Yet mass society is a force of nature independent of human needs and desires.
Mass society can be considered independent from these human desires in part because of what I call ‘redundancy cushioning‘.
Any mass society is protected from deliberate human implemented change because against millions, a single person or handful of people can make no significant impact. In other words, the system is massively backed up; social protocols are proliferated across gigantic populations. A reigning social system persists not because of any inherent virtue but because it is impossible for any one person or group to cause meaningful change. Like collective checkmate, it is a phenomenon that arises from community in aggregate; a situation in which each individual ironically holds every other individual prisoner.
Redundancy Cushioning appears here by permission.
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related: Collective Checkmate