Societal Vermin – Prose Submission by CM Gabbett

C. M. Gabbett is a Communications major at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Presently, he works at the George Potter library and at Barnes and Noble. In addition to writing, he is very active in the New Jersey political world. He lives in Raritan, New Jersey with his family

Societal Vermin

The term “vermin” represents an unwelcome scourge. Throughout history, the term has represented mice, rats, insects, bedbugs, and people of different faiths. Today, however, there is a new subject worthy of the term. That subject would be stupid people.

Stupid people have become the true societal vermin of this century, and believe me, they are everywhere. Teenage girls who are convinced life won’t go on because they didn’t pick the perfect top for a school event. College guys who think that the true test of manhood is how many shots he can handle. Drivers who haven’t figured out what a fucking blinker is.

Now, usually when vermin are identified, they are quickly eradicated. But in this case, there are two problems standing in the way. First, they are human beings (allegedly), and thus are illegal to eliminate. Forcibly castrating them is also not allowed, legally speaking.  Second, they have done what no other vermin has been able to do. They have become the dominant species on the planet.

They are everywhere. In schools. At work. In stores. In public office. Especially that last one. They are a very powerful group, and oddly enough, have no understanding of how terrible they are. They also are convinced that the intelligent population are the scourge of society. Mostly because we do not share their love of the idiocy portrayed on MTV. Or perhaps it is because we do not have sexual relationships out of boredom. Whatever the reason, we are unable to eradicate this deadly threat on the basis of legality. Oh legality. How I loathe thee…

Author: Mr. Phillipe

Phillipe Martin Chatelain / @uptownvoice / Phillipe is the Managing Editor of In Parentheses. He is a poet from New York City with a Masters Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taken on a much more digital definition. Furthermore, it is important for New Modernist writers like those exhibited in In Parentheses Literary Magazine to assume the forms of media available in order to carry on the history of Sublime Art. His series taking shots alone was self-published in 2012-2015. The self-published collection FACETS (2019) is now available.

9 thoughts

  1. I find C.M. Gabbett’s assertions to be riveting. It was bold to flat out say what the intelligent minority has been thinking for years. I appreciate that he has no reservations in developing this topic. His use of language feels both realistic and meticulously selected to launch his argument into full bloom. Seeing such a sense of understanding of the world from the eyes of a college student is especially hopeful for the future of generations to come. I hope to see plenty of submissions from C.M. Gabbett in the future!

  2. C.M.Gabbett came out and said what we’d all like to say at one time or another. People seem to have a better understanding of what Brangelina or the Kardashians are doing than what state their own state borders up against or who is even running the country. Sadly, stupidity has become so socially acceptable that there are fewer and fewer people who need to even consider “dumbing down”. I’m not sure that Darwin ever saw this coming when it came the theory of survival of a species. Thank you to C.M. Gabbett for not being afraid to speak out about this in a public forum. The high road is not always the easiest or most comfortable road to take. However, it us definitely the road of ethics and honesty.

  3. Well, I personally find this to be unwarranted and anti-American. CM indirectly argues for the elimination of undisclosed public officers, (no doubt in reference to the recent presidential election) as well as human beings he claims are inferior to others; writers who might share his views include such visionaries as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. CM Gabbett offers as a solution the classification, symbolization, and dehumanization of “stupid people” and goes on to suggest eradication of this supposed “scourge.” Not only does this article support four of the eight historical prerequisites of genocide, it fails to acknowledge the social and geopolitical factors that are the central cause of aforementioned “stupidity.” Your argument offers no solution (apart from the infringement of international law) and quite frankly lacks literary merit.

  4. This was written long before the election and was in no way related to any public officials. Comparing the author to Hitler seems a tad extreme.

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