run a muck

Without someone/thing in control, won’t we run a muck?

which usually means..

won’t we they be lazy.. (nothing will get done)?

won’t we they eat too much sugar.. (people will get sick)?

won’t we they do evil things.. (people will hurt people)?

lord of the flies, tragedy of the commons, .. usually mentioned here.

urban dictionary: run a muck. wikipedia – run amok

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perhaps just two things:

  1. there is plenty of evidence that people left alone to be/become themselves turn out amazingly well.
  2. there is plenty of evidence that within the regulation/control we have established/perpetuated in the name of safety (to avoid all of the above) – we are indeed running a muck.

perhaps the epitome of running a muck ness:

So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors.


We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living. Bucky Fuller

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this is ridiculous.. no?

too much

dirty wars

internet’s own boy

no place to hide



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it is odd that we aren’t more publicly noticing/acknowledging that most all our fears of run a muck ness – are actually playing out perfectly. in fact, even more manifold than could have ever been expected/predicted. yet – they are playing out within the regulation we keep insisting will keep us from it.

worst case attitude should/could be – what do we have to lose… no?

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just a few more recent/handy examples:

“70 percent of our national intelligence budget” Tim Shorrock, “Meet the Contractors Analyzing Your Private Data,” Salon, June 10, 2013.

“…We’ve created a system where kids are constantly busy, and have no time for solitude or reflection… Given the chance, adolescents tend to engage in very intense conversation, and a lot of life learning happens laterally, happens peer to peer. But if they’re constantly busy, there’s literally no time. It’s crazy. We’ve taken adolescence away from adolescents. School must not take away your opportunities to self-reflect on your own.”

That’s why we’ve committed a third of a billion dollars to two consortia of states working to create new assessments that get beyond the bubble test, and do a better job of measuring critical thinking and writing.
oh my.
having been a part of this thinking – that we’re in the middle of huge change in regard to assessment et al moving toward critical thinking – 20 yrs ago. and again 10 yrs ago.. and again…
perhaps we start realizing that the focus (our efficient focus on efficiency via testing/measuring/proving) is proving most inefficient to human energy.
it’s ironic.. the control we can’t seem to give up – because ie: if left to their own devices – people would sit around and eat cookies; is causing us to sit around and eat cookies.. in excess of excess.. blindly.
control is failure
model another way.. ness