Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Brittleness of Stupidity

The "brittle system" idea has been bouncing around here for a few weeks - the idea that the U.S. and many other Western governments and societies have systems in place that allow for no flexibility or the entire thing comes unwound.  This is especially true in the paranoid/crony capitalist/security state machine which requires terrorists behind every For Sale sign in America.
Here is a story out of LAX that illustrates what happens to the "Security" machine as it plays out towards the unraveling:

US bars friends over Twitter joke
by Andrew Parker, The Sun
Two pals were barred from entering the US after innocent tweets joking about "destroying America" were picked up by the country's anti-terror cops.

US special agents monitoring Twitter spotted Leigh Van Bryan's messages weeks before he left for a holiday in Los Angeles with pal Emily Bunting...

...They spent 12 hours in separate holding cells and were then put on a flight home.

Leigh, 26, was kept under armed guard in a cell with Mexican drug dealers. The Department of Homeland Security flagged up Leigh as a potential threat when he posted a Twitter message to his pals ahead of his trip to Hollywood.

It read: "Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America"...

It is this kind of nonsense that, if allowed to continue to metastisize, that will undermine what is left of the Republic.  Everything is a major emergency in the eyes of the paranoiacs in the Security State.  There is not room for gradation or risk analysis or anything approaching an adult response to this.  It is either, you are a subject of the empire/tax sheep or you are a target.

Plus, this kind of thing leaves the "Security" services wide open to spoofing and hoaxes.  Ugh.


David said...

You saw the seeds of this bureaucratic "I won't take the chance of getting blamed if something bad happens" idiocy in the Zero Tolerance movement in schools.

Proportionality only exists when there are alternatives available to the targeted persons, groups, etc. In a state-controlled, monopoly system no such alternative exists. This is why individuals wielding power inside the monopoly have no incentive to tame their basest urges toward the exercise of power.

Only two things exist to offset the savage "take what you can, the hell with the rest" residing in all people, endogenous empathy and the ostracism by others in a system governed by mutually voluntary action (the marketplace). The primacy of Political Organization (the state) subverts the latter, and being a nexus of monopoly power, it attracts most the sociopaths among us who innately lack empathy to begin with.

Politicians exhibit, by definition, most or all of the characteristics of sociopaths.

Political organization of humanity is truly a TOXIC brew; how ironic that the modern political monopoly is largely a product, in America, of Progressivist Christian religious sects.

If their faith be true, ironically I suspect hell is what awaits them. Christ was not a politician.

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