My Theotopia 1984 Only a decade into the computer era, with no more sketched than the outlines of the new order--and having failed in several preliminary probes--already we find our old body of theory becoming inadequate to a functional understanding. The emerging framework seems intent on instructing us with a strange, new set of rules. Works such as this one are written on word processors, with the benefits and dangers of unlimited flexibility. Each of the several professions is subject to the new perspectives of information handling. The various academic disciplines must be reviewed according to its impact upon them. Hobbyists, from stamp collectors to basketball viewers, all are affected by this novel hyper-organization of the common substance. A theory ought to begin with the establishment of a vantage point for ourselves as theorists. For this purpose we suggest an extension of the economist Robertson's concept of consumer surplus. Consumer surplus depends upon the fact that demand curves are downward sloping. This means, if we posit a vertical mapping of price and a horizontal mapping of quantity, that price paid decreases as quantity bought increases. In consequence, substituting utility for price, the consumer receives surplus or free utility on each unit preceding the final one purchased. We may imagine a rough triangle representing the consumer surplus. We postulate that this area is the amount left over in our pockets after necessary expenditures have been made: if price were independent of demand, our resources might be liquidated to the limit. However, as computerization allows an ever better fitting of inventories to items demanded, once more the elasticity and the downward slope would decrease. Our consumer surplus triangle could tend to be a more and more cramping shelter. Not only the zeroing tendency persists to annoy us. The hundred and its possibilities is old, and was analyzed long ago. Anyone caring to be consistent in their use of numbers might discover that no inconsistency is overlooked by our neighbors. It is annoying to try to shake off a persistent numerological configuration, for we must suspect an inaccessible level of manipulation of our transactions, even of our desires. The degree to which our use of numbers seems to have been predicted is a daily index of the strength of reaction. In the struggle against counter-revolution, a consideration of error may allow us to uncover the vulnerable structure. The social framework might be thought tolerant and non-binding, until a so-called error occurs. Our actions are in a sense a string of imperative commands. We take it for granted if the world cooperates with our personalities: it is only if we jostle the barriers that we notice them. Yet society is organized down to the minutest detail, so that transmission patterns may well be observed with regards to error. Otherwise we are considering invisibilities. Systems existed of course long before computers. For example, the chess world was and continues to be a closed universe with its own energy. Some of its theoreticians, like Niemzowitsch and Bronstein, may not be studied with impunity. Exposure to their thought reaches forward in time to make social relations in a culture hostile to such thought in turn unpleasant. No margin for truly private activity exists. The movement of a hand, over above its effect as typing or conducting a symphony, may become interpretable as either cooperating or resisting the whole. Conformity and discipline are induced in complex and hence surprising ways - centrifugal tendencies--from drink to drugs--are included, and by these means the illusion of normalcy, society, persists. An equilibrium position is disrupted even by private innovation, suggesting that one equilibrium is common to many diverse manifestations of it. A common currency is among the transmission vehicles. It may be that computerization settles upon an error-free, perfected condition as as equilibrium preferable to the product of ages. The combining of electrical velocities with the stabilities of language in computers may prove harmful to language. A program in Pascal, for example, appears so instantaneous to us as to evoke the realm of being rather than of doing. Even in word processing applications, a felt need for symmetry emerges. Words are truncated, transposed and sped around. All of this leaves language feeling, so to speak, irritable. A danger of dominant information pools is that desired though touchy data manipulations would be aborted. It is easy to criticize the anthropomorphic view towards computers. Yet debate on that question is real and ongoing. At any rate, it may be a useful device to refer to personalized features of systematic information, such as fatigue or sadism. The word fascist is about the only effective insult. It need not refer to any genocide. It speaks of a violent propensity to filter all inputs through a distorted interpretive screen. The term is appropriate whenever existing domination is revealed. Its invocation unites the generations. It is the clear intention of this work to defeat the sadistic element imputed to machines, while salvaging some of their refreshing possibilities for better arranging the verbal environment. We present a theory of utopia, of a non-existent or invisible realm, with some implications for behavior of belief therein. As an instance of the theory, consider the unspoken realm of pathways. In cities, next to the pedestrian detours at their base we find skyscrapers growing, offspring of an open secret. The necessity for us to switch among their elevators keeps the skyscrapers vital once constructed. On the horizontal plane, civic and commercial institutions require their patrons to circumnavigate pillars to transact business - and the arbitrary generation of suburban-modern architecture continues. Most jobs require the jumping through of hoops, the forcing of tunnels, despite the Constitution's safeguards as to choice of creed. The resultant generativity of forms derives from the exhaustion of individual libidinal energy, from invisibility in a sacrificial encounter with impossibility. If nothing else, the feminist movement has drawn attention to the problem of the reality of the difference between the genders. Were we to lend credence to the invisible, we might say that the differences based upon appearance are to that extent misunderstandings. As Schopenhauer emphasizes, however, the survival and procreation of the species is uppermost in natural importance. So then, since one assumption leads to and grounds another, perhaps misunderstanding about gender is essential to the misunderstanding generative of offspring. A theory of illusion would be correct. Liberated sexual interaction might entail acceptance of the genders having their being on different levels of reality. Another important mystification relates to the everyday food chain. It is possible to read the system of Hegel in a most ludicrous such light. Or, say, a customer finds most of his or her favorite products out of stock on the store shelves, an incredible coincidence. Here we might invoke Freud's theory of a sexualized environment to explain the situation: the partner environment seems to be trying to accomplish something. We are driven to select from virgin economical territory and then, as it happens, one's usual favorites re-appear on the shelves. The ensuing confusion is productive of manufacturing expansion, because of course every product consumed presumes a productive facility - for which the individual now has personal responsibility. Yet the result for my behavior is to cause inconsistency. The trouble with inconsistency is that, occuring within a symbolizing collectivity, its logical implication in injustice. A problem of the law is to subsume inconsistency itself under rules, perhaps by analogy with business cycle theory. W. C. Mitchell, for example, shows that a decreasing overall rate may cause turnaround in a corresponding marginal rate. To a determinist, reliance upon natural justice of spontaneous activity is a hoax, entailing less random a distribution than does strict adherence to codes. Some forecasters like to predict that the computer age shall bring the upgrading of related jobs, yet our own experience belies this. Even the most trivial job is interesting or boring depending upon the extent of decision-making that it offers. Computers, however, are clear as to the logical decisions that they require. Every command is universalized throughout the network, if only as a potentiality. Once a program works, further changes are almost superfluous. Common sense, on the other hand, used to ask that similar logical questions be decided over and over. The program tends to prevail over imagination, so that the worker experiences only an occasional scrap of protein. The result is a job less captivating than that of the sawdust for the janitor and his broom. A feature of programming found in both data- and control- structures is nesting. In essense, computers require that commands be exited in the opposite order from which they were entered. Now, if we imagine ourselves at the centers of our own control flows, and as making transactions along the way, we then could experiment with reversing our own pathways and avoiding new exits. As we mastered this type of integrity, we might start to learn to design our behavior and hence the society in accordance with rational views as to our first priorities. Of course, this notion may be beyond the abilities or interest of the average person, yet it would not be impossible to include within a utopian school curriculum. The motive for an emphasis on invisibility is plain to discover. It is to cease being used. It is to substitute self-determination for exploitation, and planning for deception. For many, the environment is a tube in motion. It is needful to stop the whirling ground, and so, through a correct popular theory, to gain a repulse from conformity.