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THE WEEKEND ESSAY: why being small is the best defence against Mad Big

Hi John,

Covid 19 does seem to be a controlled demolition in much the same tradition as Building 7 of the world trade centre.

I made this series with Roy Madron over 5 years ago now,

Roys analysis in Super Competent democracies is an interesting one I became friendly with Roy after reading his earlier Book Gaian Democracies which was published by the Schumacher Society.

Schumacher of the epåonymous society wrote two Book of huge influence at the time of publication and on me Later

Those Books were,

The Guide for the Perplexed

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/313765.A_Guide_for_the_Perplexed

and Small is beautiful.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1117634.Small_Is_Beautiful

On use of the web,
This quote from the Founder of stack exchange and now discourse puts the finger on the problem of Benign Dictatorships

At Stack Exchange, one of the tricky things we learned about Q&A is that if your goal is to have an excellent signal to noise ratio, you must suppress discussion. Stack Exchange only supports the absolute minimum amount of discussion necessary to produce great questions and great answers. That’s why answers get constantly re-ordered by votes, that’s why comments have limited formatting and length and only a few display, and so forth. Almost every design decision we made was informed by our desire to push discussion down, to inhibit it in every way we could. Spare us the long-winded diatribe, just answer the damn question already.

After spending four solid years thinking of discussion as the established corrupt empire, and Stack Exchange as the scrappy rebel alliance, I began to wonder – what would it feel like to change sides? What if I became a champion of random, arbitrary discussion, of the very kind that I’d spent four years designing against and constantly lecturing users on the evil of?

https://blog.codinghorror.com/civilized-discourse-construction-kit/

One thing pops into my head with all this,
” You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. ”

I have taken to making little booklets connecting posts and themes I highly recommend Yumpu as a way of getting past the ban stick.
Curated Slog Themes on Yumpu would help with your hit rate John, even if it does not translate through to WordPress metrics.

´´The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore.” He continued “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
Suskind, Ron (2004-10-17). Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush. The New York Times Magazine.

The Rovian Turn in Election punditry, Lies Damned Lies and Statistics. #Corbyn4PM

Here’s one I prepared earlier, “Oven Ready” you might say.

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