Archive | September, 2012

The State, the Ultimate Form of Aesthetics, Negates Sustainability & Idealizes Centralization

22 Sep

[The ff paragraphs are a preface or abstract for an essay on the artificial nature of the Postmodern State and its intrinsic drive toward impoverishment & collapse]

It is doubtful that abundance or even sustainability may be achieved via the current matrix of intensive governmental intervention in and management of financial markets and trade. Just as in effective governmental control of mass media, intervention in cultural discourse including markets spurs uncertainty, paralyzes investment and creates terror. Intervention, doubt and terror are key terms and facts of postmodern culture. More, they are primary means and effects of governments’ management of their captive population, their herd. These terms encode geopolitical and culturally transformative goals that impoverish and break human systems, what some call ‘mediating institutions,’ foremost among them the family and, secondly, father-child bonds. These means dehumanize in their drive to make the primary relationship that between an alienated or dependent persona and the State. Yes, persona, because the drive of the postmodern State is to deform its citizens into masks. Excessive focus on sustainability as a concept or political strategy links to eugenic agendas that undercut the sources of innovation, prosperity and local and national genius. New insights into the nature and trajectory of this counter-productive trend may be gained from a non-technical analysis that draws on aesthetics and the Liberal Arts. Continue reading

Postmodern Management as a Principle of Macro-Cultural Analysis

22 Sep

[The following are the opening paragraphs of a paper to be presented at a global conference; my focus is on the matrix of State Control & Impoverishment vs plenty. The rest will be posted after publication of the paper].

Every kind of diplomacy is of a business nature, every business of a diplomatic…the prince or statesman wants to rule and the genuine merchant wants only to be wealthy.” [1]

This paper uses an interdisciplinary framework to consider the dyad of abundance and poverty or, more essentially, fertility and sterility. This approach includes the fields of ethics and geopolitics and the relationship of governance and governing institutions to business and finance. Fundamental insights also may be gained from the field of aesthetics particularly as regards imagery and marketing, from ‘news’ and sports to the marketing of national image or celebrity icons. For this hermeneutic, management is less a distinct field than a central thematic and operational – systemic issue, as a principle of macro-cultural analysis. Managing or control is the principle that pervades postmodern governance, politics, diplomacy, and marketing and that has transformed ethics and much of academia into its handmaiden. For example, situational ethics and utilitarianism are forms of management and control that, like the system of credit money or ‘fiat currency’ (idealization in the service of power, money-magic instrumentalized for power), shows the hegemony of the English system and its ‘god-game’ [2] in geopolitics, finance and cultural transformation. Utilitarian biases pervade modern economic and demographic thinking, offering moralistic cover to forms of human sacrifice. Continue reading