Old article on radicalisation came up on facebook.

Will linked to TeenVogue article from 2017 – It’s time to talk about what’s radicalizing white male terrorists

True, but that article fails completely at the task.

It is far deeper.

We need to understand what we are at much deeper levels.
We need to see that our sociability is based fundamentally in cooperation, and that the behavioral incentives of our existing economic structures are being stretched past breaking point by changes in technology.

We need to become generally aware that this sort of thing is the necessary outcome of competitive based economic systems (that fail to demonstrate the requirements for cooperation at all levels), plus the ability provided by the internet of people to cluster into small “echo chamber” groups and essentially isolate themselves from wider social communication.

We have the technology to provide every person on the planet with a high basic standard of living, and to educate them into the fact that we are the most cooperative species on the planet and that our survival is predicated on non-naive cooperation (all levels).

We also need to recognise that rule based systems are not a stable solution to management of complex adaptive systems.

We need to acknowledge that our survival is predicated on having a values based system of governance (cooperative ethics at all levels), and that individual life and individual liberty must be values 1 and 2 in any hierarchy of values (whatever people choose to place in their hierarchies after that).

And that requires acknowledging that the value of life demands of us responsible action in social and ecological contexts, as our survival is predicated upon the existence of social and ecological systems.

So freedom in this sense is not a freedom from consequence, but a demand to acknowledge and consider the reasonably probable consequences of all of our actions (prior to taking them).

Freedom without such responsibility necessarily leads to destruction, and the recent shootings in Christchurch are just one of the many forms such destruction can take.

We all have necessary duties to society, but only if society is fulfilling its necessary duties to us – which clearly it aint doing a great job of right now.

So yeah – extremely complex set of problems.
Many ways that things can go “sideways”.

The sooner we have fully automated production (to meet the reasonable needs of everyone without having to take from anyone), and indefinite life extension (to give everyone a long term self interest), the more likely we are to achieve something approximating a reasonable probability of long term survival with reasonable degrees of freedom.

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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