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Guardian - David Boyle - What military incompetence can teach us about Brexit

A fascinating article by Simon Kuper has proposed a parallel between Brexit and the strange cargo cults of Melanesia, when societies suddenly destroy their economic underpinnings in search of a golden age, because they perceive the tribe is in some kind of decline.

It is particularly relevant now that corners of the Conservative party appear to be baying for a non-negotiated Brexit. And unfortunately, as the countdown ticks by, that may well be what they get.

There is another parallel, but it comes from psychology not anthropology. It derives from an influential theory by a former military engineer-turned-psychologist, Norman Dixon. His book, On the Psychology of Military Incompetence, was published in 1976, and has been in print ever since. His ideas may draw too much on Freudian concepts for current tastes, but there are worrying parallels to the phenomenon that he identified: the syndrome that seemed to lie behind so many British military disasters.



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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Nov 30th, 2017 at 02:20:20 PM EST
How's this for an explanation.  This hypothesis comes from my view of humans over the past 60 years.

The wrong people are allowed in "positions of power".  Examples: 1. My parents - next door neighbors; 8th grade dropout, sweatshop worker all his life, always angry about his "lot in life".  His mate ... the ovum producer ... always mildly mentally ill, eventually institutionalized.  Just let ANYONE breed. 2. High school teachers - don't get me started.  I could write a book and to what end? ... most of those assholes are dead, where they belong. May dog-shit cover their graves.  3. Managers in "industry" ... The Quaker Oats Company.  A small mushroom company called SpawnMate.  A large agricultural cooperative called Pacific Coast Producers.  Once again ... I have stories ... what's the point?

In general, they don't thrive.  They just survive.  Who's going to notice? Your entire species is like this ... until you go extinct.  The crime isn't that you're gone ... it's all the unnecessary destruction left in your wake.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Nov 30th, 2017 at 10:48:43 PM EST
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The silver lining is: the stage is set for another Iron Maiden classic!

Thin Lizzy had their own take on this disaster:

Iron Maiden recorded a cover of Massacre in 1988, showing how Lizzy and this particular song were so influential to their sound. In the end it is all about disaster.

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Fri Dec 1st, 2017 at 06:45:03 PM EST
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