Open Reply to George Washington of ZeroHedge

Briefly, the user George Washington of ZeroHedge just posted this article, asking for solutions.  Here is my hurried response.


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.)

Solution Brief

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.

For more information, please read the articles here or join the Forum and ask questions.

Dear Pessimists:

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 parties
2) Kill bankers, politicians, criminals, etc.
3) Return to the Constitution
4) Eliminate banking/usury
5) Forced reduction of income disparity
6) Tax the rich more than the poor
7) Somehow make government more accountable (no idea how)
8) Start a violent revolution to reset the system
9) Let the system collapse to reset the system
10) Somehow force everyone to operate more locally
11) Boycott institutions that are corrupt
12) Eliminate factors that contribute to corruption
13) 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 laws
16) Re-educate the masses (few suggestions as to how)
17) Back currencies with metal (few suggestion as to how)
18) Eliminate systems of credit
19) Go to religion
20) 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.

In Conclusion

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.



8 thoughts on “Open Reply to George Washington of ZeroHedge

  • Ronald Schmit says:

    As you say corruption hides behind non-truths. And If I’m allowed to dream of a technical sytem that does not yet exist my preferred dream would be to build a working lie-detector and demand its systematic use in the courts.

  • zzmop says:

    Hi, I am a new user and became acquainted with this site through G.W.’s post on Z.H.
    First I want to say don’t take this site for granted. It is a Godsend. The alternative to this site is politics and reading the news helplessly as you watch the world come apart at the seams. Both are poisonous. It was requested I paste my post there to this forum. I hope this will provide a little food for thought. It is just rambling and put together hastily. I hope it makes my point though.

    Thanks G.W. for asking the question. Every year or so a sight will submit for solutions. Please read this because there is one, It will work. It will change your outlook. You will sleep better. If you read all the post they fall into categories. They are the same categories on different boards asking the same question, revolution, rebellion, non-participation, reorganization, re-education, self-enlightenment, self-improvement, re-birth, exclusion, cohesion, God, sarcasm, wit, social justice, foundations, principles, repetition, etc., Before you find a solution you have to know the problem. The “problem” is as stated in the post: Elites, sociopaths, ignorance, education, apathy, human nature, cycles, banker, etc. Are these really the problems and are those really the solutions and how would we know? Would we agree? Do these items have a common thread and what is it. PRINCIPLE # 1 – We must treat the effort of finding a solution as a science, not just an outlet for frustration and opinion. Question – how will you do that?. PRINCIPLE # 2 – You must have a platform. Question – is a blog thread the most efficient and productive platform? PRINCIPLE # 3 – The platform must have permanence. What I mean by this is that it must be as relevant tomorrow, a year from now and a decade away as it is today. GW’s thread by most accounts will be old news and forgotten for all practical purposes months if not weeks from now, and we accomplished what? PRINCIPLE # 4 The platform must perform a function, accomplish something enduring. Question – Will this thread accomplish anything measurable or at a rate of change to avert destruction. PRINCIPLE # 5 The core problem must be addressed. Question – what is the core problem.
    I will start there because this is what my entire premise is built on. I hope someone is paying attention out there. This is the future. Look at it as an opportunity for money, change etc. The human brain is a very able and advanced computer. We as individuals come to conclusions via perceptions. It is adaptive to a harsh environment. Societies and cultures come to conclusions via perceptions. So which is the stronger conclusion the individual or the societal, it depends? Either way we both characterize our views as logical, justified, rational, right etc., but are they. Can logic and reason exist outside the human perception? That is a very important question, one which Principles 1-5 are addressing. It is also the reason why we are in so much trouble. Because we earnestly believe those we TRUST the most can embody principles 1-5 and they CANNOT. 100 years ago this post would be a moot point, not today. This is the age of software and circuits. We dream big. History – 8 yrs. Ago an article surfaced which showed 6-8 “normal” adults pitted against the MIT grad with IQ > 145 in a trial of reason and logic. The normal persons prevailed. Collective intelligence, not collective consciousness not group think, not nice hair, nice suit and sway, RATIONAL AND LOGIC SHARED COLLECTIVELY.
    Principle # 1 software which enables the application of rules and logic to propositions put forward. Cut out the fat, the posturing, the fluff, reach the core proposition. Principle #2 – Platform must be totally and absolutely transparent, source code and all. Every conclusion reached must show proof, be replicable, approachable and open to critique 24/7/365. Every proposition produced by a human must be absolutely and unequivocally DISASSOCIATED from the person offering the proposition. The conclusion reached must be HUMAN not racial, political, regional, gender based, etc. The conclusion is attributable to all and serves all. Principle # 3 Your life and the future of humanity depends on this platform it must be handheld if needed. There always as a resource. There to absorb the angst of the human experience. Principle # 4 The result must be authentic, tested and functional, adaptive available to ALL, Logic and reason must rule, SOLUTIONS MUST BE FOUND, We must endeavor, strive and thrive together. Principle #5 The core problem is that we all come from different experiences, Ignorant people are not necessarily bad, religious people are not necessarily bad, sociopaths are not necessarily bad, etc. THE CORE PROBLEM IS OUR COMPUTERS ARE NOT CONNECTED IN A FUNCIONAL WAY.
    Call me names if you must but prove me wrong by proving me right. Change the playing field, upend the landscape, change the game it is the only way. We must EVOLVE.
    G.W. Open a site dedicated to a solution and keep it open until it succeeds. Ask the world to help. Your gambit is the soul and goodness of humanity.

  • zzmop says:

    The best part of Sapioplex’s response above is the list of “common solutions” This took awhile to compile. I know because I was attempting the same thing. If I can use this as an example though. Here is a list, an evaluation of known solutions up to a certain point. If this list were on a blog post what would happen? It would be read, It may influence the thoughts and even the long term perceptions of some readers. In the meantime though it would be buried with newer post numbering hundreds or even thousands. On Amazon they show the most positive and most negative review. This posting would not get any type of support. It would slowly loose relevancy a die a death as new article replace the one it was attached to and flush it out of the system. A week later a similar article will appear and the “solutions” on the list will burst to life all anew. What if though a different approach was taken. If you really wanted to find a solution instead of just bitch endlessly and compete in a wit and sarcasm contest. You would make a list of “common solutions” that is the first thing you would do. It is called organization. Then you would go through the list and rationalize the pro’s and con’s of each to see which were the most viable and where the hidden issues lay. If the list contained all of the known solutions you would keep it for a reference “forever”. Why would you get rid of it? That would be counter productive. As I said in an earlier post make it accessible 24/7/365. Studying it before you posted on the blog would make the user more familiar with the topic, the conversation, the reasoning and logic involved, and who knows what else. We might even get somewhere. Instead we start each day as groundhog day and begin anew. Until we finally boil over in righteous indignation, go to war and kill each other in support of our “principles” The only real principle I see here is our love for our selfish ignorance.

  • zzmop says:

    I don’t mean to be a compulsive poster. I just had a thought. As I stated on G.W. blog rarely do you get a request for “solutions” and it really is a great feeling when you do. the alternative is the news information which is predominately bad and can really wear you down. What if on this site you did keep an “open posting” of sorts for the “known solutions” It would force a different approach to information presentation I guess you would say. There would come a point were it would have to be organized. The fluff (sarcasm, wit, anger) would not be relevant and have to be cut. At least this is what I believe. Anything I ever say is open to debate. I like yourself have no problem being proved wrong if it will lead me to a better place. So right away you have three improvements ( organization, relevance, and permanence) over 99.99 % of the blogs and postings. Next You would need the theories of rational and logic to bolster and support or prune false arguments. This would be a learning experience in itself. We might actually end up debating the proofs rather than the argument. Regardless at this point you have two other improvements over any other blog anywhere else. One like arguments groups together can not represent one person or group of person. It will get you no where calling a inanimate object a douche bag or accuse it of bias. The category would be an entity of itself. Two there is a more rational or logical, though maybe not perfect, basis for the “solution” rather than what is the norm where it is all in the “presentation” or association with like minded individuals who already hold a belief. This would be another plus. In order to work within the system you would have to become familiar with the rules, reason and logic, organization, categorization, relevance, permanence, etc. People would be drawn to this i believe. I would. What I would not look forward to is going back to the old, disorganization, no proofs just beliefs bolstered with anger, with, sarcasm, blind faith, idiocy, a rolling timetable to get your point in before the clock makes it irrelevant, repetition and failure, as you would have to fight for your point all over again with no real lasting signs of success. I guess I would have to ask, why not? what I am afraid of is what I have seen before because I am old. Ambitious, well meaning volunteers burning out. Sapiolplex can not do it all by himself. What if experimental templates were formed, simple modes of conduct which could be adopted by anyone looking for a better way than the long meaningless blog postings to hell. What is the saying? Once the human mind is expanded no going back, or something like that. What if the next time Activiist Post had their solutions request and they said, ” but hey before you com over here and post all that stupid sh#t, go to Sapiocracy and get some reference for your arguments.” Yeah !

    • sapioplex says:

      Yes, this would be a large component of a functioning Sapiocracy. The development of that system would be an ongoing thing. It would need constant refinement in order to make it as complete as possible, but cut the difficulty for those participating.

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