Political systems scale poorly. The most influential actors in them are spending a substantial fraction of their mental capacity thinking about how to communicate, and do not have the bandwidth needed to deal with many incoming messages. This is not surprising considering the large number of people they interact with. Our modern political world is one where a few need to interact with many, so they have no time for deep relationships — they physically cannot. So what we are left is with a world of first impressions and public opinion, where the choice of words matters enormously, and becomes central to the job. Yet, the chronic lack of time that comes from having a system where few people govern many.
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ROBERT STEELE: I am deeply sympathetic to the inability of anyone — including Hillary Clinton — to “make sense” in the face of a dysfunctional national information system. The US intelligence community has wasted $1.25 trillion dollars in the 25 years that I have been trying to help it see that it should be producing evidence-based decision-support for Whole of Government, and leading the charge on an open source everything information ecology. Whoever wins tomorrow, and whatever their intentions, they will continue to be dysfunctional. “The Big Disconnect” remains an obstacle to intelligence with integrity, and the local to global peace and prosperity that a coherent information ecology could enable.