Great paper on the role that complex systems theory played in letting Xi Jinping to centralize power.
🏚 Widespread institutional disarray causes CCP to believe centralization is necessary
🤖 Xi elaborates a theory of how to do it with cybernetics.https://t.co/NqPXKdlnHk
One thing that makes this a great paper is that it makes clear that at the highest level, faith in centralization comes from the idea that feedback loops can replace participatory mechanisms.
(I mentioned Qian Xuesen's OCGS the other week—here's what the party thinks) pic.twitter.com/y4syerBOPT
The idea of the OCGS is a particular type of system which is problematic for science: too many variables, no fixed boundaries with the outside, the systems themselves are in flux.
This is much like what design thinking refers to as a "wicked problem." pic.twitter.com/02qgAyIh8I