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The Political Paradox: Control creates Disorder

The strangest thing about all of our systems of governance, control and social maintenance is that it is in the very act(s) of attempting to create order that we must necessarily also generate disorder.

The more components, moving parts and abstract logical relationships we introduce into the world, the more degrees of autonomous systemic and dimensional freedom we also introduce. For this reason, an inevitable and probabilistic drift into systemic disorder is never fixed by political control.

An assertion by well-reasoned or ad hoc policy intervention into complex problems of war, peace, crime, social justice and economic or environmental sustainability has a tendency to only recreate and exacerbate existing problems as well as generating new and similarly intractable ones.

Should we be surprised to discover that the threshold at which a political or other social system attains sufficient complexity to become useful is also the exact point at which it becomes vulnerable to functional decay, ideological corruption and internal disassembly? Utility is a direct measure of vulnerability; systemic closure is impossible and for this reason alone – entropy proliferates.

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