The Growing Power OF “Within The Context Of No Context” By George W.S. Trow

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THE DECLINE OF ADULTHOOD

In the New History, nothing was judged—only counted. The power of judging was then subtracted from what it was necessary for a man to learn to do. In the New History, the preferences of a child carried as much weight as the preferences of an adult, so the refining of preferences was subtracted from what it was necessary for a man to learn to do. In the New History, the ideal became agreement rather than well-judged action, so men learned to be competent only in those modes which embraced the possibility of agreement. The world of power changed. What was powerful grew more powerful in ways that could be easily measured, grew less powerful in every way that could not be measured.
POWERFUL MEN

The most powerful men were those who most effectively used the power of adult competence to enforce childish agreements.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1980/11/17/within-the-context-of-no-context

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/323366.Within_the_Context_of_No_Context

 

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