Rising Social Disorder Is Inevitable: Here’s Why

We are in a very peculiar point in history. On the one hand, we’re reassured that all is well because Every One of the World’s Big Economies Is Now Growing. (NY Times)

Yet at the same time, we read that “Something Is Very Wrong With The Global Economy”: Richest 1% Made 82% Of Global Wealth In 2017 and are asked, Can the World Survive a Winner-Take-All Global Economy?

Even the authors of the rah-rah NY Times piece on the wonderfulness of the global economy expressed concern that this “growth” may not be distributed any more equally than the previous 10 years of “recovery.”

We already know absolutely nothing will change because neither the inputs nor the feedback loops in the economy have changed. As Donella Meadows explained in her seminal paper Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System, the only ways to change a system’s outputs (in this case, widening income and wealth inequality and rising social disorder) is to change the inputs or add a new feedback loop.

The status quo has not changed the inputs or added any new feedback loops, so the output of the system–extremes of widening income and wealth inequality–cannot possibly change.

The portmanteau word “precariat” (precarious + proletariat) describes much of the modern work force–those in the less specialized sectors of the gig economy, informal/black market economy or in the traditional corporate-employment economy but with irregular work hours and little in the way of benefits.

Since the corporate media (MSM) is largely a haven for well-educated bourgeois with some family wealth and upper-middle class social circles, media coverage of the slow drip of financial anxiety in the lives of precariats is sparse.

If you talk to people working in the lower-pay service sector, you get a snapshot of a great many people living paycheck to paycheck, worrying about any unexpected expense (car repair, dental work, etc.) and mundane things that don’t vex a “protected” upper middle class employee like scraping up the cash to buy their child a new pair of shoes for his/her birthday.

If we compare this reality with financiers and their technocrat worker bees skimming millions from what Adam Taggart calls “the river of money” (mostly credit, of course), we have to wonder why the US hasn’t already exploded in class warfare.

The fuse is lit, as “fixes” like Universal Basic Income (UBI) that are embraced by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg don’t actually re-enfranchise precariats, i.e. offer a real stake in the nation’s productive capital. As a result, they’re just Band-Aids over a sucking chest wound.

Much of my work is focused on explaining the intrinsic limits of the two “solutions” offered by conventional ideologies, think tanks, pundits, etc.: the market (i.e. the neoliberal fix for everything) and the state (government can fix everything). As I have explained, our problems are now exacerbated by markets and centralized power, not fixed by these dynamics.

I’ve endeavored to lay out a Third System that is decentralized, democratic and not dependent on either the financialized, globalized marketplace or the centralized Savior State in my books A Radically Beneficial World and Money and Work Unchained.

The core dynamic of my system is the universal opportunity to acquire productive capital in all its forms. The core dynamic driving the current extremes of wealth/income inequality is the system’s rewards go almost exclusively to owners of capital and those closest to the central bank credit spigots.

The conventional solutions (“tax the robots,” UBI, more job training, etc.) don’t actually change the reward structure or the opportunity to acquire capital. This is why they have failed and why they cannot do anything but fail: they don’t grasp the problem and they don’t actually change any inputs, incentives or add new feedback loops.

There are solutions, but they lie beyond the status quo of stale, failed ideologies that have lost touch with the real economy and those being left behind by a system that radically favors owners of capital and those closest to central bank credit spigots.

We can do better, and if we don’t, the only possible output of such an unequal system is increasing social disorder.

Gordon Long and I discuss social disorder in Part 2 of our series 2018: Year of Accelerating Social Change (15 minutes):

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6 Responses to Rising Social Disorder Is Inevitable: Here’s Why

  1. kimyo says:

    The conventional solutions (“tax the robots,” UBI, more job training, etc.) don’t actually change the reward structure or the opportunity to acquire capital. This is why they have failed and why they cannot do anything but fail

    kindly point me to any example of ‘taxing robots’ or ‘ubi’. WHO tried it? WHEN? WHERE? in what way did they ‘fail’?

  2. Sparticus says:

    You are correct. Something is very wrong. The Bullies in the School Yard are Running the Show. Disorder is the only solution; because complying with the Bullies “means much more” than just giving up your Ice Cream.

    Perhaps, it is best for those who like History to look at History, and learn, because those who do the work ( farmers, lawyers, doctors) were always SLAVES and never received a fair share. And, if you think I am Joking regarding the latter try paying for the education to become a lawyer or doctor. They are slaves too, but most are too dumb to know it. America is nothing but a lie. They re-branded “slavery” as “free trade capitalism”, and for this they think they are clever, but it is the same slavery as the old slavery only more cruel. Credit was a Roman Trick to make Slaves of Citizens.

    Wages are so far out of line that only a FOOL would work for them, unless they have no other option. So, if you want CHANGE … DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE BULLY and HE WILL FAIL. Disorder is the only way to bring change for you do not reward Thieves and Bullies!

  3. Scopas Brune says:

    The country as we knew it — is gone, and has been for some time. The schism that has occurred between race, idealology, inner city/rural is to great a chasm to cross and inevitable violence is about to ensue.

  4. Hawkeye says:

    To understand the way corporations, media, and government (especially the shadow-govt., aka deep state) manipulate or ‘gaslight’ public awareness/discourse and political process, and cover up shenanigans of the banking-financial ‘industry’, it is necessary to roll back the calendar 100 years and examine the works of Edward Bernays. http://www.globalresearch.ca/false-flags-fake-media-reporting-deceiving-the-public-social-engineering-and-the-21st-century-truth-emergency/5325982

    He was a nephew of Sigmund Freud, and used this knowledge of the un/subconscious mind to exploit the general public for personal gain, and is self-credited with creating the ‘profession’ of Public Relations. Soon his corporate clientele and eventually government bureaucracies seized upon this knowledge for their own agendas. The rest, it’s said, is history.

    A seminal work on how public opinion is created and shaped, Edward Bernays’ 1923 classic Crystallizing Public Opinion set down the principles that corporations and government have used to influence public attitudes over the past century. A primer on the then new profession of public relations counsel, Crystallizing elucidates the instruments and techniques that PR professionals use to mold public opinion on behalf of their client s interests. By adapting the ideas that Bernays put forth in this book, governments and advertisers have been able to regiment the mind like the military regiments the body. The first ever book ever written about the public relations industry, this all-new 2011 edition of Crystallizing Public Opinion features an introduction by Stuart Ewen, author of PR! A Social History of Spin, All Consuming Images: On the Politics of Style in Contemporary Culture, and Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture.

    PROPAGANDA (1928)
    The landmark work by the man who has come to be known as The Father of Spin. “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” – from page 9.
    Chapters include: Organizing Chaos; The New Propaganda; The New Propagandists; The Psychology of Public Relations; Business and the Public; Propaganda and Political Leadership; Women’s Activities and Propaganda; Propaganda for Education; Propaganda in Social Services; Art and Science; The Mechanics of Propaganda.

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