Illustration of the incentive structure which corrupts elites in ages of civil decline

The following illustrated screenplay is from an Italian film titled Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion, which is about a homicide detective whose religious devotion to the institution of law drives him to murder his mistress in a tantrum of existential ennui. He attempts to turn himself in to prove, to his own satisfaction, that the law provides justice and exists in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy kicks into full gear and, in this brilliant final scene, the officers of the “law” force him to sign a false confession of innocence to protect the institution from the bad optics of carrying out justice.

Meditate on this scene if you want to understand how aristocrats become insulated from negative feedback. Even men of great character who are devoted to the truth may not be able to resist the turning gears of the scapegoating machine, which conducts negative transference from the powerful to powerless whether the powerful like it or not.

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What a great movie, and it just figures that Italians would have a few ideas about corruption. I need to analyze this properly someday according to C. Wright Mills’ book.

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13 Responses to Illustration of the incentive structure which corrupts elites in ages of civil decline

  1. Obadiah says:

    Mangini looks like Rawger Stewn.

    Charles I was hardly some sort of psycho; when the backalley-workplace-scrap-between-dickhead-boss-and-disgruntled-employee that we now refer to as the English Civil War kicked off, he was the first to reprimand Char Aznable Prince Rupert for excessive brutality toward the Parliamentarians, who he saw as his loyal subjects who simply needed to be brought back into the fold.

    What we can observe from Charles’s paintings and the clothing he wore was that he was isolated from the English people; what we can observe from the actions that he took was that he was too invested in the institution of Throne to divert course in any way.

  2. Obadiah says:

    *Mangani

    The homicide division chief/innocent man looks like Joe Montana.

  3. Arakawa says:

    This situation is most advanced in medicine, where doctors routinely put their patient on a prescription that makes them more sick and then blame the patient for displaying symptoms.

    You’ll have to do your own medicine long before you have to pave your own roads. See, for example, the resurging popularity of home births outside the hospital system.

    “Because you keep putting arsenic in the reservoir, I can’t trust any of the water you give me from it. I will have to do my own verification, clumsy and inexpert as it may be.”

    “How dare you doubt the medical profession! I’ll have you know that no matter how much arsenic has been put in by isolated bad actors, the reservoir is more than 50% clean water. Your doubt of the drink indicates that you are an anti-water quack!”

  4. Obadiah says:

    >This situation is most advanced in medicine

    It’s in basically every “hallowed public institution”–see Trump’s struggles with the FBI

    To keep my Alex Jones posting actually on topic, from about the 2:00 mark onward he discusses this sort of corruption being commonplace even in more ground-level public services:

  5. Arakawa says:

    The FBI may have a lot of power to wreak havoc on someone’s life, but they don’t try to assign each person in the United States a “family cop” who nags you about regular “crime checkups” for your kids and travels to conferences where policemen tell each other about exciting new advances in preventative detention. The idea of a doctor’s checkup is not evil but once an area of medicine turns iatrogenic and they start ‘screening’ the population (“we must eradicate depression!”) that’s about the shape of it.

    Then again, I should climb down from saying “most advanced” in my previous comment. Plenty of areas where the rot is more advanced. My comments tend to come out absolutist where they shouldn’t be, it’s just that the rhetorical wagon circling I see around medicine was quite reminiscent of the “we must protect the reputation of the institution at the cost of destroying it” depicted in this movie.

  6. Boneflour says:

    The medical system is pretty damn broken. Getting diet right and getting exercise will let you dodge most of the system though. Large amount of ‘patients’ in hospitals are boomers, druggies, and nutjobs looking for a hotel with painkillers.

    Broke ass millennials renting bikes at the park for a dollar and eating organic avocado toast might actually be better off than Boomers on 11 meds and “the best” healthcare Medicare can buy.

    The poison is so expensive, all we could afford was the cure. Go figure!

  7. bicebicebice says:

    “Boneflour says:
    February 19, 2019 at 2:44 am”

    American-Americans are taxed up the ass effectively subsidizing-socialism for 100 million ooga boogas in america so they can get get healthcare schooling aa-jobs housing etc etc (whilst the net-payer does not receive the same benefits). I feel sorry for you, you are paying for socialism but for another race in your country. In europe the natives gets the benefits too (inb4 argument about actual “worth”) whilst you get zip and nada.

    Imagine how rich america would be, even the sjw could get their socialism if they would just throw out the ooga boogas. All western countries have this same litte snag but this is hammering down america.

    The incentive aspect is pretty interesting, having read http://www.unz.com/isteve/martina-navratilova-takes-on-the-ex-man-lobby/ , whiteoid men are using legizlation to get back at the top of the food chain once again, the only unprotected D&D Classes, Anglo-Saxonoid Warrior and Neanderthal Paladin have no +defence against dark jew paper magic but if they did they would be too overpowered.

    X-Men. he he he…

  8. Fox says:

    Arakawa, do you have more (and more specific) information about the medical-pharmaceutical complex ? I’d be very interested in reading first- and second-hand observations on this topic.

  9. Arakawa says:

    @Fox you can get more information than you’d ever need by following links from Bruce Charlton or David Healy’s blogs. Unless you have a specific need (e.g. you need an Internet peer group to taper off SSRIs or legal info on how to exempt your daughter and/or son from HPV vaccine) it’s mostly useful as a general PSA on which treatments are not trustworthy (SSRIs, statins, maybe vax depending on your epistemology) and an instructional look into the mouth of Sauron. Spoiler: the mouth of Sauron hasn’t flossed since the Second Age. It’s not pretty. Don’t gaze for too long.

    But ideally what you need if you need to deal with doctors is level-headed like-minded friends / family / etc. IRL. Most of the really dumb stories happen either when someone unconditionally trusts what the doctor pushes, or when someone is isolated and made to feel like an idiot for asking questions / being driven out of one’s temper / etc.. Most of the really horrific state-seizes-medical-custody stories appear when there’s family infighting. And so forth.

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