Rising Integration

Marx, in the mid-nineteenth century, thought that whoever owned the tools and technology – the “means of production” – would control society.  He argued that, because work was inter-dependent, workers could disrupt production and seize the tool from their bosses.  Once they owned the tools, they would rule society.
Yet history played a trick on him.  For the very same inter-dependency gave even greater leverage to a new group – those who orchestrated or integrated the system.  In the end, it was neither the owners nor the workers who came to power.  In both capitalist and socialist nations, it was the integrators who rose to the top.
It was not ownership of the “means of production” that gave power.  It was control of the “means of integration”.
   —  Alvin Toffler
From his book: “The Third Wave
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2013 But So Far…
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2012 Just Like Bubbles
2011 Caring and Driving
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2010 Unwise To Trust
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2009 As for me…
Health Care Reform Now!!

Personal Decisions

Fight not because you are told to fight, but because you are free to fight.  Then you are answerable only to yourself and to the world you cherish most highly.
   —  John Phoenix (Mack Bolan), from his journal
[Mack Bolan is a fictional character from the “men’s” action/adventure series: “The Executioner” written by Don Pendleton.  Bolan is an American vigilante who goes around the country killing Mafiosi because he feels they are beyond the law.  The series is sometimes credited with being the foundation of the 70s/80s genre of male action/adventure novels.  It was also the inspiration for Marvel’s character: “The Punisher“.  The series ran about forty volumes and then Bolan switched to a “war” on terrorists.  I bought and read the entire original series and started on the Phoenix line, but got bored and lost interest.  The series was sold to a different publisher and they hired a team of writers to take over.  The series didn’t have the same flavor for me.  Wikipedia reports the series is still going and has over 600 (!!) volumes.
Forty years ago, I’d have thought the words “answerable only to yourself” were the most significant.  Now, with age, and hopefully a bit more wisdom, I’d put more emphasis on the “and to the world you cherish most highly“.  We may all be actors in a play, but none of us are an island.  —  KMAB]
On This Day In:
2015 Verbal Fluency
2014 Familiar
2013 Unbending
2012 Simple Sayings
2011 Wupped Again?
2010 3 and 1…
Musical Notes…
Doubt Tries…
Northwest Passages – Evening Two
The Beierly’s Web Site
The American’s conviction that he must be able to look any man in the eye and tell him to go to hell [is] the very essence of the free man’s way of life.
   —  Walter Lippmann
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2015 Green Binge
2014 Overdone
2013 The Courage To Remake The World
2012 Minor Gifts
2011 I Love It When A Plan Comes Together…
2010 Eloquence
Cleaning the Chalk Board
Man is condemned to be free, because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
   —  Jean-Paul Sartre
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2015 Details
2014 Here’s One…
2013 Non-Fungible Commodities
2012 Hope And Tears
2011 Just Long Enough
Meaningful Thoughts


All men dream: but not equally.  Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
   —  T. E. Lawrence
[For some reason, I was sure I’d posted this before!  I can’t find it.  So, here it is at last (for you dreamers).  —  KMAB]
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2015 Three Roars
2014 Be R-E-L-E-V-A-N-T
2013 Lacking
2012 So Small A Thing
2011 Is Your Time Valuable?

One Lucky Man

I have never found the companion that was as companionable as solitude.
  —  Henry David Thoreau
[Henry never met my wife!  LOL!  For an introvert (like me), she’s been pretty special and has shaped my life in ways I could never have expected.  —  KMAB]
On This Day In:
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2013 Sociology Of The Future
2012 1010
There In The Sunshine
2011 Not Enough Time
Where any answer is possible, all answers are meaningless.
     —  Isaac Asimov
[If not meaningless, then certainly “huuuggge” and “the best“.  At least that’s what I’ve heard many people saying…  —  KMAB]
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2012 Possessing Eternity
2011 I Thought We Were Talking About Afghanistan

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