Teh Noo Eloi

Your Betters™

Yanno Burning Man? Where hippies, hipsters and other fringies get together BFE, The Desert and rough it for a weekend, listening to music and setting stuff on fire? For the sake of Enlightenment, of course.

This is “Further Future”, a “Transformational event.” Where the Super Kewl Trendsetters and “self-selected” “winners” get together in the desert and don’t rough it.

“There’s already enough in life that’s tough.”

…spa treatments and green juice … espresso line stretches 45 minutes long for lavender lattesfoie gras torchon … “a personal, dedicated lifestyle manager and assistant ready to help you with any requirements or desires you may have. No request is ever unattainable.”

While sipping their “green juice” or “old-fashioned cocktail” they discuss things like:

“What happens post-capitalism? Even post-democracy? What about post-employment, when we have universal basic income?…”

Wait… This is people like Eric Schmidt [Alphabet]. Howinhell is that “post-capitalism”?!!? I admit, creating a company wherein the customers are The Product is not your grandfather’s capitalism…

But here is how the Proggie hive-mind justifiesreconciles” the fact that “not everyone” can enjoy travel, $250 dinners and $7,000 tents in the desert:

“It’s all about balance. We are the ones meant to be the air, not the earth, …So you have this group who can travel. The purpose can never be to enable everyone to travel because that would create imbalance.

“We are the ones meant to be the air…”

WTF does that even mean?!? Meant by whom?!?

But keep an eye out for more of this kind of thing. Teh Elites, Your Betters™ are positioning themselves to Feeeel Good about having more, better stuff than you. Because they “are meant to”. Because they are smarter, better and can — no, really should — tell you what to do and how to do it. Because …something.

While you wrestle your once-a-week basic income, paper jumpsuit out of the corner vending machine, remember that this is not so dissimilar from how the New York 400 felt, nor the Royals of-pick-any-dang-country or time in History. Meant to be.

Any transfer from one group [earth] into another [air] would create imbalance. To be upwardly mobile? Imbalance. To aspire to more, better or even different than The Basic you are given? Imbalance. To have any say in your own future — or your own present? Imbalance. To desire something more than nutrition blocks and 8 hours of hot-bunk in the hive-dorm? Imbalance!!!

What could possibly go worng?

11 Comments!

  1. Fawkes News (Fear the Voting Dead)
    Posted May 8, 2016 at 6:20 pm |

    They are not going to be happy when they discover reality.

    Good enough for them. They made it happen, and they deserve what they get.

  2. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted May 8, 2016 at 6:22 pm |

    Eloi is pretty danged good analogy,
    and that brings up the question of Morlocks.

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted May 8, 2016 at 7:53 pm |

    “…Because they are smarter, better and can — no, really should — tell you what to do and how to do it.”
    And when their fantasy bumps up against reality, after my friends Dave and Bubba and Jimmy and Billy’s world comes crashing down, will they know what to do when Dave and Bubba and Jimmy and Billy hunt them with dogs?
    A country boy can survive, someone once said, but those effete fruitcakes…..??
    BTW, anybody else feel an urge to slap that woman on the right in the pic?
    Calling John Clark; John, we have a mission for you….

  4. ZZMike
    Posted May 8, 2016 at 8:42 pm |

    “… espresso line stretches 45 minutes long …”

    Well, if that isn’t roughing it, I sure don’t know what is.

  5. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted May 8, 2016 at 9:55 pm |

    We are not free and it gives me panic attacks.
    And they are so petty and spiteful *shudders*

    What’s worse than “our betters” in charge? There are millions of zombie NOT “betters” traveling among us and we have to deal with them all in some way or another simply by existing.
    *shudder*sigh*

  6. PeggyU
    Posted May 8, 2016 at 10:21 pm |

    So we all quit working but receive a universal basic income. I do not get that at all.

  7. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted May 8, 2016 at 10:22 pm |

    ^ we don’t get to quit working but receive a universal basic income.

  8. Hopefulone
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 3:03 am |

    Divine right of kings …without Divinity.
    So we are going from equality of opportunity, in a society controlled by laws, not men,* to a culture in which un-skilled “Big Thinkers” prey on the “lower” castes through arguably ill-gained information which is crafted into flawed but de-facto truth? (I am sick of them spying on me, taking the results of one shopping search, and turning all my ads into a flawed mirror.)
    We need privacy laws that allow anybody to request any company to purge their data on demand. …and a capital offense to not have the request executed.

    *…except Hitlery, whose investigation needs to be weakened and timed carefully because she is our superior and that must excuse her of the scrutiny and outcomes that would befall a regular citizen. I guess we’re there already.

  9. mech
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 7:32 am |

    Inverse Galt when the meteor hits the next meeting?

    Don’t ask me about the cube sats on recent rocket launches.

  10. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 1:13 pm |

    It’s called enlightened despotism.
    Having a king is the way to go, if you have a good and wise king.

    This time, it’ll work!

  11. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm |

    “We are the ones meant to be the air…”

    I’m thinking they should be converted into smoke particles suspended in the air. Is that close enough?

    And if the genuine working people all quit working in exchange for a basic income, these limp-wrist little snowflakes will all starve. Takes a lot of actual workers to provide those lavender lattes and foies gras. For that matter, it takes actual workers to provide something as basic as water in the freaking DESERT!!!! (Just channeling my inner Sam Kinison here, Boss.)