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Society as a Collaborative Partnership

Updated: Jun 11

We need new social-economic systems that view society as a collaborative partnership

It has become abundantly clear that we need an alternative for the social-economic systems that we have today. We tend to continuously try to make these systems work because we are stuck within this specific social paradigm. We have forgotten how these systems actually work and became wrapped up in the management of their many issues as though we have no alternatives. Our dependence on the governments and corporations within the neoliberal social-economic systems has become a threat to our well being and, ultimately, our existence.


There is nothing really mystical about governments and corporations, they are simply organizations of people and resources that work together to accomplish a purpose. Governments generally serve to regulate our interactions with one another, in principle establishing rules that we agree upon. We tend to think of governments as "democratic" in the sense that we are involved in hiring specialized professionals to make the decisions for us, but governments have not always been democratic. The degree in which we make the decisions and decide the rules that will apply to us is also limited. We have a basic contract with the government, a constitution, but this contract is very limited and there is no way to truly enforce it, as the government has the monopoly on enforcement. The result is an awkward situation where politicians can get away with a lot and we have little recourse to defend ourselves, save for lengthy juridical processes at the highest courts. The little accountability that is established comes primarily through the election systems, which happens once every several years. This allow us to hold politicians accountable and give the system the little bit of legitimacy that keeps it barely alive.


Governments are not that complex, however. In order to form a government, a group of people simply need to declare their independence from the social-economic systems they live under, establishing their sovereignty. It has happened many times throughout history. This group of people can then establish their constitutional contract with each other and form their social-economic systems. A political system can help them establish rules and make decisions together, a legal system can help them resolve disputes, a monetary financial system can help them fund projects and and economic system can help them produce and exchange goods and services. Of course they also need a territory with borders, where they operate, but the borders are a function of the people who participate in the systems. In other words, while borders may be established, the borders are truly defined by people, not territory.


Government As a Form of Business, Business As a Form of Government


We tend to think of governments and businesses as distinct forms of organizations, but the reality is that they are not that different from each other. Corporations were originally temporary and were barely distinct from governments, they functioned more like an extension of governments. Businesses in general are organized in a way that allows certain individuals within the business to make decisions while others carry out those decisions.


From a political point of view, most corporations function as economic dictatorships where a few people make the decisions that will affect millions of people, including employees, consumers and society as a whole. In this sense, corporations are the dictatorships of our times, albeit disguised as legitimate businesses. The most distinct difference between governments and corporations is that corporations produce products which can then be sold and the profits from those products can be used to further the agenda of the corporation. In a sense, corporations are more powerful then governments because they have more economic power, which allows them to expand their decision-making capacities and influence governments and society as a whole. Much of the power of the corporations is derived from our dependence on them for their products and services, which ultimately traps us and prevents the government from revoking their charters. Corporations also don't have borders to prevent them from expanding further and they have barely no accountability towards their employees, consumers and society as a whole. Politicians are also dependent on corporations for funding in order to compete for the control of the government, thus creating a de facto relationship of dependence and servitude of the government towards the corporations and the banks that fund the government through their debt-based currency (a subject that we discussed in its own specialized article). For these reasons, a partnership between the American government and the corporations have developed where the American government can invade various countries, using terrorism as justification, and then set up their corporations in those countries, thus turning them into de facto colonies without establishing them as "colonies". Covert strategies have also been used to accomplish this.


Creating a Social-Economic Partnership for the People of Earth


Now that we have established that both governments and corporations are simply organizations of people that facilitate social-economic interactions, we can start discussing a way forward. It stands to reason that if we want to establish new systems, they must be based on a collaborative partnership between people. A healthy society is, after all, in fact, a partnership of people. This partnership would allow us, the people, to own and control the social-economic systems that we need to survive and thrive. Once that is established, we can write a constitution that allow us to govern ourselves through the partnership. Social-economic systems can then be built through an emergent distributed blockchain network built on top of the internet, where the organizations that we need to govern our social-economic interactions can be developed and governed through those systems, allowing us to govern ourselves while maintaining our individual autonomy and establishing accountability and legitimacy within our partnership.


This collaborative partnership will effectively create an emergent democracy that is both social and economic in nature, making the current governments and corporations obsolete and allowing us to govern ourselves without the need for governments and corporations. Through this partnership, we will be able to establish the collaboration and empathy of the "left" while preserving the autonomy and self-sufficiency of the "right" without the need for corrupt centralized institutions.


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