Humans in Large Groups

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The Shape of Global Peace: Chapter One – Control System Evolution

Featured image is the cover of Jared Diamond’s book.

Many respected historian reveals – no matter time, place or purpose – when a group gets big enough a universally repeating pattern (URP) appears: The Haves CONTROL the Have-Nots.

Even investment bankers have confidence about this URP.

“[T]he world is dividing into two blocs— the plutonomies, where economic growth is powered by and largely consumed by the wealthy few, and the rest [the precariat – for precarious proletariat]. Plutonomies have occurred before in sixteenth century Spain, in seventeenth century Holland, the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties in the U.S. What are the common drivers of Plutonomy? Disruptive technology-driven productivity gains, creative financial innovation, capitalist-friendly cooperative governments, an international dimension of immigrants and overseas conquests invigorating wealth creation, the rule of law, and patenting inventions. Often these wealth waves involve great complexity, exploited best by the rich and educated of the time.”

Plutonomy: Buying Luxury, Explaining Global Imbalances, Citigroup, October 16, 2005

Evolution of Control Systems

  • Physical Control: Slavery, Class-Servitude, Barriers.
  • Mental Control: Religious/Political/Philosophical Doctrine.
  • Consumption Control: The State of the Art.

Control Tipping Point

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Go forward to Part Two – Dyad Emergence

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