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Guest Post: What If ObamaCare, Too Big To Fail Banks, And The State Are All the Wrong Sized Unit?

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Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,

The State has monopolized all authority, giving it essentially unlimited power to make things worse.

I recently came across this excerpt from Preparing for the Twenty-First Century by Paul Kennedy (1993):

 

The key autonomous actor in political and international affairs for the past few centuries (the nation-state) appears not just to be losing its control and integrity, but to be the wrong sort of unit to handle the newer circumstances. For some problems, it is too large to operate effectively; for others, it is too small. In consequence there are pressures for the "relocation of authority" both upward and downward, creating structures that might respond better to today's and tomorrow's forces of change.

Though Kennedy (author of Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War and The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers) is focused on geopolitical issues, this inquiry into the right and wrong sort of unit sizes appropriate to the challenges we now face also raises the larger question:

What if it's not just nation-states that are the wrong sort of unit, but also "too big to fail" banks, ObamaCare, the global corporation and every other large-scale, centralized organization?

ObamaCare: The Neutron Bomb That Will Decimate Employment (February 22, 2013)

Correspondent Mark G. stated the resulting hypothesis very succinctly: "We are exiting the era when large economic entities were the dominant form of human social organization."

If the Central State and the global corporation are losing integrity and control, it is not due to bad policy or mismanagement; more profoundly, they are the wrong unit size to address the emerging era's problems.

The State is too large to address most problems (actively making problems worse via Central Planning), and too small to address global challenges. The global corporation is too large to address the 90% of human life that isn't terribly profitable, and too small to resolve the implosion of the debt-dependent Status Quo.

The State has monopolized all authority, giving it essentially unlimited power to make things worse. Since the Status Quo in both developed and developing economies is at heart a crony-capitalist partnership of cartels and the State, the transnational corporation's authority ultimately flows not from the market but from the State that enables and protects its markets and margins.

In the larger scheme of things, what has happened is highly centralized concentrations of power, capital and authority have been expanding their control and reach for decades. Their growing unit size was once advantageous in terms of increasing efficiency, but now they have become the wrong sort of unit to address and solve the problems they have created or enabled.

Their utility has stagnated and is now in decline, following a classic S-Curve of rapid growth/high returns, stagnation/diminishing returns and decline/collapse.

Their very size and dominance inhibits solutions.

Correspondent Bart D. offered an ecological analysis of the dynamic:

 

The problem this causes is more akin to the problems of ecological 'monoculture'. That is: Monocultures are massively prone to catastrophic failures when conditions do not suit and thus require enormous amounts of inputs (including managerial expertise) than a diverse ecosystem/economy where if conditions (or management) cause some varieties to fail, there are others that will offset the losses.

My point here is the size of the unit matters only in that you can fit more small-sized units inside a given system, thereby giving it greater diversity and thus greater adaptability across a wider range of circumstances.

 

I guess it's like in a rainforest where when a huge and old tree collects all the sunlight up high ... then it comes down in a storm ... all the dormant seeds in the undergrowth now get a share of the light, germinate, grow ... then compete with each other for a share of the light until a single, large, old tree 'wins' and once again fills the entire space, stops the light reaching the forest floor, crushing all opposition. Well ... except the epiphytes that figure out how to attach themselves to the top of the tree and thus get a little light to live on.

 

In 2008 the economic big trees were in fact blown down in a storm. But some meddling fools stood them back up and tied them in place and put them on life support instead of letting them rot away on the forest floor and allowing the flush of new growth take hold. Meddlers take note: you can't fight the change that nature intends on an indefinite timeframe.

Correspondent Jim S. noted the abject failure of these wrong unit sizes to manage systemic risk:

 

The “wrong unit size” can be carried further to the topic of "risk and risk management", with its goal of eliminating any and all risk (the Status Quo infrastructures being the massive derivatives and their insurance instruments, quantity unknown, but of suspected very poor quality).

These are concepts inherently impossible to apply with adequate results as the world is structured. The Status Quo risk management system is known to be utterly flawed and vastly leveraged/overextended as the Western monetary, fiscal and welfare spheres currently demonstrate, and the wrong size of management unit is certainly applicable. Large or small in intent or scope of action, the world has failed, as it always has, at risk management.

Risk management and ecology are two sides of the same coin. A diversified ecology of many units and many unit types is intrinsically more resilient than centralized-authority monocultures.

I have long viewed today's State and its various fiefdoms as versions of the centralized factory model. Education, for example:

Is Our Education System Based on a Factory Metaphor? (November 15, 2005)

The solution is a decentralized system of many options and a spectrum of units and unit sizes:

The Nearly-Free University (November 15, 2012)

The "End of Work" and the Coming Revolution in Education (June 7, 2011)

Since concentrations of centralized capital, authority and power does not relinquish control easily, if ever, the Status Quo will have to decay and implode before authority can be pushed down to more responsive, appropriate levels.

The solution is to push authority down to decentralized units of local, opt-in, collective-intelligence organizations that are much more diversified and better sized to respond to both local conditions and feedback and global networks of similar-sized units.

This essay was drawn from Musings Report 7 (2-16-13), The Wrong Unit Size. The Musings Reports are sent to subscribers and major contributors. More information can be found below.

 


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Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:58 | Link to Comment Super Broccoli
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print bitches ! you can't run fast enough to escape the BUNGAPOCALYSE !

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:00 | Link to Comment knukles
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If?
If they're the wrong sized units?
Whose askin'?

 

Oh yeah, like "What if there were no rhetorical questions?", right?.
Now I get it.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:12 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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The State is too large?  Doesn't seem to be hurting Texas, where everything is bigger. 

According to Forbes, 5 of the top 6 cities for "Good Jobs" are in the Lone Star State.

 

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:13 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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Big State
Little .gov

Texas: It's like a whole other country....and we're working on BECOMING a whole other country,

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:24 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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SRV

Press play, lean back, and close your eyes for 10 minutes.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:32 | Link to Comment eatthebanksters
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I live in California...we're a big state, we're a beautiful state, and we are a fucked up state.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:08 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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The most foul 4 letter word BY FAR:  D-E-B-T

The cost of living increases, decimation of the middle class, non-reported inflation, KronyKomradeKapitalism/Nepotism/Incest at the top, trillions in theft from actually productive taxpayers in order to fill the mouths of the banking/military/financial firm/BigPharma-HealthCare complex will continue until Amerika's morale improves.

Its not as if:

Nearly 50% of all Americans have more in credit card debt than they have in emergency savings (or any savings of any kind)

 

--or that--

 

U.S. consumer borrowing has risen to a record $2.75T

 

--or that-- 


Nearly half of Americans have less than $500 in savings.


FORWARD Debt serfdom, bitchez! Charge [it] !!!!!!

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:16 | Link to Comment Buckaroo Banzai
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"That's right you're not from Texas...but Texas wants you anyway." -- Lyle Lovett

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQoXnz3h_FE

 

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 20:35 | Link to Comment EscapingProgress
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Two excellent reads (anarchist oriented) authored by Dennis Fox that are related to the guest post.

http://www.dennisfox.net/papers/commons.html

http://www.dennisfox.net/papers/anarchism_and_psychology.html

If you think that "anarchy" is interchangeable with "chaos" then I urge you to read the articles I posted. You will learn that this opinion is nothing more than a common misconception stemming from outright ignorance concerning anarchist philosphy.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:43 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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I got this Hedgie....YO DR. DOWNVOTE: EAT A DICK. YOU PISSED TAXIFORNIA IS GETTING ITS BIZ SUCKED AWAY BY TEXAS? We will see who ends up where.....go pick up your fucking EBT and SNAP card ya fucking drain on society,

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:59 | Link to Comment marathonman
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You all may go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.  Davy Crockett

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:40 | Link to Comment Hongcha
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I have never been on the ground in TX; only passing through the airports.

I asked a Dallas-born colleague to describe present-day Texas.  He replied:

"Hot, fat and Mexican".

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:41 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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Sounds like California!

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:15 | Link to Comment knukles
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I saw that :)
Lotta redaction these days, what?
Hmmm... that cursory look over the shoulder....

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:18 | Link to Comment akak
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Wild lupines --- beautiful flowers!

We have them in Alaska too, but virtually nowhere like on this scale.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:19 | Link to Comment BigJim
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In Alaska they get all trampled by the elephant-sized mosquitos

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:07 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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Right purty, HH.  What are they, blue bells?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:08 | Link to Comment akak
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Those flowers are called lupines.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:14 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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Texas Bluebonnet is the State Flower, Lupinus texensis.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:16 | Link to Comment akak
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"Bluebonnets"?

Must be a local name --- everyone else everywhere else knows them as lupines.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 21:38 | Link to Comment alpha60
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He said lupines. Lupines.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:18 | Link to Comment Joseph Jones
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Like maybe for instance: Are we saying it might not have been such a great thing that my aunt and uncle, who both died now and were members of the Shriners (AKA Freemasons aka Judaism offshoot aka anti-humanistic ancient Babylonian/Egyptian mysticsm, racism, bigotry and sexism) "million dollar club:" Shrine inherited over $1M from my aunt and uncle.  

When her husband was sick shortly before he died he needed one of those motorized wheelchairs from the company who annually sells about $400M worth of these god forsaken freebies to old rich white people like my dear relatives.  You and I bought it with tax funds, arouund $7k IIRC.  After he died, my aunt sold it for a few thousand dollars, fretting because she wanted to get as much as possible for something taxpayers gave her for free.

That money now in the hands of the Judaics, er, Freemasons, er Shrine.   

Oh the humanity. 

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:00 | Link to Comment GrinandBearit
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"Are you threatening my bungahole?"

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:30 | Link to Comment LFMayor
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I need fiat for my bungahole.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:02 | Link to Comment AssFire
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I hope it all fails: every federal government program and the banks.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:13 | Link to Comment knukles
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Well, that's a bit dramatic.
Like, you're doubting the veracity of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BNG)?

 

http://geonames.usgs.gov/

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:10 | Link to Comment GeezerGeek
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It seems to me that the intended structure/hierarchy of governments within the United States would provide the solution to wrong-sized government solutions. Too bad the US let a bunch of powermongers succeed in centralizing authority and power in DC, to the detriment of responsive governments in the 50 states, their counties/parishes and cities/towns. If enough people cared (and we know that somewhere around 50% want freebies from DC) then it would be time to stock up on tar and feathers, applied soon to a Federal official (elected or appointed) near you.

I wonder where all the congressmen and senators will go when everything comes to a grinding halt. Certainly they won't be able to go home any more.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:18 | Link to Comment Mr. Hudson
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: "I wonder where all the congressmen and senators will go when everything comes to a grinding halt. Certainly they won't be able to go home any more."

Well, at least they are planning ahead. What are the complainers and whiners doing to prepare for what is coming? More complaining?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:21 | Link to Comment mayhem_korner
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Let's be clear: there are only wrong-sized government solutions.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:25 | Link to Comment Vashta Nerada
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Government is sometimes a necessary evil, but it is always an evil.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:59 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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Not sure why this got down voted, but it's the skeleton in the free market capitalists' closet...  no one wants to talk about it, but it's the paradox of capitalism...  it must always give birth to the son that kills it.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 22:32 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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No it isn't. It's essential for Liberalism, but not Capitalism, which came well before Liberalism.

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 11:13 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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Could you please post a single historical example where your thesis is correct.  Also, could you also explain why we never achieve perfect competition, in any market, despite this being a pillar of capitalism?  (hint: rational actors avoid it).  Could you also please speculate as to the source and process of how the wealth gap gets created and what this does to any system's stability over time including, but not limited to, changes to the rights afforded all citizens.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:23 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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"It seems to me that the intended structure/hierarchy of governments within the United States would provide the solution to wrong-sized government solutions."

Correct.  Too many functions more rationally handled at the local and state levels were needlessly federalized.  Time to decentralize.  Quickly and radically.

Time to flush the phony "60s revolution" down the toilet.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 16:07 | Link to Comment marathonman
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Over on lewrockwell.com, there were some articles discussing that the US Constitution was a coup by the Federalists to eventually get to the big government model that the British had perfected.  I believe that is true.  All the people arguing about getting back to the Constitution, miss the point that the Constitution was a Federalist stalking horse.  Under the Articles of Confederation, had already beated the British Empire.  The more perfect union contract was really a noose.  It only took a few generations before states rights were eviscerated and the national government control was complete.  I imagine Lincoln acted a lot like Obama back in the day.

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 09:48 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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Flush the 1860s revolution as well.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:13 | Link to Comment SoCalBusted
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Businesses have this same cycle.  There is a rush to centralize everything for "efficiencies" and "control" then a rush to decentralize to be "closer to the customer" and "more agile".  The difference is that businesses realize these imbalances and the pendulum eventually swings the other way before it all crashes.  On the other hand, the government has no internal self correction mechanism except for the people.  But the feedback loop is broken.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:44 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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So you're really going to try and separate business interest from government action?  Your cause and effect is backwards.  Government has no feedback mechanism because it's not intended to...  after the first movers get a foothold (the trees rise above others), government does nothing but work towards the consolidation of power in both itself and its beneficiaries (not everyone).

Businesses have no better feedback mechanism than government...  because they're the same thing.  You could try and limit "business" to local and of a particular size and variety, but I'm not making your arguments for you...

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:21 | Link to Comment SoCalBusted
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Not attempting to make a specific connection other than the general idea of organizational strategy.  Business does have a feedback loop.  It's called revenue and profit - cost of operations implied. Even applies to a single mom and pop store.  Do you put all the bread in the bread section or do you also put some sliced bread next to the peanut butter display?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:54 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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You're making an academic argument about what businesses "should" do...  the reality is that our businesses are hopelessly dependent on government largesse, imposed barriers to entry, and sanctioned/supported wage arbitrage.  Automakers, airlines, banks, sports, medical...  you name it.

I agree, on paper and in concept, businesses have feedback loops that get implemented in this never ending attempt at self improvement (presumably for competition)...  I get it...  the problem is that this has nothing to do with the real world.  When faced with this death struggle, businesses throw up their hands and say fuck it and demand a third party to interject and ensure their continued dominance.  While competition may inevitably seep through, the reality is that "creative destruction" may take much longer to occur than most believe...  to the point of being practically nonexistent.

To keep the original author's reference, does the tree who makes it above the canopy desperately try to let other trees up next to it to compete or does it drown out their light in the hopes of eliminating any competition?  Once the canopy has been reached, how much does the tree then try to continue to increase its height?  Humans are no different... 

Also, as a practical matter, large businesses are as bureaucratically inefficient as the government...  they're practically indistinguishable.  Think about how long they've been able to float simply from cutting fat...  5 years and counting...

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:15 | Link to Comment mayhem_korner
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The solution is to push authority down to decentralized units of local, opt-in, collective-intelligence organizations that are much more diversified and better sized to respond to both local conditions and feedback and global networks of similar-sized units.

 

Where I live, we call these organizations "neighborhoods".  They are very functional so long as the statist types don't form an HOA.

 

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:16 | Link to Comment NoDebt
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Funny how the guys who wrote the Constitution a few hundred years ago knew this and tried to address it by limiting the federal government's scope of authority and keeping more stuff pushed down at the state level and below. 

Must be something about human nature that always wants to push more and more stuff up to one big central authority until it becomes unwieldy and starts to collapse under it's own weight.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:22 | Link to Comment Vashta Nerada
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It is human nature to want to be the central authority who tells everyone else how to live, or at least to be a camp guard for the regime.  The collapse is an unintended, but forseeable consequence.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:24 | Link to Comment akak
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Speak for yourself.

In fact, I flat out deny your premise --- it is solely in the nature of sociopaths to want to rule over others.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:27 | Link to Comment Vashta Nerada
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Sociopaths are humans, too!  I think I saw that on a T-shirt once.  Sociopaths are drawn to government service - in the private sector, brute force doesn't work so well.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:29 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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Sociopaths are humans, too!

No, they are not, and they must be crushed into a paste.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:35 | Link to Comment akak
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US 'american' sociopath pastecrushingism nature is eternal.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:47 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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Jewish mothers are human?  Who knew?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:33 | Link to Comment Mr. Hudson
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Sociopaths rock!!

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:32 | Link to Comment Mr. Hudson
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: "Must be something..."

It's called "laziness".

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:18 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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ObamaCare, Too Big To Fail Banks, And The State Are All the Wrong Sized Unit

How about the Military where we spend 47% of the world's spending?

How about Homeland Security where we spent $0 in 2000 and $60 billion or so today to have it terrorize the populace?

How about the Pharmaceutical Industry where US spends more than the rest of the world combined with just 4% of the world's population?

How about the Prison Industry where the people in prison in the land of the free are up by more than 400% since 1980?

How about Healthcare where US spends more than any other country and ends up 40th in health in the world?

What in the USA is not bloated and wrong-sized?  

 

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:31 | Link to Comment Mr. Hudson
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The gold reserves.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:27 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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Whatever the government has no influence with.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:17 | Link to Comment Vashta Nerada
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The state may or may not be too large to solve most problems, but definitely the state is too large to be paid for by the taxpayers.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:35 | Link to Comment Stuck on Zero
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The size of the state is the problem.  How to fix it ...?

 

 

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:17 | Link to Comment lolmao500
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Russia threatens USA with Nuclear attack

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G4EDsuoUSI

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:15 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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At first I was sceptical, then incredulous until I watched the video and heard it Medyedev himself.  This incessant and relentless march toward the NWO (Manifest Destiny 2.0) cannot and must not continue.

I submit that any leader or 'President' who even attempts to initiate a nuclear war -- as recently depicted in ABC's now-cancelled TV show Last Resort -- is not just subject to 'impeachment'.  They are subject to immediate 'removal'.  By any means required.  We are still supposed to be a Republic, not a NWO-Feudal state.  But now the US is acting like a crypto-Feudal state in its incessant and mounting violations of national sovereignty.  A series of undeclared economics and military wars, fiscal bullying via Fed's money-printing, via the IRS's FATCA-bullying, etc, etc.

It is blatantly obvious that Obama's games of Risk is going too far. The Missile Defense system that is not used to encircle 'rouge states', but is blatantly aimed at Russia, is an incontrovertible sign that the NWO Neocons  and its Anglo-American alliance (aided and abetted by their central banks) is still hell-bent on realizing its old, its feudal dreams of a one-world government, under its control.  They think that if they keep boxing in Russia and China from the Middle East and its oil, and from the Central Asian resources, and re-route them via Iran, Iraq and Syria, toward Israel and the EU, that they can "starve the beast".  Or at least destabilize and weaken it enough economically, to go in for the 'final kill' when the Missile Defense is in place.  Likewise, if an identical/similar (Iron Dome) system is around Israel, the thinking is that it can be shielded from retaliation and kept for survival, even if America and Russia are decimated.  Never mind that the world in now glowing -- day and night.

Stripping his charm-offensive aside, Obama now truly seems like the front-man, the Manchurian Candidate for the proverbial and literal "Power behind The Throne".  No matter, such a reckless and dangerous course -- even for the 'Man of Peace' -- is not acceptable.  The grassroots movement toward retaking the Republic to the roots of its Constitution and Bill of Rights must be realized.  It is not the freedom and Constitution-loving American Patriots who are "the domestic bad guys", it is the law-breaking and law-perverting "PTB" who are in violation.  They are the domestic and global "bad guys", the "terrorists" with WMD's at their disposal.  The first step must be a national media blanketing, to the point where even the MSM has no choice but to get on board.  Word must get out to everyone!  ZH can do its part.

On a lighter note: /"If Obama persists on this dangerous course, I shall use the full power of the Enterprise to intervene in his madness and march toward Apocalypse.  It is not The Crown or the Zionists who shall decide on the nature or timeline of a World Order.  It is the Federation of Planets that shall decide.  If the Globalist Neocons persist, I shall instruct my most-favorite son, JC, to take the Enterprise and return to earth, to ride the White Shuttle 'Ruach' ('Spirit of God' in Hebrew), and to smite the Antichrist with the laser-sword that proceeds from the mouth of the Ruach.  And save the earth Just In Time (JIT) from this Antichrist and his army.  He shall then rule over you until all the Neocons, the Money Changers and their aristocratic offspring, shills and cultural vestiges are wiped out.  That should take about 1000 years.  Prophecy fulfilled.  Admiral Kirk out." /sarc

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 16:05 | Link to Comment Mr. Hudson
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: "The grassroots movement toward retaking the Republic to the roots of its Constitution and Bill of Rights must be realized."

I agree, but "how"? Why is there not a growing movement in this country to save the United States? What I see are a few fringe groups, trying to organize, but after the disaster of Occupied Wall Street, nobody has the cajones to put something together that will make a difference. What everybody prefers to do instead is complain, and play the "blame game".

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:17 | Link to Comment conspicio
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There is no such thing as this unicorn-ish mythical "right sized state." The more states increase their power, the larger the proportion of their resources they devote to maintaining it. And power is what the state seeks and is rewarded no matter who is in charge. A right sized state exists for a fleeting moment, and more likely never at all. While this is some great mary jane and adult beverage inspired discussion among the first name last initial correspondents above, it is utter, complete, and ripe bullshit for reality.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:19 | Link to Comment Edward Fiatski
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Funny how the tax revenue curve is the last lagging one - FUCKED till the last minute, heh-heh.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:24 | Link to Comment lunaticfringe
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Can you imagine the absolute economic boom to the first state that has the nuts to secede from this government kleptocracy?

They would probably gain 20 million hard working Americans the first month. Business, tax surplus. Wow.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:24 | Link to Comment QQQBall
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In what area is the USG too small?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:37 | Link to Comment SleepingBear
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Competency?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:27 | Link to Comment tony bonn
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"If the Central State and the global corporation are losing integrity and control, it is not due to bad policy or mismanagement.."

that statement is a crock of goat shit....if they are too large for their environments then bad management must be part of the mix - otherwise they would "right size" - to recycle a quaint buzz phrase from the 90s...they, by necessity, must be generating bad policy and management for their environment - they are a total misfit according to your thesis and not smart enough to recognize it....

otherwise, your article is very well considered - plurality and diversity are required for any healthy ecology. we can't all be brontasauri......and some creatures ought to be extinct - like vampire squids...

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:34 | Link to Comment Wanton1
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Obama has fast-tracked surgery in the new Robespierre Hospital System.

One cut and Bob's Your Uncle.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:18 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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Three cuts and Bobs your Auntie.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:42 | Link to Comment Jack Sheet
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I knew this had to be CHS when I saw that graph again with no label on EITHER axis. Another frigging social sciences major. Or was it gender studies and photography?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:51 | Link to Comment IamtheREALmario
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I read something interesting (probably just a coincidence ... as if) this morning. Baraq U' Bamah transalted from Aramaic (the original language of the modern day bible) means "lightning from on high" or "lightning from above", which is also how Jesus Christ supposedly described how Satan would appear on earth. Maybe just a clever joke by those who created Obama ... or maybe something else.

With regard to the article, I am pretty sure that the "nation states" that currently exist are simply intended to be a transitional phase for the current generation of those who believe they are "god's" (which god?) gift to earth and in service of their god. The current generation started with Cecil Rhodes and his group of cronies that set out to organize and control the world through a central banking system. Are we to wonder why the NATO forces have been systematically attacking and conquering counties that did not have a BIS tied central bank (Iraq, Libya, Syria and Iran)? Are we to wonder why so many people who opposed the central banking systems were mysteriously killed (or suffered in other ways) ... Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, John F. Kennedy, Charles Lindberg and others? Is it any mystery that our true history and the true nature of our existence have been hidden, destroyed and suppressed behind false history? Is it any wonder that the central core of the cronies have surrounded themselevs with multiple layers of protection that look to be the organizations running things (country governents, CFR, Club of Rome, Bilderberg, IMF ... etc), but these appear to just be the covers that allow the "inclusion" of some (such as media, academia, governments and corporations) and the exclusion of others, such as the people as a whole? Yes, the elitist cronies "like" to be called "elite" ... even though they are nothing of the sort.

People are more effective and efficient in small groups or tribes. People's lives also have more meaning when what they do has meaning for others. The stripping of this "meaning" is probably the cruelest thing that one group can do to others on this earth.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:45 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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Ah yes... http://aramaicdesigns.blogspot.de/2009/07/did-yeshua-give-us-name-of-ant...

barak / baraq.  That seems like pronouncing "tomato" either as 'toh-may-to' (Am), or as 'toh-mah-to' (Br).  Still the same item!  So is he the 'Blessed Sacred Place' (a 'vagina' or colloquial equivalent thereof), or the 'Fallen from High'?  Or we don't know for sure, but will find out?  ;-)

 

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:43 | Link to Comment lasvegaspersona
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YES!!

Centralization of decision making combined with arrogance (which always comes with huge power cuz " if I'm good enough to get this power I must be smarter that everyone else") IS the fundamental problem. To fix anything in a centralized power system one must  get the correction memo from the top. So if the toilet does not work the janitor does not have sole authority to fix it. " Call the president and ask him if it is OK to fix the toilet, I'll wait here in my office watching porn until I hear back".

Thus things fall apart....which they always do....but never get fixed....which they would.... if humans were left to make their own decisions on a rational, 'what is best for me' basis.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:54 | Link to Comment jjsilver
Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:21 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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Inasmuch as "water finds its own level" (under the universal and timeless laws of physics), so too a government would find its right size and scope -- IF the original Checks & Balances in the system (proven laws of politics) were not ignored, perverted or hijacked.  That is the real root cause.  All else is just a symptom.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:23 | Link to Comment SmittyinLA
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Socialism doesn't work, the size of the ram going up your ass isn't the problem.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:23 | Link to Comment q99x2
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They are wrong. Long live the revolution.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 16:19 | Link to Comment Manthong
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“Is our Education System Based on a Factory Metaphor?”

Yes.. A Chinese costume jewelry cadmium plating factory.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 17:51 | Link to Comment thisandthat
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What they're saying, simply put, is that capitalism is as toast, if it doesn't reset itself, as "socialism" was back in USSR, China. Capitalism is a centripetal system in that it tends towards monopolies, or monocultures, as rightfully put, and, in the long run, bio-diversity is the winning ticket, when talking about stability/survivability.

People always portray survival as survival of the fittest, but what no one seems to realize is that IRL the fittest are the most flexible/connected/adaptable/helpful/useful, not the most ruthless/inflexible/intransigent. Oh, well - good luck...

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