August 31, 2009
The Cambridge, Mass. Incident has turned into a game. What seems to have started as an incident between a black Harvard professor and the Cambridge police sergeant has is now a full-fledged Harvard Management System, Nobel-Prize-winning type of game.
This particular game is sometimes called 'conflict resolution.' The City Manager and the Mayor have called in a professional conflict resolution team. A committee is being set up to look into the matter to determine what can be learned from the incident.
To turn an incident into a game certain steps are necessary. First, the incident has to be enlarged. In this case it must be said to involve all police departments and all blacks who are arrested or stopped by police for any reason. Then the conflict resolution will be used to promote some pre-planned legislation.
Next, the situation must be formalized. Game theory does not apply to totally random activity. Thus, the committee of conflict resolution 'experts' is called in to make formal recommendations.
The world managers know that if they want a world management system it cannot be based on the hope of ever achieving peace. World management must be based on the idea of conflict. It must be achieved by taking control of conflict situations. Life itself must be considered to be a series of problems and conflicts.
time a controversy gains public attention it offers an opportunity for
the management game players to spring into action. In the 1974 there was
a textbook controversy in Kanawha County, West Virginia. Parents objected
to textbook pornography, altered history, sex education courses, etc.
It became a gigantic game of strategy that the parents and textbook objectors everywhere eventually lost. The National Education Association won. They were experienced game players, but most of the parents and protesters did not even know they were playing a game.
Then there was the busing game, also in the 1970s. It was played in almost every major city with the same script and the same result. The objectors did not know they were playing games. They lost.
Game theory is based on mathematics. Therefore it does not involve values. It must be morally neutral. Right and wrong are not part of the game. Honesty cannot be considered a virtue. It is a game of strategy. If honesty helps one win the game it is useful. If it does not further one's purpose to be honest, honesty has to be abandoned.
Moral principles have to be abandoned when the managers play the game to win. This is why all references to the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, and the Bible have to be removed from areas where public policy is formed.
If this is the first time you have heard of Game Theory, or if you do not really understand how it is used, please read News With Views articles, "Nobel Prize For Playing Games"7/26/09 and "Mind Games" 7/16/04.
In the Cambridge incident we have an exceptional opportunity to watch the game being played, to observe and learn to understand 'the system.' Game players control conflict to bring about pre-determined results. In my lifetime I have never seen such an opportunity to see how the game is played and to realize it is a game.
Watch and learn. The most important lesson is, do not play games with the system. You will lose every time. Force the game players to come to you, to be honest, moral and independent. The losers in the Cambridge game are pre-determined. They are meant to be the police sergeant who arrested the professor, the entire Cambridge Police Department, and police departments everywhere.
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The police sergeant should politely refuse the invitation of President Obama, saying something such as, "Thank you for the invitation, Mr. President. However, I do not care to have a social relationship with the Harvard professor. I am very sorry, I must decline."
If he plays the game, he loses. It is pre-determined.
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Erica Carle is an independent researcher and writer. She has a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin. She has been involved in radio and television writing and production, and has also taught math and composition at the private school her children attended in Brookfield, Wisconsin. For ten years she wrote a weekly column, "Truth In Education" for WISCONSIN REPORT, and served as Education Editor for that publication.
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