How do we account for the intractability of our times?
Why have so many ‘once in a lifetime’ events produced no corrections?
Even when we know…knowing does not seem to matter.
Since 2008, we have experienced a string of arguably ‘once in a lifetime’ events that threaten to shift our entrenched paradigms but ultimately never achieve such a correction. During these years, we have also received astounding confirmations of the intractability of our times—galvanizing events that ultimately do not resolve:
- The election of Barack Obama (2008);
- A world-wide financial crash (The Great Recession, 2008);
- A Democratic supermajority in Congress (2009-2011);
- Arab Spring (2010-2012);
- A world-wide protest against wealth inequality and the corrections a financial crash did not deliver (Occupy Wall Street, 2011-2012);
- Black Lives Matter (2013-2016);
- Standing Rock Protests (2016);
- The Panama Papers (2016);
- The most money ever raised in a United States presidential election (Hillary Clinton, 2016);
- The largest single-day protest in American History (Women’s March, 2017)
In example after example, knowledge alone has shown minimal effect on the structure, maintenance, regulation (and lack thereof) of our world.
THIS IS (AN):
[ ] AGE OF NO REMEDY
[ ] AGE OF NO REMEDY (FOR MOST)
[ ] THE REMEDY (FOR SOME)
What is an age of no remedy?
- A time where the ability to produce remedy, regulation or alternative is overpowered by the subjective ability to suppress remedy, regulation and alternative;
- An experience of entrenchment and intractability where neither knowledge nor rhetoric—even when accurate—have no effect;
- A misalignment where terrains of circulation and coordination extend beyond the reach of sovereign regulation;
- A system guided and constrained by contradiction regardless of knowledge or political will.