Most vote in elections, but few engage in other kinds of political participation or think those forms are effective. Publics overwhelmingly say that government officials do not care what they think.
This is, I think, a hallmark of societies without history of democratic governance as we know it in the West. The logic isn’t there amongst the public and the people just go about their lives, regardless of which among them is presently in charge, for better or for worse. The problem with these systems and logic is that the society in question languishes for long periods of time, punctuated by periods of rebellion, overthrow, and general chaos when peoples’ tipping point gets reached. It is safer and far less expensive in the long run, I think, to simply do a good job managing and working with your people than it is to go through periods of chaos, anarchy, and no government. The trouble is, is that humans psychologically will more likely take lull periods for granted and slip back into their lowest common complacent mannerisms. As people’s interests in the problems fade, so too will the leadership’s, regardless of how actually serious and pressing it is for the given society. Such is the sad state of humanity in our current chimpish form.
Bearing in mind though, that it’s not like we’re too much better here in the US. Our people don’t vote usually, especially not in smaller state and local elections where they can have an impact on how they live and what gets done in their localities. Therefore, can it truly be said that we’re “better” than those who are in the “developing” world? What really makes “us” so different from “them”, other than we parade ourselves like we’re the best of the best without having any real justification for those claims?
Wealth that only begats wealth is an anathema to a functional economy and a healthy society. When wealth is only being capitalized financially rather than invested, consumed, or saved in productive and sustainable capital it ceases to be of value to society. Many people, acting together, need to be able to invest, consume, or save sustainably and ethically in order to produce a healthy society, an stable and ethical economy, and a sustainable environment. A business is just concerned about its own profits. A government needs to be concerned about the whole society and its long term health and well-being if the businesses are going to survive with the rest of the society. That’s the interests of the government and its members. That’s the government’s overall role in society, if the government is going to be working on its own behalf.
To believe that power is about brute force and physical might is to misunderstand power and to deeply misunderstand human psychology, human needs, and human motivations. it is true that you can get a lot of what you want with force for a short period of time. However, it also is true that that method of gaining is typically short lived, superficial, and frankly inconsistent with human needs,and human wants. Al Capone may have had a kind word and a gun. However, it is the unarmed peasant from Nazareth who preached peace and kindness who holds more influence over the hearts and minds of people throughout the world than any other figure in the history of humanity. The same can be said for Confucius, Lao Tzu, Buddha, Muhammad, Krishna, and all other enlightened beings who struck the right chord at the right time in the collective and individual psyche of humanity.
That’s what history has borne out, constantly and consistently, and across all cultures. You cannot force a person to be who they aren’t or to do things against their wishes and perceived needs for very long or with much hope of preserving a long lasting relationship with them. People need to buy into the power dynamic themselves; voluntarily accepting it and believing in it in order for it to really hold peoples’ attention for very long or very deeply. The Authority has no authority when no one recognizes it as having it. God is only God because we’ve identified that unifying concept as such; the government and its members only have governing authority because the society and the people who live in it are willing and/or able to accept it and its members decisions. Take away that perception of authority, point out that the Emperor has no clothes, and the entire social system breaks down at society’s ultimate expense.
Therefore, those who receive power are dependent upon those who give power and vice versa. It’s a relationship in which those who take power act and those who give power respond accordingly to their own patterns, preferences, choices, and actions. The burden of action rests with those who take power. They’re the ones who create the reality in which we all live through their actions, choices, perceptions, conceptions, and decisions. The rest is just the echo of those actions, reverberating for better and worse, depending upon the intent, effectiveness, and correctness of those who receive power from others. The people who govern create their own heavens and their own Hells through their actions, choices, perceptions, conceptions, and decisions; something that is highly neglected in American society and in American culture. Receiving power is not an end game. Rather, it is only the beginning of a long, arduous, complicated, and messy process, especially if it is not handled well by those who have sought to have it.
In conclusion, brute force will only get you part of the way, perhaps none of the way, to achieving the ultimate goal of everlasting power. The only way to ensure perpetual acceptance of governance or you as the one with the technical power is through sound knowledge and comprehension of the system(s) with which you are working, sincere benevolence actually effective care directed at the other, not your own self, and a willingness to adapt to mistakes and changes in need. Otherwise, society will be lost, and the world will descend into chaos and anarchy we haven’t experienced yet. Only those who have never experienced anarchy or a deficit of governmental presence really want those things. A shame that those who are in power don’t get the concept of honest, open, effective, and actually benevolent governance for their own sakes.
Have pity on the American society, for they do not know what they’re actually doing to themselves and to others. Silly people.
The essence of the correct ways to govern is to 1) always be flexible and open to the real conditions that are present in spite of how uncomfortable, upsetting, or unlikely they may be and 2) to always be willing and able to do what is actually in the best interests of everyone, even if you personally may take a hit for it. Specifics of policy choices are all negotiable to a point where there are some things that are objectively less healthy and some things that are objectively more healthy. The goal of a policy researcher is to identify the condition and proper response to any given situation that may arise within the context of the social, economic, environmental, political, and technological system of systems. Changing how we look and analyze a given situation will change the outcomes that are achieved. The ends justify the means, however, the means affect which ends are actually achieved. Always focus on the means relative to the situation, and be sure that the ends that you’re trying to achieve are actually healthful, beneficial, and worth fighting for.
Our neurology hasn’t yet evolved to the point where we can actually say that we can manage or comprehend the full complex of the system of systems. There are many people out there who honestly have malfunctioning neurons; people who don’t know, don’t care to know, and refuse to know that which is actually in their personal interests relative to the system of systems. Some of these people have managed to reach incredibly influential positions in our societies, which then degrades the overall quality of the networks for everyone, including themselves. The fact that the rest of the social system is not fighting back en masse to remove these pathological personalities and other countries and in the United States is symptomatic of a much deeper lethargy at work that could lead to the undoing of anything and everything that we value and cherish and need for surviving, while not eliminating the root causes of what’s behind our current lethargy and social domination by pathologically sick people. These folks have prioritized what is significant for their survival poorly and who use destructive means to achieve their unsustainable and unreasoned ends. Therefore, they should be treated as the mentally ill and removed from office by force if necessary to receive treatment that they are in apparent need of. We are moving to a tipping point in American society and, therefore, the world’s society. I doubt that the American people will rise to the occasion to institute more enlightened government and put people who are frankly just better at actually governing into office.
The 19th century was a century of empires, 20th century was a century of nation states and the 21st century will be a century of cities…
This outstanding infographic (courtesy of postscapes.com) begins with some information about our current state of urbanization.
Did you know that 1.3 million people are moving to cities each week?! It then explains the need for smart cities and delves into what is required to establish these intelligent connected environments, how the smart city may take various forms in the developing worlds and what specific technologies are necessary to achieve such grand goals in practice.
There is an evolution taking place where politics, policy, technology, the environment, and the economy all intersect. This movement towards technical, empirically driven local policy making could be our saving grace.This could be the future of government.
Aim of this paper is to introduce the complex system perspective into retail market analysis. Currently, to understand the retail market means to search for local patterns at the micro level, involving the segmentation, separation and profiling of diverse groups of consumers. In other contexts, however, markets are modeled as complex systems. Such strategy is able to uncover emerging regularities and patterns that make markets more predictable, e.g. enabling to predict how much a country’s GDP will grow. Rather than isolate actors in homogeneous groups, this strategy requires to consider the system as a whole, as the emerging pattern can be detected only as a result of the interaction between its self-organizing parts. This assumption holds also in the retail market: each customer can be seen as an independent unit maximizing its own utility function. As a consequence, the global behavior of the retail market naturally emerges, enabling a novel description of its properties, complementary to the local pattern approach. Such task demands for a data-driven empirical framework. In this paper, we analyze a unique transaction database, recording the micro-purchases of a million customers observed for several years in the stores of a national supermarket chain. We show the emergence of the fundamental pattern of this complex system, connecting the products’ volumes of sales with the customers’ volumes of purchases. This pattern has a number of applications. We provide three of them. By enabling us to evaluate the sophistication of needs that a customer has and a product satisfies, this pattern has been applied to the task of uncovering the hierarchy of needs of the customers, providing a hint about what is the next product a customer could be interested in buying and predicting in which shop she is likely to go to buy it.
The retail market as a complex system
Pennacchioli D, Coscia M, Rinzivillo S, Giannotti F, Pedreschi D
EPJ Data Science 2014, 3 :33 (11 December 2014)
With this knowledge and insight into the world that’s dawning. One world must be destroyed in order for the new world to come forth; one segment of society must give way to the new in order to facilitate and ease this transition.
The top of society is where and what determines the ease or the possibility of this transition. That is the point that needs to be altered in order to bring about this new dawn.
Unfortunately, it is the point in society that is least willing, although most capable of change. They’ll cling to illusions and delusions of relative power over people and unsustainable material wealth than allow for everyone, including themselves, to realize something that could truly be wonderful for our lives, our well-being, and our health as living organisms. This is before we talk about the bottom-up resistance that will be experienced as well, especially if the transition is done badly by the people who are at the top of the given social unit. A shame that something so relatively simple can be so completely complicated and complex to carry out.
Silly silly world.
China Trade, Outsourcing and Jobs: Growing U.S. trade deficit with China cost 3.2 million jobs between 2001 and 2013, with job losses in every state
Since China entered the World Trade Organization in 2001, the massive growth of trade between China and the United States has had a dramatic and negative effect on U.S. workers and the domestic economy.
What’s good for individual businesses in the financial short run is terrible for them, the economy, and the society in the holistic long run. Just because it’s more profitable doesn’t mean it’s actually going to be good for people, the environment, it the economy outside of business profits. It’s not rocket science.
The Signs of an Enlightened Society:
1. The leadership will voluntary stand aside or devolve their powers to others when it is actually realized that their power or their chosen uses of power prove to be practically or morally incorrect.
2. Any given leadership of any given society is primarily focused on the well-being of the general public, not on the well-being of themselves as a separate entity from the public.
3.The leadership uses the scientific method to understand and comprehend the society and their social, environmental, and ecological condition accurately and to make good policy choices for the social unit(s) based on that scientific inquiry in terms of economic, social, and environmental well-being.
4. The general public is legally and practically able and willing to naturally correct the actions of the governing members such that they get their needs and wants fulfilled by the governing members.
5. The government’s members will naturally and peaceably yield to the needs of the people while taking the opposite stance when the people want that which is unreasoned, unreasonable, unfeasible, or unhealthy in spite of losing power and authority to those who are less concerned with the well-being of the people. It is from these moments of darkness that the general public can learn the benefits of having the specific leadership who governs on their empirical behalf. Therefore, the Enlightened Society lets the sub-par leadership take over, and naturally resumes governing when it is shown that the sub-par leadership is sub-par. If the new leadership is not sub-par, and is superior to the old leadership, then all gain in the society as a result of the presence of superior leadership in the society, including for the old leadership who still resides within that given society. All benefit from superior leadership; none benefit from inferior leadership
The nature of an Enlightened Society is one of constant dialogue and feedback between the governed and the governing, with information being transmitted accurately and effectively to the appropriate nodes in order to maximize the well-being of the entire social unity (government included). There is no such thing as a fully Enlightened Society, especially now at the present time, and the wealth and military power of a given society are not measures of the degree of Enlightenment that the society has achieved.
To hurt an Enlightened Society, or a society that is striving towards Enlightenment, or to harm those who are trying to get a society onto the Path of Enlightenment, is to harm one’s own self, because for every instance and degree of damage that is done to the aspiring society or people is yet another obstacle for them to overcome, thus limiting that society’s ability to help other society’s achieve Enlightenment. The more crap you give the aspirant society or people, the more harm that is done to your own self. Therefore, do not hinder or harm those who are traveling along the Enlightened Path towards realizing perpetual Realization and Enlightenment, for you will suffer if they fail on top of the increased likelihood that you’re going to do something unwise due to your already corrupted way of thinking, feeling, and perceiving the world.
For your own sake, do not hinder or limit those seeking Enlightenment or spiritual/ethical perfection.
When it comes to setting policy, the name of the game is competing values and priorities. I think that a) some values and priorities can be thrown out and barred through democratic processes for being unhealthy, unrealistic, and generally counterproductive to serving the well-being of the general public and the governing members and b) that the spirit that needs to pervade these deliberations needs to be one of cooperation, investigation, honesty with one’s own self and faults, and generally a sense of mutual responsibility toward a common goal. The different views should be moving towards the same self-interest of preserving the society and the well-being of the people who live in that society in a changing social, ecological, and technological world. Truth is the goal. Reputation, social relationships amongst each other and with the public, legitimacy, and authority are the currencies at stake. The game is set, as it always has been. Too bad we’re staffed with lousy players, in spite of their “success”.