About the Third Age Matrix
16:00:59 CAM-1 Stalling, we’re falling!
16:01:00 CAM-2 Larry, we’re going down, Larry….
16:01:01 CAM-1 I know!
16:01:01 [SOUND OF IMPACT]
The above was the final recordings on the cockpit voice recorder of Air Florida flight 90 on January 13, 1982, just prior to crashing into the 14th Street Bridge moments after taking off from what is now the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The cause was pilot error and at the time of the recording it is obvious the pilot and copilot knew they were crashing and it is equally obvious there was nothing that they could do to prevent it. That would have to be a terrible, horrific feeling. It can be compared to the feeling of those that can see what is happening to Western civilization and can see disaster looming. While it is always best to have hope that hope is waning and unfortunately we have reached the tipping point. The situation is now at the point of no return and we are left with two, only two, viable options. There is a third option but even though I will mention it I consider it suicide so I eliminate it as a rational choice. I will go into it later so as to convey the suicidal nature of it. Unfortunately the elected representatives who are the pilots of government are given the solutions by passengers that are voters that often have no clue of flying or in this case economics, administration, government, international relations and a myriad of other subjects necessary to elect captains of nations. To elect airplane pilots by popularity or identity politics rather than qualifications is absurd but it is what we do in our government. After laying the ground work I will ultimately explain the two only realistic options left as unpleasant as they may be.
I want to start out stating the choice of the title Third Age Matrix is not to be confused with New Age. New Age is associated with wood nymphs flitting through meadows, satyrs blowing on flutes or hippie communes with hippies scattering flowers and sucking on pipes or it is associated with some bizarre theologies. I chose the name Third Age Matrix as I have always liked Babylon V and their use of the term Third Age. (I actually like all science fiction). I believe Arthur C. Clarke was right when he said “Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.” I had originally intended to name this site The Dialectic Matrix for the Third Age of Mankind but for the sake of simplicity I shortened it to Third Age Matrix. The Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines “matrix” as “something within or from which something else originates, develops, or takes form.” And again using Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary “dialectic” is defined as “any systematic reasoning, exposition, or argument that juxtaposes opposed or contradictory ideas and usually seeks to resolve their conflict.” No one can doubt or deny humanity is conflicted.
This site conveys my opinions on economic, social and political conditions/problems and offers some solutions. There is an old saying about opinions that is a bit crude but very accurate and I think I can take some liberty using as it has been in several PG movies. It goes: “Opinions are like a##holes everybody has one.” Are my opinions more valid than others? I would like to think so as I think they are logical and I can argue for them. I became interested in history and politics in the early 60s while in high school, have followed current events and have been an avid reader since junior high school preferring books to sports. Those of us that are “Baby Boomers” (born 1946-1964) have witnessed a society that was on top of the world and is now disintegrating and heading for third world status. We were taught that we were the “good guys” and always did right. Many millennials accuse us of being guilty of being the cause of many of our problems but if we are guilty of anything it is naivety. We believed what we were taught and could not believe we were not always the good guys. Our motives and those of our parents and grandparents were honorable. If one watched some of the television shows we were raised on it would give an accurate picture of our concepts of right and wrong. Shows such as Gunsmoke and Star Trek are prime examples. Overall it was a nation of “good guys” (and gals) despite the many failings humans have. Public education was mandatory and Western civilization, history and current events were common in most schools considered as important as reading, writing and arithmetic. As we became aware of the flaws we tried to do the right thing and correct them. Having a political system that allowed the average citizen to have a say politics was always a major topic of discussion. Many baby boomers, when young, were politically active and opposed certain things such as the Vietnam War and promoted other things such as “free love” and drugs, also in naivety as they were drawing conclusions based on immaturity, emotions and with an incomplete understanding of the entire problem. Regardless of your opinion of the past in the US one thing is certain- it worked. Millennials may be nimble with technology but they have not been alive long enough to develop the analysis and problem solving skills that can only be acquired and learned with time and experience. They are succumbing to the same thing many of us succumbed to naivety. We have made some major errors that are bringing, as the old saying goes: “the chickens home to roost.” In other words the consequences of our errors are now becoming apparent and our solving them means no less than our survival. Over the decades I watched many events unfold that ended disastrously and that should have been dealt with by those in charge but were denied or ignored out of incompetence, corruption, selfishness, greed, shortsightedness, ignorance and emotions. Millennials are basing their decisions on the same foundations that have placed us in the precarious position we are in. The same mistakes are continuing today and the can was kicked down the road for a future time. I have to put my two cents worth in as the future time is now here and time has run out.
For the purposes I want to convey I have divided human history into three periods or ages. (At that over-simplification true historians are probably in need of resuscitation.) I view the first age as the period of time we know as BC from about 10,000 BC forward. This period includes the birth of agriculture, early organized religion, the bronze and iron ages, the use of the wheel and the beginning of villages that evolved into the early civilizations and empires starting about 3500 BC and ending with the demise of the Roman Republic in 27BC. (I omitted the prehistory/stone age periods as being our metaphorical infancy.) The second age was the period we refer to as AD starting with the death of Christ around 33AD and continuing up until the 1930s which I view as the beginning of the third age. The period between 27BC to mid 30s AD, which included Christ’s birth and death, I consider a transitional period setting the stage for the second age, at least for our purposes. Although the Industrial Revolution which laid the foundation for the rapid advances of the sciences, the technology and the educational advances of the third age began in the mid 1700s, many years prior to the 1930s, I place the beginning in the 1930s. (Technically the invention of the printing press in about 1440 paved the way for the industrial revolution.) At that time (1930s) the slow pace of the process of inventing and developing “gadgets” mushroomed exponentially during the 1930s from the German V1 and V2 rocket programs, the nuclear bomb, advances in communications, the computer, the internet, energy, mass manufacturing (actually started decades earlier but it took off during WW2) and the potential of space travel, a few on a very long list of many advances, opened virtually an infinite choice of future roads for humanity to travel including the one we are presently on which is the road to extinction.
I acknowledge during that 12,000 year time frame there were other societies and civilizations on the planet in South America (Olmecs, Aztecs, Mayans, Incas), Africa (Ethiopians), India (Indus Valley) and Asia (Khmer Empire, China: Xia-[debated], Shang) but the civilization and culture that introduced the present era influencing and dominating the globe is the one we know as Western. The global culture that sprang from it has influenced all present societies and civilizations and is still dominating the direction of the world. Space travel, which will allow humanity to travel beyond our planet and survive, began in earnest during the WWII period with the German V1 and V2 rocket programs. Humanity set foot on the Moon for the first time in 1969 and for the last time in 1972. One of the most significant developments of the human race, the height of human achievement, has been almost ignored for over 40 years. (The Chinese are beginning to eye the moon having recently landed a probe on the dark side and the administration of President Donald Trump in America has expressed interest in space proposing a Space Force. NASA and some private companies are eyeing Mars.) Space exploration the thing that would have prevented or resolved many problems we face today on earth has taken a back seat to other wasteful projects. The money America, and the world, has wasted on needless and failed wars and on needless and failed programs could have been used to establish colonies on both the Moon and Mars and at this time ore freighters and research vessels should be lumbering back and forth between them and earth. If we do not develop interplanetary, then interstellar, travel (and soon I might add) we will not survive and in order to reach into space we have to resolve our many problems and to do so will require a majority, or at least a sizable minority, that can think rationally and not emotionally. I hope to post items that will be food for thought.
Many writers and thinkers from numerous sections of humanity and time periods have written about rises and collapses of civilizations. Two notables are Oswald Spengler with The Decline of the West, written prior to WWI, and Edward Gibbon with The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, written in six volumes, the first volume was published in 1776. Any serious student or reader of history that has read those should be extremely concerned of how the history and present condition of Western Civilization overlays the “schematics” of both. I was introduced to Spengler in high school by the teacher that taught the classes of “Modern World Conflicts” and “International Relations”. The main thing I learned from him was how to trace events back to their point of origin; where the proverbial wrong fork in the road was taken. Any science fiction fan that has read the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov would also be, or should also be, equally concerned. These are brilliant men whose intelligence levels would undoubtedly be at the top end of the scale. Gibbons, though, some have criticized, and the issue debated, over his treatment of and the role of religion in the decline but it does not detract from the mountain of factual information about the economics, social, political, cultural and military (and religious) aspects of the empire’s rise and fall. Parallels vividly noticeable today in the West.
It is only all too apparent that the United States, and the West, has become too irrational, dysfunctional, corrupt, unstable, mentally unbalanced and inefficient to survive and the world is not far behind. Oswald Spengler in his The Decline of the West “hit the nail on the head” in his analysis of Western civilization. We all know (I hope we all know) we are in a precarious position. If we lose our technology we will not survive in any condition worth surviving in and we are in danger of losing it. We are not producing enough qualified or capable young to maintain the present level of technology much less than advance it. It is also apparent that both our form of social democracy and our economic systems are primarily based on emotions, ignorance, greed, crime and corruption and have failed. If we are going to survive we need a strong functional government that can deal with problems quickly, fairly, rationally and thoroughly. Although I believe in individualism and minimal government I also realize that we are in dire straits. Humanity is flawed and there are some things only a strong government can accomplish. Survival in a state worth surviving in is what is at stake. There are four issues that must be dealt with before any other issues can be satisfactorily resolved: population growth, the environment, immigration and space travel. Almost all other issues, including most social issues, stem from the failure to address these four basic, vital issues I call survival issues. Addressing them would force us to solve many social issues that have plagued us since our beginning. The social gains and human rights advances that many think we are making will evaporate in time if these issues are not resolved. A dysfunctional government catering to mob rule, which our social democracies have become, will not be able to properly and effectively resolve them.
(Note I have had to add a fifth: Islam. I had originally lumped them with immigration but have since separated them. It is obvious that the world, especially the West has handled this problem badly. Their numbers are increasing at an alarming rate, the dangers they represent are mushrooming exponentially and it is an issue that must be dealt with. Hopefully I will do more on the subject later. The solution is both complex and simple at the same time. One of those contradictions humanity seems to constantly land itself in. Although technically Islam would fall under the umbrella of immigration I have separated the two because the immigration issue the United States faces from south of its border has different characteristics and implications than Europe faces from the Middle East and Muslim nations they can be separated. A look at Europe will verify the disaster unfolding there.)
This site is intended to give everyone that can think some issues to think about and hopefully it will do so. Many people fall in lockstep behind either the left or the right side of the political spectrum. It avoids the necessity of thinking. General George S. Patton said it perfectly when he said: “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking”. Most people can’t or won’t think either from a lack of education, a lack of adequate intelligence, or an overabundance of emotion. It is a good general rule to follow that the extreme right will oppose any legislation, regulations, laws, or rules regardless of how logical, sound, and well-conceived. The extreme left will support any legislation, regulations, laws, or rules regardless of how illogical, unsound, and poorly conceived. The late F. A. Hayek said “Probably it is true enough that the great majority are rarely capable of thinking independently, that on most questions they accept views which they find ready-made, and that they will be equally content if born or coaxed into one set of beliefs or another. In any society freedom of thought will probably be of direct significance only for a small minority.” Thinking must be done critically, unemotionally and logically. Any other way is doomed to fail and unfortunately humanity is, for the most part, one large mass of contradictory emotions.
I will post essays on various topics and post videos, pictures, quotes, and various misc. items that will be food for thought for those that can think. With the essays there will often be some overlapping and duplication of material and information but there is no other way possible to do it as so many issues are interconnected, like pieces of a puzzle, with others making complete separation impossible. As you read them there will be some “what the heck” moments but bear with me as I am going somewhere with these puzzle pieces and eventually assemble them so they will make sense. I must say I am most comfortable writing in a report style. They are usually a very straight forward block, bullet point types of writing.. On writings as these it is not possible due to the type of content that requires a different type of explanation for a different type of reader. Reports have no or very little peripheral information whereas these, because of necessity, do. I will do my best to be understandable. One section that should be of interest is the Books Worth Reading section. It contains excerpts or reviews of some extremely interesting and pertinent books that can be applied to the issues of the day. In those reviews or reports, whichever you want to call them, more often than not I have quoted the authors as the bulk of the report. I have also often done so in the essays as these authors are much smarter and far more eloquent than I am. My trying to convey them in my words would only detract from them and from what I am hoping to convey on this site. If possible, I highly recommend reading some of them as a large amount of my source material came from them. Some are out of print but often can be found at used book stores or ordered from sites like Amazon and eBay. A few of excellent ones to start with are The Decline of Intelligence in America by Seymour W. Itzkoff (1994) and The Unheavenly City Revisited by Edward C. Banfield (1974). (This was a revision of his original work The Unheavenly City The Nature and Future of Our Urban Crises (1968). (I suspect this revision was done to try and get the politically correct crowd to understand. They often seem to have difficulty with facts and reality.) Also The Blank Slate, The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker, The People Shapers by Vance Packard and The Human Zoo by Desmond Morris. These are particularly notable because they were written at a time when most people refused to accept the reality of the problems and ignored or denied them. A read of them will make you realize had these authors been read and the warnings heeded we would not be in the position we are in now.
We are at the point in our existence where the margin for error is extremely small and shrinking with each delay or attempts at incorrect solutions. If we do not make the right moves the planet that is the cradle of humanity will become its grave. If we make the right decisions and moves and life is indeed immortal which many believe (which I also tend to believe) we may all meet on a Deep Space Nine space station somewhere, sometime in the future. If life isn’t immortal we will at least have given our descendants a chance for a meaningful existence. To do so it is necessary, as I have said, for enough people to actually think. It is for that goal this site exists.
Unfortunately the predictable and inevitable collapse of the United States and the West due to economic and social problems and the period of anarchy and the terrible conditions that will follow are all but set in stone and without draconian measures is unavoidable. Unfortunately human nature being what it is I fear we will, as usual, either ignore or deny many problems or willingly kick the can down the road until it is too late. It is at the point where it is almost already too late. (I have done a book review on Spengler’s The Decline of the West in the books worth reading section of this site.) The continuing moral, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural degradation in the US and Europe has made collapse almost unavoidable. (By moral I do not so much mean sexual morality, although it does figure into it, but the attitude of both individuals and groups in their responsibility toward others and society). As at this time much of the world is tethered to the US and Europe the world will also go through significant turmoil making help from outside the borders of most nations almost, if not wholly, impossible. Much of the world sees the precarious position we are in and are trying to diminish or replace us as the world economic powerhouse. A technological society requires more stability, structure and prohibitions then an agrarian or semi technological society. The fact this reality is ignored or denied gives ample proof that we no longer even have the basic concepts of right and wrong and fail to understand certain restrictions, regardless of how seemingly archaic or absurd, and sometimes seemingly heartless, are necessary to survive. If you read and analyze Spengler you can see he had the underlying belief that although the West is declining America does not have to go down with it.
Philip Wylie said in his 1942 book Generation of Vipers “The imposition of disciplines by the state is called fascism, or tyranny, by the common man; and he hates it. By the same token, any nation which subscribes to liberty and then attempts to maintain a majority who have no discipline of themselves, is destined soon to be without freedom.” Relaxing of prohibitions that are in place to ensure structural cohesion will result in a continuing degradation of the society. He continues and writes “American liberty has been tentatively saved for the last few decades not by the self-discipline of its citizens but by their instincts, which had not been blunted quite enough to prevent the people from realizing imminent dangers at the eleventh hour.” (Remember this was written in 1942). We have now reached the point where our instincts have been blunted to that degree. Many are no longer able to sense danger and no longer even recognize right from wrong. Examples are the push for legalization of harder drugs and pedophilia. [I am not opposed to legalization of medical marijuana.], the failure to recognize Islam as the biggest threat Western civilization has ever faced. [I acknowledge it is a blanket statement and I also acknowledge not all Islam but the ones that hold the seats of power and influence. The bus driver or the pilot determine where the passengers on board go.], the enacting of social programs that defy reason and are based on emotions, the blind allegiance to the business system that betrayed the nation and of us abandoning or perverting the concept of one of the basic tenets of civilization that we are “our brother’s keeper“. (Note: being our brother’s keeper does not include suicide.) Oddly enough the hope of humanity possibly now rests with two nations the West was and is at loggerheads with for decades, either Russia or China. Although they (especially Russia) are riddled with problems they have the governmental structure, authority and discipline necessary to maintain stability and effectively deal with the problems without having to cater to the voice of the emotional, the irrational and the uninformed. Edgar Cayce known as the “sleeping prophet” predicted this decades ago. He predicted China would be the hope of the free world due to their eventual acceptance of Christianity. He died in 1945 long before China began its ascent on the global stage. I will also add China has been working for decades to overtake us as the world’s leading economy and is very near success. If it does your lives will change forever and not for the better.
The dysfunctional state that exists in the US is due to domination by two polarized political parties with incompatible visions. Each party by itself contains enough irrational errors for complete social failure if either got free reign of the government due to their positions making a recovery unattainable. (The entire Western world is in a state of dysfunction but this is written from an American perspective). Many of the litmus test issues for “member in good standing” of their respective sides have little, if anything at all, to do with maintaining the safety, security, and stability of the state and often run counter. They are usually based in ignorance and/or emotion. Any recovery will only be illusory, temporary and/or artificial. The only way to prevent anarchy and the terrible suffering that is en route is for a state neither totally left nor right and with some measure of oversight to maintain integrity. Since it is the military that pulls our rears out of the fire they should be able to nix a harebrained policy that places us, and them, in the fire. Of course the government has to be and will remain civilian but the military, (and I include paramilitary organizations such as law enforcement, fire departments, paramedics, etc.), must have some oversight and firm say the reason for which, and, the desirability of, will be in future essays. Some matters, concerning both national and international affairs, must be decided with the necessity of taking politics out the equation. The military would merely function as an oversight board much as civilian review boards do now as oversight for various government and private agencies and organizations. I will attempt to convey the logic of that statement on this site. We are not going to be able to maintain the original vision of Western civilization but we can maintain the primary aspects of the culture. It is the culture that developed from Western civilization that is actually what we value. Much of what we have come to think of as freedom has become illusory and temporary and actually threatens the freedom it claims to be. Freedom has become a much abused and misused word like love, racism, sexism, Islamophobia and xenophobia have been. If we don’t realize and accept this we will lose it all. It is to the military, the paramilitary, the professionals, the working classes and the other segments of the population necessary to maintain social stability, security, safety, human advancement and keep the wheels of society turning so to speak, those whose functions which can not be done away with, this site is directed at and is appealing to.