Facebook, L’Enfant Terrible


Facebook is like an infant with parents strung out on drugs, the child sadly left to its own devices. Courtesy of freedom detached from paradoxical rules, the epitome of unfreedom.

I blame the child’s parents, mostly, as in all cases where the parents are not keeping a watchful eye over the children they proclaim to love so much. Oh, how I have seen this scenario unfold before.


I will back my blunt yet deserving gating statement up shortly.

The thought came to mind after I first attempted to sign up for the distribution of blog posts of method41 over Facebook’s network as I have done for about 8 years with The Venture Company articles and to complement our buzzing Twitter feed.

Just yesterday, I investigated boosting a post manually, to see how the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution is currently supported on the platform. A hot topic these days.

Just so my global audience understands what we are talking about:

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prevents the government from making laws which regulate an establishment of religion, prohibit the free exercise of religion, or abridge the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble, or the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

Par Example

Below is a screenshot of how my last post, according to Facebook, must be corrected to be published, for a fee. I declined, for it tells me what soup of mediocrity my analyses will drown in.

Notice how Facebook evaluates what it deems appropriate, and how it governs, with silly, inaccurate, and belittling suggestions, as the arbiter of free-speech 2.6 billion people on this planet are now forced to abide by. Without, I must add, any legislative approval of said arbitrage, and without respect for the plurality of sovereignties of the people it serves.

Or perhaps Facebook recognized, by scanning the words in the specific article I attempted to post, Larry Summers, an early investor in Facebook, was not favorably mentioned. Whatever.

Monisms Leads To Totalitarianism

I repeat the question I posed in a live questionnaire to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, again:

This, my friends, is how the self-proclaimed leader of the free world, the United States of America, allows technology companies to rule the world with the unfreedom sold to innocent greater-fools as freedom.

Thankfully for humanity, smarter and independently thinking countries are seeing through this cunning Trojan horse kind of deceit. The unbridled technology escapades tarnishing trust in American integrity.

The Devil Incarnated

The world has conquered many kinds of attempted monisms before technology came around. Luckily then, The United States was the savior of last resort to the many impending atrocities in foreign countries.

We never got a proper thanks for it as perhaps the reason why we now, under the cover of wide-scale global technology intoxication attempt to deploy our own monism. With a government asleep at the wheel of creative destruction promulgating the worst form of infectious totalitarianism imaginable.

The mind-numbing cuddling of people on the platform, aided by the manufactured consent of arbitrage are attracting and colluding innocent participants who are made to think, postulate and behave alike, forming a stultifying antithesis to nature’s evolutionary principles. Principles that should promote how our meaningful differences, not our commonalities, define how best to adapt to nature’s entropy.

Parenting Facebook

I feel obliged to reiterate the role of parenting, not just because Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, as a budding father may soon recognize, but also because the commitment to our offspring requires a succinct understanding of the constitution, implementation, and adherence to freedom, including its obligatory paradoxical rules. A subject I have covered and practiced extensively at least the last sixteen years.

The freedom for every child to challenge the boundaries set before them is paramount in expanding the multigenerational fractal of human ingenuity and capacity. For dissent is crucial in revalidating foregone conclusions of the manmade systems and to discover new and better ways of approaching things. A dissent terribly abused by parents who dare not be challenged, and worse, who let their children do whatever they want.

Laissez-faire is the kiss of death to freedom. The best parental approach I have found to raise my child is a reverse funnel. A gradual unleashing of freedom commensurate with the merit of trusting but verifiable proximal development and self-governance.

The role of parents, with hopefully two committed complementary individuals strengthening a consistent vision, is to be the procreator of the theory, in the words of Albert Einstein, that determines the jump-off point of what your child can discover. Meaning, parents establish the rules of the starting game knowing what societal buttons to push, challenged by the dissenting viewpoints above. And then, let the child play its game, by virtue of its evolving merit improving the outcome of the game to the best of its ability.

The fractal expansion of ingenuity by all children in the world, in this case, some of it implicitly granted to Facebook, contributing to the regenerative strengthening of humanity to combat nature’s entropy.


However, when the behavior of Facebook, itself, either looks like a child stuffing their face in the birthday cake we were all supposed to enjoy or under the cover of opaque tactics robs money from any propaganda wallet it can find, it is time to deploy more stringent paradoxical rules to freedom to reign this Mammone (Italian for mamma’s boy) in.

Our government, in control of the legislation to determine the rule of some 350 million people in The United States alone, has neither been seriously challenged by people identifying the gaping holes in the U.S. Constitution nor has this government responded to reign in the Mammones of unbridled capitalism using technology as the accepted excuse to take humanity on a fantasy ride.

The parents strung out on drugs are the absent folks in Congress who failed to apply the constitutional guardrails to everything analog also to digital purveyors. The reason why technology purveyors are currently behaving like drug escapees opening the unprotected backdoor to nation-state sovereignty.

In all fairness, Facebook is merely the player who takes the lack of paradoxical rules to its generous and self-fulfilling advantage. Hate the game, do not hate the players.

The company could take the high-road, and help Congress reinvent the constitutional precepts that should govern the innate plurality of our world, as I have offered to do for them, but that would expect the child, using the above analogy, to have grown up.

Learn To Lead

I, like Einstein, worry about the future of The United States, not because it does not have the capacity to reinvent itself, but because it lacks the will-power to fundamentally challenge and change its deeply rooted foregone conclusions while failing to reign-in those who take those feeble and expired conclusions for a selfish ride.

In the words of Gore Vidal, I suggest we take our stance on the recovery of our liberties, including refreshing the paradoxical rules without which human evolution becomes as hollow in regenerative excellence and as short-lived as the devil’s Prada.

Georges van Hoegaerden
Georges van Hoegaerden
Georges is the Founder and Managing Director of method41. From analyzing the workings of policy, capital, and innovation, determining the fractal of human expansion, Georges discovered how these siloed, manmade manacles are woefully incompatible with nature's principles dictating the longevity of our species. By believing in a better world with better people, Georges set out to reinvent the theory of humanity that determines what can be discovered.

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