Power structure

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Imagine any of the systems in which we live and work (to turn Bela H. Banathy’s expression into a keyword) as a gigantic machine, comprising people and technology. Imagine yourself and all of us others as parts in that ‘machine’.

A function of a socio-technical system is to take everyone’s work as input, and turn it into socially useful effects. If in spite of the prowess of technology we are just as busy as ever – should we not take a closer look at those systems, and see if they might be wasting our time?

And if our best efforts result in problems rather than solutions – should we not check whether they might be dysfunctional?

The power structure models the intuitive notions "power holder" and "political enemy" in a way that points to the misuses of power, and the threats to democracy, that we the people are not yet able to see, and our "democracy" is unable to handle.

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