[ 11/4/20 ]
Far too many overly simplistic and destructive responses here.
We are the most cooperative animal on the planet.
If you think really deeply about it, both security and freedom always get their maximal expression in cooperative contexts. All out competition is really dangerous, even limited competition comes with many dangers (however much fun it is).
What we need is all systems to be based in cooperation at all levels, cooperation between independent and free agents.
We can built any sort of competition we like, provided it has that cooperative base.
And getting that is not a trivial problem, because naive cooperation is always open to exploitation, so all real cooperatives must have cheat detection and removal systems that actually work most of the time.
Those embodied in many of our current economic, political and legal systems seem to have been captured by high level cheating strategies. That must change!
Creating money as debt concentrates capital. It is not stable. It must change.
Creating money as a universal dividend on the sum of human achievement benefits everyone.
I have no problem with unequal distributions, in fact it is a necessary aspect of any real expression of freedom.
What I have issues with is any system that leaves any individual without the necessary minimum for survival and a reasonable standard of living. With the levels of automation and productivity we have available to us now, there is no real excuse for that – ever.
If more people realise the lie that we have been taught about evolution, that it is all about competition, and start to see that all new levels of complexity in evolved systems are predicated on new levels of cooperation, then we should all be able to start to see that our personal long term self interest – our security and our freedom, demand a cooperative context that is global.
That context has to respect individual life and individual liberty, and it also has to acknowledge that all real liberty comes with responsibilities.
It has to acknowledge that social and ecological systems have limits that may not be broken without inducing collapse.
Liberty without responsibility is self destructive – like cancer in the body.
Every new level of awareness and power has new levels of responsibilities that must be acknowledged if it is to be survived.
The idea that we are stuck in some sort of zero sum game with a limited pie is nonsense. We are eternally creative. We are getting really good at doing more with less.
To me, Jordan is as clear about that as anyone I have heard.