New-Radical Power: A Revolution for Political Economy
Punched on the Nose
You have them on. They are quite a tight fit now and you struggle to take them off. Your nose is out of joint but you are beginning to see really clearly through your non-linear spectacles despite that your eyes still water now and then. You see the world in a completely different light to most others because you are one of the few on the roads less travelled by, and that will make all the difference. But still your nose is out of joint and it hurts. It hurts because you can see that there are problems everywhere with the way the world works. We, the entire Human Race, but especially in the West, live lives that are not sustainable. The constant cry from the economists and politicians for growth and more growth will doom us and the doom will come fast unless we act, and we can act!
What must we do? The power elites will provide no solutions for us. They are content with their self-fulfilling prophesies, the constant claim that they, and they alone have the answers. But they do not even know where to start because they have no solutions, they do not even understand that they have no idea what the questions are. So, we must help ourselves and they won’t like it.
Instead they fight, they fight with each other and they fallaciously call this competition. They fight for money and they fight for power and they lie to us and we are their enablers.
Meekly we allow ourselves to be chained together in a line, only two links between us. Our neck shackles clink as blindly we shuffle along behind each other looking only to the right or left, unable to see forward because the view is blocked. Unable to progress because we stumble into the body in front. And like the prisoners sitting happily in the cave, staring only at the shadows on the wall, we are made content.
Your new nose makes a great perch for your glasses and they will get heavier as you understand more. Nonetheless you will be surrounded by other people who will not see. They cannot see because they have no spectacles and they have no desire whatsoever to see. So, you will need to be really committed to the position that:
we utilise closed system theories to rationalise open system realities, Bertalanffy’s isomorphic law of systems informs us that this is a mistake,
and our closed system theories encourage us to seek simple linear, inductive causal answers to improperly framed questions.
Our societal theories are closed system theories which we apply in order to make sense and explain open system realities and this is the problem that will deliver our extinction if we are unable to fix the system. The implications for this concept are mind blowing, and we found some of the implications and some possible solutions in the first book of the trilogy: New-Radical Management. The book came with a complementary pair of non-linear spectacles and you must obtain your first pair and learn again to see, before you will be able to make sense of this second volume about political economy, New-Radical Power.
The first implication for this volume is that capitalist economic theory must be wrong. We do not have to pussy foot around and hide meekly behind this claim, just because the power elites have an economics degree or a law degree or an MBA from Harvard-BS, they will ‘certainly’ disagree with us. However, we can very quickly apply a Popperian epistemological test to the classical theory of economics and falsify the classical economic meta-theory and all current sub-theories because they are variations on some type of equilibrium assumption and we can quite easily falsify that claim through our understanding of systemic isomorphic laws. These isomorphic laws were the subject of chapter two of the first volume and it was by understanding this significant concept that the ‘complementary spectacles’ that you were provided with in book one, started to work.
Classical economic ideas are derived from the unsubstantiated claims of Adam Smith, an 18th century [im]moral philosopher, the first contributor to the “dismal science”. Smith’s unjustified axioms remain the basis for all our subsequent economic theories and I will take a brief look at the history of the creation of these ideas in chapter three. Classical economic theory is a meta-theory of stable equilibria. One construct is brought into an equilibrium position by another and that closed system concept is demonstrably wrong in the context of the open system reality of the economy. I will conclude chapter three with what will appear to the power elites to be a very problematic claim.
We need to be content that the claim at the climax of chapter three is valid and so we must explore the arguments that will allow us to be satisfied with our claim. We must ask a lot of really deep and rich questions as we have before because there will be a never-ending bleat from the nay-sayers and we must be fully prepared.
We have been very badly mis-led. Mis-led economically and mis-led politically. The power elites who govern every aspect of our lives in a world dominated by a ruling class has built its own ladder. If you have a permit you are allowed to reach for its lowest rung and then you can start your ascent. Depending upon who you are, what school you went to, or who your family might be, then you might even get a leg up. But for the rest of us there will be no permit. However hard we try we will never be allowed to even reach for the lowest rung.
And those of us who strive to do so, when we have no realistic chance, are the largest part of the problem, because we are their enablers.
We are the enablers because we deny that such a capricious system exists and we are fiddlers, fiddle-de-dee. Enablers and fiddlers.
We must call them out. Not just the H-BS managers whom we called out in New-Radical Management, but now the economists and the lawyers and the politicians.
But unlike the managers who have a vested interest in change and improvement the economists and the lawyers and the politicians will brook no change.
They will fight us, they know how to fight, that’s what they do! And they have the power.
And so to triumph, we must learn how to win, not by fighting, but by cooperating and then we can harness the power of the system, the power of the complex system to self-adapt…