Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's not who or what you think - - -

It's The MACHINES -- the MEMETIC MACHINES It's not the power elite, it's the Machine(s) that largely exist independently of the people who run them. --L. Reichard White, Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:27 AM
"...by the time you become the leader of a country, someone else makes all the decisions. You may find you can get away with virtual presidents, virtual prime ministers, virtual everything." --U.S. President Bill Clinton 1998
"...we had created a doom machine"

But who runs these "doom machines?" And why?
In The Constant Gardener, in particular, it was quite extraordinary to go to Basel, to get among the young pharmaceutical executives in a private way, promise them that I would never tell-divulge their names, and listen to them pouring out their rage against the work they were doing, at the people who were making them do it. But they were still taking the penny, and they were still doing what they were doing. They were still contributing to the invention of diseases. --British Novelist John le Carré, Democracy Now!, November 25, 2010
"U.S. Defense Sec. McNamara: "I was part of a mechanism..."

Governments are themselves such doom machines, ones over which we have even less control than we have over corporations. If you don't like a particular corporation, stop buying and paying for "its" products. If that's not enough, organize a boycott, etc. As Sam Walton pointed out,
"There is only one boss--the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else." --Sam Walton
When there is constant inexorable FREE market competition (which, thanks to governments, we often don't have), businesses are very very sensitive to their customers.

What's the equivalent control over government doom machines?

What can be done?


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voluntaryist said...

I have lived my political life as an outsider since 1980 when I quit the Libertarian Party. I no longer believed the state was reformable or redeemable. I believed it was the symptom of social decay, of personal decadence, of renouncement of personal responsibility in favor of being ruled by those who promised "to protect & serve".

I refused to be part of self-subjugation, self-sacrifice by forfeit of my sovereignty. I wanted to self-govern. I wanted rights, not empty promises and betrayal by those in whom the majority concentrated all political power. I hoped the public would wake up and stop their denial of what they had done to themselves and all freethinkers who saw the destructiveness of the worldwide political paradigm. And they are, thanks to the internet. But will it be soon enough? Or will a new "dark age" obliterate the "age of enlightenment"?

Since our technology has outpaced our political growth our species is in danger of self-destructing. Can a new paradigm of non-violent politics, of a voluntary social system, be adopted before self-annihilation? Can reason replace force? Can people learn from their past failures with violence to trust their fellows to be free to choose? Or is authoritarianism to remain our means to every end...until the end?

Anonymous said...

The answer is a lot simpler than most folks think. But also difficult. Large groups are nearly always eventually taken over by psychopaths.

Here's the BIG picture - - -

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voluntaryist said...

I have read your analysis over & over, thinking about how it applies to a solution to authoritarianism. I cannot see it. I see small groups, e.g., the Amish, prospering, but not always. Some Amish communities are failing badly. It might be claimed a family or person can just secede, but that doesn't solve the problem for the rest, and it doesn't even solve it for the secessionist if there is nowhere else to go.

The problem is groupthink, a collectivist mindset, no independent thought, and even if there were no destructive belief held by them it is still an inhuman social condition. It will not end well. It is a psychologically impaired society. How does it get well? Or, failing a group change, how do a few break free and realize their potential?

Why is it so easy to sell superstition but not freethought? One destroys, the other creates.