69 million page views

Reader myth produced the all important truth.

Reader comment on item: Will Americans Learn What Israelis Already Know?
in response to reader comment: promoting mediocre people

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Jul 26, 2022 at 14:49

Dear Dr Pipes, In an interesting way the reader who called himself 'myth' spoke an all-important truth. Myth said that Nazi people promoted mediocre people because they wanted to protect and advance the Nazi philosophy. As myth pointed out this exact same phenomenon is true of the current Woke philosophy in the US and in the Islamic world.

This is a simple fact that is not understood by so many people (especially by those who adhere to one or the other kind of coercion): you can never optimize for more than one thing at a time; if you optimize for one thing, something else will get compromised and if you optimize for the second, the first will become sub-optimal.

It is due to this simple fact the coercive societies like Islamic theocracies or communist dictatorships are bound to get defeated in the long run: If you are optimizing for Islam, you are not optimizing for prosperity. If the communist ideology is paramount to you, individual merit will be compromised. If woke-style diversity is important to you, excellence of some other kind will suffer.

Thanks to myth for stating the truth.


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2023 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)