Chicago Boyz

What Are Chicago Boyz Readers Reading?

Recommended Photo Store
Buy Through Our Amazon Link or Banner to Support This Blog
  •   Enter your email to be notified of new posts:
  •   Problem? Question?
  •   Contact Authors:

  • CB Twitter Feed
  • Lex's Tweets
  • Jonathan's Tweets
  • Blog Posts (RSS 2.0)
  • Blog Posts (Atom 0.3)
  • Incoming Links
  • Recent Comments

    • Loading...
  • Authors

  • Notable Discussions

  • Recent Posts

  • Blogroll

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • A Plague of Highly-Ambitious Mediocrities

    Posted by David Foster on January 24th, 2014 (All posts by )

    …some thoughts from Theodore Dalrymple.


    6 Responses to “A Plague of Highly-Ambitious Mediocrities”

    1. MikeK Says:

      I discovered Taki’s magazine when NRO fired Derbyshire. I find I’m going there at least as much as I read NRO. Interesting to see how the PC trend makes things dull.

    2. grey eagle Says:

      Darlymple assumes that people who get an office do so because they intend to excel at doing whatever task the office performs. However there are people who crave the power the office wields or who see the office as a stepping stone to even greater power. We read about them, we watch them in movies and TV dramas but refuse to believe they exist. We encounter them in life an automatically avoid them or make ourselves invisible to them. We even fool ourselves that they do not exist in real life – even when we vote for or against them.

      They are the stuff of history – they are the people that make our times interesying

    3. grey eagle Says:

      They are not mediocre at misusing power. They grew up dreaming to be tyrants. They study tyrants.

    4. David Foster Says:

      I would think people would have been able to look at Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and recognize a certain type who surely everyone had met in their own lives, at work and/or in other kinds of organizations: the person who is always desperate to get promoted but feels no need to actually DO anything useful in whatever job he’s in at the moment, the person who does not see others as human but rather only as obstacles to be climbed over or tools in his own obsessive power-seeking, the person who can never analyze his own failures but only casts blame on others…especially, this should have been true after BO and HC had been in their respective jobs as president and sec state for a while…but evidently not. Which I guess shows the power of a compliant media, especially the power it has over people who don’t follow political affairs very closely and/or do not seek out multiple sources of information.

    5. MikeK Says:

      Marshall McLuhan had an explanation.

      The medium is the message

      “For McLuhan, it was the medium itself that shaped and controlled “the scale and form of human association and action””

      That’s what we have and the leftist trend of the medium, I think, is largely explained by a desire of people who perceive themselves as powerful to appear caring and sympathetic. They aren’t and they know they aren’t but they want to change Socrates aphorism from “Be what you wish to seem” to “Seem what you wish to seem.” Being has little to do with what you want to be seen as.

    6. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      And that is why message control is so important to the Left: schools, news, entertainment are under their control. It’s absolutely key to their success, it shapes perception and values, both by what is emphasized and what is left out.

      You won’t break Leftist control until you break that monopoly.

    Leave a Reply

    Comments Policy:  By commenting here you acknowledge that you have read the Chicago Boyz blog Comments Policy, which is posted under the comment entry box below, and agree to its terms.

    A real-time preview of your comment will appear under the comment entry box below.

    Comments Policy

    Chicago Boyz values reader contributions and invites you to comment as long as you accept a few stipulations:

    1) Chicago Boyz authors tend to share a broad outlook on issues but there is no party or company line. Each of us decides what to write and how to respond to comments on his own posts. Occasionally one or another of us will delete a comment as off-topic, excessively rude or otherwise unproductive. You may think that we deleted your comment unjustly, and you may be right, but it is usually best if you can accept it and move on.

    2) If you post a comment and it doesn't show up it was probably blocked by our spam filter. We batch-delete spam comments, typically in the morning. If you email us promptly at we may be able to retrieve and publish your comment.

    3) You may use common HTML tags (italic, bold, etc.). Please use the "href" tag to post long URLs. The spam filter tends to block comments that contain multiple URLs. If you want to post multiple URLs you should either spread them across multiple comments or email us so that we can make sure that your comment gets posted.

    4) This blog is private property. The First Amendment does not apply. We have no obligation to publish your comments, follow your instructions or indulge your arguments. If you are unwilling to operate within these loose constraints you should probably start your own blog and leave us alone.

    5) Comments made on the Chicago Boyz blog are solely the responsibility of the commenter. No comment on any post on Chicago Boyz is to be taken as a statement from or by any contributor to Chicago Boyz, the Chicago Boyz blog, its administrators or owners. Chicago Boyz and its contributors, administrators and owners, by permitting comments, do not thereby endorse any claim or opinion or statement made by any commenter, nor do they represent that any claim or statement made in any comment is true. Further, Chicago Boyz and its contributors, administrators and owners expressly reject and disclaim any association with any comment which suggests any threat of bodily harm to any person, including without limitation any elected official.

    6) Commenters may not post content that infringes intellectual property rights. Comments that violate this rule are subject to deletion or editing to remove the infringing content. Commenters who repeatedly violate this rule may be banned from further commenting on Chicago Boyz. See our DMCA policy for more information.