OWEN JONES ~ THE ESTABLISHMENT ~ 2014

~ T-E-INU-AIHAB-O-PG-TNTPTPIADIWATEAPHTRTV-TE-RAAOBOTGT-‘M’-D-TMSTIDNTTOI ~ Today’s – Establishment – Is Made Up – As It Has Always Been – Of – Powerful Groups – That Need To Protect Their Position In A Democracy In Which Almost The Entire Adult Population Has The Right To Vote – The Establishment – Represents An Attempt On Behalf Of These Groups To – “Manage” – Democracy – To Make Sure That It Does Not Threaten Their Own Interests

~ TSIOTME-ASOITHITRAJIPAB-ODA-‘N-L’-TDBOAFOCOTMCTSQ-TIIORA-‘F’-P-‘EF’-A-WIITLOI ~ The Shared Ideology Of The Modern Establishment – A Set Of Ideas That Helps It To Rationalize And Justify Its Position And Behavior – Often Described As – “Neo-Liberalism” – The Driving Back Of Any Form Of Collective Organization That Might Challenge The Status Quo – This Ideology Is Often Rationalized As – “Freedom” – Particularly – “Economic Freedom” – And – Wraps Itself In The Language Of Individualism

~ AWASM-TEICB-FL-A-A-‘RD’-C:TI-PI-GB-P/C/M-W-O-WMTITVWATST ~ As Well As Shared Mentality – The Establishment Is Cemented By – Financial Links – And – A – “Revolving Door” – Culture: That Is – Powerful Individuals – Gliding Between – Political / Corporate / Media – Worlds – Or – Who Manage To Inhabit These Various Worlds At The Same Time

~ YTIALFATHOET-IMATS-B-IICDOTSTF-BOB-S-FI-POP-RAD-AWEAGPE-TTUOWTLTLO-NS-AEOWCBDA-‘SFTR’

~ Yet There Is A Logical Flaw At The Heart Of Establishment Thinking – It May Abhor The State – But – It Is Completely Dependent On The State To Flourish – Bailed Out Banks – State-Funded Infrastructure – Protection Of Property – Research And Development – A Workforce Educated At Great Public Expense – The Topping Up Of Wages Too Low To Live On – Numerous Subsidies – All Examples Of What Could Be Described As – “Socialism For The Rich”

~ TEDNRTSID-AA-IITJOTMTSLOTBOTWP-I-JAPA-OCAATBOTATBOS ~ The Establishment Does Not Receive The Scrutiny It Deserves – After All – It Is The Job Of The Media To Shed Light On The Behaviour Of Those With Power – Instead – Journalists And Politicians Alike – Obsessively Critique And Attack The Behaviour Of Those At The Bottom Of Society

~ EAAWREIHBLDOOTIM ~ Economists And Academics Who Reject Establishment Ideology Have Been Largely Driven Out Of The Intellectual Mainstream

~ A-IR-C-HTDAAF-TP ~ Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric – Conveniently – Helps To Deflect Attention Away From – The Powerful

~ T-‘BIWI’-I-TPTE-AEMUDOWLTWPFTTHERTEGSOI ~ The – “Because I’m Worth It” – Ideology – That Permeates The Establishment – An Ever More Unequal Distribution Of Wealth Leaves Those With Power Feeling That They Have Every Right To Ever Greater Slices Of It

~ TEHR-UAU-FTL ~ The Establishment Has Remained – Unaccountable And Unchallenged – For Too Long

~ TO ~ The Outriders

~ GM-I-F-MG-TJ-RTWOTE ~ Government Minsters – Invoke – Free-Market Globalization – To Justify – Resisting The Will Of The Electorate

~ PHBACSFTP ~ Politics Has Become A Closed Shop For The Privileged

~ TMPACR-B-FTFATATB-OWCBO-D/M/OL-T-DS-FT-WAP-E-ATTOS-HAS-GT-TOATPOTE ~ The Media Play A Crucial Role – By – Focusing Their Fire At Those At The Bottom – Often With Coverage Based On – Distortions / Myths / Outright Lies – They – Deflect Scrutiny – From The – Wealthy And Powerful – Elite – At The Top Of Society – Hardly A Surprise – Given That ~ Their Owners Are Themselves Part Of That Elite

~ BOHABWTAR-MOTMTSAAHPDOTIOTWWAP ~ Because Of How And By Whom They Are Run – Much Of The Media Today Serves As A Highly Partisan Defender Of The Interests Of Those With Wealth And Power

~ TWHBI-C-MTETHAFAAW-TWSOOLFBTAWBAMT ~ The Workforce Has Become Increasingly – Causalized – Making Them Easy To Hire And Fire At A Whim – Those Who Step Out Of Line Face Being Tossed Aside With Barely A Moment’s Thought

~ TUOTPAAPFBTPGBALW ~ The Use Of The Police As A Partisan Force By The Powerful Goes Back A Long Way

~ TPHBTTT-W-CP-AT-‘EW’ ~ The Police Had Been Trained To Treat – Working-Class People – As The – “Enemy Within”

~ TNEPT-STIF-AY-IHBEMA-HMAMPTTP-LWSLI-W-MTCDOD ~ The New Establishment Promised To – Set The Individual Free – And Yet – It Has Become Ever More Authoritarian – Handing More And More Power To The Police – Laws With Seemingly Laudable Intentions – Were – Manipulated To Crack Down On Dissent

~ PA-BTECTHRBTFOTS-IAF-TSTUTE-P-OC-TIAOTEB ~ Police Authoritarianism – Belied The Establishment’s Claims To Have Rolled Back The Frontiers Of The State – In Actual Fact – The State Thrives Under The Establishment – Providing – Of Course – That It Acts On The Establishment’s Behalf

~ TE-F-MI-IOLMTAFF-PPAIPHATEOS ~ The Establishment’s – Free-Market Ideology – Is Often Little More Than A Front For – Placing Public Assets In Private Hands At The Expense Of Society

~ S-BW-TSPOPR-EB-AEPALS ~ Statism – Begins With – The State’s Protection Of Property Rights – Enforced By – An Expensive Police And Legal System

~ OA-TTSTR-W-TPWP-TGSAH-TTIETPUTT ~ Once Again – The Taxpayer Shouldered The Risk – While – The Profit Was Privatized – These Government Subsidies Are Huge – The Taxpayer Is Expected To Pick Up The Tab

~ TMOAS:BOOTB-AFSOAS-FL-SM-TSITTST-TRTINB ~ The Mother Of All Subsidies: Bailing Out Of The Banks – A Financial System On A State-Fuelled Life-Support Machine – The State Is There To Support Them – To Rescue Them If Needs Be

~ RAD-HB-N-A-CBTP-WTPEAP ~ Risk And Debt – Have Been – Nationalized – And – Carried By The Population – While The Profitable Elements Are Privatized

~ W-TS-IP-IIBAMFSFPC-APSR-WTR-‘S’-ATBF-N-ATBOS-B-ATT ~ With – The State – Increasingly Privatized – It Is Becoming A Mere Funding Stream For Private Companies – A Publicly Subsidized Racket – Were The Real – “Scroungers” – Are To Be Found – Not – At The Bottom Of Society – But – At The Top

~ TAT-D ~ Tycoons And Tax-Dogers

~ RCBCSAFTW ~ Rights Can Be Casually Striped Away From The Workforce

~ IWBT-WP-W-PUTTFTC-N-TRFI-A-WLCTA ~ It Would Be The – Working People – Who – Picked Up The Tab For The Crisis – Not – Those Responsible For It – And – With Little Calling To Account

~ HTTAIR:TCSBBOATCM ~ Here’s The Thing About Ideological Rationales: They Can Sometimes Be Based On All Too Convenient Mirages

~ TMEHB-F-TAUD-RDMGWTPOTF ~ The Modern Establishment Has Been – Financialized – To An Unprecedented Degree – Restoring Democracy Means Grappling With The Power Of The Financiers

~ ABRFSTISSTBDDBFC ~ A Badly Regulated Financial Sector That Is So Susceptible To Being Dragged Down By Foreign Crises

~ ‘GI’-CJ-CT-PET-O-CC-A-ETATF ~ “Green Industries” – Creating Jobs – Confront The – Potentially Existential Threat – Of – Climate Change – And – End The Addiction To Finance

~ A-DRW-DTPO-BM-FP-T ~ A – Democratic Revolution Would – Drive The Power Of – Big Money – From Politics – Too

~ PISAEW-CPWEOTSOITGASDNTT-SA-FW-UB-CC-A-SO ~ Politics Increasingly Sidelines And Excludes Working-Class People With Experience Of The Sorts Of Issues That Government And Society Desperately Need To Tackle – Such As – Falling Wages – Unpaid Bills – Childcare Costs – And – So On

~ AT-WW-LSAF-PAABFTPI-ATMABEATEOS-A-TH-WGO-WP-SS-RITW-A-SO-AB-SA ~ Across The – Western World – Living Standards Are Falling – Public Assets Are Being Flogged To Private Interest – A Tiny Minority Are Being Enriched At The Expense Of Society – And – The Hard-Won Gains Of – Working People – Social Security – Rights In The Workplace – And – So On – Are Being – Stripped Away

~ TMO-‘TINA’-I-P-TWADKOS-WB-I-M-A-BAINB ~ The Mantra Of – “There Is Not Alternative” – Is – Pervasive – Those Wanting A Different Kind Of Society – Will Be – Ignored – Marginalized – And – Bitterly Attacked If Needs Be

~ TIOEEITIIP ~ The Illusion Of Every Era Is That It Is Permanent

SHOSHANA ZUBOFF ~ HOW IS IT THAT THIS MARKET FORM HAS BEEN ABLE TO SUCCEED? ~ THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM ~ 2019

~ U-IWITRTWIWTDFATHGB ~ Unprecedented – It Was Impossible To Recognize The Ways In Which They Differed From Anything That Had Gone Before

~ DAI-TC-AIRTBOA-TTOEATIID-TCOOADOTUOTD-TPSATTKUIOIP-A-TIOTCOLRFTO ~ Declaration As Invasion – The Corporation – Asserted Its Rights To Bypass Our Awareness – To Take Our Experience And Transform It Into Data – To Claim Ownership Of And Decisions Over The Uses Of Those Data – To Produce Strategies And Tactics That Keep Us Ignorant Of Its Practices – And – To Insist On The Conditions Of Lawlessness Required For These Operations

~ HC-SCFSITNZTEGROBWT-T-‘WOT’-STGAFPTS ~ Historical Context – Surveillance Capitalism Found Shelter In The Neoliberal Zeitgeist That Equated Government Regulation Of Business With Tyranny – The – “War On Terror” – Shifted The Government’s Attention From Privacy To Surveillance

~ F-SRWEAAO ~ Fortifications – Strong Relationships With Elected And Appointed Officials

~ TDC-AIAP ~ The Dispossession Cycle – Audacious Incursions Are Pursued

~ D-FS-TMO-SP-BCWTMO-BM ~ Dependency – Free Services – The Means Of – Social Participation – Become Coextensive With The Means Of – Behavioral Modification

~ S-I-N-O-FT/P/C/C-WRDO-TPI ~ Self-Interest – Networks – Of – Fellow Travelers / Partners / Collaborators / Customers – Whose Revenues Depend On – The Prediction Imperative

~ I-WSM-E/S/C-F-SOOI-LA-AI-CFLA-LAR-P ~ Inclusion – With So Much – Energy / Success / Capital – Flowing – Standing Outside Of It – Let Alone – Against It – Can Feel Like A – Lonely And Risky – Prospect

~ I-MP-IWAA-SC-A-RTA-RM ~ Identification – Many People – Identify With And Admire – Surveillance Capitalists – And – Regard Them As – Role Models

~ A-AOTF-G-TNF-S-TMABR ~ Authority – Authorities On The Future – Geniuses – The Naturalistic Fallacy – Successful – They Must Also Be Right

~ SP-AECOBR ~ Social Persuasion – An Endless Cascade Of Beguiling Rhetoric

~ FA-T-‘DONA’ ~ Foreclosed Alternatives – The – “Dictatorship Of No Alternatives”

~ I-N-IF-P-A-STNP-WFI-R ~ Inevitablism ~ New – Institutional Facts – Proliferate – And – Stabilize The New Practices – We Fall Into – Resignation

~ TIOHF-AW-T-F-HM-AWIAIONTROIOF ~ The Ideology Of Human Frailty – A Worldview – That – Frames – Human Mentation – As Woefully Irrational And Incapable Of Noticing The Regularity Of Its Own Failure

~ I-IIITUSTHB-CIS-A-DAFI ~ Ignorance – It Is Impossible To Understand Something That Has Been – Crafted In Secrecy – And – Designed As Fundamentally Illegible

~ V-FITDIRT ~ Velocity – From Invention To Domination In Record Time

SHOSHANA ZUBOFF ~ THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM ~ 2019

~ HOE-IT-DF ~ Home Or Exile – In The – Digital Future

~ HOE?-LOS?-MOS?-TAETO-K-A-A-P-TCNBSFAT-TINEOH;EGMAIWAIANTRUTRTCIEA ~ Home Or Exile? – Lord Or Subject? – Master Or Slave? – These Are Eternal Themes Of – Knowledge – Authority – And – Power – That Can Never Be Settled For All Time – There Is No End Of History; Each Generation Must Assert Its Will And Imagination As New Threats Require Us To Retry The Case In Every Age

~ WCTNWFTMWIWIEOCAP-B-IHB-WNTO-A-D-A-V-ATSOAPFSA ~ We Celebrate The Networked World For The Many Ways In Which It Enriches Our Capabilities And Prospects – But – It Has Birthed – Whole New Territories Of – Anxiety – Danger – And – Violence – As The Sense Of A Predictable Future Slips Away

~ ‘MOBM’-SC-BANSOP-I-IP-KASHBTOE ~ “Means Of Behavioral Modification” – Surveillance Capitalism – Births A New Species Of Power – Instrumentarianism – Instrumentarian Power – Knows And Shapes Human Behavior Toward Others’ Ends

~ SC–QRTTCDATW-A-TD ~ Surveillance Capitalists – Quickly Realized That They Could Do Anything They Wanted – And – They Did

~ SCACATETTIIMFFB-UAIKATPTATK-VDONK-FU-B-NFU ~ Surveillance Capitalism’s Actual Customers Are The Enterprises That Trade In Its Markets For Future Behavior – Unprecedented Asymmetries In Knowledge And The Power That Accrues To Knowledge – Vast Domains Of New Knowledge – From Us – But – Not For Us

~ SC-IA-RFDB-NEI-T-DSN-A-NT-ER-AW-IA-TAETTVPOA-DS ~ Surveillance Capitalism – Is A – Rogue Force Driven By – Novel Economic Imperatives – That – Disregard Social Norms – And – Nullify The – Elemental Rights – Associated With – Individual Autonomy – That Are Essential To The Very Possibility Of A – Democratic Society

~ JAICFATEONANTTCUTE-AICSBSCAINIP-WTATEOHNAWTTCUUH ~ Just As Industrial Civilization Flourished At The Expense Of Nature And Now Threatens To Cost Us The Earth – An Information Civilization Shaped By Surveillance Capitalism And Its New Instrumentarian Power – Will Thrive At The Expense Of Human Nature And Will Threaten To Cost Us Our Humanity

~ TU-OEFSCMTFATA:IIU-TUINU-WWESU-WAIITTLOFC-TRIPTWIU-ICBAGWOEC ~ The Unprecedented – One Explanation For Surveillance Capitalism’s Many Triumphs Floats Above The All: It Is Unprecedented – The Unprecedented Is Necessarily Unrecognizable – When We Encounter Something Unprecedented – We Automatically Interpret It Through The Lenses Of Familiar Categories – Thereby Rendering Invisible Precisely That Which Is Unprecedented – It Cannot Be Adequately Grasped With Our Existing Concepts

~ TI-DNE-TAA-E-M-N-E-IT ~ Technological Inevitability – Does Not Exist – Technologies Are Always – Economic – Means – Not – Ends – In Themselves

~ ADO-EDG-HFTMT-PAONE-A-T-EI-TIP-TMPHCTFEFTF-E-RAV-ATOR ~ A Decade Of – Explosive Digital Growth – Had Failed To Mitigate The – Punishing Austerity Of Neoliberal Economics – And – The – Extreme Inequality – That It Produced – Too Many People Had Come To Feel Excluded From The Future – Embracing – Rage And Violence – As Their Only Remedies

~ ‘TRTBF’ ~ “The Right To Be Forgotten”

~ FE-UT-OE-T-FACOPC-T-PTIFPC ~ Financial Elites – Use Their – Outsized Earnings – To – Fund A Cycle Of Political Capture – That – Protects Their Interests From Political Challenge

~ CSNBER-IIMTB-C-B-ADSAII-B-RCIA ~ Capitalism Should Not Be Eaten Raw – It Is Meant To Be – Cooked – By – A Democratic Society And Its Institutions – Because – Raw Capitalism Is Antisocial

~ TPOV-SA-F-NA-B ~ The Patterns Of Violations – Signalled A – Feature – Not A – Bug

~ CTTSOTI ~ Challenges To The Sanctity Of The Individual

~ TRTTFT-A-TRTS ~ The Right To The Future Tense – And – The Right To Sanctuary

~ WHYTI-TP-A-NFO-CA-TEA-TPRTAHF ~ We Have Yet To Invent – The Politics – And – New Forms Of – Collaborative Action – That Effectively Assert – The People’s Right To A Human Future

~ NAIIWOI ~ Not All Information Is Worthy Of Immortality

~ BS ~ Beharioral Surplus

~ BM ~ Behavioral Modification

~ WHBRA-WM-‘DE’-WA-A-CE ~ What Had Been Regarded As – Waste Material – “Data Exhaust” – Was Quickly – A – Critical Element

~ BVRC-BD-A-RITIOTPOS-W-RAS-STALAMCU-T-RM-THBSUT-IQ-WNABPTUITSO-TATIU ~ Behavioral Value Reinvestment Cycle – Behavioral Data – Are – Reinvested In The Improvement Of The Product Or Service – Was – Rapidly And Secretly – Subordinated To A Larger And More Complex Undertaking – The – Raw Materials – That Had Been Solely Used To – Improve Quality – Would Now Also Be Put To Use In The Service Of – Targeting Advertising To Individual Users

~ BD-AFUB-SI-CA-S-‘UPI’ ~ Behavioral Data – Available For Uses Beyond – Service Improvement – Constituted A – Surplus – “User Profile Information”

~ SC-INA-IRODT-NII-ANEOIC ~ Surveillance Capitalism – Is Not An – Inherent Result Of Digital Technology – Nor Is It – A Necessary Expression Of Information Capitalism

~ UWNLEIT-BR-TMTOE-A-NEL-BO-F-TAS-STGNOP-ILL-A-TLI-TSPOTB ~ Users Were No Longer Ends In Themselves – But Rather – The Means To Others’ Ends – A – New Economic Logic – Based On – Fortune-Telling And Selling – Serving The Genuine Needs Of People – Is Less Lucrative – And – Therefore Less Important – Than Selling Predictions Of Their Behavior

~ TKP-TEOTE-ITROOLABDFTSOO-IC-OU ~ The Key Point – The Essence Of The Exploitation – Is The Rendering Of Our Lives As Behavioral Data For The Sake Of Others’ – Improved Control – Of Us

~ DR-V-BOEKTTIADTM ~ Decisions Rights – Vanish – Before One Even Knows That There Is A Decision To Make

~ BFM-TNPSAOIAA-TS-CBATMOD ~ Behavioral Futures Markets – The New Prediction Systems Are Only Incidentally About Ads – The Systems – Can Be Applied To Many Other Domains

~ DD ~ Digital Dispossession

~ IA-A-ID-T-PHDR ~ Intelligence Agencies – Are – Irresistibly Drawn – To – Privately Held Data Resources

~ LAANR ~ Lawlessness As A Natural Right

~ PK-DFBS-CA-HCWE ~ Predictive Knowledge – Derived From Behavioral Surplus – Could Also – Help Candidates Win Elections

~ GAS-A-M-S-B-SR ~ Goods And Services – Are – Merely – Surveillance-Bound – Supply Routes

~ TDC:I/H/A/R ~ The Dispossession Cycle: Incursion / Habituation / Adaptation / Redirection

~ I-W-A/K/A ~ Incursion – Without – Authorization / Knowledge / Agreement

~ A-SRE-ABPO-M-AC-S-P ~ A – Single Rogue Engineer – A Brilliant Piece Of – Misdirection – A Classic – Scapegoating – Ploy

~ IYANOOM-YDNE ~ If You Are Not On Our Map – You Do Not Exist

~ S-A-A-S ~ Surveillance-As-A-Service

~ WK?/WD?/WDWD?~ Who Knows? / Who Decides? / Who Decides Who Decides?

~ RSC-IAMATTS-AIITC ~ Raw Surveillance Capitalism – Is As Much A Threat To Society – As It Is To Capitalism

~ O-ER-T-TFT-WI-TRTAFOTIOIFT-OOOA-T-I-M-A-C-OB ~ Our – Elemental Right – To – The Future Tense – Which Is – The Right To Act Free Of The Influence Of Illegitimate Forces That – Operate Outside Our Awareness – To – Influence – Modify – And – Condition – Our Behavior

~ UC-INJA-KM-IIA-AM-DTP-MC-AU-A-FT ~ Ubiquitous Computing – Is Not Just A – Knowing Machine – It Is An – Actuating Machine – Designed To Produce – More Certainty – About Us – And – For Them

~ TKTNDOFIP ~ The Knowledge That Now Displaces Our Freedom Is Proprietary

~ OWW ~ Observation Without Witness

~ YAN-TP-YA-TAC-T-‘P’-DFTSTIRFYL ~ You Are Not – The Product – You Are – The Abandoned Carcass – The – “Product” – Derives From The Surplus That Is Ripped From Your Life

~ P-N-OOTMOBM-BO ~ Power – Now – Ownership Of The Means Of Behavioral Modification – Big Other

~ EUHAH ~ Every Unicorn Has A Hunter

~ TMOTBABOANGDTGTTIOTCS ~ Too Many Of The Best And Brightest Of A New Generation Devote Their Genius To The Intensification Of The Click-Stream

~ B-T-F-‘FC’-L/L/M/B ~ Behavior – The – Fourth – “Fictional Commodity” – Land / Labor / Money / Behavior

~ TANINT-D-N-BR-HN ~ The Aim Now Is Not To – Dominate – Nature – But Rather – Human Nature

SHOSHANA ZUBOFF ~ SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM ~ THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM ~ 2019

~ SC-UCHE-A-FRM-F-TIBD-ASOTDAAT-POSI-TRADAA-PBS-FI-AMP-KA-MI’-A-FI-PP-T-AWYWD-N/S/L/F-T-PP-ATIANKOMFBP-BFM-M-AET-LBOOFB ~ Surveillance Capitalism – Unilaterally Claims Human Experience – As – Free Raw Material – For – Translation Into Behavioral Data – Although Some Of These Data Are Applied To – Product Or Service Improvement – The Rest Are Declared As A – Proprietary Behavioral Surplus – Fed Into – Advanced Manufacturing Processes – Known As – “Machine Intelligence” – And – Fabricated Into – Prediction Products – That – Anticipate What You Will Do – Now / Soon / Later / Finally – These – Prediction Products – Are Traded In A New Kind Of Marketplace For Behavioral Predictions – Behavioral Futures Markets – Many – Are Eager To – Lay Bets On Our Future Behavior

~ AMP-NOKOB-B-ASOBAX-WT-RFKTP-IINLETAIFAU-TGNITAU ~ Automated Machine Processes – Not Only Know Our Behavior – But – Also Shape Our Behavior At Scale – With This – Reorientation From Knowledge To Power – It Is No Longer Enough To Automate Information Flows About Us – The Goal Now Is To Automate Us

MARCEL MAUSS ~ THE GIFT ~ 1925

~ ATHNE-EIAEFCITTOO-OISTWLTSAA-POI-ATMRWICA’N’-E ~ Apparently There Has Never Existed – Either In An Era Fairly Close In Time To Our Own – Or In Societies That We Lump Together Somewhat Awkwardly As – Primitive Or Inferior – Anything That Might Resemble What Is Called A – “Natural” – Economy

~ TEOGATOTR ~ The Exchange Of Gifts And The Obligation To Reciprocate

~ TOTG ~ The Obligation To Give – The Obligation To Receive

~ TPMTH-A-TPMTTG ~ The Present Made To Humans – And – The Present Made To The Gods

~ E-T-G ~ Exchange-Through-Gift

~ L/H/M ~ Liberality / Honour / Money

~ ROG ~ Rules Of Generosity

~ MOO ~ Mechanisms Of Obligation

~ H&C ~ Honour And Credit

~ TTO:TG/TR/TR ~ The Three Obligations: To Give / To Receive / To Reciprocate

~ T-‘MOF’ ~ The – “Money Of Fame”

~ TAFOE-GPAR-SBAVLPOH-DAVLTP-M-SS ~ The Archaic Form Of Exchange – Gifts Presented And Reciprocated – Shared By A Very Large Part Of Humanity – During A Very Long Transitional Phase – Moreover – Still Subsists

~ F-E-ISNW-CITO-BAS ~ Fortunately – Everything – Is Still Not Wholly – Categorized In Terms Of – Buying And Selling

~ S-W-MUOSOTHC-TRMCBTCT-F-A-AB-O-A-TFGOTFC

~ Societies – Whether – Made Up Of Savages Or The Highly Civilized – The Rich Must Come Back To Considering Themselves – Freely – And – Also By – Obligation – As – The Financial Guardians Of Their Fellow Citizens

~ ‘TS’-CTC-TSW-IAG-EEWOA-CT-MA-SOEAL-TWCFOOWWCC ~ “Total Services” – Clan To Clan – The System In Which – Individuals And Groups – Exchange Everything With One Another – Constitutes The – Most Ancient – System Of Economy And Law – That We Can Find Or Of Which We Can Conceive

~ TV-EA-FE-TM-ASW-RAM ~ The Various – Economic Activities – For Example – The Market – Are Suffused With – Rituals And Myths

~ IIB-ORTF-B-PTWTPASOOI-TPSI-S-A/G/T-F-W/I/S ~ It Is By – Opposing Reason To Feeling – By – Pitting The Will To Peace Against Sudden Outburst Of Insanity – That People Succeed In – Substituting – Alliance / Gifts / Trade – For – War / Isolation / Stagnation

~ SHPISFATT-TS-AL-T-I-IT-HSI-SR-G-R-AF-GIR ~ Societies Have Progressed In So Far As They Themselves – Their Subgroups – And Lastly – The – Individuals – In Them – Have Succeeded In – Stabilizing Relationships – Giving – Receiving – And Finally – Giving In Return

JONATHAN CRARY ~ 24/7 ~ 2013

~ TSS-AQFSWPCWMCATFON-HAAN-AHHS-W-RI-A-IAIA-BSS-A-T-SS-WBTFOT-S-WOC ~ The Sleepless Soldier – A Quest For Soldiers Whose Physical Capabilities Will More Closely Approximate The Functionalities Of Non-Human Apparatuses And Networks – As History Has Shown – War-Related Innovations – Are – Inevitably Assimilated Into A – Broader Social Sphere – And – The – Sleepless Solider – Would Be The Forerunner Of The – Sleepless – Worker Or Consumer

~ N-SP-F-ALO-A-E-FM-AN ~ Non-Sleep Products – First – A Lifestyle Option – And – Eventually – For Many – A Necessity

~ OOTFOT-SD ~ One Of The Forms Of Torture – Sleep Deprivation

~ CF-ATTNLP-BCT ~ Continuous Functioning – A Time That No Longer Passes – Beyond – Clock Time

~ 24/7-IATO-I-AWTFOHLIIIAWWSHNNOI ~ 24/7 – Is A Time Of – Indifference – Against Which The Fragility Of Human Life Is Increasingly Inadequate And Within Which Sleep Has No Necessity Or Inevitability

~ TPB-R-AA-N-S-WS-O-A-AO-SM-O-I-C/T/S/D ~ The Planet Becomes – Reimagined – As A – Non-Stop – Work Site – Or – An – Always Open – Shopping Mall – Of – Infinite – Choices / Tasks / Selections / Digressions

~ S-ITSIW-P/C/D-O-WP-HTEOLATDOR ~ Sleeplessness – Is The State In Which – Producing / Consuming / Discarding – Occur – Without Pause – Hastening The Exhaustion Of Life And The Depletion Of Resources

~ T-IOS-IIFTODOSPIOS ~ The – Injuring Of Sleep – Is Inseparable From The Ongoing Dismantling Of Social Protections In Other Spheres

~ AT-CDW-HBPDATG-B-PAP-WTAMO-BW ~ Access To – Clean Drinking Water – Has Been Programmatically Devastated Around The Globe – By – Pollution And Privatization – With The Accompanying Monetization Of – Bottled Water

~ SICDOSIOTBS ~ Sleep Is Crucially Dependent On Society In Order To Be Sustained

~ PS-AN-CPTDS ~ Public Spaces – Are Now – Comprehensively Planned To Deter Sleeping

~ TPBSDPO-UH-EMD-YFAMAT-THAIO-US ~ The Pervasive But Socially Disregarded Phenomenon Of – Urban Homelessness – Entails Many Deprivations – Yet Few Are More Acute Than – The Hazards And Insecurities Of – Unsheltered Sleep

~ SN-M-P-S-NE-IWOCN-S/C/ENR-TIARIOT-N-TO24/7-IEAOSOPL ~ Since No – Moment – Place – Situation – Now Exists – In Which One Can Not – Shop / Consume / Exploit Networked Resources – There Is A Relentless Incursion Of The – Non-Time Of 24/7 – Into Every Aspect Of Social Or Personal Life

~ ISOT-OP-OT-C-E-H-B-HT-A-TTONS-T-LR-OTRA-D/F/CD ~ In Spite Of The – Omnipresent Proclamations – Of The – Compatibility – Even – Harmonization – Between – Human Time – And – The Temporalities Of Networked Systems – The – Lived Realities – Of This Relationship Are – Disjunctions / Fractures / Continual Disequilibrium

~ CTMC-TIAO-DOMAPC-RTTEOM ~ Contrary To Many Claims – There Is An Ongoing – Diminution Of Mental And Perceptual Capabilities – Rather Than Their Expansion Or Modulation

~ TIO-TC-A-Q-A-DBSPOAO-S-O-AMAO-CSR-TBAA-N-U-C-AT-FON ~ The Idea Of – Technological Change – As – Quasi-Autonomous – Driven By Some Process Of Autopoesis Of – Self-Organization – Allows Many Aspects Of – Contemporary Social Reality – To Be Accepted As – Necessary – Unalterable – Circumstances – Akin To – Facts Of Nature

~ FTVM-O-PAC-RT-IT-WCTB-EAD-BOTVAW-NPE-A-AW-AR-OESTP ~ For The Vast Majority – Our – Perceptual And Cognitive – Relationship To – Information Technology – Will Continue To Be – Estranged And Disempowered – Because Of The Velocity At Which – New Products Emerge – And – At Which – Arbitrary Reconfigurations – Of Entire Systems Take Place

~ A-ATN-IAAQDOOATADO24/7R;IIAPOAEITNOPAWAIIMIA-A-O-N-WCSAE ~ Any – Apparent Technological Novelty – Is Also A Qualitative Dilation Of One’s Accommodation To And Dependence On 24/7 Routines; It Is Also Part Of An Expansion In The Number Of Points At Which An Individual Is Made Into An – Application – Of – New – Control Systems And Enterprises

~ ENPOS-PIA-EFT-BOOOL-AE-GNORAN ~ Every New Product Or Service – Presents Itself As – Essential For The – Bureaucratic Organization Of One’s Life – An Ever-Growing Number Of Routines And Needs

~ IA-TIA-IAIU-TO-CLOS-M-T-IOCAA-IOOTFOT-GSO-A-R ~ In Actuality – There Is An – Imposed And Inescapable Uniformity – To Our – Compulsory Labor Of Self-Management – The – Illusion Of Choice And Autonomy – Is One Of The Foundations Of This – Global System Of – Auto-Regulation

~ TMAFO-SADA-UB-IA-ANEITTMSOLB ~ The Most Advanced Forms Of – Surveillance And Data Analysis – Used By – Intelligence Agencies – Are Now Equally Indispensable To The Marketing Strategies Of – Large Businesses

~ E-WAT-NA-‘OP’-T-ASIOPF-B-TPOT-AB-IACF-TTOMSRIMAQF-IIEA-SOIL-TCIW-PII-A-W-OBAPSO-DHAS ~ Everyone – We Are Told – Needs An – “Online Presence” – To – Avoid Social Irrelevance Or Professional Failure – But – The Promotion Of These – Alleged Benefits – Is A Cover For – The Transfer Of Most Social Relations Into Monetized And Quantifiable Forms – It Is Equally A – Shift Of Individual Life – To Conditions In Which – Privacy Is Impossible – And – Which – One Becomes A Permanent Site Of – Data Harvesting And Surveillance

~ SI-A-T-ROP-T-HAER ~ Sensory Impoverishment – And – The – Reduction Of Perception – To – Habit And Engineered Response

~ OOTM-FOC-OTLTY-HBTETA-NVA-T-PPOL ~ One Of The Main – Forms Of Control – Over The Last Thirty Years – Has Been To Ensure There Are – No Visible Alternatives – To – Privatized Patterns Of Living

~ INANITSO-AER-FOOSEAP-TW-A-RAR-TS-TO-TD-A-TS-I-IITU-A-ST-WPSAITUOSM-WIB-H-EAI ~ If Networks Are Not In The Service Of – Already Existing Relationships – Forged Out Of Shared Experience And Proximity – They Will – Always – Reproduce And Reinforce – The Separations – The Opacity – The Dissimulations – And – The Self-Interestedness – Inherent In Their Use – Any – Social Turbulence – Whose Primary Sources Are In The Use Of Social Media – Will Inevitably Be – Historically – Ephemeral And Inconsequential

~ 24/7-HPA-AOTIPAD-TAETAFODD:TP-TLTO-TWOTTS ~ 24/7 – Has Produced An – Atrophy Of The Individual Patience And Deference – That Are Essential To Any Form Of Direct Democracy: The Patience – To Listen To Others – To Wait One’s Turn To Speak

~ S-IOOTFREW-KON-WAOTTCOO ~ Sleep – Is One Of The Few Remaining Experiences Where – Knowingly Or Not – We Abandon Ourselves To The Care Of Others

~ S-RPDF-NAD-IOTEASO-IAU-IIAFOTTLUETTTTWOOATWN-I-ORASORTBIAESWAN-MD ~ Sleep – Requires Periodic Disengagement From – Networks And Devices – In Order To Enter A State Of – Inactivity And Uselessness – It Is A Form Of Time That Leads Us Elsewhere Than To The Things We Own Or Are Told We Need – Involuntarily – One Reclaims A Sensitivity Or Responsiveness To Both Internal And External Sensations Within A Non-Metric Duration

~ S-OOTUROTE ~ Sleep – One Of The Unvanquishable Remnants Of The Everyday

ERNST SCHUMACHER ~ TOWARDS A THEORY OF LARGE-SCALE ORGANISATION ~ PRINCIPLES ~ SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL ~ 1973

~ S:THLMNATFOTLO-OTAT-BH-IWABWAFTME ~ Subsidiarity: The Higher Level Must Not Absorb The Functions Of The Lower One – On The Assumption That – Being Higher – It Will Automatically Be Wiser And Fulfill Them More Efficiently

~ V:EFEC-TSUMBDARAU ~ Vindication: Except For Exceptional Cases – The Subsidiary Unit Must Be Defended Against Reproach And Upheld

~ I:ESU-MH-A-BS ~ Identification – Each Subsidiary Unit – Must Have – A – Balance Sheet

~ M:PAIAWTM ~ Motivation: People Act In Accordance With Their Motives

ERNST SCHUMACHER ~ SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL ~ 1973

~ SIB ~ Small Is Beautiful

~ EAIPM ~ Economics As If People Mattered

~ TCEOH ~ The Continued Existence Of Humanity

~ SE ~ Spaceship Earth

~ FF-CBR-OTAG-TAGFE ~ Fossil Fuels – Cannot Be Recycled – Once They Are Gone – They Are Gone For Ever

~ IW-SO-FF-WTC-B-IW-STC-RB-LNAU-W-TLI ~ If We – Squander Our – Fossil Fuels – We Threaten Civilization – But – If We – Squander The Capital – Represented By – Living Nature Around Us – We – Threaten Life Itself

~ WHIBLOTCO-LN-FST-B-AAFMR-IIOSTEO-WWII0TWHSIITRTAP-R-SRTMOUHHYBCOI-THBAU-QJIIP ~ We Have Indeed Been Living On The Capital Of – Living Nature – For Some Time – But – At A Fairly Modest Rate – It Is Only Since Then End Of – World War II – That We Have Succeeded In Increasing This Rate To Alarming Proportions – Recently – So Recently That Most Of Us Have Hardly Yet Become Conscious Of It – There Has Been A Unique – Quantitative Jump In Industrial Production

~ TTAT-F-IUOIILTA-N-A-WCWDN-?-TSTL-WIAVM-WMTUTP-A-BTSTPOEANL-S-W-NMOPANPOC:AL-SDFP ~ To Talk About The – Future – Is Useful Only If It Leads To Action – Now – And – What Can We Do Now – ? – To Say The Least – Which Is Already Very Much – We Must Thoroughly Understand The Problem – And – Begin To See The Possibility Of Evolving A New Life-Style – With – New Methods Of Production And New Patterns Of Consumption: A Life-Style Designed For Permanence

~ IHVSA-GAE-A-SC-TIRINLTA-COI ~ If Human Vices Such As – Greed And Envy – Are – Systematically Cultivated – The Inevitable Result Is Nothing Less Than A – Collapse Of Intelligence

~ T-CAEON-IT-AOW-IIAT-AOFAP-E-ION-TTIO-DOOF-OWOCHC-A-TI-EF ~ The – Cultivation And Expansion Of Needs – Is The – Antithesis Of Wisdom – It Is Also The – Antithesis Of Freedom And Peace – Every – Increase Of Needs – Tends To Increase One’s – Dependence On Outside Forces – Over Which One Cannot Have Control – And – Therefore Increase – Existential Fear

~ E-B-M-E-E-B-COEP-A-E-E-G-VATE-DNR-P:TAA-DOW ~ Ever-Bigger – Machines – Entailing – Ever-Bigger – Concentrations Of Economic Power – And – Exerting – Ever-Greater – Violence Against The Environment – Do Not Represent – Progress: They Are A – Denial Of Wisdom

~ TIWIS-IOOAOT-SAP-O-HK-WRO-E-FMTO-U ~ There Is Wisdom In Smallness – If Only On Account Of The – Smallness And Patchiness – Of – Human Knowledge – Which Relies On – Experiment – Far More Than On – Understanding

~ II-O-SU-WTBCOTBOLOONR-T-AC-O-MG-WPTTTTWUITLQ ~ It Is – Obvious – Small Units – Will Take Better Care Of Their Bit Of Land Or Other Natural Resources – Than – Anonymous Companies – Or – Megalomanic Governments – Which Pretend To Themselves That The Whole Universe Is Their Legitimate Quarry

~ BWIW?-WCIBF?-TBATFI-OHFT-LO-FS-M-A-GAE-T-SFL-EIOM-PT-IOWWAOINOW ~ But What Is Wisdom? – Where Can It Be Found? – To Be Able To Find It – One Has First To – Liberate Oneself – From Such – Masters – As – Greed And Envy – The – Stillness Following Liberation – Even If Only Momentary – Produces The – Insights Of Wisdom Which Are Obtainable In No Other Way

~ T-HAFU-OA-L-DPTTPO-M-E-TTNOT-S ~ The – Hollowness And Fundamental Unsatisfactoriness – Of A – Life – Devoted Primarily To The Pursuit Of – Material – Ends – To The Neglect Of The – Spiritual

~ N-T-ME-HBBUTC-‘L’-O-W-ALMTA-NE-A-IOC-TBRTAM-IICB-EA-S-B-A ~ Now – The – Modern Economist – Has Been Brought Up To Consider – “Labour” – Or – Work – As Little More Than A – Necessary Evil – An – Item Of Cost – To Be Reduced To A Minimum – If It Cannot Be – Eliminated Altogether –Say – By – Automation

~ A-W-PCICO-HDAF-BTWDIAETP ~ And – Work – Properly Conducted In Conditions Of – Human Dignity And Freedom – Blesses Those Who Do It And Equally Their Products

~ TSHWFFS-RTFSN-S-F-RT-S ~ To Satisfy Human Wants From Faraway Sources – Rather Than From Sources Nearby – Signifies – Failure – Rather Than – Success

~ APBIELON-RFI-LP-O-C-IO-I ~ A Population Basing Its Economic Life On Non-Renewable Fuels Is – Living Parasitically – On – Capital – Instead Of – Income

~ AQOS ~ A Question Of Size

~ LU-TTBUI-SU ~ Large Units – Tend To Break Up Into – Smaller Units

~ WNTFO-LALO-S-AU-A-ATST-TOOL-S-P-G-UAC ~ We Need The Freedom Of – Lots And Lots Of – Small – Autonomous Units – And – At The Same Time – The Orderliness Of Large-Scale – Possibly – Global – Unity And Coordination

~ FEATIACAS ~ For Every Activity There Is A Certain Appropriate Scale

~ FTAIC-OU-ANDOF-TAATTDF-B-MEEVAEI ~ Fast Transport And Instantaneous Communications – Open Up – A New Dimension Of Freedom – These Achievements Also Tend To Destroy Freedom – By – Making Everything Extremely Vulnerable And Extremely Insecure

~ B-TRRSTP-MOTET ~ But – The Rich Rarely Subsidize The Poor – More Often They Exploit Them

~ NSLS-A-NSLS ~ Nothing Succeeds Like Success – And – Nothing Stagnates Like Stagnation

~ IIASPI-T-TCWOP-DECDNTHTP-IIPTOSPAVAHIFTRO-MTA-RAP-RAMP ~ It Is A Strange Phenomenon Indeed – That – The Conventional Wisdom Of Present-Day Economics Can Do Nothing To Help The Poor – Invariably It Proves That Only Such Policies Are Viable As Have In Fact The Result Of – Making Those Already – Rich And Powerful – Richer And More Powerful

~ PBTM-RT-MP ~ Production By The Masses – Rather Than – Mass Production

~ PCOBTI-SCG ~ People Can Only Be Themselves In – Small Comprehensible Groups

~ IINAQOWWCABOWWCTSOMO ~ It Is Not A Question Of What We Can Afford But Of What We Choose To Spend Our Money On

~ TQNTBAWTERALTBAFTFDOAISTCSMAASL ~ The Question Needs To Be Asked Whether The Earth’s Resources Are Likely To Be Adequate For The Further Development Of An Industrial System That Consumes So Much And Accomplishes So Little

~ IDNRMTASAOITRT-IGOMCIAFWIAI ~ It Does Not Require More Than A Simple Act Of Insight To Realize That – Infinite Growth Of Materiel Consumption In A Finite World Is An Impossibility

~ ABBONOTWT ~ Assurances Being Based On Nothing Other Than Wishful Thinking

~ TTOE ~ The Thralldom Of Economism

~ A-WOL-TBIO-M-O-PLE-IA-FE-CLL-A-ILEITSTMSIPIEO ~ A – Way Of Life – That Bases Itself On – Materialism – On – Permanent Limitless Expansionism – In A – Finite Environment – Cannot Last Long – And – Its Life Expectation Is The Shorter The More Successfully It Pursues It Expansionist Objectives

~ WMCOW-J-A-SRP ~ We Must Concern Ourselves With Justice – And – See Right Prevail

~ T-L-W-A-H-OAS-DOC-‘PS’-WA-IPAHV-SC/C/MR-A-AA-TATBH-ATAME-DAD-WT-‘PS’-AGD ~ The – Life – Work – And – Happiness – Of All Societies – Depend On Certain – “Psychological Structures” – Which Are – Infinitely Precious And Highly Vulnerable – Social Cohesion / Cooperation / Mutual Respect – And – Above All – The Ability To Bear Hardship – All This And Much Else – Disintegrates And Disappears – When These – “Psychological Structures” – Are Gravely Damaged

~ MWWRNIN-E-O-B-T-O-A-T-O-A-T-S-T ~ Maybe What We Really Need Is Not – Either-Or – But – The-One-And-The-Other-At-The-Same-Time

~ AOHTSCFTOOOATDOCF ~ Any Organization Has To Strive Continuously For The Orderliness Of Order And The Disorderliness Of Creative Freedom

~ C-IMAIOO;D-OOF ~ Centralization – Is Mainly An Idea Of Order; Decentralisation – One Of Freedom

~ L-CGO-FTSUTTL(AH)O-NTOWR-A-L-IAEEITHOAO ~ Loyalty – Can Grow Only – From The Smaller Units To The Larger (And Higher) Ones – Not The Other Way Round – And – Loyalty – Is An Essential Element In The Health Of Any Organisation

~ I-CRBAITRW-B-TANTLM-TITADFTIHTBSAAJ ~ Ideals – Can Rarely Be Attained In The Real World – But – They Are None The Less Meaningful – They Imply That Any Departure From The Ideal Has To Be Specially Argued And Justified

~ F-IIDTMBAP-SAMNP-IBACP ~ First – It Is Dangerous To Mix Business And Politics – Such A Mixing Normally Produces – Inefficient Business And Corrupt Politics

~ LAOPF-SO-‘I’-T-B-GLT-PE-FOC ~ Large Amounts Of – Public Funds – Spent On – “Infrastructure” – The – Benefits – Go Largely To – Private Enterprise – Free Of Charge

~ T-‘LOP’-IN-TLO-L-NTO-S ~ The – “Logic Of Production” – Is Neither – The Logic Of – Life – Nor That Of – Society

CHRISTOPHER CLUGSTON ~ BLIP ~ 2019

~ T-N-C-E-P-I-TLTWWMV-HE-IOTCU-HIAIC ~ The – Nature-Centered – Ecological – Perspective – Is – The Lens Through Which We Must View – Human Existence – In Order To Correctly Understand – Human Industrialism And Its Consequences

~ R-TLTWTVMOHCV-HE-IT-H-C-A-P-WRUIOAUO-P/P/F-C ~ Regrettably – The Lens Through Which The Vast Majority Of Humankind Currently Views – Human Existence – Is The – Human-Centered – Anthropocentric – Perspective – Which Renders Us Incapable Of Accurately Understanding Our – Past / Present / Future – Circumstances

~ HE-IGBO-NE-PB-ER:RNR+NNR=NH-WEALOE ~ Human Existence – Is Governed By Our – Natural Environment – Particularly By – Earth Resources: Renewable Natural Resources + Nonrenewable Natural Resources + Natural Habitats – Which Enable All Life On Earth

~ OS-HS-I-E-B-N-E-A-I-STTS-NL-TAT-AOES ~ Our Species – Homo Sapiens – Is – Exceptional – But – Not – Exemptional – And – Is – Subject To The Same – Natural Laws – That Apply To – All Other Earth Species

~ ERD-DANR-AARTETRAWIIR-O-DANH-AARTETRAWIIR-I-U ~ Earth Resource Overexploitation – Depleting A Natural Resource – At A Rate That Exceeds The Rate At Which It Is Replenished – Or – Degrading A Natural Habitat – At A Rate That Exceeds The Rate At Which It Is Regenerated – Is – Unsustainable

~ WAN-E-WAMT-EFB-OA-O-T-RD-NL-A-WATUAUVOOOI ~ We Are Not – Exemptional – We Are Merely The – Extraordinarily Fortunate Beneficiaries – Of A – One-Time – Rapidly Depleting – Natural Legacy – And – We Are The Unwitting And Unfortunate Victims Of Our Own Ingenuity

~ BL ~ Biodiversity Loss

~ SWB ~ Societal Wellbeing Improvement

~ GNNRSI ~ Global Nonrenewable Natural Resources Scarcity Indicators

~ GNNRSC ~ Global Nonrenewable Natural Resources Scarcity Consequences

~ TPIBHTF-H-G-T-A-WTISABHCOFS ~ The Primary Impetus Behind Humanity’s Transition From – Hunter-Gather – To – Agriculturalists – Was The Increased Security Afforded By Human Control Over Food Supplies

~ SW-CDH-AE-WUTS-ASLHB-RTT-IHMLS ~ Surplus Wealth – Created During Humanity’s – Agrarian Era – Was Used To Support – Additional Subsistence Level Human Beings – Rather Than To – Improve Human Material Living Standards

~ A-GBT-HC-WE-L/N/TSM-HC-AE-HUIO-W/O/F/D-WRT-CDAOHQOL-AW(AB)AQS ~ Agrarianism – Gave Birth To – Human Civilization – Which Engendered – Literacy / Numeracy / The Scientific Method – Human Civilization – Also Engendered – Historically Unprecedented Instances Of – War / Oppression / Famine / Disease – With Respect To – Cultural Development And Overall Human Quality Of Life – Agrarianism Was (At Best) At Qualified Success

~ IIITOTEO-I-O-HSW-TSTWITIWC-‘N’-AABNFHHP ~ It Is Impossible To Overstate The Effect Of – Industrialism – On – Human Societal Wellbeing – The Lifestyles That We In The Industrialized World Consider – “Normal” – Are Anything But Normal From Humanity’s Historical Perspective

~ Y-OTHUOAP-WHCTB-WTOQ-T-GA-EV-NNR-WRSTPTIWOLTWWHBA ~ Yet – Owing To Humanity’s Unfailingly Optimistic Anthropocentric Perspective – We Have Continued To Believe – Without Thought Or Question – That – Globally Available – Economically Viable – Nonrenewable Natural Resources – Will Remain Sufficient To Perpetuate The Industrial Way Of Life To Which We Have Become Accustomed

~ F-M-WFA-IGD-LOG-LA ~ Future – Mining – Will Face An – Increasing Geological Distance – Lower Ore Grade – Less Accessible

~ HS-A-ES-N-A-ES ~ Homo Sapiens – An – Exceptional Species – Not – An – Exemptional Species

~ IW-A-GE-TST-C-EUF-TPO-E ~ It Was – A – Gross Exaggeration – To Suppose That – Culture – Exempted Us From – The Principles Of – Ecology

~ PPP ~ Pseudo Purchasing Power

~ RGAB-A-A-Y-U-LOM ~ Reinflated Global Asset Bubbles – And – As-Yet-Unknown – Levels Of Malinvestment

~ S-N-B-T-FAM-S-RPEBAINB ~ Sweeping – Never-Before-Tried – Fiscal And Monetary – Stimulus – Reinflated Previously Existing Bubbles And Inflated New Bubbles

~ HCD ~ Human Cultural Deterioration

~ HIPBAAOIS-P/E/S-P-WACB-ID-P/E/S-B ~ Humanity Is Plagued By An Array Of Increasingly Severe – Political / Economic / Societal – Problems – Which Are Caused By – Increasingly Dysfunctional – Political / Economic / Societal – Behavior

~ DCC-T-IC-OO-UEREB ~ Deteriorating Cultural Circumstances – The – Inevitable Consequence – Of Our – Unsustainable Earth Resource Exploitation Behavior

~ HPI-B-B-N-E-B ~ Humanity’s Predicament Is – Geologically-Based – Not – Economically-Based

~ IH-IET-IS-AW-TUOOILP-NS-NIT-T-S-UAV ~ Industrial Humanity – Is Experiencing The – Increasing Stress – Associated With – The Unravelling Of Our Industrial Lifestyle Paradigm – Nature’s Squeeze – Manifesting Itself Through – Increasing – Societal – Unrest And Violence

~ IHS-IP:D-PAI-T-F-N-R-A-IS-NNR-TEOIWOL-A-OVE ~ Industrial Humanity’s Self-Inflicted Predicament: Depleting – Persistently And Increasingly – The – Finite – Non-Replenishing – And – Increasingly Scarce – Nonrenewable Natural Resources – That Enable Our Industrial Way Of Life – And – Our Very Existence

~ H-HEIA-TDWN-STIOO-IR-N300YA-WHBTUFB-A-O-T-RD-NL-A-WATUVOOOI-A-WWSDTHIRAM300Y-‘B’ ~ Humankind – Has Existed In A – Terminal Disequilibrium With Nature – Since The Inception Of Our – Industrial Revolution – Nearly 300 Years Ago – We Have Been The Uniquely Fortunate Beneficiaries – A – One-Time – Rapidly Depleting – Natural Legacy – And – We Are The Unwitting Victims Of Our Own Ingenuity – And – We Will Soon Discover That Human Industrialism Represents A Mere 300 Year – “Blip”

~ FHP ~ Faltering Human Prosperity

~ A-C/T/CD-BOA-GWT-A/I/A-BOS-T-GP-WBI-F-A-A-V ~ As – Compassion / Tolerance / Common Decency – Born Of Abundance – Give Way To – Assertiveness / Intolerance / Aggression – Borne Of Scarcity – The – General Populace – Will Become Increasingly – Frustrated / Angry / Violent

~ AO-OPAIIC-WI-AW-TRTO-ON-O-CMAM-HBDBO-NN-O-CLAL ~ Awareness Of – Our Predicament And Its Inevitable Consequences – Will Increase – As Will – The Realization That Our – Old Normal – Of – Continuously More And More – Has Been Displaced By Our – New Normal – Of – Continuously Less And Less

~ O-GSC-W-C-W-S/I/N-C-GOHB-FTIW-S-RNR-ETSTS-O-W-HBE ~ Our – Global Societal Collapse – Will – Culminate – When – Small / Isolated / Non-Competing – Groups Of Human Beings – Find Themselves In Areas Where – Sufficient – Renewable Natural Resources – Exist To Support Them Sustainably – Or – When – Humankind Becomes Extinct

~ IBAGR ~ It’s Been A Great Ride

NASSIM TALEB ~ NO ~ VIA NEGATIVA ~ SKIN IN THE GAME ~ 2018

~ M-W-S ~ Muscles – Without – Strength

~ F-W-T ~ Friendship – Without – Trust

~ O-W-C ~ Opinion – Without – Consequence

~ C-W-A ~ Change – Without – Aesthetics

~ A-W-V ~ Age – Without – Values

~ L-W-E ~ Life – Without – Effort

~ W-W-T ~ Water – Without – Thirst

~ F-W-N ~ Food – Without – Nourishment

~ L-W-S ~ Love – Without – Sacrifice

~ P-W-F ~ Power – Without – Fairness

~ F-W-R ~ Facts – Without – Rigor

~ S-W-L ~ Statistics – Without – Logic

~ M-W-P ~ Mathematics – Without – Proof

~ T-W-E ~ Teaching – Without – Experience

~ P-W-W ~ Politeness – Without – Warmth

~ V-W-E ~ Values – Without – Embodiment

~ D-W-E ~ Degrees – Without – Erudition

~ M-W-F ~ Militarism – Without – Fortitude

~ P-W-C ~ Progress – Without – Civilization

~ F-W-I ~ Friendship – Without – Investment

~ V-W-R ~ Virtue – Without – Risk

~ P-W-E ~ Probability – Without – Ergodicity

~ W-W-E ~ Wealth – Without – Exposure

~ C-W-D ~ Complication – Without – Depth

~ F-W-C ~ Fluency – Without – Content

~ D-W-S ~ Decision – Without – Symmetry

~ S-W-S ~ Science – Without – Skepticism

~ R-W-T ~ Religion – Without – Tolerance