Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Ascent of Chaos For Civilized Order

"Chaos theory tries to find some underlying order in what appears to be random events or data" (Physics Planet).

The proper order in which things should be done would, at first blush, seem to the casual observer to be a methodology involving a logical sequence of events.

That is, proceeding from the most logical thing to do first, sequencing through a reasoned "next" list, finally terminating with the logically last thing to be done.

Chaos theory seems to be an increasingly popular technique, used by officials in civilized society, to explain events done in a seemingly disordered sequence.

This resort to chaos theory is generally done when there is a need to explain that a logical sequence is actually happening behind the scenes, it is just that the logic within it can't be detected by a casual observer, because it takes an expert in chaos theory to detect that logic.

Thus, this chaos theory gets around folks, I mean it is replicating itself quite well:
Chaos theory is applied in many scientific disciplines: geology, mathematics, programming, microbiology, biology, computer science, economics, engineering, finance, meteorology, philosophy, physics, politics, population dynamics, psychology, and robotics.
(Wikipedia, emphasis added). Politics is listed as a "science", probably because of its nickname "political science", as one field where chaos theory is utilized.

Also in that list of sciences, where chaos theory is used, we find "economics" and "finance" listed, realms that do much of their research in the laboratories of Wall Street.

Those vast laboratories have been talked about a lot lately, yes, the economic "science" has received a lot of press, especially to the extent that it has mixed with "political science" in the past decade.

The wonderful and good results of these experiments in these great American laboratories is difficult for a casual observer to fathom, without of course, the assistance of chaos theory experts.

Especially in the sense that "the 1%" control far more wealth and power (~90%) than "the 99%" do, at least in the American Republic, the American Democracy, or whatever it is.

These experimental results from the laboratories of "economic science" and "political science" do not, at first blush, seem to follow a logical sequence of events.

Especially if the casual observer notes that the sequence began with "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union ... and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" (Preamble), but ends up now with the infamous 1% - 99% split.

The only way that turns out to be logical is if "We the People" means "the 1%" who are scientifically gathering everything involved in "economics" and "finance" for their "Posterity" to inherit, and "the 99%" are chaff to be cast to the winds and ignored.

Enter the chaos theory experts to explain how it only appears to be that way, when in reality, this status quo is the only way things can be done in our civilized America.

It would seem, then, that we must not leave out the science of "psychology", a science listed as yet another one where chaos theory is applied.

Otherwise the casual observer may misinterpret the psychological response of "the 99%" to these experimental results of the "science" of economics, finance, and politics:
With Election Day just over a year away, a deep sense of economic anxiety and doubt about the future hangs over the nation, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, with Americans’ distrust of government at its highest level ever.
(Bad Economy ..., quoting NYT/CBS poll). The highly esteemed expert in chaos theory, replying to the minds of "the 99%" using psychology, would explain:
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. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized.
(Ways of Bernays, quoting Edward Bernays). That our thinking must be done for us is "a logical result", says this chaos theory expert.

The treatment from that "invisible government" (using their favorite medicine "spin") tells us that we live in the best country on Earth, but sometimes things get difficult for "the 99%" (but not for "the 1%") because our markets are free, unfettered, and full of liberty, just as the founders intended.

Booyah, I feel better now?

1 comment:

  1. An example is President Obama trying to explain away the landslide loss of the House majority in the 2010 election:

    "One encounter was more bittersweet than the others. On a late fall morning, the president hosted a breakfast for a handful of members of Congress who had lost their seats: Kathy Dahlkemper, from Pennsylvania; John Spratt, the House budget chairman, from South Carolina; Jim Oberstar, the House Transportation Committee chairman, from Minnesota; and Melissa Bean, from Illinois. All were from moderate middle America districts. Over breakfast in the Roosevelt Room, they told Obama that unless he acted quickly, he was going to end up like them in 2012 -- out.
    This group, too, was struck by Obama's lack of regret. 'In retrospect, we can look back and say we could have done things differently, but I had a very ambitious agenda,' Oberstar recalled Obama saying. 'In the end, this is for the greater good of the country.' He seemed entirely sure he knew what was best for the country; he seemed to think that he was a better judge than the public
    ." Link