Specialized Machiavellians versus generalist elites

This is my theory for why elites today seem completely feckless on the one hand but occasionally very competent. The typical understanding is that you have a hierarchy with generalists over specialists. Generalists will tend to be more Machiavellian due to systemic pressures on the upper end of the hierarchy. The idea of a liberal arts education was to give generalists general thinking tools and heuristics for governing inherited capital and so on.

But because competition in the upper ranks selects for Machiavellianism, increased competition is going to select for increasingly specialized Machiavellians. This could be compared to Math Olympiad winners having lower achievement in other areas of life over time. They study nothing other than math and do nothing other than prepare for competitions. And due to the nature of Machiavellianism in particular, they’re going to reform the system to lower the standards in other areas to suit themselves and their own strategy. The specialized Machiavellian class then becomes a super-elite over the generalist elite.

The main problem with this process is that specialized Machiavellians don’t know how anything works other than obtaining and exercising social power. Once they’re in charge, everything they are in charge of fails in every way except that they remain in charge of it. They’re also relatively unconcerned with these failures except insofar as this affects the power dynamics. It’s basically a self-winding spring. This is why they do ridiculous shit like trying to meme a Ukrainian victory in an actual war. Or meme economic prosperity.

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6 Responses to Specialized Machiavellians versus generalist elites

  1. SPACE IS FAKE! says:

    Nasa uses green screens dawg

  2. Obadiah says:

    Seems like part and parcel of the Babylon social system.

    “The virgin power-autist Belshazzar vs the Chad generalist Daniel”

  3. Obadiah says:

    >This is why they do ridiculous shit like trying to meme a Ukrainian victory in an actual war

    ^Or throwing a dank party and getting shwasted while the Persians are literally breaking through the wall of the city. I actually take back what I said about Belshazzar being virgin-tier, as that might be the most Chad move I’ve ever heard.

  4. Bardelys the Magnificent says:

    TL;DR: Jews and Chinese gamed and exploited the European social system, and will continue to do so until the last shekel is gone.

  5. furor kek tonicus ( proud to have a foreign policy that keeps Hunter's nose candied ) says:

    The main problem with this process is that specialized Machiavellians don’t know how anything works other than obtaining and exercising social power.
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    yeah, that’s what i pointed out years ago at Vox’s. i said they all seemed to be playing Social Dominance Games and didn’t seem to have any other competencies.

  6. aiaslives says:

    A nation should cease to exist until someone can pull the sword from the stone, and the sword should be put back in the stone once the King dies.

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