Our Betters and Vogons

We Deplorables just won’t get in line and follow the dictates from Our Betters. In 2016, we rebelled and vote in Brexit and elected Donald Trump. Now, we’ve messed with the stock market via L’Affaire GameStop.

Our Betters’ reactions to our various rebellious activities remind me of some characters from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—the Vogons.

They are one of the most unpleasant races in the Galaxy. Not actually evil, but bad-tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous. They wouldn’t even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without orders – signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters. The best way to get a drink out of a Vogon is to stick your finger down his throat, and the best way to irritate him is to feed his grandmother to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. On no account should you allow a Vogon to read poetry at you.

There are similarities, and there are differences. For example, the poetry (and a staggering majority of other art) being published by Our Betters today isn’t very good, and Our Betters would mostly rather virtue signal than actually get their hands dirty. And as for bureaucracy, it’s Our Betters who make up the Deep State and almost all of Big Tech. The Vogons scream, “Resistance is useless,” at their prisoners. Our Betters shutdown our social media accounts.

The principal difference I see is that the Vogons aren’t actually evil. I’m not sure that can be said for a significant group among Our Betters.

BTW, resistance isn’t useless. The four years of the Trump Administration provide some real benefits such as lower unemployment, real growth in wages, and a cohort to judges who believe in following the law. The GameStop stock deals turned the tables on some Wall Street insiders, doing to them what they believed they had the right to do to retail investors. I’ve got no idea what the next act of rebellion will be, but it will come.

Stay tuned.

1 thought on “Our Betters and Vogons

  1. So who’s smart and who’s dumb?

    My contention is we’re all, individually, smart and dumb at the same time. One person might know something another person doesn’t know, but does that truly make the first person smarter than the second?

    Example: Take a subject, an MIT super-PHD who has reached the pinnacle of knowledge in some particular area of expertise, but in achieving that level of knowledge has been secluded in a bubble of academia, interacting only with other people who are all intellectually alike. Now strip that person down to nakedness and drop that person into the backwaters of the Amazon jungle.

    How long will that individual survive as a living creature? Yet there have been humans living in those areas for millennia without the knowledge of that MIT PHD.

    Are the natives of the Amazon smarter than the MIT PHD? Do the natives of the Amazon know about molecular chemistry or astrophysics? Does the MIT PHD know how to obtain food, clothing and shelter when alone and naked in the middle of the Amazon? What knowledge is more important to know? Who’s smart and who’s dumb?

    Again, my contention is that every individual human is smart and dumb at the same time.

    The one exception to my above contention is this: Anyone who thinks they’re smarter than everyone else is a dumbass.

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