What we are experiencing is a further evolution of the post-ideological model of power that came into being when global capitalism became a global-hegemonic system after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In such a global-hegemonic system, ideology is rendered obsolete. The system has no external enemies, and thus no ideological adversaries. The enemies of a global-hegemonic system by definition can only be internal. Every war becomes an insurgency, a rebellion breaking out within the system, as there is no longer any outside. As there is no longer any outside (and thus no external ideological adversary), the global-hegemonic system dispenses with ideology entirely. Its ideology becomes “normality.” Any challenge to “normality” is henceforth regarded as an “abnormality,” a “deviation from the norm,” and automatically delegitimized.NO LONGER ANY OUTSIDE. Hopkins has just made a BIG step in terms of science. 'Hard' science is based on laws of FLOW and FORCE and FRICTION. Ohm, Newton, Carnot. All of these laws tell us what happens when a GRADIENT of force is applied across a BOUNDARY, with real FRICTION. These laws tell us how much FLOW happens across the BOUNDARY. There are more complex and detailed laws for living things, telling us what happens when, for instance, a gradient of positive ions is applied to the cell wall of a neuron or muscle cell. Living things respond in a vastly more complex way than V=IR, but the overall form of the law is still the same. A gradient of force yields a flow. "Social" "science" has never** given us an FFF law. Hopkins hasn't formalized or quantified the law, but gives us the outline for a formal law. NO LONGER ANY OUTSIDE is what scares me most. When Putin and AMLO surrendered to the lockdown virus, I lost all hope. There is no longer a COUNTERFORCE, no longer a GRADIENT, no longer a BOUNDARY between Soros and non-Soros. Sweden is the only available counterforce, and it's not large enough or influential enough to hold the line. As I've tiresomely repeated, psychopaths like Soros and Bezos intend and plan to be the universe. In their minds, the entire universe is already ME and has been ME from the start of time. Non-ME elements do not exist. When non-ME elements appear to exist, the job of all authorities is to restore the ONLY CONCEIVABLE STATE OF THE UNIVERSE by exterminating the non-ME elements. Boundaries and gradients are not part of the Soros/Bezos universe. Flow is impossible, so reality and life are impossible. = = = = = ** Partial exception: In the 1850s when "social" "science" branched away from neurology, Freud and others began with a simple and sensible FFF law about pressure and flow of emotions. Freud abandoned the simple law and switched to nonsense about myths. Nobody else returned to his original line of thinking.
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