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UCD-STAFFORDBEER May 2006

Subject:

Fw: [FES] Transition

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Paul Stokes <[log in to unmask]>

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Forum dedicated to the work of Stafford Beer <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 30 May 2006 19:04:39 +0100

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I received today the following message from William Livingston, author of 
The New Plague and other interesting works.

Thought I would pass it on.

Regards,

Paul
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "William Livingston" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 7:44 AM
Subject: [FES] Transition


> Interesting times. Events have settled so many of what were once somewhat 
> debatable issues, we have run out of international and international 
> issues to quarrel about. After all, the whole bone of contention was 
> always about institutionalism and who plays "institutional monopoly" the 
> best. The limits of institutional reach and grasp are now so brightly 
> drawn, even our Congress has little to say. Successfully covering up 
> traditional corruption has become too complex for the ruling class. Two 
> decades ago, I sought data on corporate scandals and pecuniary chicanery. 
> Now, overloaded with brute facts, I run from the news. Even the severest 
> critics of the USA cannot produce a complete list of the significant 
> issues to survival going either unaddressed or dangerously mismanaged by 
> our institutions.
>
> For the last three days, the USA establishment did its best to inflate 
> national patriotism. As a bandsman in WWII times, I vividly remember 
> playing for the crowds gathered at the village green on Memorial day to 
> honor the war dead. Everyone I knew thought WWII was a good enough reason 
> to lose your life. Ron Prichard, an authority on Omaha Beach, is doing the 
> D-Day tour of the invasion scenes now. Before 1950, however, Mercedes 
> showrooms were already booming in the USA. I thought killing all the 
> Germans and Japanese you could was a lifetime duty to preserve society. 
> Now that the aftermath record is in hand of what was done, POSIWID, what 
> was that war all about anyway?
>
> There is no need to be curious about the next decade or so. New collisions 
> of reality with institutional limits will exceed, by far, the ability of 
> crisis response. At some point, trying to fix the damage from those limits 
> with another institution will be discarded as an option. This collision is 
> documented so frequently during Congressional hearings shown (on the 
> telly) you can actually observe the collision within the political minds. 
> Only the stupid politicians attempt to be reelected. In my dotage, the 
> favorite recreation is watching the impact of advancing technology on the 
> Establishment system. I mostly wish Ashby and Beer were still around to 
> enjoy the show. Long term, I am clueless.
> 

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