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Uh oh.

“People are treating those phones like they are gods,” she said. “They’re bowing down to it at the table, bowing down to it when they’re walking. Here we say we don’t bow down to idols, and that’s getting dangerously close, I think.”

Story. Greg Cochran once wrote that the Amish exemplify the natural selection process he calls “boiling off”, meaning that every generation there’s a time in an Amish person’s life when he or she can choose to join “the English” (i.e., the outside world….haha if only the naive Amish knew how little of the “English” remain in America) or stay within the Amish fold. What happens is that a certain percentage of Amish leave (boil off) and what’s left behind is a community with distilled “Amishness”, more Amish than the previous generation with all the behavioral characteristics and beliefs that entails.

But it often happens that technology outpaces natural selection. What happens when the iBorg infects the Amish community with its iDivide algorithms faster than the Amish can boil off their least committed community members? You get what you see in the photo above: a portent of a fully assimilated and converged Amish holdout.

The good news: the Amish population has increased 150% in the last 25 years, thanks to their women marrying young and birthing a-plenty. I’d much rather the Amish inherit the future of America than the urban yenta shitlib cuntsortium and swarth swarms.

The bad news: iBorg will rapidly decrease Amish female fertility. And America will have lost something truly precious: a living memory of what this nation was like before it succumbed to the Globohomo contagion.

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