Monday, August 29, 2016

An Alternative to Capitalism or Socialism: Distributionism

Quite the humanist proposal from John Halstead on his blog (click to read). Well worth a few moments to absorb.

What we humans tend to ignore, or forget, or fail to go through the mental exercise to understand is that we are not all the same.  Our extraordinarily complex brains are an 'accident' of evolution and have allowed our species to proliferate on the planet to the point that we are killing the environmental circumstances all species on the planet require to survive.

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 If we refuse to acknowledge that there are those among us who, left without restrictions on their drives and determination, WILL NOT be altruistic or sensitive to the needs of the rest of us, then we'll simply see the current situation we have allowed to flourish end human (and most other species') existence on the planet.  This is not a 'prediction', it is merely the natural outcome of what happens when errors occur in overly complex brains and individuals with those errors (extremes) related to behvioural functioning are allowed to do what comes most naturally to them.  We humans NEED regulation to protect us from the few who will always manipulate and take advantage of any loopholes the rest of us leave open for them.

Known knowns:
  1. We are a social-tribal species and evolution never 'intended' for us to live together in such large concentrations (we evolved separately from chimps for ~7,000,000 years, but have only lived in permanent settlements for ~7,000 years, that is .1% of our evolution), 
  2. Narcissistic psycho/sociopaths are natural 'errors' in our accidentally complex human brains -- and they are not good for other humans, 
  3. We are naturally ego/greed based when left to our own devices, so we need the rules/enforcement of a social order, be it religious from the past, or governmental in today's hyper-urban, science-based existence, and these rules are needed to control the personality types who are incapable of empathy and naturally, deeply desire the power that comes with money-hoarding and political success, 
  4. The global stock markets are not 'business-related', they are gambling pools for the richest 1% of humans, all of whom are money-hoarders whose narcissistic psycho/sociopathic tendencies are patently obvious, 
  5. The narcissistic psycho/sociopaths among us (and ALL of us are somewhere on that bell curved spectrum, albeit near the harmless center) will, if they don't use their boundless determination to hoard money, get into politics and will work to help out the money-hoarders who support their rise to power by enacting laws. 
  6. Political correctness and 'The New Normal" (ego-based hyper-parenting and the proliferation of addictive, antisocial electronic devices and freely accessed 24/7 pornography - also addictive) have led us to the point that we have inadvertently created an entire generation of 'permanently wired for hypersensitivity' ('entitled' and deeply addicted) humans whose psychological tendencies cannot be identified and ameliorated with proactive psycho-therapeutic intervention, so the problem is only likely to be exacerbated in the near future.
Hence humans in a global social community REQUIRE laws, rules and enforced regulations to contain and control the narcissistic psycho/sociopaths who, just due to their brain wired low/no-empathy drives and determination, WILL take over everything and everyone else. Whether you let them rise to the top in either socialism/communism (HUGE government) or capitalism/money-hoarding (democratic voting systems without restriction on monetary support, see 'Citizens United'). We either retake control from the 1% through legislation, or we continue to suffer under their unrelenting drive to take ever more control, and they will because they cannot do otherwise due to their wiring.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sam Harris Isn't ENTIRELY an Atheist, He Wears His Tribalism on His Sleeve

Another 'open letter' to Sam Harris via a comment on YouTube to one of his podcasts:

https://www.samharris.org/podcast/full_archive
"Yes, Sam, the Islamic religion needs a radical reform to bring it into the 21st century. We need to acknowledge, however, that it is unchanged from ancient times in large part because, unlike Catholicism (the reform of which has a trickle-over effect upon all Christian religions), Islam does not have any 'head office' or chief leader who can begin to have an effect upon the entire religion -- so this reform may never happen effectively.

What I continue to take you to task over is your own 'enslavement' to your own conviction that ALL the jihadists are NOT, in one way or the other, 'damaged goods'. That Fin woman (if she both exists and actually wrote that article), is clearly a nut-job who would have found the Hare Krishna cult, or another cult or religion to become enslaved to if she hadn't come across Islam.

Continuing to insist that jihadists are 'nearly average' folks who merely get sucked in by the titillating seduction of the Koran actually works against your efforts to try to convince the rest of the Muslim world to reform their religion. Why? Because if you do not start the conversation with the caveat that, while the majority of Muslims are reasonable human beings who see that the ancient and egotistical notion of 'the ancient text must be adhered to literally' is no longer reasonable in circumstances that are thousands of years of modernity distant from the origins of the book, there are nut-jobs (of many different types) out there who will 'hijack' the ancient text in order to use it as cover for fulfilling their problematic brain-wiring's demands to both kill innocents and/or to blindly follow those who want to slaughter their fellow human beings for any reason they can cook up.

THIS is the most compelling argument to get average Muslims on board. We are never going to convince the majority of our human population (until the next few generations of 'entitled digital natives' grow up and take over our governance) to simply walk away from their brain's hardwired demands to embrace some religion (youth today are embracing conspiracy theories instead of formal religions to satisfy their brains' demands). Science is now coming to prove that this is indeed a hardwired demand/interest that only high IQ and education tend to ameliorate. Only by pointing out to reasonable people who happen to be Muslims that this is a clear and present danger will we be able to get them to come together en masse to begin to lobby to fix the problem through reasonable Imams in the majority of mosques.

Sam, the actual quantity of so-called zealot-converts in "the caliphate' from each nationality of the world tells the story. Even those who were raised as Muslims in Iraq or Syria and are actually ZEALOTS, not simply foot soldiers either paid or terrorized into participating, tells the story. There are very few. These individuals, who muster up sufficient zeal to convert to a murderous creed, or who have the desperate need to belong to what you point out is a VERY attractive 'tribe' wherein all the answers to most of life's irksome questions are answered very simply by "it's all in the book", and who go to the extraordinary effort required to travel to the caliphate, are nut-jobs, not average folk. Those individuals who Western nations are now starting to 'keep an eye on' because they are 'at risk for radicalization' are nut-jobs: sociopaths, psychopaths and lost souls who are ripe for victimization and would likely find themselves in abusive relationships at home if they hadn't been 'recruited'.

I admire and appreciate your work and your big brain, but we all fall prey to tribalism, and I posit that the roots of your own prejudice with regard to the issue of the most out-dated and xenophobic aspects of Islam come from your own tribalism. Continuing to assert that the danger of Islam is that it can radicalize even the most average of people means that an oppressed group of people who had their nationhood stolen and forever denied to them, are not fighting oppression and domination from a large group of power-loving 'nationalists' (which all humans are hardwired to fall prey to), but are rather victims of a radical religious dogma that demands they fight and kill those who are not of their religion. It is time to re-frame that fight, which is nearly impossible as long as the nation at the center of the battle is the only one in the world that was formed upon very loose 'membership' in a religion with it legitimacy based upon some passages in an ancient religious book. That reality of yours, Sam, continues to juxtapose your supposed 'new atheism'."

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Change America Needs in 2016

Human egos being what they are, neither these two nor their followers might go along with it, but this 'dream ticket' would win the election this year and would transform US politics with a viable third party -- and the world would be changed by it...

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