During the 2016 Bernie campaign we opened a campaign office and people showed up. It was chaotic and there was a sense of urgency. Things were moving fast. The California primary was late in the game then, and people from all over the US showed up at our door, willing to work. We found beds and food for them. People showed up at the office with snacks, rides, paper, packs of voter reg whatever. It just happened. Things got done.
People bubbled up and took control of what they were naturally good at. I was dubbed the office manager because I showed up every morning at 8 am and am a natural at telling people what to do. Ginny came in at 2 pm every day and relieved me. Stoner cut turfs. Danny ran trainings twice a day. People crowded into our 25’ x 25’ foot space around the tables, chairs and computers, to receive their turf, snacks, training if necessary, and left raring to go door to door. It was chaotically beautiful.
The thing about chaotic situations is that there is little time for hierarchy to develop. Leaders lead and if challenged consider the options and can change quickly. There is little time for interpersonal bickering and no time for empire building. (Maybe we were just lucky. Some of us are still working together eight years later.)
I have been told that this dynamic is similar in the midst of natural disasters and wars. It certainly happened during the protests. I experienced it in the early days of the computer industry. Things moved so fast that the sales guys (yes, they were guys then) kept orders in shoe boxes on their desks. It was competitive and people were there to win. Software development did not go through pre or post reviews. If the compiler did not work you talked to the person who wrote the compiler. Issue resolved. No riffraff, just straight up.
Now, not so much. All things bow to the bottom line. The industry is now hierarchical, top down, run by MBAs, Marketing and Sales without input from engineers. Products are sold based on ‘who do you play golf with’ (although now golf has been replaced by bicycling). Developers work on an ‘assembly-line’ basis to implement products. It is all about who you know with a lot of high-level posturing rather than product quality, features, and performance. Capitalism at its best.
Useless eaters be damned. And to this end the corporatists and elites serve up Chaos on Steroids daily. This functions, it seems, to obfuscate the movement of resources upwards. The ptb are taking advantage of the chaos to benefit themselves.
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