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Forum Post: How to Rebuild the New System and the Irrelevance of Obamney

Posted 2 years ago on Aug. 30, 2012, 7:42 p.m. EST by kaiserw (211)
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Obama, Romney, It doesn't matter, I think we all agree. However, there are problems we can control, and those we can't. We should focus on areas of most value in the remaining time.

The system is about to destroy itself. How shall we rebuild?

I think there are several trends that must be understood:

We are witnessing the death of the Nation-State

The death of the nation-state is coming from nearly every direction. The increased societal stress, the economic ponzi scheme that spans everything with a currency symbol and a promise on it, it's all vapor, and it's evaporating.

The death of the nation-state will require the rise of local government and the community. All attention up till the point at which power transitions should be in building in resilience to your community. How can the community maintain the necessary items for basic survival of those in need? Protest your local government to keep basic supplies of basic medicines for those that may need them, and to ensure local officials are community focused (sheriff, utilities, etc.) No matter how this shakes out, supply chain disruptions will be certain. If your local governments are not community focused, we can much easier enact change there.

Build resilience now in everything that is essential.

In the new system, rules must be simple

People are all talking about golden rules and the golden rule, Rabbi Hillel's rule, is: No government deficits. That's a good heuristic. No government deficits makes things a lot less fragile. It's a very simple heuristic. Again, solutions can only come from very simple heuristics. That's what we've been doing now since civilization started. And of course the codification of the first one we have is Hammurabi's Law:

http://www.commonlaw.com/Hammurabi.html

Skin in the Game, and Ethics

For the last 2 or 3 centuries we have experienced an anomaly, people with power have no downside risk, they shift it to someone else. What happens is that some people in society have the option, namely the bankers, the managers of businesses, they have other people's skin in the game, the left column. No skin in the game other than they keep the upside and transfer the downside to others. You can see this, the stock market has lost about $5 trillion over the past 10 years, comparatively because a lot of stocks were at a higher level compared to cost of funds. Managers of companies made $400 billion. Why? Because you have the upside and no downside. So they actually own the option and they benefit from volatility. So, no skin in the game--in that category I put bureaucrats, journalists, corporate executives, bankers of course, and other people.

Now, people with skin in the game are citizens, people who have the upside and downside of their actions. If they don't pay their mortgage, they lose their house. Or, if I make a mistake, then you have skin in the game.

And of course the right column is an interesting column of people who actually don't have upsides. They are there to take the downside of others. And they have the highest status in society, traditionally. Compare a banker who has upside and no downside, because they don't have negative bonuses, to someone in the military. He doesn't have a bonus and he has his life on the line. Honor is bestowed on those who take the bullet for others. These don't have to be a saint, a knight, a warrior, a soldier, or a fireman. You can be just like the babysitter who pushes herself and lost her life because she had a responsibility for the baby she was holding.

It's the first time in history in which the people on top have power without courage. First time. You cannot find that in any society. Take the knights. The knights were people who, their trade was that they were risking their lives. This is why they or lords were supposed to die first. And of course the President of the United States was supposed to be first in battle. Not someone pushing a button. It changes the incentives. So, the only way you can have a safe society is by moving the first column, the left column, moving these people out of there, making it more accountable.

No successful society has ever put someone in a position of responsibility without accountability.

These ideas are from an interview with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, an excellent listen: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2012/01/taleb_on_antifr.html

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[-] 3 points by Builder (4202) 2 years ago

FREEDOM

Follow Iceland's example of direct democracy.

Resist all attempts at globalisation.

Encourage independent thought and action.

Ensure your children receive education, not X-boxes.

Direct your energies locally, with a collective vision.

Own your space. Don't let people dictate where or when you can be.

Maintain vigilance against fascism creeping into power circles. Power corrupts.

[-] 1 points by mindscrape69 (6) 2 years ago

There seems to be a high level of idealism in this article. I read a lot of " How things are supposed to be ". In past history there has been a pattern of the oppressed and the oppressors. Eventually the oppressed "snap" and manage to over throw the oppression only to become the future oppressors It seems to be a pattern within the human race. The problem today is that there are no more "real super powers " When a government let's it's citizens become more wealthy then themselves , corruption is bound to happen. We also live in age where ANYTHING has a price. So we have a government that has practically no limits in resources in technology , who have the most , the best , and most powerful weapons . In contrast the citizens have what in comparison ? We can protest all we want but in the end we nothing to back it up with. Thanks to modern technology the rules have changed. We have been "stroked " by the mass media and now we all wake up when it is too late. They ( the ruling class )on the other hand have been planning this for a long time. The trap has been set !

[-] 1 points by Mooks (1985) 2 years ago

Haha that is a great picture. Seriously though, what a joke our two party system has become.

[-] 0 points by ogoj11 (263) 2 years ago

Could there possibly be anything dumber than this republicrat who mindlessly supports the Obamney/ Biyan ticket?

We on the demican side will bury you. Romama/ Ryden for a New America!

[-] 0 points by Lucky1 (-125) from Wray, CO 2 years ago

No. Everyone doesn't agree.

[-] -1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

This guy was hysterical on Tuesday night, he's put together a whole campaign. "The honeybadger takes what it wants. Then it passes the fuck out."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

[-] 1 points by kaiserw (211) 2 years ago

funny

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6592) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

I see the image info worked. With or without the spaces?

[-] 1 points by kaiserw (211) 2 years ago

It worked without the spaces.