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Super-Competent Democracies:
Readers Video Series

Dissolving Neoliberalism, Managerialism and Elitism

Interviews with the Author Roy Madron.

This book proposes that our societies will have to become 'Super-Competent Democracies' in order to learn how to manage the immensely complex challenges and threats that we are facing.

The purpose of the book is to explain why and howSuper-Competent Democracies have to emerge so that our societies can become increasingly just and increasingly sustainable.

The world we live in and depend upon is immensely complex and so are the problems, the threats and the challenges that we face. Because they are complex, they cannot be solved with the lavish application of technological ingenuity and human resources as we can with 'simple' problems such as building a bridge or 'complicated' problems such as putting a man on the moon.

As David Snowden and Mary E.Boon said in A leader's framework for decision making, (Harvard Business Review: November 2000)

    • Complex problems involve large numbers of interacting elements
    • The interactions are nonlinear, and minor changes can produce disproportionately major consequences.
    • The system is dynamic, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and solutions cant be imposed; rather, they arise from the circumstances.
They emphasise that tackling complex problems requires "A deep understanding of context, the ability to embrace complexity and paradox, and a willingness to flexibly change leadership style." Indeed by treating complex problems as if they were simple or complicated leads to the emergence of disastrously chaotic outcomes, of which there are multitudes of florid examples at every level from the local to the global. By contrast, by applying ensembles of 'Super-Competencies' complex problems can be dissolved, as the great management cybernetician Stafford Beer says in 'Decision and Control'. (1966)

All of the 'Super-Competencies' we can use to dissolve the complex ecological, economic, social and political challenges and threats we are facing have been tried and tested and rigorously evaluated over the past fifty years or so.

However, while learning how to dissolve those problems, we will also have to dissolve three great ideological obstacles to their implementation: Neoliberalism, Managerialism and Elitism. The anti-human, anti-nature and anti-democratic systems that have been created by these three ideologies are herding the whole of the human family, and much of the natural world to the brink of chaos and extinction.

Why and how these ideologies combine to present a lethal danger to the future of the human family and the natural systems on which we depend is detailed in the first half of the book.

Roy Madron


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Super-Competent Democracies:
Dissolving Neoliberalism, Managerialism and Elitism

This book proposes that our societies will have to become 'Super-Competent Democracies' in order to learn how to manage the immensely complex challenges and threats that we are facing.

The purpose of the book is to explain why and howSuper-Competent Democracies have to emerge so that our societies can become increasingly just and increasingly sustainable.

The world we live in and depend upon is immensely complex and so are the problems, the threats and the challenges that we face. Because they are complex, they cannot be solved with the lavish application of technological ingenuity and human resources as we can with 'simple' problems such as building a bridge or 'complicated' problems such as putting a man on the moon.

As David Snowden and Mary E.Boon said in A leader's framework for decision making, (Harvard Business Review: November 2000)

Complex problems involve large numbers of interacting elements
The interactions are nonlinear, and minor changes can produce disproportionately major consequences.
The system is dynamic, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and solutions can’t be imposed; rather, they arise from the circumstances.
They emphasise that tackling complex problems requires "A deep understanding of context, the ability to embrace complexity and paradox, and a willingness to flexibly change leadership style." Indeed by treating complex problems as if they were simple or complicated leads to the emergence of disastrously chaotic outcomes, of which there are multitudes of florid examples at every level from the local to the global. By contrast, by applying ensembles of 'Super-Competencies' complex problems can be dissolved, as the great management cybernetician Stafford Beer says in 'Decision and Control'. (1966)

All of the 'Super-Competencies' we can use to dissolve the complex ecological, economic, social and political challenges and threats we are facing have been tried and tested and rigorously evaluated over the past fifty years or so.

However, while learning how to dissolve those problems, we will also have to dissolve three great ideological obstacles to their implementation: Neoliberalism, Managerialism and Elitism. The anti-human, anti-nature and anti-democratic systems that have been created by these three ideologies are herding the whole of the human family, and much of the natural world to the brink of chaos and extinction.

Why and how these ideologies combine to present a lethal danger to the future of the human family and the natural systems on which we depend is detailed in the first half of the book.

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  1. SuperCompetent Democracies Series Episode 2 The Neo Liberal Thought Collective HD

    http://thinktank-watch.blogspot.se/1988/12/mission-statement.html

    http://thinktank-watch.blogspot.se/2007/12/sir-anthony-fisher.html

    http://thinktank-watch.blogspot.se/2007/12/mont-pelerin-society.html

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Think_tank_timeline

    1916: Institute for Government Research founded by Robert Brookings
    1918: New School for Social Research founded
    1920: National Bureau of Economic Research founded by Wesley Clair Mitchell
    1922: Institute of Economics founded by Robert Brookings
    1924: Robert Brookings Graduate School founded
    1923: F. A. Hayek visits the USA for the first time
    1927: Brookings Institution formed from merging of IGR, IoE, and Brookings Graduate School
    1927: Hayek becomes founder-director of Austrian Institute for Business Cycle Research in Vienna
    1929: start of Great Depression
    1931: Hayek moves to London
    1932: William Volker Fund founded
    1935: Tax Foundation founded by businessmen including Lewis H. Brown
    1938: Lippmann Colloquium held in Paris with Hayek and von Mises in attendance
    1938: Hayek founds the short-lived Society for the Renovation of Liberalism, a prototype for the Mont Pelerin Society
    1942: Harold Luhnow takes control of the William Volker Fund
    1943: American Enterprise Institute founded by Lewis H. Brown
    1944: Condensed version of The Road to Serfdom by Hayek published in Reader's Digest
    1945: Antony Fisher and Harold Luhnow first meet Hayek
    1946: Foundation for Economic Education founded by Leonard Read with William Volker Fund money
    1947: Mont Pelerin Society founded by Hayek; Americans attend with aid of William Volker Fund
    1952: Antony Fisher visits Foundation for Economic Education
    1955: Institute of Economic Affairs established by Antony Fisher
    1961: Institute for Humane Studies founded by F. A. Harper
    1963: Hudson Institute founded
    1968: Reason Magazine started as a student publication
    1972: George Mason University separates from University of Virginia
    1973: University of Buckingham founded, conceived at Institute of Economic Affairs
    1973: Heritage Foundation founded with Joseph Coors and Richard Mellon Scaife money
    1974: Hayek wins nobel award
    1974: Centre for Policy Studies founded
    1975: Antony Fisher joins the new Fraser Institute as co-director
    1977: Cato Institute founded with Koch Industries money
    1977: Adam Smith Institute founded with help of Antony Fisher
    1978: Reason Foundation founded
    1979: Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of the UK
    1979: Pacific Research Institute founded with help of Antony Fisher
    1980: Social Affairs Unit founded (IEA/Fisher)
    1981: Atlas Economic Research Foundation established by Antony Fisher
    1981: Council for National Policy founded
    1983: National Center for Policy Analysis founded with help of Antony Fisher
    1983: Herman Kahn of the Hudson Institute dies; the Institue takes a new, markedly neo-liberal direction and expands
    1984: Competitive Enterprise Institute founded
    1984: Heartland Institute founded (Koch?)
    1984: Citizens for a Sound Economy founded (Koch)
    1984: George C. Marshall Institute founded
    1985: Institute for Humane Studies and George Mason University join forces
    1988: Alexis de Tocqueville Institution founded (Koch?)
    1990: Acton Institute founded
    1993: Centre for the New Europe founded
    1994: New Citizenship Project founded
    1997: Project for the New American Century founded
    1997: Reason Public Policy Institute founded
    1998: Lexington Institute founded
    2001: International Policy Network founded
    2005: Globalization Institute founded

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