Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 24, 2012, 7:23 p.m. EST by Underdog
from Clermont, FL
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People frequently debate whether or not basic human nature can be changed for the better. This brings to mind an old story I heard years ago, supposedly backed up by some type of psychological/scientific study (which I tried to find online but failed to do so).
Take 100 people at random from any given society. Remove them from that society and put them all on a remote, uninhabited island somewhere. Give them only food, water, and shelter -- but no laws, money, or any other advantage or disadvantage to distinguish themselves one from another. In other words, they all will begin this microcosm society on an equal footing. The study I can't find asserts that in seven years the micro society will appear exactly as it did prior to the 100 being removed from their original society. That is to say, the powerful few will emerge to rule over the average many. The slave owners, in one form or another, will rule over their slaves. They will enact laws to protect their interests and the means (police, military, etc.) to ensure it.
The above hypothetical seems plausible when one looks at all of human history. There have always been the haves and the have-nots; the powerful few and the powerless many. This unfortunate truth seems to be an undeniable and unalterable fact.
In an ideal society, if people could construct it, how would steps be taken to ensure a truly egalitarian structure? How would/could it be "power-proofed" to prevent a recurrence of what we now see and are battling against, e.g. enormous wealth inequality and power/control of the whole world by "the secret society".