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Communication is Possible Only Btwn Equals

01/13/08 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Economic Development, Community, Social Networks

Amazing how what is read in some novel seems to relate to another item found in a totally different context. I refer to yet another excerpt from the Illuminatus! Trilogy and supports a little blurb that Ed Morrison put up on BFD a couple of weeks ago.

But a man with a gun is told only that which people assume will not provoke him to pull the trigger. Since all authority and government are based on force, the master class, with its burden of omniscience, faces the servile class, with its burden of nescience, precisely as a highwayman faces his victim. Communication is possible only between equals. The master class never abstracts enough information from the servile class to know what is actually going on in the world where the actual productivity of society occurs. Furthermore, the logogram of any authoritarian society remains fairly inflexible as time passes, but everything else in the universe constantly changes. The result can only be progressive disorientation among the rulers. The end is debacle.

The schizophrenia of authoritarianism exists both in the individual and in the whole society.

I call this the Snafu Principle. (my note: SNAFU- situation normal, all fucked up)
p.499 Illuminatus! Trilogy

Perhaps a concise summary of Cleveland history. I've certainly seen the change in rhetoric once the "important" people are present. Even saw it in comment sections of popular blogs.

Cynicism is a direct symptom of SNAFU. So who's listening and what do they hear? Who's talking and what do they say and how does it change?

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2 comments

Comment from: kathy [Visitor] Email
kathyI think some things aren't said in certain contexts because it's not always pleasant to ruffle feathers of another persuasion when that particular bird is present.

I personally want to avoid all uncomfortable confrontation. My husband is not like-minded.
01/16/08 @ 12:18
Comment from: winston smith [Visitor] Email
winston smiththis is good stuff. keep it u
01/18/08 @ 06:03