Total Control

Context: Comment la Russie a passé une décennie à affaiblir les libertés sur Internet

All aspiration to total control leads to irreconcilable paradoxes and dissolution. The threat beyond is equated to the threat within and reflexively reproduces an ideological narrative (and political justification) for systems of control that are so dependent upon the difference and distance they generate that they can never obtain closure because to do so would entirely invalidate the insecurity that is their raison d’être.

It is a common enough psychological pathology. It may even be that the enduring (and cyclical emergence of such) forms of social control are a consequence of the extent to which human minds are always and already conditioned by and primed to such infantile object relations, ontological symmetries and existential fear.

The expansionist orientation of authoritarian systems is a consequence of irreconcilable psychic dissonance that emanates from a core dependency upon the threat and fear that grounds and provides momentum as self-validation. Democracy is a much more mature and sensible approximation to engaging the inherent complexity and uncertainty of the world as it actually exists. In this sense, democracy represents adulthood and all instances of aspiration to total control represent infantile insecurity.

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