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Morality is dead. It was smothered to death with a spreadsheet.

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@aral There are water wars happening in my valley. We formed a mob to close the diversion of a tribe upriver. Politicians intercepted us as said: "disperse. please. give us a week to talk with them."

A journalist was with us and afterwards I wrote to him with the following: ...

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"For generations, we have let percolate the idea that we must look to ‘authorities’ to rectify ‘wrongs’ on our behalf. This is a wonderful idea as I'd rather spend my time enjoying my rights, than dealing with wrongs, but that doesn’t mean the institutions we have erected are the end-all-and-be-all of authority.

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"...A politician’s job is not to hold meetings, run for reelection, draft laws, speak on our behalf, … no, those are simply means to achieve their sole purpose: to make sure men don’t fight. And when men are at the point of fighting, that means there is an implicit vote of no confidence in the political institution that serves at the mercy of the lack of our mercilessness.

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"...Bureaucracies are not becoming more efficient, on the contrary, they are drowning under the weight of their own paperwork which, when not in one-to-one correspondence with the reality which they attempt to capture (or worse, when in contradiction to other pieces of paper they claim hold merit) are simply meaningless scribbles.

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"...As you spend more time in our valley, you will see many fairy tale concepts deemed ‘truth’ that are in fact, conveniences that are quickly running their course: ‘paper water’, ‘beneficial use’, ’sovereign nation’, ’the dollar.'"

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@aral that would be post-modernism rather than a spreadsheet, in the "post truth" world burocracy and its ways of thinking become only evil #KISS

@jasper @aral yep #pomo is a convenient fit for neo-liberalism that has damaged the last 40 years of our society and eco system.

So yes greed pushing this ideology is a good look at the #deathcult so I agree with you :)

@witchescauldron @aral i'd sooner trace it back.. well.. who knows. But allegedly WWII was something they learn from.

They formed the UN. They did not learn from their mistake, the greatest powers vowed for tear up the charter founding they did not have a special veto.

Of course greed plays a big role. But suppose delusions of grandeur of "your" empire too..

@witchescauldron @aral postmodernism has nothing to do with it as far as i am concerned.

@jasper that's fine, just pointing out that lift the lid and the whole neoliberal project is completely combatable with the dominant philosophical ideology on the last 40 years. This is not an accident.

Interesting to realise this is covered here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base_and

@witchescauldron when i think what drives the choices of output of various media outlets, which capital affords, it does not seem like postmodernism is it.

I am not really well versed in it. But relativism about truths and disinterest in truth in favor or careerism or consumerist hedonism could easily be mistaken for each other.. Even if that's a "synergy" of the thing, i think the money side of that dominates. I don't think it's is a high-minded philosophy behind this stuff..

tfw you’re so young the word ‘spreadsheet’ conjures up the concept of soft cloth sheets instead of large sheets of paper you have to open up and spread out to work on.

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