In turn, the 80 percent or more of America’s population which stands in stark contrast to the 2 or 3 percent of the country’s neoliberal population actually espouses complex and dynamic views which are not represented by America’s two major political parties because these political parties have essentially been hijacked by a corrupt and criminal neoliberal and neoconservative regime which in turn has created and fostered a “professional managerial elite” that actually lacks the complexity and dynamism wielded by the majority of the country’s people. And when one compares some of the independent books and articles which come out of the American Heartland or American South to the mainstream junk that comes out of New York or Washington, this point about the complexity and dynamism of the majority vis-à-vis the dull-wittedness and stupidity of the mainstream becomes all the more manifest and self-evident.
I was also told by a family friend from Afghanistan who lived in Chicago when he first came to America in the 1980’s and early 1990’s that upon his occasional visits to Wisconsin, he arrived at the realization that Americans who live outside of the major urban areas appear to be more open-minded than Americans who live in urban areas. After all my experiences with shills in Washington, the suggestion which my friend made became much easier to believe.
In turn, the lack of complexity and dynamism within the current regime in Washington is a direct cause of something quite deep and profound, namely, societal collapse and the breakdown of social order. When one takes globalization and technology into account, societal collapse and the breakdown of social order becomes global in scale and scope. And as Joseph A. Tainter argued, societal collapse and the breakdown of social order does not occur because of a lack of complexity and dynamism in the economy or amongst the people. Rather, the collapse of a society and the breakdown of social order occurs as a result of a lack of complexity and dynamism within the political institutions in government. Tainter wrote: “Collapse is fundamentally a sudden, pronounced loss of an established level of sociopolitical complexity.” He added:
“A complex society that has collapsed is suddenly smaller, simpler, less stratified, and less socially differentiated. Specialization decreases and there is less centralized control. The flow of information drops, people trade and interact less, and there is overall lower coordination among individuals and groups. Economic activity drops to a commensurate level, while the arts and literature experience such a quantitative decline that a dark age often ensues. Population levels tend to drop, and for those who are left the known world shrinks.”
Thus, all the characteristics and hallmarks of societal collapse resulting from a lack of complexity and dynamism within political institutions in government have already become manifest in America to a significant degree. Another sign of a general loss of complexity and dynamism in America is the fact that China has now surpassed America in terms of both the number of research publications which are produced on an annual basis and in space exploration. As a result, complexity and dynamism have moved eastward, whereas decline and stagnation have now moved westward because of people in Washington. One can argue that this shift in complexity and dynamism from West to East exposes the Western world for what it really was all this time and reveals what was hidden about the Eastern world as a result of living under the yoke of a colonial and hegemonic system for five centuries. And as mentioned before, the loss of Western complexity and dynamism leads to the rise of right-wing and authoritarian movements which aim to upend the entire global order. There is also a marked difference between Washington “Groupthink” and Eastern “Groupthink” in the sense that the latter considers the interests of society as a whole, whereas the former only takes the interests of a narrow and exclusive class of people into account. “Part Three” of this discussion will be up sometime in September.