Resilience

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Resilience of any system is incompatible with vulture capitalism, that is with highly efficient utilization of resources.

Context

About 7 years ago, the White House introduced The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), an initiative collaboratively bringing together the private sector, advocacy groups, public sector agencies and other organizations to improve the privacy, security and convenience of online transactions. The Identity Ecosystem envisioned in the NSTIC is an online environment where individuals and organizations are able to trust each other because they follow agreed-upon standards to obtain and authenticate their digital identities – and the digital identities of devices.

To achieve this objective, the NSTIC established guiding principles for the creation of an Identity Ecosystem, developed with identity solutions that are:

  1. Privacy-enhancing and voluntary,
  2. Secure and Resilient,
  3. Interoperable and
  4. Cost-effective and easy to use.

Problems

  • It seems to be a feature of any component of a Living System, (which includes all of societies imposed structures) that the most successful systems migrate towards solutions which make for the most efficient use of the resources at their disposal. For the system as a whole to be Resilient, the inevitable failure of any subsystem that is highly leverage, but not imperil the whole system, or it will not survive change.
  • The size of change most likely follow a power law, or the small changes are more frequent than the larger changes. If a system is resilient only to small changes, the the large changes will imperil the system.[1]
  • An example of a big changes brought about by the COVID-19 virus in 2020. The United States Capitalists moved to off-shoring manufacturers that involved significant amounts of manual labor. One example was the manufacture of the face masks that were critical to the health of the working combating the virus. In the mean-time the Trump White House had eliminated the disease experts in the National Security Office. The result was "A very American story about capitalism consuming our resiliency.[2] Both of these efficiencies made the country susceptible to the shortage of many clinical components, as no planning or control over the recovery of that capability.

References

  1. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan - The Impact of the Highly Improbable (2007) Random House ISBN 978-1-4000-6351-2
  2. Farhad Manjoo, How the World's Richest Country ran out of a 75-Cent Face Mask. (2020-03-26) p A22