Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Why, in this day & age, Can't ALL Citizens See the Utter Futility in Our Aggregate Policy?


“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong it’s reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”
..., (attributed to) USA President Abraham Lincoln, 1863

That was in a day when wealth was still mostly perceived as static assets to be hoarded.

Few saw the timeless & complete dominance of dynamic value over supposed static value.

Today, people have explicitly written for decades about cost-of-coordination being the highest cost, and the implicitly obvious corollary, that return-on-coordination is the highest return.

Aka, teamwork easily trumps any amount of individual hoarding. Well Duh!

Given that coordination cannot be hoarded by individuals, only by aggregates, why on earth is our electorate so stubbornly ignorant about the ramifications of this simple conclusion? Why do we keep training & rewarding individuals to hoard negligible commodity value, while doing so inadvertently starves their aggregate of the insanely great return on coordination?  Our best & brightest know the present course won't work, and say so.

"Success follows the quality [& tempo] of distributed decision-making"

"We generate tempo by decentralizing decision-making"

So why don't we just teach that in Kindergarten?

It's one thing to be ignorant. To wilfully insist on remaining ignorant defines stupidity.

American's didn't use to be this stupid. Recognizing the obvious is taking too long. Have we quit looking?

Given our population density, we're in the process of a permanent transition from dominance of personal hoarding of assets, to aggregate hoarding of coordination capabilities.  That's always been true, since the dawn of life on this planet.  Yet it's 2012, and most of our population does not adequately grasp this simple truth.

In fact, our population is mostly still mystified by dynamic semantics, and the concurrent manifestations of density.  A confluence of densities is not funny.


3 comments:

Matt Franko said...

Pretty good words from the first Republican President....... what happened????

beowulf said...

Bogus Lincoln quote.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/08/AR2007060802470.html

On the other hand, every detail in the Lincoln biopic coming out later this month is true. :o)
http://youtu.be/wZp7eBStN1U

Derryl Hermanutz said...

"That was in a day when wealth was still mostly perceived as static assets to be hoarded.

Few saw the timeless & complete dominance of dynamic value over supposed static value."

This was the insight from which Friedrich List criticized the "popular school" of economics that emerged from Adam Smith's book. In 1841 List published his magnum opus, "The National System of Political Economy", in which he criticized what we now know as the "classical" school of economics for myopically viewing the economy in terms of stocks rather than incorporating flows in order to get a clear view of how an economy actually works. Today's neoclassical school is blinded by this same myopia. List was the first to offer a cure for this self-inflicted intellectual disability, and as a matter of historical fact all nations who succeeded in developing themselves did so by practising List's policies of national development rather than subjecting themselves to the runious prescriptions of "free trade". In practice, "free trade" is a weasel term by which corporatists and mercantilists gain advantage over the fools who open their markets to state-backed plunderers like England's East Indies Company whose state-sponsored predations Americans revolted against. Roger recognizes that at our current stage of human evolution we still need nation states, because the alternative to political government is not 'liberty'. The real alternative is plutocratic corporatist tyranny, as America is suffering today.