finite set of choices
[graphic made for decision making deck..slide 9]
hearing over and over about the need for ie: democratic decision making.. and feeling like that was a compromise.. because it always seemed like the decisions.. were pre set and limited/compromising choices ie: spinach or rockish
voting is totally that.. how could it not be.. ie: who’s deciding what’s on the ballot.. not me.. you? public consensus always oppresses someone.. and a ballot (finite set of choices) oppresses all of us by making us think we have a voice
esp voting on people.. who by the time they get on the roster of candidates have jumped thru so many hoops they are not themselves.. but then too.. once they win.. there are ongoing/compromising hoops to jump
harold lasswell 1933 – preeminent expert on and big supporter of propaganda.. wrote that because americans were by and large too stupid to make decisions for their own good, propaganda was necessary to sway them in the right direction
propaganda, lasswell wrote ‘is the one means of mass mobilization which is cheaper than violence, bribery or other possible control techniques:
curiosity is most humane – cheapest – most controlled/safe/orderly.. et al ie: undisturbed ecosystem: ‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows
7 yrs later – seth’s post – you might have a marketing problem – sept 24 2019 – making it clearer to me why ‘market\ing‘ ness has always left me unsettled – marketing puts decisions over curiosity.. when we need that to be the other way around – https://seths.blog/2019/09/you-might-have-a-marketing-problem/
*That’s because humans make choices. If we live in a culture where people are free to choose, we’ve **offered control over our future to others.
When humans make choices–that’s marketing. Marketing is the difficult work of telling a story that resonates, of *bringing a consistent set of promises to people who want to hear them.
there’s no reason one human needs to be *bringing consistent set of promises to another.. if that’s happening.. huge red flag that we will never get to what we need most: the energy of 7b alive people .. ie: eudaimoniative surplus.. fittingness