Rebuilding a hierarchy of competence: Peterson and Pareto

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By Rob Scovell

Rob Scovell is a graduate of Edinburgh University with degrees in Astrophysics, Theology, and Mathematical Modelling. His interests are in political analysis and in bridging the illusory gap between Faith and Science. He is a classical liberal in a world where that position is under attack from both left and right-wing Identitarians. He is a member of the New Zealand ACT Party.

Jacinda Ardern has demonstrated over and over again her mastery of emotional intelligence, a quality that is said to be important in today?s political world. Of course, the dark side of emotional intelligence is the ability to use it to manipulate people into thinking you are more worthy of a position of authority and responsibility than you are. Jacinda Ardern milked this ability with her breathless ?Let?s do this!? campaign, which ended up with her leadership of the Coalition of Losers after being chosen by our perennial Kingmaker.

Her opponent, Bill English, was objectively the better choice for leadership of our small but still important Western nation. He had the experience, wisdom and temperament to pilot the ship of state. His downfall was that there was no way he would submit to the Kingmaker in order to become prime minister.

We have come to a place in New Zealand politics where experience, wisdom and temperament are no longer required for leadership at the highest levels. This applies not just in national politics but in civil society governance, in education and in journalism. Adherence to a politically correct, communitarian orthodoxy, along with the possession of manipulative emotional intelligence, is held to be more important than any form of real-world competence.

This is a serious problem that must be addressed.

When Jordan B Peterson came to Auckland, I attended both of his lectures, with my son. Peterson works hard to make sure every lecture is different. They were indeed different but had a common theme: hierarchies of competence.

Hierarchies that are not based on competence are tyrannical. Our PM, lovely as she is held to be, is a ‘tyrant’ by that definition because she does not have the necessary competence for her position as leader. Her degree is in Communications Studies (or ?spin?). Her work experience was as an acolyte to the traitorous and narcissistic Blair. There is a strange gap in her LinkedIn profile. She has been filmed speaking to ?comrades? at a conference of the far-left. She is a ‘tyrant’ with a pretty smile and winning ways.

Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian engineer, economist and political scientist. He developed a theory of the rise and fall of elites. As one elite class becomes stale, it is replaced with a new one. In the 70s and 80s the old, tired Colonial elite was replaced by our current left-liberal elite, whose ideas are now being increasingly revealed to be ridiculously contradictory. They are a laughing stock when they virtue signal by being seen to embrace members of a religion, Islam, which, in its mainstream form, has the same conservative values as the Christianity of the old Colonial elite that they drove out, and which they derided and attacked so maniacally.

As Peterson was speaking, I was looking around at the young men and women, who seemed to be from all walks of life and ethnicities, and realised that I was seeing the birth of a new elite, readying themselves to create a new hierarchy of competence to replace the tyrannical hierarchy of faux-empathetic virtue-signallers we have today.