The industrial age gave us the nuclear family. That says a it all really. We had large families that worked on farms and then capitalist needed labor, and started buying farms (the birth of agribusiness). Social programs and scarcity threat loomed and acted to control people. In the 1900s social workers would slowly get into the act, first against the state and then as it handmaiden. Moving quickly here the point is that for concrete material reasons of social relations, as paradigms shifted into a mechanical outlook akin to physics, as noted in the works of people like Foucault, we became labor-time (see Karl Marx). It is not any wonder that our logic gave birth to economics that embraced Taylorism and Fordism, this was a tactic for cheap labor, just educated and skilled enough. Trainable, but not self reliant. Could work without having to be told twice, but for information on that start with a book called Introduction to the Reading of Hegel by Kojeve. Anyway we were broken down into a nuclear family, sometimes extended as the needs of the state and its wars dictated. We needed to be particalized so we could be detached from the family and then when labor forces of capital demanded, we could be detached from one job and flow into another. Indeed this is a modern problem that job re-training is supposed to help, and a reason so many are going back to university.
Yet keeping everyone flowing on the preestablished and approved paths is not easy, it too requires force, policing. So, we have the occasional free radical, something outside the system, often rich or very poor (jobless at least, or an artist). The point is a free radical also has free time (usually). These free radicals have the potential to break free other radicals and to change the system. But what about bridge work.
Free radicals can connect, they can move around and they can connect different networks. Networks that are often on the same paths, with similar missions and functions but working in isolation, with no view of the other groups or networks. So the free radical has the potential to bridge this groups; to act as a bounding agent (but one that can move always from the two agencies, ideally, and have then adhere). Once bonded the radical become free again to act as another bridge.
There is much more to this, but this is all I am up to for on sitting. Forgive typos, we wrote it straight out, one shot like the music.
This is a working essay by Thee Uncondemning Monk, (until finished, the work is under anti-copyright 2012, 2013)