Effective and disorganized: a new thing upon this earth


5 Responses to “Effective and disorganized: a new thing upon this earth”

  1. liquidstar says:

    Could we arguably say that it increases power for the disenfranchised individual more than the additional power leveraged here by vested hierarchies on the same transactional benefits?  Sometimes it seems that very traditional “pyramid” heirarchies are slower to act, more hidebound.  I also wonder if maybe this relates/enables to anarchal politics – or tangled hierarchies?

    • ZikZak says:

      The ability of a disorganized group to act more effectively can sometimes translate into increased power for that group and decreased power for hierarchies, but not necessarily.

      Because often, the actions of these newly effective disorganized groups can reinforce and support the power of existing hierarchies.  For example, the disorganized group of Facebook users is very effectively creating power and wealth for Facebook, Inc.  In this way you could say that the most successful/powerful hierarchies are the ones which channel disorganized groups into their service.

      The groups which truly gain power from being disorganized and effective are those which explicitly refuse to be ruled.  Reduced transaction costs allow us to be effective while still maintaining an uncompromising demand for liberty and autonomy.  But make no mistake: it is not the technology alone which grants that power – it is the technology plus the determination to be free.

  2. Boundegar says:

    Wow.  This is brilliant.  I think it may also be true.

  3. Mantissa128 says:

    computers, networks, mobile phones and

    Direct. Neural. Connection.

    Why do you resist? We only want to improve quality of life.

  4. atimoshenko says:

    It’s connection vs. centralisation, I think. We started out disconnected and decentralised (small independent villages and whatnot), started to increase connection through increased centralisation (empires and onwards), experimented with centralised but disconnected dictatorships (Soviet Union, DPRK), and are now, for the first time, reaching a point in which we can be deeply connected without needing high centralisation.

    Elites and bureaucracies should be worried – an organised swarm will always overpower a few individuals. They survived before because the only way to organise effectively was through them or structures like them. Not any more.

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