There’s a theory buried in an as yet unpublished podcast with Patrick that I ought to get down. He and I already discussed in detail the personality traits which are favored in different sections of the Pyrrhic cycle. I believe we can be a bit more explicit about why these are favored, and how they function as part of the cycle. In particular, the latter stages and how they cause the breakdown of trust. For reference:
Openness and extraversion are preferred at High Noon because previously good work was, during the Age of Commerce, valued more highly than networking, but networking is regaining its value and is now an unexplored space. At High Noon the city already has a functional public sewer system, so you still need plumbers and engineers but you also need civics and administration. This is where networking comes back into play.
Between High Noon and the Age of Intellect, there’s still a huge market for openness. But, it sows the seed of its own destruction because people with high openness don’t understand regression to the mean. So they invite people into the institutions who come from groups that are high in agreeableness, even if the individuals in question are not.
Agreeableness is correlated with Feeling-style decision making in MBTI. It’s also correlated with females, Jews, homos, and homo sapiens in general. And somebody high in openness is going to see a Jew with a 180 IQ and say “why not let this guy into Harvard?” He doesn’t understand that group stereotypes are a primitive form of policy. This sets off an agreeableness spiral, because agreeable people prefer their own.
The institutions quickly fill up with agreeable people enjoying each other’s company. The institutions’ focus ceases to be their original purposes and the scope creeps into care/harm moralizing. This is where people with high Neuroticism start entering the system. They are typically less functional, so the Agreeable sorts feel the need to give them a “leg up”, or you might call it charity. (This genuine do-goodism is the first stage of the sort of virtue signalling where the costs of charity are externalized onto other people. The expression of agreeableness becomes more antisocial and downright malicious as time goes on.)
So you have these broken, neurotic people elevated to positions they can’t handle, which causes more stress, which causes more neuroticism, which causes more failures, and so on. The Agreealluminati will then circle the wagons to protect the broken people from the consequences of their weakness. This insulates the Neurotic from reality, which over many iterations forms a delusion bubble.
Over time, neuroticism begins to be associated with an aura of otherworldly holiness, because such a person is free of all blame. By virtue of their weakness, they are assumed to be without sin. (I forget what they call this on the alt-white but it’s something about the worship of brokenness.) Thus, the Neurotic class of the Overwatch system is created—protected by a layer of agreeable enablers, who were invited into working institutions by flexible-minded networkers, who were in turn necessitated by the inability of disagreeable engineers and plumbers (and other such libertarians) to engage in group action.
You can use this framework to rework the common observation expressed by John Adams,
I could fill Volumes with Descriptions of Temples and Palaces, Paintings, Sculptures, Tapestry, Porcelaine, &c. &c. &c. — if I could have time. But I could not do this without neglecting my duty. The Science of Government it is my Duty to study, more than all other
StudiesSciences: the Art of Legislation and Administration and Negotiation, ought to take Place, indeed to exclude in a manner all other Arts. I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Painting and PoetryMathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine.”
So as Patrick and I said, in the beginning of a breakout civilization you have ENTPs leading a mass of ISFJs. These are your generals, statesmen, soldiers, martyrs, etc. The next stage is engineers, mathematicians, plumbers, tradesmen, etc. The golden age of libertarians. Followed by artists, philosophers, and philanthropists. And then the descent into madness: Hedonists, atheists, usurers, and communists.
Worth noting: it’s never adaptive to be an INTP. But that’s tomorrow’s post re: the trouble with neanderthal identity politics.