Old Evonomics post

Old Evonomics post – Reply to Dick Burkhart

[ 6/7/20 ]

That is true Dick only if one is conscious of the complexity and reality of the fact that all new levels of complexity demand a cooperative base, and that unfettered competition reduces both security and diversity (thence liberty itself). The overly simplistic notion that most have of evolution that it is all about competition is not simple wrong, it delivers societal level existential risk.

Competition only works if we have an agreed set of cooperative constraints within which we compete. All out competition is not survivable – we are too good at tool making (all levels of abstraction).

Automated technology has changed the systemic environment to the point that some sort of universal income that is high enough for all people to live a reasonable life with reasonable sets of choices and freedom is a minimum requirement for any sustainable path forward that includes competitive markets. The only simple metaphor I know for that is biology, complex cellular life, like ourselves. Our cells live in a cooperative context with all the nutrients they need – oxygen, water, food, waste removal, temperature constraints, ph constraints, etc. We are many levels more complex than our cells, and require many more levels and degrees of both security and freedom, and getting that demands many levels of responsibility from us. Those are physical and logical realities – inescapable – if we have long term survival as an outcome. If you want to self destruct, no end of ways to do that – unrestricted free markets is one that takes a few decades but will achieve the result.

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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