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They've been very successful at suppressing politcal instincts.

But it's a feature of feudal systems that repression spreads, and status differentials continue to increase.

It goes against every leadership caste instinct to give mere technical underlings a decent slice of the pie, for the same reason that it goes against their instincts to pay workers a decent wage so that can continue to participate in the economic game.

MBA culture is inherently authoritarian. It buries the motivation under economic rather than racist or political rhetoric. But whatever the language, a key motivation is that it hurts to share.

So I wouldn't expect leaderships caste members to be capable of the self control or strategic thinking required to keep a technician caste fat and happy - not for long, anyway.

This is already happening in the US, where science, engineering and IT jobs have virtually no security.

Now - imagine the possibility of adventurous technical types building trap doors or dead man switches into critical systems.

The means to do a lot of damage are already there. So far, it's only the false rhetoric of inclusion that's preventing actual rebellion. And in the US at least, that rhetoric is unlikely to still be convincing by the end of the decade.


by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 09:29:46 AM EST
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It's an interesting idea. But looking at the amount of pressure that has historically been required to induce spontaneous (let alone organised) acts of sabotage, I'd say that we're quite a way from that yet.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 09:38:41 AM EST
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Rather than acts of sabotage I was pinning my hopes on the ability to build some sort of "free" shadow network piggybacking on the official infrastructure and bypassing the "closed" "official" network almost entirely.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 10:37:01 AM EST
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Interesting idea. Any more.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 11:54:35 AM EST
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I think it's implicit in cyberpunk lore...

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 05:28:55 PM EST
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Something like Freenet?
Freenet is a decentralized, censorship-resistant distributed data store originally designed by Ian Clarke.[4] According to Clarke, Freenet aims to provide freedom of speech through a peer-to-peer network with strong protection of anonymity; as part of supporting its users' freedom, Freenet is free and open source software.[5] Freenet works by pooling the contributed bandwidth and storage space of member computers to allow users to anonymously publish or retrieve various kinds of information. Freenet has been under continuous development since 2000.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 03:37:28 PM EST
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I completely agree here.

And again, there is a big difference between large inequalities and a feudal system.

In a feudal system you can not have 20 % with very good resources and 30% more with proper working conditions. In a feudal system, the cast is 5% of the population and all the services and goods are performed by the masses.

So afeudal system is jsut not possible.

The reason why I think the inequality system is unstable is precisely because the cast is not smart enough to keep the unequal system under control and because aggregate demand fluctuates strongly leading to large changes in the power structure of the elite. I only ahve to look at the inequalities in the US at the beginning of the century or Brazil in the 80-90... they al finished.

On the other hand , the semi-feudal system in an economy based on agriculutre is going smoothly in Central America.. an the rich there atre just not that rich.. and they always emigrate. So tehya re not really the global elite... imagine a feudal lord in El Salvador without a place like Houston or europe to go for the medical treatment, the computer updates...

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by kcurie on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 06:32:57 PM EST
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