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2,084.  Tired of knocking on Preferment’s door.  (Life’s Like That & Privilege)  Matthew Arnold, The Scholar-Gypsy 1853

 

 

4,941.  Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable.  It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges.  (Rights & Equality & Privilege)  H L Mencken 

 

 

5,039.  In a capitalist society there are always inequalities of class and wealth.  People who inherit money and property will always see themselves as being superior to those who have to work for it.  (Equality & Capitalism & Privilege)  Sally Wentworth, Summer Fire 

 

 

5,456.  Only very slowly and late have men come to realise that unless freedom is universal it is only extended privilege.  (Freedom & Privilege)  Christopher Hill, Century of Revolution 1961

 

 

139,136.  The ultimate political goal at the heart of our age is the idea of individual freedom.  In Britain our government has set out to create a revolution that will free individuals from old elites and bureaucracies.  A new world where we are free to choose our lives not be trapped by class or income into predestined roles … ‘To liberate Britain from all the old class divisions, old structures, old prejudices [Blair] …’  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Society & Tyranny & Democracy & Blair & Goal)  Adam Curtis, The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom: Fuck You Buddy, BBC 2007

 

5,484.  It is a very strange kind of freedom.  The attempt to liberate people from the dead hand of bureaucracy has led to the rise of a new and increasingly controlling system of management driven by targets and numbers.  While governments committed to creating freedom of choice in all areas have actually presided over a rise in inequalities and a dramatic collapse in social mobility.  The consequence has been a return of the power of class and privilege.  And abroad the attempt to create democracy has led not just to bloody mayhem but a rejection of the American-led campaign to bring freedom.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Society & Tyranny & Democracy)  ibid.

 

139,136.  [Friedrich] Von Hayek had fled the Nazis and now taught at the University of Chicago: Hayek was convinced that the use of politics to plan society was far more dangerous than any problems produced by companies.  Because it inevitably led to tyranny and the end of freedom.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy)  ibid.    

 

139,137.  They [strategists] turned to a new idea called Game Theory.   Game Theory had been developed as a way of mathematically analysing poker games.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War)  ibid.      

 

100,180.  A military think-tank called the Rand Corporation: and the strategists at Rand used Game Theory to create mathematical models that predicted how the Soviets would behave in response to what they saw the Americans doing.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War)  ibid.

 

100,181.  Underlying Game Theory was a dark vision of human beings who were driven only by self-interest constantly distrusting of those around them.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War)  ibid. 

 

100,182.  The mathematical genius John Nash …  In reality Nash was difficult and spiky; he was notorious at Rand for inventing a series of cruel games.  The most famous he called Fuck You, Buddy.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War)  ibid.  

 

100,178.  A system driven by and selfishness did not have to lead have to chaos.  He proved that there could always be a point of equilibrium in which everyone’s self-interest was perfectly balanced against each other … Selfishness always led to a safer outcome: it was called the Prisoners’ dilemma.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War & Selfishness & Psychology & Control)  ibid.  

 

80,739.  In the early ’60s R D Laing set up a psychiatric practice in Harley Street in London.  He offered radical new treatments for schizophrenia and quickly became a media celebrity.  But his research into the causes of schizophrenia convinced him that a much wider range of human problems were caused by the pressure-cooker of family life.  Laing decided to investigate how power and control were exercised within the world of normal families.  And to do this he would use the techniques of Game Theory.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War & Selfishness & Psychology & Psychiatry & Family & Mental Health & Control)  ibid.

 

72,268.  Laing produced matrices which showed how just as in the Cold War couples use their everyday actions as strategies to control and manipulate each other.  His conclusion was stark.  That what was normally seen as acts of kindness and love were in reality weapons used selfishly to exert power and control.  From this research, Laing argued that the modern family, far from being a nurturing caring institution, was in reality a dark arena where people played continuous selfish games with each other.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War & Selfishness & Psychology & Psychiatry & Family & Mental Health & Control)  ibid.

 

100,183.  Laing was radicalised by his findings.  He believed that the struggle for power and control that he had uncovered in the family was inextricably linked to the struggle for power and control in the world.  In a violent and corrupt society the family had become a machine for controlling people.  Laing believed that this was an objective reality revealed by his scientific methods, above all by Game Theory.  But these very methods contained within them bleak, paranoid assumptions about what human beings were really like, assumptions borne out of the hostilities of the Cold War.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War & Selfishness & Psychology & Psychiatry & Family & Mental Health & Control)  ibid.  

 

100,184.  The system that was trying to control your mind and destroy your freedom … What Laing and the counter-culture were doing was tearing down Britain’s institutions in the name of freedom.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War & Selfishness & Psychology & Psychiatry & Family & Mental Health & Control)  ibid.  

 

80,740.  A group of right-wing economists in America now put forward a theory why this was happening.  At the heart of their idea was Game Theory.  They said that the fundamental reality of life in society was one of millions of people continually watching and strategising against each other, all seeking only their own advantage.  An assumption had become a truth.  The self-interested model of human behaviour that had been developed in the Cold War to make the mathematical equations work had now been adopted by these economists as a fundamental truth about the reality of all human social interaction.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War & Selfishness & Psychology & Psychiatry & Family & Mental Health & Control & Reality)  ibid.  

 

100,179.  Public Choice theory … James Buchanan: ‘no meaningful concept that could be called the public interest.’  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War & Selfishness & Psychology & Psychiatry & Family & Mental Health & Control & Reality)  ibid.  

 

86,033.  Psychiatry, said Laing, was a fake science used as a system of political control to shore up a violent collapsing society.  Its categories of madness and sanity had no reality.  Madness was simply a convenient label used to lock away those who wanted to break free.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War & Selfishness & Psychology & Psychiatry & Family & Mental Health & Control & Reality)  ibid.

 

100,185.  All human judgment would be removed and replaced instead by a system based on the power of numbers; they gave up on the idea they could understand the human mind and cure it; instead, American psychiatry created a new set of measurable categories that were only based on the surface behaviour of human beings.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War & Selfishness & Psychology & Psychiatry & Family & Mental Health & Control & Reality & Behaviour & Numbers)  ibid. 

 

139,138.  More than 50% of Americans suffered from some type of mental disorder.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Company & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Poker & Cold War & Selfishness & Psychology & Psychiatry & Family & Mental Health & Control & Reality & Behaviour & Numbers)  ibid. 

 

139,139.  This new system of psychological disorders had been created by a an attack on the arrogance and power of the psychiatric elite in the name of freedom.  But what was beginning to emerge from this was a new form of control: the disorders and checklists were becoming a powerful and objective guide to what were the correct and appropriate feelings in an age of individualism and emotion.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Psychology & Psychiatry & Family & Mental Health & Control & Reality & Behaviour & Numbers)  ibid. 

 

65,037.  In November 1989 the Berlin Wall collapsed and the Cold War was finally over.  A new era of freedom had begun.  The shape that freedom was going to take would be defined by the victors – the West, and as this programme has shown, the idea of freedom that had now become dominant in the West was deeply rooted in the suspicion and paranoia of the Cold War.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Economics & Market & Tyranny & Democracy & Game & Psychology & Psychiatry & Family & Mental Health & Control & Reality & Behaviour & Berlin)  ibid.

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