Posted by The Happy Tutor
What if we had emergent democracy and what emerged was tyranny as in the Weimar Republic? Is Cluetrain, etc, "volkish rubbish"? What can possibly emerge from this?
I think some folks on line are making an Hegelian case, without being Hegelians. They seem to think that the Zeitgeist is smarter than we are, freeing us from personal responsibility. We should all do what we please and emergence or the market, or God, Nature, or evolution will bring order out of choas, netting our errors to a wonderful whole. That is an hypothesis. It could be flagrantly wrong. Unless it is a kind of tautology, a theorem we believe in with all our might, and hold true come what may. I don't believe in emergence as a metaphysical principle. In my 55 years what I have seen emerge is increasingly malignant. What emerges most often in evolution are dead ends, of individuals, communities, species, and soon our planet. If left to itself, the mob will not get any smarter. And what will emerge will be a black ball floating in space.