Delta is ready when you are

While watching his P’s and Q’s, Eric Scheie finds himself frustrated by A’s and B’s:

Sometimes I think that most of what we call “politics” consists simply of Alphas trying to convince Betas that they can actually be Alphas, if only they vote for the right Alpha leaders! It’s a total con routine, played by both sides, and it relies on convincing the Betas that they are not what they are, by Alphas who know the dirty truth. And in another variation, the Betas are always encouraged by the Alphas to think that their leaders are actually Betas, just like them, while the “real” Alphas are the malevolent leaders of the poor duped Betas on the other side. Alphas on both sides pretend to be Betas, accuse each other of being Alphas, while Betas imagine that by voting for the right Alphas, they’re better Betas than the other Betas, and they might even be “good” Alphas. It goes in endless circles — much to the delight of the Alphas.

I sidestep this particular conflict by assuming that everyone, until proven otherwise, is Gamma, and not a particularly high Gamma at that.


  1. McGehee »

    5 May 2010 · 9:15 pm


  2. Charles Pergiel »

    5 May 2010 · 11:05 pm

    There’s more than one scale to measure people. Alphas are not necessarily the smartest, more like pushy & rude. Unscrupulous even. More power to them. May they trip over their own feet and fall into the flaming pit of doom.
    Unless of course they are feathering my nest.

  3. fillyjonk »

    6 May 2010 · 7:21 am

    Just give ’em all some soma and let those of us who are actually working for a living do our jobs…

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