Useful discussion

This is an interesting and valuable discussion between a Russian who now lives in America, and an American who now lives in Russia. They compare experiences and preconceptions. Unsurprisingly, they conclude that Russians have always been more realistic than Americans. Russians (along with most old and deep cultures) haven’t been infected by the idiotic lies of “meritocracy” and “equality” and “democracy”. They understand that life is hard, so they have more empathy for people whose lives are especially hard.

Meritocracy leads to arrogance. Non-trillionaires are lazy losers who aren’t working hard enough. Trillionaires earned their wealth by working a trillion times harder and longer than non-trillionaires. This is mathematically loony as well as destructively arrogant.

Old cultures understand that government always does what the ruler wants, so they don’t waste their energy on fake “voting”. Americans are beginning to figure this out, but too many are still fooled by the bizarre fake claim that “elections change things”.

This brand of fakery ALSO leads to arrogance. If government is behaving badly, it’s because “voters” are lazy or uninformed or not making the right choices between precisely identical evils. Again logically loony as well as contemptuous. A choice between X and Y might have consequences, but a choice between X and X isn’t even a decision. A computer compiler will reject this formula.**

Here’s the clip:

Americans were trending toward realism in the ’30s and ’40s, and our business culture in the ’50s incorporated realism and empathy. Deepstate recognized the danger in 1946, and mounted a HUGE campaign in all media and schools to destroy Slavic realism and restore government’s ability to manipulate us with fake brands and parties and unachievable goals.

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** To prove the point, I slipped in a duplicate “candidate” in one of my currently active C++ projects.

 switch (this->Type)
  {
   case ITEM_COMP_WIRE: this->IsAnalyzable = FALSE; break;
   case ITEM_COMP_WIRE: this->IsAnalyzable = FALSE; break;
   default: break;
  }

The compiler puked:

compbase.cxx(209): error C2196: case value ‘8’ already used

Later: I wasn’t trying for meaning, just finding the first Switch statement. This particular Switch turned out to be serendipitous. It’s part of a digital electronic breadboard. If you pick up a resistor or inductor or capacitor, the program needs to fit those into the circuit analysis routine.   Those components are analyzable.  A wire doesn’t change anything, doesn’t modify the current or voltage or frequency. It has no effect, so it doesn’t need to be analyzed. Like a politician.

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