The Oligarchs Count on Our Ignorance

I have previously opined in various contexts about the nature of the oligarchy, and its inherent reliance upon mass ignorance. People I come across still insist that I am wrong when I assert that the ruling class cares nothing whatever for us as individuals, that their fundamental goal is not our prosperity and certainly not our freedom, but rather furtherance of their own ambitions and authority.

But the oligarchy is so narcissistically self-indulged, and we are so collectively ill- or outright uninformed about the goings on around us geopolitically, that it is nothing at all for the powers-that-be to openly acknowledge how purposefully exploitative they are of our ignorance – and we happily indulge them in this every day.

“GRUBER: “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage”AmericanCommitment

In the attached video, one of the contributory designers of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (commonly known as Obamacare), Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Dr. Jonathan Gruber, plainly states that

This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the [individual] mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which explicitly said that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed.

And he goes on: Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass (emphasis added).

Gruber’s admitted willingness to blatantly behave dishonestly to get what he wants demonstrates the inherent and fundamentally unethical nature of consequentialism. The deep irony here is that the purposefully dishonest way in which this massively impactful bill was levied on the country by the current administration (and then-Congress) mirrors the allegedly dishonest way in which the previous administration sold the war in Iraq to the American people. It cannot be overstated how both parties’ inconsistencies from one issue to the next clearly illustrate a pervasive lack of principles.

I empathize with people’s lack of interest in the naturally contentious realm of modern politics. I also understand that every person who has ever lived, and who ever will, is vastly ignorant of a whole slew of topics – one simply cannot know everything (even if they think they do). But when Big Government (be it the Right or Left version) is this heavily involved in our day-to-day lives, particularly in ways that are unethical, unchartered (i.e., unconstitutional), unwarranted, and unwanted, we simply have no valid excuse when they deliberately exploit our willing ignorance of such matters. This ignorance is more inexcusable when one considers the vast amounts of information available at, literally, our fingertips that previous generations of humans likely could not have dreamed of or accumulated in entire lifetimes.

As anecdotally with Obamacare, our ignorance will surely get us what we want. And as always, the question really is: are we going to want what we then get?

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