By: Douglass Carmichael
The reemergence of religion into the public space is a cultural shock to many. We thought we lived in an increasingly science based secular world, and that the enlightenment was still penetrating the few remaining shadows of old myth, verbal ritual, blood and despair.
The overwhelming movement of the West since the middle ages is probably the confluence among technology, power, capital and status. The ruling class has been able to keep control, more or less, of this ensemble for its own benefit. The industrial phase required a larger middle class of well paid managers to keep this ensemble and its emerging complexity flowing and efficiently productive. The digital world, for its technology and the consequences, seems to imply that we need fewer managers, as coordination technology allows lower level workers to cross coordinate.
We are beginning to see that there is an inexorable flow to the techno-economic that is sensed by almost everyone. Mary Poovey has creatively called it the Axis of Finance. Capital congregates around a few places, and globalization is the extension of the exploitation of resource, but not of real economic power, to more and more of the world. Elites in new countries are paid off for delivering their populations to the megamachine. Law and regulation support the movement into ever more skewed distributions.