Ian Bremmer writes today in The Financial Times about the J-curve that he originally introduced in 2006 as an illustration of what is currently happening in the Middle East. The J-curve is the graph created of dots forming a J plotting stability on the y-axis versus social openness on the x-axis. North Korea is on the tip of the J on the closed side and the US is on the open side at a higher stability position on the head of the J.
His point is that moving from the lower enforced stability position you have to pass a minimum which they are currently flirting with in the Middle East.
My comment would be that we are currently seeing a move from both ends of the J towards the minimum due to the nature of the stabilizing order. People are becoming more and more resistant to the charm of Secret Service which results in that the Service tries to become more efficient, spelling deterioration.
Speaking from the democratic end it might be wise to react before democratic values are forgotten so that a return to the good old order can be achieved.
Stabilization is good?, and bad. It is possible to increase the concentration ability on students, recently discussed as superior Chinese mothers on the wsj.com thus fighting a war against Asia by forcing more and more young people into an artificial efficiency.
It can also be really bad by imprisoning people at lower intelligence levels--marginalization.