Response to Will’s Blog on Riots in Baltimore

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Hey Will,
A lot of empathy for your stance.
And to me, it is the inevitable outcome of accepting the incentive structures implicit in our societal systems. The moment we accept markets as a valuation tool, then this sort of protest is the inevitable systemic outcome.

Markets over value scarcity and undervalue abundance.
There is no market value in actually delivering universal abundance of anything (zero profit, zero incentive).
We have the technology to easily deliver universal abundance of all of the essentials of life (food, water, transport, shelter, communication) to every person on the planet, yet our devotion to markets and market based values prevent it happening.

It all comes back to history, and to the evolution of ideas and understandings.

Most people think of evolution as competition and survival of the fittest (which is true in a sense, but hides the deeper reality of evolution).
Very few people see that evolution can be seen in a completely different perspective.
From a systemic complexity view, it is true to say that all major advances in the complexity of living systems are characterised by new levels of cooperation, stabilised by attendant strategies that prevent cheating (at all levels).
It is possible to characterise our current financial systems as high level systemic cheating, and by derivation most of our actual political and social systems.

The only way out of this trap that I can see is for individuals to form socially cooperative networks, and to create as much productive redundancy as possible outside of the economic structure. Growing food is an essential part. Small scale automation of local food production is an essential step towards freedom.

And conversations like this one.
Raising social awareness.
Decoupling measures of value from money.
Actually choosing to value individual humans above any systemic structures (people before ideology).
Actually working on automated systems that distribute the basic essential functions of energy harvest and storage, food production, communication.
These are all practical steps we can think about and act upon as opportunities for effective action present themselves.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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