Archive for September, 2010

Ideas as Energy

September 24, 2010

Energy is the biggest problem. We need energy in everything we do, and we use to take from the nature. We hope that some scientist will miraculously resolve the problem by finding a new and clean energy source that gives us cheap electricity.

Maybe the Keppe Motor is the breakthrough we hope for. The theorist Norberto Keppe is an independent thinker, denying Albert Einsteins famous Mass-energy equivalence E = mc2. If Keppe is right, then we stand in front of a scientific paradigm shift. At least Dr. Keppe has access to the cleanest form of energy. It is not nuclear or solar energy but the power of thought – ideas.

Ideas are not subject to the conservation laws. Ideas can grow over time and defeat the second law of thermodynamics. Good ideas can be copied and used over and over again without being consumed. They can be used to process energy, to improve efficiency or to concentrate major forces and use them to achieve different aims. Ideas can create new particle accelerators or new civil rights movements. If we can improve the ability to find and distribute new good ideas, then we are safe. To think independently is the way to future.

Eudaimonia

September 21, 2010

For a democratic system – let us call it a Daemon – as for an economy system, growth is desirable. Democratic growth makes the Daemon happy; a state of Eudaimonia.

A democratic Daemon grows if we increase the degree of democracy. It can be done in two ways: Either by increasing the number of voters or increase the number of votings. Accordingly a Daemon suffers if one of the two parameters decreases. That’s the reason why I don’t want to restrict immigration.

The Universal Declaration on Human Rights from 1948, written with World War II disaster fresh in memory, is the best attempt so far to create good preconditions for the global Daemon to become Eudaimonia. Unfortunately, the UN declaration is not anchored in a global referendum. In the last 60 years we have made no progress because UN has not evolved as a democratic institution. An International Referendum to start with would be to vote on the Human Rights Declaration from 1948.

Status Quo

September 20, 2010

The Swedish Election in sept 19:th 2010 shows that Demoex is neither a failure or success. We kept our single mandate and we didn’t win any new. But something else happened: Sweden Democrats took place in the National parliament and a seat the local parliament of Vallentuna.

Representative democracy defending itself in two directions

Demoex wants to increase the degree of democracy. In my opinion the Sweden Democrats wants it to cease. The Sweden Democrats want to restrict immigration, thus violating the Human Rights article 13 and 14, which are fundamental to worldwide democracy. But the Sweden Democrats are also protected by the Human Rights. Violating the Democracy to protect it from undemocratic ideas is a really bad idea. I think the best defence would be to increase the degree of democracy even more.

What is going on?

September 17, 2010

A critical consciousness is awakening. This has happened before, but now the preconditions are better than ever. Internet strengthens our abilities to think. Social media make it easy for us to link together and thanks to the collective wisdom of Wikipedia we can even understand what’s going on.

Self-organization

September 16, 2010

Self-organization is the process where a structure or pattern appears in a system without a central authority or external element imposing it through planning. According to many researchers, systems organize all by themselves when certain essential preconditions are met.

The research on self-organization has concentrated on physical and biological systems, but the Organizations Theorist Harrison Owen argues that it holds for human systems as well. “In fact there is no such ting as a non-self-organizing system”, Owen writes.

No single mind can control such a complex thing as a city, a stock-market or the Internet. Self-organization is needed because a single brain is very limited. Fortunately the human brain seems to be aware of its own restriction, so it rewards cooperation. Cooperation with other people starts the brain’s rewarding system. It gives us a strong incentive to help each other, and this little feature has made the human race very successful.

The aim of Demoex is to change the democratic system in order to reward cooperation better. If the system is under threat, a broad cooperation is needed. Representative democracy in peacetime is ruled by a minimal winning coalition. At wartime and crisis a unity government is formed instead. Why only in wartime? Minimal coalition systems are successful in highly competitive contexts, such as in the TV series Survivor, but they work better as entertainment than they do in the politics.

International presentation

September 14, 2010

Political stability

September 12, 2010

Why political stability? It is sometimes said that political stability leads to prosperity. The argument goes that instability is an investor’s nightmare, so the market hates instability.  But this is not true. For the contemporary capitalistic system instability is interesting. It makes it possible to create new markets and earn quick money. Milton Friedman’s research shows that chaos and political changes actually makes it easier for investors to do good business, see i.e. the sell-out of Russia, described in Naomi Klein’s book the Shock Doctrine.

The animation above shows the factors that leads to economic growth.  The system of economics is much more dynamic than the system of politics. Economic growth implies political stability. If people are better off, they don´t need to change politics, so they give the politicians renewed confidence.

This incentive has been a reason for political leaders to control and try to stimulate the economic growth. But the reverse implication is not true. Political stability does not imply higher economic growth. Economic growth comes from innovation, and political stability counteracts innovation. Innovation comes from chaos.

Democracy is the chaotic, dynamic factor in the political system – impossible to control. The excitement a national referendum creates depends on the dynamics of democracy. Political stability is the opposite of democracy.

A powerful meme

September 11, 2010

The easiest and most peaceful way to change the world order is to infect the political systems at all levels with digital direct democracy.

The sentence above might be a powerful meme. Richard Dawkins and Douglas Hofstadter launched the concept Memetics in the 80’s. They think that ideas are a kind of virtual genes that they call memes. Memes transmits from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. The etymology of the term relates to the Greek word for something imitated. Dawkins and Hofstadter regard memes as cultural analogues to genes, in that they self-replicate and respond to selective pressures.

Memes – i.e. rumors, gossip and hot news – are like viruses. Under the right circumstances they spread very fast. Some viruses are very harmful, but there are other kind of viruses also – preventing us from sickness and decease. The meme above is a peaceful and purposive attempt to protect the The Open Society against Its Enemies by making the political systems more open and transparent.

Endosymbiosis

September 9, 2010

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Charles Darwin has often been misunderstood. He never stated that the fittest will survive, rather those who benefit from the circumstances. One way to benefit is to cooperate – symbiosis. What Darwin did not realize was that cooperation can make the elements come together into a single organism. It is called endosymbiosis and is the prerequisite for all higher life on earth.

Endosymbios is a biological concept which means that one cell is living inside another cell. American biologist James A. Lake recently discovered that an endosymbiosis caused the Earth’s oxygen atmosphere 2.5 million years ago. Two bacterias went together and got the emergent property to produce oxygen. Unless these two bacterias had joined forces, higher life probably never have evolved on Earth.

Darwin’s theory of natural selection requires an inherited rivalry between individuals without close relationships. Yet we cooperate – it is beneficial and even essential in nature. Endosymbios can explain this apparent contradiction with Darwin’s theories. Life is not a game where the fittest survive. The great leap in evolution is because endosymbios develops between organisms.

Endosymbiotic theory supplements Darwin’s theory of the natural selection. Humans and other living organisms have arisen through cooperation. Organisms work together inside us. They are now included in our system where they take advantage of each other. Each cell is made up of organisms that have fused together and given rise to new emergent properties. Even the consciousness might be a product of endosymbiosis.

My feeling is that when endosymbiosis occurs, the joint system gets at least one emergent property. I would say emergent properties are the rewards in the evolution of cooperation. This is also apparent in the world of memes or ideas. All big inventions in the history of mankind are in fact products of merged ideas.

What happens if systems with direct and representative democracy merge into endosymbios? What new emergent feature will then occur?

A liberal AND a social movement

September 1, 2010

Let me quote the market liberal Milton Friedman:
“The essence of political freedom is the absence of coercion of one man by his fellow men. The fundamental danger to political freedom is the concentration of power. The existence of a large measure of power in the hands of a relatively few individuals enables them to use it to coerce their fellow men. Preservation of freedom requires either the elimination of power where that is possible or its dispersal where it cannot be eliminated.”

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It sounds like Milton Friedman would appreciate Demoex. On the other hand i believe that his antagonist Naomi Klein, working for equality and Global Justice, also would like it.

Can Demoex be both a liberal and a social movement at the same time?