I still say we’re in trouble

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It’s been a while since I commented on America’s road to serfdom. So here’s one for the lovers of doom.

An article in the Atlantic says that it takes kids 90 seconds longer to run one mile than it used to in the 80s.  80% of young people are too dumb, criminal or fat to enter the military.

And here we find that the generation of the participation trophy just doesn’t care about winning. WSJ: 

They’re just not very fast. “There’s not as many super-competitive athletes today as when the baby boomers were in their 20s and 30s,” said Ryan Lamppa, spokesman for Running USA, an industry-funded research group. While noting the health benefits that endurance racing confers regardless of pace, Lamppa—a 54-year-old competitive runner—said, “Many new runners come from a mind-set where everyone gets a medal and it’s good enough just to finish.”

Now, a generational battle is raging in endurance athletics. Old-timers are suggesting that performance-related apathy among young amateur athletes helps explain why America hasn’t won an Olympic marathon medal since 2004

It’s easy to see why so many in America are clamoring for enforced equality: They’re bad at so many things. Meanwhile China’s blowing us out of the water and Putins making 10 year olds across Russia do knuckle pushups and assemble an AN94 assault rifle before every meal. Our kids are good at Angry Birds.

I’ll see you in the howling wilderness that will be America is two decades or so. For now, ride the tiger.



4 thoughts on “I still say we’re in trouble

    Bill said:
    May 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Well, I disagree in the sense that we won’t be in the wilderness. The top end is getting much stronger than it ever has been although the bottom end is growing in terms of #’s. What you have (I’ll need to bite my tongue lest I get accused of being a racist) is something not too far removed from what Charles Murray predicted in the bell curve. I don’t think it’s a race issue (although the end result is largely indistinguishable) . one kid at the top can produce more in terms of food, medicine, knowledge etc than 10000 on the bottom. Much in the same way that you can have 10 trained soldiers take out a group of 200 unskilled ‘insurgents’ or 10 hard core lifers outfight 50 run of the mill guys or new fish (I don’t have those numbers handy, just referencing ones I’ve read from people like Rory Miller and others). The divide is getting much greater and will continue to – but there are waves of migrants who’s parents force them to learn hard sciences – and force them to do Khan’s academy and Coursera in middle school – b/c the schools don’t teach them. And you have these same parents forcing their kids to the library and spending whatever money they have on computers (or investing it) and study materials. Then you have this… The results were quite predictable http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DrzCVAJtDw – depending on where you are and how close you are to it – you might be in the wilderness, or you’ll be in technological nirvana – armed defense is a must in any case.

    Bill said:
    May 4, 2014 at 10:57 am

    And yes, we are in trouble – in many ways much less than most people think or anticipate, in other ways, much more important ones, we’re in much more trouble than they are expecting, in fact so much so few can probably comprehend the extent of the situation.

    T. J. Babson said:
    May 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    If one compares what is happening in the US to two dystopias, Brave New World and 1984, one can see elements of both coming into being:

    1) the push to legalize drugs
    2) the push to disarm the citizenry
    3) the development of “thought crimes”
    4) the construction of a surveillance state
    5) the militarization of the police
    6) the encouragement of sexual permissiveness
    7) the increasingly brazen lies told by the government
    8) the existence of the military as a separate “class” increasingly remote from the lives of most citizens

    magus71 responded:
    May 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I agree TJ. We’re in trouble.

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