Monday
Feb042019

"Synoptic Delusion"

     Someones phrasing of their critical view offered about "socialism".  The quote is from an article about the failed socialistic economy in Venezuala that argued that there is something recurringly delusional when leadership in a society....."believe that a small group of people can hold and manage all the information spread out over millions of actors in a market economy". History does suggest that this strategy results in "the leadership making disastrous decisions that disrupt production and distribution, leading to a whole series of disasters that result, at last, in a completely dysfunctional economy",  

     The title epithet could, of course, just as well have been used to disparage the many poor socio-economic outcomes that have arisen in "strong capitalism" economies, i.e., sweat shops, child labor, Mara Lago. Perhaps historically, in communication challenged cultures, leaving millions of actors in an economy to their instinctive interactions actually resulted in a definable governing strategy.  However, add technology to laissez-faire capitalism, and what do you get.....well, "defacto socialism,  in that.......in a capitalist economy where top down technology is employed by self replicating elites to manipulate  market demand, the results looks damn close to a socialist nomenclatura strategy.   Except that in classical socialistic economies, the leadership, i.e. nomenclatura,  were required to pretend they were altruistic. As technology inevitable emerges in socialistic economies, the potential increases in efficience appear to be converted to wealth held by the nomenclatura. With or without technology the "class-less society" never seems to emerge.

     In a capitialist plus technology (C+T) economy, the socialist nomenclatura equivalent, the famous !% or  super-priviledged, have no such constraining obligation.  To the contrary, the !% protocol recommends that they take as much resource as they can amass, and offer a small  portion back for discressionary public benevolence.  But, no "wealth tax" allowed.  

     My summary take on the merits/stability of the two opposing governing strategies is that there is not all that much difference. Elites can either lead, having to when revealed selfish,  lie about their hypocracy as a socialist, or, when revealed selfish, lie about just being brilliant/lucky, as a capitalist.  Probably C+T will outperform S+T.  Perhaps the ultimate "synoptic gospel" is that "humans instinctively hate hypocrits".

 

 

Tuesday
Jan292019

Hu-A-Wei (who-are-we)......really?

     Who knows if poor little Trudeau is resentful or comp licit in his role as acting sycophant to Trump's 51st State.  Had Maduro's private jet stopped to refuel in Toronto would Pompeo have demanded that he be shot through a revealing window?  Seriously, the "Huawei Incident" is both frightening and stupid. 

     My guess is that Tim Cook has not stepped foot in China after the incident.  Given that the US is certain that we cannot make our own Iphones, or 5G networks to power them, this alone qualifies the "Meng Capture" initiative as Darwin Award Dumb.  Of course, setting aside the cascading economic and social implications of changing the planetary norm regarding sovereignty, there is, a profound moral issue raised by this and similar events.

     Technology has made nationalism damn near impossible. Celebrating sovereignty might have been fashionably when the League of Nations seems like a good idea, and infiltration was difficult,  but in today's Facebook/DroneStrike era there are no borders anywhere.  As such, the moral issue is not that the entire human biome is without sanctuary, but that humanity continues to complicate our mutual security by revering national soverignity, a "fake news" pattern that no longer exists and can never again exist.

     We just need to get over it and start the hard work of birthing a rational planetary order.  But, until the human consciousness is ready for this, it would be prudent for the powerful to be a little more discreet...least we find ourselves playing the last "ring-around-the-rosey".

Tuesday
Jan222019

Das Kapital

     Marx claimed that capitalism was nothing more than a necessary stepping stone for the progression of man, which would then face a political revolution before embracing the classless society. Marxists define capital as "a social, economic relation" between people (rather than between people and things).

           

                  Karl Marx did not forsee CRISPR nor the extensions therefrom.

Wednesday
Jan162019

A Really Bad Option

     We have all seen  the recent press disclosing that millions of Social Media Users have been influenced by clandestine posts from somewhere.  Further there is evidence that these disingenuous posts were liked and forwarded most often by 65+ social media users.  Today's now media active seniors, most of whom have been scared silly by either Fox or MSNBC are "fish in a barrel" for predatory capitalism.  How bad is it?  Well, my sense is that we are rapidly aproaching an EEE (Empire Extinction Event).  Yahoo's front page story today about the Sears Bankruptcy carried a Sponsored Ad from someone identified as Hughes Optioneering.  The Ad explained that millions of financially desperate seniors are finding a new prosperity by.... OMG, "option trading" Basically, seniors who have $270 available to invest were being urged to get a "how to booklet" providing "simulated success stories" about trading hyper leveraged product/instrument futures contracts.  This is insane, and at every level far more  dispicable than the "televangelist hustles" to whom these same people often send money. 

     As far as I know, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten are not upset about "millions of poor retirees" trading soybean put options.  They are too busy worrying about Russian stuffing the ballot box.  Perhaps Oleg Deripaska, the Aluminum Oligarch, could offer publically his Enterprise Stock to American retirees via a Facebook offering funded by retiree Paypal Accounts   Perhaps, with Trump/McConnell's support, the retirees might actually realize significant gains.   They then would not "feel so bad" when the Republicans sunset Social Security.

    Seriously, if the major Social Media players are not going to set some boundaries on haves, both foreign and domestic, ravishing "semi-literate main street have-nots", well.....Hunger Games, here we come 

 

Saturday
Jan122019

Terra Nullius

     No doubt the species history is much about screwing over everyone not in one's tribe.  I recently came across a Colonial Europe phrase, offered in Latin for weight, that, I suspect, says it all. The distant shores of "the colonies" were simply phenomena, not yet identified..."land/null".  Of course humanity has now absorbed and assimilated much of the phenomenal three dimensional world. Unfortunately, not so regarding the fourth dimension....the future.  Next year, it seems to me, should be at least as morally entitled as Australia must have been to an Englishman in the seventeenth century.  

     Whether this human instinct to catagorize the unknown as "null & void" is simple a viril, but bad, meme, or a  non-understood gene expression, or at worst an unknown consequence of a yet to be revealed univeral and immutable force, we just don't know.  As such, at least for a while,  we will probably continue to fuck it up, much like our parents past!