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Making Systematic Ideology Vanguardist

Comments on the socio-ideological theories of anarchist-heretic George Walford
(http://www.gwiep.net/)


The Walsby/Walford Systematic Ideology's approach to issues of political
science, dating from the 1940's, may raise the specter of vanguardist
potential if it can employ insights into the contemporary effect of
decentralized electronic communication upon societies. Although Systematic
Ideology was conceived in the age of radio by Walsby and amplified in the age
of TV by Walford, we are now in the cyber age (1), an age not predicted in
Walsby's era, and an age whose predictions by media sages such as Marshal
McLuhan (2), in Walford's time, were largely ignored after an initial but
short-lived interest by the western counterculture. Though presumably
vanguardist, the 60's Counterculture had reached its decadent phase in the mid
70's (3); after the end of the Viet Nam war removed its core motivating
vehicle and along with it, any possibility of the radical wings of the
counterculture maturing into actual armed anarcho-marxist uprising in the
cities of the west. (4) This decadence wa s typified by a stubborn and
chronic technophobia, an inability to come to terms with the west's capability
of placing revolutionary quantities of counter-alienating consumer durables
and information technology into the hands of its citizens. Had the
Counterculture been able to see itself operating within larger fields of
cognitive interpretive organization as did Systematic Ideology, had SI been
better equipped with predictive capability and thus seized the vanguard, much
futile waste of anti-capitalist effort may have been avoided and the creation
of just societies globally would be nearer at hand.

One of S.I's major tenets is that there is an axiomatic inverse ratio between
the demographic composition of the eideostatic and eideodynamic categories
(the conservative to radical ideological spectrum); the eideostatic
conservatives at the base of the pyramid being axiomatically larger in numbers
and the eidodynamic radicals at the less populous apex, ever diminish in
numbers as a function of increasing levels of repudiation of the status
quo(5). Modern communications has changed the proportional population mix of
the various eidostatic and eidodynamic demographics, with many of the radical
agenda programs expressing a power beyond the indications of their numbers and
becoming woven into the central fabric of industrial nations, to wit: gay
rights, sexual freedom, abortion, racial integration, native people's rights,
alternative energy, permanent grass roots activism, environmentalism, equal
job mobility and pay for women, prisoner rights, immigration reform, handicap
access, job safety, and so on, to the point that capitalist society seems to
have adopted almost the entire radical single issues agenda, a very successful
initiative, yet certainly one falling far short of the withering away of the
state (6). S.I.'s observations that radicals wield little power due to their
small numbers overlooks the incredible influence that radical/progressive
ideology has in the communication industries (7) and as a general cultural
paradigm generator. In the electronic world, numbers are not the only
contributing factor to ideological and political power bases(8).

The takeover of western media by the radical agenda has been a substantial
unrecognized (9) victory by the left; a takeover that has not yet finished its
work. Since contemporary mass communication technologies have phase shifted
into an interactive arrangement via individually owned and operated desktop
computer technology (10), lateral connectivity, a democratized anarchistic
decentralized peer to peer communication, is now seen to be breaking the
point-to-many broadcast paradigm and the various ideological strategies and
predispositions built into centralized network broadcast (11). The previous
regimen of one way major corporate network broadcast communication is now a
many-to-many thing, and is poised to crush the monopoly on information once
enjoyed by a handful of brahminic think tank attitude distribution hubs.

The effect of cable video/computer info-democratization is subtle yet steady
and its gains in breaking monopoly control is becoming apparent to cabals and
syndicates such as the music industry giants and corporate network TV
programming, as a fait accompli, an unstoppable force, but also contributing
heavily to the fall of state capitalism in the former Soviet Union and,
currently, NEP-oriented China, if the lengths to which they are going to
censor and suppress free net access (at the time of this writing) is any
indication (12). S.I. should be poised to interject integrative explanations
of the work of modern telegraph metaphors which take into account such tools
as the McLuhan hot/cool anti-fragmentation schematic of communication media
(creating what he termed a "global village") (13) to its readership among the
post-modernized intelligentsia.

The value of a good hypothesis is its ability to predict (14). Systematic
Ideology has the potential to do this as its descriptions of ideologies is not
limited to their interacting in adversary relationships but has presciently
recognized the derivative evolution factor, observing that the various defined
eido-categories and their ideological memes or idee fixe units (15) are alive
and afoot simultaneously today, creating an extremely interesting mix of
interacting (far more than is apparent) cognitive constructs (16).
Walsby/Walford recognized the parent-derivative nature of each diminishing
ideological demographic and Walsby presciently understood how derivative
continuity need not equate to oppositional rivalry(17). This exceedingly
important concept is not fully developed in the S.I. literature I've examined
so far.

While S.I. clearly diagrams how the eido-categories are historically and
overtly functionally stratified, it does not continue the exercise to show how
a theory of historic phase determined proportional mixes of the influences
wielded by the various ideologies, ie., conservative influence upon radicals
and vice versa, would determine political outcomes behind the scenes. Even if
it may be hard to demonstrate rival ideologies actively learning from one
another, the suffering of defeat certainly and axiomatically forces one side
to examine the winning strategy of the other side and thus learn from at least
the tactics employed if not the ideological principles that brought the
tactics into being. (18)

In getting rival ideologies to investigate each other's motivating factors, it
may help to attempt to show how often times the aim is the same even though
the process of mind is not and simply compare processes of mind. Putting the
rival's method in one's own terminology can help. In the example of the
single world government model, if the single world government archetype can be
re-engineered by the radical left, S.I. may prove key to emerging into the
21st century with a "union of opposites", an integrative right-left synthesis.
If the "scientific" part of "scientific socialism" could be grafted onto the
science driver aspect of capitalism, a new sort of globalism could evolve, a
rigorous scientific-capitalist (federalist many economically interacting
governments) sense of globalism rather than an anarcho-socialist (monopolist
one government for all nationalities, creeds and geographies) globalism. (19).
McLuhan correctly senses that human affairs constitute a "mosaic" rather t han
a hegemony, and as a mosaic of interacting sovereignties, provide a mechanism
for testing evolutionary ideas without the usual catastrophic involuted
decision making characterizing totalitarianism.

Forward process need not be a Darwinian shotgun of ideas, bad ones failing and
good ones leading the way. Good ideas can be identified while in the
cognitive phase, they need not be tested to be known to be the correct path.
The statistical inverse population (and subsequent power) distribution
hypothesized by S.I. were derived by an historic process of increasingly
distilled and refined equity seeking socio-economic ideas emerging from the
previous governing set of ideas. Adaptability as a positive characteristic of
our species was considered to be non-optimal when the exploited adapted to
their masters. Radicals understood this as axiomatic without the need of
historic proof. They intuited that the human spirit flowers only when not
exploited. The achievement of less suffering (greatest good to the greatest
number) through a process of idea overthrow within the human intellect where
idealizations (such as simple empirically derived efficiencies) need not be
tested in reality to be known to be correct, is not a delusion. Clearly,
then, traditional radical repudiation of the ancien regime is justified and
appropriate. But is it still justified in the age of info?

In the age of steam, radical consciousness, not understanding how technology
worked as a principle of universal isoperimetry or geometric efficiency, had
no choice but to bring down the system. Yet through generations of presumably
analytic struggle, an essential blindness occurred. The attainment of the
radical goals was simply not observed to be occurring in a historically
determinant way (capitalism had not yet fallen) and the nature of the struggle
was never modified as a natural result of that observation. One wonders
whether the objective was the attainment of goal or the perpetual struggle to
attain the goal. Was radicalism trapped within its meme or cognitive model?
(20).

Now that radical ideas have suffused the core of industrial societies, the
hypothesized proportional mix of the adherents to the range of ideologies
observed by S.I. may be up for recalibration in the info age, and some
understanding about how info works on consciousness and determines
consciousness's subsequent survival-driven political constructions, may help
S.I. vanguardists better predict and thus lead the permanently alienated
intelligentsia into a new condominium with capitalism, its science drivers and
the uniquely human power of applied invention (21)

One telling and instructive example of cyber culture working in tune with
(and in many cases a direct witting application of) anarchist doctrine (22) is
the concept of "shareware". This is a concept that has stormed and taken over
the battlements of the forward elements of capitalism found in the computer
industry. Shareware made its modern debut originally before the desktop
computer, during the age of the hippie counterculture with the advent of free,
advertiser supported newspapers. It was discovered that advertising paid for
distribution and production costs, and, with management receiving less than
"golden parachute" wages, information could be disseminated in mass quantities
for free; something for nothing The formula paramount to advertisers was
readership, period. Free publications could not miss in getting readership.
A self-amplifying feedback loop (23) was set in motion, one that the ethos of
capitalism could structurally never have discovered on its own without hel p
from anarchy- a thing given away can lead to more business profit than a thing
sold at artificial demand price.(24) What emerges strategically from the
shareware concept is a generation of humans who do, in fact, expect as their
birthright access to (which equates to control of, in information culture
terms) the tools of production, idea production that is, which is parent to
and formative of all other forms of production (25). This is victory.

With the computer revolution (26), a Pandora's box of new ideas about value
and value for exchange was opened, never to be shut again. This was an
anarchist idea and it is the living proof that the most profound changes in
society are not those brought about by armed insurrection or by the inertia of
a culture of pragmatism, but by the creation of surplus (27). By the mid
80's, America's newest and fastest growing hobby for technophiles was computer
programming. The output of small application programs to fill in gaps in the
commercial software suites and arrays became a tsunami of invention, but with
a modern twist, the production costs were near zero, so the programs could be
offered as free to use with a donation appropriate if the program was found to
be useable and if the user could afford to send in a few bucks. This is pure
sliding scale value exchange... "from each according to his ability to each
according to his need" writ very real on a daily basis in an industry that was
to basically take over the major routes of input into the collective brain of
all humanity. This ethic was a direct effect from the realization that human
genius is the primary raw material of industry (28), and that human genius
doesn't require a condo, limo and trophy wife in order to produce savant
quantities of useful and efficient cultural tools, tools that could be put in
the hands of the many instantaneously.

Once S.I. understands that the new emerging eidodynamic is one of information
upgrade, a "hyper" eidodynamic that repudiates all ideologies in favor of the
latest version, the latest update, the latest release, then S.I. can begin to
gather up the shattered remnant geniuses of the other ideologies in a global
information think-village. Ideology can become "open source", contributable
to by all using the latest tools of cognition; ideas from the assembly line
floor.

Walter Alter

FOOTNOTES

1. Any theory of ideologies as a class of phenomena, a meta-theory
overarching the sub-theories, must allow itself to be modified by updated
information, must allow itself to be modified by changes in historic or
evolutionary phase, as a gestalt figure-ground relationship. The author feels
that ideologies are modified through history in two basic ways; they are
subjected to new strategies compellingly presented by their leaders (such as
Lenin's NEP), and/or they find themselves newly cast upon a different stage
set gestalt background/phase, usually temporally determined by the march of
history (such as contemporary information society).

2. Marshal McLuhan's seminal "Understanding Media", 1964, provides the
beginnings of an ordered approach to mass media, electronic communications and
applied technology to questions of drivers of social transformation, and, as
such, is more an anthropology lesson than a metaphor for industrial progress.
One of McLuhan's primary conclusions is that technology provides the luxuries
of the aristocracy to the masses of proletarians, an important concept,
although he fails to follow through on issues of the cooption of elitist
values by the proletariat and the effects of permanent commodity surplus upon
necessity assignment cast against a social background of free time and
discretionary income.

3. By the mid 1970's two major contributors to the western hippie
counterculture revolution were airbrushed from official and unofficial
curricula; media theoretician Marshal McLuhan and architect Buckminster
Fuller. Both had run afoul of the post Viet Nam war radical slump regrouping
and ideological cleansing that had need of a new center of rotation and found
it in a constellate of "soft" ideological issues such as environmentalism,
anti-consumerism and techno-phobia. Both McLuhan and Fuller were technophiles
and, thus, unwelcome in the new radical university whose professorial flocks
were tended over by a brahminic elite of postmodern theoreticians,
postmodernism being most clearly understood as a set of cognitive wrecking
tools (including PC speak) designed by the contemporary Trotskyite
intelligentsia as a rationale for the dismantling of "post industrial"
capitalist society, by any means, revolutionary or accelerated decay.

4. Having lived through the 60's and 70's as a Marxist, and later as an
anarchist and finally as an ideological free agent, I'm still unsure as to the
actual potential for armed overthrow of the U.S. by the "make love not war"
generation. Were radical vanguard elements shanghaied into delusion in order
to turn the center of the wheel enough to elect a U.S. President willing to
come to a permanent treaty of condominium with the Soviet Union and China,
basically carving the world into spheres of influence (a term I heard uttered
with cabalistic reverence in academia in the early 60's) between east and
west? If so, they were their own worst enemy. By the end of the Reagan-Bush
era; 12 years of repudiation of a radicalized Democratic Party by the American
electorate; with a shocked global left wondering what the Wicked Witch of the
West had done with the Soviet Oz, it was abundantly clear that the attempted
radicalization of the Democratic Party was unpalatable to the American ideosta
tic expedient center and the strategic net result was the defeat of socialism
(via the collapse of the S.U.) as an applied economic reality for pretty much
all time. Basically, all the capitalo-imperialist aggressors had to do was
give the left enough rope with which to tangle itself to death.

5. Walford and Walsby both imply also that a certain intelligence factor
favors the more radical ends of the spectrum, as though the societal
evolutionary aspect of the ideostatic-dynamic impetus would naturally include
the evolution of intelligence. This is a valid point in my view as it is
clear that reform, revolution and repudiation require the ability to
cognitively dissociate from deductive socio-mental structures, assimilate new
data inductively and proceed with a new set of axioms. This process is known
anciently as the platonic hypothesis of hypotheses method, from which epoch
even then it was known that the new hypothesis must overthrow the old
hypothesis, that the old hypothesis does not retire gracefully in recognition
of a new logic or new data base, but fighting to persist as though a being or
life form, as is proposed in contemporary meme theory.

6. In this regard, radicals should be prepared to congratulate themselves for
an epoch defining victory, for virtually all of the abuses, exploitations and
elitisms fought long and hard against through 200 years of the industrial
renaissance (I refer to it as "renaissance" rather than "revolution") have
been mitigated via radical agenda inspired reform legislation and the setting
up of permanent watchdog institutions and attitudes. The culmination of the
organized labor struggles of the west with the American civil rights movement
of the 50's and 60's, made manifest the historic hopes and struggles of all
humanity and set the stage for the cognitive exportation of these institutions
to the 3rd world. That the "postradicalism" period now struggles for
acceptance of such marginal notions such as freedom to use recreational drugs,
distribute pornography, needles and condoms, same sex marriage, use profanity
in mass media, ie., hedonistic excess catching the coattails of the struggle f
or just societies, should indicate that it's job is pretty much done via the
vehicle of egalite and that the vehicle of idealized anathema is probably not
suited for children.

7. Although the left will complain that accusations of the media being liberal
is right wing hysteria, it is a plain and obvious fact that, though
conservative usually on matters of national defense, the western media,
including and especially entertainment media, are, in fact, far left of
center. Recent coverage of mid east affairs has caused various Jewish groups
to present statistic evidence of pro-Arab bias in the American and European
press in hundreds of subtle ways utilizing every sub consciousness threshold
syntactic, semiotic and lexicological spin variable in the book. Recently the
author took part in a BBC news website survey on weather and environment that
had as the web page's graphic design element a photograph of a factory complex
spewing smoke into the sky next to the yes or no box answering the question
"Do you think global warming is a priority matter for governments?".

Virtually the only rightist mass media outlet (there are many small
demographic right wing media and religious outlets) are the Murdoch organs and
talk radio. The hegemony of right wing talk radio hosts has the left in a
lather and several leftist think tanks have engineered efforts towards
equalizing that "imbalance". Virtually all of the so-called mainstream press
can be demonstrated to be soft on criticism of liberal matters and hard on
conservative matters. The fact that it took the western press almost 10 years
to cop to the hideous mass murders in Pol Pot's "Campuchia" are indicative of
the sorts of left leaning press blackouts that number in the hundreds since
the Viet Nam war era radicalized the western press.

8. Never before has the ability of single humans to effect the outcome of
history in a creative manner (anyone can bomb or assassinate) been as great as
it is today. This need not require a savant genius to effect, but merely
people who possibly stumble upon obvious concepts and logical combinations of
concepts that are being pathologically overlooked by a brahminized
intelligentsia. The marriage of off the shelf technologies in unique ways is
a great field of invention that is accessible to the emerging body of novice
cognitive hobbyists. For example, the concept of the now popular mountain
bicycle was unknown before the early 1970's when a group of kids in the shadow
of Mt. Tamalpais near San Francisco simply put two and two together, combining
the gear change mechanism of European road bicycles with the sturdy
construction of American street bicycles in order to be able to race down the
fire trails of said mountain. This concept had eluded bicycle manufacturers,
an industry wh ere innovation at one time had led to the invention of powered
flight. The inertia of the status quo (the static ideological frame of
reference) to impede efficiency, is a tragic wonder.

9.The left's repudiation of the right's characterization of mass media as
being "liberal" is the result of two factors: 1. The need to camouflage this
media hegemony and pretend that the media is neutral, and 2. The displeasure
that radicals typically ascribe to any social or political element no
marching in lock step with the party line, ie., if you are not with us, you
are against us, which is basically a failure to perceive that the press needs
to appear mainstream to maintain its cover as a neutral estate. This is
"point of view" analysis- from the center, the media IS leftist, but, of
course, from the Michael Moore left, the media is perceived to be corporate.

10. The desktop computer revolution was basically begun by the "Two Steves",
Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, who founded Apple Computer Corp. The most
profound revolution perhaps in human history was the brainchild of two hippie
anarchist potheads who got their start phracking or breaking into the
international telephone exchanges and had begun to manufacture portable hand
held equipment to make free phone calls from the U.S. to anywhere in the
world. The first outcroppings of computer "geek" culture in M.I.T. and
Stanford universities in the late 50's began as enclaves of bright human
beings who could see when systems were not working, including social systems,
and perceive that human social injustice was fundamentally an intolerable
system inefficiency, human happiness being the greatest contributor to social
efficiency. The first hackers learned their craft in order to break into
mainframe computers to get time to run their own programs, hardly malicious,
and often times requiri ng physical break-ins to computer centers in order to
get some time to play with the gear. It was this consuming impetus to
overcome the scarcity of the resources in question that led to the incredibly
rapid democratization of computer technology. It didn't take much to
radicalize this demographic during the Viet Nam era, and their applied
economic spawn created the most progressive and humane work conditions in
history.

It is also interesting to note that the hippie radicals at Apple Computers, in
their subsequent elitist obstinate and monopolist strategy to not license the
manufacture of clone Apple-like computers, relegated themselves to a
diminishing, if not vanishing, role in the computer revolution, whereas, the
blue suits at IBM, the megalithic mainframe manufacturing bastion of
info-capital, became the potting bed of licensed domestic and offshore
manufacture of their computers which has become the industry desktop standard
by a factor of 10 to 1. The metaphoric implications of those two concept
domain dynamics can very possibly be used to explain why no radical revolution
will ever succeed rigorously and that vanguard elements can be interpreted as
elitist.

11. Terms such as lateral connectivity, democratized playing field,
decentralized, and peer to peer are all analogs to that category of function
of mind known as inductive. This is the dynamic information update activity
of the mind and works IN CONCERT with its counterbalance, deduction. It is
not possible to overemphasize the importance of the twin engines of
consciousness- induction and deduction. Knowledge of how the mind works
within these two parameters of intake and outflow is one of the most powerful
tools of ideological cognition there is, one that sets us as equal to the task
of de-puzzling the universe.

The universe is an ineluctable machine that somehow (the "how" is the ONLY
religious discourse, all others are mere anthropomorphism) spat us out as
incredibly, miraculously unique in our ability to act independent of the
instinct hard wire program; yet within physical law, able to exploit the
potential of physical law as a dense matrix of "fields", our mental fields
possibly rivaling the entirety of the universe as essentially formative. If
the reader takes one thing from this paper and its extensive footnotes, it is
hoped that they would understand the crucial determinant forcefulness of the
dialectic between deductive and inductive processes of mind. Simply put,
deductive/inductive IS how our minds work (though in many topologically
stretched "morphs"), and subsequently, how societies and their derivative
ideologies work.

12. Radical cadres are touring the land presently warning of the dangers of
post-9/11 anti-terrorist legislation threats to freedom of speech, whereas
they should be standing arm in arm in Tienamin Square protesting the shutting
down of internet cafes, free web surfing access, blogs and uncensored internet
service providers in China and, by extension, other centers of info repression
in the world.

13. Probably McLuhan's most well known phrase, the notion of the "Global
Village" should be right up any Marxist theoretician's alley. Basically here
is a validation of Engels' evolution backward to primitive means of wealth
distribution, ie., communism being an innate state of human society. In
McLuhan's concept, electronic communication media simply obliterate the
capacity of spatial distance to create separation and disassociation between
societies. McLuhan's sin in the eyes of contemporary anarcho-trotskyism
(Marxism no longer exists as an economic theory, it is now a contemporary
Trotskyite propelled new-age nature worship hedono-mysticism) is that this
achievement of the communist ideal was accomplished by the engine of
capitalist industry and, moreover, is an unstoppable unfolding of the human
survival urge manifested in the creation of technological extensions of
protective physiology, clothing an extension of skin, etc. As Walford likes
to point out frequently, the fact that we got here from there must indicate
that here is better and the methodology of that voyage is justified by the
benefits its compass heading has provided humanity.

14. Our weakness as humans is that we don't rigorously understand how
perceptions work to form our minds; either individually or collectively. We
focus far too much upon a) the temporally immediate and b) the spatial object
of attention. It's as though we can't walk and chew gum at the same time and
perceive phenomena only as a static category and composed primarily of what
fixates our attention. This is an echo of the present state of human
consciousness which is an imbalance of its two dialectic components of
deduction and induction, which, heretofore, have not been allowed to function
fully dialectically, one side of the equation being in chronic domination
over the other due to the survival struggle against a background of perpetual
historical shortages of goods.

Walsby and Walford understand that there is a chicken/egg aspect to any
historic topic, and much progressive social theory tries to establish which
forces act most powerfully upon human affairs by understanding which forces
have and continue to act "first". Great controversies such as the "nature vs.
nurture" one or the placement of the vanguardist role upon the proletariat or
the intelligentsia, will plague this discourse until some
background-foreground discernment utility is provided.

It must be understood axiomatically that we are dealing with a primary
dialectic division of this universe into two first phase divisions of said
universe which are acting upon who and what we are as sentient beings. There
are no surprises in naming these universes the physical one and the mental
one, and spiritualisms aside, the light of logic establishes that our inner
worlds are clearly derivative from the larger parent/container external
universe.

Human consciousness derives from physicality, derives from attempting to
propel a flesh and blood body through space for as long as possible. The
physical universe then, is the ultimate arbiter of what sorts of ideas
survive, and an accurate depiction or what sorts of ideas have survived, can
be plotted, can be extrapolated from, can predict. The processes that our
minds invoke in order to insure survival, mirror the mind/universe figure
ground gestalt. It plays a dynamic process (information uptake and
interpretation) upon a static predetermined container (the container is always
precedent to the contained) background of symbol meaning, which acts as an
interpretive framework (ideology) that ultimately determines how the being
will act, often in the face of contrary evidence.

15. Meme theory attempts to account for the stubborn persistence of groups of
ideas even beyond their usefulness or demonstration of falsity by assuming
that culturally persisting ideational archetypes exist as survival conscious
entities that operate upon human consciousness parasitically. Any form of an
expressed human ideal would be a meme, as would be cultural wisdom, values and
(as critiqued by postmodernism) artificial consumer appetites Meme
theoretician Morris Berman states: "An idea is something you have; an ideology
is something that has you.", so, by Berman, ideologies are meme intense,
probably addicting if not parasitic and survival oriented out of mere reflex.

Anarchists at the extreme vanguard might be said to be in a state of meme
capture if not addiction. The unconscious realization of this trap has the
danger of unmet ideals converting to cynicism or nihilism/gnosticism.
Nihilism/gnosticism can go two ways, into wanton hedonism (Riechian sexual
freedom plank of anarchism) or extreme asceticism (eastern/nature
minimalist/purist mysticism plank of anarchism). However, no new idea exists
apart from it's parent, and the recognition that branching is a primary
organizing overlay of universe phenomena evolving in time (not only biological
as each unit of time branches from the preceding, carrying all with it), makes
meme theory somewhat a useless exercise since all ideas are memes. Like most
empiric approaches, meme theory refuses to acknowledge the capacity of the
mind to abstract as a function of categorization, a primary act of mind, and
thus reveals itself to be a cynics tool for concluding that human mental
activity is in essence a n unnatural, unwholesome thing. This is a Gnostic
premise, the premise that earthly physicality is inherently a corruption of
divine disembodied spirituality.

16. The Internet is fundamentally a catalyst to discovery. The model of hyper
text and hyper link breaks down many of the engineered ideological boundaries
due to its inherent "wide angle" non-specialist democratized nature. A walk
down the information superhighway is far more risky to the ideologue or curate
than a walk through the mall, for the chance of the unexpected and unplanned
for curiosity propelled encounter with new interpretive frames of reference is
a constant threat to previous deductions since the information superhighway's
inherent nature is that of upgrade flux in service to induction. Web surfing,
and more to the point, web searching, is basically an act of discovery, one
that satisfies the savant human grace that makes us truly human - curiosity.
The radical left intelligentsia is experiencing a fundamental schizophrenia
vis a vis the Internet; it knows that the Internet is a mind toy and good for
intelligence, but it also exposes their cadres (and any ideologi cal cadre) to
alternative viewpoints. A radical organizer doing a search on the acronym WTO
might typically end up reading material about the Rockefeller Foundation from
the 1950's written by the right wing John Birch society, and even worse,
wondering why he wasn't made hip to their revelations about globalist
centralized economic cartels and cabals far sooner by his own ideologues.

Unlikely bridgings are being made between disparate ideological standpoints on
a daily basis that are worrisome to ideologues of all factions. Communication
and support between right wing gun nut militias and left wing urban
revolutionaries and rape conscious urban women on the issue of 2nd amendment
gun ownership erodes the control of ideologues. Analogously, right wing
militia and paramilitaries now kick back after a day crawling through the
underbrush on weekend "maneuvers" and enjoy a fat country grown spliff
wondering why one doesn't relax a bit more about his paranoias and take some
time to smell the roses.

Also, paranoid hoaxes are no longer as able to stir up as much fervor and thus
lose membership far more easily when alternative points of view are made easy
to come across. The hoaxers are beginning to experience "cried wolf too
often" syndrome, as exemplified by the Y2K hysteria. It becomes harder to
generate the kinds of hysteria in the west that used to propel great
political upheavals. The restraint shown by the American people and
government in the wake of 9/11 is something that could only occur the
electronic era. One can only surmise what the Arab reaction to a similar act
on their soil, the flying of a plane full of pilgrims into the Shrine of
Mecca, for example, might have accomplished in the way of utter pandemonium;
the Arab world basically being a window into bygone centuries and an
interesting laboratory for study of what western civilization has striven to
evolve out of.

17. In the information global village, former adversaries are given the tools
that allow them to see over their own ideological fences. Web browsing
amplifies curiosity, discovering new information creates an appetite for both
the act of discovery and the surprise and pleasure of encountering
amplifications of one's own point of view and a less shocking means of
encountering ideas that run against one's point of view placed within the
neutral context of the Internet. This context of low danger levels combined
with the privacy of zero peer pressure or critique, is THE revolution.

18. It is axiomatic that any society requires specialist expertise factions
within it, if only by virtue of the divisions of varied forms of labor. But
this notion can be extended to include ideologies as analogs to divisions of
labor in that some ideologies work at the fringes of discovery, and even
though harboring thoughts of parricide, release back into the larger society
progressive ideas. Being a member of the anarchist intelligentsia IS a
division of labor within the capitalist container. You will be co-opted.

The default dynamic of co-opted left-vanguardist contributions to capitalist
society as a division of capitalist labor includes the need to demonstrate the
success of acarchist ideas before the revolution has occurred, if only for
recruitment. The thinking world requires a working prototype. So, for
example, if the ideological predisposition of a generation of hippie computer
inventors and programmers, with its primary goal to form a society without
leaders discovers a natural venue for that idea within a particular economic
sphere of the host society, say computer technology, and that economic sphere
turns out to be vanguardist economically within the capitalist container, then
the power of "leaders" is functionally reduced by the example of leaderless or
decentralist "open source" enterprise. Given the chronic and persistent
technophobia of the left, capitalism seems paradoxically to be better able to
assimilate new ideas than are the creators of new ideas themselves!

19. In order to systematize ideologies, one must refer to history and track
ideologies and their effects through time. The difficulty here lies in the
static nature of the definitions and the dynamic nature of the defined
ideological operations. Historic terminology rarely takes into account the
changeable nature of the ideology, its natural maturation and the possibility
of its cooption by infiltrating elements. The process of infiltration is a
tool of ideological warfare is poorly understood and rarely discussed.

For example, the Republican Party, USA, was, in the period of its inception, a
progressive, pro-labor, pro-civil rights oriented political party that placed
Abraham Lincoln, an anti-slavery candidate, in the U.S. presidency where he
waged war against the secessionist Confederacy over the issue of slavery and
states rights, ie., a directed or "dirigist" federalism rather than a
federation of sovereignties. Radicals have stared at me in blank
incomprehension when informed that enfranchised black demographics voted 90%
Republican up to the time of Teddy Roosevelt's presidency. Conversely, the
Democratic party up through the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, was a friend to
the southern slave states, expressing its inherent white's only variety of
Jacobinism as a rebelliousness against Federal authoritarianism. By the end
of WWI, these ideological alignments had significantly reversed themselves
whereby Republicans were comfortable with the exploitation of labor and the
Democrats were pr o-labor and civil rights positive from the New Deal 1930's
to the present.

20. Cognitive modelings, like dreams, do not answer to physical laws. They
are mental patterns answering to mental dynamics alone which are elastic
metaphors for physical reality but which obviously do not necessarily answer
to laws of physical reality, hence the notion of "delusion" applied to greater
degrees of departure from reality. But, since the future is also free from
reality yet accessible to cognition, it is also is a reality in the making.
The boundary between delusion and prototyping is both poorly defined and
vulnerable to unforeseen future variables.

But this modeling ability can also be unexpectedly accurate and, when
accurately employed, there can be confidence that the idea will work in
reality. The great electrical inventor, Nikola Tesla was able to do this to
an extraordinary degree, visualize an electro-mechanical machine, test run it,
disassemble it and actually check its moving parts for wear, all in his
imagination!. His inventions all worked flawlessly as originally visualized.
True, he was dealing with physical objects with known properties, but modeling
is modeling and the more data is available, the more known the outcome,
physical or social.

So our imaginations can be both powerful prototyping tools or fountains of
delusion, but not inherently exclusively one or the other to be cynically
discounted by pragmatism or charismatically embraced in spasms of "gut
feeling" subjectivity by radicalism.

21. World celebrated electrical wizard and inventor (eclipsing Edison before
being drummed off the reservation) Nikola Tesla, claimed to have discovered a
means whereby energy could be extracted from the earth's static field charge
and broadcast through the stratosphere at high frequency, however in a manner
unlike microwaves, a method incorporating ground antennas. But the details of
his theoretical understanding of high frequency electrical resonance
phenomena, a resonance being that type of phenomena which extends to infinity
in the small and large directions as well as possibly others, remained
un-communicated for reasons of secrecy. His subsequent work and access to
finance or a laboratory were suppressed. Where he was once lauded as a hero
of civilization in the scientific and public press, a suspicious and yawning
silence ensued.

If the intelligentsia of the modern world can get their collective brains
around Nikola Tesla's work, they will experience a post-electronic renaissance
in human affairs. It's there, it's a puzzle, it has power, it's solvable.

22. It should be kept in mind that the computer industry owes much to the
ideologies commonly known as "libertarian" a sort of anarcho-capitalism
combined with the intellectual products of the metal and punk youth
subcultures and anarchist leaning technophiles (as opposed to the anarchist
leaning in the environmental, vegetarian, animal rights, eastern spirituality,
purist, minimalist technophobes). Libertarianism considers itself an anarchy,
but within a currency exchange system, which, for all its faults, has
delivered more justice, knowledge, freedom, joy, human growth, wit,
literature, music, etcetera, than any other system to have evolved and
survived millennia of human conflict. Marxism will one day be seen to have
been doomed from the outset.

23. Self amplification is what bacteria do in a sense, but the sense I mean it
here is that the pressure of human survival itself necessarily dictates what
degree of insanity societies will be allowed to experience before they undergo
a self-derived extinction, making self-amplification the mark of sanity. Self
amplification is also the foundation of the intrinsically human striving to
achieve genius, an unrecognized form of instinct, a spiritual instinct minus
the dogma. There may be a natural threshold at which a mind goes critical
mass and can sustain its own chain reaction of knowledge. Our minds operate
in the modes of feedback analysis and re-hypothesis. Those minds that do this
most often are deemed smart.

24. Capitalism recognized that the bargain sale was not a price undercutting
mechanism, it was a means to get attention focused on the contents of the
store. This is a properly bourgeoisie concept and points to the nature of the
bourgeoisie mind, ever more devious and selfish, yet employed by a greater
good in spite of its warts. Exploitation has a way of revealing itself
eventually when accomplished by stealth. The many hypocrisies and
inconsistencies employed in its behalf are the result of unscientific short
term immediate field thinking. Science wins against this adversary if only
because it conceives in terms of longer time periods, ie., in terms of lawful
"eternal" universal principle and a scientific bourgeoisie is probably the
most potent social category history has yet witnessed, the true vanguard.

25. The perception that intellectual freedom increases with approach of
anarchism, may be in error. At no time in history has intellectual freedom
been greater than under the capitalist industrial democracies in which
virtually anything can be publicly said or advocated, from the stupid to the
banal to the criminal. As long as the demographic is manageable by the state
and doesn't provide a pronounced threat such as direct terror action, the
radical can say pretty much anything. There is no anarchist model in which
there exists more intellectual freedom than what is currently encountered
under 21stth century electronic capitalism.

26. The laws of technology clearly demonstrate the inherently democratizing
nature of applied scientific invention. The Industrial Renaissance (misnamed
the Industrial Revolution) made democratic republicanism possible by creating
a large enough bourgeoisie capitalist class that the ideals of neo-Platonic
Christian Humanism were able to be successfully instituted via the process of
political reform. For example, by the mid 1800's in the US, slavery had been
voted out of the northern states and was on the verge of being voted out of
the southern states on the eve of the southern secession and subsequent civil
war. In fact, slavery's pending electoral defeat may have been an important
propellant to the secessionist movement.

(The difficulty of the American Revolution for anarcho-Marxist theoreticians
is manifest in a) its success in creating a nation state that was a beacon of
freedom and rose to be the most powerful of nations in a little over 100 year
and b) its theological base in the ethical ideals of Christian humanism. It
is little appreciated how this anti-empiricist Christian notion of the
perfectibility of the human spirit could result in a society which had such a
powerful belief in autonomy as a function of scientific invention. Walford
makes reference to the interaction of Protestantism and the rise of democracy,
but S.I. needs to understand the actual dynamic behind the application of
Christian neo-platonism as a progressive force.)

Liberalism (precision) could not have entered or consolidated were it not for
industrial technology. Technology was seduction to the aristocracy because it
provided means for a victory in struggles for domination, but it spelled the
aristocracy's doom in that it provided tools (and tools of cognition) and
luxuries unheard of via heretofore luxury goods manufactured at cheap prices.
The POTENTIAL of the masses to voice their desire and insist upon economic and
juridical enfranchisement was increased, and that is all that is needed.
(Potential has far more power than we perceive, It IS the unperceived future)
Policy followed. An educated (machine operating workforce) was needed and
that meant literacy and public education. With mass literacy it was game over
for the aristocracy (as it had been in the American Colonies, it's revolution
having been made possible against incredible odds by almost universal literacy
there)

It may well be the final irony for leftists that capitalist technology will
bring about anarchy and cause the withering away of the state.

27. Walford offers for the fist time a system by which "overlay" of the
preceding ideology may be considered to effect the subsequent...ie., feudalism
overlaying conservatism and being responsible for its more backward notions of
chattel slavery then likewise applied in conservatism's overlay upon
capitalism as glaringly unchristian injustices tolerated in 19th century
"christian" nations such as child labor. This overlay process can also work
in reverse, one of the themes of this paper, in which the more radical
ideologies exert an effect back upon the less radical.

If it can be demonstrated to the radical mind that capital is capable of
humane behavior, particularly in its liberal scientific components, thus able
to cast off the exploitive feudal overlay, perhaps radicalism may come to
cease its repudiation of old but serviceable ideas about wage drivven
production and distribution and LEAD the parade. A society that
scientifically produces surplus, MUST have the use of some sort of value
symbol tool, a specie money or paper money universal value marker. The
radical would do well rather than to repudiate money in favor of an unwieldy
low resolution barter system, to create a digital money that has HISTORY, a
dollar bill that can tell you all the hands it has been through and how dirty
it is.

28. Genius, like anarchy requires the condition of play in order to survive.
Anarchy might well be considered the vanguard of genius formation, sublimating
it's instinct to play within the frustration release device of satire and
sarcasm. Genius also contains a core that is inherently outcast and pariah,
again, characteristics of the archetype anarchist. But ALL ideologies attempt
to keep defection to a minimum, and this policing of the ranks, a sort of
meme-defense, the experience of "thought patrol" elements, within anarchy
also, leaves what safe haven for the free thinker? Where do the non or
anti-ideologues go to play?

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