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The Prospect of Post-Alienated Society

February 1, 2013

This Essay was submitted to The Edge in responce to their 2013 question….http://www.edge.org/

Reed Camacho Kinney – Liberal Arts – perennial student – Observe, Think, Write…

The Prospect of Post-Alienated Society

Most scientists gloss over society’s fundamental structural components, the mechanical components that cause poverty, ignorance, and war.

In broad strokes:

The centralization, and the private monopolization of our society’s units of exchange, its monetized organization, is the hub of its institutions; hierarchies of centralized power.

Monopolized, centralized production and distribution to “ever-expanding” markets is unsustainable.

Many scientists perceive the impermanence of the prevailing – global – socioeconomic system.

Decentralized monetized organization, and decentralized production and distribution, will prove to be sustainable and permanent, but actualizing that requires a different type of socioeconomic organization.

The solution is organizational. It’s pragmatic for people to develop a humane socioeconomic organization without reverting to the centralization of power.

Centralized power causes societal disparity.

The Federal Reserve System and its World Bank is the hub of centralized power.

Its contiguous and dependent centralized powers include institutionalized religions, for-profit corporate institutions (all business transactions), and the representational governments that its uncritical dependents believe to be democratic.

Missing from our prevailing mass centrist society is community.

Real community is not yet developed. I have outlined some of its structures and components in my brief Essay, What is Community?, which is in English, and in Spanish, at my blog: https://decentralizationblog.wordpress.com

Science is needed to serve the greater good. However, Western Society is based on domination.

A concern shared among some people is that men will become the dehumanized appendages of machines, which is fitting, but misplaced. For-profit corporations must expand or perish, as must the Federal Reserve System. Al l forms of centralized power must expand or perish. That mechanism overrides any concern regarding the quality of life experienced by the members of society. That mechanism is domination.

Poverty is essential to the Federal Reserve System. Poverty “validates” the “value” of its money, and maintains the demand for it.

Competition as the basis of an economic system permeates psychology. It prompts heightened egotism, and it causes divisiveness, rather than social unity. It falsely justifies exploitation.  And, it contributes to alienation among the people of mass centrist society.

Globally, mass centrist society is designed so that few members manage the more lucrative, upper echelons of control, among its systems of control, while some – few – people manage “toll positions” within its markets.

The electronic communications industry is not labor intensive.  Its investments are eclipsed by the price paid for its services, and its few owners take the lion’s share.

In mass centrist society, the virtual world of inane entertainment reduces the growth experience of children. In the absence of community, children are alienated from wider, meaningful, interpersonal relationships.

For-profit corporate institutions exploit the people of undeveloped countries the world over. The surplus production needed to amass fortunes is derived from paying workers less than what they are worth; mechanical, impersonal directives.  Wretched dictatorial governments allow domestic and international, private concerns, to exploit their people, and their country’s natural resources, with impunity.

Widespread poverty and ignorance the world over will not be curbed with political reform and scientific innovation, because the basis of the economic system is exploitative. The basis of centralized power is violence.

The nature of centralized power is to fall to ever fewer hands. This, in combination with the types of personalities that gravitate to positions of centralized power, poses a constant threat to the well being of all members of that type of society. The purpose of centralized power is to expand its domination.

The characteristic ills caused by the centralization of power should lead people to consider better options for societal structure and organization. Dylan Evans (1), in Edge, suggests, regarding democracy, that, “…there may be better forms of political organization that we can aspire to.”

What I suggest in regard to the decentralization of power and the structures needed to fulfill that objective are not exclusive to those ends. Combinations of, and variable decentralized formats can develop once people understand that socioeconomic organization is malleable in their hands. In decentralized, participatory society each concrete, semi-self-sufficient, sovereign community adapts gracefully to the demands of emerging reality. I agree with Laurence C. Smith (2), in Edge, that regarding “… contemporary natural resource necessities… lifestyle matters even more

The psychology of people living in mass centrist society is largely distracted from the existential needs of each individual. By contrast, in real community, art is the vehicle of education. People living in real community prioritize what is best for them. Community support is focused on the cultivation of the individuation of each child. Education through art includes science. (3)

Every type of organization needs the executive function for effectiveness. However, the executive function need not be monopolized by centralized power. Dialogical, consensus-based community decision making processes are the outcome of a type of civic organization designed to enable each member of community to share its, civic and its civic-economic, executive functions equally.

Participatory society, real community, is a structural challenge.

Money is an executive power. The monetized organization of real community is a community service, owned and managed by community members. Community members do not charge themselves interest, and they create their autonomous units of exchange.

I have written the descriptions of what I touch on here, in my Essay, What is Community?, which is at my blog: https://decentralizationblog.wordpress.com

People need to know that a post-alienated society is well within their means to create for themselves. It is a matter of creating a different type of civil organization, civic organization, and civic-economic organization. The structure of a better, a humane society, is well within our means and capacity to actualize.

Notes:

1. Dylan Evans, Founder and CEO of Projection Point; author, Risk Intelligence

His Essay in Edge, Democracy 

http://www.edge.org/

2. Laurence C. Smith, Professor of Geography, UCLA; Author, The World in 2050

His Essay in Edge, Human Population, Prosperity Growth: One I Fear, One I Don’t

http://www.edge.org/

3. The Theory of Education for decentralized society is elaborated in my manuscript, Decentralized Economic Social Organization, DESO, and Neo-New World. At Xlibris:  http://reedckinney.com/

 

 

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