"It is necessary to have [civil] organization if we are to have effective and efficient government. The only difference between a mob and a trained army is organization, and the only difference between a disorganized country and one that has the advantage of a wise and sound government is fundamentally a question of [citizen] organization." Calvin Coolidge
Yet here we are, unnecessarily waging a great civil war worldwide, between business concerns and the people whom merchants serve.
"Mass demand [for things we don't need] has been created almost entirely through .. advertising." Calvin Coolidge
"This [TTIP] is a transnational corporate takeover similar to the takeover of India by the East India Company in 1757. That's the Neo-Liberal plan for globalization.
This effectively shuts down democracy and neuters the nation state. It will lead to revolution unless enforced by police states in which the transnationals control the security forces, as the EIC did in India.
It's not just a matter of stopping TPP and TTIP but of ending neoliberal globalization. The Right gets this. The Left not so much. So watch for a resurgence of the Right in the EZ." Tom Hickey
What are YOUR thoughts?
Personally, I suspect that prospects for the feudal approach of right wing fat cats & gangsters - trying to emulate aristocrats - is alive and kicking, but on the tail-end of a 2-thousand year cycle.
Populations everywhere are being SLOWLY transitioning to professionally-run democracies, with hiccoughs.
It'll get a bit worse, but then things have to get better - or else.
This is cultural evolution in action; fascinating!
Imagine how long it took for human physiology to "settle" into a workable package of 40Trillion cells, ~300 Cell Types, and ~65 Organs. That adaptive tuning didn't happen overnight. Nor will cultural evolution at our current population levels.
It takes a super-village of established methods ... to grow an adaptive culture.
The core challenge is establishing AND MAINTAINING key sub-methods, for inventing & installing new cultural methods, as needed. That's way harder than, say, all the refinements made to the internal combustion engine the last 100 years.
We need professionally licensed cultural engineers, not just fly-by-night profiteers masquerading as politicians.