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THE BEST LAID PLANS: Logic of Systems

Until around the nineties, we tended to blame our political and economic woes on bad actors (corrupt politicians, greedy businessmen, horny clergymen, bumbling bureaucrats—take your pick). Over the last couple of decades, with a generation or two of collegegoers having been tutored on post-modernistic notions such as deconstruction, critical theory, and post-structuralism, the SYSTEM itself has become the primary villain. 

Of course, this has not let individuals off the hook. Even as we love to bring powerful (and not so powerful) men down for their hot mike, social media indiscretions, or sexual peccadillos, we are starting to take stick to the institutions that they represent. 

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