Posts by Joe Porta

  • OnPoint: Pay Attention,

    If anyone bothered to read what Assange had written about his philosophy, they might refrain from talking such tosh.. Probably too tiresome for the short attention span of bloggers, but zunguzzu at
    has done the heavy lifting for you.

    Assange sums it up pretty neatly. He says first why he believes that authoritarian governments are by definition a conspiracy

    Authoritarian regimes give rise to forces which oppose them by pushing against the individual and collective will to freedom, truth and self realization. Plans which assist authoritarian rule, once discovered, induce resistance. Hence these plans are concealed by successful authoritarian powers. This is enough to define their behavior as conspiratorial.

    He goes on to state:

    Since a conspiracy is a type of cognitive device that acts on information acquired from its environment, distorting or restricting these inputs means acts based on them are likely to be misplaced. Programmers call this effect garbage in, garbage out. Usually the effect runs the other way; it is conspiracy that is the agent of deception and information restriction. In the US, the programmer’s aphorism is sometimes called “the Fox News effect”.

    I have left a couple of steps in the logic out in the interests of brevity read the entire page if you need to get a better handle, but after Assange has explained how conspiracies such as authoritarian governments like the amerikan empire are dependent upon information flows and how corrupting that flow can stymie them, he says:

    The more secretive or unjust an organization is, the more leaks induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie. This must result in minimization of efficient internal communications mechanisms (an increase in cognitive “secrecy tax”) and consequent system-wide cognitive decline resulting in decreased ability to hold onto power as the environment demands adaption. Hence in a world where leaking is easy, secretive or unjust systems are nonlinearly hit relative to open, just systems. Since unjust systems, by their nature induce opponents, and in many places barely have the upper hand, mass leaking leaves them exquisitely vulnerable to those who seek to replace them with more open forms of governance.

    The point of the leaks is not so much the actual stories themselves, as informative as they have been. The point is to make it more difficult for the criminal conspiracy that is the US government in the 21st century, to effectively communicate. Already we see that the 3 million plus employees of the amerikan empire that were once able to access all of these documents, and presumably make better decisions as a result, have now lost that access. Assange's strategy is working, whether or not you read the cables, believe the cables or continue to apologise for the empire's excesses.

    What you do won't effect the Assange plan. If you absorb the cables and become convinced of the evils of empire, so much the better, but if you don't no matter, the empire's communications tactics as well as their overall strategy has been dealt a major blow by these releases regardless of anyone's pious pontificating about lesser evils.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2010 • 1 posts Report Reply