Proposal for a new social contract
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23-01-2013, 12:20 PM (This post was last modified: 23-01-2013 01:47 PM by Zat.)
RE: Proposal for a new social contract
Actually, if you read the OP of this thread, you will see that my proposal is not actually a Utopia, it is more like a comproimise between Capitalism and Communism, retaining the best part of both systems in a well defined and well separated arrangement. Our need for both freedom and compassion are accommodated in a reasonable balance.

Why can't we have even that now?

Simple evolutionary reasons.

Humanity, as a species, is in an evolutionary transition position between the rules of the jungle and the rules of the family.

It is a mixed state where sometime one aspect of our character, sometime the other, has the upper hand.

However, it is the specimen among us, who are closer to the jungle, who are running the show for obvious reasons.

Power attracts those who are more aggressive, more ruthless, more dominant amongst us. Once they achieve power, they very seldom use it to benefit the common good -- they like to fashion their world on the model of feudalist allegiances and tribal warfare.

Whatever democratic co-operation the rest of us manages to achieve is done in spite of them, in an uneasy balance. That is the source of the constant fighting over wealth and power we witness around us daily.

Once in a rare while men of vision and conscience get into position of power and then we see major advances in social justice (like in post-war Canada for example) which will last a decade or two, after which the other side goes on a counter-offensive and starts clawing back all the advances that had been achieved before.

This is the situation now, after the neo-con revolution swept the western world and the neo-colonialism (a.k.a. globalization) created new slaves for the empire.

You are right, bemore, it is very unlikely that things get better (rather the contrary) before they get a lot worse and we cut off a few heads, as it is usually done in the revolution of the enraged citizenry who feel they have nothing to lose.

But it is still good to know what kind of world we believe in so, at least we don't fall pray to the relentless propaganda barrage.

Once I was asked why I wanted to know the truth, when I could do nothing about it.

My reply: I want to know the truth because the bastards don't want me to.
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Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 24-08-2011, 10:44 AM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zach - 24-08-2011, 01:55 PM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 24-08-2011, 02:39 PM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zach - 24-08-2011, 08:17 PM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 25-08-2011, 12:06 AM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 24-08-2011, 05:45 PM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zach - 25-08-2011, 08:12 PM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zach - 26-08-2011, 08:19 AM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 26-08-2011, 04:46 AM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 26-08-2011, 08:52 AM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 26-08-2011, 09:57 AM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zach - 26-08-2011, 09:58 AM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 26-08-2011, 10:46 AM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 26-08-2011, 02:08 PM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 26-08-2011, 02:42 PM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 27-08-2011, 12:43 AM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 27-08-2011, 10:13 AM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 27-08-2011, 06:49 AM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 27-08-2011, 12:27 PM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zatamon - 27-08-2011, 01:46 PM
RE: Proposal for a new social contract - Zat - 23-01-2013 12:20 PM

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