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05 April 2009 @ 08:00 pm

Alright, then. A promise is a promise. This poll here was the final trigger to prompt my comment on my own political stances, at long last. Dont be shocked.

I commented there, but here it is.

First of all, my place in the political spectrum:

(Sorry, there wasnt an option "off the spectrum", so i suppose this comes as closest as possible).
Then, to summarise in a single line:

Technocracy + humanism = ultimate solution for the distant future. Period.

People ask me: where do you stand in the political spectrum? Sorry to say it, but i'll have to laugh at the question. Political labels are becoming increasingly irrelevant. People are feeling they're less represented by their leaders, regardless of their proclaimed political affiliations. Policies are run largely by incompetent folks with good links, good heritage, good upbringing and good wallets. Economic interests define policies, thus making them less designed for the people, but rather for various economic entities. Ultimately, it all boils down to economic interests - religion, social movements, greed, power, economic theories, wars, alliances, everything - all of that is just secondary. Hence, the established political dichotomy discussed above is secondary, too. And i dont want to apply to it.

Besides, there's not even a unified political dichotomy throughout the world. Whats considered "left" in the US is not the same "left", say, in Europe. Same about the "right". And that could be pretty confusing.

The solution to all this mess is a total change in the way politics is made. Its the experts who should run the policies and propose plans to the people, who in their turn need to have the capability to take informed decisions and approve or reject these proposals. Experts who are driven by the motivation of achieving better efficacy in the way society works, industry achieves, efficacy in the social relations and the relations human-environment, and last but not least, optimised production and use of energy. Add a good control on the execution of these policies, and there you go. This should be achieved through proper education and both scientific and social progress. Eventually, such individuals who have the proper qualification and profound grasp in their own sphere of speciality, should conduct the respective policies, and not mess with things they dont understand. (Currently, legislative bodies all across the world are full with non-experts who vote on specific legislation anyway, without knowing whats it all about - for example, i'm not an expert in medicine, but if i was an MP, i would've probably had to vote on dozens of medicine laws, which is just ridiculous). Consequently, i think all political parties will sooner or later become an outdated relic from the past.

Apart from proper education, two more things are needed in order to achieve an effective form of technocracy: a well thought-over legislative framework that most people agree with (after having been thoroughly informed about its pros and cons, in a fair way); and a simple and effective evaluation system (that is, if an expert is not doing their job well, they'd get substituted).

Three more things. Minimum bureaucracy. Proper motivation. Society-orientated agenda, rather than profit-orientated.

The current political system is a farce; the current economic system is not efficient. Its a never-ending ups-and-downs cycle, and doesnt work naturally. The money/debt cycle is stupid, but meanwhile a lot of effort is needed to overcome even the inherent notion which is stuck in our brains, that "this is the only way and there's no other".
What i'm talking about may be called technocracy; but its not the typical technocracy which most people imagine when hearing the word - you know, all the machines, AI, Matrix, I Robot, etcetc. Thats bullshit. Technology is only a vessel, albeit a crucial one. First and foremost, we're all humans. The interests of the humans should define the human society, not the interests of one group or another, a group of people who are hiding behind an artificially created industrial or socio-political label (the collective irresponsibility) rising above the amorphous majority of the bleating herd. We're humans, no more, no less. Not lefties, righties, commies, libertarians, progressives, or else.

If an alien race lands on Earth tomorrow and looks into our social system, they'll have a good laugh :)))  :(

Surely enough, technocracy, or at least the typically perceived form of it, which is so cliched by the media, in literature, by political theorists etc, is often associated with the alleged threat about sprawling bureaucracy, omnipotent oligarchy, et al. I admit this threat exists, and could become reality if the idea falls into the wrong hands just like many other initially good ideas did - for people are imperfect, and if they find too much power in their hands, they get perverted. Always. So i dont think the picture i drew above will come into reality anytime soon. But still, its possible. I just hope we won't need to go through a massive social and economic cataclysm to realise that.

Call me idealist. But yeah, some of you wanted to know.

Ps. One more thing. I'm seeing the word "believe" being used too often when talking about politics. Perhaps its just semantics, but IMO "believing" implies trusting an unchecked authority or axiom. I dont like the word "believe". I never believe something which i havent tested myself, or personally seen the results of.

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[edit] I offered a solution, but under one condition. People's minds should change first, then people's way of perceiving the world, and with that, the prerequisites for my model coming reality would be in place. But not before that. I'm fully aware that we're not ready for that stage of society yet. Not so fast. We've seen what shit can happen when people are hurrying to jump into things they know little or nothing about, too fast.

And yet, the picture i viewed is ultimately the solution. And it WILL come true one day. Maybe not in my lifetime, but still, it will.

Either that or we'll go back to being monkeys. Or we'll just blow this whole place up.
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Tonyalphistia on April 5th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
I "believe" (HA! ;-) that from reading your political manifesto (finally!) that it hardly matters! From reading your blog and many, many, many (many) comments on mine, it's apparent that you're a good old-fashioned Mensch (it's a Yiddish word, you probably know it). You are helpful, kind, and generous, pleasure-seeking and pleasure-loving, who plays the game of life well but doesn't take it so seriously. And you're loyal, as you mentioned in your lj description. As Stijn wrote once, you're a centrist politically, and that's exactly where the political quiz places you. You'd make a good leader of the Lesenum Felad (National Party) in Alphistia, while I'd constantly be on the verge of being kicked out of the Pravikense Felad (the People's Party...similar to the Links party in Germany...) I look forward to your 500 page political tract; "On the other hand..." coming out soon in hardback and on Kindle :-)
Kol: Groovy Kolabomvubuso on April 5th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'm still kindof scared by the prospect of leading anything bigger than a pack of zerglings in the StarCraft/BroodWar strategy ;)

...contrary to what my employers are telling me about my capacities.

Stijn van der Kasteel: Albert thinks ur funny.mahnmut on April 5th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
I rather prefer a vicious gang of Ultralisks.
Kol: Johnny Bravoabomvubuso on April 5th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Stijn van der Kasteel: Albert thinks ur funny.mahnmut on April 6th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
Now you're talking!
Stijn van der Kasteel: Albert thinks ur funny.mahnmut on April 5th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
The description you made here is more suitable for his profile than the quote from doc_neuro that he has put there. He has to do some alterations to his info, don't you think?
Tonyalphistia on April 5th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
that guy has issues and I try to stay away from that type, even on lj...
Kol: Over the Edgeabomvubuso on April 6th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
that guy has issues
LOL you're sooo speaking American! :D
Stijn van der Kasteel: Albert thinks ur funny.mahnmut on April 5th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
All this is very good but we have to put you within some frames, right? RIGHT? People just love labels. So, I'm betting on centrist. Oh yes, centrist you are! Period!
Kol: Groovy Kolabomvubuso on April 5th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Centrist it shall be, then.
Mike Yocomprog_expat on April 5th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Now, brethren, we must take up our snakes, the glorious banner, and spread Kollynnism to the four corners of the Earth!

PS — How many times did you take the Political Compass test before you found the right combination of answers to hit dead center?
Kol: Groovy Kolabomvubuso on April 5th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
My NS alias and attributes (flag, motto, country name) are the diametral opposite to my convictions. So you'd easily guess that t'was a j/k ;)

Not even once. I only needed to write "ec=-0.00&soc=-0.00" after the *.php extension on the URL :)

And i'd rather kill you before i'd let you "spread" anything that i preach :]
Mike Yocomprog_expat on April 5th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
And i'd rather kill you before i'd let you "spread" anything that i preach :]

Oof... Someone learned from the mistakes of the "Prince of Peace"!
Kol: Groovy Kolabomvubuso on April 5th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Lets get this straight. Twas rather the prince's courtiers who did those nice things, rather than the prince himself ;)
nairiporter: 010nairiporter on April 6th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
"the diametral opposite to my convictions"

Except for the golden winged mast in the center of the caduceus. Now that is something you can identify with! ;-) ;-)
nairiporter: 010nairiporter on April 6th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
It was about time! Of course I already knew some of these things but it is good that you stated them clearly and in such a tidy manner.