The Organization of Power
The definition of the word: design1
1. A plan or representation of a thing by an outline: sketch: first idea represented by visible lines, as in painting or architecture; a delineation.
2. A scheme or plan in the mind; purpose; intention; aim; in a bad sense, an evil plan or scheme; plot.The following diagram is a graphic depiction of the design of the "New Economy" - the so-called Knowledge Economy. It was found on the website of a consulting firm called Collaborative Economics. The Chairman and CEO of Collaborative Economics is Doug Henton. Before Collaborative Economics was established by Doug Henton, he spent ten years as assistant director of SRI (Stanford Research Institute) International’s Center for Economic Competitiveness.
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The diagram is on page 6 in the report titled, The Role of Innovation Brokers in a Knowledge Economy. The text above is the diagram is exactly as written in the report:
The Triple Helix “is a model for capitalizing knowledge in order to pursue innovation.”1 Knowledge, particularly the kind generated at universities and national labs, and the processes, networks and resources that transform it into useful, commercializeable innovation are at the heart of the Triple Helix model: the powerful combination of Academia, Industry, and Government. The premise of the Triple Helix model is that these three entities can and should work together to make sure ideas and knowledge generated in research institutions (many of them publicly funded) end up in the marketplace and drive innovation.
To capitalize on the knowledge of universities and national labs, Academia needs to take responsibility not just for educating and creating knowledge, but for seeing that knowledge is put to use. Industry in turn must view academia as an important partner and source of knowledge, worthy of capital and human resource investment. Government has an important role to play in funding research and operating a regulatory environment that incentivises innovation and expedites relevant dispersion of important knowledge. The Helix’s three strands paint a poignant image, evocative of DNA and the double helix that is the basis of life, but when Farhina and Ferreira model the Triple Helix as part of resilient regional economy we start to see a more complex picture.
The Triple Helix System is not an American economic system in any sense of the word. It is not free enterprise. It is a system that serves the interests of business - and only business in that it socializes business costs and privatizes profits - for the select few. Study it well. It is the model of Corporatism in the 21st Century.
Since Farinha and Ferreira drew the graphic, I searched on their names and found that there is a Triple Helix Association headquartered in Turin, Italy and that they have annual conferences.
The 1996 Conference held in Amsterdam had an outline of subjects that were probably presented at this first conference of the Triple Helix Association. The following is from that outline - highlights added:
IV. UNIVERSITIES IN KNOWLEDGE BASED ECONOMIES
13. The Entrepreneurial University and the Emergence of Democratic Corporatism Henry Etzkowitz
Universities and the Global Knowledge Economy: A Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government
It's not as if the move towards corporatism is a secret in the United States. There is ample evidence that it is discussed openly in closed circles - meaning that it just isn't discussed in the mainstream media except for the occasional Op Ed.
"Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism as it is a merge of state and corporate power." --Benito Mussolini
Corporatism was originally a 19th-century doctrine which arose in reaction to the competition and class conflict of capitalist society. In opposition to the trend towards both mass suffrage and independent trade unionism, it promoted a form of functional representation - everyone would be organized into vocational or industrial associations integrated with the state through representation and administration.
The contention was that if these groups (especially capital and labour) could be imbued with a sense of mutual rights and obligations, such as presumably united the medieval estates, a stable order based on "organic unity" could be established. Although the notion of industrial parliaments was commonly raised in liberal democracies after WWI, the only states that explicitly adopted a corporative form of representation were the fascist regimes of Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Vichy France and various South American dictatorships.
In all these cases, corporatist structures were primarily a decorative façade for authoritarian rule, state repression of independent trade unionism being the main motive and consequence. Given this experience, corporatist ideology has not been popular in Western liberal democratic societies, but by the 1970s it became increasingly common for social scientists to discern that certain political arrangements had developed within these frameworks, which in operative premise and institutional form bore some resemblance to the functional-representation notions of corporatism.
Corporatism temporarily came to be seen by many social scientists as either a new economic system, successor to capitalism, where the state controls and directs a highly concentrated but still privately owned economy; or a new form of state, where the important representation, decision making and administration take place not in the parties, parliaments and ministerial bureaucracies but in the tripartite structures where business, labour and governments are joined; or a new form of interest-group politics, where instead of the competitive, lobbying activities of many pressure groups, there is a monopoly of access to the state by one group from each sector of society, with the state exercising reciprocal influence over the groups.The description above was written from a historical perspective. Updating to today, the labor component has been replaced with academia with the universities involvement as shown in the Triple helix diagram.
If you've been paying attention to the redesign of our education system, you'll notice that the central theme is vocational education which is the implementation of functional organization of the economic system. There are references all over the Internet to the "The New Economy" but few explain exactly what is meant by that. So now you know. The new economy is simply an updated version of the old idea of fascism which was the updated version of the old idea of feudalism. And here we go again.
December 3, 2013
1 Webster's Monarch Dictionary, Splendid Edition, American Publishing Company, 190
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