KURT ANDERSEN ~ FANTASYLAND ~ 2017

~ WHPTTLGADTRH ~ We Have Passed Through The Looking Glass And Down The Rabbit Hole

~ BI-AAA-CFTOFFWSTB-WCO-F-A-‘F’-TBTU ~ Believers In – Anything And Everything – Can Find Thousands Of Fellow Fantasists Who Share Their Beliefs – With Collages Of – Facts – And – “Facts” – To Back Them Up

~ BTI-C-WMI-A-SHAHTRCOTAR-N-TDBOAAOTAATW-JLAN ~ Before The Internet – Crackpots – Were Mostly Isolated – And – Surely Had A Harder Time Remaining Convinced Of Their Alternate Realities – Now – Their Devoutly Believed Opinions Are All Over The Airwaves And The Web

~ NATFLR-RAF-A-WAD-BAC ~ Now All The Fantasies Look Real – Reality And Fantasy – Are – Weirdly And Dangerously – Blurred And Commingled

~ CE-S-GSEATAOMOETPAW ~ Conspiracies Exist – Sometimes – Groups Secretly Execute Agendas To Achieve Or Maintain Or Expand Their Power And Wealth

~ CEOTW-TT-CASOD-RAI-DLTIIADAPE-ITGGPO-RAH ~ Conspiratorial Explanations Of The World – Tend To – Connect All Sort Of Dots – Real And Imaginary – Drawing Lines To Impute Intention And Design And Purpose Everywhere – Ignoring The Generally Greater Power Of – Randomness And Happenstance

~ T-19502-W-FAF-ATO-WH-W-TV-NAN-HMP-SMT-C-TAA-A-NISA-CQ-HS ~ The – 1950s – Were – Freaky And Fantastic – A Third Of – Waking Hours – Watching – TV – Nowhere And Never – Had More People – Spent More Time – Consuming – Fictions And Advertising – And – Never In Such A – Continuous Quasi-Hypnotic State

~ DU-WBPOT-FT ~ Drug Use – Would Become Part Of The – Fantasyland Transformation

~ I-TAOA-MB-B-B-C ~ In – The Age Of Aquarius – Make-Believe – Became – Blue-Chip

~ NSHBAOI-B-LFO-TEL-A-TPR-HBWDUOTST-TFT-OA-DFT-TA ~ Neither Side Has Been Aware Of It – But – Large Factions Of – The Elite Left – And – The Populist Right – Have Been Wearing Different Uniforms On The Same Team – The Fantasyland Team – Operating As – De Facto Tag-Team Allies

~ S-CFF-P-COF-T-EF ~ Self-Conscious Fan Fiction – Permitted – Consumers Of Fiction – To – Enter Fictions

~ G-DTJT-F-IC-B-O-L ~ Government – Decided To Join The – Fantasy-Industrial Complex – By – Operating – Lotteries

~ TP-EB-1965-W-S-BFLC-ICBL-‘R-A-ML-EF ~ The Pill – Everywhere By 1965 – When – Sex Became Far Less Consequential – It Could Become Less – “Real” – And More Like – Exciting Fiction

~ CS-AN-F-0-PY-KI ~ Cosmetic Surgery – A New – Fantasy – Of – Permanent Youthfulness – Kicked In

~ OIC ~ Our Inner Child

~ R-TITNIAMCOTTAE-BEI-A ~ Relativism – The Idea That Nothing Is Any More Correct Or True Than Anything Else – Became Entrenched In – Academia

~ AT-1960-TWR-A-CBETV-A-ILA-AEWPTBODWTW-TDBOAFWCOMF ~ After The – 1960s – Truth Was Relative – And – Criticizing Became Equal To Victimizing – And – Individual Liberty Absolute – And – Everyone Was Permitted To Believe Or Disbelieve Whatever They Wished – The Distinction Between Opinion And Fact Was Crumbling On Many Fronts

~ TNUI ~ The New UltraIndividualism

~ BI-GSC-T-RFTHITTI-AMF-TCP-T-TM ~ Belief In – Gigantic Secret Conspiracies – Thrived – Ranging From The Highly Improbable To The Impossible – And – Moved From – The Crackpot Periphery – To – The Mainstream

~ CWSU ~ Casinos Were Suddenly Ubiquitous

~ C-ONMS ~ Celebrity-Obsessed News Media Sprawled

~ FTVEC-MMRLMFP-RTCAITNOT-STWP-B-MWPWWABOF ~ Feeding This Vastly Expanded Celebrity-Media Maw Required Lots More Famous People – Reality Television Came Along In The Nick Of Time – Sometimes There Were Prizes – But – Mainly What People Won Was A Bit Of Fame

~ RT-H-R-ITN-B-FTB-RSCO-H-CS-CC-AINSS-A-D-P ~ Reality Television – Has – Reality – In The Name – But – From The Beginning – Reality Shows Consisted Of – High-Concept Stunts – Carefully Cast – Authored If Not Strictly Scripted – And – Definitely – Performed

~ T-O-MT-P-I-C-BA-TG-ATA-IS-CEIOSCTUT-TB-CABUA-SB ~ Transforming – Ordinary – Mostly Talentless – People – Into – Celebrities – Became A – Television Genre – And Then An – Industrial Sector – Canny Executives In Other Sectors Came To Understand That – Their Businesses – Could Also Be Understood As – Show Businesses

~ LARP-TO-APTBCAOSITRW-SFDAAT ~ Live Action Role-Playing – Took Off – Allowing People To Become Characters Acting Out Stories In The Real World – Sometimes For Days At A Time

~ FY:K’R’US ~ Forever Young: Kids “R” Us Syndrome

~ PHOT;IWA-TV-S ~ Politics Happened On Television; It Was A – TV – Series

~ ATI ~ And The Internet

~ BTW-CIAOF-CNSNAFOW-SIWMEF-RAR-TP ~ Before The Web – Cockamamie Ideas And Outright Falsehoods – Could Not Spread Nearly As Fast Or Widely – So It Was Much Easier For – Reason And Reasonableness – To Prevail

~ ITDA-ETAFAPARO-F-SHAUWT-IARUAMB-ATRM ~ In The Digital Age – Every Tribe And Fiefdom And Principality And Region Of – Fantasyland – Suddenly Had An Unprecedented Way To – Instruct And Rile Up And Mobilize Believers – And To Recruit More

~ OTI-TPGTA-FAOBOT-DEOTPOBOIS-ECOAL-IEAVPTVOTTTTTOTP ~ On The Internet – The Prominence Granted To Any – Factual Assertion Or Belief Or Theory – Depends Entirely On The Preferences Of Billions Of Individual Searchers – Each Click On A Link – Is Effectively A Vote Pushing That Version Of The Truth Toward The Top Of The Pile

~ BIOYOFTTLTBIO ~ Believing In One Type Of Fantasy Tends To Lead To Believing In Others

~ BTW-IRWETFOSA-FOCITWCPIOAT ~ Before The Web – It Really Wasn’t Easy To Find Or Stumble Across – False Or Crazy Information That Was Convincingly Passing Itself Off As True

~ P-IIS-IW-AAC-WDMB-EOODD-H-TFAA-I-C-BS-S-A-B-B-T-GAG-AMT-K-TWH-OOOM ~ Pre-Internet Information Systems – In Which – Accuracy And Credibility – Were Determined Mainly By – Experts Or Otherwise Designated Deciders – Had – Terrible Flaws And Annoyances – Including – Complacency– Blind Spots – Snobbishness – And – Bigotry – But – Those – Gates And Gatekeepers – Also Managed To – Keep – The Worst Hogwash – Out Of Our Mainstream

~ AG-UIPMPOBML ~ Anything Goes – Unless It Picks My Pocket Or Breaks My Leg

~ T-SMOON-A-SSMLTN-IDU-RI-MAM-ILOW-T-H-ST-POPABOL ~ That – So Many Of Our Neighbors – Are – Saying So Many Loony Things Now – Is Doing Us – Real Injury – More And More – In Lots Of Ways – Fantasyland – Has – Started To – Pick Our Pockets And Break Our Legs

~ ANOC ~ A Natural OmniConspiracist

~ T-S-S-EO-AC-MIT-I-TEADT-RRO-AT-FN-O-T-OS ~ The – Sudden – Shocking – Exposure Of – Actual Conspiracies – Make It Harder – Ironically – To Expose And Dismantle The – Rare Real Ones – All The – Fantastical Noise – Obscures – The – Occasional Signal

~ IF-IHFPTK-WAWTDLOIL ~ In Fantasyland – It’s Hard For People To Know – Where And When To Draw Lines Or Impose Limits

~ T-GD-HCP-B-TWT-WW-RAHTBI-FAE-F-A-WDT-MG-A-C-ASMF-WSMTYRWOL-T-SP-D-OR-DA-OUVOMITETRHF ~ The – Great Depression – Had Chastened People – But – That Was Then – We Were – Ready And Hungry To Believe In – Financial And Economic – Fantasies – Again – We Decided That – Mardi Gras – And – Christmas – Are So Much Fun – We Should Make Them Year-Round Ways Of Life – The – Smart People – Decided – Old Rules – Didn’t Apply – One Undeniable Virtue Of Markets Is That Eventually They Reflect Hard Facts

~ UR-MOUWUOT-N-GCITKCAPFNS-EOTB-C-S-A-V ~ Until Recently – Most Of Us Were Unaware Of The – New – Global Cottage Industry That Knowingly Concocts And Publishes False News Stories – Each Optimized To Be – Clicked – Shared – And – Viralized

~ A-S-E-A ~ A – Stupendous – Exhibit – A

~ WNTA-AGP-YETYOOAYOF-B-NYOF-E-IYFFHP ~ We Need To Adopt – A Guiding Principle – You’re Entitled To Your Own Opinions And Your Own Fantasies – But – Not Your Own Facts – Especially – If Your Fantastical Facts Hurt People

~ PF-WCH ~ Peak Fantasyland – We Can Hope

STEVE KEEN ~ CAN WE AVOID ANOTHER FINANCIAL CRISIS? ~ 2017

~ M-CBDDF-M ~ Macroeconomics – Cannot Be Derived Directly From – Microeconomics

~ TDTH-OPCBDEFLOSIACCIGST-‘E’~ The Discovery That Higher-Order Phenomena Cannot Be Directly Extrapolated From Lower-Order Systems Is A Commonplace Conclusion In Genuine Sciences Today – “Emergence”

~ TWPO-W-O-NBO-TPOI-H20-MT-BBO-IBLO(I)-H2O-M ~ The Wonderful Properties Of – Water – Occur – Not Because Of – The Properties Of Individual – H2O – Molecules Themselves – But Because Of – Interactions Between Lots Of (Identical) – H2O – Molecules

~ GFC ~ Global Financial Crisis

~ ACCBPOFAD-ITPSCBETCB ~ A Crisis Can Be Put Off For A Decade – If The Private Sector Can Be Enticed To Continue Borrowing

~ T-PS-R-TLOCWTTUB-A-MAPVO-TIWTBC ~ The – Political System – Rewards – The Lackey Of Credit Who Triggers The Unsustainable Boom – And – Makes A Political Victim Of – The Incumbent When The Boom Collapses

~ TGEHBSWALOPD-T-INOUSTEOTSWW-BAU-ITHOC ~ The Global Economy Has Been Saddled With A Level Of Private Debt – That – Is Not Only Unprecedented Since The End Of The Second World War – But Also Unprecedented – In The History Of Capitalism

~ WYMTOHWTGSM-WISMTIGBIT-TBTAOMIC-ATFPSA-TBTGSBBITLRIIFABT-GSATROMCSTPB-A-WASWAGJTDWTRITLFD ~ Whatever You Might Think Of How Well The Government Spends Money – When It Spends More Than It Gets Back In Taxation – This Boosts The Amount Of Money In Circulation – And That Finances Private Sector Activity – The Belief That Governments Should Be Balanced In The Long Run Is In Fact A Belief That – Governments Should Abdicate The Role Of Money Creation Solely To Private Banks – And – We’ve All Seen What A Great Job They’ve Done With That Responsibility In The Last Few Decades

~ D-Z-T-B ~ Debt-Zombies-To-Be

~ WDOD ~ Walking Dead Of Debt – Private Debt – Its Primary Cause

KARL POLANYI ~ THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION ~ 1944

~ C&M-ABOTAT-TDFMGITOIIHB ~ Capitalism And Marxism – Are Based On The Assumption That – The Desire For Material Gain Is The Overriding Instinct In Human Behaviour

~ ‘ED’-GUHPASHOEHQ-TCF-H-D-A-MR ~ “Economic Determinism” – Greatly Underestimates Human Potential And Strips Humans Of Essential Human Quality – The Capacity For – Honour – Decency – And – Moral Responsibility

~ ‘ED’-TBT-THOH-IGBLWAIOHWAA-ITMASIE ~ “Economic Determinism” – The Belief That – The History Of Humanity – Is Governed By Laws Which Are Independent Of Humanity’s Will And Action – Is The Most Absurd Superstition In Existence

~ Any – Economic System – That Does Not Consider – Social Costs – Is Not Giving A – Full Economic Accounting

~ ME-SNB-TFAFG-BR-TW-BOS ~ Market Efficiency – Should Not Be – The First And Foremost Goal – But Rather – The Well-Being Of Society

~ HAMNOTSTOPAMW-B-BATLI-S-C-A-J-C ~ Humans Are Motivated Not Only To Secure Their Own Physical And Material Well-Being – But Also – To Live In – Strong – Cohesive – And – Just – Communities

~ WA-MB-AWAB-PO ~ We Are – Moral Beings – As Well As Being – Physical Ones

~ OOP-INAAREAFS-BR-ACR-GBSAESR ~ Ownership Of Property – Is Not An Absolute Right Enjoyed Apart From Society – But Rather – A Conditional Right – Granted By Society And Entailing Social Responsibilities

~ ‘TM’-IAACSBOM-ML-DBAFTPCTTEOO-W-GTNIF-MG-TTEO-TEPNIF-S-P-A-S ~ “The Market” – Is An Artificially Constructed System Based On Man-Made Laws – Designed By And For The Propertied Classes To The Exclusion Of Others – Which – Glorifies The Natural Instinct For – Material Gain – To The Exclusion Of – The Equally Powerful Natural Instinct For – Self-Protection – And – Security

JARON LANIER ~ TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW ~ HENRY HOLT ~ 2018

~ YAL-Y-FW ~ You Are Losing – Your – Free Will

~ Q-SM-ITMFTWTRTIOOT ~ Quitting – Social Media – Is The Most Finely Targeted Way To Resist The Insanity Of Our Times

~ SM-I-MYI-AA ~ Social Media – Is – Making You Into – An Asshole

~ SM-I-UT ~ Social Media – Is – Undermining Truth

~ SM-I-MWYS-M ~ Social Media – Is – Making What You Say – Meaningless

~ SM-I-D-Y-CFM ~ Social Media – Is – Destroying – Your – Capacity For Empathy

~ SM-I-MY-U ~ Social Media – Is – Making You – Unhappy

~ SM-DWYTH-ED ~ Social Media – Doesn’t Want You To Have – Economic Dignity

~ SM-I-M-P-I ~ Social Media – Is – Making – Politics – Impossible

~ SM-H-Y-S ~ Social Media – Hates – Your – Soul

JARON LANIER ~ TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW ~ 2018

~ HC-Y-RA-IAWW-YA-UCS-A-ACPBA-RBSOTRCIH-WHNWOMMEB-BPTMYB? ~ How Can – You – Remain Autonomous – In A World Where – You Are – Under Constant Surveillance – And – Are Constantly Prodded By Algorithms – Run By Some Of The Riches Corporations In History – Which Have No Way Of Making Money Except By – Being Paid To Manipulate Your Behavior?

~ Y-Y-Y-H-TAR-T-IADWTL-WTCTIDS ~ You – You – You – Have – The Affirmative Responsibility – To – Invent And Demonstrate Ways To Live – Without The Crap That Is Destroying Society

~ WTTCTGEWY ~ Welcome To The Cage That Goes Everywhere With You

~ IJNRTC-DMOP-A-WMOHBC-A-MNBUA-CBMOATS ~ It’s Just Not Right To Call – Direct Manipulation Of People – Advertising – What Might Once Have Been Called – Advertising – Must Now Be Understood As – Continuous Behavior Modification Of A Titanic Scale

~ WHB-SN-PS-A-CSM-U-C-D-A-I ~ What Has Become – Suddenly Normal – Pervasive Surveillance – And – Constant Subtle Manipulation – Is – Unthical – Cruel – Dangerous – And – Inhumane

~ AITFSTF ~ Awareness Is The First Step To Freedom

~ T-CP-T-ASMTMM-A-TADTDTS-I-BM-MTTCBP-TDTSCBAMPC ~ The – Core Process – That – Allows Social Media To Make Money – And – That Also Does The Damage To Society – Is – Behavior Modification – Methodical Techniques That Change Behavioral Patterns – The Damage To Society Comes Because Addiction Makes People Crazy

~ W-MPAATMS-TWGDAC ~ When – Many People Are Addicted To Manipulative Schemes – The World Gets Dark And Crazy

~ ISGAR-WIPSR-OAPOC-WTDAPT-T-TTTDMOTT ~ If Someone Gets A Reward – Whether It’s Positive Social Regard – Or A Piece Of Candy – Whenever They Do A Particular Thing – Then – They’ll Tend To Do More Of That Thing

~ SC-AN-OF-OT-HB-TA-P ~ Social Concerns – Are Not – Optional Features – Of The – Human Brain – They Are – Primal

~ NE-SA-FAA-WUMEADIUL-TPO-ITLTBTTTLT-F-O-FROIS-WICTHTR ~ Negative Emotions – Such As – Fear And Anger – Well Up More Easily And Dwell In Us Longer – Than Positive Ones – It Takes Longer To Build Trust Than To Lose Trust – Fight-Or-Flight Responses Occur In Seconds – While It Can Take Hours To Relax

~ TPD-T-BE-RI-ANOENT-NE-ABAMT-PO ~ The Prime Directive – To – Be Engaging – Reinforces Itself – And No One Even Notices That – Negative Emotions – Are Being Amplified More Than – Positive Ones – The Result Is An – Unnatural – Global Amplification – Of The – “Easy” – Emotions – Which Happen To Be – The Negative Ones

~ TREO-UNEFTPOAAM-MIRETAR-IWUSE-HGR-A-NGABFTBWTTTBSD ~ The Relative Ease Of – Using Negative Emotions For The Purposes Of Addiction And Manipulation – Makes It Relatively Easier To Achieve – Undignified Results – Information Warfare Units Sway Elections – Hate Groups Recruit – And – Nihilists Get Amazing Bang For The Buck When They Try To Bring Society Down

~ O-E-LI-RI-G-GDM ~ Our – Early – Libertarian Idealism – Resulted In – Gargantuan – Global Data Monopsonies

~ WAA-CAD-TASF-MBM ~ We Are All – Carrying Around Devices – That Are Suitable For – Mass Behavior Modification

~ TP-ABM-IWTIITF-CRTPTMSEB ~ The Problem – A Business Model – In Which The Incentive Is To Find – Customers Ready To Pay To Modify Someone Else’s Behavior

~ BUMMER ~ Behaviours Of Users Modified And Made Into An Empire For Rent

~ N-LCOFSM-B-IFNBF ~ Nastiness – Like Crude Oil For Social Media – Because – It Fueled Negative Behavioral Feedback

~ WNETSB-A-OPTTB-A-B-TBABTMA ~ With Nothing Else To Seek But – Attention – Ordinary People Tend To Become – Assholes – Because – The Biggest Assholes Get The Most Attention

~ PDRHTABM ~ People Don’t Realize How They Are Being Manipulated

~ TDPO-M-I-TGPMAM-GI-A-TGTTSMAMT-ITS-B-OPFMAAT ~ The Default Purpose Of – Manipulation – Is – To Get People More And More – Glued In – And – To Get Them To Spend More And More Time – In The System – But – Other Purposes For Manipulation Are Also Tested

~ TAARI-LOABEOIS ~ The Algorithms Are Rarely Interrogated – Least Of All By External Or Independent Scientists

~ TMBMMIROTMM ~ The Mass Behavior Modification Machine Is Rented Out To Make Money

~ FP-APIUBVNAETA-ISVE-SP-WISIIHPAB-I-S ~ Fake People – Are Present In Unknown But Vast Numbers And Establish The Ambience – Invisible Social Vandalism Ensues – Social Pressure – Which Is So Influential In Human Psychology And Behavior – Is – Synthesized

~ EOUHA-IT-DLYITTC!-IIHWYAPS-ATS ~ Each Of Us Has An – Inner Troll – Don’t Let Your Inner Troll Take Control! – If It Happens When You’re In A Particular Situation – Avoid That Situation

~ YCILYH-MVTAYCB-DTIA ~ Your Character Is Like Your Health – More Valuable Than Anything You Can Buy – Don’t Throw It Away

~ WYIAP-SSAI-BMITTLR-YBL-AO-AP-O-AS -~ When You’re In A Pack – Social Status And Intrigues – Become More Immediate Than The Larger Reality – You Become More Like – An Operator – A Politician – Or – A Slave

~ ITM-TISYCDP-I-WYPIOP-YNANTIY-AI-ASOLSE-AYTLO-TSSD-TLTP-S ~ In The Meantime – There Is Something You Can Do Personally – If – When You Participate In Online Platforms – You Notice A Nasty Thing Inside Yourself – An Insecurity – A Sense Of Low Self-Esteem – A Yearning To Lash Out – To Swat Someone Down – Then Leave That Platform – Simple

~ WPAF-EBF ~ When People Are Fake – Everything Becomes Fake

~ P-AEWOCA ~ Paranoia – An Efficient Way Of Corralling Attention

~ T-A-A-TTC-S-THAV ~ The – Advertisers – Are – The True Customers – So – They Have A Voice

~ A-DWYS-TMYDKWOPAS-B-WWASDPW-TOCTOABM-OPOAR-S-WRGO-ITWSLTEBOWOAS-SWHLOTUEO ~ Algorithms – Determine What You See – That Means You Don’t Know What Other People Are Seeing – But – When We’re All Seeing Different Private Words – Then Our Cues To One Another Become Meaningless – Our Perception Of Actual Reality – Suffers – What’s Really Going On – Is That We See Less Than Ever Before Of What Others Are Seeing – So We Have Less Opportunity To Understand Each Other

~ T-B-A ~ Tagged – By – Association

~ HCY-FH-W-ASE?-HCY-BA-WEY-R-S-O-D-IBFIA-JM? ~ How Can You – Find Happiness – Without – Authentic Self-Esteem? – How Can You – Be Authentic – When Everything You – Read – Say – Or – Do – Is Being Fed Into A – Judgment Machine?

~ GEW-RAFS-EAYOW ~ Gig Economy Workers – Rarely Achieve Financial Security – Even After Years Of Work

~ YCMASWBMIC ~ You Can’t Make A Society Wealthy By Making It Crazy

~ BISLORSBCMGCIDIOR ~ Bringing In Some Level Of Reward System Beyond Clannish Mind Games Can Inspire Dignity In Online Relations

~ W-SMCAPDBU-IOB-HTP-T-TWSTU-ISS-SWBATPTSPP-B-TWBATPTHTPDASE-TIFPTWWBU ~ When – Social Media Companies Are Paid Directly By Users – Instead Of By – Hidden Third Parties – Then – They Will Serve Those Users – It’s So Simple – Someone Will Be Able To Pay To See Poisonous Propaganda – But – They Won’t Be Able To Pay To Have That Poison Directed At Someone Else – The Incentive For Poisoning The World Will Be Undone

~ SIDYPAFD ~ Something Is Drawing Young People Away From Democracy

~ YCTWI-O-A-WW-E ~ You Can’t Tell What Is – Organic – And – What Was – Engineered

~ TACCADC ~ The Algorithms Can’t Care And Don’t Care

~ M-R-BO-TADIHNBIG ~ Meanwhile – Racism – Became Organized – To A Degree It Had Not Been In Generations

~ AITWEVSTOTA-AI-G-IPS-A-BRRWE ~ As If There Weren’t Enough Voter Suppression Tools Out There Already – As If – Gerrymandering – Inaccessible Polling Stations – And – Biased Registration Rules Weren’t Enough

~ TBWYCH-I-NTATWWMYFA-B-STFY ~ The Best Way You Can Help – Is – Not To Attack Those Who Would Manipulate You From Afar – But – Simply To Free Yourself

~ TIIINTP ~ The Internet Itself Is Not The Problem

PAUL HAWKEN ~ THE ECOLOGY OF COMMERCE ~ A DECLARATION OF SUSTAINABILITY ~ 1993

~ C-B-TATDIOTP-MSA-TSAEPTAH ~ Corporations – Because – They Are The Dominant Institutions On The Planet – Must Squarely Address – The Social And Environmental Problems That Afflict Humankind

~ C-CP-AGBTPTWC-STWWA-LTWWH-TTTOO-A-DB-UBRCT-CTE-O-N ~ Current – Commercial Practices – Are Guided By The Promise That We Can – Stay The Way We Are – Live The Way We Have – Think The Thoughts Of Old – And – Do Business – Unburdened By Real Connections To – Cycles – Climate – Earth – Or – Nature

~ WD-TSMDAO-TPES-ITTEODTEILABTPSITM ~ Without Doubt – The Single Most Damaging Aspect Of – The Present Economic System – Is That The Expense Of Destroying The Earth Is Largely Absent From The Prices Set In The Marketplace

~ WRLIO-HTICIBDBCATW-BOAS-I-HB ~ We Remain Largely Ignorant Of – How The Infinitely Complex Interconnections Between Different Biotic Communities Affect The Well-Being Of All Species – Including – Human Beings

~ BD-ITE-ITSOAW-A-WADAPKON-ICBEMS ~ Biological Diversity – In The End – Is The Source Of All Wealth – And – With A Developed And Practiced Knowledge Of Nature – It Could Be Even More So

~ TLOASITLOABL ~ The Loss Of A Species Is The Loss Of A Biological Library

~ WCTOBO-TWOL-TSU-A-LIA-BVEBT ~ We Can’t Turn Our Backs On – The Web Of Life – That Sustains Us – And – Live In A – Biological Vacuum Engineered By Technology

~ E-EA-INATBO-S-O-H-O-N ~ Ever-Expanding Abundance – Is Not A Theory Based On – Science – Or – History – Or – Nature

~ WPTFGW-MTPBO-IOS-MTRR ~ We Pretend That Further Growth Will – Make The Poorer Better Off – Instead Of Simply – Making The Rich Richer

~ HM-M-MT-C-THB-T-B-M-D-B-A-GAA? ~ How Much – Man-Made Toxin – Can – The Human Body – Tolerate – Before – Mortality – Disease – Behavior – And – Genetics Are Affected?

~ IINMTE-TIBOBT-IIOCTUAST ~ It Is Not Merely The Environment – That Is Being Overwhelmed By Toxins – It Is Our Capacity To Understand And Study Them

~ ATASCB-PTHRTFL-IIAFOW-ABD-IIU-AEATEDNCW ~ Any Time A System Creates By-Products That Harm Rather Than Further Life – It Is A Form Of Waste – And By Definition – It Is Uneconomical – An Enduring And True Economy Does Not Create Waste

~ I-EG-IFO-AE-EROC-T-P-A-EB-P-TWWCOTGTISTSU ~ If – Economic Growth – Is Founded On – An Ever-Increasing Reliance On Chemicals – Toxins – Poisons – And – Energy By-Products – Then We Will Choke On The Growth That Is Supposed To Save Us

~ R-INABT-BT-NI-D ~ Restoration – Is Not A Business Term – But Then – Neither Is – Degradation

~ PHTBTWBAFIORLF ~ People Have To Believe There Will Be A Future In Order To Look Forward

~ TMTA-RE-TICOTWMCTMTWN-NTOWA ~ To Move To A – Restorative Economy – The Industrial Corporations Of The World Must Change To Meet The World’s Needs – Not The Other Way Around

~ D-ULMPUOO ~ Dematerialization – Using Less Material Per Unit Of Output

~ R-BTTM-NMTU-ACN-WTV ~ Responsibility – Belongs To The Maker – Not Merely The User – And Certainly Not – With The Victim

~ BP-B-TR-A-TCOM-WTOOTP-VACIACFC-T-R-ER-TBAP ~ By Placing Both – The Responsibility – And – The Cost Of Mitigation – With The Originator Of The Problem – Vast And Compelling Incentives Are Created For Companies – To – Redesign – Even Reimagine – Their Business And Processes

~ MASASP-BIORC ~ Markets Are Superb At Setting Prices – But Incapable Of Recognizing Costs

~ D-TEAA-TSAWOTFM-MOBTH-OWTRRC ~ Despite – The Endless Arguments About – The Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Free Market – Markets Operate Beneficially To Humankind – Only When They Reflect Real Costs

~ WR-P-E-A-B-C-E-TJIIECITMS ~ We Require – Political – Environmental – And – Business – Communities – Everyone – To Join In Incorporating External Costs Into The Market System

~ TPO-ICIP-INTP-ATRFP-B-APTI-TITLCITSOTPOIAB-BITC-TPMEMTLT-INETCOS-BIBD ~ The Purpose Of – Integrating Cost Into Pricing – Is Not To Provide – A Toll Road For Polluters – But – A Pathway To Innovation – The Incentive To Lower Costs Is The Same One That Presently Operates In All Businesses – But In This Case – The Producer’s Most Efficient Means To Lower Them – Is Not Externalizing These Costs Onto Society – But Implementing Better Design

~ PE-IHA-O-I-A-B-Y-CB-OS-A-FF-PTM-NROR ~ Planet Earth – Is Having A – Once-In-A-Billion-Years – Carbon Blow-Out Sale – All – Fossil Fuels – Priced To Move – No Reasonable Offer Refused

~ TWNR-F-SB-F-C-EO-O-U ~ There Were No Representatives From – Small Businesses – Farms – Churches – Environmental Organizations – Or – Unions

~ WSFTUPWWD? ~ Who Speaks For The Unknown People Who Will Die?

~ WAF-TR-O-TVOSSTCTF? ~ Which Arose First – The Regulations – Or – The Violation Of Societal Standards That Called Them Forth?

~ CANAT-DLEWAOC-ACNWC-BACTDS-OTLITSDFILWNBP ~ Citizens Are Not Allowed To – Deduct Legal Expenses When Accused Of Crimes – And Certainly Not When Convicted – By Allowing Corporations To Do So – Our Tax Laws Imply That Such Deductions Fall In Line With Normal Business Practice

~ HMPDACHTHBWQIIOTE? ~ How Many People Does A Company Have To Harm – Before We Question If It Ought To Exist?

~ AEOTTEMBEITIWAM ~ An Economy Oblivious To The Environment May Be Equally Insensitive To Its Workers And Managers

~ S-I-AES-WTDPUTEBPACCBMWRTCOTETPFFG ~ Sustainability – Is – An Economic State – Where The Demands Placed Upon The Environment By People And Commerce Can Be Met Without Reducing The Capacity Of The Environment To Provide For Future Generations

~ SB-TR-FTETHOTNW ~ Sustainable Businesses – Take Responsibility – For The Effect They Have On The Natural World

~ It Is An Insult To Our Intelligence When Companies Shrug At Environmental Problems By Saying – “the Consumer Made Me Do It”

~ SB-EIPPASTA-H-W-D-A-IS ~ Sustainable Businesses – Engage In Production Processes And Services That Are – Human – Worthy – Dignified – And – Intrinsically Satisfying

~ SB-COODAL-TUWUUODWNBHTFG ~ Sustainable Businesses – Create Objects Of Durability And Long-Term Utility Whose Ultimate Use Or Disposition Will Not Be Harmful To Future Generations

~ T-EOR-ROTPTP-IGHI-NOAP-B-AC-WMIAAD-TWIBTOL-ALAT ~ The Economics Of Restoration – Rests On The Premise That People – If Given Honest Information – Not Only About Price – But – About Cost – Will Make Intelligent And Appropriate Decisions – That Will Improve Both Their Own Lives – And Life Around Them

~ WNA-PACM-TRTT-FCODB-A-RTTTM-WTB ~ We Need A – Predictable And Consistent Market – That Recognizes The True – Full Costs Of Doing Business – And – Reassigns Them To The Marketplace – Where They Belong

~ WASBBTIOTES-TWFTSHCATA ~ We Are So Battered By The Insults Of The Existing System – That We Fail To See How Creative Are The Alternatives

~ CTO-TGYTMOITF ~ Choose The Option – That Gives You The Most Options In The Future

~ C-HHBEWCARBTCTWTB-NUCAIHTBWDAD ~ Commons – Have Historically Been Extremely Well Controlled And Regulated By The Communities To Which They Belonged – Not Until Colonization And Industrialization Have They Been Widely Degraded And Destroyed

~ T-POHAD-MAFALOS-NM-TT ~ The – Patterns Of Healing And Design – Must Arise From All Levels Of Society – Not Merely – The Top

VIRGINIA EUBANKS ~ AUTOMATING INEQUALITY ~ 2017

~ P-P-A-P-T-P ~ Profile – Police – And – Punish – The – Poor

~ YA-NAOTMDTSOL-WMBHB-T-WHCMOTD-MPT-SM-AES-RA-A-PRM-C-WNGP-WFANR-WIS-LFE-AWIIFF ~ Years Ago – Nearly All Of The Major Decisions That Shape Our Lives – Were Made By Human Beings – Today – We Have Ceded Much Of That Decision-Making Power To – Sophisticated Machines – Automated Eligibility Systems – Ranking Algorithms – And – Predictive Risk Models – Control – Which Neighborhoods Get Policed – Which Families Attain Needed Resources – Who Is Short-Listed For Employment – And – Who Is Investigated For Fraud

~ H-CFIARP-TTGMOIICB-P-N-C ~ Health-Care Fraud Is A Real Problem – Though The Great Majority Of It Is Committed By – Providers – Not – Consumers

~ TTTABTBAA:YGASOAPITDN-AEETTY-BYCPYFOEWA ~ That’s The Thing About Being Targeted By An Algorithm: You Get A Sense Of A Pattern In The Digital Noise – An Electronic Eye Turned Toward You – But You Can’t Put Your Finger On Exactly What’s Amiss

~ TIN-SL-TCCTRT-ID-OT-DFDS ~ There Is No – Sunshine Law – That Compels Companies To Release The – Inner Details – Of Their – Digital Fraud Detection Systems

~ WTNEO-CR-WHRLAT-T-E-A-A-M-TSO-LC ~ With The Notable Exception Of – Credit Reporting – We Have Remarkably Limited Access To – The – Equations – Algorithms – And – Models – That Shape Our – Life Chances

~ DSG-CIAU-MIAOB-A-CATR-TASDWITFOSLT-MOTTWDENWABWAA ~ Digital Security Guards – Collect Information About Us – Make Inferences About Our Behavior – And – Control Access To Resources – They Are So Deeply Woven Into The Fabric Of Social Life That – Most Of The Time We Don’t Even Notice We Are Being Watched And Analyzed

~ PP-L-NITW-IWIT-HSOSP-A-RTCNTTWAPAA-C/L/S-A ~ Performative Politics – Legislation – Not Intended To Work – It Was Intended To – Heap Stigma On Social Programs – And – Reinforce The Cultural Narrative That Those Who Access Public Assistance Are – Criminal / Lazy / Spendthrift – Addicts

~ DTAD-MHBRI-P-PF-M-CR-CS-BM-F-A-TAOPP ~ Digital Tracking And Decision-Making Systems Have Become Routine In – Policing – Political Forecasting – Marketing – Credit Reporting – Criminal Sentencing – Business Management – Finance – And – The Administration Of Public Programs

~ TNROD-CPAW-CP-O-DTPO-LTM-A-UTHR-TDRBANFSM? ~ The New Regime Of Data – Constricts Poor And Working-Class People’s – Opportunities – Demobilizes Their Political Organizing– Limits Their Movement – And – Undercuts Their Human Rights – How Has The Digital Revolution Become A Nightmare For So Many?

~ PAW-CP-ATB-NTODPM-A-FL-TCAAR-AES-DTFCPRTTNTSAT ~ Poor And Working-Class People – Are Targeted By – New Tools Of Digital Poverty Management – And – Face Life-Threatening Consequences As A Result – Automated Eligibility Systems – Discourage Them From Claiming Public Resources That They Need To Survive And Thrive

~ AD-M-STSSN-CTP-ID-A-CODNV-IR-SSDAWWAAWWWTB-A-SEP ~ Automated Decision-Making – Shatters The Social Safety Net – Criminalizes The Poor – Intensifies Discrimination – And – Compromises Our Deepest National Values – It Reframes – Shared Social Decisions About Who We Are And Who We Want To Be – As – Systems Engineering Problems

~ AWTMSDD-MTATIWCBC-‘LRE’ -WTAFEO-PAAT-SFDF-TP-WE-BUOE ~ And While The Most Sweeping Digital Decision-Making Tools Are Tested In What Could Be Called – “Low Rights Environments” – Where There Are Few Expectations Of – Political Accountability And Transparency – Systems – First Designed For – The Poor – Will Eventually – Be Used On Everyone

~ WHF-A-DP-F-D-A-A-RM-IPTETRAROETCB ~ We Have Forged – A Digital Poorhouse – From – Databases – Algorithms – And – Risk Models – It Promises To Eclipse The Reach And Repercussions Of Everything That Came Before

~ WM-TIP-IOTEO-SR-F-EP ~ We Mange – The Individual Poor – In Order To Escape Our – Shared Responsibility – For – Eradicating Poverty

~ O-NDT-SF-P-M-VOP-A-CASOH-TCAI ~ Our – New Digital Tools – Spring From – Punitive – Moralistic – Views Of Poverty – And – Create A System Of High-Tech Containment And Investigation

~ TDP-DTPFAPR-PTL/S/S/P-TTPTFB-A-PACTWDNCWID ~ The Digital Poorhouse – Deters The Poor From Accessing Public Resources – Polices Their Labor / Spending / Sexuality / Parenting – Tries To Predict Their Future Behavior – And – Punishes And Criminalizes Those Who Do Not Comply With Its Dictates

~ WMS ~ Welfare Management System

~ WMS ~ Workflow Management System

~ HMIS ~ Homeless Management Information System

~ CAWH ~ Crimes Associated With Homelessness

~ OASOS-R-IA-TTHTBIBTWCS-IC-I-ND-BS-TTOEFTD-TTCATDC-NB ~ Older Analog Systems Of Surveillance – Required – Individualized Attention – The Target Had To Be Identified Before The Watcher Could Surveil – In Contrast – In – New Data-Based Surveillance – The Target Often Emerges From The Data – The Targeting Comes After The Data Collection – Not Before

~ MAOIAC-OAWVOIAG-T-TDIM-A-A-S-IOTIPTFMTS ~ Massive Amounts Of Information Are Collected – On A Wide Variety Of Individuals And Groups – Then – The Data Is Mined – Analyzed – And – Searched – In Order To Identify Possible Targets For More Thorough Scrutiny

~ WPTPIAPATHOTATMOPP-DIEAE ~ We Pretend That Poverty Is A Puzzling Aberration That Happens Only To A Tiny Minority Of Pathological People – Denial Is Exhausting And Expensive

~ T-OPL-ARATCBEAB-BD/IB/CP-IF-PIAO-TS-EC-BAHNOP-FWDBDANIROB ~ The – Official Poverty Line – A Regrettable Anomaly That Can Be Explained Away By – Poor Decisions / Individual Behavior / Cultural Pathology – In Fact – Poverty Is An Often-Temporary State – Experienced Cyclically – By A Huge Number Of People – From Wildly Different Backgrounds Displaying A Nearly Infinite Range Of Behaviors

~ WPPOAFFTRAS-TW ~ When Poor People Organize And Fight For Their Rights And Survival – They Win

~ TDPIHTU-T-S/A/M-TPI-ACAOS ~ The Digital Poorhouse Is Hard To Understand – The – Software / Algorithms / Models – That Power It – Are Complex And Often Secret

~ TTTOTPWEBUOE ~ Technological Tools Tested On The Poor Will Eventually Be Used On Everyone

~ A-NC-OA-PRC-MJ-TDOTDPFSC-ATCS ~ A – National Catastrophe – Or A – Political Regime Change – Might Justify – The Deployment Of The Digital Poorhouse’s Full Surveillance Capability – Across The Class Spectrum

~ AIHUA ~ Automated Inequality Hurts Us All

~ H-TT-HAB-IAAPOO-TOLUTBTTDALDTTMBH-B-BII-T-PC-DS-A-PM ~ High-Tech Tools – Have A Built-In Authority And Patina Of Objectivity – That Often Lead Us To Believe That Their Decisions Are Less Discriminatory Than Those Made By Humans – But – Bias Is Introduced – Through – Programming Choices – Data Selection – And – Performance Metrics

~ TDPHPP ~ The Digital Poorhouse Preempts Politics

~ WCDTDP ~ We Can Dismantle The Digital Poorhouse

~ TMISI-DTDP-ICHW-T/T/F-AP-ACAIMS-TBCFTMOBDITBS ~ The Most Important Step In – Dismantling The Digital Poorhouse – Is Changing How We – Think / Talk / Feel – About Poverty – As Counterintuitive As It May Sound – The Best Cure For The Misuse Of Big Data Is Telling Better Stories

~ TBSPOAP-IIYWBP-BPITQOY-E-TRIYN-YETVAT-A-YH ~ The Best Single Predictor Of Adult Poverty – Is If You Were Born Poor – Because Poverty Impacts The Quality Of Your – Education – The Resources In Your Neighborhood – Your Exposure To Violence And Trauma – And – Your Health

~ TGNITTMIAWUW-BIMTEP-LBTP-HBOTR ~ The Good News Is That This Mission Is Already Well Under Way – Broadbased Inclusive Movements To End Poverty – Led By The Poor – Have Been On The Rise

~ T-RA-TWUWWROCS-IA-E-ST-V-F ~ The – Righteous Anger – That Wells Up When We Recognize Our Common Suffering – Is An – Earthshaking – Structure-Tumbling – Visionary – Force

~ WTTBTIIWTAN-PP? ~ Would The Tool Be Tolerated If It Was Targeted At Non-Poor People?

~ DND-BSTOAELROTP ~ Design No Data-Based System That Overturns An Established Legal Right Of The Poor

~ ETVOTDPWRAGDOC ~ Exposing The Violence Of The Digital Poorhouse Will Require A Great Deal Of Courage