Creating Chaos at Home and Abroad

BarbWire BWThis is a great article by Fay Voshell posted at BarbWire. She nicely touches on a reality that’s mostly ignored — many on the left get a thrill over chaos and they could care less about the risks or the facts of history.

Kip Piper, a former top official at HHS, recently described the rollout of the Obamacare site as “the joyous, simultaneous, nonlinear equation from hell.”

Piper’s comments encapsulate in a very few words the political chaos theory driving the Left, including the leaders of our current administration. They also summarize the commitment of our president to crisis and chaos.

“Forward!” at all costs! “Forward!” joyously. “Forward,” despite chaos.

“Forward,” to create chaos.

If the idea of deliberately creating chaos sounds insane to the average common sense American, some political theorists and their followers have found the prospect absolutely exhilarating. For decades, theorists of political science have been enamored of science’s chaos theory as it supposedly applies to public policy and international relations.

Edward Lorenz, author of The Essence of Chaos, wrote a famous essay entitled, “Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil set off a Tornado in Texas?” The idea was that the initial, random movement of a butterfly’s wings could potentially set off the chaos of a tornado.

Political chaos theorists seized upon a sort of Popular Science version of the butterfly effect, determining that humans could manufacture the initial conditions that could destabilize societal structures, creating chaos in the complex, non-linear system known as human society. Humans could inject “butterfly effects” into society, creating chaos, yet still rely on an invisible evolutionary process that would guide the entire social order to desired ends. Chaos eventually could produce a whole new order.

Managed anarchy was given the supposed imprimatur of science, which for over a century has been the source of supposedly infallible and non-falsifiable tenets applicable to humans and human society.

The fact is that there is nothing in the examination of the material world or theories concerning its structure, including the examination of sub-atomic particles, that speaks to the complexities of human behavior or its institutions, much less the moral order of society. But the effort has been made time and again as the influence of religion has faded and a new paradigm has taken hold.

For those political theorists adhering to the application of chaos theory to politics, the “old” world of Newtonian physics, with its paradigm of comprehensible order, is seen as hopelessly and permanently outdated.

Instead, Newtonian concepts, and other discarded paradigms such as religion — by whose orderly principles ordinary bitter clingers still live their lives — are replaced by a new model which assumes continual uncertainty (Heisenberg), nonlinearity (action A does not lead to consequence B) and unpredictability (there is no guarantee input assures a fixed or even desirable outcome). There is no particular relationship between causes and effects; no system or paradigm can be explained by the sum of its parts; no events can be predicted by what is happening now; and no process flows along orderly and predictable paths. In short, there is no explicatory meta-narrative to make sense of events.

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