DRACONIAN UTOPIA: What Are We Left With When ConsPIRACY Proves Right?
What Are We Left With When ConsPIRACY Proves Right?
By Iona Miller, March 2010
Geopolitical events have cast a deep pall across our lives. Social Insight is the Third Eye of the new Mystery. Only a top-down visionary perspective can begin to capture the Big Picture.
The formula “They have the power” may have its value politically; it does not do for an historical analysis. Power is not posessed, it acts in the very body and over the whole surface of the social field according to a system of relays, modes of connection, transmission, distribution, etc. Power acts through the smallest elements: the family, sexual relations, but also: residential relations, neighborhoods, etc. As far as we go in the social network, we always find power as something that “runs through” it, that acts, that brings about effects. It becomes effective or not, that is, power is always a definite form of momentary or constantly reproduced encounters among a definite number of individuals. Power is thus not posessed because it is “in play,” because it risks itself. –Michel Foucault, Power, Truth, Strategy (1979)
We should admit…that power produces knowledge (and not simply by encouraging it because it serves power or by applying it because it is useful); that power and knowledge directly imply one another; that there is no power relation without the correlative constitution of a field of knowledge, nor any knowledge that does not presuppose and constitute at the same time power relations. –Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (1975)
All that is ConsPIRACY is Not Theory
Formerly marginalized “Conspiracy Theory” has become mainstream with celebrity players such as Governor Jesse Ventura, Alex Jones, Mike Ruppert, Art Bell and George Noory. Multimedia has discovered there’s gold in ‘them thare conspiracies’ or it wouldn’t be producing these stories which have been underground issues for years. Simultaneously, the government is attempting to outlaw all conspiracy theories, making those who believe them criminals — terrorist enemies of the state. Reminiscent of blacklisting in by-gone eras, it sounds beyond Orwellian.
We might ask how we came to this paradox wherein the Overworld both promulgates and attacks dissent. In the end, it adds to the general confusion and obfuscation. Approximately 90 percent of the public now believes there was some kind of conspiracy to kill JFK. In the midst of “Climategate” and flu vaccine recalls, mainstream media is shamelessly profiteering from the pioneering efforts of veteran writers and media producers from the niche genre, popularized by radio shows and publications such as “Coast to Coast,” Nexus Magazine and Paranoia Magazine.
The highlight of any drama is the reveal. “Conspiracy theory” is inherently revelatory, potentially salvific – but what constitutes “correct” and “incorrect” revelation? And who is the arbiter of that consensus? Perhaps its great critique is that the genre offers few answers to its persistent questions and no adequate plan for the future.
Conspiracy knowledge should be distinguished from conspiracy theories — organized criminal enterprise, deliberate systemic fraud, doctored records, incorrigible delusions and paranormal phenomena. Sociopolitical conspiracies are a peopolitical fact, not fantasy or theory, even if this history is suppressed.
Before WWI, social engineers Bertrand Russell and H.G. Wells first promoted utopian ideals, world government and “open conspiracy.” Echoing Sir Francis Bacon’s esoteric notions of a ‘New Atlantis,’ the British Fabian Socialist Society was organized around 1883 by George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Sidney Webb, Annie Besant, and others. Bertrand Russell joined the organization sometime later. With fellow Fabian socialists, they adopted the long view — tactics of delay and gradual penetration.
Wells is arguably the first futurist, a pioneer of future studies as demonstrated in Anticipations of the Reactions of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought and The Discovery of the Future. Attempting self-fulfilling prophecy, Wells created utopian-socialist visions in little-known works including A Modern Utopia (1905) and Men Like Gods (1923). In the Days of the Comet (1906) he resorted to changing human nature with personality-improving gases shed by a comet’s tail, ushering in his Utopia of universal free love. Utopias promise a measure of meaning and autonomy in our lives. Yet, Wells wrote propaganda during WWI.
After World War I ended, members of Cecil Rhodes’ Round Table Group met with The Inquiry, led by Colonel Edward Mandell House. Working with the Fabian Socialists, they established the Royal Institute of International Affairs and its American branch, the Council on Foreign Relations. InThe World of William Clissold (1926), Wells turned to the idea of an “open conspiracy” spearheaded by multinational corporations. He foresaw how gradual extension of corporate power worldwide might entirely usurp the role of governments. What Wells had only anticipated is documented now in the work of the Trilateral Commission.
Russell advocated world government in The Impact of Science on Society. In 1928, the predictive writer Wells wrote The Open Conspiracy: Blue Prints for a World Revolution. By then he had broken with the Fabians, not in terms of their goals, but only in believing that they should be open about their plan to synthesize western capitalism with eastern communism, and create a world socialist government.
In a later book titled The New World Order (1939), Wells said, “There will be no day of days… when a new world order comes into being. Step by step and here and there it will arrive, and even as it comes into being it will develop fresh perspectives…. Countless … people will hate the new world order … and will die protesting against it.” United Nations “Agenda 21” from 1992 reiterates these ideas. It depicts the entire world, its people and resources, centrally organized under “world controls”.
The problem is an ideal social order doesn’t equate with global hegemony, once called Imperialism. One world government is a British-shaped scheme. What makes Wells’s “Open Conspiracy” open, is not the execution of some secret masterplan, nor revealing the membership roster of some inner sanctum of the rich and powerful.
Global change agents know this is not the secret to power in the world. Power leverages our future shock and grief. The stages of grief are Anger, Denial, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. They don’t always express themselves linearly in that order. They can cycle back and forth between the stages depending on the outside triggers of the process. We’ve been traded a Bill of Goods for the Bill of Rights.
As the social engineering shown above demonstrates, power lies in understanding that ideas, philosophy and culture control history. What constitutes a conspiracy, for good or evil, is a set of ideas which embody a concept of what it is to be human, and a conception of our role in universal history. Yet these are precisely the forces that led to the Cold War and today’s Long Crisis. But this thinking is flawed in a fundamental way. From Stranger in a Strange Land to Star Trek, utopian ideals have remained more scifi carrots on a stick than realizable values.
The Millennial version is sold with memes, disaster capitalism, sloganeering and phoney grassroots movements. Now utopian ideals like globalization, one world religion, depopulation and eugenics are mobilized against us. Universalist and Panpsychic sentiments are exlpoited for transnational corporate interests, as in the latest scifi blockbuster, Avatar.
They’ve fed us occulture, pop culture, cults, drugs and greedy consumerism as remedies for induced alienation, dissociation, dystopia and destabilization. The more electronically connected we are, the more disjointed our society becomes. Instead of socialism, we get sociopathy. Add high tech and we get highly technological sociopathy. Civilization does not equal Monsanto, Dow or Eli Lilly. Nor does the scientific molding of populations into a World State.
A covert agenda was instituted to replace the overt global control of the deflated British Empire. To maintain British supremacy, the US was enlisted to fight its wars, pay its bills and strongarm the rest of the world. Germany, France and Russia were played against each other. Russell believed these aims could be accomplished through psychological warfare run by intelligence.
After WWII this hidden agenda and covert mission was largely turned over to the futurist globalist thinktank, Tavistock Institute, and its champions from Freud and Jung to its heir RAND Corporation. One of Tavistock’s Directors, the guru of counterculture, Aldous Huxley, declared, “The future is the present projected.”
Huxley framed our projected hopes and fears in Brave New World (1932), as an antidote to planless incoherence and the horror of the Wellsian Utopia. His transhuman vision and psychological conditioning has proven uncannily correct. Perennial Philosophy (1944) is mirrored in the New Age. His Doors of Perception (1954) swing so wildly, they smack us in the face.
Conspiracy embodies specialized knowledge about the field of power — who has it, who manipulates it and how, and who doesn’t. That field may or may not include an esoteric dimension. What we are really talking about is a field of relative points of view (POV). The power of conspiracy is the power of the common cause.
Conspiracy knowledge shatters the old grid of false representation. Power structures have become radically altered, leaving only simulations of reality. Power is reinforced by its false claim to reality with the language of crisis, forcibly exiling us from our national interests. Yet, the promise of a “free-market” Utopia has failed, edged out perhaps by dreams of post-cataclysm society.
Cultural Cold War
The tyranny of the One is that of the official, spin-doctored version of past and current events, and future potentials – the fabricated consensus. Conspiracy collides with Reality by exposing its naked underbelly. Like all trends and most news, conspiracy has been co-opted. Isn’t co-opting conspiracy’s oldest weapon, followed closely by willing somnambulism and tacit collusion?
Suppression and marginalization usually follow co-option, but in this case we simply become bored by conspiracy with its ubiquitous symbolism, rationalizations and minutiae. We are programmed to ignore such ideas, even when we acknowledge their large-scale dynamics. Penetrating to its core, we find a cancerous heart. Knowing hurts. Our individualism urges us to rebel against the conformity imposed by centralized power. Most people don’t go looking for conspiracy until they find it somehow impacting their lives.
You no longer need to believe doomsday scenarios, be stockpiling gold, food and weapons or joining a militia to realize that the world according to mainstream media is largely propaganda and a sales job. There is no Consumer Utopia. Most of us probably recognize that, but the effects remain in effect.
When conspiracy theories stand up to scrutiny we accept them without astonishment as a fact of life, rather than the wild tales they once seemed. But we can’t blithely dismiss them with a bland, “we know.” Common truths are becoming more common. Repo men and crippling credit debt aren’t fantasies.
The Pax Americana has not delivered. The ‘liberal’ and progressive Left is being calculatedly played against the Right. The fusion coalition (three distinct political-intellectual movements on the right: the neoconservatives or pro-Cold War social democrats and liberals, the religious right and the libertarians) survived the end of the Cold War, but not the presidency of George W. Bush.
What we are seeing now, in the second decade of the 21st century, is the rise of the Ayn Rand-inspired libertarian right, at the expense of the neocons and social conservatives. It was Rand’s hatred of religion and her praise of selfishness that irked Buckley and the movement conservatives, who were more concerned about preserving what they saw as Western civilization from communism and relativism than with creating a free-market utopia.
Suppression is a pre-emptive strike at forbidden knowledge. Conspiracy harbors the seductive promise of hidden knowledge. Yet, above all, conspiracy is a human rights issue. Policy and propaganda go hand in hand. Skepticism, not gullibility, makes us to look deeper. Conspiracy is not a folly of deranged thought but an explorative examination of the challenges that confront us and vie for our acceptance, including rule by deceit. If some of these theories evaporate under scrutiny, they also provide evolving narratives to frame unforeseen scenarios.
Denials cannot be taken at face value in an era when “plausible deniability” has become virtually unnecessary and meaningless. Control mechanisms are overt and relentless. Opinion poles and phoney grassroots “movements” are created to manipulate and channel dissent. We have met the enemy and it is “us,” from terrorism to transhumanism, preying upon our own hopes and fears.
Collectively, the dynamic field of paranoia is the unconscious shadow condition of mass institutions. Paranoia is a disorder of meaning. Cognitive dissonance dwells somewhere between the ideal and the actual. Paranoia has become the background of our experience – the experiential ground. Is there any greater monomania than globalization at any human cost?
Our government is paranoid. It’s tinfoil hat, HAARP, sits in Alaska on its crown. Trapped in its own greedy delusions, leadership is caught in the first trick of the collective unconscious: acting out its Shadow as The Shadow Government, the cryptocracy. The light and the dark meet in the Twilight Zone of liminality, which has its own Uncertainty Principle. Truth always hides just around the corner. Nothing is real in the imaginal world, or everything real is illusory. Things are not what they seem.
Suspiciousness based in experience is not paranoia. Paranoia is only unfounded or exaggerated distrust. In today’s volatile world, hell-bent on globalization, paranoia may simply be prudence – care, caution and good judgment. It is foresight, sagacity, insight, and informs us what appropriate actions are in any time and place. It is a survival mechanism – sound judgment in practical affairs. Prudence also implies caution (risk-mitigation), an understanding of first-principles and open-mindedness.
This is the paradox of our time – those accused of being paranoid are the only ones who are fit to judge certain issues, having bothered to acquaint themselves with all sides of each issue (circumspection). The problem with burdensome knowledge is, what are you going to do about it? That answer determines how radical you are, from depression to militancy. Today’s ‘paranoia,’ neither irrational nor delusional, originates in the erosion of civil rights by corruption. Political paranoia is not phobic. It is the only congruent existential response to the modern environment.
Once called “crazy” or “paranoid,” watchdogs willing to dig behind the obvious propaganda and put themselves at risk have been vindicated. Their accusers would probably balk at being called “stupid” or “greedy” for failing to “get it” sooner. Still, some say searching is ‘tilting at windmills,’ a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you go looking for something, chances are you will find it. But it is also a fact that many seemingly “unfortunate accidents” are quite contrived, in fact, engineered.
There is always dirt to dig up, beyond both the “official” and “cover up” theories and litany of the Triple K Assasinations (JFK, RFK, MLK) and 9/11. Perennial categories include such sweeping themes as End Times, The Occult, Suppressed and Forbidden History, Transnational Corporations, Zionism, Surveillance, Secret Societies, NWO, Suppressed Science, Mind Control, Food Control, Weather Control, Crypto-Eugenics, Superweapons, Intelligence “Dirty Tricks,” Financial Crisis, Catastrophes, Drug War, Class War, War on Terror, and Exopolitics.
‘Theory’ is not a bad word. Most of our scientific notions are theories, or best-practice models of the ways in which things must work. All “conspiracy theories” are not created equal. Some are more alarmist or credible than others. For example, even if we have set foot on the Moon, that alone does not negate unrelated conspiracy theories. All that is conspiracy is not theoretical, as global government takeover has shown. The economic crisis is about power, not money.
There is plenty of credible evidence and plausible conclusions for those not programmed into tunnel vision or turning a blind eye to what is going on around them. Yet there are ‘traditional’ and ‘liberal’ conspiracy theories rooted more in lifestyle paradigms, values and expectations than consensus reality. Are there then patriotic and anarchistic conspiracies? We all operate from a worldview that conditions what we see and accept.
America was originally a colonization scheme — the vision of New Atlantis. The web of power is a complex tapestry. Expansive and sinister schemes do exist. Most conspiracy stories are based on revisioned history, timelines and bullet points, each of which require careful examination, beyond mere ‘belief.’
Despite suppression and cover stories, the truth about events such as Iran-Contra, biowarfare, and MK Ultra experimentation on civilians has come into the light. Deliberate propaganda is called ‘disinformation’ and may be disseminated by agent provacateurs. Truth is the only weapon against shared delusions. But how do we know what’s right and how do we determine what’s true when even consensus doesn’t make it so? What does it mean to be independent in the appropriate fashion?
One Global Nation Under GOD
Civilization itself is a conspiracy. Gold, Oil and Drugs (GOD) reign supreme at the top of the foodchain. Anyone who knows the “usual suspects” – Bilderbergs, Trilaterals, and Bohemian Illuminati – needn’t cast their nets any further than the top of the hierarchal pyramid, the Banksters. The Illuminati conspiracy has taken on mythic dimensions with Masonry caught in its web.
But holographic power structures do control society at every level, each of which has its own truths and lies. It operates silently, secretively. In democracy the use of power therefore is always an abuse of power. Deleuze claims that a theory does not totalize; it is an instrument for multiplication and it also multiplies itself. It is in the nature of power to totalize and theory is by nature opposed to power.
Derrida speaks of pure sovereignty, the very “essence of sovereignty” (Rogues, p. 100). On the one hand, in order to be sovereign, one must wield power oneself, take responsibility for its use by oneself, which means that the use of power, if it is to be sovereign, must be silent; the sovereign does not have to give reasons; the sovereign must exercise power in secret. In other words, sovereignty attempts to possess power indivisibly, it tries not to share, and not sharing means contracting power into an instant — the instant of action, of an event, of a singularity.
The big takeover is over. Yet, even within the Plutocracy or oligarchy there are many competing globalist factions, including Mega-Drug Groups and other criminal enterprises. There is no single protagonist, no single ideology, nor overarching plot. Chaos crystallizes in the epic plot — a struggle between good and evil which has taken on esoteric as well as religious overtones. Political extortion is terrorism.
Utopia is the vantage point from which we judge our society and find it wanting. It fires the imagination to see how things might be different. We are forced to see our way forward through blurry vision. The Utopian spirit has fizzled out. The perfect society remains a latent possibility, because we are inherently flawed. Therefore, Utopia is nowhere, yet NowHere as a measure of our pain at being separated from the visionary ideal. But who’s ideal? Utopias are idiosyncratic. Even the New World Order was someone’s grandiose utopian vision.
Escapist and mystical Utopias evade the problems of political life today. In a world that has run out of political ideas and no longer harbors any utopian visions, real political opposition is no longer possible. Along with the vision, we lose the passion, yearning and striving. Does the impulse move us forward or tighten our chains? We tend to think there is nothing we can do about it. Leftist intellectuals and critics no longer envision a different society, only a modified one. The left once dismissed the market as exploitative, but now honors it as rational and humane. Meanwhile, the free-market economy has failed of its own bloat.
The left used to disdain mass culture, but now celebrates it as rebellious. The left once rejected pluralism as superficial, but now resurrects pluralist ideas in the guise of multiculturalism. Even techno-utopian dreams have their dark side — transhumanism, irradiation, mind control, frankenfood, etc. Video Games program children to be better soldiers. Electronics joins drugs as a soporific.
Perhaps the best-kept secret — that the “Tavistock Agenda” generates the new-paradigm memes — remains the main untold story of maniuplating thinktanks, academia and thought police. It is no theory that the Police have merged with Intelligence to form Fusion Centers. We find ourselves, therefore, in a suppressive, militarized state that can be oppressive.
An even more arcane tale is that of “Tavistock West,” the tentacles of Tavistock in the United States that manipulates the polarized system from cradle to grave. Both the Left and the Right have their own orchestrated versions, from Militia, Born-Agains, Tea Parties and Birthers to New Agers, Disclosure, Ascension, Global Warming, Food Conspiracy and other eco- conspiracies.
Buzzwords like “2012,” “Peak Oil” and “Climate Change” have created obfuscation designed to confuse the whole range of the political spectrum. Because we have learned to distrust authority, we all yearn to discover the Truth, even if the news is not good. “Shock and Awe” has come home to roost. And the biggest casualty is the U.S. Constitution.
Is politics over? Apathetic silence can also have a conspiratorial effect — surrender. Such issues are far beyond the category of “Urban Legends,” or mythic anthropological narratives. We have to be honest with our own biases and prejudices. We need new research criteria for connecting the dots. Some things are safer to believe than others.
A series of bursting financial bubbles is finally awakening the public. Yet, long-time investigators take little satisfaction that their seed-thoughts sown in the wilderness have finally taken root. We have moved from an era of spectator democracy, to globalization or ‘corporate feudalism’, into the institutionalization of World Government – the “New Atlantis” of the Draconian Utopia of full-spectrum dominance by the Powers That Be (PTB). No superpower has remained immune from the vast restructuring. But the formerly disbelieving public has become an apathetic herd, resigned to their fate so long as endless electronic gadgets continue to flow their way.
Widespread knowledge of the hidden agenda is literally a day late and a sliding dollar short, much like the naked stock shorting that led to the current debacle – the latest bursting bubble, in a long trail from S&Ls, to Real Estate, to Wall Street, to the Gold Rush, to the Security Economy. We’ve been reluctant to believe an in enemy whose devotion to killing us goes far beyond what our generation has ever known. Those who once drank the Kool Aid have now thrown it up again.
As obvious now as Watergate, who could fail to doubt the truth of such once-rumored conspiracies as the Mafia, MK Ultra, Operation Mockingbird, Air America, Iran-Contra, COINTEL PRO, the Manhatten Project, Project Paperclip, Operation Northwoods, BCCI Scandal, Federal Reserve, Operation Gladio, or The Roundtable? Electoral coups and disappointed Hope have revealed that both parties serve the dark side of global politics.
Anyone doubting the effects of the Shadow Government can quickly get up to speed with a few Googles to more reliable sites. But, be careful, because Big Brother is watching in the full-surveillance society. Who you are, what you do, and who your family and friends are is carefully monitored, as well as your travel, buying habits, and financials.
Our collective aspirations are guided by archetypal fantasies. Our disenchantment and collective grief is arguably over loss of the world soul. The collective psyche points toward and guides us through the transition period we now face. New images are arising, reframing the future. Images have healing properties. They speak to us in our sleeping and waking dreams, forging shared stories relevant to everyone in the process as well as the Cosmos itself.
We cannot separate our psychophysical symptoms from the collective environment. There is a missing dimension in our worldview and mindscapes. We sense it, even though the market and media have attempted to drain all depth from our experience. Emergent events are not merely responses to economic and climatic conditions or social engineering, but eruptions of the collective unconscious.
Mobilized, the archetypal dynamics and creative forces of the collective psyche perturb psychosocial trends, creating new possibilities. Archetypes are the psychic skeleton fleshed out by events that matter. We can’t keep our collective skeletons in the closet anymore. We can no longer charge the future to pay for our past. The marks have wised up and no longer trust the control systems.
What doesn’t effect the Collective Psyche? Perhaps humanity has never faced more multi-dimensional challenges. We need to retrieve and upgrade our human survival technologies for our metamorphosis. Healing emerges from pathology. Edge artists are the shamans of the new millennium.
Maybe we are still addicted to the Hermetic myth of futurism when we need to live in the here and now. Like Hermes, the future is a perennial Trickster: this is what you want, this is what you get — lowered expectations. Why do we hurry to live in the future? Futurism speculates about the unknown, robbing us of the present and its opportunities.
There is no quick cure for collective ills but we can find new metaphors, deeper meaning and more relevant stories. There is no therapy but moving forward creatively into the future, experimenting with solutions. Inspiration can emerge from infinite potential in any instant.
The only certain way to heal the personality or the world is getting to the source of wisdom. Collective consciousness is tied to the health of each individual. Healing power emerges from integration. Looking within, we arouse our tacit knowledge for participatory wisdom — the active wisdom of the collective psyche.
The same patterns are at work in the individual and collective psyche, something ungraspable in the depths. Larger patterns are at work in the collective. Global awareness, multiculturalism and multinationalism are basic to the collective psyche. But we fear the loss of old boundaries. Is this our collective Borderline disorder, emphasizing relationship disturbances that challenge our beliefs about ourselves? Is it the source of our unremitting crisis and vulnerability?
Joy is the only antidote to anxiety. We need new models for creative art and science that move us beyond the nihilism of postmodernism into the transmodern era. The exhausted culture must die for the new to emerge from its ashes. The collective death-wish plays out in a myriad of ways. The psyche is not amenable to reduction. It cannot be contained or restricted.
The Collective Psyche is a reservoir of experiences. In Jungian psychology, the collective unconscious is a part of the unconscious mind, shared by our whole species, or a society, a people, or all humankind, that is the product of ancestral experience and contains such concepts as science, religion, and morality. Jung believed this uber-consciousness is the primitive source of archetypes or universal dynamics and symbolism found in legends, poetry, and dreams. Thus, art, including technoetics, has the capacity to reveal the collective psyche.
A world view is a set of presuppositions (or assumptions) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic makeup of our world. Everyone has a world view, whether he can explain it or not. It can be likened to a pair of glasses through which one views the world. It is important to have the right prescription, or reality will be distorted. Modem man is faced with a supermarket of world views; all of them claim to represent reality, but they are points of view about reality — mental constructs, beliefs.
EMERGENT PARADIGM: The new paradigm embraces chaos, complexity, emergent creativity and self-organization. We all participate in the evolution of consciousness, whether our transformations are conscious or unconscious. Conscious Evolution is the ethical, philosophical, intentional governance of human change and cultural engineering.
We can each conduct ourselves compassionately with spiritual responsibility for the health and unfolding of human progress. Thinking and behaving with creative intent, we form a graceful society, approaching our ideal, incorporating loving, harmonious methods also in harmony with nature. The post-metaphysical desire is to contribute to the spiritual fulfillment of all people. The needs of the many resonate with the needs of the one.
COMMITMENT TO TRUTH: What is our shared vision today? Shared visions arise from those truly committed to their personal visions. What is the true nature of this “reality” we are creating? Are we on purpose and achieving our collective destiny or has our country been hijacked by special interests? Why do we obsessively overwork, overspend, cover up, get aggressive and perpetuate sick organizations? How can we let go of our old national identity, pass through the ‘neutral zone’ and experience transforming rebirth? We need a paradigm that superimposes the new on the old. First comes a change in attitudes or worldview that embodies a different set of values in cultural rebirth.
CREATIVE STRATEGIES: How can we raise the bar? Shared vision uplifts our aspirations, gives us courage and ignites our spirit. It pulls us toward an overarching goal. It creates room for risk taking and experimentation by fostering long term commitment. We can extend principles and insights from personal mastery into the world of discipline, collective aspiration and shared commitment. The vision may come before its time is ripe, but we have to try, even to fail. We need a transition plan or crisis and confusion will arise. We can look to the past to get to the root of the problem.