The character budget for this post is critical, so I will just begin -
The Notion of Scale-Invariance
In mathematics, a self-similar object is exactly or approximately similar to a part of itself (i.e. the whole has the same shape as one or more of the
parts) ... [they] show the same statistical properties at many scales.
Scale invariance is an exact form of self-similarity where at any magnification there is a smaller piece of the object that is similar to the
At this point I would ask the reader, in the spirit of true objective inquiry, for a moment to suspend his disbelief
and bear with me to hear
out the remainder of my reasoning.
Infantile Trust and Invariance of Scale
What I have been driving at
throughout the presentation of my position during the previous three posts is that any community of individuals,
that is to say "the people,"
at whichever scale ( in the sense of the above citation ) one would like to view the matter, generally
very similar characteristics.
Arguably, in some sense, a nation of hundreds of millions, or a tribe of thousands, or a clan of hundreds, or even at the fundamental molecular
of the family, we see some characteristics of behavior and perception which map, more or less identically to those of the individual,
who might be said to represent human nature
at the atomic scale.
My opponant has pointed out in one way or another on more than one occasion that I have allocated a large percentage of my character budget
a seemingly inane
discussion and presentation of infancy and the subjective description of the mother-child
My intention has been to lay the groundwork for the following claim -
The People tend to unconsciously trust authority, at whatever scale of social organization, because of those imprints established
between the infant and its mother during the first eighteen-months of childhood.
Precisely in the same way as the modern operating systems in our ubiquitous personal computers have a ring-zero
execution kernel, on top of
which all other system functions are built, so also, this tendency to trust authority
is the ring-zero
of the higher biologic organism,
including human beings.
This tendency is no accident, it is totally irrational and subconscious, and it helps us all, of whatever species we happen to be, to survive.
Nature has programmed
into us our tendency to trust authority.
Q: Are people really so ignorant of their own essential nature that they don't know this about themselves ?
A: Certainly !
Just because statesmen and politicians, or the ruling class, if you will, have learned how to hack into our ring-zero kernels
through the use
of the supremely effective method of psychological manipulation
doesn't make it unjustified.
In fact, because it has been demonstrated people are so infantile, and indeed so stupid by nature that it is the leadership's duty
control in this manner for the good of said people.
Finally, my claim is that it enables the ruling class
to better do the jobs we mandate them to do
, that being, specifically to ensure
the physical security, and hence, the survival of the nation.
A Reponse to the Answers to the SQs
Because I am almost out of budget
I will now state my position on the questions, en masse,
justified by life, at the macro scale. People may have notions about altruistic motives,
but survival of the
takes precidence over other, necessarily lesser considerations.
2. Show me a parent who won't take a bullet for their child, and I'll show you a parent who is somehow sadly incomplete.
3. In a competative and indeed a militarized world, survival is not possible without physical security.
4. Anyone who claims nature does not teach us the weak are killed and eaten isn't living on the same planet as the rest of us.
5. And, finally, in terms again of survival of the species
that survival is always
The Existential Justification
The exstential view claims the world, "is what it is,"
without any regard for moral or ethical considerations. Generally speaking
, as a distinct school of philosophy may be regarded as a reaction to humanity's increasingly rationalistic world-view
since the mid-19th century. It is basically a way to justify the apparently contradictory and absurd events and developments in today's modern
It is for this reason that I have chosen to argue from the existential perspective that psychiological manipulation of the masses to achieve
physical security is justifiable.
Taking such a position relieves me of any necessity of justifying the ethics or morality of such manipulations. By merely proving such manipulations
result in physical security for the masses, I prove my position absolutely.
The Ubiquity of Psychological Manipulation in Modern Culture
As I have shown in previous posts, psychological manipulation, in the form of Operant Conditioning ( OC ) is used everywhere
There are also the straight up
classical techniques of propaganda
in use as well.
From early childhood our parents use OC to teach us to survive such common everyday threats to our physical security as the simple act of crossing the
street. From there OC is used on us with great efficacy to optimize
the outcomes our educational experience. Once beyond the classroom, I have
shown that sanctions and rewards
are applied with overwhelming frequency in training adults to do a good job
paying their taxes, to show
up for work in a timely and reliable manner, and even in ordering those nice tasy french fries at our favorite fast food outlets.
Propaganda, on the other hand is endemic as well, and merely serves the purpose it always has, establishing the perceptual status quo
Certainly, OC and propaganda in general are, a condition endemic to human existence.
National Security For Suvival of the People
Just as individuals compete in the world for limited resources to maintain their survival so also do tribes, clans and nations.
Because the world does indeed teach us, the weak succumb to the strong,
that nation which is strongest will have the best chances of survival.
can be equated to efficiency
then it is fair to say, the most efficient
nation is the most likely to survive.
Taking America, a nation of about 300-million individuals as an example, it is fair to say America is strongest when we are all pulling in the same
How can this alignment of individual efforts
be accomplished ?
Broadly speaking, the answer is to accomplish the goal of getting everybody thinking the same way,
at least about the core issues.
Issues like, for instance, what are the right
things and the wrong
things for an American to believe and for an American to do.
To find a way of illustrating the problem here perhaps the example of a simple compass will serve.
Let us say, just for the purposes of discussion, that an individual person is like a compass having a magnetized needle which always points toward
exactly in the manner of an actual compass.
Now, anyone who's ever used a compass will know that it doesn't always point to the same north
everywhere. The device actually responds to
the local magnetic field.
Now, in our example, to get all the people pulling in the same direction
is equivalent to getting 300-million needles
all pointing in
precisely the same direction
regardless of their location.
This means we need everywhere the same stable, consistent and homegeneous background field.
I suggest that for the people
this background field
is established by no other means than psychological manipulation.
this field is applied, the more efficiently
the national body will perform, and hence, the stronger
it will be, and
the better will be its physical security
Of course the way this field
is established everywhere
is via the mass media and the institutional use of OC. It is through the media
and institutionalized OC that the thinking and perceptions
of myriad individuals are all brought into alignment.
Psychological Manipulation of the People for Physical Security is Justified
Because our leaders know we tend to automatically trust authority, for all the reasons mentioned above, they exploit this fact to get us all
pulling in the same direction.
In the name of national security, which is to ultimately say for the surivial of our nation, we have elected
our leadership and given them the
for doing so.
Hence, such manipulations are absolutely justified.
I now rest my case.
This has been a very rich and interesting topic and one which I found to be suprisingly deep and full of new info. My research into this topic was
rewarding and informative for me and I hope for the readers as well.
I now await my esteemed colleague's final post and the panel's judgement of our efforts.
Thank you all !
End of Closing Statement