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    after "the end of history", which rankled from the first time I heard it. I associated it with post-modernism, which was all the rage when I was in university, but I was never quite able to appreciate, because it postulated that everything was relative, and there was no moral structure but a dogmatic insistence on celebrating otherness. Post-modernism certainly had it's merits, particularly in challenging existing entrenched power structures, but was easily hacked by game theory, which basically institutionalized a culture of individual selfishness, as best expressed by Capitalism. Game theory should have been one of the names on the Vietnam Memorial wall, because that's where it died, thanks to McNamara, who kept sending soldiers out to die in Vietnam long after it was clear that that war was unwinnable.

    Fukuyama's "End of History" postulated that everything had already happened and Capitalism had won, so now it was just a matter of sitting back and making money. It was refuted by 9/11 but was perpetuated by the neocons, who did a great job of sitting back and making that money during the War on Terrorism. I suggest that the "End of History" be  retitled "The Endurance of Idiocy" because there are always going to be enough useful idiots out there for the game theorists to hack.

    And that, my friend, is why you have experienced

    -- That constant sense that -- something is seriously wrong, with 'life as we know it' ... but you can quite put your finger on exactly what it is.  A worse, if you do get a glimpse of the source of the dread, ultimately any solutions to banish it, will likely be futile, in the long run.
    •  thanks erratic (0+ / 0-)
      Fukuyama's "End of History" postulated that everything had already happened and Capitalism had won, so now it was just a matter of sitting back and making money.

      that's sums it up well, thx.  Got it.

      And your assessment of Game Theory and McNamara's Toy Soldier enterprise -- spot on!  (having lives during that slow motion human tragedy, myself.)


      thank for the re-quote erratic, allow me to fix my typos

      -- That constant sense that -- something is seriously wrong, with 'life as we know it' ... but you can't quite put your finger on exactly what it is.  And worse, if you do get a glimpse of the source of the dread, ultimately any solutions to banish it, will likely be futile, in the long run.

      funny, something still wrong though ...

      I think it's out there on the interest somewhere ...

      must. keep. posting.  must. keep. fixing. the planet.

      must. not. give up.


      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Fri Sep 16, 2011 at 08:58:20 AM PDT

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