• Nelson Guedes

We Need a New Political System

We Need to Create an Emergent Collaborative Democracy Owned and Controlled by Us

Why are we still relying on political systems that are clearly flawed, inefficient and corrupt? At what point does the risk of adopting a new system becomes lower than the risk of supporting the current one? Do we need to wait until it is too late and the planet is completely destroyed?

Our political systems, worldwide, are completely broken. Politicians are being proven to be corrupt criminals, economic systems are crumbling beneath our feet, the environment is being systematically destroyed, there are protests everywhere and the whole “world order”, if you could have ever called it that, is disintegrating in slow motion. Meanwhile, elections are rigged, and citizens are forced to choose between terrible candidates who clearly represent the banks, corporations and political elite. Then they have to wait 4 years to replace these politicians with another team of terrible politicians. Each turn of this political wheel proves to be more pointless and damaging to citizens than the previous one. There is nothing in this system that is actually working!

Trump just got elected President of the USA. The media promotes the idea that everyone who voted for him is racist or misogynist. It is true that many who voted for him are, indeed, racist or misogynist. But many also voted for him despite his racism and misogyny, because the alternative was completely unacceptable. Trump was elected because people wanted a candidate that was not neoliberal, that was not working for the banks and corporations, like Clinton clearly was. Even if that meant voting for a racist misogynistic buffoon. But Trump can be bought. He is already considering JP Morgan CEO, Jamie Dimon, for Treasury Secretary. Trump will soon prove that we simply cannot vote the neoliberals out because they literally control the government in the backstage. This process of control, by what some call the “shadow government”, can also be found in some of Clinton’s emails released by Wikileaks.

What, then, is left for us to do? Only one thing is left for us to do – create an alternative system. It is a daunting task, but luckily, some of us have been working on it for a very long time. In this post, I will briefly present the basic requirements for a political system that can stabilize the planet and move us forward into the future.

Basic Requirements for Our Alternative Political System

1. Based on Reality

The current political system is absurd, to say the least. There is no careful analysis done on the physical relationships between citizens and their environment, neither in relation to policies nor even on the structure of the system itself. This results in a system where a few people vote for a candidate to represent everyone and the candidate doesn’t actually represent anyone who voted for them. Not only that, but political decisions and discourse are rarely based on facts, they are nearly always based on opinions and the desires of power brokers such as elites, banks and corporations.

A political system based on reality would take into consideration facts, physics and the limitations of our individual consciousness given our relationship with the space-time continuum. Not only that, but the system would take metaphysics into consideration, enabling us to make sense of reality and organize ourselves according to the fundamental principles that govern the universe.

This seems like a daunting task, and it is, if you are starting from nothing. I have already discussed some of the metaphysics in earlier posts, such as “8 Universal Principles That Will Revolutionize Civilization” and “On Freedom, Interdependence and Metaphysics”, but I will briefly expand on it now. The essence of metaphysics is that every particular thing in the universe is a system that interacts with other systems forming a fractal distributed network of systems. Everything that exists is a result of those systems interacting in networks of systems forming complex adaptive systems. There is an entire emerging field of complexity science that examines complex adaptive systems, and this science must be combined with metaphysics and incorporated into political science.

Regardless of how challenging this requirement is, it is an afterthought to those who will use the system, only affecting people on an intuitive level. In other words, one does not need to understand metaphysics in order to use a system that is based on metaphysics. The system I have been designing combines complexity science, together with metaphysics and physics to create a working political system that can properly measure and organize reality.

2. Achieves Social Cohesion While Preserving Individual Autonomy

All arguments between the “left” and the “right” sides of the political spectrum revolve around the concepts of social cohesion and individual autonomy. In general, the right is focused on preserving individual autonomy while the left is focused on achieving social cohesion. Both sides are crucial and they are not mutually exclusive. For a political system to work, we need both.

In order to preserve individual autonomy, our political system needs to be emergent, owned and controlled by us, as individuals. We then need to reconcile our individual perspectives in order to achieve social cohesion, so that our society can be stable and we can preserve our rights and freedoms. It is only when society is cohesive that we can preserve our individual autonomy.

I have discussed many facets of this issue in many previous posts such as “Developing a Collaborative Organization” , “Society as a Collaborative Partnership” and “Developing a Collective Nervous System Using The Symbiotic Nature of Collective and Artificial Intelligence”. The key is to enable people to organize themselves while minimizing conflict between them, which requires a means to carefully measure reality and enable seamless communication between people so that their perspectives are in congruence with one another and their individual decisions lead to a consensus.

I have also discussed cohesion, together with consistency and congruence, in a previous post about metaphysics, which I already mentioned. Consistency and congruence are also achieved through the system I designed, because each one is a necessary condition of the other.

3. Empowers Citizens to Collaborate with One Another

Voting alone is not sufficient in a functional political system. Citizens require a means to discuss the reality around them and come together to not only find better solutions to problems but also enable them to co-ordinate their actions and implement them. This, of course, implies that we not only need our own political system, but we also need our own social, financial and economic systems as well. All these systems must preserve our individual autonomy while enabling the emergence of social cohesion, and they must be owned and controlled by us, individually and collectively.

When it comes to our political system, we need a system that emerges from each individual, enabling each one of us to have a say in the decisions that affect us, thus empowering us to control the circumstances that affect us.

I have discussed this requirement extensively on a few articles, such as “We Need a Community Empowerment Movement” , “Rise of the Economic Rights Movement” , “Towards a Collaborative Regional District” and “The Advantages of Collaborative Democracy”.

4. Enables Us to Evolve Beyond the Confines of Planet Earth

We have just woken up to the fact that our world is fragile. Rather you believe in climate change or not, it is clear that, at any given time, our civilization is at risk of being wiped out of existence. Rather it is through a meteor, or a supernova, we are at risk of extinction for as long as our species live only in this planet. In addition to the natural external threats to our planet, we also need to deal with the internal threats, such as environmental destruction and climate disruption. As such, we need a system that can be scaled beyond the confines of Earth.

We are still a part of evolution. We are currently in a stage where we are struggling to organize ourselves effectively on a planetary scale. Once we achieve this evolutionary purpose and become a planetary civilization, our next goal will be to become an interplanetary civilization. I have discussed this imperative to evolve in the previous post “The Evolutionary Imperative”.

Building an Emergent Collaborative Democracy

The system I have been designing is a civilization operating system. It is a futuristic, very advanced, social-economic system designed to optimize all the interactions of society, transforming society into a collaborative partnership that is functionally equivalent to our genetic system, where each individual is an autonomous partner that owns and controls their part of it.

The system is being designed to be run through an advanced form of the internet, a combination of a fractally distributed network, smart city system and blockchain technology. It is being designed to enable us to build and produce everything that we need without intermediary centralized organizations such as governments and corporations. In this manner, we retain ownership of the systems we need to survive, freeing us from our dependence on corrupt and inefficient governments and corporations.

Our ultimate goal should be to create planetary cohesion, unifying our civilization and transforming it into a mature planetary civilization that can not only enable us to take care of ourselves but also take care of our planet and enable us to reach for the stars.

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