<CPOV> The non linear effects of leaks on unjust systems of governance
mathieu.oneil at anu.edu.au
Sat Aug 7 14:47:26 CEST 2010
Someone sent me the following links to texts by the man of the moment, Mr. Assange. Actually, they sent me the pdfs of the papers, but I wasnt sure if could or should post these here, so I'm just sending the intro and links. The texts deal with states and conspiracies, the roles of leaks etc. Have not read through but looks interesting, if only at a "human interest" level.
31 July 2010
These essays on conspiracies by Julian Assange (me at iq.org) were retrieved
today from his website iq.org. The first from the currently active site, dated
Novermber 10, 2006, and the second at archive.org, dated December 3, 2006.
Thanks to Jason Lewis for pointing to this in his Mail On Sunday report.
Sun 31 Dec 2006 : The non linear effects of leaks on unjust systems of
You may want to read The Road to Hanoi or Conspiracy as Governance [second
essay following]; an obscure motivational document, almost useless in light of its
decontextualization and perhaps even then. But if you read this latter document
while thinking about how different structures of power are differentially affected
by leaks (the defection of the inner to the outer) its motivations may become
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.
Only revealed injustice can be answered; for man to do anything intelligent he
has to know what's actually going on.
Dr Mathieu O'Neil
Adjunct Research Fellow
Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute
College of Arts and Social Science
The Australian National University
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