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The Worldwide Trend of Political Centralization Is Past High Tide

Ever since gunpowder, most inventions have served to centralize more power in the hands of the state.
This trend culminated in the 20th century with technologies such as mass media, mass surveillance, airplanes, and tanks.

Now, with social media, smartphones, and the internet, power is moving back into the hands of ordinary people.
The printing press ushered in political strife across Europe as people suddenly had better access to information.
The same is now happening with new technologies and we see decades long, stable regimes suddenly toppling as the availability of information reaches a tipping point.

Monolithic governments full of bureaucrats are continuing to decrease in effectiveness and importance. These large bodies are now too slow and unwieldly to keep up with commercial enterprises or even the ordinary man on the street.
Events now breeze past these governments before they can even begin to react. The governments haven’t changed…since ancient China bureaucracies have been all about trading speed and flexibility for dependability and security. The world has changed and old school government ministries can no longer keep up.

Culture at large is moving away from the control of a few sources towards a great age of fracture.

Though the traditional culture has died out, new, vital cultures are coming into existence and they will make populations ever more difficult to control from a centralized source.

Here’s to cultural Balkanization:

3 responses to “The Worldwide Trend of Political Centralization Is Past High Tide

  1. etype December 12, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Obviously bullocks…all of it. New technologies make state control ever more efficient and ubiquitous. Interesting however, the complete destruction and replacement of organic culture with commercial products (even commercial products are stripped of culture by mass production in Asia, removing another layer of control and resource.) and commercialized meme’s and idea’s to the degree you can’t even think anymore, someone else thinks for you. Your brain has been outsourced.
    The result? Giovanni creates a ‘happy’ world, where android hackers and other breeds of puppet fantasize arguing with the puppet masters… not noticing the hand shoved all the way up their ass is actually controlling all their movements and all their words and thoughts are coming from another’s lips and mind.

  2. Giovanni Dannato December 12, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Hahaha! You might actually be someone I know from real life trolling around.

    All glory to the hypnotoad!

    Seriously, the whole ‘conspiracy’ mindset, the paranoia of a few illuminati seamlessly orchestrating the entire world is out of touch.
    This really is a way of thinking better adapted to the circumstances of the mid 20th century.

    Yes, mass media such as twitter tells us most people would rather be followers, but not because of any plotters, rather because nature made them thus. Following the crowd is easy, it’s the path of least resistance and it usually pays off as good as inventing the wheel yourself…except when it doesn’t.

    Meanwhile anyone with any spark or drive whatever has infinite options they would not have had in decades past.

    Think about it. Just a couple decades ago, a heretic was isolated and impotent. Now, even a relatively minor blogger like me reaches many orders of magnitude more people with my ideas than I ever could have in a pre-internet world dominated by television, cinema, governments, and nationalism.
    Not to mention credentialism!
    Only Journalists with a capital ‘J’, who had taken the right classes and kissed the right asses, got to be journalists, only Authors got to be authors.
    While their native ecosystem still exists, the very existence of alternatives erodes their influence and undermines their credibility as the one approved group of ‘experts.’
    What does a person in 1990 feel about the ‘New York Times?’
    How about now?

    • etype December 13, 2012 at 5:24 am

      Hahaha! You might actually be someone I know from real life trolling around.
      Sure, I’m a stalker. It’s a tough gig, someone’s gotta do it.
      And there goes Giovanni…stuffing old socks into the ‘conspiracy mindset’ strawman. This is so basic Giovanni, what can you say to someone who’s response is Seriously, the whole ‘conspiracy’ mindset, the paranoia of a few illuminati seamlessly orchestrating the entire world is out of touch.… meaning someone who’s take is as far removed from reality as your own? Just opposite?

      And cue the ludicrous: This really is a way of thinking better adapted to the circumstances of the mid 20th century.

      Whaaaat Dah Fuuuck? Lots of grabasses on your extraterrestrial habitat? And the rest of it….do you own shares in WordPress? Be honest now! Are we not presuming much, when we hypothesize about the circumstances of the mid 20th century…when all we know about it is from the history channel and youtube?
      C’ome mon, give me something that doesn’t cause myoclonic gobsmacking. Only authors got to be authors? And they come from the island of Gran Authoria? From the authorian clan? A deceptive and warlike people adept in shapeshifting?

      Listen Giovanni, at any moment you may snatched away by the illuminati authorians and later likely held hostage or forced to work as a drug mule to earn your way home. At least be a little sensible now, you frisky blogging rebel, waving the jolly roger, pursuant of the treasures of Zelda….

      Well, I was going to show you the door to the wormhole. But one needs to be a little more aware than slightly-less-than-average ignorance for it to mean something. As to your comments of the Times, things like that are concrete, we could have talked about that…but I’m tired of the other nonsense, even if we still had a few laughs with it.
      Thank you for schooling me with your upraised fist of righteous blogger rebuttal. I never knew that…apparently , …. eroding the native ecosystem of capital “J” journalists, no less…
      You’ve gobsmacked me into submission. And so I end with a few ‘conspiracy mindset’ (20th century even) quotes in lieu of anything better to say, or opportunity to say and demonstrate.
      “In regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or it might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies — the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”
      – Aldous Huxley, Preface to A Brave New World

      “No group of sociologists can approximate the ad teams in the gathering and processing of exploitable social data. The ad teams have billions to spend annually on research and testing of reactions, and their products are magnificent accumulations of material about the shared experience and feelings of the entire community. The internal security complex has an open door to these findings, and has improved the field to the point of near perfection…. ”
      Marshal McLuhan, The Extensions of Man

      “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.”
      – Thomas Jefferson

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