Don't fall for it
Normally my bedtime 'radio' is all '30s and '40s, all empathetic.
Tonight I made the mistake of placing an unfamiliar episode from the meritocratic '50s at the start, and had trouble reaching sleep. Fortunately the dream-scripter tried to undo the damage.
There's an important lesson. Meritocracy is part of the underlying structure that made the current tyranny possible. Cultures based on fate and luck have been less susceptible to the Share Value tech tyranny, and now less susceptible to the "medical" version.
When you believe that success depends entirely on what you do, tyrants can make you guilty for not "doing as you're told". When you understand that success is mostly due to permanent caste, and when you understand that health is mostly due to the permanent qualities of your immune system, this type of guilt doesn't work.
African and Oriental and Slavic countries are more fate-based. They understand the primacy of luck. They haven't taken part in the skill destruction of recent decades, and now are less harsh with lockdowns. Cultures with permanent stable castes and niches are HAPPY and CALM cultures.
Meritocracy plus Darwin makes eugenics
possible. The super-rich are good. Poor people have chosen to be poor, so they deserve to be punished for their crime. Culled from the herd.
Meritocracy in the hands of Deepstate intentionally stirs up both sides. Rich and popular people are encouraged to believe that they got there entirely by effort, so their advantage is deserved. Unlucky people are encouraged to believe that they CAN become rich and popular, so they waste their lives in upward-striving failure instead of finding satisfaction in an appropriate niche.
The inevitable and INTENDED result of this failed striving is revolution, which is the quickest way to self-cull.
Revenge can't possibly work when the state holds all the cards and all the communication channels. Revenge and justice in fictional form are cathartic. Leave it there.
Don't fall for the pressure. Get into medieval mode. Try to keep the monsters calm.
Bored monsters eventually move on to something more interesting.
There's very little support for the medieval mode, and no empathy for the unlucky in modern media. So it's especially hard to stay in this mode, but it's the best way to preserve what little remains of civilization until the monsters get tired of burning us and start burning each other.
Labels: From rights to duties, Jail mode