In the 2003 documentary "The Mindscape of Alan Moore," Comic book writer Alan Moore lays out his feelings on conspiracy theories:
"The main thing that I learned about conspiracy theory is that conspiracy theorists actually believe in a conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is chaotic. The truth is that it is not the Jewish banking conspiracy or the grey aliens or the 12-foot reptiloids from another dimension that are in control. The truth is more frightening; nobody is in control. The world is rudderless."
And yes, conspiracies can be dangerous, misleading, or outright dumb in the wrong hands. But this fear is also applied unfairly to historical studies. What if there were no gatekeepers? Or, to quote Alan Moore again: "who watches the watchmen?"
Spontaneous order is the unexpected emergence of order out of seeming chaos. It is generally used to explain the emergence of varied social orders in human social grids from the demeanor of a mixture of self-interested people who are not deliberately trying to create order through planning. Examples of systems that developed through spontaneous order include the evolution of life on Earth, the Internet, a free-market economy, and in our current perspective, history. In the words of Macho Man Randy Savage in an interview in 1987 on Prime Time Wrestling, "the cream rises to the top."
Spontaneous orders are scale-free webs, while institutions are ordered grids. While organizations are created and controlled by specific individuals or groups, spontaneous orders are created and maintained by no one in particular. In history, spontaneous order is defined as the result of human actions, not of human design.
Critics say the foundations of this type of thinking are so disconnected because the concept of spontaneous order lacks distinctness and inner framing. And that the theory's constituents lack intentionality, the significance of fundamental or worthwhile understanding, and the natural selection of competitive practices. The idea has also been criticized for not proposing a moral argument, and the overall perspective includes clashing strands that never seek to conform to systematically.
But I'm here to counter that, albeit in a shorter version. This is a subject I plan to attack at more extraordinary lengths, but I'll kick that can down the road for now. The central planners that design our textbooks have the arduous job of condensing history into a nice and neat 16-week course. They perform vivisection on our past, removing events that they deem vestigial. But we need to ask ourselves if these events are purposely hidden from us? Is it a coincidence most have never heard of the Tulsa massacre until the Watchmen television show? Despite the best efforts to keep certain events hidden, the collective never forgets. And with the digital age in full swing, our ability to spread the truth is like poison ivy to the powers that be.
The Cream always rises to the top.
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