Institutions: Anstitution

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Institutions: Anstitution
Re: Institution: Anstitution?
Derive it thusly:

Institution right arrow drawing Anti-Institution right arrow drawing A-Institution right arrow drawing Anstitution

Individual creatures can live without institutions. Institutions develop in groups. Large groups, the super-zoo, cannot maintain its overpopulated rapacity without institutions.

One crucial function of an institution is to anesthetize the population’s critical faculties: Their schools repress; our schools enlighten. Their church represses; our church knows the truth. Their government … ; our government …


The best I can tell, we get the precious word “kleptocracy” from Jared Diamond. Not all coinages are so just, the exact word. But we need coinages anyway. So pk coins “anstitution”: the basic perception (descended directly from Ivan Illich), being that human institutions are seldom what they claim. One can find examples of justice from a [link to be added] Justice Department, but far more examples of injustice.

Would institutions be less illusion-raddled in a non-kleptocratic society? It’s hard to tell: we drop napalm on every such we can find, then send them missionaries. (Once upon a time “missionaries” were sacred, represented religious views; now they’re more commonly secular missionaries, embassadors for political orders. The church of democracy, the church of capitalism, the church of America … have taken over from any church of Jehovah, or Christ, or the Prophet.
@ K. 2005 04 20

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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