Ineptocracy II


Ineptocracy II: An American Cultural Analysis

Ineptocracy (In-ep-toc’-ra’cy)

A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

No truer words were ever spoken about one sure-fire self-destructive cultural design.

Now, let’s unpack this pithy and profound little run-on sentence.

My analysis of this of the cultural design described above is based upon psychology’s indescribably powerful Law of Effect. If you do not know this psychological law, you either missed an important course in scientific psychology (Behavior Analysis) or your educators failed to teach you some of the most important stuff. In any event, it is better to learn about the Law of Effect later, than never.

The Law of Effect states that certain animal and human behaviors are controlled by their consequences. These behaviors tend to be those that we use to shape and control our physical and social environments.

More simply put, if our behavior has no effect upon our environment, we tend not to do it again. If our behavior is rewarded (reinforced) with environmental changes we tend to do those behaviors more often. If our behavior is punished (loss or pain) by environmental changes we tend to do those behaviors less often.

Starting with the bottom of the definition of Ineptocracy, and moving to the top, the cultural analysis goes like this:

1. Confiscating wealth from producers is punishing to their productive behaviors. Therefore population productive behaviors will decrease.

2. Giving the confiscated wealth to those who are unwilling to produce and sustain themselves rewards (reinforces) dependent, unproductive, and self-defeating behavior in the population. Therefore population dependent, unproductive, and self-defeating behavior will increase.

3. The growing proportions of the dependent, unproductive and self-defeating population will vote for unprincipled politicians (or those ignorant of the Law of Effect) who increase their own power by redistributing wealth from the wealth makers to the wealth takers. This form of destructive political behavior will increase in frequency.

While there are many complex variables driving America’s decline. One important component of America’s socio-economic and political decline is just as simple as this.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

11/18/12

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