The Security Society vs. the Skeptical Society
The current growing ratio of noise to signal is putting pressure on the world to become more skeptical, which will put pressure on societies to shift away from guaranteeing security. They just won't be able to do it effectively. The idea of managing anything larger than a local area will become preposterous. Our current states will collapse, or kill us all in the process of trying to hold themselves together. When it becomes clear that the rulers will only be ruling a pile of rubble if they continue, they will be forced to retreat.
I was just reading Leopold Kohr's The Overdeveloped Nations, and he compared large organizations to large buildings. The larger the skyskraper, the more of its floor space is occupied by elevators, and the smaller the portion of the building's total area is left over for the functions for which it was designed. Eventually, if a building were made tall enough, the whole thing would be taken up by elevators and air conditioning.
He analyzed the growth of the American GNP over the previous few decades, and found that almost all of that new output was taken up by a geometrical increase in the amount of electrical power, etc., necessary to keep things running. And in the process, the threshold of subsistence was rising so that the average person had to work ever-longer hours just to maintain what was socially defined as a barely acceptable standard of living.
As Paul Goodman put it forty years ago, decent and comfortable poverty is being rendered impossible. The state's subsidies to centralized and "professionalized" ways of doing things crowd out decentralized alternatives, and render us less able to translate our own labor into use-value outside the corporate economy. Subsidies to suburban sprawl make feet and bicycles less usable, so that we have to own a car. And the cartelized auto industry, by incorporating more and more computer technology and other expensive bells and whistles into new cars, has made it impossible to rely on shade-tree mechanics. The drug patent system and the licensing cartels crowd out cheap forms of medicine with the most expensive new stuff, so the only way to get what society defines as adequate healthcare is to find a liege-lord (er, employer) who will pay for it. Building codes render almost impossible the kinds of self-built housing that were in common use as late as 1940.