The Long Death of Conservatism (and Conservatives)

Conservatives tend to select themselves out of positions of power and, when left to their own devices without progressives’ periodic or constant intervention, will likely naturally self-select out of existence as a sub-group of humans.  We all have the same hardware that creates conservatism; it seems to be in the reptilian brain, which is common to us all.  The difference between conservatives and other humans is that they seem to have a much more powerful reptilian brain than the rest of us, thus denying them the ability to work with complex issues with nuance, ambiguity, and subtlety as well as other human beings.  They seem entirely consumed with obsessing over their small self, or their definition of self, rather than the whole or the other or the larger self that extends to all things, living, dead, or inanimate in this universe.  There is no real love in their behavior or actions; no real compassion or care.  Just repetition and a sad attachment to imaginary concepts and incorrect hypotheses about how things are and work together.  There is no more point in listening to them, and the best that society can do to them is to remove them from all places of influence, power, authority, and consequence for the mental health clinics that they so unceremoniously underfunded and destroyed.  It’s time that we institute a more social system than their anti-social, money-grubbing, Capitalisitc barbarism.  It’s time to govern with reason, compromise, discussion, and attachment to truth and common reality.  No more should we be ruled through fear, oppression, force, deception, lies, and ignorance, willful or otherwise.

These are, however, all normative statements.  There is nothing in the world here or anywhere that suggests that things will necessarily be different in the world just because we’ve changed the contents of several influential nodes in our network, least of all, the combined nodes of the general public.  We will still be plagued by these apparently diseased brain types within our society and within other societies.  We will still have to deal with all the consequences of their poor choices and priorities, as well as all new disasters, dangers, threats, problems, and sticky situations that will absolutely arise as time goes on.  At the same time, these minute changes in either the mental or physical content of these critical nodes can make important differences in our world, particularly if they join together to work towards a common cause of health, survival, and the ability to thrive on this planet and others.  It is time that we work to extricate the more monkey-like among us from their places of power, consequence, authority, power, and, at the heart of it, responsibility.

That, or we can keep clinging to them out of fear, and finding that the only thing we have to fear, really, is them, time and time again.

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World’s richest man tries to defend wealth inequality | Al Jazeera America

Bill Gates’ critique of Thomas Piketty is revealing for what it overlooks

Source: america.aljazeera.com

Mr. Gates.

From what I understand, you attempt to do some good in this world with your wealth.  However, from what I understand, your Foundation generally subjects its recipients to a Hellish bureaucratic process that may take away from their ability to do any real good.  On top of that, your monopsony may very well have slowed the progress of software development because of your anti-social business practices.

Let me cut to the chase here, for the people who actually will read this: there is no such thing as an honorable person who has gained so much through business through denying so much to so many.  If you seek to live on the charity of the rich, you are going to starve.  Case in point, the top earners are actually giving less to charity than all those below them (see the Chronicle of Philanthropy study on the matter).  There is no excuse for amassing so much wealth and relative power, and then dangling it over the heads of those who need it the most.

We need a social system, as opposed to the anti-social one that people like Mr. Gates uses to make their wealth.  We need to make growth work for everyone, so that work pays off and people are not exploited for their labor and denied opportunities to develop their talents.  Most of the mundane tasks are likely going to be done by machines anyway.  What are we then to do with ourselves when labor is valued at the cost and maintenance of machines, and there are no jobs left?  Will we, as a society, actually consign ourselves to the pseudo-benevolence and will of these “demi-god” wannabes?  I will fight and die to defend myself and my children from such a future.  My price is too high for even Mr. Gates to afford (and I do have a price, because I understand the costs of doing “business” with “people” like Mr. Gates.

Which side of the fence are you going to be on?  Are you going to side with them? Or are you going to side with the rest of us actual human beings?

The choice is up to you all, America.  I wish you nothing but the actual best, although I suspect you’re going to lead yourselves into the actual worst before you get better.

I am prepared to fight and die for the sake of my population and my own life.  What are you going to do, dear reader, when that choice comes before you?

That is all I have to say for now.  Please, do what you will.  I’m indifferent.

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Backwards Logic

The authorities who currently sit in power have the whole idea of power backwards.

It is love, honesty, care, and effective actions that people respond to, not force, or deception, or graft. The governing bodies of our world should have the same ethic, logic, and methodology as medical personnel who actually care about the well being of the public as if it were their own self. It is only through this exchange that people willingly fall into line behind people. It is only through care, benevolence, love, effective, and benevolent action that people reliably remain willing and able to follow you. This is not a guarantee. Governing, or to be a member of the governing bodies, is not a right. It is a privilege that can be revoked, either through force of arms by the public, or by honest democratic sentiment and action.

I’m personally tired of having to reiterate this for the upper crusts of our world who are STILL slow on the uptake. I’m beginning to question their mental capacities and their cognitive/emotional abilities, in light of their actions and choices. If these continue, I would conclude that the only sensible course of action is for the society to remove the people on top by force of arms and, hopefully, commit them to mental health clinics for treatment and diagnosis. This is the most kind thing that I can offer those folks on “top” of our social world. Many would have them be killed (and, quite frankly, I don’t blame people for feeling that way, even though I disagree with the method).

Shots have already been fired in Canada, perhaps for these reasons. This is only going to get worse for everyone involved, including the general public and the upper class elites. The only question is whether people on top will correctly get the message and interpret it correctly.

This is the ending stages of one age, and the certain beginning of a new one. How new it’s going to be depends on what we do in the present. That’s all we have, and all we’re going to have.

What’s it going to be?

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Gentoo Linux – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Source: en.wikipedia.org

My younger brother informed me about this operating system.  While I have never used it, it nevertheless struck me how similar it was in principle to how societies and, perhaps, even whole ecosystems and universes organize themselves.  Even if this is not a 100% accurate model for societies and social organizations, it nevertheless seems to be an interesting method of modeling and explaining how they are, grow, develop, evolve, and function, both through the bottom-up workings of its code and its top-down programmatic functions.  It is a potential way of describing and working with the complexity of social systems as interdependent, interconnected, and somewhat modular within the context of an ecological and cosmological system.  This is not some hippy-dippy notion of the universe, but one that could potentially be used as a tool for scientific and evidenced-based management of ourselves, individually and collectively, within the context of our environment and our universe.

Very interesting.

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Life – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Source: en.wikipedia.org

Indeed, what is a human society but a larger social organism, based on this definition?

I’m honestly not sure about the Gaia Hypothesis, because the systems can be way too divergent.  However, the principle of interconnectedness may prove to be a useful tool in understanding how things work and what effects what in this universe, society, and environment.  If we could work to map out our social, ecological, and cosmological universe, we may end up with one of the most useful tools we could have in order to test, diagnose, and solve problems within our society from the micro through to the macro levels, such that everyone benefits and no one gets hurt in the process.  The bottom is influenced and effected by the top, the top is kept in line by the bottom.  The two need to work together in order to produce a healthy and functional society for the sake of each actors’ own sake and for the sake of all other beings, human or otherwise, living in the world with us.

This is how the world is.  No point in trying to make it “be” anything other than what it is.

Period.

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Into the Valley of Shadow

Popular insurgent warfare is probably the strongest form of warfare, because it does not obey the strategies, logistical constraints, or sociological “rules” of modern warfare or the tactics of the already strong.  Those who can hit and fade into the background of a society are the most powerful fighters, because those who have the military might cannot strike at them without ensuring that they themselves get hit as a result of striking at the general population from which the rebel fighters come from.  The police and military become outsiders in the community.  Nobody wants to side or work with them and everyone is willing to give shelter and aid to the rebel fighters.  How is this?  Because the public aligns with the rebel fighters rather than the police or military forces.  The Federal troops are outsiders and the police are alienated from the communities they’re supposed to enforce law in.  This is the energy that fuels insurgent warfare; not money, or resources.  If you want to defeat the rebels definitively, you must make sure that they (the rebels) are the ones who are self-alienating forces.  Make sure that you maintain good relations with the general public and, quite frankly, out-govern the rebels.

Government, in any of its forms, must compete with the various factions of society who wish to dismantle it and establish their own order in society.  It is not a monetary competition, but a non-monetary one, where the measure of success is significantly more complex and complicated than the measure of success for businesses and personal profiteers.  These are life and death stakes, literally, in some cases.  Please, do not underestimate the influence and power of the society that you are governing WITHIN (not over) when you are making your policy choices and decisions.

Please.  I don’t want to be compelled to fight against the government and its members for the sake of preserving this society.  I WILL join the battalions who will lock horns with the current government for the sake of preserving this human society in which I live.  Life is not worth living under the oppressive hand of pure financial profiteering logic.  I will die fighting the forces of current capitalism than live under their beliefs, logics, and philosophies as to how the world ought to be and should function.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s death either way for me.  I might as well attempt to make my death be useful for the rest of the public than be worth nothing as a quiet and meek follower of the incorrect assumptions about how economies work and what economies are.

That is all I’ve got to say at this moment.

Please do not mistake me for someone who makes idle threats.

That is all.

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The Libertarian and Conservative Ignoratti

A government without the ability or will to create and enforce written law essentially leads to and is anarchy by default.  That is why Libertarians are, in essence, anarchists, because they do not want a government that has the ability to create and enforce law within the territory and population of its jurisdiction.

I agree that written law should coincide with natural law.  I don’t agree that the US Constitution was meant to create a feeble, ineffectual, and essentially inconsequential government and I also don’t agree that the US Constitution is a sacred text that cannot and should not be updated with the changing needs and conditions of society.  I believe in the spirit of the Constitution; the principles that underlie it, which describes a society of people being essentially equal under law, and entitled to the same rights and opportunities as everyone else in the society.  The net result of Libertarian or conservative systems of government is the production of societies where people have unequal opportunities and where people have no individual security other than what they can provide with the resources at their disposal (which gets less and less as those who have more take more and more).  In this sense, people are essentially like dogs, who do not have the ability to control their own feeding habits when presented with the opportunity for unlimited access to material and social resources.  The half a million becomes a million, the million becomes five, the five multiples to twenty, and so on and so forth, regardless of if that wealth is something that they need or if it is produced with methods that detract from their social, personal, and environmental condition.

Therefore, we should not listen to conservative or Libertarian voices in our government.  Their root ideas, beliefs, and sentiments are self-destructive and toxic for the rest of our society, which then makes it toxic for themselves as well.  They are the Ignoratti; a group of people who need to come in for psychiatric treatment.  While they may be more functional than those who are presently diagnosable with mental illnesses, they are far more destructive to themselves and their societies through their actions, beliefs, and perspectives.  We may all be human and, in that sense, of essentially equal value.  However, opinion does not work like that, along with the ability to work with the world as a whole around you.  They need to come in from the cold, if they want to be considered legitimate participants in our government, or, we must exclude them from positions of authority, responsibility, and societal management.  We will die because of these people, if we allow them to stay in place.  I am not asking for their deaths.  I am asking for us to help them and to bear the condition and consequences of their brains in mind when listening to them within the larger political discourse.  That’s all that I’m asking for.  I doubt anyone will listen and help me put that into practice in real life.

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A New Kind of Lawyer (aka, A Scientist)

I am a lawyer in the sense that I study and advocate for natural law (rather than our written laws, which have no value or authority in the universe other than how they impact our social world and how well we enforce it).  Technically, this makes me a scientist and not a lawyer.  But when it comes to making sense of these things, it may be helpful to tint the information in this light to make it more comprehensible to the public and to the current set of governing individuals in our world today.  We are all, indeed, subject to law.  However, it is not the written laws of our Constitution or the written laws passed through acts of our legislatures that really matter.  It is the laws of the universe that really matter; the essence of cause and effect, that really governs our world in perpetuity and in spite of anything that we may do to make it “be” otherwise.

The sad part about the present state of humanity is that we’re governed by people who do not know or care to know the natural law and, instead, suffer under the ignorance and delusion that the written laws that they produce matter relative to our natural laws.  It is better to adapt the written laws to the natural laws of cause and effect, especially if we want to survive, let alone, be able to thrive in perpetuity and in spite of the natural calamities and disasters that are still likely to happen in our universe as time goes by.  We are governed by lawyers who only study and advocate for written laws.  It is time that we become governed by lawyers who study and advocate for natural laws.

Period.

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A Naturally Bounded Reality

I am, indeed, closed to some ideas and some concepts if they have been definitively proven to be incorrect in common reality.  I will not seriously entertain the notion that 2+2=5 or that the area of a triangle is anything other than bh/2.  The same is true for many things in the realm of making policy, in terms of causes and effects, because societies and economies have their own properties and natural laws that govern them.  The only difference is that we have not systemically studied these laws and principles with the scientific method or the testing tools that we have at our disposal, even though many of the great political thinkers and philosophers (Confucius, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Buddha, etc) have already touched upon these natural laws through intuition and experience.  We can double check, confirm, and bear witness to the natural law being carried out, even if we do not have any say at present as to what those laws actually are.  Even if we figure out how to defy gravity, or conscientiously effect reality itself, we will still be subject to the consequences of doing so, regardless about what we feel and how we think about it.  Being correct is not an equal opportunity thing, and just because you may be able to do something doesn’t mean it’s in your interests as an individual relative to society, the environment, and the universe to do so.

Therefore, we are at a crossroads in the universe, in my estimation of current events and present conditions.  We will either learn to accept our place in the grand scheme of things and acknowledge the power, influence, and necessity of natural law and conditions, or, we will succumb to our arrogance, stupidity, and willful ignorance that the universe can be something other than what it is.  We do not make reality, reality makes us.  You can either accept these facts and all others, and have a chance at survival.  Or, you can persist in your willful ignorance, arrogance, and stupidity of how things are, and increase your chances of death, destruction, and self-mutilation.

These are the stakes.  What’s it going to be?

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Top-Down Causation and the Rise of Information in the Emergence of Life

Biological systems represent a unique class of physical systems in how they process and manage information. This suggests that changes in the flow and distribution of information played a prominent role in the origin of life. Here I review and expand on an emerging conceptual framework suggesting that the origin of life may be identified as a transition in causal structure and information flow, and detail some of the implications for understanding the early stages chemical evolution.

Top-Down Causation and the Rise of Information in the Emergence of Life
Sara Imari Walker

Information 2014, 5(3), 424-439; http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/info5030424

Source: www.mdpi.com

If this is the case, then it confirms a lot of what I’ve been hypothesizing about government and its role in shaping the legal landscape of our social world (which then influences our ecological, social, environmental, and political world).  Government is always beholden to the natural laws of physics, biology, psychology/neurology, sociology, and economics.  However, government can play a significant role in determining the effects that we experience in our world, based on their obedience to natural laws and limits.

We can make a better, healthier, more sustainable, and more resilient world for ourselves within the context of our environment, social, ecological, and cosmological.  The question is, do we have the will, intelligence, wisdom, sense, and accuracy of perception to do anything with it?

We’ll see, I guess.

Here’s hoping for a permanent leap forward for humanity.  One that will not end until the universe itself comes to an end (it always does).

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