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Idiocracy – science fiction? Or our future?

(weekend blog)

Apparently there was a film made in 2006 called Idiocracy. I’m afraid I haven’t seen it.

The opening lines of the film explain its premise:

As the twenty-first century began, human evolution was at a turning point. Natural selection, the process by which the strongest, the smartest, the fastest reproduced in greater numbers than the rest, a process which had once favored the noblest traits of man, now began to favor different traits.

Most science fiction of the day predicted a future that was more civilized and more intelligent. But as time went on, things seemed to be heading in the opposite direction — a dumbing down. How did this happen? Evolution does not necessarily reward intelligence. With no natural predators to thin the herd, it began to simply reward those who reproduced the most and left the intelligent to become an endangered species.

The film’s plot: In 2005, Corporal Joe Bauers, a United States Army librarian, is selected for a suspended animation experiment on grounds of average appearance, intelligence, behavior, etc and is sent to sleep for a year. But the experiment is forgotten and he isn’t found till 500 years later. Over the five centuries, the expectations of 21st-century society ensure that the most intelligent humans fail to have children, while the least intelligent reproduce prolifically, which, through the process of Darwinian natural selection, creates generations that collectively become increasingly dumber and yet more fertile with each passing century.

When average underachiever Corporal Joe Bauers wakes up in 2505 – 500 years in the future – he comes to realize that people have become so dumb that he’s now the smartest person on Earth.

Of course, this could never happen in real life??????????

(Apparently the film didn’t get released into too many cinemas as the film company began to get cold feet about the film’s satirical message and so limited screenings to the legal minimum allowed in their contract)

Meanwhile on London’s streets

While we’re on the subject of an Idiocracy, here are a couple of pictures which suggest that Idiocracy may already be here:

Yup, these idiots really believe that protesting and putting on silly costumes and working themselves up into foam-flecked fury will alter the ever-varying orbit of the Earth around the Sun and have an influence on levels of solar activity:

Maybe human evolution has already stopped?

Meanwhile on Library Street

While we’re on the subject of an Idiocracy, the link below is to a real piece of video filmed somewhere in Britain on a street ludicrously called Library Street. I don’t know if there’s a library on Library Street any more. Probably not. After all, what use would the people living around that area have for a library? Although perhaps a public convenience would be of use to the locals – if they even know how to use a toilet? Then they wouldn’t have to use Library Street to get rid of their bodily waste.

This is not a parody or satire. It’s real life in Britain today. Perhaps this is yet more evidence that Idiocracy is already alive and well in our country?

Enjoy a daily scene featuring the fine, upstanding citizens of Library Street. Have a great weekend:

6 comments to Idiocracy – science fiction? Or our future?

  • Stillreading

    Terrifyingly prescient. Within my immediate circle of family and close friends, I can identify six youngsters (late teens to mid-twenties) who, despite having grown up in stable homes with loving parents, and having been given the best education available, have all emerged emotionally and psychologically incapable of becoming self-supporting, or even of engaging in the most lowly paid employment. All are being supported financially by despairing parents. And this is, no doubt, being repeated throughout the UK and, one suspects, across the Pond and in the Antipodes too. Seven decades of peace – or at least removal of immediate threat on the homeland – allied to emphasis on the “rights” rather than the “responsibilities” of children and the young, and their expectation of immediate gratification of every desire are all, one suspects, to blame. We appear to have raised a generation largely incapable of thinking for itself or of defending itself against physical or psychological invasion, fit only, in fact, to fiddle whilst all for which its forefathers fought burns around it.

  • A Thorpe

    I think the video was early canvassing for the December election!

  • william boreham

    I’ve just bought the DVD of that movie Idiocracy on Amazon. I guess it must be not too different to one of us waking up in Equatorial Guinea.
    Interesting comment from Germany, sounds rather defeatist rather than spoiling for a fight. Think the fight has gone out of all Western Europeans, ghastly thought that both Britain’s and France’s nuclear weapons will fall into Muslim hands in the not too distant future.

    “I haven’t recognized Germany for years now. It’s a totally different society and not in a good way. The country has changed, people have changed, a sense of community, trust and respect are completely wiped out in some areas. Property prices have skyrocketed, including rental prices, hence the Berlin rent control of late. This isn’t a surprise or unique to Germany. Everywhere you look in Western Europe, mass immigration has led to an enormous change in society. Perhaps someone should visualize the correlation between mass-immigration, the changes in GDP, rise in debt, stagnation of wage growth, lower interest rates and the shift in power between leftwing and rightwing political parties. It’s not rocket science, people. It’s competition between the people who were born in an area, worked their whole lives to achieve an average quality of life at best (which for the past decade has seen a clear decline), and newcomers (who are sometimes even hostile and extremely ungrateful or violent) being given everything, for free and if you question this narrative, you’re bombarded with isms and basically forced into silence. Wow, what a surprise that this doesn’t work. How very unexpected that you’ll eventually pay the price in every sense of the word, financially, socially and politically.”

  • David Craig

    I suspect that the premise for the film is much better than the film itself. Americans have never been too great at humour.

  • Hardcastle

    I read an interesting article from a journalist who had attended the Rugby World Cup in Japan.He was so impressed with the safety,self discipline and friendliness of the Japanese people.He was supprised that despite decades of little economic growth and an ageing population,the strength of Japanese traditions and family life had continued,seemingly unaffected.Now why why would that be?How is Japan different to other Western industrialised,developed nations? Easy! They do not do immigration and multiculturalism! Japan’s population is homogeneous and despite its ageing population,wealthy and stable in so many ways that we are not.No need for massive house building for incomers,no need for massive welfare benefits for people who have not contributed and no need to spend vast sums on trying to integrate people who do not want to.Not rocket science is it? I might go and live there if they will have me!

  • Hardcastle

    What do the majority,or possibly any,of the climate protesters know about climate? Earth Science? or any science? Very little if my experience as a teacher of 40 years tells me.When you get the chance ask them some basic questions.What are the main drivers of the Earth’s climate? What proportion of the atmosphere is made up of CO2? How much of GB and N America was covered by ice during the last ice age? How did all the ice recede when human industrialisation did not exist.? Why is the apparent rise in sea level in southern Britain caused by the last ice age
    not global warming.How is it the coastline in N Scotland has been rising since the last ice age which would suggest that sea levels are falling? Why are you so arrogant to assume that our puny and very,very brief presence has had any material impact on climate? Spend your time on something we can do something about,like population,conservation of resources,recycling,consuming less.

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