Society and Control
So here it is. In Western civilisation, everything that we do is effectively under the control of Government. Our entire infrastructure is geared towards a top-down hierarchy that maintains a stable system of population "herding". This is not a new idea or opinion, but as we progress through our own little chapter of history, this is becoming more and more apparent, as a result of both more analysis of the situation, and the apparent readiness of governments to more transparently enforce their status quo.
So why is it a good thing? What benefits does a top-heavy system entail?
- Stability within the system's scope - but for more on this, see Societies And Individuals Are Fractal.
And, more or less importantly, what are the disadvantages? Why should we be skeptical of current systems and idelogies?
- More room for abuse of power - this does not necessarily entail physical or malicious abuse, but the attempts of the controlling class to maintain that control is at the expense of those further down the hierarchy.
- Stability can also lead to stagnancy and inefficiency within the system.
What can be done?
- Realise the boundaries being imposed by the system, analyse and criticise them publically, and actively go beyond them.
- Offer alternatives to the norms of control, rather than simply criticisms.
I thus intend to break this summary up into further specifics:
Systems that impose control and normalise
- Important new node: Complexity Vs Judgement
- Inspired by Foucault - The Spead Of The Penal System
- Understanding Power
- Objectification of People
- Justice Of Misfits - how science erodes the idea of free will, and right and wrong
- The Sheeple Effect
- Use of Force: Against Curing Bureaucracy With Police
- Use of Fear: On Fear
- Use of language: Language To Control Fears
- More on language: Language Is Power
- An Asexual Culture Of Sexuality - on the tension between gratification and marketing.
- Sometimes "control" can emerge from society merely of its own accord, perhaps. Wikipedia on Deviancy Amplification Spirals.
- The Physical Realm
Ways of ignoring the controls imposed by these systems, as active exercise
The plausibility of alternatives and evolutions, based on these systems and their discardment
The role of technology within control systems, and the role of technology to break them.
Things I don't have links for yet...
- Timothy Leary