Oh? Never heard the word “Compunism” before? Planned, but chaotic governance driven by competing computer systems.
Well, there’s a reason for that. It didn’t exist in an economic context until I got to looking for a word that would embrace the breadth and depth of the world change that has been in place since the foundations of the Internet were laid down in the 1980’s.
In fact, Ure’s truly actually had a hand in bringing it to life in a minor way, as did every one of us who had a role in the Halt and Catch Fire years of computational development and networking.
As bad as “communism” was as an economic system, what we seem to have found in data is an extremely high correlation between deficit spending and where markets do. And about the future? Well, let’s just say that the TV show “Person of Interest” meets early day super computing war-gaming and it becomes a processor based totalitarianism….yeah. That becomes a kind of writ large concept box.
But the scariest part? It explains why Bush was so much like Clinton at a policy level and why Obama is so much like Bush. And why Boehner and a bunch of other traditional conservatives seem to be listening to unseen coaching from the sidelines.
What’s the reason? My suggestion is we’re rolling into a new form of government called “compunism” and it will be as profound in its impacts as the Interstate Highway System.