Mind the gap, a phrase familiar to anyone who has used the London Underground system, a warning to passengers to take care else they might lip into the space between the platform’s edge and the carriage floor.
It isn’t that gap we are warning against however but the widening gap in the supposedly civilised nations between the wealth and lifestyles of rich and poor. For all the fine words of consensus politicians, all the talk of a fair society and redistribution of wealth, all the manipulated statistics that are supposed to tell us how well we are doing, but never match up to the reality of most people’s experience, as ever the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.
And Ed Miliband’s “squeezed middle” are feeling more like a tube of toothpaste in the home of a dysfunctional family.
But is everything as it seems. There is evidence that the gap between those who actually have the balance of formal education and practical experience needed to operate effectively and live well and the disconnected elitists of the political, academic and corporate world is widening rapidly.
from The Guardian:
I want to know whats to stop this revolution from turning into a violent, destructive mess. Steele is characteristically optimistic. I have struggled with this question. What I see happening is an end to national dictat and the emergence of bottom-up clarity, diversity, integrity, and sustainability. Individual towns across the USA are now nullifying federal and state regulations for example gag laws on animal cruelty, blanket permissions for fracking. Those such as my colleague Parag Khanna that speak to a new era of city-states are correct in my view. Top down power has failed in a most spectacular manner, and bottom-up consensus power is emergent. Not in my neighborhood is beginning to trump Because I say so. The one unlimited resource we have on the planet is the human brain the current strategy of 1% capitalism is failing because it is killing the Golden Goose at multiple levels. Unfortunately, the gap between those with money and power and those who actually know what they are talking about has grown catastrophic. The rich are surrounded by sycophants and pretenders whose continued employment demands that they not question the premises. As Larry Summers lectured Elizabeth Warren, insiders do not criticize insiders.
Read the full article: “The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% – ex CIA spy” in The Guardian
Conversely Niall Ferguson writing in American cybermag Liberty Blitzkrieg warns that the controlling hierarchies are not going to let go that easily:
from The American Interest
Networks are not planned by a single authority; they are the main source of innovation but are relatively fragile. Hierarchies exist primarily because of economies of scale and scope, beginning with the imperative of self-defense. To that end, but for other reasons too, hierarchies seek to exploit the positive externalities of networks. States need networks, for no political hierarchy, no matter how powerful, can plan all the clever things that networks spontaneously generate. But if the hierarchy comes to control the networks so much as to compromise their benign self-organizing capacities, then innovation is bound to wane.
Read full article Networks and Hierarchies on The American Interest Website
While Nafeez Ahmed for The Guradian has no doubt that a return to a system of city states loosely connected in a trading empire such as the Hellenic civilisations of Ancient Greece and Phoenicia or the medieval North European Hanseatic League, Ferguson questions whether networks will ultimately prove able to topple corporate and political hierarchies which currently hold a monopoly on economic and military power.
Clearly the growing gap between rich and poor suggests not, however a closer look at how fragile the global economic model really is and how desperate the elite and their useful idiots, the politically correct left are to suppress dissent and dilute democracy shows that not only is decentralization of power, and the return of regulatory authority to communities of a manageable size necessary, the longer the elite can resist it, the more bloody and painful the transition will be when it comes.
Its unlikely but I hope I’m around long enough to see the outcome
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