“No hope, no change” might be the motto. And why? Because (and here’s the metaphor I used in my title) government has become a huge, nearly mindless, pullulating organism whose only real end is its own engorgement. The people rebel in their despairing way because they recognize this fact, that the government is like:
… a colossal amoeba twitching mindlessly in response to tiny pinpricks of pain from an endless army of micro-brained interest groups. The point is not to teach the amoeba nor to guide it, but simply to stay away from the lethal stupidity of its pseudopods.
Sound familiar? Mr. Bowyer is an observant zoologist delineating the character of this imaginary beast and our reaction to its stultifying imperatives:
The amoeba does not get smarter but it does get hungrier and bigger. On the other hand, we get smarter. More and more of our life takes place outside of the amoeba’s reach: in the privacy of our own homes, or in capital accounts in other nations, or in the fastest growing amoeba avoidance zone ever created, cyberspace. We revolt decision by decision, transaction by transaction, because we believe deep down that most of what government tells us to do is at bottom illegitimate.
Indeed. I feel that way. And probably you do, too, if you think about it. It is not a reassuring imbalance of power.