Disability and dysfunction

by Paul Burmeister

Why is it so difficult for us to even imagine a different society?
Why does it seem beyond our reach to conceive a different arrangement of things for a common benefit?
Why must we doom ourselves to lurching between a dysfunctional present and fear of a changed future?

("Our disability is discursive: we simply do not know how to talk about these things any more." Judt)

Tony Judt frames these questions in the context of economic politics—the so-called free market versus so-called socialism. I think these same questions are useful to most organizational systems and can be effective to analyzing operational and philosophical issues as they relate to change.