Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We Need Solutions - We Have the Technology!

Binarygirl
Activist Post

The Core Issues:

I would argue that our primary cause for inaction by the activists and action-takers among us, is that we do not agree on the core problems that face our society and don't collectively understand the driving force behind them. The "system" currently in place is as pervasive as it is effective in controlling populations, spreading propaganda, and ensuring the system Owner's supremacy. Their system is powerfully persuasive to the masses and not one to be taken lightly. The only way effectively combat this system is to introduce an equal or more efficient system of economy, resource sharing, freedom, and security allowed by sufficient participation. Simple "off-grid" survival just will not work in the long term.

We live in a world that has been largely shaped by two primary factors that have directed the course of trade, economics, and politics over the last several thousand years. Those are credit based Capitalism, and Psychopathy. Capitalism is the economic model that puts the idea of capital as the primary motivation and resource for trade and the distribution of resources. Capitalism in a broad sense is the private necessity for capital gains over the advancement of industry or the human species.

Psychopathy, is a genetic deviation in humans that exists in somewhere between 3% and 6% of the human population according to research from psychologists like Robert Hare and Andrew Lobaczweski. Psychopaths are different from birth and are considered by researchers as literal "inter-species predators". The majority of psychopaths are born into lower classes and wind up in gangs or jail for petty crimes. Others are born into money or families with high political influence and can wind up making decisions that instigate genocide or erode countries from the inside out.


The Economic Solution:

Capitalism is commonly polarized against Socialism as the two economic systems competing for power against one another. This generalization has been largely true and to date a third, competing system, has not been successfully realized; however, we are at a turning point technologically where a third option may be realistic. Historically, the best cases where communism prevailed in a society, such as the jewish kibbutz, it too gradually evolved into capitalism as the people started to want more personal gain and expanded trade. The same could also be seen in Russia and England during the 1970's through early 1990's. A regression into communism would be literally "going backwards". Instead, a natural transition must be made from capitalism to a resource sharing based economy in a similar way that capitalism could evolve from socialism.

As we continue to automate more and more aspects of life, we find ourselves in a paradox. Hypotheticaly, If we could build a machine that could create organic, tasty hamburgers, of any shape or size, nearly instantly, for a fraction of the cost, it could very well put many restaurants out of business. If that machine could produce food of any sort for a fraction of the cost and this machine could fit in your living room, it would nearly eliminate the restaurant industry. The fact is that in the next 6 years, 3D printer technology could easily print organic beef or other foods very inexpensively. No animals have to die, no one would lose...except the people whose jobs depend on it. Further, clothing, housing, and material goods can also be printed at a fraction of the cost; digital goods go without saying. This is an inevitability of technological progress and is the very crux of the issue: it's not the resources that we need, it's the "paycheck".

The solution is an Economic Democracy. This works by subsidizing resources so the people get paid the same amount of credit (money), but are not required to produce the same quantity of goods or services. In a capitalistic society, we are forced to continue to produce goods and services at an exponential rate, or else the economy will crumble. This leads to problems like planned obsolescence. In an economic democracy, if we introduced a mechanism to reduce the cost of healthcare across the board by 10%, everyone could benefit by reducing the hours in a work week from 40 hours to 39 hours a week, but still get paid the same.

The difference in pay would be subsidized by the central body responsible for handling the money system, which is handled as a public service (no interest). This inherently drives people to look for ways to automate and improve systems, instead of ways to create more "stuff". The same could be translated into all businesses.

On a fundamental level, everyone in this system would own a percentage (stock) of each company, that percentage being divided by the population. When a business does well, everyone succeeds. When one fails, the damage is absorbed by the population. By incentivizing automation through "fewer working hours" instead of "more capital", we would have a system that rewards us for building, innovating, and sharing resources, instead of fiercely protecting them.

The Psychopathic Solution:

It is no secret now that genetic psychopaths have a firm grip of control over every aspect of politics, business, finance, and industry. The capitalistic system in place rewards those with psychopathic behaviours. People who are likely to stab someone in the back, lie to get ahead, or cheat the system for a personal advantage have a distinct advantage in our society over those who cannot or will not. Worse, otherwise good people will begin to emulate the behaviours of psychopaths in order to get ahead and stay competitive. This is called "trickle-down evil" and creates sociopaths. While the economic system described above would largely eliminate the system that has allowed psychopaths to thrive and succeed, if psychopathy is still present they will find a way to poison any system introduced and we will be back where we started.

Psychopaths are extremely manipulative, have no conscience, are pathological liars, and can show no real love or compassion to anyone. Psychopaths have been studied extensively and we can conclusively test for psychopathy at birth. The factors listed above alone would suggest that genetic screening could be adopted without a public backlash. A gene could be introduced in utero that would eliminate genetic psychopathy from birth, with no harm otherwise done to the fetus. No parent with any conscience would want their children to be born with a incurable condition that would actively destroy the lives of everyone around them forever. There is no alternative. Psychopathy is a destructive force with no equal in society and it must be stopped from birth.


Conclusion:

The system described above requires a greater clarity that is beyond my word-count limitations for the purpose of this article, however my aim is to provide some clarity into the core problems we face and some realistic solutions for them. When dealing with industry or economic revolution of any sort, we don't need a mass population "buy-in", only about 5% of the population could produce and create a working model of efficiency for such a system to thrive. There is no avoiding the dangers of meandering in the murky waters of post-industrial capitalism. The future can be brighter than ever if we are willing to let our technology evolve our way of thinking.

Further Reading:

http://www.sott.net/article/234836-See-no-Evil-Why-is-there-so-little-Psychopathy-Awareness
http://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_harouni_a_primer_on_3d_printing.html
http://www.ted.com/talks/anthony_atala_printing_a_human_kidney.html
http://www.qfgpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=54&osCsid=31eb632761bec493351ee5ea5ae2a94e
http://www.thestar.com/news/sciencetech/article/677927--psychopaths-brains-biologically-different
http://www.amazon.com/Economic-Democracy-Political-Struggle-Twenty-First/dp/1933567015/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353984516&sr=1-2&keywords=economic+democracy

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice article. These ideas are good, but it sounds a bit like Zeitgeist. Especially when you say "subsidized by the central body responsible" -- beware of centralized control by technocrats. Perhaps you had more to say since you mention a word count limitation, so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Anyway, very well written and thought provoking.

Anonymous said...

I don't think I and a lot of other people would find the thought of 3-D printed food very appetizing.

I am also frightened by the thought of centralized planning. This never seems to work and leads to abuse of power.

Anonymous said...

intra-species.

Nemetron 2000 said...

"Psychopaths" is just a word. These motherfuckers are an experience. A very bad fucking experience.

Seen said...

... Here's some problems that I see in this article:

1. "Simple "off-grid" survival just will not work in the long term."

This would be decentralization/detached from the system and advocates self-sufficiency.
In the long-term, this means those off-grid possess/access/build their own sources of water, food, shelter, and energy.

2. "We live in a world that has been largely shaped by two primary factors that have directed the course of trade, economics, and politics over the last several thousand years. Those are credit based Capitalism, and Psychopathy."

First, Capitalism and Psychopathy are not the two primary factors that have directed or strongly influenced these factors over a thousand years. The two factors are the opposing ideological viewpoints of Individual freedom and collectivist duties and privileges.
Second, Capitalism hasn't been actively used in about 100 years. Central Banking actually stealthily implemented Crony Capitalism in 1913. Psychopathy is a trait shared among Plutocrats, but it's hardly the same as Plutocracy. Although I got to hand it to you, the Plutocrats would love anti-Capitalist sentiment; due to, it increases the price for capital accumulation through scarcity and immobilizes the class system.

3. "The only way effectively combat this system is to introduce an equal or more efficient system of economy, resource sharing, freedom, and security allowed by sufficient participation."

First, the economy must be decentralized and non-interventionist; otherwise, the Plutocracy will remain.
Second, resource sharing outside trade is largely folklore that Venus Project and its Astroturf Zeitgeist as well as other proposed society re-imaging like Planned-Oplis through Agenda 21 via sustainable development by land-use and environmental accounting. Resource Sharing, Land-use, and resource based economy are reshaped wealth distribution leaving people directly and indirectly human resources and capital to be allocated except it not only seizes and deems people centralized governmental serfs but also seizes control of access to food, water, shelter, energy, and travel. Gee, is Federal Sustainable Development Reserve in our future?
Third, freedom is destroyed without the bill of rights. Property, Speech/Expression, and self-defense rights being eroded should sound alarm bells.
Fourth Security will merely be used to ensure compliance as it already largely is being used.

4. "This is an inevitability of technological progress and is the very crux of the issue: it's not the resources that we need, it's the "paycheck"."

Automation will certainly continue wrecking havoc with paychecks and thus capital accumulation, and this amplifies transition to a caste structure.
Additionally, your hypothetical runs contrary to off-grid survival decentralization being a folly in the long-term ignores that self-sufficiency without subsidies, taxes, property taxes, and absence of legal tender laws enabling barter would grant access to these resources and form self-sufficiency. Contradictory isn't it?

5. "A gene could be introduced in utero that would eliminate genetic psychopathy from birth, with no harm otherwise done to the fetus. No parent with any conscience would want their children to be born with a incurable condition that would actively destroy the lives of everyone around them forever. There is no alternative."

Essentially, this advocates for the greater good Malthusian-Eugenicism should remain a right for the good of society.

Inevitably, the impression this article gives me that while it's not desirable for the Psycho-Sociopath Plutocracy to run the solution overall their solution is essentially ideal:
Collectivist Centralized control of the pillars of civilization and life and death as well as dictatorial powers for the greater good, which Agenda 21 is designed to do and largely garners support via Zeitgeist, Venus Project, and many others...

Anonymous said...

Are capitalism and socialism really opposed? I don't think so. In western Europe in the sixties and seventies several countries were well on the way to combining the two perfectly well, until certain forces said they were doing it all wrong and forced the American system of only capitalism on them. Those countries are now declining as rapidly as the US.

Ponerology Writings said...

Very interesting piece. I don't agree with everything. But there are some very worthwhile points here.

After years and years of activism and exploring so many different aspects of it, I came to the conclusion that there were two issues that were primary.

1) We need ecological economics with an eye toward a steady state economy

2) The reason we don't have that and meet incredible resistance when we even discuss it is due to the influence of psychopathy and related disorders. There is a pathology involved.

I agree that the main problem in activism is a failure to zero in on the main issues. And I agree that those issues are the disastrous economic system and the pathology that props it up.

If we could get people focused on those two issues, instead of scattering their energies among so many other mixed issues, it would be a great start.

This is why I am such a big proponent of establishing ponerology as an academic field.

Anonymous said...

I wholeheartedly agree with this post. Binarygirl gets my vote.

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