses these words flippantly and out of context when compared to those early years. We have become a hollowed out mountain of industry ready to collapse upon its self. What happened?
I have spent years studying these men from America’s golden age. There are many things I could point out that have changed, but there are two that have always stood out to me as the cause for the fall of American greatness: education and corruption. All the men I mentioned above and many others never entered a college or university. In fact many never even finished high school and of those who did enter higher education very few ever finished. Second, the morals of that generation were very different from today. People understood that you had to work if you wanted to eat, there weren’t soup kitchens on every corner of America in those years. Our government did have some corruption but not near what it does today. However in those days corruption did exist outside government which was empowered by the legal system.
A good example of this is Ford and his struggle with the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufactures. The ALAM was started by two men, George Selden and William Whitney, to collect royalties on Seldon’s automobile patents. Selden, a lawyer, began building an internal combustion engine in 1878. He was inspired by an internal combustion engine built by George Brayton which he had seen at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. He filed for a patent in 1879, his application included not only the engine but the 4 wheel use in a car. Over the next 16 years he filed a series of amendments, his final patent was issued in 1895. Selden never built a car, instead he sold his patent to William Whitney who started the Electric Vehicle Company. Then Selden and Whitney began working together to extort fledgling automobile companies for royalties very loosely based on Selden’s patent through the ALAM. In 1903 Henry Ford and four other new auto companies took the ALAM to court. Ford testified during the trial, he didn’t think much of Selden commenting, “It is perfectly safe to say that George Selden has never advanced the automobile industry in a single particular…and it would perhaps be further advanced than it is now if he had never been born.” It took eight years but Ford and the others won resulting in the ALAM being dissolved.
The corrupt figured out the best way to extort from the private sector was through the public sector. During FDR bureaucracies like the ALAM sprang up like weeds in a cow pasture but now inside government not outside. These bureaucracies did not need patent rights and government was now on their side. Bureaucrats could write their own law based on their needs and nothing else. The common good of all people was the rally cry but these bureaucrats never fulfilled that empty promise. Instead they worked to extort by any means necessary. And where necessary they courted and entertained men like Ford, promising them favoritism for their support. There are many examples of this during the days of the NIRA created under FDR. And it still goes on today. The Federal Reserve Bank plays a very large role in this corruption, its invention was a very necessary part to get the ball rolling.
And as bureaucrats began to gain control of government they also gained control over education. Reading, writing, and arithmetic could no longer be the order of the day. The corrupt understood that they need to connect emotionally with those in their system. The cold hard truths of reality and morality needed to be made obsolete. Those morals were old and tired, time for something that feels good and gives us warm and fuzzy feelings. So the corrupt began to create delusions and illusions of reality and truth, morals began breaking down. As bureaucratic powers ramped up through the 60′s so did poverty, crime, and the corruption of our society. Morality was forced to give way to the hippies and the sexual revolution, gun control, affirmative action, and other feel good but empty movements. Education began turning our nations founders into white, slave owning, hypocrites whose morals were corrupt and evil. In the 70′s Nixon opened the door that would give the corrupt the final tool they needed to hollow out America, fiat currency.
Since then the corrosion of corruption has eaten away the final supports that still hold up the mountain. But the bureaucrats, in all their false wisdom, rush in and shore things up with funny money and more regulations. Its like patching the rusty metal of ship with more rusty metal. You can make the welds look good but they hold nothing, the right stress and the patch peels of with the ease of a banana peel. But the corrupt, standing on their corrupt principles of mediocracy, loudly proclaim to all the world that all is well. They know how to manage this crisis, everything is under control. But is it?
The corrupt have a giant problem with the truth of morality, it doesn’t need their permission to exist. It cannot be denied, so sooner or later the mountain has to collapse. The patch work of corruption will show its self to be fully inadequate to sustain and uphold this hollowed out mountain. I think it may be brought down by the smallest vibration.
What will become of America remains to be seen. There are many of us who still hold true to the morals and principles that lead to great achievements, but for the moment we have been regulated out of business. I don’t believe the great American achievers are gone forever, but our environment is such that they cannot grow and flourish. Thus they have become dormant like seeds in the ground awaiting the showers of spring and warm air that would cause them to sprout and grow. The real question is will spring ever come again? History is not in our favor, but it wasn’t in our favor at the beginning either. For the moment I remain cautiously optimistic yet realistic. The road back to our former role as the worlds greatest achievers is steep and rigid from where we stand. Pragmatically we must see how far we have fallen if we are ever to rise again. Delusions of an easy road are dangerous because they deny the breadth and width of our corruption. For us to return successfully the corruption will have to be dealt with decisively. Allowing mediocracy will only cause us to return to our present vomit.
Have no doubts, in the tumultuous times ahead there will be shortages of necessities, crime and violence of all levels, people will suffer and some will die. There will be periods of chaos, confusion, and extreme uncertainty. Due to the depths that we have sank into immorality, selfishness, and stupidity, it could go on for years. Immorality, selfishness, and stupidity will have to be flushed from the system. As long as these endure nothing new can be birthed. Those of us who have so far refused to drink from their contaminated stream of corruption must endure until the purge is completely. My fear is that when things get desperate, those who are not corrupt now may become corrupt trying to survive. This must be avoided at all costs.
I pray daily for our revival and restoration, that out of this mess something new will be given birth too. So that our children and grandchildren will know liberty and freedom. We must teach our children and grandchildren how we came to this state of corruption and then educate them against its sirens call.