A few years ago on one of my friend George Ann Hugh's The Byte Show, we were talking about education, and the elite. It was, for a few minutes, the usual regret about the dumbing down of the general population of the West in general, and the USA in particular, as part of a carefully conceived and well-executed plan by the elite, put into place before the Second World War, and really taking off in the years afterward. For those familiar with this long and devious story, it involved the usual suspects: various foundations of the super-rich, Carnegie, Rockefeller, and so on, doing what the super-rich like to do in their idle time: plot domination and control.

But I quickly pointed out another phenomenon in those interviews, namely, that by surrounding themselves with mirror reflections of their own psychopathy, with "yes men" and people that shared some if not most of their own "cosmology," the very elite was boxing itself in, and eventually, dumbing down itself.  If you've noticed a trend in speeches of major leaders of the West lately, you'll have noticed not only the galloping somersaulting illogicality, but a general decline of rhetorical polish. Think only of GW Bush's constant mispronunciations of "nuclear" as "noo-kyoo-lar" and so on.

Now someone else seems to have noticed the trend as, judging by vocabulary usage, the Presidents of the USA are showing all the signs of first class stupidity(thanks to Mr. S.D. for pointing out this short, juicy article):

Speeches from US presidents have gotten dumber over time

However, one remains unconvinced - or at least, I remain unconvinced - of the explanation being offered here:

"It's tempting to read this as a dumbing down of the bully pulpit," Jeff Shesol explains. "But it's actually a sign of democratization. In the early Republic, presidents could assume that they were speaking to audiences made up mostly of men like themselves: educated, civic-minded landowners. These, of course, were the only Americans with the right to vote. But over time, the franchise expanded and presidential appeals had to reach a broader audience." (Emphasis added)

In other words, we can all relax, it's just "democracy" at work; the hidden text is "Remain calm, our leaders are not really getting dumber."

If you've been following the trend of "civilization" lately, however, you'll know this is at best a meritricious explanation. As a friend of mine observed, psychopaths and narcissists rule the corporations and governments, while PhDs bus tables and man convenience store checkout stands. One has only to read the speeches of late nineteenth century leaders, or even the popular McGuffy Readers, a standard text in that century, to realize an eight-grade level of reading then far exceeded the current level of college education for vocabulary. In short, we have become "dumber," and this stupidity is, in part showing up in the counter-intuitive make-believe foreign and domestic policies we see today. Of course, education is no measure of moral worth or character. It does not bode well for the future of western civilization, however, when one adds stupidity to narcissism and psychopathy.

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. yankee phil on October 15, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Education was always manipulation of the masses through history fabrication,higher education availability, in Greece they even had another language, Formal Greek, that was different than the language spoken by normal Greeks on the streets. This made it very ,very difficult for the average Greek to educate himself as all higher educative literature was written in this “advanced greek”, kind of like the script american law is written in,half latin and greek and half real english. Then you must obey these unclear laws or you become a public enemy. Wasn’t it Jimmy Carter that proposed a change in the writing of american law so anyone who could read would understand the laws without a lawyer present. I digress but doesn’t that make Jimmy a national hero, boy the admiralty really missed out on him ,except for Rickover,probably his training helped form Jims strength of character.

  2. TRM on October 14, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I guess their plan at making everyone dumber through the controlled education system wasn’t working fast enough so they went for plan B. Poison the young! From 1 in 10,000 45 years ago to 1 in 50 today and 1 in 10 soon we have autism sweeping the nation. Lots of investments and funding to look into “treatments” (ie. drugs that are sold by huge-pharma) but nothing looking for the root cause.

    More Roundup in the food to kill the gut bacteria which control the immune system, inflammation and neurotransmitter production and then on top of that we’ll inject them with all sorts of combinations of vaccines and adjuvants. Make is so complicated nobody will be able to figure it out.

  3. GeoNemesis on October 12, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Agreed, but did you mean “meretricious”?

  4. moxie on October 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    It all just doesn’t make is advancing while most of humanity is devolving, subsisting, demoralized, degraded. To what end? to maintain the slavery system? only this time to make high tech slaves? it must be more than that.. it’s high insanity that is out of this world

  5. jedi on October 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    ferris bullion is threatening…and his threats are bs…

    once mankind figures that out, good bye cockroaches.
    oh and thank you so much for all your 3 stooge crap.

    • Robert Barricklow on October 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      The Three Stooges clip on teaching a class of nuns
      on how to succeed is a classic.
      Very Educational.

  6. DownunderET on October 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Edgeamakation again huh, well when you have Hollywood churning out movies like “Dumb and Dumber”, what do you expect.
    Kids today “should” be smarter” than previous generations, WHY, cause they have computers and the Internet, simple!!!

    It astounds me that given all the “tools”, kids would end up with a distorted view of society, look around at kids today, hats on backwards, rap music, Lady GaGa, and Miley Circus, doesn’t take a Rhodes degree to see that the kids and being lead by the nose in a world view that’s not good, but what to they care, it’s normal to them.

    • jedi on October 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      thank the queen of england…ole triple cross.

  7. emlong on October 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Just look at the “elite’s” main calling card lately – the 9/11 false flag op. That was a thoroughly botched and stupidly engineered op – clues all over the place as to whodunnit and when. The only thing saving the perps from a public outing has been their capture of the MSM, but Russia is blowing that cover with RT now.

    • jedi on October 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      anyone being arrested..?

      can you say…i am a slave?

    • Robert Barricklow on October 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Excellent point.

  8. Jon on October 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    According to one study I recently read about, the researchers came to the conclusionn that the average IQ in the US has dropped 14 points in the last hundred years.

    That is the equivalent of moving the midpoint of average IQ (i.e. 100) down to the beginning of the range of what used to be called “educably mentally retarded” – those with imparied mental function who could benefit most from special education.

    (This group of people was “legislated” out of existence in the 1980s when diability laws were changed. Professionals in the field sarcastically refer to that as the government having “cured” 70 million mentally disabled people overnight. Looked good in the stats, though . . . .)

    There is also the case that the media are continuing to dumb down what they broadcast, and since politicians are just media puppets, it makes sense. I heard recently that they are now targeting their material to a 4 year old mentality. (Used to be 10 years old back in the 80s.)

    Then too, dumber politicians are more easily controlled as well.

    (This is why they are moving to make all computer interfaces like little kid’s picture books – they are trying to reinforce ignorance and helplessness, even in consumer devices. Suck them in young, program them, and keep them stuck in ignorance.)

    I liked Jesse Ventura’s comment that politics was just show business for ugly people. While he was talking more about appearance than morality, I think it holds true for that as well.

    • jedi on October 12, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      All citizens were trained in martial arts, fencing…women as well….southern people that is…and then leo frank showed up selling pencils.

  9. marcos toledo on October 12, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Dumbing down goes back at least to the late nineteenth century Comstock censorship of books and magazines for sexual contents. Code for perpetual childhood that continued under the Hays Office for movies, radio and later television. And the visual censorship on television has gotten worse there more censorship of human nudity especially frontal nudity in documentaries today than there was in the fifties sixties when I was growing up. And there two quotes from the nineteenth century one being about the presidents of the USA from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant was enough to disprove Darwin. The other was the USA will be the only society to go from barbarism to decadence without creating a civilization in between. If we look to our European history there is a long line of stupid choices the have been made down the millennia which should question why we have been the big kahunas for the last five hundred years.

  10. Frankie Calcutta on October 12, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Are our elite actually getting stupider (more stupid?) because of the lack of a proper education at prep school or are they getting stupider because abusing large amounts of cocaine like our last three Presidents have done has burned a substantial hole in their brains? I would argue it is the latter but with a caveat: brain damage is not what is causing our leaders to “dumb down the bully pulpit.” Rather it is scoring drugs in underprivileged neighborhoods and slumming in crack houses that is making our leaders more democratic in speech. One cannot walk up to a street corner drug peddler in a bad neighborhood and address him in the same speech one would use at the yacht club. Not only would it immediately raise the price of the drugs to be purchased, but it could also be potentially dangerous as the drug dealer may decide to mug the upscale customer instead. Instead, our elite learn quickly learn to use street vernacular in these transactions, to the approval of their elders who understand this is good grooming for their future career as cunning, deceptive oligarchs. In fact, buying illegal drugs nowadays is a right of passage for our elite and encouraged by their elders because it not only allows the elite to hobnob with the unwashed masses and thereby developing the necessary disdain to severely abuse them, but it also gives them a glimpse of how lucrative and powerful it is to control the illicit drug trade.

    That aside, my advice to any eager politician nowadays, if you want to connect with the average American voter, you need to do less talking and more twerking.

    • jedi on October 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      speaking of yacth clubs, i think of who has let these noveau riche into the “club”…there was a fastnet race, back in the late 70s, a force 10 storm, across the English channel….lots of fake sailors died and abandoned there vessels and a few died….the winner, thought it was a fantastic race, enjoyable in the elements and totally in control from start to finish. He was mystified too the problem other yachts men had.
      His name is Ted Turner.

      It is one thing to intellectualize what it takes, it is another breed to actually do it.

  11. Aridzonan_13 on October 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I have two VW Factory manuals for my Turbo Diesel Injection VW’s. One is an `85 the other is a 2003. The `85 manual has a lot more useful info in a very succinct format. The 2003 manual is written for about a modern 8th grade level and depends soley on the diagnostic computer table for troubleshooting. It leaves a lot to be desired. I first noticed the superiority of older cirriculum when perusing some 50’s high school Algebra texts. Where these older texts were presented in a much more concise format. What impressed me were the word problems. They had real world applications. Which gave the student a point of reference for the material covered. Also, find a high school grad that can write in script.. They are getting hard to find. The 3R’s are under serious assault. Hence, Daddy Bush’s NWO dream of a 3rd World USA is upon us.

    • jedi on October 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      The morons think the gold standard is coming back…the next phase is rolling out how to make gold in your shed.

      That is when stupid face, formerly flushed, will turn a whiter shade of pale.

      The angry humans are calling it the day of the rope…were in a powder keg.

  12. Robert Barricklow on October 12, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Basically the system is geared toward taking in and accepting knowledge on “faith”. Faith in the fathers & mothers and their father & mothers. The idea then, of questioning this power of “faith” is, at best, treasonous. But that is exactly the gist of education, to understand the reasoning, then question its validity. Continuing to question the faith in the system,and those in power. The result is a vigorous debate that changes with new discoveries. The more lively the debate, the better. The consensus is ever changing, as are the guards, as are the discoveries, as is the knowledge, as is the individual, and the society he or she lives in.

    • jedi on October 12, 2014 at 10:55 am

      I decked my lying physics teacher, a 12 year old, 3 grades advanced and still resisting.
      Got expelled and put in the best indoctrination school in the city as my reward.

      as they say… no good deed goes unpunished.

  13. jedi on October 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Intelligence must be in your dna…memories. Instincts. Minnesota twin studies provide insight into this fact.

    However the (insert secret society) have proven they can pretty much take any person and upload knowledge into them….something that Morpheus was doing with neo from the matrix. Studying the human mind, with intent too manipulate it is one of there favorite past times for say….the last hundred thousand years. Knowing that, most PHDs shouldn’t be allowed near anything of importance, they are brainwashed with nonsense. Not one msm economists ever predicted anything correctly.

    I wouldn’t underestimate any of the elite as being stupid…actually, that’s part of there bag of tricks. Think of Dick Chaney during 911 laughing about misplacing 2 or 3 trillion dollars too Congress.

    With the internet though, and we have the CIA too thank for it. Perhaps mankind is going to take a turn for the better. Things are starting too calm down a bit, looking back, it was quite funny, the race wars going on a few years back…. and all the intellectual idiots pontificating nonsense…were all a lot more wiser for it and nobody got hurt.

  14. loisg on October 12, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Just as an aside there are a few articles on the Religious Right Watch web site detailing this very issue, it’s quite interesting and the ramifications if some of their observations are unnerving, to say the least. Makes one wonder just how close the connections may be between the people you discussed here, Joseph, and the people leading the religious right movement.

  15. DanaThomas on October 12, 2014 at 7:15 am

    The idea that the use (and good pronunciation) of polysyllabic words by the political class is somehow “undemocratic” is, of course, ludicrous. Certain sectors of the oligarchy, on the other hand, go to the opposite extreme, as in the “creative vocabulary” used to define fraudulent financial instruments. But in any case, they mainly use language to dupe people rather than to inform or even try to reason with others.

  16. WalkingDead on October 12, 2014 at 6:22 am

    You reap what you sow….
    Wisdom from a book on ancient history comes to mind.

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