We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Guggenbuhl-Craig has an essay diagnosing the pedophile hysteria as taking partial archetypes..``Whenever the divine child appears, its archetypal opposite also emerges: the destroyer of the child, the child killer.'' (From the Wrong Side p.57) But he's a Jungian.
My own translation is that today soap opera rules everything.
That in turn is because only soap opera fans can be lured into watching the news regularly enough to support the media business model. So their tastes edit every national debate.
John Gall has the definitive book on systems Systemantics, which has gone through a series of unfortunate expansions through various editions, but still has its core.
My favorite axioms, from memory,
``Systems grow, and as they grow they encroach.''
``Systems attract systems-people.''
``Intra-system goals come first.''
``Reality is whatever is reported to the system.''
``Fail-safe systems fail by failing to fail safe.''
My favorite chapter is ``Administrative Encirclement,'' where each researcher is asked to write out his objectives.
The deepest insight, very subtle indeed, is Orwell's Inversion: the confusion of input and output:
``Example: A giant program is to Conquer Cancer is begun. At the end of five years, cancer has not been conquered, but one thousand research papers have been published. In addition, one million copies of a pamphlet entitled ``You and the War Against Cancer'' have been distributed. Those publications will absolutely be regarded as Output rather than Input.''