Friday, August 24, 2012
  Workarounds, 2

Way back in 2005 Polistra wrote about workarounds:
I wonder how much of our GDP is taken by workarounds? By this I mean parallel institutions that exist only because the "real" institutions are hopelessly corrupted by Sensitivity and other leftist poisons.

Private security is the most obvious and probably the largest. Urban police departments serve the interests of the Anti-Civilization Lawyers Union, leaving citizens who want police service to provide it separately. One statistic claims that there are more private than public police officers.

Second is private schools; in many urban areas less than half of the students are in the public system.

A more subtle and specific example: At Penn State, the engineering school genuinely wants its students to have a well-rounded education. The only way they can make this happen is through a workaround. Because the math department has its head in the clouds of abstract set theory, Engineering offers its own courses in applied math. Because English is devoted to Derrida and Deconstruction, Engineering provides its own curriculum in writing and communication. Because Physics focuses solely on quarks and quanta, Engineering has a whole department of "Engineering Mechanics" to teach real physics.



The three listed above are good workarounds: the nominal system is totally corrupt and good people have found ways to get things done without it.

Since then I've noticed five more workarounds, which are more mixed. In the list below, the first two are bad workarounds, where the nominal system was beneficial, but criminals have reduced the system to triviality while operating outside it. The last three are good workarounds, replacing a bad formal system with good informal arrangements.

Voting. [bad workaround] We go through the motions of primaries, conventions, and general elections, and all the Experts assure us that we're Exercising Democracy, Throwing The Bums Out, etc, etc, etc. In fact the results are decided in advance by gerrymandering and political operatives.

Trials. [bad workaround] We pretend that A Jury Of Your Peers decides everything. Nope. The jury trial is strictly reserved for the privileged 5%. (1) Rich dickheads who can afford excellent lawyers; and (2) Members Of Privileged Classes who can get Soviet-front organizations to pay for excellent lawyers. For the unprivileged 95%, "justice" means plea bargaining or arranged judgments. This works reasonably well for routine crimes and routine lawsuits where everyone knows what happened; but it fails wildly when a prosecutor goes rogue.

Science. [good workaround] Nuff said.

Capital. [good workaround, new and nascent.] The stock market has completely failed. It is pure crime, operating entirely to serve gangsters and automatic trading algorithms. Real companies can't use the stock market to raise capital. So they're finding new ways to do it, such as crowdsourcing. This basically re-creates the original concept of a stock market, without all the criminal shit.

Fashion and entertainment. [good workaround, new and nascent.] Young folks are tired of feeding off the conspiracy of TV, multinational corporations and Chinese slave labor. They're making or modifying their own clothes, hair and makeup; and making their own entertainment. Refreshingly, this also leads to a reassertion of healthy normal gender roles as young women find joy in women's work.
 


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