Self-Organization: Tool of the Oppressed

I previously proposed hypotheses about how self-organization in social systems might be expected to work suggesting that the rate and creativity of the self-organizing process will correlate positively with the energy inserted into the system from the outside and the desperation of the population. I further suggested that in general one might anticipate a roughly…

Self-Organization

As the world gets increasingly interconnected and increasingly complex, self-organized political activity is becoming increasingly important, so understanding how self-organization works, what intensifies it, and how it can be influenced are increasingly important goals. Unfortunately, it is not clear that complexity theory can offer many insights into these details that would be of value to…

Heterogeneity

Complexity suggests that we can assume any regime will be heterogeneous in terms of say, policy preference, and will be in the process of evolving into something unanticipated. These simple insights can rescue failing foreign policies!