Once again Chris Hedges folds Tainter's Collapse of Complex Societies' thesis into his ongoing narrative. In this morning's read on truthdig.com, he writes:
Quote Chris Hedges, Apocalyptic Capitalism:
Civilizations careening toward collapse create ever more complex structures, and more intricate specialization, to exploit diminishing resources. But eventually the resources are destroyed or exhausted. The systems and technologies designed to exploit these resources become useless. Economists call such a phenomenon the “Jevons paradox.” The result is systems collapse.
In the wake of collapses, as evidenced throughout history, societies fragment politically, culturally and socially. They become failed states, bleak and desolate outposts where law and order break down, and there is a mad and often violent scramble for the basic necessities of life. Barbarism reigns.
“Only the strong survive; the weak are victimized, robbed, and killed,” the anthropologist Joseph Tainter writes in “The Collapse of Complex Societies.” “There is fighting for food and fuel. Whatever central authority remains lacks the resources to reimpose order. Bands of pitiful, maimed survivors scavenge among the ruins of grandeur. Grass grows in the streets. There is no higher goal than survival.”
This is how we watch the management mentality -- reflected in both dominating political parties in this nation -- take us down a road with a big yawning cliff at its end. This process has grown to such gigantic proportions that I don't know if jumping off the bus will save anyone at this point. The management mentality, with "efficiency" as their prime criteria, creates complexity to solve problems while missing the real problem they are trying to solve. The phrase 'studied stupidity' comes to mind.