A philosophical work in progress:
to build beyond what is natural.
Freedom is the right of every individual and community to adapt to their ever-changing environment.
Government is how people manage the overlapping and interacting nature of different individuals and communities trying to adapt to their own environments, from their own perspectives.
Politics is the art and science of gaining influence.
Governance is the applied Practical Theory of making choices.
Management is the applied Scientific Theory of getting things done.
- Lying is a Political Strategy. As in, I get what I want by lying.
- Democracy is a Governing Theory. As in, democracy is how we make choices.
- Chaos is a Management Theory. As in, nothing gets done because everything is in Chaos.
Good and Evil in Governance and Leadership
Good and Evil is about who makes the choice.
A Good person allows people to make choices for themselves, even if they are wrong.
An Evil person makes all the choices for other people out of fear and insecurity.
- A well structured and sustainable government will become less and less authoritative the older it gets.
- A government that becomes increasingly authoritative, does so because it is poorly structured and unsustainable.
Capitalism vs Communism
Communism is the pursuit of freedom and equality by the elimination of private property.
Capitalism is the pursuit of freedom and equality by making private property available to everyone.
Neither strategy is possible because of Human Nature.
The path to Communism passes through Socialism. Socialism, defined as a system of society by which the means of production is controlled by the state, centralizes power to a single all-powerful institution. The last step to achieve Communism is for that central institution, the state, to sacrifice its power. Given Human Nature, that last step is impossible.
The path to Capitalism passes through Industrialism. Industrialism, defined as a social structure that is dominated by large industries, centralizes power into a few industries. The last step to achieve Capitalism is for those few industries to sacrifice themselves. Given Human Nature, that last step is equally impossible.
Capitalism and Communism are both religions, as they can only be pursued through the effort to control human behavior.
Capitalism and Communism are two paths to the same place.
The Holy Triangle
The Executive Branch
Presidential politics is destroying this country, as it would destroy any country. Thus, in my perfect world:
- The President would be a sitting Governor, who has served at least two terms, selected by a popular vote of all the Governors and Lieutenant Governors.
- The Vice President would be selected similarly, but from the pool of Lieutenant Governors of at least two terms.
- Each office would have its own absolute authority.
- The President would be the authority of Trade, Commodities, and International Relationships.
- The Vice President would be the authority of Environment, Health, and Human Resources and Service.
- Both, the Presidency and Vice Presidency, would serve for ten years.
- If something should happen to the President, or Vice President to where they could not serve, the next lower office would stand in until the Governors could select a replacement.
- There would be a time limit on how long that could take. Something like a week.
- Each office is separate and individual. The ten-year term would begin when each individual takes office, not limited to a specific year pattern, nor required to end and start at the same time.
- The President and Vice President can be the same gender, only if the planned election of the other office is less than four years away.
- Presidents and Vice Presidents can only serve one term, and cannot serve in the other office.
At the State level things are pretty much same, except:
- Governors and Lieutenant Governors are elected by the general public separately, but at the same time.
- To be elected as Governor, or Lieutenant Governor, a person must be an Active Voter for at least ten years.
- They only serve a four-year term in office.
- They cannot be the same gender.
- The Governor is responsible for Trade, Commodities, and Interstate Relations.
- The Lieutenant Governor is responsible for Environment, Health, and Human Resources and Services.
The Legislative Branch
Currently, in the American House of Congress, there is no difference in the personality, character, and intent between members in the House of Representatives and members in the Senate. This is because both are elected into office by the same process and rules. Making the distinction between the two bodies negligible, and the process moot. Sixty percent in one, will most likely be sixty percent in the other.
In my perfect world, being elected to serve in the House of Representatives would be by the same process and rules that we are aware of today, except for one added rule; to be elected into office they must have been Active Voters for at least ten years. With Senators, however, it would be different.
- Each state would send two Senators to serve in the Federal Senate – one every three years so they each serve a six-year term.
- These Senators would not be from the general public, and they would not be selected by an open election. They would be Tenured Full Professors found in their education system, selected by their peers; full and associate professors.
- One Senator must be from the Hard Sciences, while the other must be from the Humanities.
- They would not have a choice to run or not. If they were nominated by their peers they would need to give a good reason that they couldn’t serve in order for them to remove their name from the ballot.
- On the State level, the concept would remain the same, except it would automatically include Associate Professors. And in the counties that do not have enough colleges, or any colleges at all, it would include all certified teachers, working backwards from the college level, until there were enough members in the selection pool. For example, a county with only a community college, they would include all High School teachers, as well.
- Senators can only serve one term at each level; State and Federal.
- Any person who eligible to become a Senator, cannot run for any other office.
This structure would bring a different type of person into legislative process, as well as a better way towards ensuring science and humanity are included in the system.
Citizenship and Elections
Every person who is born in the country is a citizen. And, every person who pays into Social Security and taxes for ten years is a citizen.
- They must fulfill all civic responsibilities; such as paying taxes, keeping records and licenses up to date, and Jury Duty.
- And, they must attend at least 16 local town meetings per year.
Currency began as a way for an individual to express their perception of value without carrying the commodities they gave value to. However, over time, the perception of currency has evolved to make it a commodity.
A commodity can be used as it is to help a person survive and reproduce. A currency can not be used by itself to help a person survive and reproduce. A currency can only be used to buy commodities that can help a person survive and reproduce.
For a society to be healthy and sustainable, the perception of currency must never be allowed to change it into a commodity – it must always be perceived as nothing more than a tool for expression, and a variable in the formula of a functioning community.
The perceived value of a currency should not be based on a commodity. The perceived value of a currency should be based on a formula and the administration of that formula.
The formula should be designed to tell administrators how much currency should be in circulation; how much to print and distribute, or how much to collect and destroy.
Any currency formula must include the society’s tax policy as a variable. That is, the cost of administration of the currency, and society it supports, cannot be separate from the decision of how much currency should be in circulation.
The formula and the processes of administering the formula must be public knowledge, for the value of the currency is based on people’s confidence in the formula and the administration of that formula.
A properly constructed formula would be effective at modelling the cyclical flow of currency through an economy as a form of energy – like the water cycle or calorie cycle.
The formula, and the administration of the formula, is the seed – the cornerstone – of a society’s institutional governance.
Individual Tax Policy
My Individual Tax Policy is based on forest management principles. The first thing a forester does in managing a forest is to model what they want the forest to look like in the long run, then prescribe management activities to slowly bring that forest into the shape of the model they created. The model is based on scientific data collected about the environment and the tree species, specific information about how the trees grow and reproduce. The management activities include harvesting, prescribed fire, and planting.
Graph A is a basic model of a stand of trees a forester might be trying to achieve; it is population on the Y axis, versus age/diameter on the x-axis (giving that in a healthy forest the trees will get bigger with age). The graph shows a high number of seedlings and saplings, and decreasing in population as the size and age of the trees increase. In an ideal world, where everything is perfect and there are no disturbances and nothing costs any money, Graph B shows how a forester would choose to do things; let the forest grow for a period of time, and then cut it back to the original curve.
Graph C shows the reality. There are forest fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, bug and disease infestations, and a whole bunch of people doing dumb things that cause a forest to be less than perfect in management terms. Thus, a forester needs to make decisions about how long to grow the trees that are present, which trees to cut back to the curve, what kind of activities to initiate new growth to bring the number of trees up to the curve, all depending on what the budget will allow. So, the simple idea is to cut above the curve, and plant when the seedlings are below the curve, and allow the trees to grow through the cycle. By my perspective, taxing is the same as harvesting and investing is the same as planting.
In our world, we have no scientific model of what we want our society to look like, measured in terms of population vs wealth. It is true that most people will say that we do, and that it is a bell-shaped curve (Graph D).
However, this is not a scientific model, it is just an idea; there is no hard data or science going into that graph; nothing more than what people think would be good. If that graph were a forest, the problems would be; A, there are no seedlings to grow into older trees as they die and/or are removed (in our society it is that we have no one to do the jobs on the low end of the economy, so we have to import them illegally), B, an overcrowded and stagnant middle class where individual growth and development is near impossible, and C, old and decadent trees that are not challenged for space and will not be replaced when they fall because of the stagnation issues of B.
As a result of this blind pursuit of an idea and not an actual model, we are now in the midst of dealing with Graph E. The middle class is being pushed down (A), while a gap grows between the middle and upper class (B), as the upper class (C) grows more aloof and decadent.
Graph F is my model for a healthy society. The green line is the base liveable income (because everyone deserve a base liveable income), Point n is a scientifically derived position… (we have the capability to do such a thing these days… even though I might not be able to do it here… at my desk… sniffing Sharpies). Since we are able to figure what n is, we would be also able to build the rest of the model all the way up to p. Then, the idea would be to have a flat tax, something like 10%, for every income class where the population matched the curve. However, As seen in Graph G, if the population of a particular income class deviated from the curve, taxes would increase for where the population was greater than the curve and decrease where the population was lesser… generally speaking. Furthermore, the tax would increase the further an individual’s income was above the line.
This is simple enough for the scenario shown in Graph G, but the scenario in Graph H might require a little more thought… depending on what the stated goals of the society are.
Taxing the rich and reducing the tax on the middle class, while leaving the poor alone, would be one way to go. Or, reducing the taxes of the middle class alone, by a much larger amount, in order to raise the curve altogether. It is through such management that we can see healthy and equitable ways to pursue economic growth.
Graph I shows an economy that is growing in a healthy way – where the population increases and the curve remains the same.
In Graph J, the population stays the same, but since the lowest wage is increased everyone moves up together.
But Graph K, is what keep doing in our society. It should be guarded against vigorously. Where we try to separate ourselves from things that we cannot separate ourselves from. The rich cannot separate themselves from the poor, the successful from the unsuccessful, we are stuck together whether we like it or not.
In the end, the most important aspect of my view on taxes is that we manage the issue through reason, by building a view of what we are trying to achieve so that we can make sound decisions in our effort to get us there. Currently, there is no vision of where we are going, we live by the practice of “Shiny Object Management” and the people in charge are only making choices to satisfy their own short-term goals. Ultimately, this vision of what we are trying to achieve cannot be based on money, it has to be about the very structure of our communities and nation as a whole.
Corporate Tax Policy
My Corporate Tax Policy is very similar to my regular old Individual Tax Policy. Just with companies and not individuals.
What it comes down to is that there should be a model of how we want our society to look in terms of “population vs size” of companies and corporations. So, the graph would look exactly like the graph of “population of people vs wealth/income” (above), but it would be “population of corporations vs size and income of corporations”. The taxing would work exactly the same as well, with a flat tax that would increase where the population was greater than the curve, and decrease where it was lesser.
However, there would also be two other parameters on the tax strategy for companies and corporations; their individual corporate taxes would decrease the more regulations the company had to shoulder, and increase with the more resources the company consumed. The idea is to place economic pressure on companies that consume a lot of resources to accept greater regulation, and reduce the amount of waste. (The word “consume” here includes the act of mining or just transporting raw materials such as oil or coal. There is no difference between a car company consuming aluminum to make its cars and a coal company consuming coal to sell to it’s customers.)
Oh, and by the way, if corporations are people we should outlaw corporations buying other companies and corporations, because that is slavery, and slavery is wrong. You might think I am just being funny, but consider that diversity is what gives an ecosystem like a rainforest strength, resilience, and sustainability.
Units of Measure
The Metric Circle
The basic unit of measurement for a Metric Circle is the “circle.”
- 1 decicircle (dc) is 1/10 of a circle. There are 10dc’s to 1 circle.
- 1 centicircle (cc) is 1/100 of a circle. There are 10cc’s to 1dc, and 100cc’s to 1 circle.
- 1 millicircle (mc) is 1/1000 of a circle. There are 10mc’s to 1 cc, 100mc’s to 1dc, and 1000mc’s to 1 circle.
Or, in other words:
- 90 degrees is 0.25 circle.
- 180 degrees is 0.5 circle.
- 720 degrees is 2 circles.
** Based on the Metric Circle.
The basic unit of time measurement is the “Rot”. (Pronounced “Rote”, and short for “rotation”)
- 1 Rot = 1 Day. (In time, the word “day” would only mean the opposite of “night”, or used in the names of the calendar.)
- There are 10 deci-rots per Rotation; 5 AM and 5 PM.
- There are 100 centi-rots per Rotation.
- There are 1000 milli-rots per Rotation.
- 4 days could also be expressed as 4 Rots.
- 10 Rots could also be called a Deca-Rot.
In the end, people would not need to say the word “rot”, they would only need to use the prefix: “I will see you in 2 centis.” Or, “I will meet you at the pub tonight at 750.”
The 13 Month Calendar
To achieve peace on this planet, we will need a culturally neutral calendar; one that isn’t based on any of the established religions.
- The Year is measured from Winter Solstice to Winter Solstice.
- Each year has 13 months. (The month Plutober existing between October and November.)
- Each Month has 4 Weeks, or 28 Rots (pronounced rote).
- There are 7 Rots per Week.
- There are 52 Weeks per Year.
The drawbacks of this calendar:
- The “First and Last Rot” of each year is the Winter Solstice, which falls in between Sunday, December 28th, and Monday, January 1st. It can be called January 00 for legal purposes.
- Every 4 years a “Leap Rot” is slipped into the year with the legal date of July 00. It too falls between Sunday, July 28th, and Monday, August 1st.
- Every Rot of every month lands on the same date.
- Mondays would always be the 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd, and Thursdays would always be the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th – regardless of what month it was.