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Equality is anarchy

Equality is anarchy
February 10, 2012, 08:23:23 PM
The procedural/transactional/bureaucratic is a child function of applied egalitarianism and the resulting incompetence of various misplaced people who because "all men are created equal" can "do anything they put their hearts into". A standard and ever expanding set of rules that just about anyone can follow takes shape. New rules keep getting added because new errors crop up as standardization keeps thwarting any real individual expertise from flowering (e.g. transformational style authority). Eventually, because of allegiance to this transactional leadership model, all involved regardless of actual skill level have functionally pro- or regressed to a lukewarm competent level of operations. Finally, due to lack of applied unfettered expertise, advanced systemic errors recur unchallenged or invisibly. The only available solution is another update to the ever expanding set of procedures.

First of all, procedures, rules, algorithms all encourage a part-wise examination of the world. That examination is also inevitably sequential. It is, in other words, spatially and temporally, inclined to fragment the understanding of what is going on as a whole. It encourages a situation where it is possible to tick off the parts of an elephant as present and correct without saying anything about how they are working together, and whether the elephant is subtly sickening from an insidious disease. In the hospital setting it means that there is more attention to whether a thing is present - yes or no - than to the rather less graspable, but all important, nature of its functioning. On the 'what', not the 'how'. It means that attention is focussed narrowly on one thing, then another, not on the broader picture, where someone standing back and using their intuition based on experience can see there is a systemic problem here.

Second, it makes the representation of a thing more important than the thing itself. The fulfilling of a criterion on a piece of paper becomes more significant than the real world situation, since the criterion comes to stand for the real situation, and the plane of focus shifts from the world itself to the piece of paper. It's a bit like focussing, not on the view through a window, but on the pane of glass through which it is seen. This prioritises not what is actually present - but what is re-presented - literally ‘present at a later point', after some processing has gone on, and in a modified form, as if we mistook a map for the terrain to which it refers. This results in a mentality where we rely on the fact that the box has been ticked, and don't notice what is in front of our very eyes. It can make us less observant. It can in fact make us blind. And just filling in the boxes can take up so much time that we have less for doing what actually matters in the world beyond the sheet of paper.


Re: Equality is anarchy
February 11, 2012, 10:51:31 AM
"Equality defrauds unity, and in so doing steals therefrom." [Gleichheit ist eine Beraubung der Einheit.] -- Eckhart

Re: Equality is anarchy
February 11, 2012, 11:40:18 AM
The potential of all natural systems lies in some form of inequality. Therefore, any attempt to create equality is innately an act of destroying natural processes. Equality is ecocide, genocide, stagnation, death, etc., etc.....

Is there a pro-inequality movement by any chance?

Re: Equality is anarchy
February 12, 2012, 10:08:29 AM
Equality is a state of static chaos. The expiration of potential.
Anarchy seems to be a counterpoint to chaos. The frenetic action of engineering chaos.
The one creates the other.
But they are not the same.
Anarchy is doing.
Equality is done.

Re: Equality is anarchy
February 13, 2012, 08:39:02 PM
To paraphrase someone else, we can pick only two:

  • freedom
  • civilization
  • diversity

Re: Equality is anarchy
February 15, 2012, 07:38:22 PM
Anarchy seems to be a counterpoint to chaos. The frenetic action of engineering chaos.

It seems to me to be the act of engineering conformity.

Flat hierarchy, remember?

Re: Equality is anarchy
February 18, 2012, 09:04:07 PM
Ludwig Von Mises, libertarian

Just as the pseudo-democratic movement endeavours by decrees to efface natural and socially conditioned inequalities, just as it wants to make the strong equal to the weak, the talented to the untalented, and the healthy to the sick, so the radical wing of the women’s movement seeks to make women the equal of men….But the difference between sexual character and sexual destiny can no more be decreed away than other inequalities of mankind.