- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Llumina Press (September 7, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595263497
- ISBN-13: 978-1595263490
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,784,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Calculated Chaos: Institutional Threats to Peace and Human Survival Paperback – September 7, 2004
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from page 135: "At no other time in human history have the consequences of our thinking been so immediate and pervasive. If mankind is to survive, you and I will have to take the responsibility for ending our participation in violence. The character of any society can never rise higher than the character of the individuals within it. If our world is disorderly and violent, it is because you and I have learned to be conflict-ridden and aggressive. Institutions are blessed with no mysterious powers that would enable a society to transcend the division, discord and confusion of its members. Only by transforming ourselves can our world become peaceful and orderly. "The task is ours, yours and mine. We have no one else to whom we can turn for salvation. No international organization of nation-states can be expected to curb the appetites of its own members. We must save mankind, for we are mankind."
and from page 66: "We are willing to stand and shout for patriotism because we perceive no cost to us in doing so. It does not appear to harm anyone, and brings so much in the way of social returns. We do not see the real and direct connection between our flag-waving and the machine-gunning of children. We believe we can enjoy the benefits of the former without bearing any respoonsibility for the latter.
"Rasism - like any other form of conflict - will come to an end not through moral preachments or appeals to such vague abstractions as brotherhood. It is not bad intentions that keep us apart, but our willingness to live outside ourselves, and to identify with groups.Read more ›
In the 20th Century 200 million people around the globe were killed by governments. Could we really be worse off if we had a lot less Government in our lives?
In addition to discussing the way we have been conditioned to identify our egos with, and subsequently legitimize, institutions and their respective agendas, Shaffer points out that, whenever we seek to enforce our will or preferences upon others through formalizing and systemizing "beliefs" and unyielding answers to abstractions, the enslavement of either ourselves or others is inevitable, regardless of how noble our objectives may have been initially. It is interesting to note that movements inspired by innate questioning and searching nearly always go awry when they begin to institutionalize formal systems of belief and absolutist thinking.Read more ›
Though this reader gives few psychological theories much weight (believing nearly none in the realm of scientific knowledge, i.e., the sorts of ideas whose basis can all too easily be refuted), the notion of institutions as manifestations of ego boundaries is something that this reader finds highly probable. It's something that could be well-tested if it hasn't already.
Logically, one could deduce that any brilliant wonder (faith, spirit, etc.) from the human psyche would also have a parallel and tangible life within the institution. This particular author does however argue--more or less--that only an actual relationship could ever manifest something such as faith or spirituallity since institutions are inherently weak no matter how carefully someone orders or improves upon them.
After all, what is an institution? It isn't your mother nor your father nor your brother nor sister, not even your friend. It's not clear that this author believes the following, but it's logical that he should: The institution, if it is to exist and be competitive, must be secondary to relationships. Otherwise, the wonders of the human psyche can never manifest themselves in the real-world and the institutions without the healthy attitudes about relationships will die.
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There are three books that have caused a paradigm shift in my life: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Ran; Democracy: The God that Failed by Hans-Herman Hoppe; and Calculated Chaos by Butler... Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Ben
I STILL HAVE MY COPY I BOUGHT IN THE '80'S. I CHERISH IT. IF THIS DOES NOT MAKE YOU THINK AND DO FOR YOUR SELF NOTHING WILL. Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by EASY TRAVELER
At the risk of projecting my wishes and hopes onto others I highly recommend that you read this book. Read morePublished on January 25, 2009 by Tin Man
Butler identifies a number of valid issues inherent in society, institutions and bureaucracies and he seems to have Libertarian leanings but he does not offer one legitimate piece... Read morePublished on July 30, 2008 by edward j shelton KP author