Intuitively, we have a hard time with systems. System behavior is, by definition, output behavior that is unpredicted by the behavior of its parts taking separately. This is a very profound understanding and utterly counter to our intuition and our five-sense reality. We assume our behavior and intention stands on it’s own, and if we mean well in this system, then we can’t possibly be part of something hurting others or something that is destructive to our planet. The truth is, we are involved in a larger order framework – and that framework has its own structural logic. This is why statistical analysis and the scientific method is so critical to our progress in the last century. So we can see through the clouds and limited perceptions that our small brains create. -Peter Joseph, Lecture on The End of Capitalism
This is a profound understanding. What is being said is that intentions and good morals are essentially useless in the current system structure.¹ We can interpret this as playing the role of a cog in a machine. Permitting you go to work and continue to ‘fuel’ the system every week, you are indirectly responsible for the human suffering that capitalism causes.² The take home point here is that externalities is a system consequence and has nothing to do with intentions. As long as we are working within the system, we are part of the externalities.
Having essentially grown up through the internet, I’ve taking part in all sorts of discussions. Serious discussions and not so serious discussions… all through various means of communication. When I analyze social change and how to best obtain results, the topic of communication remains forefront. How do we communicate most effectively? Do I get my point across properly? It has become clear to me that with the infinite pile of garbage information that exists, communicating in an effective way is of utmost importance towards creating a better future. However, we live in a society that has evolved from dead, inefficient language systems that perpetuate throughout our communication.
I want to be clear. What matters is the full idea and reasoning behind the idea being communicated in an effective and efficient way. This does not imply that both parties uphold perfect grammar or spelling, however, key words must be well-defined and accepted upon in the discussion. It is important to understand that everyone you communicate with has a different background then you. Words, key definitions, slang, and memes that may mean something to you, may mean nothing to them.
“Very few people can communicate with one another. The only language that’s not subject to interpretation is mathematics, chemistry, basic science, engineering principles, and applied agriculture. But other than that, many systems today are subject to interpretation.” ~ Jacque Fresco, TVP teamspeak seminar, January 15 2012
As Jacques Fresco states, the best language to communicate with is the language of science as it is well-defined.
With that being said, the ambition of this infographic is to create an atmosphere of rational communication between two opposing viewpoints where an honest, evidence-based decision can be made on the topic of choice. Only when we can communicate properly and be willing to alter our viewpoints, can we make the change that will create a more evolved civilization.
It upsets me when meat-eaters ask me why I am vegan. I often respond by turning the question around and asking…
Why do you eat meat when “we are optimized to eat mostly or exclusively plant foods according to the best evidence?” Humans are biologically herbivores. Source
Why do you eat meat when the average meat-eater is responsible for almost two times as much global warming as the average vegetarian and close to three times that of a vegan? Source
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Why do you promote violence on me (and others) through unnecessary pollution, deforestation, greenhouse gases, and resource waste? Source
From time to time, in debating the factors of capitalism with staunch pro-capitalists, I run into the argument that without capitalism there would be no way to properly value someone’s work compared to another persons effort. Examples of this may be where person A and person B work the same amount of time, but person A produces 10x more than person B. Capitalists may argue that person A’s worth is 10x more than person B’s, and demand rightful recognition or ‘pay’. Another extreme example is when one person works 60 hours a week while another person spends all of his/her time watching TV and drinking beer. They argue that without capitalism there would be no way to properly assign value (or resources) to each circumstance.
This argument is highly disturbing to me as it determines one’s worth based on how fast and efficient you can produce things. In a capitalist system, growth is the only concern and if you can’t keep up you are valued less. This type of attitude inherent within capitalism is damaging to our relations with one another. The growing resentment over someone not doing as much work as you is not something that we want to advocate.
I find it largely unlikely that people would exist to simply watch TV and drink beer and have no further desires in a future society built around community, but even if this were the case, I would have no problem with making sure their basic needs are met in a community (food, water, and shelter).
Another topic similar regards the welfare state. Many hard-working people complain about paying for the welfare checks of “lazy” people. They blame the poor work ethic and lazy efforts of those without a job while praising how hard they work. In this scenario, they don’t understand how detrimental the current system is on society. Capitalism has created this mess and it will continue to get worse. Before taking a stab at others, remind yourself that it could be you next year on the welfare line when a robot steals your job. Robots don’t care how hard you work, they can work harder. Instead of belittling others, stand in solidarity with your brothers and sisters for an injury to one, is an injury to all. Without this type of attitude, we can’t hope to rise above the vast problems that face humanity.
Pro-capitalists assume the invisible hand of the free market does the job of rewarding those who work hard, however this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Instead of degrading others for doing less than you, or being less talented than you, you should feel fortunate for your abilities to be able to accomplish as much as you do. That’s it. It stops there. Don’t force anything on others, and don’t expect such a high productivity level out of everyone. People have different skills and develop at different rates. We also presently live in a society that ultimately suppresses these things. In a future, community based society, desires and talents will likely flourish. In the meantime, don’t make the mistake of degrading human life because others may not be as disciplined as you are or may not wish to produce as fast as you can. Everyone deserves the right to food, shelter, and water, and we have the ability to make this a reality today.
Many critics of wide social change agree that it is not possible to transition out of the current socioeconomic system of monetary exchange as it has grown too big to fail. They might argue: While a resource based economy may work in theory, the practical application of it would be impossible.
Unfortunately, if we continue on with the current monetary system we will end up with inevitable massive problems and therefore, we need to critically analyze how we can transition. Clearly, this is no easy task. I have identified that the first order to successfully transition out of a monetary system and into a resource based economy is to educate the public on what a Natural Law Resource Based Economy truly is.
Today the House of Representatives passed the cybersecurity bill (CISPA) that allows “private businesses to share customers’ personal information with any government entity, including the National Security Agency.” What this means for us is that they can now use services like Facebook for data mining. This isn’t shocking considering they’ve been doing this for years, but now is as good as time as ever to promote a social network that gives you privacy and control — Diaspora.
Diaspora literally means “the movement, migration, or scattering of people away from an established homeland.”
Diaspora is nonprofit, user-owned, and open-sourced.
You can find me on Diaspora here.