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Language Makes Tyrants

Context: Geopolitics is for losers

It is always worth considering the extent to which the longer frequency waves as oscillating ebb and tide of history are also those of the communications systems, of the languages and self-validating dialects of ideologically-inflected political narrative.

The kinds of ideological and political system that tend to emerge as convergent regularities over a longer historical arc might just be those by and through which a complex adaptive web of language, communication and technological interdependence itself maximally self-propagates.

We observe specific kinds of common or similar language and ideological pathology emerge as a function of the language and political dialects deployed through them. We might also intuit that the kinds of political pathology that are ascendant upon a scaffolding built of this class of narrative thread tends to serially recur because it is a “local minima” and (regrettable, if) plausible inevitability in the complex multidimensional cartography of global communication system self-replication.

“Geopolitical” concepts, misappropriations and associated vocabularies are as useful as they might – as indicated in the article – also be problematic and divisive.

Notwithstanding that the associated idioms and political subjectivities are so commonly exploited for nefarious political purposes, we might also ask questions of the distributed systemic, psychological and cultural feedback loops that percolate words (as much as autocrats) into prominence. These political artefacts and tribal entities are the functional microcosms of a global communications system that maximally self-replicates through the oscillating dissonance (as combinatorial entropy) that its own primary transmission medium of language endlessly reproduces.

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