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Monday, February 07, 2005
 
The Dominant Paradigm
I originally offered this to the Democratic Underground website, but they weren't interested, so I thought I would repost it here on our new blog.
Drew

The Dominant Paradigm
In the 1800’s the industrial revolution created massive changes in the way people lived their lives. New technology changed age old patterns and behavior. By the beginning of the 20th century people could wash their clothes by machine, talk on the telephone or listen to music in the comfort of their own homes. The people in charge embraced the new technologies, but not the changes that came with them. With the new technologies, the Old Guard resisted the call to outlaw slavery, opposed the rights of women to own property and to vote, and brutally suppressed the rights of workers to fair wages and reasonable work schedules. Change of this kind is however imbued with its own momentum, not subject to the prejudices of narrow mindedness. Despite the regressive nature of politicians leading up to Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression, change came and with it progressive improvements in the lives of everyday people.We are now at a similar moment of change in time. The information age brought about by computer technology is bringing unprecedented change and with it progress. The new regressives led by the Bush 2 Administration have capitalized on what we now consider traditional mediums of communication; television and radio. They have very successfully used these mediums to hoodwink large numbers of people, but change they cannot foresee is coming. The wild, unrefined power of electronic communication does not fall under their thrall because the internet is worldwide and they can only control limited venues within the US. Remember that the most powerful military in the world cannot even control the small piece of real estate known as Iraq. The progress that the internet is bringing using the form of instant communication and news cannot be controlled by a small group with fascist tendencies. The paradigm will shift to one of progress, fairness and respect for individual rights and freedoms regardless of their actions. These changes in the form of human rights advances, environmental conservation and the ability of activists to mobilize worldwide in moments instead of months spells doom for their Orwellian plans of deceiving people into thinking that War is Peace ,Ignorance is Strength and Freedom is Slavery. Paradigms are powerful in their own right and not easily influenced by the ignorant. 20th century German physicist Max Plack’s quote provides us with insight into this phenomenon:”…a new truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because it opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it” The momentum of progress will sweep away their narrow minded perspective of the world in our lifetimes and history will judge them as abject failures.

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