4 Chaos Theory

Three times in his speech President Bush (the first one) recited that now familiar phrase ‘new world order.’ …the trouble is that order is a 19th century concept. It suggests Metternichian arrangements of large, heavy, somewhat static entities. History in the late 20th century seems to belong more to chaos theory and particle physics and fractals; it moves by bizarre accelerations and illogics, by deconstructions and bursts of light.”

TIME MAGAZINE – March, 1991

Explains the difference between the chaos in “chaos theory” and the chaos in our daily headlines. This relatively new science looks at the order coming out of unmanaged (chaotic) systems. Scientists will believe that a butterfly’s wing flap can make the difference between fair days and a hurricane but dare not look at the social implications of their discoveries. Everything affects everything.

We now realize that it is impossible to manipulate a few parts of a complex system, such as society, in order to make changes to the whole. Remove one insect species from the rainforest and the whole system may suffer. Chaos theory removes the foundations from the deterministic system of government upon which we have sought to rely for several thousand years.

Talks about the natural organization that does indeed pervade our civilization, providing a governing structure that changes as we change, supplying us with most of the basics of life. This works so invisibly that we do not even see how miraculous it is, and focus all our attention upon government by decree, where things are done according to a plan that we must stick to, whatever happens – until the funds run out.

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