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the maximum leader has a palpable mind...,
i guess there's some virtue in the sentiment:
Chris Dillow suggests:
One reason why I have revolutionary sympathies is precisely that I have a conservative disposition.
For one thing, in replacing hierarchy with co-ops is one way (the only way?) to assert the wisdom of crowds and the tacit knowledge embodied by professional and craft traditions over the spurious rationalism of managerialist ideology.
And for another, institutions - in the long-run - shape character. And the conservative temperament sees much to bemoan in the modern character: the saccharine displays of public emotion; the supine expectation of "leadership" from those above us; the inability to stand on one’s own two feet and face the responsibility of one's own actions; the demise of virtue and rise of priggish rule-following; the pursuit of external rather than internal goods; and the demand that we "respect" others' sensibilities regardless of their imbecility.
If such widespread failings of character are to be reversed, we might need radical institutional change.
:: posted by buermann @ 2008-10-11 00:31:31 CST |
Capitalism, with its fatuous, flibbertigibbet schemes of warmed over royalism, is in direct opposition to the conservative temperament. Unfortunately the conservative temperament is much rarer than the conservative sensibility. The latter shows all the signs of becoming, again, the kind of consumer affect that drives lifestyle consumerism. There's a cyclical quality to that. The acculturated sociopaths of the managerial crowd exploit consumer affect to sell a set of progressive-related or conservative-related policies (which are nothing more or less than the usual fatuous, flibbertigibbet royalist schemes of capitalism). When they've taken the consumer sentiment as far as it will go, and then thirty or forty steps further, people who aren't completely brain dead start to pay attention. That's when the gurus and hucksters step up with the easily assimilable attitudes and easily displayable products that demonstrate people's affinity for the new paradigm. Then most people go right back to sleepwalking through the daily struggle at the point of production. And the question, "how much of our labor do we get to keep?" is left to the cranks again.
posted by Zomg
@ 2008-10-11 06:46:29 | link