Inviting meltdown: Preserving the Status Quo with Artifice and Lies Leads to Systemic Collapse

These few words refer to the “economic domain” and, in particular, the sad state of the Euro. However, what I wanted to highlight (perhaps reiterate would be a better word) is the universality of complex systems. Hence the ability for us to learn lessons in economics from biology, politics from forestry management, etc.

But these are lessons that each and every business owner or wannabe business “leader” would do well to understand and apply NOW and NEVER FORGET! This isn’t new news or new wisdom and if you don’t believe me, contemplate this, from a few centuries ago:

“…in its beginning it is easy to cure, but hard to recognise; whereas, after a time, not having been detected and treated at the first, it becomes easy to recognise but impossible to cure”

– Niccolo Machiavelli

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Which would YOU prefer: the news or the truth?

I know where I and, I suspect, most right-minded people would stand…  

“Secrecy breeds arrogance and abuse of power. The best government is an open government, with a tough independent media to hold them accountable”

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WikiLeaks: Truly shocking revelation–is nothing sacred!?

Just the very thing to brighten to start to the working week in January.

Understanding Complexity will make sense of so much that is evaporating..

…before your very eyes!

As I have declared before I am not a person normally given to viewing a glass as half empty but I am scared (and appalled) by the number of people who see the level of liquid in their glass, despite the rapidly melting ice* and vapour, as acceptable, simply  because the people who have, historically, managed the ambient temperature tell you that the thermostat isn’t broken. It’s just awaiting repair and should be sorted “quite soon”!

Ask about how, when or at what cost and you will find that a satisfactory answer is difficult to come by. Cast your mind back to other “maintenance issues” and you may see a pattern emerging. You may realise that the quality of management has deteriorated whilst their costs have risen. They may have been greedy and taken on too many maintenance and repair contracts but still enjoy the benefit of your trust.

Even when someone tells you and provides documentary evidence that they have been consistently  failing in their duties, lying to you (and others with whom they have contracts), falsifying records and much, much worse.

Look more closely and you will see that the liquid is evaporating. Lots of tiny “bubbles” rising, popping and cascading droplets beyond the rim of the glass from which you, your family, community, employees or co-workers have to drink to sustain yourselves.

At what point do YOU say enough is enough and take steps to ensure that you and yours aren’t deprived of the life-giving liquid???

If this little analogy doesn’t make much sense to you, then, you may be beyond salvation and X Factor may satisfy your thirst…for the time being!

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WikiLeaks’ Most Terrifying Revelation: Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us

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I am not an American citizen but I really don’t believe that "Government lies", particularly when it comes to warmongering,  are exclusively the domain of US! This is a matter that should concern every “global citizen”:

As important as is the issue of free speech, it is the question of whether the U.S. Executive is in fact protecting the American people through its mass murder abroad that really lies at the heart of the Wikileaks controversy. Executive Branch officials justify persecuting and threatening to murder Assange on the grounds that he has damaged U.S. "national security." If McChrystal is right, however, it is the past decade of U.S. Executive mass murder in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, now revealed beyond any doubt by Wikileaks, that is the real threat to U.S. national security.

I have been engaged in a lively debate on Linkedin:

"Is Julian Assange a vigilante free thinker and advocate for free press and open political disclosure or…a threat?"

Everyone is entitled to express their own opinion and many have. I have mine. I express it and am happy to provide evidence of the basis of my views because I am open to discussion and debate in the hope that I may learn, or, at least, share knowledge from which others may learn.

However, I find it alarming just how many educated people are happy to accept that the issue is – as their Government have portrayed it – the real or imagined danger to innocent people, etc. as a result of Assange/WikiLeaks actions…

…nasty, evil, man for exposing that, what had been reported was contradicted by the recorded facts, inconvenient truth, etc. call it what you will!

I know (or have read) of the reaction when one challenges the belief system that someone holds dear. That are blind to the most straightforward illustrations of the key factors, avoid questions that provoke contrary thought and become more entrenched in-spite of the weight of contradictory evidence. All of a sudden I am wondering why I am writing this knowing what I know!

But still I am amazed when the emerging through the, tried-and-tested, cynical smokescreen of political outrage is the messenger rather than the perpetrator!!!

These Wikileaks documents thus raise the most fundamental question citizens can ask themselves: to what extent to citizens of a democracy owe their allegiance to autocratic leaders who obtain the consent of their citizens through massive duplicity? And to what extent can they trust either their judgement or their decency?

Americans may find themselves increasingly pondering such questions in coming years, as economic decline and future terrorist attacks cause U.S. elites to bring home the authoritarian mindset that has caused so much damage abroad. It seems certain that American democracy will face greater challenges than at any time since the country’s founding.

But that is a long-term question. The key question now is whether Americans can hear the sound of suffering their leaders are causing abroad, as at this very moment innocent men, women and children are being murdered and maimed in what the Red Cross describes as the greatest civilian carnage since the Russians invaded 30 years ago.

Julian Assange should be applauded not persecuted for hearing the sound of their suffering.

Do we?

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