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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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