An Incompetent Man Asks: Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

In this video the speaker, a man, explains why so many leaders are incompetent. His answer: It’s because many leaders are not as good as they think they are. In other words, they deceive themselves (and others) about their level of competence. He explains, quite confidently so, that men are more prone to this self-deception than women and therefore, we can improve the quality of leadership by putting more women in leadership positions.

This video is unwittingly funny because he mentions Angela Merkel as the prime example of a competent female leader. There can hardly be any doubt that Angela Merkel was completely incompetent and that the German people stand in the ruins of her failed policies. No matter where you stand on the Ukraine issue, it was a catastrophic mistake to make Germany completely dependend on Russian energy.

The speaker is incompetent because he lets his political leanings interfere with objective analysis.
Mrs. Merkel was incompetent because she stubbornly and consistently resisted all warnings and good counsel not only on the Russia issue but on many other important issues as well.

Jordan B. Peterson: Russia Vs. Ukraine Or Civil War In The West?

Agree or disagree, Jordan B. Peterson is always worth listening to. Brilliant as always, he puts the the Ukraine war into a greater context.


“Perhaps I might end this litany of warnings and woe with a story and not one that I think will improve anyone’s mood.

As has become somewhat widely known, Putin had an encounter with an angry and desperate rodent when he was young.

Quote: ‘There on that stair landing I got a quick and lasting lesson in the meaning of the word cornered. There were hords of rats in the front entryway. My friends and I used to chase them around wih sticks. Once I spotted a huge rat and pursued it down the hall until I drove it into a corner. It had nowhere to run. Suddenly it lashed around and threw itself at me. I was surprised and frightened. Now the rat was chasing me! It jumped across the landing and down the stairs. Luckily I was a little faster and I managed to slam the door on its nose’.

Now, Putin is not a rat and we are not children tormenting rats with sticks or at least we shouldn’t be. I spoke recently with the former Albanian minister of foreign affairs and he told me that there are Western leaders who hold the view that Russia’s president needs to be humiliated so that he will learn his lesson.

Here’s a lesson from the benighted, vengeful Versailles treaty, designed to humiliate and cripple the Germans in the aftermath of the brutalities of WWI: Don’t plant the seeds that will blossom into the next war. Putin will not be around in 10 years or so but Russia will remain. This isn’t or shouldn’t be personal although the relationships that might bring peace need to be and let’s not corner the explosive bear that is Russia, no mere contemptible rat, or aim at a highschool-like humiliation of its leader and therefore its people, no matter how misguided we may believe they presently are. We need to find a way out of this awful mess, this terrible tar baby before it engulfs us all and it needs to be the top priority of those who purport to lead and guide us here in the West.”


A great post by Citizen Tom.
A fitting tribute to Shinzo Abe, by all accounts a great man, and to America.
No man is flawless and therefore no nation can ever be flawless. When we forget this eternal truth it is easy to see only the flaws and overlook the greatness in a man or in a nation.
Tom’s post shows why Abe was a great man and the greatness of America in the magnanimous way it treated an enemy that was defeated in a war which was fought extremely viciously on both sides.

Citizen Tom

The USS Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 (from here) The USS Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 (from here)

I first ran this post in 2016, WAS IT ABOUT TOLERANCE? NO. IT WAS ABOUT FORGIVENESS. Unfortunately, Shinzo Abe, once the Prime Minister of Japan, is now dead. Therefore, various public figures are honoring him, Trump, Biden, Obama pay tribute to murdered ex-Japan PM Shinzo Abe. Since I think Abe’s own words speak far better of him than anything I could say, I think it best to repeat this post. So, here it is.

Today I heard a great speech when Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, spoke at the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The Prime Minister’s words should strike a chord deep within the heart of every American. The Prime Minister’s words should recall to us the example set by those generations who fought World War II.

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