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A Better World Association Message Board The London Intentional Communities Meetup Group Discussion Forum › One exploiting 99?---A systems view of domination

One exploiting 99?---A systems view of domination

Janos A.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 225
Modeling a real life situation is a systematic way of mapping details relevant to understanding it.

Some numbers first:
Assume adults constitute 50 per cent of world population of 7,000 million;
  • 1% of 3500 million is 35 million
  • 35 millions are exploiting 3,465 millions
  • = 1 against 99 (note: one person with a machine gun could hold to ransom 99 (unarmed) people)
The real situation is more complex needing a second "iteration" in modeling it:
  • The one employs 9 other people who justify, support and defend her/him
  • These nine possess what is equivalent, in effect, to a (metaphorical) machinegun: about 80% of higher education and the public media
  • Through this dominance of the channels of information dissemination 50 per cent of the exploited majority is confused and and turned against the rest of us
Thus we have a more realistic model of what the world wide Occupy Movement is confronting:
45 against 45 + 9 + 1, that is 45 facing (temporarily*) 55...
(to be continued. Crude metaphors---intellectual tools---need to be refined, not just discarded.)
* this can be changed; but it indicates the vital importance of efforts to neutralize the "disinformation machine" used by the paid defenders of the real tyrant. Furthermore, the 45 misguided critiques of radical change include the regular police and military personnel.

Janos A.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 242
If the nature of a task is not fully understood it can be done only inadequately or not at all.

Lack of understanding can manifest in underestimating the magnitude or the of a task.

This applies to the puzzle of understanding how one per cent of the human family can continue to exploit the rest.
To making the question more concrete: how can one member of a grouping exploit 99 to her/his advantage; how 10 members can utterly exploit 990... a thousand 99,000... one million a hundred million... and so on?

That is only possible if the 1 per cent can co-opt a sufficient minority to collude and, with their help, confuse the near majority of the group so that it will act against its own interests.
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