Anthony Judge: 30 Disabling Global Trends (Article)

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Anthony Judge

Convergence of 30 Disabling Global Trends

Mapping the social climate change engendering a perfect storm

Checklist of 30 disabling trends
Spiraling trends: cyclones in a climate of change?
Interweaving “cyclones” and “anti-cyclones” in a global system
Emergent polyhedral configuration of alternating systemic functions
Insights from the Conference of the Birds?


Checklist of 30 disabling trends

  1. Systemic erosion of confidence and trust, most notably with regard to:
    • Politicians, with a vested interest in ensuring their re-election at any cost
    • Science, with a vested interest in justifying costly research
    • Professions, with their vested interest in overselling on the basis of their authoritative advice
    • Business (especially the financial community), with a vested interest in overselling and miss-selling
    • Religion (as highlighted by widespread sexual abuse by clergy)
    • Security services
  2. Rapidly decreasing coherence of statements by authorities(official declarations, “promises” by governments):
    • Encouraging gullibility, credulity and overconfidence by some
    • Encouraging fundamental suspicion and counter-arguments by others (perceiving such statements as “empty”)
    • Extending to any articulation of “meta-statements” about this trend (such as this checklist)
  3. Emergence of evident contradictionsundermining confidence in those involved:
    • Primary role of Permanent Members of the UN Security Council in arms manufacture, marketing and sustaining a demand
    • Indictment of many in positions of authority, suggesting similar behaviour by others (for which evidence is lacking)
    • Limited transparency in institutions acclaiming its merits for others (banking, etc)
  4. Increasingly evident disparities(notably correlated with forms of discrimination) in:
    • Income inequality
    • Housing and quality of life
    • Opportunities for employment (nepotism, etc)
  5. Increasingly uncertain individual social security:
    • Evident reduction in employment opportunities
    • Evident insecurity of employment contracts
    • Vulnerability of employment to delocalization
    • Uncertain social security coverage (pensions, health, care, etc)
    • Progressive replacement of people by robots to reduce costs
  6. Increasingly perceived meaninglessness of life(especially for the underprivileged), with respect to:
    • Employment and career opportunities
    • Entertainment opportunities
    • Alternative lifestyle opportunities
  7. Increasingly constrained efficacity of remedial action:
    • Evidently limited capacity for remedial global decision-making
    • Restriction to narrow technical initiatives (characterized primarily by advantages to military-industrial complex)
    • Reliance on controversial forms of remedial action (quantitative easing, geo-engineering)
    • Obliging tax-payers to compensate for errors in institutional strategies (and complicity of government therein)
  8. Cultivated delusionsregarding possibility of fruitful consensus regarding:
    • Possible emergence of spiritual harmony between the religions (cf. The God Delusion, 2006)
    • Scientific consensus, as indicated by the climate change debate (cf. The Science Delusion, 2012)
    • Possibility of effective political consensus regarding remedial strategies
  9. Inability to delivereffectively according to strategic vision and contractual agreements:
    • Characteristic major cost overruns (with which increased profits are acknowledged to be significantly associated)
    • Subsequent emergence of dangerous design defects (structural faults, etc)
    • Subsequent emergence of problematic side-effects, systematically neglected in project design
    • Dysfunctional game-playing as an increasing characteristic undermining collective undertakings
    • Increasingly evident influence of unchecked organized crime (and official complicity therewith)
  10. Need for ever more extreme forms of distractionand the questionable means of ensuring their availability:
    • Media violence
    • Violent interactive online gaming
    • Sexually extreme content
    • Encouragement of momentary mass enthusiasms as a consequence of media
    • Escapism (games, drugs, alcohol, tourism, etc)
    • Human trafficking, prostitution, etc
  11. Effective “grooming” of the population:
    • Ensuring acceptability of violence (via the daily media diet)
    • Ensuring increasingly commodified “quality of life” (reminiscent of intensive farming systems)
    • Manufacturing consent, notably with regard to products of lower quality and to the framing of “enemies”
  12. Increasing constraints on dissemination of challenging informationevocative of (unwelcome) questions regarding current modalities:
    • “Dumbing-down” by the media (and cultivation of collective attention to trivia)
    • Increasing emphasis on distraction
    • News management (spin)
    • Censorship in support of political, ideological or religious agendas
  13. Increasingly omnipresent “security” systems:
    • Implementation of a pattern of global satellite systems and “mapping” (eg Google Earth and street view)
    • Increasing levels of surveillance and invasive security (far exceeding those deprecated during the Cold War)
    • Worldwide implantation of military bases (replicating a final phase in the Roman Empire)
    • Widespread instigation of “stop and search” procedures (frequently experienced as unjustified)
    • Increasing incarceration of population
  14. Increasing pattern of failure of security systems(purportedly “guaranteed” not to fail):
    • Hacking of private information held for electronic transactions (passwords, banking details, etc)
    • Official and unofficial use of cyber warfare tools
  15. Increasing sense of personal insecurity:
    • Physical insecurity (personal and family)
    • Property insecurity
    • Financial insecurity (savings, etc)
  16. Much-challenged relation to “life“, evoked as an unquestionable justification for problematic initiatives:
    • Inability to resolve the debate on: Right to life (abortion) vs. Right to choose
    • Ensuring life support at all costs (notably to the family and for the benefit of health care services)
    • Right to die for those wishing to (euthanasia)
    • State-authorised assassination and capital punishment
    • Heavy economic dependence on weapons development, manufacture and ensuring a need for supplies
    • Dependence on death to activate legislative remedial action (reminiscent of past needs for human sacrifice)
  17. Much-challenged relation to principles and values:
    • Devaluation of acclaimed values and principles
    • Systematic exploitation of principles as fig-leaves to justify questionable initiatives
    • Exploitation of opportunities offered by neglecting principles, or setting them aside conditionally
    • Use of “moral easing” as a systemic equivalent to the dubious process of “quantitative easing”
  18. Erosion of judicial process:
    • Political pressures on judiciary (including appointments to judiciary)
    • Fabrication and tampering with evidence
    • Impunity of agents of state or people of influence
    • Exploitation of extra-judicial environments and processes (rendition, etc)
    • Evident interference with due process and incidence of miscarriage of justice
  19. Systematic manipulation of representative decision-making, disguised as democratic processes:
    • Electoral fraud
    • Influence peddling (“cash for questions”, bribery, etc),
    • Promotion of the apparent necessity for citizens of a democracy to bear arms
  20. Indications of questionably classified initiatives lacking effective democratic oversight:
    • Population surveillance
    • Research: genetic engineering, geo-engineering, biological warfare, etc
    • Cyber warfare
    • Targetted assassination
  21. Preoccupation with short-term outcomes, whether problems or benefits (and consequent neglect of long-term implications)
    • Profit (immediate “bottom line”)
    • Solutions to (immediate) problems (“fire-fighting” strategies)
    • Satisfaction
  22. Spurious justifications(invoking health, security, jobs, advancement of knowledge, etc) with respect to:
    • Increasing indications that the rule of law is systematically by-passed
    • Investment in costly, prestige projects of questionable significance in a time of crisis
    • Investment in risky research, notably involving animals and potential threats to the environment
    • Impunity of agents of the state
  23. Emergent pattern of “ranting and raving“:
    • Widespread “ranting” against problematic situations and those responsible
    • Widespread “raving” about isolated achievements of little more than symbolic significance
  24. Increasingly ineffectual argumentation:
    • Decreasing significance of rational arguments
    • Increasing emphasis on the “positive” and avoidance (or denial) of the problematic
    • Decreasing credibility of any systemic or meta-perspective
    • Automatic condemnation and demonisation of “other” perspectives (“You're either with us, or against us“; There Is No Alternative, TINA)
  25. Unquestionable dependence on aggravating processes:
    • Exploitation of non-renewable resources (most notably oil)
    • Automobile manufacture (upheld as vital to the economy and jobs)
    • Destructive exploitation of natural resources (forest areas, marine ecosystems)
    • Unrecycled waste disposal (marine disposal, nuclear waste, etc)
    • Population increase (as vital to ensuring a pattern of increased consumption necessary for the economy)
  26. Asystemic analysisof resource overshoot and remedial possibilities (most notably in relation to population increase):
    • Over-emphasis on optimistic forecasts and deprecation of counter-indications
    • Avoidance of consideration of problematic possibilities and surprises
    • Downstream thinking (concern with current “shortages”, rather than with engendering “longages”)
    • Avoidance of consideration of systems management with ever-increasing complexity
  27. Evident emergency unpreparednessand vulnerability to “surprise':
    • Shortage of resources (food, water, shelter, etc.)
    • Construction on vulnerable terrain (flood plains, earthquake zones, coasts exposed to freak weather, etc)
    • Natural disasters (earthquakes, Earth-crossing asteroids, etc)
    • Epidemics
    • Dependence on systems of untested robustness
  28. Inability to reframethe evolving situation and unchallenged resistance to considering that possibility
    • global vs local — reframed
    • growth
    • wealth / worth / meaning
    • property (territorial, intellectual, spiritual)
  29. Ineffectual gatherings of those acclaimed as effective, influential, well-resourced, intelligent, wise, or spiritual
  30. Ever-increasing impatience at the evolution of the situation (with the evident probability of social unrest)

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Phi Beta Iota:  At root this is about a complete loss of legitimacy across the eight tribes or communities of information and intelligence – academia, civil society, commerce, government, law enforcement, media, military, non-government/non-profit.  They have all, isolated exceptions not-withstanding, so clearly and persistently betrayed the public trust as to be beneath contempt among those able to reflect on our current circumstances.

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