And So It Begins

on December 5, 2010

The current WikiLeaks hysteria has gotten me looking back at the very first post I did about the “dance of the visions” in September of last year. There I wrote:

When a new vision first emerges from the ruins of its predecessor, it remains for a time on the borders of society, inspiring artists and philosophers but having relatively little impact upon daily life. Only when it has matured sufficiently in both theoretical and practical terms does it step forward to claim a leading role in the culture.

When that happens, everything changes. In a relatively brief but hectic interlude of cascading breakdowns and transformations, the entire society is shaken apart and remade in new terms.

First, the emergent vision challenges the claim to authority of the senior vision in the dominant partnership. That vision is already nearing the end of its useful life and showing increasing signs of rigidity and inability to cope with crisis, so it doesn’t take much to delegitimize it.

I’ve been counting down to lift-off since I did that entry — and I’d say we’ve finally arrived at the “everything changes” point and are about to embark on the “cascading breakdowns and transformations.”

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

There can be no doubt that at this moment Julian Assange is the living embodiment of the holism vision in its computer-and-internet aspect. The various Pirate Parties have his back. Anonymous vows to avenge him. And no less an authority than John Perry Barlow has tweeted, “The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops.”

There can similarly be no doubt that the democracy vision is already in a state of accelerated collapse. Corporations sneer at its feeble attempts to put limits on their greed. Tea Partiers seriously propose undoing the great democratic achievements of the last 150 years. And even earnest liberals wring their hands and bemoan the breakdown of the social contract.

The utter panic of the world’s nations over the WikiLeaks info-dumps is a measure of their desperation and a sign that the era of democracy-and-chaos is drawing to an end.

But if what I wrote in the more placid times of a year ago is to be taken seriously, this is only the starting-point.

It should get interesting.

Related:

A listing of all my posts on the emerging counterculture can be found here.

A general overview of the areas of interest covered at this blog can be found here.

A chronological listing of all entries at this blog, with brief descriptions, can be found here.

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3 Responses to “And So It Begins”

  1. gusandra says:

    It has been obvious that the internet would play an essential role in the evolution of civilization. The appearance of Wikileaks starts to give form to that understanding.
    As a registered optimist, I believe that there are powerful forces at work that ultimately drive life to reorganize on a higher level. Of course we must ourselves lend a hand as much as possible to assure the speed and success of this reorganization.
    I find it interesting that Ron Paul is the first politician I’ve heard of who has spoken in support of Wikileaks. Interesting times are surely here.

  2. allynh says:

    [quote]It should get interesting[*].[/quote]

    Ha!

    *From the old Chinese Curse: May you live in interesting times.

  3. allynh says:

    60 Minutes
    Julian Assange, The Man Behind WikiLeaks
    30 January 2011
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/01/26/60minutes/main7286686.shtml

    WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, Pt. 1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzC9invn4Ko

    WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, Pt. 2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gKmBgc_4ko

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