Emergence of self-regulation (4): From emergent to deliberate self-regulation



Architects control gravity, the alternative for control is collapse. We do not control tensions in anarchistic systems.

As I explained in the preceding chapter, collapse of the System was unavoidable and a matter of time. Physical laws that applied (and apply) to the System’s war dynamics – and produced a coherent finite-time singularity dynamic that was accompanied by four accelerating and highly consistent war cycles – made collapse not only unavoidable, but also highly predictable (not only that this would happen, but when).

In 1939, the moment the System collapsed, the System (Europe) came for the fourth time in a critical condition and produced a fourth systemic war (the Second World War, 1939-1945). It was no longer possible to implement a fifth international order in Europe in an anarchistic ‘setting’ that would be viable, and could regulate the energy-state of the System. Because the emergent regulatory mechanism was obsolete and regulation was still required to ensure survival of the members of communities (populations of states), the System produced a phase transition. Two Great Powers – the United States and the Soviet Union – were crucial in this process.

The phase transition had two closely related effects: (1) the implementation of two non-anarchistic structures in Europe that were controlled by the United States (Western Europe) and the Soviet-Union (eastern Europe) and merged into one non-anarchistic structure when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, and (2) the implementation of a first international order at a global scale of the System (the United Nations). Coordination between the two orders was accomplished by the United States and the Soviet Union that acted as lynchpins. In fact, through the phase transition the core of the System (Europe) and its non-core merged into a (now) global anarchistic System. The phase transition can be considered a step in a long-term process of social integration and expansion, that still is (at a global level) unfolding.

By implementing two non-anarchistic structures that transcended state-structures in the respective non-anarchistic structures (Western and Eastern Europe), the security dilemma (10) between states in the same non-anarchistic structure were neutralized. Within the non-anarchistic structures emergent self-regulation of their energy-states was replaced by deliberate human control through dedicated hierarchies that were imposed and controlled/regulated the tensions in the respective hierarchies, as far as they were produced.

Following the fourth systemic war – the Second World War (1939-1945) – which constituted a phase transition resulting in the merging of the core (Europe) and non-core of the System, the rivalries between the United States and the Soviet Union, and the respective structures they controlled, on the other hand rapidly intensified, and caused a second exceptional period with abnormal non-systemic war dynamics; the Cold War (1945-1991) when the number of degrees of freedom of the System were also temporarily (1953-1991) released to two. However, instead of producing a series of ‘extreme’ – unrestrained – non-systemic wars, the non-systemic war dynamics were instead very subdued. Tensions run extremely high, but their release – war – was impossible, because war as a rational ‘instrument of politics’ had lost its utility. Both ‘superpowers’ held the System in control through their nuclear capabilities that ensured mutual assured destruction; one superpower could always ensure the destruction of the other, because their second-strike capability could not be destroyed by a first strike: The ultimate deadlock. This deadlock was lifted when in 1991 the Soviet-Union collapsed and the System resumed its default chaotic war dynamics.

To be continued.