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Eli Levine's insight:
This could be one of the most significant tools for organizational and social management. Imagine a direct feedback loop between administrators and managers an the general public of their organization. Imagine people being designated to speak and choose on behalf of everyone rather than on the few who are able and willing to turn out to vote. Imagine a responsive, evidence driven government aligned with the general needs and desires of the public. Imagine what we, as a society, could do with this technology, insight, and incentive structure.
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PBS Newshour, December 27, 2014
RETURN OF THE DEBTORS' PRISON? MANY STILL JAILED FOR INABILITY TO PAY FINES
Cities across the country are increasingly turning to what are known as private probation companies to collect unpaid fines. But are indigent people ending up in jail because they can't afford to pay? Since NewsHour Weekend's first story on this issue aired last spring, the Childersburg Municipal Court issued a “standing order” stating that “In no case shall an indigent defendant be incarcerated … based solely on his or her inability to pay fines.” But the practice continues elsewhere in the country. Special correspondent John Carlos Frey takes an in-depth look at what some are calling the return of the debtors' prison. Continue reading → http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/return-debtors-prison/
Alternet, June 13, 2014
-▶ DEADLY NEW DEBTOR'S PRISONS: PENNSYLVANIA MOTHER DIES IN JAIL FOR TRUANCY FINES. CRIMINALIZING POVERTY. If you thought debtors prison was something straight out of Charles Dickens—and something long ago left behind us—think again. Debtors prison is becoming very much a part of the American prison-industrial complex. http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/deadly-new-debtors-prisons-pennsylvania-mother-dies-jail-truancy-fines
August 8, 2013 Daily Kos:
-▶ DEBTORS PRISON: PRIVATE PRISONS ENSURE ONGOING PROFITS FOR INCARCERATING PEOPLE WHO OWE BUT CAN'T PAY http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/11/1230307/-Charging-prisoners-fees-even-for-public-defender-creates-debtors-prison#
UNFORGIVEN : THE LONG LIFE OF DEBT
Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection
Critics say the 1968 federal law that allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors’ wages, or every penny in their bank accounts, is out of date and overly harsh.
ProPublica, September 15, 2014
-▶ UNSEEN TOLL: WAGES OF MILLIONS SEIZED TO PAY PAST DEBTS. A new study provides the first-ever tally of how many employees lose up to a quarter of their paychecks over debts like unpaid credit card or medical bills and student loans. http://www.propublica.org/article/unseen-toll-wages-of-millions-seized-to-pay-past-debts
Truthdig, December 22, 2013
-▶ LOCKING UP POOR PEOPLE IN CORPORATE AMERICA IS BOOMING "Aramark, often contracted to provide food to prisoners at about a dollar a meal, is one of numerous corporations, from phone companies to construction firms, that have found our grotesque system of mass incarceration to be very profitable." http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/food_behind_bars_isnt_fit_for_your_dog_20131222
YES Magazine, June 04 2014
-▶ A MODERN-DAY DEBTORS PRISON? JUDGES PUSH BACK AGAINST THE SOUTH' PRIVATIZATION WAVE: In Southern states, small-town courts have outsourced probation management to for-profit companies charging fees out of reach to the country's poorest residents. Many people end up in jail for nonpayment. These judges want private companies out of their courts. PRIVATIZING PROBATION AND PROFITING FROM POVERTY http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/a-modern-day-debtors-prison
Brave New Films
-▶ HOW PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES PROFIT OFF THE POOR http://www.bravenewfilms.org/toprisonforpoverty
American Civil Liberties Union, February 06, 2014
-▶ COURT-SANCTIONED EXTORTION BY PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES: MODERN DEBTORS PRISON https://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform-racial-justice/court-sanctioned-extortion-private-probation-companies
TO PRISON FOR POVERTY
Brave New Films
HOW PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES PROFIT OFF THE POOR http://www.bravenewfilms.org/toprisonforpoverty
Huffington Post UK, July 03, 2014
-▶ UK IS PRIVATIZING IT'S PROBATION SERVICE http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/03/chris-grayling-probation-drawn-from-a-hat_n_5554340.html?utm_hp_ref=uk
"WHO PROFITS FROM POVERTY?"
Truthout, December 27, 2013
-▶ THE GRAYING OF OUR INCARCERATION NATION - Our prisons have increasingly become homes for the aging, as there are now some 125,000 prisoners age 55 or older, nearly quadruple the number there were in 1995. .. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/20743-the-graying-of-our-incarceration-nation
VIDEO REPORT (Full Episode)
Al Jazeera America, November 01, 2014
"DYING INSIDE: ELDERLY IN PRISON"
The Atlantic, October 30, 2014
-▶ INNER-CITY VIOLENCE IN THE AGE OF MASS INCARCERATION. Harsh criminal-justice policies have thrown America's poorest urban communities into chaos http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/10/inner-city-violence-in-the-age-of-mass-incarceration/382154/
Alertnet, November 25, 2013
-▶ HOW WALL STREET TURNED AMERICA INTO INCARCERATION NATION http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/how-wall-st-turned-america-incarceration-nation?akid=11186.237541.CCl2M1&rd=1&src=newsletter929145&t=3
A PLAGUE OF PRISONS
The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America
Alternet, April 13, 2013
HOW MASS INCARCERATION IS A PLAGUE INFECTING OUR NATION -- LITERALLY http://www.alternet.org/books/how-mass-incarceration-plague-infecting-our-nation-literally
CRUSHING COLLEGE DEBT
A TRILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS
PREDATORY LOANS AND AN UNKNOWN FUTURE
CORPORATE PROFITS TRUMPS FAIR WAGES
More than half of U.S. fast food workers on public aid, report says http://sco.lt/5zp197
HOW DEREGULATION/TAX LOOPHOLES ARE DESTROYING SOCIETY, AS THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET POORER http://sco.lt/56KBZB
JAILING AMERICANS FOR PROFIT
THE RISE OF THE BILLION DOLLAR
PRIVATE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
PolicyMic, December 2, 2014
WATCH AMERICA'S PRISON SYSTEM EXPLODE IN ONE ALARMING GIF
KIDS FOR CASH
INSIDE ONE OF THE NATION'S MOST SHOCKING
JUVENILE JUSTICE SCANDALS
THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
Welcome to America. We chose this path. Now, we're going to have to walk it until enough people are angry enough and organized enough to effectively change the course of our society and our nation.
Absolutely disgusting, in my honest opinion. Absolutely disgusting.
I hypothesize that the universe is about to go through another split, just as it may have done when the physical universe was born. This time, it may be consciousness that will split on this plane of existence and form into two or more universes. Those who are grounded in reality, who are more compassionate, caring, kind, benevolent, and wise will more likely move in one direction while those who are not really these things will move in another, with room for possibly other branches of the cosmological tree of consciousness to branch off as well. It doesn't matter if you're the "last one standing" in this present universe because consciousness, I think, is something that transcends physical death and decay. What does matter is the content of your mind now; the workings, preferences, beliefs, and actions, that will either lead you to becoming more human or move you away to a different form of life elsewhere in the universe for the time being. It is possible to make choices within the bounds of your biological and circumstantial limitations. However, those choices are dependent upon countless past choices, preferences, desires, actions, etc. So, while you have a choice and a possibility to make choices other than what you've made in the past, it still is limited by habituation, circumstance, and condition.
I think that the universe is convulsing with something at this moment. And, I think, all that really matters is what you do with the present situation and the present condition that will either ensure that you move on, clarify, advance, and continue on, or, move on to another universe and mental state that will make it harder for you to practice. You have the power, now, to make or break yourself. However, you are limited by all of your past actions, past habits, and present circumstances that you come into touch with through your past actions. Therefore, be kind to yourself, and make that better decision today. If that's not a good enough reason, then do it for all the people you care about in this lifetime. If that isn't good enough, do it for all living beings and all of the universe ad infinitum and beyond (which is, ironically, just yourself to begin with).
Enjoy the split.
We need a group who will run for offices, will expect only the effort of votes and support, will use the science of psychology to get their messages across and will use the science of governing to lead and make choices for the public over the wants of the private. We need a group who will play the long game, not taking into account just the next election cycle; who will stand for the truly American principles of inclusion, prosperity, pragmatic sense, and a basis in reality rather than hallucinations and beliefs.
If the conservatives wish to make other stabs at eliminating economic and social democracy, we should get organized into decentralized, organized bands and make ready to fight if necessary to get our governments to work for the American people. I am not going to be willing to subsidize someone elses' second luxury yacht if it comes at the expense of our schools, health, environment, technology, and overall prosperity. We should not be robbed of the wealth that we produce through our labor, nor should we be denied the right to live as human beings and pursue happiness in according to our needs, tastes, and desires within the bounds of safety, sensibility, and others' happiness. I am sick of being told that my work isn't valuable to an organization. I am sick of someone far away telling me how I can non-destructively live my personal life. And I can't stand the amount of willful ignorance and logical contortions that the conservative opposition comes up with to continue to justify their poorly chosen stances and priorities.
It is time to govern with science and through facts and evidence as to how things are rather than how we think things are or want them to be. I am done being nice to the conservatives and the ideologues.
Getting youth development right has never been more pressing. Countering narratives of grievance, along with offering a better vision of the future, is the job of development. The question is how to do it.
There are many reasons that motivate people to take up arms and fight, sometimes against improbable odds. Many of our present government leaders seem to believe that people fight against the strong because of economic want or ignorance on the part of the volunteers. Indeed, this narrative puts the onerous on the rebel factions and leaves no culpability or blame for the powerful and those who seek to have and take power and resources from others.
However, this study shows that, as you scratch beneath the narration that is applied to the stories of the fighters by the powerful, and listen to the stories of those who are actually fighting against the powerful in their own words, one finds that there is no actually correlation or real connection between their economic and educational status and willingness to fight, kill, and die. The words from the actual fighters are that they're angry or feel like someone or something was taken from them by the powerful. This is then what fuels them to be willing and able to risk their life and take others'.
Contrary to the logic of the people who sit in halls of power, especially those in the halls of power in the West, the fighters are not entirely motivated by economic want or out of ignorance. As a matter of fact, they may be sacrificing relative economic prosperity and/or be highly educated even by Western standards and still willing to fight, kill, and die.
What this then means, from the point of view of the powerful, is that their actions are what are causing the violence and resistance against themselves. When you consider that human beings around the world had social logic and feelings long before (and in more neurologically powerful areas) than modern economies and notions of wealth and education, it should come at no surprise that as you put someone down that they're going to find ways to dissemble, sabotage, and perhaps outright attack those who are causing perceived or real harm to their perceived sense of self, dignity, and well-being. It may mean waiting for a long period of time for weaknesses to become present and apparent, or dying in the process of fighting against what are intolerable and unacceptable conditions imposed on them by domestic or foreign powers.
In short, while fighting itself can be perceived as an economic choice, it must be remembered that there are sometimes non-economic reasons to fight for humans. Again, money and modern notions of wealth and education are newer concepts to our species than is pride, dignity, in-group solidarity, revenge, and these other non-material emotional causes to violence. If our leaders and our societies experienced what they/we put others through just because we have an ability to do so, they'd be fighting against the repression, oppression, corruption, stolen dignity, and lost life too. Far from a call for division, this is a call for the recognition of other people and peoples as people like ourselves and whom we consider people. This is a call for effective selfishness and a path to sustainable and real power, not a gift that needs to be given. This is a call for the creation, maintenance, and preservation of real security for ourselves by recognizing how our faults lead to our problems. This is a path to marginalize, crush, and eliminate those who would want to stand against us from within their own societies. All it takes is kindness, comprehension, acceptance, and acknowledgement of sentiments. When there aren't economic motivations to fight, there are no amounts of gifts that you can pay to make the violence go away; no amounts of educational and narrative manipulation. The people who think in these ways are incorrect about their assumptions on power, human beings, and human motives relative to common reality. It shows in their inability to hold land and people for what should be an eternal relationship on Earth and everywhere else.
It's not difficult or large changes that I'm looking for. Not really.
A powerful tool. The key to growth, it seems, is to keep innovating and to provide conditions that are conducive to innovation, change, and growth. Government policy can help foster this and policy can help foster what kind of growth is achieved (you know, for if we want to consider social and environmental health and sustainability).
Pope Francis appoints 20 cardinals at a Vatican ceremony, boosting the number of men from developing nations in the group that will elect his successor.
While I believe that Pope Francis believes in what he says, one has to wonder about what the motivations were behind the cardinals who elected him to office. Regardless, this is an excellent template for how to bring about positive changes within organizations. It requires bottom up demand, followed by an internal change at the top of the organization in logic or in perspective, with actions flowing from the top of the organization leading to the actual changes in personnel and attitude that is needed by the general populace whom the organization serves.
In the case of the Catholic Church, it seems that the leadership recognized an opportunity for their organization to rise again above the fray of scandal and poor management. If an organization is to change, there has to be a demand for that change on the bottom and the top has to be willing and able to acknowledge and work with that demand in order to make it happen. The plane cannot fly if it violates the laws of physics and the designers must design planes in accordance with the laws of physics in order to get them to fly. Likewise, organizations of humans have certain natural laws about them, and policy makers and leaders must obey those social laws in order to preserve, support, maintain, and grow the society in healthful and sustainable ways. Otherwise, the society collapses, and the leadership becomes out of a job, if not their actual lives.
Therefore, I think that the actions of this Pope have been masterful at bringing the organizational logic of the Catholic Church more into alignment with the natural laws of humanity and human society. He's using his authority wisely and effectively to steer and encourage the people beneath him in the organization to fall into line and regain the legitimacy and acceptability of the Catholic Church amongst the general population of the human species. All that is needed is for the Church to not go over the line when they have succeeded in regaining the trust of humanity and fall back into a pattern of cyclical abuse and apologies. That is, arguably, the greater challenge, since no present individual will have the ability to control that development and growth once they are dead or removed from official office.
If only our own social leadership could and would take these kinds of actions to create a happier, healthier, and more sustainable and functional society.
The first step to governing is to understand and pick what your priorities really are. It's ok to be honest with yourself, even if you're going to be dishonest with others. Your priorities will show through and be made apparent regardless. Be careful of what you choose to prioritize, as it will have repercussions for your own self in the present tense. It should be noted that survival needs to always trump financial profitability and health and well-being enable us to thrive much more easily and naturally than the pursuit of purely personal financial profits.
The second step is to comprehend, accept, and abide by the natural laws and conditions of society, the environment, and the physical universe that is us. As of yet, this body of knowledge is incomplete and would require some resources committed towards fleshing it out with evidence and honest analysis to comprehend this in order to make better choices in the society, with the society, and for the society.
The third step is to carefully experiment and design remedies to common problems in our society that can make information comprehensible yet not simplistic enough to distort the message that data and observations in the society can tell us about it. This is best done these days through computer modeling and, again, spare resources should be committed to developing better tools for modeling the socio-economic and environmental complex in which we live in order to produce, again, better solutions for our society through a better understanding of this complex.
The fourth step is to apply the lessons that are learned from this research into the practical world such that the governing members can achieve positive priorities for our society while neglecting negative priorities and dysfunctional ways of going about achieving the positive priorities. All specific polices and programs are subject to changing times, conditions, perceived and desired needs of the public.
These steps are just the first set of stepping stones towards making this world somewhat better for ourselves in spite of its constant and predictable inclination towards self-destruction and recreation. With any luck, the awareness and acceptance of these natural laws will always be carried on by our consciousness ad infinitum and beyond, in spite of all the changes that will occur along the way to ourselves and our comprehension of the universe. The essential truths and laws themselves are universal and absolute, even if the solutions to the problems that we face are not. Each of these steps must be tailored to each unique society and social condition. The policies and priorities that work in one area of the world will not likely work in other places, cultures, social contexts, and historical settings. Adaptation and flexibility are the names of the game. It is not one ism or another, but rather a collection of isms that are reflective of and based in common reality used appropriately and effectively at the right times that ensures survival, health, well-being, and the ability to thrive. I would argue that anything short of these specific priorities will lead to the ultimate and premature destruction of our species and our human societies.
If the governing members wish to earn the respect and legitimacy of the public at the very least, they must emphasize the priorities that lead to positive results and avoid those that don't while ignoring the sub-optimal methods for their given society and social context. If they wish to do well for their people simply because it's a good thing for them to do, then they'll also be bound to the same basic logic and the same basic steps in order to accomplish their respective ends.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that all nations and all national "leaders" have been behaving extremely childishly and foolishly vis a vis the ongoing war in Ukraine. The West does not recognize Russia's need for a buffer and seaport, and Russia does not recognize that it is antagonizing an already tense situation further by proactively aiding rebel forces in the east. I said this a long time ago: the West, for our part, should have advocated for dialogue amongst Russian-Ukrainians and Ukrainian-Ukrainians in order to quell the ultra-nationalists in Ukraine and cooperate with the Russian-Ukrainians on what are mutual problems of economy. The EU should not be trying to take on another broken economy in its present state and NATO should remain on the other side of the Ukrainian border, regardless of who is governing in Ukraine, as a gesture of good faith to the Russians that comes at NO cost to ourselves over here. The only people who have been destabilizing global security are the people who were chosen for us to be elected by us in the West and Mr. Vladimir Putin. I do not know how to put the situation in any other way and I defy anyone to say that this should not be taken as a marginalist, zero-sum game where everybody has to lose. In the end, the Ukrainians from all walks of life need to acknowledge that Ukraine cannot be repaired from its present state without Russian and EU assistance. Therefore, wouldn't it seem logical to do a concert of both working together towards a common goal that all three can benefit from rather than participating in this war that is costing everybody everything? Ukraine: you can't live on national pride. Russia: you need to be more circumspect with what's of value to you. And, America and EU nations: never have I ever seen a more brazen and destructive attempt for marginal gains that are strategically unnecessary for us than I have seen here. Your actions are not only incompetent, but also downright dangerous, aggressive, and hypocritical to what you allegedly stand for as democracies and as sensible strategic leaders of your peoples.
At present I have no reason to want to work for these leaders of the West and every reason to want to see them removed from office by the democratic will and force of the general public they claim to represent. Only inconsequential people have liberty and only inconsequential people can and should be allowed to live away from truth, reality, and the substance of human existence. What we've got instead are a collection of reality TV wannabes who think that the substance of the universe is negotiable and that they are at liberty to do what they'd like when they'd like just because they won the lowest rated popularity contest in their country (seriously, American Idol polls higher than a US General Election, even when the Presidency is on the line). What good is maintaining the pretense of "democracy" when the democratic will of the people is not to maintain democracy in substance?
War costs. Pollution costs. Excessive wealth concentration costs. Excessive power reaching costs. Infectious diseases costs. Poor management costs.
All of these things eat away at the power, viability, and sustainability of a group of peoples' ability to remain in power. We have chosen these people to lead and make choices for our society. They have not lived up to their minimum requirements, and we will all pay for their ignorance, stupidity, and capriciousness. The world of making policy is not an art form where you are at liberty to do as you will when you will and receive positive results for your liberty. It is actually a cold, cold science at its roots, with very real and grave consequences for not abiding by the natural laws that are present within our societies and economies. You do x bundle of policies, you get y results within the society, which then has the power to change, shift, and move on you independently of the policies that you enact. It is better for those who are in power to know the laws of society, economy, ecology, physics, psychology, and the entire natural universe that is larger than the sub-atomic, yet smaller than the cosmological. Unless we have this comprehension and acceptance of natural laws and conditions in our world, we will never really break free from the cycle of boom, bust, and decay with a chance of making it back to a positive rebirth.
We cannot abide the ideologues, the delusional, the warped in thinking and feeling, and the clinically anti-social in our governments and in our places of power, consequence, authority, and responsibility. We cannot abide their anti-social, the deranged, or the delusional from being in power, nor should we accept their sub-par leadership for the sake of their personal ego. We'll be the ones paying for their ability to be in office. And, quite frankly, privilege of being in office, in my mind, does not outweigh my right to live a free, decent, and happy life.
How do you feel about this?
Seriously, we will die for the sake of their pathetic ego.
Your move, America. Your move.
Perhaps our real problem as a species, from an economic perspective, is a poor definition and a poor cognizance of our actual utilities, given our biological, sociological, and environmental needs. Would anyone say that the French or Russian or Chinese or Iranian aristocrats truly maximized their utility when they took so much from their societies that the societies themselves rose up and eliminated them? I'm not inclined to say so. I think we're headed on a similar collision course with history of our corporate and political leaders continue on their same near-sighted, artificial, and narrow definitions of success and utility maximization.
Utility is going to be different for each person and position within a given society. It is also something that is partially constructed socially and partially experienced endogenously within ourselves. Just because something amasses you more material or financial wealth doesn't mean that it is you're actually "winning" at anything. Just because several people or society itself may have told you what you wanted doesn't mean that it's really good for you as an individual.
A business person's motivation to maximize financial profits and material wealth is contradictory and, sometimes, mutually exclusive to maximizing their actual organic, sociological, and environmental needs as living beings. Yet through a combination of genetic, socialization, and psychological factors they choose financial wealth over their own physical, social, and environmental health. They seem to clearly mistake and misunderstand their own self interests relative to the larger social, economic, and environmental picture of the universe that is around them.
A governing member of society's motivation can be found in maintaining, preserving, and extending their relative power and influence within the given society. However, we see here again that these governing members frequently mistake temporary relative power over people to long term longevity and a lasting positive influence on peoples' lives. Without this positive influence on peoples' well-being and quality of life, they then preside over relative hovels of societies or else, get removed from office all together in more proactive societies. Again, the key to achieving utility maximization is misunderstood, even in the public realm where traditional notions of utility maximization aren't present.
In short, maximizing relative power and influence, along with pure financial profit are not keys to maximizing human utility on any planet. They should not be used in determining those things which we need to crave for our health, well-being, and quality of life in this universe within the context of our larger society, economy, and environment. Those who don't see it like that are probably suffering from some sort of socially induced hallucination that could be an enabling factor in allowing them to fight, kill, and even die for the sake of things that we don't really need and shouldn't really want as human beings. How does the maximization of utility in these traditional senses lead to true utility maximization if they ruin lives, well-being, and whole economies and societies?
Just a thought. Hope it helps.
In the long term, the universe favors the honest, the compassionate, the sensed, and the grounded in reality. In the human world, all power relationships depend on these things from both those who have power and those who do not. Two-way communication is key, and finding the middle ground amongst interests is key to figuring out where the optimal solution is going to lie. There are optimal solutions and there are many more sub-optimal or dysfunctional solutions to our societal problems. Not all opinions are equal. Not all people are really good at registering their self-interest in the grand context of society and the universe. And, just because you're good at getting money does not mean that you're actually sensible, sensed, compassionate, honest, or able to handle anything bigger than your own personal self. Without these positive traits in the leadership cadre of human societies, human society as a whole is going to be lost. We need a professional governing cadre. We need people who are educated formally or informally in the ways of life and society to govern.
We cannot abide crackpots and reality TV personalities to actually operate our domestic and international states of affairs. Yet this is who we have as governors of our American society at the very least. This is who governs our world from both sides of the official aisle. These are the people who are mean-spirited, who are so wrapped up in delusion that they don't know or care to know what is real and what isn't. These are the people we've elected to office. And American society will pay the price for its stupidity and gullibility in choosing elected officials.
I am only human. Regardless of what I think I am now or what I may have been in a previous life, or what I may be in a future life, I am only human. Without this comprehension and acceptance on my part, I will be nothing more than a delusional infant, grasping at grandeur and receiving only shame and scorn in return. I cannot pledge to be perfect. I cannot pledge to do all, know all, practice all things perfectly, or even be a success in this lifetime. But what I can pledge is that I will always attempt to do my best by other people; to work hard in order to provide that which is needed at the appropriate time in the appropriate place, in the appropriate way. I can pledge that I will always stop to listen to and for the needs of the people I interact with and balance them against the interests of the common whole that is humanity and the environment in which we live. I can pledge that I will always be there to love, protect, serve, and, if necessary and possible, to save humanity from itself and to bring about written laws in accordance with natural law, the conditions that are present, and the effects that will likely be realized from following one course of action or preference over another. I will pledge to work hard to learn what is needed, how things actually work, and how to satisfy those needs as best as I can with what I'm able to perceive. I am only human and will only be able to do what I am able to do. With these words I seal my fate as an administrator and a person to the fate of the human societ(ies) in which I'm working, for which I'm working. I testify that there are no valid laws other than the natural laws of cause, effect, and condition which matter. All other opinions, beliefs, written laws, and senses of authority are merely capricious in nature and are simply the babblings of ego that will dissipate in the universe as the universe and species evolves, grows, and becomes more self-aware. With all my lives, past, present, and future, I make this pledge onto you, the individual beings of the universe to do my best. Take it for what you will.
The American public and, indeed, the American citizen is the ultimate cause of all problems within the American social system. It is because of citizen demand for sub-optimal policy choices, sold to them by shills and shysters, that we get sub-optimal policy choices in our society which then tarnishes our entire nation and our viability as a country. It is through their democratic voice, or lack of giving a voice, that we get the dysfunctional policy choices that we get, which then sets our nation, our society, and our world backwards and degrades the overall quality of life and well-being for the general public. Unless a new leadership emerges to counter the incorrect and sub-optimal policy recommendations of our current leadership gives and to rise above the idiotic, the delusional, the misinformed, and the ignorant elements within our society, we are never going to be able to achieve the optimal quality of life we could potentially achieve with what we've presently got.
A democratic society is good for holding leaders to account. However, the quality of that role depends largely upon the quality of the citizens' abilities to make choices for themselves on the collective and individual level. If the ability of the public is compromised by leadership elements or by their own human fallibility, the system breaks down, and those moments of light which democracy brings forth may not be worth the long term costs of having a generally erratic and temperamental, incoherent, and not necessarily inclusive method of reaching decisions. Like any relationship, it takes intelligent and sensed decision making by both partners in order to achieve optimal results. Failure to do so will result in collapse, catastrophe, or else otherwise mediocre performance by the society.
Quite honestly, if a government and its members are able to know their own interests accurately, and are otherwise able to achieve them effectively, a hybrid of democracy and dictatorship becomes the preferable option in the long term, due to the stability of a well-functioning leadership who manipulates the society to positive ends and is affirmed by the society for doing a genuinely positive job at governing. Knowing what the people need and want is a significant piece of the governing puzzle. However, a too much chaos in the system leaves it destabilized in the long term. Too many voices with irrelevant or harmful ideas and methods of going about things will bring down the entire system, or else, make it significantly more difficult to achieve the fundamentals of survival, let alone, the ability to thrive as a society of individuals.
This is the ultimate conundrum of society. While I agree that voting and access to the governing should be cheap and easy, I also think that not everything or everyone should be listened to. Opinions are not, after all, equal in common reality. A person may believe in the geocentric universe quite honestly. However, all evidence points to it being quite an incorrect view of how the universe is and how it works. The same principles apply in the world of policy, even if we're less clear about what actually is happening and how things actually are and are working. A person may believe in a policy or in a method of organizing and managing a government and a society. However, even though it may be possible to implement those ideas, it doesn't mean that it's an actually beneficial, healthy, or sustainable thing or set of things to do. You can eat doughnuts everyday, all day for months and years. However, just because you can, doesn't mean that you should and, quite honestly, it will lead to your death much sooner than it otherwise may have been, thanks to all of the health problems that it creates. A society can operate on fossil fuels for energy or with the wealth being concentrated in the hands of a few with the democratic processes otherwise shut down to anything opposing the immediate desires of the elite. However, that doesn't mean that a society should operate and function in such a condition and, having things be as such, the lifetime of the society will be shortened due to environmental and social pressures (assuming that no additional external catastrophes happen along the way). This is going to be a moment of absolution for our society throughout these coming years and decades. I don't know how we're going to do with the present set of socially illiterate people at the helms of our societies and the bumbling, incompetent nature of the general public to compound the problems that we're facing.
That's all I've got to say for now. A shame I don't have better news to give. I wish I could do something about it. However, I need the permission of the society and its leadership in order to do that.
Shame, things were starting to look so cool.
The goal of a social leader is to deliver the best policies and qualities of programs that are possible, not to advocate for their own side or perspective or perceived interests. If you want to stay in power reliably and sustainably, you will be on the constant search for truth, reality, and ways to achieve optional social health, well-being, and quality of life for other people. Your comfort and convenience and position comes second if you're interested in preserving your power and your institutions. That's the lesson from history and psychology. Like it or lump it, it's still going to hold for those who have it wish to be in power.