Society...

In the terms we have established, the agenda of societies are to manage (facilitate and regulate) the flow of power between individuals. Facilitation and regulation are two endpoint strategies: success in the former relies upon the synergisms of disorderly conduct, in the latter on the dependability of well-managed conduct. As in all things, a balance must be maintained.

The disorder of facilitation arises from the encouragement to specialize. Upon reaching our majority, each of us seeks a role that enables us to solve problems for others, and so to liberate energy that can be turned to personal growth .The problem of specialization is that, when we need specific services to support our growth, we must trust in the competence of strangers. When those providers have hidden loyalties to communities that take precedence over their professional obligations to us, we may find ourselves pushing against a string in trying to bring our association to closure. In my own life, I have experienced medical, legal, scientific and political malpractice (to use a loaded word) motivated by financial exigency and cultural arrogance.

The value of regulation is in supplying mechanisms to moderate the opportunities to engage in misconduct of this type. Or rather - to ensure that it is invested in individuals (the regulators) that are readily recognizable. But then, we have the conundrum of privilege: when the regulator becomes a bottleneck, who is able to command his attention? Certainly not the common man on the street.

In what follows, as before, I am not going to propose specific models. I am not concerned with the practical issues of governance. Instead, I will develop concepts that focus our analysis of social processes, with the goal of assessing functionality. The deeper the dysfunction uncovered, the more we must be pressed with our social obligation to attempt some correction.

Will this analytical framework guarantee that we will not be misled? No. But it narrows the distance to the discovery of deception, allowing us to bring to bear spiritual sensibilities that are normally clouded by mental fancy.