On 7 November 2013 16:39, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
> On 11/6/2013 6:32 PM, Chris de Morsella wrote:
> The problem of any system ever devised is that eventually it will become
> corrupted – through one path or another corruption will become endemic and
> increasingly it will parasitize the system until eventually the empty husk
> of the hollowed out society collapses as all the illusions and Ponzi
> schemes become marked to market and no one is buying into it any longer.
> Systems are human creations and suffer from all the pitfalls and blindness
> characteristic of our species. A system organized around a Party or a
> Church will end up creating the same social structure of a corrupt class of
> successful crime families becoming entrenched at the vertices.
> In Roma there is a saying that translated more or less: “The first
> generation are bandits; the second generation are bankers; the third
> generation are politicians; and by the fourth generation a Pope.” Or the
> Anglo saying “Behind every great fortune there is a great crime”
> I think it is important to look at how even a system dedicated to the
> principle of wiping out class has invariably spawned various nationalistic
> red bourgeoisies (the Radish communists – red on the outside white on the
> inside) Look at the princelings in the PRC; or the weird family dynasty in
> the PRK… or the Stalinist bourgeoisie of the former USSR. Or conversely how
> a system purporting to be based on the teachings of Jesus Christ resulted
> in the sordid history of the Papacy.
> It does not matter much what the superficial forms of a system are, if the
> end outcome is invariably the same – that is the society becomes dominated
> by a small entrenched elite that enjoys disproportionate benefits and is
> concerned only with its own self-serving interests.
> You keep making these arguments that everything must necessarily get
> worse, every human institution must become an oppressive force run by an
> oppressive elite for pure selfishness. This is like the argument Boltzmann
> initially made that entropy must always, and has always increased. To
> which the response was, "Then why is entropy not maximum and the world not
> pure chaos? Why is there abundant and complex life?" Maybe when you ask
> yourself that question your posts will become more than simple rants and
> counsels of despair.
> Well, civilisations have fallen with boring regularity throughout history
- and generally when they fell, they had an entrenched elite telling the
populace that everything was hunky dory.
At least if one can believe Jared Diamond, Ronald Wright *et al*.
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