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The system continues because it successfully reproduces itself - much like the US equivalent, which turns out frat boys and sports jocks (aka "leaders" and "coaches") with similar emotional handicaps.

Insiders of all generations feel no need to rebel against it. And why should they, when it serves them so well, and they are demonstrably better and more talented than the lower orders? [1]

Outsiders underestimate its power and influence, and overestimate the power of democracy to steer it.

In fact there is no option to vote it out and replace it, or even to mitigate its poisonous effects.

The only development that might destroy it is wholesale collapse and revolution, probably after a nasty fascist interlude - which is looking increasingly likely as the Brexit iceberg looms closer.

[1] Not everyone comes out a bumbler. In the less elevated schools, which are reserved for middle class overachievers, parents can turn their offspring into hyper-effective near-geniuses who not only run marathons, ride horses, sail, ski, and and play musical instruments to a professional level, but also have the work ethic needed to survive the gruelling training demanded by a career in law, medicine, or the more menial middle managerial levels of banking, accountancy, and management consultancy. The more elevated schools provide all of these benefits - and more - by teaching charm, self-regard, imperious bluster, class signalling, and unrestrained feral greed as substitutes for inferior practical abilities.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 02:53:12 AM EST
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Lately I've come to the conclusion that the biggest fail of European history was Napolean's braindead idea to march all the way to Moscow instead of putting his dudes on row boats and then casually strolling up to Buckingham palace and setting fire to it.
by generic on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 10:03:45 AM EST
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Napoleon had plans to invade Britain, the problem was just all those boats in the canal. He tried to assemble enough ships to make it across, though the British tried to stop him. Trafalgar was one of those places were the two agendas met, and there it was to a large extent settled thanks to the leadership of one Horatio Nelson. I can't find if the schools young Nelson attended were boarding schools, but then again he joined the navy at a young age and probably got all the opportunity for pseudo-adult personality development there.

The invasion of Russia was one in a series of attempts to weaken Britain. In the case of Russia, they were breaking the rules of the Continental System - the attempt to break Britain by starving them of money - so if Russia could be brought into the fold, maybe Britain would yield. As we all know, it didn't work, but that was the theory. Maybe if Napoleon had starved Britain of food instead, things might have worked out differently.

by fjallstrom on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 07:22:13 PM EST
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[1]: The non-bumblers do not look like leaders, do they?

Which nice schools produce actual leaders?

by das monde on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 01:17:56 PM EST
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Which nice schools produce actual leaders?

Er, none perhaps?

That's why we're in this mess.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 09:23:36 PM EST
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The more elevated schools provide all of these benefits - and more - by teaching charm, self-regard, imperious bluster, class signalling, and unrestrained feral greed as substitutes for inferior practical abilities.

Don't forget superciliousness, diffidence, sarcasm, entitledness, and buggery (the old school tie-that-binds in blackmail's bondage).
Then there are the Bullington-type rituals, unmentionable.

'Here a curtain of propriety descends upon the scene.' Mark Twain  

Privilege factories... Institutionalised sadism.
 

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 09:19:13 PM EST
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