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AI Has Already Taken Over, It's Called the Corporation
Thomas Jefferson and other leaders of the United States, aware of the English experience, were deeply suspicious of corporations, giving them limited charters with tightly constrained powers. However, during the turmoil of the Civil War, industrialists took advantage of the disarray, leveraging widespread political corruption to expand their influence. Shortly before his death, Abraham Lincoln lamented what he saw happening with a resounding prophecy: "Corporations have been enthroned ... An era of corruption in high places will follow... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands ... and the Republic is destroyed."

[...] In the early twentieth century, Paul Bernays, a mastermind of corporate empowerment, boldly stated his game plan as "the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses." He declared ominously that "those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government that is the true ruling power of this country." [...]

[...] the current U.S. cabinet represents the most complete takeover yet of the U.S. government by corporations, with nearly 70% of top administration jobs filled by corporate executives. In the words of Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, "In the Trump administration, auto industry lobbyists are setting transportation policy, Boeing has a top perch at the Department of Defense, Wall Street is in control of financial policy and regulatory agencies, and corporate defense lawyers staff the key positions in the Justice Department."

R2D2, where are you?
by das monde on Fri Dec 1st, 2017 at 10:49:14 AM EST
Elaboration of D/Tao (whole that is M1 Yin,Yang) in Sec. 6 of v.4 is properly constructive (defining one's terms, or analogy, eg. esu elegba) and well-placed for reading Sec. 7 inferences respecting various symbolic expressions (both lexical and performative, eg. divination, marketing, diagnosis) of contingency, or potentiality, in domains of human knowledge of and experience with a universe of unknown and unforeseen quantities. [1]

Which brings me to the essay from which the excerpt above is taken --a wholly dissociative polemic against delegated causality, symbolized by "forces" of law and disembodied corporations.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Dec 1st, 2017 at 06:23:58 PM EST
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corporate takeover of humanity
truly is an incomprehensible statement.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Dec 1st, 2017 at 06:28:49 PM EST
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You got it!

Laws themselves are objects of delegation, surely. Corporations rely on certain laws and enforcement.

by das monde on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 11:03:14 AM EST
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4. Lao-tzu said: ...
The Way molds myriad beings but is ever formless. Silent and unmoving, it totally comprehends the undifferentiated unknown. No Vastness is great enought to be outside it, no minuteness is small enough to be inside it. It has no house but gives birth to all the names of the existent and nonexistent.

Real people embody this through open emptiness, even easiness, clear cleanness, flexible yielding, unadulterated purity, and plain simplicity, not getting mixed up in things. Their perfect virtue is the Way of heaven and earth, so they are called real people.

Real people know how to deem the self great and the world small, the esteem self-government and disdain governing others. They do not let things disturb their harmony, they do not let desires derange their feelings. Concealing their names, they hide when the Way is in effect and appear when it is not. The act without contrivance, work without striving, and know without intellectualizing.

The Wen-Tzu, trans. Thomas Cleary

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 03:34:37 PM EST
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Thirty spokes converge at one nave, but only when there is non-being does the function of the carriage exist; We mould clay in order to fashion a vessel, but only when there is non-being does the function of the vessel exist

This "technical" verse 11 from Tao Te Ching of Lao-tzu is quoted in [6], and another translation in [24, Ch. I] (plus, [17, pg. 119] by the same author). Capra mentions Tao in [13] as well, surely. It's not just following the way, but inviting the way.

by das monde on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 at 07:02:52 AM EST
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