A SINGLE GLOBAL GOVERNMENT - BUT IT MUST BE JUST!
This discussion applies both to national governments, such as that of the United States, and ideally to a single Global government. A single global government, if it were benign and well designed, could most efficiently provide equal rights, benefits and services to all citizens of the Earth in a sustainable manner while best preserving and nurturing the natural systems in which they live and depend upon. Throughout the discussion one can simply substitute 'Global' for 'National'.
There would be many advantages of scale to a global government that ensured universal freedoms, standard laws and services, and global planning to ensure the optimal survival of the earth as a viable long term system, but only if it contained foolproof safeguards to render it incorruptible. Imagine the whole world under a largely unobtrusive minimal government devoted to the common good of all people and the earth's biosphere. It would not matter in the least if say persons of Israeli or Arab backgrounds held any particular post, as common laws and freedoms would apply to all, and the purpose of the government would not be the fostering or enhancement of any particular ideological or political view or ethnic or national group, nor the financial interests of any business group. In the end it is only such a government which can ensure global stability and peace and environmental sustainability for the common good of all people and the planet itself.
There is of course much well warranted resistance to the notion of a global government among many parties worldwide. Any group that identifies with its national, ethnic or ideological affiliations, rather than the common humanity of its people, is likely to be opposed to it, and certainly the long history of oppressive national and regional governments warns us that a similar global government is likely to rule even more oppressively. But we are considering the possible ideal here, and setting the issues of how to achieve that ideal aside for the moment to be discussed below. Obviously, given human nature and the history of government, that is a difficult issue. But hopefully it is possible to gradually implement improvements in national governments that then become accepted planet wide. The objective is to maximize the well being of everyone on the planet under the aegis of a truly just government. If such a government is truly better for everyone there can be no reasonable complaint. So it should be clear here we are not suggesting the extension of any current government or form of government to the whole planet. What we are suggesting is an entirely new and superior form of government, one that is just, supportive and minimally intrusive.
PROPER PURPOSE AND FUNCTION OF GOVERNMENT
The proper function of government is, or should be, to provide a top level organizational framework to protect, support and optimize the total welfare of all its citizens. This it does by providing an inclusive environment of those society wide essential services that are most fairly and efficiently provided at the top level. This includes protecting all citizens from harm from all sources, providing basic services that enhance all aspects of citizen's lives, ensuring the nation's long term sustainability within it natural environment, while maximizing personal freedom, individual happiness and personal advancement. In this section we consider the details of such a government. We then consider the roots of the current dysfunctional nature of governments, and how governments can best be transformed to fulfill their proper function.
The proper approach to design optimal governmental policies is a politics free systems analysis approach that encompasses all aspects of the nation and its citizens, and develops a full spectrum of individual policies that optimize the strength and welfare of that entire system over all variables in a sustainable long term compassionate manner.
Thus an optimal government structure, including how government personnel at all branches and levels are selected, will be one completely devoted to best facilitating this objective. The organizational structure of government must be designed entirely around making this work in the most efficient, effective and timely manner.
ORGANIZATION AND FUNCTION OF THE IDEAL GOVERNMENT
If we consider the proper function of a government, the most obvious answer is a communal organization of the populace for the purpose of providing those services that individual citizens cannot easily provide themselves individually.
In any case the Libertarian ideal of the minimal necessary government should be the goal. Anything in addition to this is invariably a means to redistribute the power and wealth of the governed to those who govern. In this view government should be essentially a civil service organization, rather than a political, nationalistic, ethnic or ideological entity.
In an ideal government political parties would be unnecessary as it would make no difference what individual beliefs the civil servants held, as that would play no role in performing their duties. And importantly every member of government, including the president and all currently elected officials should be superseded by non-political civil servants carefully selected on merit via success at solving real practical problems in National University curriculum carefully designed to produce the most effective and efficient problem solvers rather than political persuasion. See the section on The National University for more.
Governments, as opposed to private companies, have unique advantages and responsibilities in providing essential services to their citizens. These include advantages of scale, a secure and adequate funding source in the taxation power, breadth of access to information, the lack of necessity to turn a profit and others.
There are tremendous advantages to the government maintaining national databases in the service of its citizens. However there is currently strong and well justified opposition to many of the government powers I will suggest due to the possibility of misuse and loss of privacy. However the advantages are many and the issue that needs to be overcome is not the powers and functions themselves but that of the possibility of misuse in any but the service of the people.
MAXIMIZE EFFICIENCY. considered from a global systems perspective wars, prosecution & incarceration for victimless crimes & numerous other governmental actions waste total resouces of both effort, money & resources that could accomplish huge beneficial effects.
this includes the current tax system which unnecessarily expends enormous resoures both of manpower, natural resources, time and intelligence.
enormous redundancies in the system. eg. medical diagnosis by millions of doctors which could be accomplished by one single AI system. Likewise for all sorts of other systems such as eduction,
3d printing manufacturing. housing could be mass produced superior product of recycled plastics.
optimal factory foods.
Also the production of huge masses of unnecessary consumer products, dangerous drug development.
ESSENTIAL SERVICES BEST PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT
The following is a list of essential basic service that an ideal government should provide to optimize it's state and the collective welfare of its citizens.
NATIONAL FORECASTING MODEL
The history of governmental policy making is one of unintended consequences, and of cryptic consequences, that is consequences whose true nature is obscured by legalese and complexity intended to benefit special interests. But perhaps more often policies are promulgated and laws written on the basis of ideological beliefs with little analysis of their actual probable effects on society as a whole.
The best approach here is to form all policy in terms of a national forecast model of all macro aspects of the nation (or planet) as a whole. While comprehensive models incorporating the sustainability of the environment, the economy, and the laws governing the nation as a entire integrated system would be quite complex and difficult to achieve they are not beyond the realm of possibility given a coordinated national effort of the highest priority. Certainly our current computer models of the weather were difficult to achieve and took considerable effort and refinement, they are quite accurate in the main. There is no intrinsic reason to expect a national forecast model could not also be achieved. In fact there are currently many such partial models in use in various government agencies and large financial institutions, though those are largely ignored by our lawmakers.
What is needed is a government agency devoted entirely to developing and maintaining a national forecast model and refining it's predictive efficacy as needed. Policy makers, who would be meritocrats selected by expertise at solving problems rather than elected would then use this model as the basis for determining optimal laws and policies. And they would be held accountable for their results and rewarded accordingly. This model should be largely accessible to the public as well to assist individual and commercial decision making as well as for the purpose of government transparency.
NATIONAL PROTECTION & SERVICE FORCE
The first responsibility of a government is to protect its citizens from harm, and to foster their health and wellbeing. To this end there should be a single National Protection Force with responsibility to protect against all foreign and domestic threats and disasters. While the command structure would best be professional graduates of the meritocratic educational system, all able body citizens should serve at least some time in this force for training purposes and to imbue them with a sense of responsibility and pride and national citizenship in service of the nation.
Such an NPF would replace the current military, police, intelligence, fire fighting and disaster relief services and be prepared and ready for immediate response to any situation threatening the safety or security of any citizen. And in absence of such a situation the NPF would serve as a national public works service engaged in maintaining and improving the national infrastructure. This would be the most efficient use of national manpower as opposed to the current situation where our military mostly sits on its ass in vast numbers at public expense absent actual combat or engages in excessive and repetitive over training. In essence the army should be serve as a national work force on important public projects that improve the nation in the absence of active combat or natural disasters.
The vast available manpower of such a force would mean quick response to situations of any magnitude as needed rather than having enormous duplication and waste across the multitude of current agencies. Again a careful systems analysis of the probability and distribution of possible threats would be used for optimal deployment and training of response units to minimize resources while maximizing effective response capabilities.
NATIONAL INFORMATION SERVICE
The government shall maintain and continually improve, with the help of its citizens, a single national database with search and artificial intelligence capabilities on all factual information worldwide. This will be a continuing process similar to Wikipedia and Google combined but with added artificial intelligence capabilities so that eventually it will provide the single most accurate answer, or small group of answers, to any English query or sequence of queries. In other words asking a question will produce the best most accurate answer known on any subject in the public domain (with the exception of a small subset that require security clearances, or are proprietary in nature though the goal and intent is to minimize hidden data and enhance free access to all information in the belief that this furthers human progress).
The fact that news feeds of nearly all types are controlled by commercial interests is incredibly dysfunctional and an insult to the citizens of any nation. While such sources should not be impinged upon the government itself has the responsibility to provide its citizens a continuous detailed and objective non-politicized and non-commercial source for all important news.
A Government Broadcasting Service should be established (perhaps Channel 1?) to broadcast continuous commercial free objective news of events of actual consequence. No sports, no celebrity gossip, no human interest stories, no politics, and less emphasis on transient events and greater concentration on the big picture - those things going on slowly in the background that really matter. The suggested format should be a half hour covering all topics followed by a half hour on alternating individual topics such as various aspects of science, international events, ecological developments, progress and effects of governmental programs etc.
This should include interactive and search capabilities so one can search and link directly to additional more detailed information on specialized subjects.
There should also be a number of National websites accessible through a single portal. Some of these are:
A single National Database on all citizens combined with a National Identification Card (NID) with a unique biometrical secure identification for each person. There would be no requirement to carry this card but many essential services could be accessed only with it. Information would in this single database would be given various security levels based primarily at the control of the citizen. This security and privacy would be guaranteed and enforced by the government.
Data in the database should be of two major types, that pertaining to individual citizens with strict privacy controls, and that of more general public accessible character. There should be a number of sub databases including
NATIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEM
It is to the advantage of any country that all its citizens be afforded the best possible education irrespective of their financial means for it is the intelligence of the populace that determines the sustainable success of the nation. Thus every member of society should be provided an entirely free education up to the level of their competence. The social cost of this will be richly rewarded in benefits to the nation.
That being said this is best done by establishing a national education system funded and administered by the government as non profit institutions so as to keep costs under control. This system would be a serious institution devoted entirely to knowledge and preparing students to contribute to the overall intelligence and success of the country with no expensive sports arenas or scholarships.
The national education system should be seamlessly coordinated with the national governmental system so that graduates according to their merits would transition smoothly and certainly into civil service and decision making positions within the national government.
NATIONAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
There should be a free national health care system for everyone to the limits of the capacity of the system. Including strong incentives, financial and otherwise, for adoption of healthy life styles.
The medical history including all medical test results would be required to be entered directly into the database and accessible by the citizen as soon as available without any necessity of prior approval by doctors or medical personnel. Any individual's medical base could be run against a National Diagnostics site using artificial intelligence to best monitor and diagnose any citizen's medical condition and suggest tests and treatments. Current medical records systems in the US are a disgrace that is both enormously wasteful of time and resources and criminally inefficient in providing necessary medical diagnosis and treatment in a timely manner.
A critical issue is that its information processing is still stuck in the pre-computer age. Health care diagnosis and treatment is uniquely appropriate to be implemented as a unified artificial intelligence system since effective diagnosis and treatment always is a process of following decision trees informed by personal medical histories and current test results and symptoms. If the entirety of every patient's medical records were in one huge database hooked to an artificial intelligence diagnosis and treatment system, then diagnosis and treatment of any particular patient would be enormously improved. And it would also be possible to make enormous strides in general medical knowledge and epidemiology by processing the whole database.
It is an enormous tragedy this has not been done. No doubt many many lives would have been improved and saved if it had been not to mention enormous savings of expenses from unnecessary tests and poor less effective treatments.
NATIONAL FINANCIAL AND MONETARY SERVICE
A national financial economic and financial and accounts database. Every citizen should have an online account with the Treasury into which taxes and payments and government payments to citizens would automatically flow. The NID should also function as a debt and credit card terminal through which deposits and withdrawals could be made and itself be legal tender for all payments. Private companies could continue to offer their own credit and debit cards if they wished and might be preferred if they offered additional services or higher interest rates. Interest rates would be fixed by the Treasury based on Fed rates (though the Fed will be replaced by the National Treasury Bank as we will see).
NATIONAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Massive reform and simplification and uniform application of all laws across the country including tax laws. This to include the simplification of contracts, laws and their statement in clear logical clearly meaningful English rather than excessive legalese. Citizens should be able to clearly understand all laws and legal documents without legal assistance, and if such is needed it should be provided by the government at low standard rates. It must not be the case that money is necessary to receive justice.
A National legal system, reduction of state and local powers and a single nationwide largely uniform legal system. If laws are just they should be just everywhere.
NATIONAL POLICY INCENTIVES:
Based on the best, well tested, and carefully analyzed national simulation models, the government should provide effective incentives to guide the actions of its citizens towards the optimal state of society. Some of the ways this can be done are discussed below.
These policies can best be achieved by policy directives, financial incentives, and intensive national media programming explaining their benefits.
Provide effective voluntary incentives to limit population to an optimal long term sustainable level in balance with available resources. And effective voluntary incentives to maximize the reproduction of the more intelligent and capable. This is best done by providing sufficient financial incentives to women of child bearing age to undergo voluntary sterilization. On average this single policy will result in fewer births and of higher average capability. And it is entirely voluntary and beneficial to those on average poorer women who accept it.
As a matter of national policy government should also provide the most effective birth control gratis to anyone of any age who requests it.
The provision of generous free national health and elder care obviates the traditional necessity of producing many children to ensure the parents' care in old age.
Intensive cross-media educational programming explaining the benefits of having minimal children both personally and for society as a whole.
Effective policies to encourage all members of society to be productive while providing care for those unable to care for themselves.
Adopting policies that optimize long term sustainability of a strong and healthy nation, especially where concerned with limited natural resources and preservation and expansion of natural areas.
INTELLIGENT CONSUMER CHOICES
Effective education and voluntary incentives towards the production of basic necessities and products that advance and strengthen the nation rather than unnecessary consumer goods and chichkas which waste manpower and resources.
HEALTHY FOOD AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Effective incentives to produce and consume healthy natural foods and live healthy life styles.
Strong policies that maximize personal freedoms in all areas of life. Abolishing nearly all laws that limit personal freedom in one's own home and property, an in one's own personal life and behavior absent demonstrable harm to others.
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
Strong and effective government incentives to technologies and products that advance the sustainable national interest towards long term progress.
CHECKS AND BALANCES
Strong incentives for whistle blowers and those who expose waste, or come up with ways to improve aspects of the overall national system.
A HISTORY OF CORRUPT AND DYSFUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENTS
Throughout history it has typically been the most aggressive, power hungry and acquisitive that have risen to power in governmental positions. It is these characteristics that have been taken to define high male status and convey leadership roles. Thus it is no surprise that once in power the same characteristics that enabled their rise to power tend to manifest in their exercise of that power.
Thus every government throughout history, to varying degrees, has been skewed towards enhancing the power and wealth of the rulers and their coterie of supporters at the relative expense of the majorities of people under their rule. This is still the case today even in a 'democracy' (more accurately perhaps a 'one dollar one vote' plutocracy) like the US where the wealthy supporters of politicians wield vastly more power and garner vastly more benefits from the operations of government than the average citizen. In general governments satisfy the needs of their people only sufficiently to keep them from revolting and only after the needs of powerful special interests are met. In this respect all governments are corrupt as they do not operate for the optimal good of the whole society.
Throughout human history governments have exhibited various mixes of advancing the interests of those in power versus caring for the populations they govern. Even today many governments tend to provide benefits, rights and freedoms to their citizens only sufficient to prevent them from rising up in revolt. Meanwhile the labors of the governed are taxed and otherwise exploited to the profit of the governing and the special interests they represent.
Thus governments have always, to greeter or lesser degrees, been a mechanism by which powerful rulers wield power over the ruled and prosper at their expense rather than providing an efficient overall system for the optimal good of the whole society. One of the consequences of this dynamic is an ongoing accelerating destruction of the long term sustainability of societies within their natural environments for the short term profit of the rulers and their cohorts. For the good of all humankind and the planet this has to change.
WHY CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS ARE INHERENTLY UNSTABLE
In the long run all corrupt governmental structures are unstable because they entail the looting of the country and its resources for the benefit of a few, and thus, while the few may prosper in the short term, inevitably the country as a whole suffers and declines. Wealth and power and wisdom are not distributed optimally through the society and a true knowledge of the mechanics and stability of the entire system is repressed or at least discouraged. Thus the nation as a whole is weakened and confused as to its actual state and subject to either internal decline and collapse, revolutions which most often lead to the rise of new leaders who only repeat the process, or subjugation from external powers with their own similar structures.
The current serious decline of the U.S. is a case in point. The U.S. has been effectively looted by a behind the scenes oligarchy that has controlled the political process for its own short term benefit to suck the wealth of the country into its own hands while placing the massive unpaid debt for that upon the average American citizen. In the short term the US oligarchy has benefited beyond belief but it is a short sighted policy that is leading towards the decline and possible collapse of the US.
Another source of instability is that such governments must expend considerable resources to protect themselves from their citizens who will inevitably recognize and want to redress its injustices. These resources must of course be diverted from positive endeavors that could have actually strengthend the society as a whole.
However the proper role of government is not the control and exploitation of its citizens for the benefit of the rich and powerful, nor the oppression of their freedoms, but is to provide services and protections to its citizens in an effective, efficient, compassionate and sustainable manner, and to protect the natural environment upon which its continued success depends.
It is only such a government which is geared towards the strength of the country as a whole rather than that of its rich and powerful, that will survive and flourish in the long run. The rest of this section outlines such a sustainable governmental structure and how to transition to it from our current world of corrupt dysfunctional governments.
But the basic reason why corrupt governments are unstable is that they choose their rulers on the basis of power rather than merit. They simply do not select the best persons throughout the whole spectrum of positions of power. The selections tend to be made on the basis of power, money and patronage rather than merit throughout. Inevitably this results in a less efficient and more dysfunctional government less able to survive long term in its environment.
Though it is good that corrupt governments tend not to last long term, the problem is that they are usually replaced by often violent revolutions of the disaffected, which almost inevitably replace the old corrupt government with a new one and so on throughout history.
DEMOCRACY IS NOT THE ANSWER
We don't have a true democracy in the US, thank goodness, or all decisions would be made moment to moment by opinion polls based on the latest commercially controlled media driven inane gossip and prejudice. de Tocqueville's 'tyranny of the majority' run wild. Democracy has been a failure every since it was first instituted in ancient Athens and effectively contributed to the disintegration of the greatness of that city state. However, as has often been stated, it is better than most other forms of government as it institutionalizes power across a broader spectrum of the populace weighted by their influence rather than in just one man or a smaller clique.
However in most so called democracies today the true form of government is a mixed oligarchy-democracy where the interests of the wealthy and powerful special interests carry much greater weight than that of individual citizens. These are democracies only to the extent that 'one dollar gets one vote'.
WHY MERITOCRACY IS THE BEST FORM OF GOVERNMENT
Ideally the educational system should be almost entirely devoted to producing the wisest possible ruler decision makers and civil servants. Educational advancement would be based on ability to develop optimal solutions to complex real world problems in all areas of society. And there would then be a seamless transition on to positions of power in the civil service and legislative, executive and judicial branches. Elections would be unnecessary and thus the necessity to court popular opinion and pander to special interests in exchange for financial largess would become obsolete.
What is needed is a meritocracy designed on the basis of an integrated National Educational System where the wisest, most capable, most able and compassionate and pragmatic problem solvers rise naturally to the top of the educational system and then seamlessly graduate on into the government as civil servants. That is the best way that the country, and thus the planet, would be run by the wisest and best problem solvers who had the long term interests of the citizens and the planet as a whole as the basis of their governmental policies and problem solving.
However given human nature as evidenced in all governments to the present, for a meritocracy to succeed and not be subverted to personal and special interests it must have some strong system of checks and balances to ensure all decisions are made for the common rather than the personal good of decision makers.
THE TRANSITION FROM CURRENT TO IDEAL
In practice a global government will most likely arise in one super power (if it does at all) and then spread to others and finally become a single Planetary government as its obvious advantages become apparent.
A SYSTEMS APPROACH
One of the greatest problems with current governments is their political nature. A truly just and effective government will be completely non-political in nature and dedicated to the good of the people, the nation and the planet as a whole rather than to that of the special interests that tend to currently control political agendas.
The problem thus becomes how to best transition from the current self-perpetuating corrupt and dysfunctional system of government to a just and efficient one in the most effective and compassionate manner. At the outset we should reject revolution if at all possible as the result of most revolutions is the replacement of one bad system with one that is most often worse, one often engendering a legacy of violence and division.
The correct approach must be to understand the entire nation as a single system with governments as control structures within that system. Given a solid understanding of the current and desired optimal dynamic functioning of those systems we can gain insight into what series of acceptable changes would naturally evolve the system from current to an optimal state. That entails a good understanding of the equilibrium feedback structures which tend to perpetuate the current dysfunctional government under the control of a self serving oligarchy. At this point the identities of specific laws and policies that perpetuate the status quo can be identified. Then effective rationales for why these specific laws and policies should be replaced with ones that will tend to facilitate the transition must be enunciated to those who might have vested interests in the more immediate effects of these changes as a means to facilitate the change whether or not the desired long term goal is revealed.
Since the financial and power incentives of those in power to maintain their power are in fact what drives most governments the question is what forces are effective in changing this equilibrium to a more favorable one through a series of acceptable steps that improve rather than diminishing viability and stability of the state?
It is possible that the current dysfunctional system's apparent trajectory downward into decline and even catastrophe when it becomes undeniable will provide sufficient impetus for change but by that time it may well be too late and likely the changes made will be ineffective and short sighted and not produce the desired results if they are still being made by those whose policies have guided the nation downwards towards disaster.
The solution is to determine exactly what the main systemic x's are that tend to maintain the dysfunctional balance and work on reforming those. This is best done by presenting them in ways that are perceived to be most desirable to the current national mindset and to clearly present the real advantages to those who can make the choices and to empower them to make those choices.
The most insidious of these systemic problems is the election process and the corrupting influence of big money on our elected decision makers, and the commercially controlled media's role in maintaining it. Thus the key becomes taking money out of the election process and the legislative process so that legislators are incentivized to act in behalf of the best interests of the nation and its citizens rather than large contributors.
While the goal is meritocracy run by non-elected civil servants rather than a democracy of elected representatives the first step in achieving that is the reform of the electoral process.
Another problem is that the election process is far too extended so that those who should be attending to the affairs of the country are in fact more or less continually spending their time campaigning and pandering for votes and special interest support instead of legislating.
Another problem is the two party system in which only candidates selected by big money interests have a chance of winning, and the ignoring by the media of candidates of other parties.
So a good first step is to shorten the campaign season to perhaps the two weeks in the UK, make it much easier for 3rd party candidates to get on the ballot, and to provide equal media exposure at public expense to all candidates. A two round system where a less than 50% majority on the first round necessitates a second round runoff is also reasonable as it addresses the problem of similar candidates taking votes away from each other in the first round.
Ideally all election expenses would be covered by public funds and no private entities could contribute to them. Media time would be strictly equal including any bill boards, campaign literature or other media exposure. This should be the goal even if it takes time to get there. The problem is how to achieve that reduction in political power of those who now effectively control the process. That is the big stumbling block to effective reform and a good workable strategy is badly needed. It seems to me that the best way in the context of our current system is to clearly demonstrate to the mass of the voting public why this is so clearly in their best interest. If this can be done then it will perhaps be achievable. Hopefully this blog will contribute to that cause. That indeed is its intentionÉ
Term limits should be abolished. The are desirable only under the assumption that all elected officials are inherently corrupt which may be the case now but under a reformed electoral system there is no rationale in getting rid of effective leaders simply because they have been effective for a longer term!
Largely due to the fact that government's primary role has become the redistribution of the nation's wealth from its citizens to special interests, we have a system which often incentivizes negative social policy and discourages positive.
This is seen in the health care system where rewards are based on the number of sick treated rather than the number of persons kept healthy.
It is also seen in the criminal justice system, where the amount of funding depends on the number of persons convicted of crimes, and the length of time they spend incarcerated rather than how quickly and effectively they can be reformed.
The welfare system is another massive misdirection of public monies which tends to foster poverty and more babies being born into poverty, rather than the opposite.
The excessively complex and burdensome laws and regulations whose effective function is not justice but the enrichment of lawyers is another example.
These and numerous other misdirections of public policy result in perpetuating the dysfunctional dynamics they ostensibly seek to address.
Laws and policies should be reformulated in ways which incent positive social evolution rather than the opposite.
The great impediments to doing this are often short sitedness, but also legislators putting the interests of special interest groups who profit from these dysfunctional programs ahead of the good of society as a whole. It is a dysfunctional, corrupt, inefficient, wasteful and unsustainable system which can only lead to dire consequences for this country and the planet as a whole.
WHY DON'T BAD SITUATIONS SELF CORRECT?
It occurs because of the tendency of some types of system to fall into vicious cycles leading them further and further away from an ideal equilibrium to a new negative equilibrium.
This occurs in systems in which two or more effects tend to reinforce each other as they grow, resulting in continual growth away from the desired equilibrium point until they are eventually stabilized by some other forces at a less desirable new equilibrium state.
Here we will examine some of these situations and how they can be brought under control and set back on a reverse course toward the desired equilibrium point.
When this cannot be achieved the disequilibriums can threaten the stability of the society itself and may eventually lead to its collapse as things spiral out of control.
Repression and exploitation lead to anger and unrest which may lead to revolution of the most angry and hate filled who when they gain power repress and exploit in their turn.
SOME IMPORTANT EXAMPLES:
War and violence causes hatred which leads via revenge to continuing war and violence.
The ruthlessness and greed and power mentality necessary to achieve political power leads to the economic benefits of corrupt government which in turn leads to that type of person seeking such power.
The perversion of the biological relation of man and woman leads to the failure of families which leads to even more antagonism between the sexes and less hope for families.
Welfare systems can incent the poor to remain poor by rewarding poverty.
Likewise foreign aid to the poor of other countries.
Curing disease and starvation can lead to population increase in countries unable to support such increases which in turn only leads to greater suffering.
A GENERAL APPROACH TO SOLUTIONS:
The solution must be social and economic policies which do not exacerbate the situation by incenting the negative direction but which incent the positive.
This can only be done if the dynamics of the situation is clearly understood so that the key action or trigger points for maximizing positive influences can be identified.
Throughout this site this principle has been applied to many of the problems threatening the future of our planet.
Often this necessitates thinking about things in new ways, from a greater perspective free of current prejudices and prevailing wisdom which often serves only to obscure the real dynamics and processes involved, in many cases resulting in shortsighted and misguided policies which exacerbate the problems they seek to remedy.
Though this results in policies which in some cases may seem callous, upon examination they will often be found to be the most compassionate over the long run.
And this is of course the desired goal.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE DON'T REFORM GOVERNMENT. THE COURSE OF THE CURRENT TREND AND HOW REFORM WILL CORRECT THEM AND THE NEW RESULTING TREND.
THE DECLINE OF AMERICA: One reason that China e.g. is rapidly surpassing the US as a world power is that educationally speaking it is much more a meritocracy, where the more intelligent go on at each level. Meanwhile we here in the US are arguing about what educational system would make dumb people feel better about being dumb. The US is getting what it deserves based on its dysfunctional PC driven policies. We will soon be a third world country.
People should be educated for what they will actually do rather than some ideal, but the idea is to begin by educating everyone in the basics of knowledge and then gradually increase the level as less intelligent people follow sidetracks into education to prepare them for careers for which they are best adapted.
But consider this, American's are best adapted to be consumers, most production jobs are going overseas to people who work harder for a lot less, so educating Americans in these jobs is a waste, better to teach them to consume more and more, which is what they are currently learning, for that is what they do best.
And how about women? Young girls apparently don't learn how to be good wives and housekeepers any more, why aren't the ones who will end up that way given the proper education to prepare them for it?
THE ROLE OF THE INDIVIDUAL & THE PRIVATE SECTOR