Daniel S – … The pandemic is not caused by a virus, it’s caused by the failure of effective governance.

Daniel – … The pandemic is not caused by a virus, it’s caused by the failure of effective governance. …

[ 28/3/20 ]

Close, but not quite right Daniel.

It isn’t just governance that is at fault, it is a huge suite of issues that are present, that you often describe well in the term “sensemaking”.

In a very real sense, the sets of “governance” present are a result of the sets of interpretive schema in use in society.

Understanding the distribution of those sets of schema, the strengths and weaknesses of each (because all have both), then we can optimise outcomes.

But before anything is optimised, we need to be really clear about what it is we are optimising for.

I am really clear about that set of values:

1/ Individual sapient life (human and non-human, biological and non-biological);

2/ the freedom of all such individuals to act responsibly (ie to do whatever they choose that does not pose undue risk to the life or liberty of any other).

We are really complex biological entities, and those two values above immediately lead to really complex outcomes; and some things become very clear very quickly – one of which is that a reliance on market based values as a reasonable proxy for value more generally is no longer viable – automation has fundamentally changed that “landscape”. Fundamental change is required.

Universal cooperation is the only game in town with any significant survival probability.

So yes, governance is an issue; and the issue is much deeper, to the whole suite of sensemaking structures present.

You often do a great job of making that explicit, but in this instance you have over simplified, which can lead to very dangerously false sets of conclusions.

The economic incentives to distort sensemaking to make profit or gain political control (to make profit) are just too strong in the existing system. The system is incentivised to produce fragile systems – all levels, and to distort or obfuscate or block any attempt to actually expose the reality of the situation.

Yes governance is part of the issue, but at base the issue is us, our love of simple truth over complex uncertainty (all levels, recurs as deeply as you can); and that necessarily leads to a lack of respect for diversity, unless it is actively countered (all levels).




These are essential, if life or liberty are to have any real meaning; if we are to have any possibility of life and liberty.

These need to be at the heart of governance.

Right now, money is at the heart of governance, and it is a dangerously inadequate proxy for human value more generally.

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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