Friday, March 20, 2009
Strategy Analysis: Keep "The Conservatives" Always On Trial
In my real life profession the evil corporation that pays sends me out to various corporate clients. They ask me to evaluate these companies so that I might note a pattern in their processes then understand their "pain points". I then feed the sales people information and a strategy as to how we can position our wares in support of correcting their problems. I can't help but to notice that this systematic way of thinking has me brainwashed as this sort of pattern detection spills over to nearly all other aspects of my life.
Though some are resistant to admit it - what is true for the corporations is also true for a cluster of people organized into a subdivision, a city, a civil rights organization and a collection of people who identify themselves as a "race". While it is true that a corporation has a more formal command and control function while these other entities are more of a voluntary participation structure - the fact still remains that the essences of HUMAN and GROUP BEHAVIOR carries forth regardless of the association.
The key to keeping the association together often is defined by the consequences of not following along with the directives of the organization. It comes as no surprise that in a corporation you "do it" or you are fired. The consequence is that you lose your stream of money received from the source that is "consuming your labor".
What people are loathed to make note of is how these other loosely coupled entities ALSO make use of certain enforcement actions to channel behavior of their individual members toward an "acceptable" set of behaviors. While it is true that these informal groups often don't have the bounty of money to hold over their members head (well at least not money from formal salaries) they do make heavy use of the age old force of SHUNNING to get their point across and enforce behavioral compliance.
Please keep in mind that just as there have been notable examples of dysfunctional corporate behaviors and cultures (ie: HealthSouth), of course there are also many examples of dysfunctional behavior that is enforced among informal groups. This includes the actions of those who purport to be operating under the guise of doing what is best for "their race".
YES I KNOW THAT I AM NOT HAPPY WITH MY PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES BUT YOU HAVE TO PROVE TO ME THAT IT IS ME WHO SHOULD CHANGE RATHER THAN THE SYSTEM THAT IS IMPOSING UPON ME
I inserted that opening piece in order to lay the groundwork for my main argument.
As I inspect the antics used by various people as a means of defending their own position and orientation - they primarily focus upon "Putting the other guy on trial and exposing his flaws as the primary means of justifying their own positions". In doing so they rarely put forth the intrinsic benefit of their own position, thus promoting why someone should follow but instead remain steadfastly embedded where they presently stand.
As a self professed "conservative" I am not above making the case that YES - conservatives do this as well.
If we were to remain at the concept of "Well they do it too" as our key justification for our own actions then indeed we would remain at a deadlock.
Thus there needs to be "tie breaking" concept introduced to motivate progress and change. From my rationale that concept is that of the measure of PRESENT ENTRENCHMENT of the force under inspection. At a certain point YOUR ideology has defacto control over the institutions that supply to you your given living standard. It is a circular reference to argue: "Blacks don't support conservatives because they don't provide us with solutions that WE AGREE WITH". The key flaw in this line of thinking is that the acceptance of any new way out is contingent upon getting MASS AGREEMENT......not upon the EFFECTIVENESS of this new plan. The fact that the masses of people are already inclined to belief that a certain body of solutions are more perferable to them and that any alternative set has a high bar to clear before they will even be considered means that the people are free to sit back as skeptics, rejecting any new ideas that are passed their way.
BUT WAIT!!! You are COMPLAINING about your present situation which is shaped by the way that you are presently doing things.....AREN'T YOU?
The functional logic that is communicated by this present tact says "While indeed the tack that we are presently sitting on is painful and my prefered ideology as failed to take it out of my behind.........I see no evidence that YOU have any particular capabilities at 'removing tacks out of asses' so thus I will just continue 'trying harder' in support of my present orientation. Now get to stepping".
The problem with this person's tactics is that he positions himself as a function of some external ideology that he has to follow to salvation rather than being able to assemble his own, based on what works to FIX HIS PROBLEMS. He says that his problems are unique per his experience and that he, unlike his enemies are not beholden to (sorry 'sold out' upon) any particular entity that is outside of his domain of interests.
PUTTING THE CONSERVATIVES ON TRIAL
One key pattern that I have to give credit to the progressives for is their ability to "put conservatives on trial". Despite the dominate control over our community they are inclined to inspect the antics of their adversaries more than they are asked to justify their own existence. Take a listen to the "Black media" and you'll see how this perspective is fully clarified for the all who listen in.
The corrolary point is that the present state of the Black community and its shortfall as compared to the White community is a gap that exists from SLAVERY and RACISM. Thus any inch that happens to be closed in upon is an "inch that was present before the current progressive leadership took hold". Thus we should be thankful for all that they are doing for us. There will be few discussions regarding if we are on an "optimal path" in which better results COULD HAVE been obtained.
The key concept that is rarely discussed is the ORGANIC REFERENCE to the full potential of Black people (ie: not referencing WHITE FOLKS as the proverbial "1.0" or perfection).
Some people are more interested in proving the brilliance of their ancestors by spotlighting how they built a pyramid as a element of worship of their great leader than they are inclined to order the Black community of TODAY to build the functional infrastructure for use in addressing our needs today.
The diagram above represents a "U-tube". When pressure is applied to one side of the tube, the water is forced to the otherside. any air that is trapped between the water level on the otherside and the end of the tube gets compressed. This represents the push and pull of the shifting demands in a closed system. This is a symbolic reference to the shifting demands as you depart one time interval and move on to another. The point of focus that was required when did not have control over your community are not necessarily the point of focus that is required when you do have control. One only need to note the "empty space" that is created when one side gets pushed upon too far by this actively applied force.
What is needed is EQUALIBRIUM to keep both sides of the U in balance.
The worship of leaders and outmoded stuctures proves damning.