First, I must commend Mr. Washington for his query. Most people don’t realize that sitting around posting messages bitching about problems doesn’t actually solve problems. In fact, it can make them worse. However, it does (sometimes) raise awareness. This is why I rarely post – I am focused on solutions and could give a rats ass about bitching unless it is a catalyst to bring forth new information or ideas that make sense. I am only interested in solutions.
Second, I am very aware of countless things that are wrong and the trivial ways these things could be temporarily remedied (restructure banking, get rid of corrupt politicians, change laws, etc.) I am not interested in temporary remedies. I am interested in restructuring the need for such temporary/flawed remedies. I am interested in developing new systems that actually work better than what has been tried before because of the structure of the systems themselves. The United States Constitution is an excellent example of what a group of courageous, insightful and brilliant men could achieve because they thought it was the right thing to do. They devised new ways to try to eliminate the problems. If we could go back to the Constitution, that would be much better than what we have now, but even that is not enough and I believe I know exactly why that is the case: the Constitution’s design does not do enough to properly prevent corruption, so corruption will eventually result.
If you’re just going to bitch without any functional content, please go away. If you’re interested in actually doing things to solve the problem (or point out information that leads to greater understanding of solutions or pitfalls in solutions), then welcome. Please join the Forum here and voice your reasoned thoughts. No really…doing so would be actually doing something.
Finally, I could care less about revenue or traffic. You will not see any advertisements here. I make plenty of money doing what I do for a living and, if anything, this is a distraction from that. This site is all cost and no pay for me. I do this because I believe it is a morally right thing to do, and that is the only reason I do it. (Honestly, I’d rather not do it but I can’t bring myself to ignore this. Such is it to be human.)
Everyone is looking for a simple solution, and therein lies an obstacle to discovering actual solutions. What we need, gentleman, is an elegant solution. People too often do the most direct thing to cover a core problem up instead of digging the core problem out of the information and solving the core problem. For example, hanging the bankers and politicians is a temporary solution that does exactly nothing to eliminate the rise of corrupt bankers and politicians to power.
My proposed solution is to use modern, available, commoditized technology to create a 100.0% open system (hardware and software) from the specification upward, which can be easily and cheaply replicated in whole by independent third parties including students and citizens. This system would enable large bodies of people to actually trust such a system and would serve as a platform for a relatively simple democratic system I call Sapiocracy. A Sapiocracy is a system which is fundamentally democratic in that everyone may (and is encouraged to) participate, but that also awards and punishes individual voting weight based on the results of predictions those same people make when voting.
Many of you will read the above paragraph and pooh-pooh any such idea because you intuitively believe it is impossible. I believe it is possible (backed with good reasons) and years of challenges outstanding where no one has been able to point out substantive flaws. If you cannot point out a reasoned argument as to why you believe this will fail then please work on the problem until you can. Pointless speculation doesn’t help. If you don’t understand the technicalities but it just feels impossible to you, then I’ll translate this for you: You’re not qualified to have an opinion, so let those who do understand the technicalities decide or continue to research it until you can offer a substantive point. The object is to gain understanding and develop solutions, not to show everyone how much you think you know. If what I propose is possible, it will happen. If what I propose is impossible, time will demonstrate that. There’s no need to speculate in the negative here. I also have no fear of being proven wrong – I welcome it because it would save me a lot of time.
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If you’re one who says something like this:
“Improvements, even if they are implemented, will fail because ALL governments and ALL leadership will become corrupt. It’s just human nature…”
Anyone can claim something new is impossible because the construction of their argument conveniently means they don’t have to do anything to demonstrate it. It takes effort to demonstrate something new can be done. The above attitude has never contributed anything positive to anything. Not one new innovation started with this mindset. Not one.
I suggest an infinite trip to a remote cave to live out the rest of your days. Some of us want to advance as a species and you’re getting in the way.
Responses to Common “Solutions” I’ve Seen
I’ve seen a lot of proposed solutions. Here’s a brief (and incomplete) list:
1) New political parties2) Kill bankers, politicians, criminals, etc.3) Return to the Constitution4) Eliminate banking/usury5) Forced reduction of income disparity6) Tax the rich more than the poor7) Somehow make government more accountable (no idea how)8) Start a violent revolution to reset the system9) Let the system collapse to reset the system10) Somehow force everyone to operate more locally11) Boycott institutions that are corrupt12) Eliminate factors that contribute to corruption13) Stop doing this or that (with no suggestions as to how)14) Start doing this or that (with no suggestions as to how)15) Implement new laws16) Re-educate the masses (few suggestions as to how)17) Back currencies with metal (few suggestion as to how)18) Eliminate systems of credit19) Go to religion20) Decentralize every power structure (how far - to the individual?)21) Things involving a block-chain (yes, I understand this)22) Eliminate fiat currencies (with few suggestions)
I stopped there. There are more, but they all have some pretty common flaws. Most of them are what I call “band-aids” rather than solutions. For example, if you want to avoid your house looking ratty every few years, then it should be obvious that painting it every few years isn’t the solution to that problem. Painting it solves this problem: “How do you make your house look better after it starts looking ratty?” Painting it doesn’t help it not look ratty in a few years.
What almost everyone is suggesting are either knee-jerk reactions fomented from anger or non-suggestions that don’t solve the underlying problems.
One suggestion I find funny is the block-chain argument (of BitCoin fame.) Unfortunately, without a 100.0% open system that can be trusted by everyone, the block-chain is a sham that will suffer from exactly the same problems we have in other systems. Those with the most wealth have the largest potential to corrupt the systems. If you think that the block-chain has merit that I’m not aware of, feel free to post in the Forum. Also, please keep in mind that the entire computer industry is a sea of unbelievably screwed up systems that are the opposite of ‘secure’.
Most of the above suggestions have occurred before and failed to prevent the current problems from recurring. Enough said.
Let me address all of these: Not good enough. Almost zero of the above suggestions do anything to address why these problems happen in the first place.
It is true that the US Constitution did a better job than other governments – it was and is envied by the rest of the world. What makes it different? It works differently than previous governments. It uses different rules than previous governments. It has a different structure than previous governments. The founding fathers didn’t give suggestions like the above – instead, they thought about it and designed a new system. It worked pretty well, too. Good job, founding fathers! Let’s do more of that!
None of the above “solutions” say anything about the underlying structures that comprise “government.” Until this is addressed, you’re pissing in the wind for future generations and repeating the failed attempts of the past. The best you can hope for is a temporary solution that ends up becoming corrupted exactly the same way every other government has become corrupted. (And for very understandable reasons.)
The Coming Phase Shift
I’ve done a lot of research on what has been happening, who is causing it and how it evolved over the last 100 years.
One of the most startling conclusions I’ve come to is that the entire human species is about to go through what I call a “phase shift”, similar to what happens when an element changes from one form to another (usually due to temperature change.) For example, water changing to ice.
The temperature for this phase shift is communication technology. In 1439, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. This led to the Age of Enlightenment. This is an example of the communication temperature increasing.
Something very curious happened in 1993 – the US government commercialized the internet. Over the next 20 years, another curious thing happened – commodity computing devices connected over 4 billion people on this planet (57% of the world’s population) at almost no cost, instantly, all the time.
Consider how much of an advancement the printing press was and what it caused. The elites were terrified of it and countless examples of attempts to control it litter history (book burning, anyone?) How much did it really impact communication?
Consider what it means for a human to communicate. The fastest way for a human to properly receive accurate ideas is through face-to-face communication with another human. The printing press does not affect this. Also, only certain things get printed because the process of printing and acquiring printed material takes resources (the rich had a huge advantage.) Additionally, one must learn to read (and write) to fully exploit printing technology.
So, if we were to graph human communication capability on a graph where pre-Gutenberg communication is on the left and maximum communication is on the right, I’d put the printing press at about 10%. In other words printing was a huge change, but it pales in comparison to any notion of ‘optimal.’
In contrast, the internet railed human communication capacity far to the right end of this spectrum. 57% of the world population is now capable of communicating on a one-to-one basis with anyone else in the world at almost no cost, with no time delay and no geographic limitations. The cost to participate is almost zero. This is NOT trivial!
This explosion in communications explains the phenomenon we see around us where governments are failing to hide certain types of corruption. People are learning extremely quickly because the internet is both an instant communication medium and also a persistent storage medium for the exchange and documentation of ideas. Those in power do not like this, but they also screwed up and built the system in such a way that they cannot unplug it without accelerating their own economic demise.
So…this communication (or something close) is here to stay. Why do I think a phase shift is coming? Because today, I can learn more about a single subject in a month of hobby-level reading on the internet than I could have learned in a lifetime of concerted study 20 years ago. At the same time, I can find and interact with other people who have the same interests, goals and capabilities I do. There is now no way to stop this process from happening and it is accelerating rapidly.
Most people are morally good most of the time and only do wicked things if it is “worth it.” However, if the masses can see those bad things, they will object. Indeed, they are objecting.
Communications technology has caused an environment that is already forcibly removing corruption from the system, albeit in a haphazard way for now. The masses are learning; they’re angry and they’re only going to learn more, which will make them angrier. The will of the people against historical power structures is growing at a remarkable pace. My advice to oligarchs whose fortunes are based on immoral constructs: “Tick tock, motherfucker.”
For this full phase change to occur, though, one ‘next step’ is necessary. With current governance systems, corruption can still hide pretty well – this is why the current trend is haphazard. I believe corruption will slowly be reduced over the coming years, but it will keep rearing its ugly head in various ways and for lots of reasons people won’t be able to just quash it out. In other words, corruption will still be worth it enough for the wicked people out there to keep doing it en masse.
At some point, however, someone, somewhere is going to implement and start using a system like Sapiocracy that actively crushes non-truth out of governance. As that happens, corruption will rapidly vanish by today’s standards because the system is structured in a way that forces this issue.
Evolutionary vs. Revolutionary
A formidable solution is unlikely to come as a systemic reset. Instead, I believe it will be more like a movement that grows and for reasons having to do with the psychology surrounding what it is, it will not fail. Humans intuitively think a certain way because of the way their brains are wired and this is not going to change any time soon.
The progress toward such a major change is similar to the way new species dominate other species over time. It isn’t because someone designed a new super-species and then all of the previous species just suddenly died and/or submitted to the new species. That would be a ‘reset’.
No, it will be a slow thing in comparison, growing steadily because it works better. Those living near such a system (but without it) will demand to adopt such a system because they’ll see the benefits of the new system. Imagine a town using a new system. If it works, then the town will prosper. Other towns will see this and decide to use the same system. It will grow in popularity because it works. Soon, large cities will use it. Then countries. Finally, everyone.
Forests happen because a single seed sprouted and started it all.
If it works.
So stop trying to fix the world and start trying to figure out how a small town can economically kick the shit out of their neighboring towns. Make sure your solution naturally scales up. Then fixing the world is an inevitable outcome of this much smaller endeavor.
Yes, things are going to become more local in the very near future. Perhaps we should use the timing of this for our solutions.
I have a solution. It is called Sapiocracy. I make no assertion that Sapiocracy is the only possibility. I also cannot guarantee that it will actually work – I can only volunteer to help prove it. It is merely an idea that I have good reasons to believe is virtually inevitable. If you want to know more, start clicking around here, read articles, join the Forum and participate.