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Mandalay Bay: Top O' The World, Ma! (PART ONE)

Aging Baby Boomer Runs Amok in Vegas

“This is the winter of growth for industrial civilization. It is an era of despair as all hope that things can return to their former status is exhausted. ... Social and bureaucratic complexity has reached overwhelming levels. The society and its institutions are no longer comprehensible and are increasingly out of control. Social consensus and a shared sense of social purpose have all but vanished. ... Leaders govern virtually without support. The regulatory apparatus ... [is] unable to cope with the overwhelming complexity, the loss of social legitimacy. ... The situation has become intolerable and untenable. The need for fundamental change is inescapable.”

Feel familiar? Add to Elgin’s list (he wrote before the internet) the incredible growth of secrecy and the rise of government surveillance of cell phones and computers that we only have a glimpse of, thanks to brave whistle-blowers and things like Wikileaks. Not to mention the issue of hacking. True privacy is a delusion and a joke; the best we can ask for is to be anonymous and deemed harmless. Frightening events like Stephen Paddock’s Las Vegas massacre only intensify the fear and paranoia and lead to further violations of civil and human rights and more obsession with guns. Am I being paranoid? The reclusive novelist Thomas Pynchon famously said: “Even paranoids have enemies.” Everything seems to contribute to the unraveling of the social glue holding things together, pushing us deeper into Stage Four Breakdown.

Link to: Mandalay Bay: Top O' The World, Ma! (PART TWO)

story | by Dr. Radut