600 ATEOTD’s later, an absolute truth

Somewhere in the past century or so (I’d call it circa 1953, when Britain finally stopped queuing because consumers had some money again after the War) the chaps in charge of designing things lost the plot. I use the word ‘chaps’ advisedly, because no women whatsoever at that point were in charge of designing anything outside the limited fields of clothing and kitchens. I’m not being right-on-message when I say here and now that I’m sure the male domination of design has played a major role in creating the plot amnesia.

The key criterion mislaid by designers was that all design – directly or indirectly, without exception – is supposed to have human beings in mind. Not systems or egos or crankshafts or trees or alligators, but people. To take the most random of those alternative considerations, a swampland may be designed to maintain the diet of alligators, but the hope here is that by so doing, the gators won’t start leaving the reservation and eating people. The politicians of North Queensland ignored this danger some twenty years ago, but ever since the river crocs began dragging off cops to hang under the water for a few days, they’ve been learning fast.

The Socialist Planning mistake of mid last century occurred when earnest architects chose to copy the USSR’s ill-advised example of brutalist high-rise apartment blocks….and thus destroy the naturally horizontal social nature of all strong neighbourly communities.

This was swiftly followed by the designer’s cast-iron certainty that electric cookers and easy-clean hobs would eventually wipe out gas in the kitchen. Men didn’t cook in those days: they yelled “Honey I’m home!”, which was the signal for wifey to panic and ensure that the dinner would be on the table by the time Fred had changed into his ganzey, grey-flannel trousers and tartan carpet slippers. So the designers had very little idea how much easier it is to control gas flames than the three-toed sloth that is electric hob heating.

But by the early 1960s, being warm was the big thing: and so in came central heating. Don’t get me wrong – a great idea: but it was the way Ideal Home Exhibitions at the time couldn’t resist flogging it as an excellent reason to close up every chimney in the house that was silly. Millions of people did just that – until it dawned on first a minority but then almost everyone that you can’t toast currant buns on a radiator, and an open wood fire is of elemental importance to species contentment.

I could go on all night to provide examples of how bubble-dwellers in the professions, media and politics omitted the People dimension: extreme feminism, turning a loose European economic community into a Unionist neo-Sovereing tribe far too big for any human being to even grasp – let alone love, political correctness, neoliberalism insisting that the only thing anyone wants to do is work as a serf and then play with the beads offered in return, Big Bangers convinced that sociopaths would obey the rules….and banks weren’t really there to aid entrepreneurial development anyway, dropping the warmth and mutuality of the Building Society for the faceless plc, replacing the British tradition of Saturday afternoon football sport with overpaid clowns kicking off money-dominated diving at anything from 11.30 am Saturday to 8.00pm Monday, replacing shopping communities with lots of Walmarts and Tescos out of town – and last but not least, designing virtual friend-networks online to let Big Brother in via the front door….and family solidarity out the back.

What we have seen over the last 65 years is the replacement of the normal (“boring) with the abnormal (“inclusive”), and the decline of admiration for all things natural in favour of the celebration of all things forced and unnatural.

This has been, above all, a wholesale rejection of everything we have learned about anthropology in general….and social anthropology in particular.

Natural science in 2015 stands challenged – indeed mocked – by those who would shout down the logic of empirical observation employed to human advantage. With a UK General Election coming up this May, it would be comforting to see even one Party beyond the Greens resisting this suicidal species trend: but the Greens too are all for Big Government, and ordering people about based on data which are at times, to say the least of it, flakey.

Does Ed Miliband oppose the inhuman doctrines of the EU and multinational globalism, or question carbon climate change theories? He does not. Does David Cameron oppose the idiocy of building on arable land? No, he encourages it – and takes the money of those who are all for it. Does Nick Clegg really think that…um, no let’s leave that sentence there: the Labour vote has caught up with him in his Sheffield constituency. I’ve always liked Sheffield. Does Nigel Farage regret the deregulation of the City? He does not: he opposes the EU for the one wrong reason….to replace such regulation as there is with ‘anything goes’.

And therein is the final rub, the final false assumption: these inhuman pillocks think they can go on selling us shit as putty forever and a day. But they can’t.

Greece today is the living example of this. The Greek bourgeoisie is, I’m hear to tell you, about as thick and self-satisfied as they come. For years they have swallowed whole the illogical vomit handed down to them by the New Democracy/PASOK oligarchy, and the eurozone/ECB Masturbators of the Universe they serve. But now all that is changing. Syriza may not survive in its current form, but the myth of Berlin-Brussels-Frankfurt invincibility is about to be blown away.

Even if the Greeks capitulate, there are Spain, Italy, France and Britain still to come. The idea of a unicultural Europe in which massive tribal differences are crushed under one deranged wheelchair cannot survive. This is the beguiling hope I dangle before you as Easter approaches.

For those who’ve read all 600 ATEOTDs, you have my sincere condolences.

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