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Humane Philosophy

April 19, 2013

Humane Philosophy

By Reed Camacho Kinney, April 18, 2013

The philosophy of representational government with capitalism, competition, and the consumer-based economy has benefited a significant sector of the population; people who can access the support needed for the personal growth of their children. The humane outcome for many is survival with personal growth. …But, as seen from a broader view, why do you suppose most people in our society have not attained that security?

Families who live on the treadmill of low wage employment, hand to mouth survival, are susceptible to political parties pandering social programs, or wider access to employment. …By contrast, mutualistic, independent organization will prove to be the best vehicle for families to meet their real needs. And, that is a structural proposition.

What I will write here is in broad strokes. The ideas and observations that follow are better elaborated in my essays at my blog, and in my manuscript, Decentralized Economic Social Organization, DESO, and Neo-New World. (1)

Self-fulfilling prophesies cloud our understanding of our human condition, “i.e., the conviction that man’s intrinsic nature is evil or dangerous”. (2) People need culture, and, generally, people have no option, except to adapt to culture as they encounter it. It is the structure of their culture that determines the quality of their lives. I think that were people to build a humane socioeconomic structure designed to meet the real needs of all its members their behaviors would reflect it.

Western Society is structured so that a minority of people, few people, own most of the mass production and distribution systems.

Various ideas are touched on in this brief essay. One of the main ideas presented here is that mass centrist society is mainly about monopolized, centralized power, and how that situation causes the preponderances of the critical problems our society is embroiled in.

The cause of alienation, poverty, and war is not to be blamed on the members of mass centrist society, per-se. The socioeconomic organization, which people depend on, determines the quality of their lives.

Mass centrist society is organized around systems of centralized powers, systems of centralized production for mass markets, and centralized government with its military industry. Corporate institutions are impersonal, mechanical systems with built in directives for expansion, and maximum profit. They are beyond the direct control of their members …who are usually alienated, uncritical people.

The Federal Reserve System is the focal point of centralized power in mass centrist society. It is a private company, which dominates the economic system through its monopoly on the production and distribution of its units of exchange, which all other institutions depend on.  The problems caused by this situation are too numerous to elaborate here.

Before, I continue with this criticism I must qualify it. There are notable humane organizations functioning in mass centrist society. People have a natural affinity for each other, which is resilient despite the malaise of centralized power. …And, children strive to grow through the arts of their culture. All people deserve the support of their society, which is a structural challenge.

In mass centrist society everything that people need is for sale.  Access to goods and services is expensive for most people. Children need support to grow. Each child needs lessons and equipment for growing in the arts and whatever skills she prefers. Most families can’t afford what their children need. Mass centrist society is not structured to automatically meet the real needs of its members.

Our society subsists on a consumer-based market place, which is the only place that most families mingle with others. Most conversations have to do with the market place. And, figuratively speaking, things that glitter are purchased in order to demonstrate to acquaintances and strangers one’s capacity to consume. An illusion of importance is attached to owning “symbols of wealth”. The marketplace is the playground for whoever can afford it. The media/‘educational’ system instills children with the belief that opulence, for its own sake, is a worthy goal for a human life …unless the child’s family, even a humble family, provides her with better values.


There is no dialectic among any of the prevailing ideologies. All current ideologies are based on the centralization of power. However, there is dialectic between centralized power and decentralized economic social organization.

Centralized power is the opposite of real, concrete community. What I am introducing is a contrasting type of societal organization. Real community is structured so that power is shared equally among its members; the executive function of its civic organization is exercised equally by all of its members!

Generally, in mass centrist society, MCS, degrees of leverage are proportional to one’s wealth. Nonetheless, there are people in MCS who are skilled, and have control over their productive lives. There are “self-realizational” (Abraham H. Maslow) people.

…But, no fault of their own, most people are neither self-sufficient, nor moneyed. They are largely exploited, and neglected. They are left to their own devises to struggle in their poverty, to fight against each other for what little they can earn. By degree, people are sickened by the dream of opulence, and grapple with their mental malaise in isolation.

In mass centrist society, personal isolation cuts across all social classes. Competition includes using people for making profit, as assets or liabilities. That psychology impedes wholesome interpersonal relations. (Instances of familial love to one side), wholesome, meaningful, interpersonal relations …are cemented when people work with each other for their greater good. The media/‘educational’ system does not provide examples of people-working-with-each-other-for-each-other, except in the perverse context of war. The idea of concrete community is nowhere articulated within current convention.

Federal Reserve Notes being the only means to access goods and services institutes the permanent fixture of poverty. That structured neglect is a from of violence.

The DESO project is the means for people to become independent. Real independence is real community, a structured proposition.

The woes of the world are primarily due to the flawed generalizations of prevailing conventions. DESO is a new generalization. Community does not preclude problems, and human growth is often attained through pain. Nonetheless, modern, concrete, mutualistic community – a structured proposition – brings people together, and provides them with the organizational tools and the material that they need to solve their problems.

Independence is not served on a platter. People must take it upon themselves to develop real, concrete community in order to live the enriching life of people-working-with-each-other-for-each-other.

The benefits of living in community are too numerous to elaborate here. I respectfully refer you to my blog and to the manuscript, “…DESO…”


1. Internet Sites

E-Book of DESO Manuscript (copy & paste in address bar):

DESO Manuscript and E-Book:

2. Toward a Psychology of Being, Abraham H. Maslow, ISBN: 0-442-03805-4, p. 204


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