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With the Shenanigans of Edward Snowden and the controversy surrounding government surveillance, a topic of key concern has been raised to the fore and there seems to be immense confusion and frustration over it. The reason for this is that Orwellian strategists have been applying a clever tool of deception for centuries that only in the digital age is becoming reified, more transparent and more obvious to the public. And it’s time the public put an end to it. What am I talking about?

I’m talking about the nebulous concept of “forbidden knowledge” and how that amorphous notion has been used to conflate categories and classes of information to permit a clever form of effective censorship. The easiest way to explain this is by example. Suppose I receive a political commentary on the internet from a friend who passes it to me by email. Let us say it is critical of a powerful, despotic political leader. What some would like to be able to do is to be able to render that knowledge forbidden; that is, to be able to prosecute anyone who possesses that knowledge, imprison them and silence them. Or barring that, prosecute them with enough punishment so as to dissuade them from publishing or sharing it further. And let’s not kid ourselves, the true Holy Grail in this scheme is to be able to do this without the public realizing it. For if in an open, supposedly democratic society we can achieve this without public backlash, then all the better. It’s kind of obvious how this might be done in North Korea, but what about in the States? How could you censor opinion itself without public backlash? The answer is conflation.

Suppose I have a friend who has illegally obtained classified information from the NSA, then sent that information to me by email. Whether I paid for it or if it was given to me freely is irrelevant to the point I’m going to make. Now, suppose I then publish that information and give it wide distribution in the public domain. In this case, the State can prosecute both my friend and myself without much public backlash and without the appearance of betraying the precepts of an open society. But what I’d really like to do as an Orwellian strategist is to confuse the issue a bit. And here’s how I do that. Not only do I prosecute the person that illegally obtained the information, I make sure anyone repeating it (myself in this example) is also prosecuted. In the case of an NSA leak, no one gets particularly alarmed (many do, but we’ll fix this defect in the example shortly). And the result is that I can effectively censor information even when that information is leaked. I can shut it down and prevent its sharing in the public domain by the chilling effect this will create on anyone who dares repeat what they’ve heard. So, not only do I make the illegal theft of classified information illegal but I make the mere possession of classified information illegal. Well, what’s wrong with that, you ask? Nothing, in and of itself. The problem however, is that by framing the legalities this way it allows me to define classified information not just as classified, but as “forbidden knowledge”. In other words, rather than merely making the theft of such information illegal, I render that information illegal by virtue of it being “forbidden knowledge”. This is a big Orwellian step, because now I have defined information itself to be illegal. Now, I have an amorphous and nebulous term called “forbidden knowledge” which, by virtue of its nature, I can now add or take away various types of information from that category without the public noticing. All I need to do now is find a clever way to insert into that category opinions “I don’t like”. Can I really do that without the public noticing? Oh, yes, it isn’t that hard to do. But this example doesn’t really do the situation full justice, because it is not as easy in the case of classified government leaks to get the public to:

… not only accept this Orwellian criminalization of information itself, but to actively support it.

No, we need something that is universally reprehensible in order to do that. Because, you see, if we can choose something that is universally reprehensible we can use that to not only gain the public’s acquiescence in this crime, we can garner their active support. The idea here is to conflate different types of information with others. So, let’s change the example.

Suppose a friend of mine runs a female sex slave trade in which he manages the repeated, violent rape of abducted women, videotapes it, then sends me copies to publish on the internet. Let’s say he even murders a few women in the videos, just to make it truly reprehensible. In the Orwellian model, this information itself (the video data) is now illegal. It is “forbidden knowledge”. Will anyone object? Not likely. In fact, most will avidly support this conflation. If I hadn’t thought about it a little more, I would. But nevertheless, this allows the policy-makers to create law that establishes the existence of forbidden knowledge. Now all they need to do is substitute information willy-nilly, not in law, but in the enforcement of the “forbidden knowledge” law. If they’re clever, they can introduce some laws that help that a bit without the public really noticing. For an example of just how real and not so theoretical that idea is, think of “terrorism” and how this amorphous concept has been used to justify the excesses of the NSA, or the fact that police now routinely listen in to wireless communications of private residents without their knowledge or consent. Indeed, without a Court’s knowledge, as no warrant is required. They do it all over America right now. This is a real-world example of this “substitution” technique. For, you see, now everything is called “terrorism”. Jaywalking is terrorism as far as the police are concerned. The same thing happens when forbidden knowledge is an object of legal prosecution; where different kinds of knowledge become conflated.

So, what is the failing here? The failing is that we have been duped into the idea that information itself can be made illegal. This is toxic to Enlightenment because all information, from the most reprehensible to the most popular, is necessary to provide the perspective and input for fully informed debate. For one thing, we know something “reprehensible” has occurred in the first place when the information required to evidence it is legal to possess. Otherwise, we are barred from even knowing it exists. Think about that. If information itself is illegal, we must rely on someone else with the legal “privilege” to possess the forbidden knowledge to tell us it exists. How Orwellian is that? Rather, what we should do, but what some don’t want to do, is to render the actions that lead to forbidden knowledge illegal; then investigate and prosecute those cases. But, you see, the problem with this for the Orwellian types is that this means transparency because the governments can’t so easily get away with conflating types of information. Now, in a truly free society, if they prosecute the “information”, they really have to prosecute the actions that led to the information, not the information itself. So, they must investigate and prosecute the NSA leaker, the rapist/murderer and the terrorist. The problem with this for the Orwellian is that it renders what is being made illegal more transparent and obvious. Trying to make the act of writing a political commentary illegal would not garner public support and would rather garner opposition. To do so would inspire an Arab Spring of sorts. That’s not acceptable. The object of the Orwellian model is to oppress the subject without the subject realizing who has oppressed them.

Therefore, if the Orwellian can inflate a political commentary with rape, for example, through the nebulous mechanism of “forbidden knowledge”, it is much easier to dupe the public and remain hidden behind the scenes, pulling the strings of censorship whilst be unobserved as the toxin to Enlightenment. In a just and free society those that possess knowledge cannot be guilty of a crime because they did not do the deed. If you pay for a cable news channel and witness a live murder on television, this is not a crime. Murder is. If you read Snowden’s leaked documents that is not a crime. Stealing them is. Some crimes are so horrific that we tend to want to ascribe a criminal liability to anyone that so much as thinks about such a crime. But we do this at our own peril, and the Orwellian masters are counting on you. They are counting on you to help them make ignorance the only legal option. Think about that for a minute. Enlightenment and knowledge is the enemy, and it must be made illegal. So, the compass of forbidden knowledge must grow while you sleep and it must not be made obvious who exactly instilled this chilling effect on you. Think Illumination Everywhere and free humanity of this madness.

In a truly just and free society the question of whether or not a “deed” was committed in the first place is open to public scrutiny and visibility in that case. No one would call writing a political commentary a criminal deed, but they might think rape is. When google and their lobbyists go up against Congress on this issue, this is what they need to convey and explain. For if they do not, they will lose the argument to the forces of darkness and the hortatory of jingoistic double-talk.

– kk

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The following is a thought experiment and it should be taken seriously, but not as an inevitability either. Nature can upset these rates of viral diffusion in any number of ways and there are too many variables to know if this estimate is valid.

If the number of infected persons should exceed 100,000, then it is unlikely that any international effort will have sufficient resources to make any mathematically non-negligible difference in the rate of diffusion of the virus. At that time, the only means of stopping the diffusion of the virus will by external quarantine.

Will we see that number? If we assume that the total number of infected is three times the estimated amount, as some close to the ground have stated, and the reported figure is 5347 as of 18 September, then the likely more accurate count is 3*5347=16041 persons as of 18 September. Therefore, 100,000 infected persons is notionally reached on the x’th doubling:

105 = 16041*2x

Solving for x and multiplying by the observed doubling time we get:

[log2 (105) – log2 (16041)] * 3 = 7.92 weeks

Defeating this trend with 3000 military personnel and several tons of equipment is improbable in that time. In fact, making any appreciable difference in this rate is improbable when we consider the fact that it will take at least 30 days for this effort to fully stand up. If we cannot defeat this function in this time, then the point in time that the probability of containing the virus is maximum is when that point is reached; that is, in 7.92 weeks. USG should be prepared for that time, which is about 18 November.

Here’s why.

At this time USG should (and must if it is to succeed as pointed out) shift to a quarantine solution. At this time, the total number of infected is 100,000. While this may be too many to contain the virus within the population, it is small enough to contain it within the borders of the three affected countries, assuming steps are taken to do so. But simply putting troops on the border may not be enough. A no-fly zone will be required and all arteries of passage outside these countries must be involuntarily (but temporarily) evacuated with a radius of not less than 15 miles from the point where the artery intersects the border (the actual distance would vary depending on the size of the passage and the topology). Refugees should be sent to either Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea. And authorities will have to “guard” this area and allow no entry. This is the only solution in the absence of a vaccine. USG should begin now to collaborate with all neighboring countries to give U.S. military personnel access to these “choke points”. USN must enforce a no-sail zone off the coasts of Liberia and Sierra Leone on 18 November.

U.S. military forces, if the numbers exceed 3,000, should be issued all chemical, biological and radiological gear (and I do mean ALL three types) to all personnel. Other nations that supply military personnel should do likewise. Prioritization of vaccination, wherever available, should be ranked thusly:

1. Military personnel and health professionals in the hot zone

2. Gibraltar, Sinai and Panama (my concern is that governments will continue to underestimate the scale of human migratory flow, and how this will cause a wave of successive virus infection flow along migration paths, which will converge on these “ambush sites”; in the sense that these sites, if treated wisely, could serve as points to “ambush” the virus).

3. Populations at the periphery of the hot zone

4. The hot zone

5. The global population, en masse.

If the number of infected increases the probability of containment will fall. When the number of infected in the affected countries reaches 1 million, containment will likely fail in any case. 1 million infected will be reached on:

[log2 (106) – log2 (16041)] * 3 about 4.5 months, or January 15.

At that time, should that occur, USG should apply the same tactic at Gibraltar and the Sinai and the no-fly and no-sail zone should be extended to the continent of Africa. If a vaccine is available, a mass and heavy vaccination of the population in the areas of Gibraltar and Sinai should be performed in a buffer area extending about 100 miles on either side of this boundary. The vaccine should be made available to any person seeking it, regardless of origin and indeed, it should be mandatory (if a refugee arrives in a heavily vaccinated area they are less likely to attempt to continue their exodus). If a vaccine is not available in that quantity, the same area should be evacuated. In either case, the area will require U.S. troops to deny passage to all persons. They should also deny entry into the vaccinated zone. Once this is accomplished, and all available assets should be employed to do so, similar checkpoints should be established at successive national borders from the outbreak. Obviously, if sufficient quantities of a vaccine remain, they should be administered at those locations and to the population generally.

USG should begin collaboration with Spain, Morocco, Israel and Egypt now. As a precautionary measure, USG should do the same with Panama and begin plans to set up a similar boundary in Panama. Plans to establish a buffer in Panama from Atlantic to Pacific by evacuation should begin now. If the efforts to contain the outbreak on the continent fail the virus will have run its course by:

[log2 (109) – log2 (16041)] * 3 about 12 months, or about September 15, 2015.

Resulting in the loss of very roughly 500 million human lives.

If containment to the African continent fails, the virus will run its course and preferentially impact countries that are not well developed or which have large, poor populations. In that case, the virus will run its course in roughly:

[log2 (7*109) – log2 (16041)] * 3 about 14 months, or about November 15, 2015.

Resulting in the loss of very roughly 2.5 billion human lives.

If the (by then) pandemic escapes the African continent, China and especially India are at grave risk because of their large, poor populations confined to a single legal jurisdiction. China will likely not allow foreign assistance on a large scale, though India might. The problem that is being overlooked here is that once the virus has a large pool of infected the ability to contain it drops sharply. In reality, I expect the 2.5 billion figure to be higher. We can expect geopolitical destabilization to occur in this case, with war and conflict becoming a salient feature. The worst case scenario, though not a likely one, is for some authorities such as those in China to use a “snake and nape” tactic. I would caution any such nation (think Pakistan and China) that use of nuclear weapons will only exacerbate the problem as the radiological effect will be as bad or worse than the virus itself. The problem here is trying to guess what a developing nation will do when desperate.

There is no way to know how this function will behave in the future and its doubling rate may change, resulting in large differences in these estimates. However, we cannot ignore the fact that the observed doubling rate is the best information we have for projecting the diffusion of the virus. Another reason to be somewhat skeptical of our starting numbers is the fact that we don’t know if the doubling time is an artifact of the reporting fidelity or a true representation of the rate of diffusion of the virus. However, it is probably imprudent to assume the former.

USG and NIH should place GSK on a war footing now, by the manner of imminent domain or national security if necessary. This should be extended to any other private competency as well, if identified. The likelihood of this virus taking a good hold in any industrialized, wealthy nation is very low, but these events could have cataclysmic economic consequences on the entire world nonetheless.

This entire analysis assumes that no mutation rendering transmission airborne occurs. All suggestions provided are made on the premise of minimizing loss of human life.

– kk

Hi all,

I’ve added more detail to the framework which attempts to outline the framework with its necessary provisions for implementation in a slightly more tangible form. The ideas derive of what is known as “general federalism”, but those tenets are limited as much as possible at this high level.

Perhaps the most important first step in a top-down re-evaluation of global governance should begin by identifying the sine qua non of the global or regional environment necessary for a successful and durable global rule of law to exist. And most of that will hinge on normative beliefs, customs and practices within a given society. This is almost, but not identically, akin to stating that a cultural environment conducive to global rule of law must exist first. And, as it stands, I will argue, this is in fact the key impediment to effective multi-lateralism. Humanity must grow up, change and dispense with beliefs and behaviors that, while they may have an antecedent in our biological and social past, can no longer enjoy scientific support for their continued usefulness.

One of humanity’s greatest foibles is our tendency to inject emotion into intellectual inquiry, and the tendency this has to marginalize and exclude reason. Many today blame this on religion or some other boogey man. Certainly, religion provides a feeding ground for uncontrolled emotion. But the truth is that a more fundamental and universal cause presents itself as misplaced emotion. All of the points outlined below deal directly with this issue and provide a way for humanity to address serious, global issues rationally. It represents an executive summary of what this author has been working on for several years now and a full treatment and justification can be found in later works to be shared.

The most fundamental changes needed can be summarized below:

Matter and Energy; an evolutionary step in our understanding of economic theory such that we delineate the most fundamental factors affecting economies. The most fundamental foundation of an economy lies in how we manage matter and energy. Economic “theory” merely rides on top of this fundamental, limiting fact. For any beings of technological agency, consumption of matter and energy is likely the gravest long-term threat to survival. Yes, this is a universal claim. Today we call this sustainability, but sustainability at such a fundamental level as what we are describing here finds a nexus in economic prosperity as well. They are the same thing; most people just don’t realize it yet. The prevailing myth in our time has us believe that it is a one-way street: prosperity depends on sustainability. The truth is that both depend on each other. So, wherever there is technological agency, consumption of matter and energy will increase with time. Therefore, long-term planning should focus on increasing access to matter and energy. Currently, this is sharply limited because we do not have the means to create an actuarially sound space transportation infrastructure. This author’s primary area of interest and effort lies in work that will grossly antiquate all existing space flight technology and make this an economic reality. We will see more about this in the next 2 to 4 years as this author matures his current work, now being done outside of the public radar. It will be known later in the form of a non-profit named the Organization for Space Enterprise. The reason why space is the focus is lengthy, but our current approach of trying to hold fast to an existing form of matter (such as petroleum) or to transition to a new form of matter (periodic elements used in solar panels, for example) is not scalable. It will ultimately destroy humanity (by a gradual starvation of matter and energy) and the only long-term solution is to source matter and energy in quantities vastly larger than what is available on Earth alone. Because of the time frames involved, this effort must begin now.  This will require nimble, systemic change in the underpinnings of the free market. A clever solution is an optimization that “does no damage” to the existing system but affords more directed use of matter and energy, and this author has a proposal. Whatever this author does, USG would be well-advised to invest heavily in the development of the means and methods (not all of which involves new technologies) required to render space flight economically viable and actuarially sound.

  1. Systemic change, at the level of fundamental law, must be constructed to provide both representation and participation in decisions regarding how matter and energy, at its initial source, will be tasked within a free market.
  2. This change cannot undermine the principles of free market economics because it must “do no harm” to systems of demonstrated past performance. Therefore, the scope of this input should be limited to the incentives the public en masse is willing to provide to the private sector to encourage the survey, extraction and refinement of matter and energy on Earth and elsewhere. And such incentive should be constrained by fundamental law only to matter and energy at its source (survey, extraction and refinement; SER) with any additional powers explicitly denied. This I’ve denominated the “Public Trust” which establishes all matter and energy as public property legally owned by an irrevocable trust. This element is advised but not essential. The key concern is that no government entity should be legally entitled to ownership of matter and energy used by the private sector. The public owns it collectively by legal Trust, but the private sector is legally entitled to use it. Ownership does not transfer from private to public for existing matter and energy, but new finds are absorbed into public ownership with legal protections for private entities that seek to utilize and market it.
  3. Considerations of sustainability in this scheme should be addressed separately in Statute by direct representation and participation. The fundamental factors of merit should be codified as a balance of immediate prosperity and long-term impact (on nature and its impact on future accessibility to matter and energy).
  4. The Courts of a general federation should operate only where a party’s inference in a Court of the Federation shall not augment less the evidence submitted in support bears substantial probative force by the manner of procedures consistent with the scientific method.

Social Justice; the evolutionary step in our normative understanding of social justice. We need to transform the public understanding of social justice to inhere the more that social justice should be blind to personality and demographic and should rather focus on behaviors of merit and those that lack merit. The old saying that violence begets violence likewise extends to the notion that emotional extremism begets emotional extremism. Almost all notions of social justice today rely on emotional domination of the issues and feed off of ancient and barbaric fears that do nothing but generate a vicious cycle of repeated but varying “causes” through history. The result is that throughout history we see a pattern of social justice never materializing generally throughout society, with one cause giving rise to another in multi-regional and multi-temporal cycle that has been going on for at least 1000 years. This is difficult to see in our immediate present because these patterns take considerable time to cycle and may occur in disparate geographies. At the base of this cycle we see the exclusion of reason in discourse on account of the emotion so naturally abundant in matters of social justice. While emotion has a legitimate place and time, if humanity is to prosper, we must learn how to separate emotion from issues requiring reason to solve. Due to vested interests in the current norm of emotionally-driven understandings of social justice, this is a grave threat to the future of humanity. This will require nimble, systemic change advanced mostly through cultural efforts.

  1. It should be established as a matter of fundamental law that any and all sumptuary law that cannot sustain scientific scrutiny shall not be law or equity within the jurisdiction of the Federation.
  2. It should be established that any Statute or equity in the Federation which shall be reasonably expected to influence a matter of social justice, however broad, shall be applied to all human behavior uniformly and predictably to all persons without regard to personality or demographic, less it shall not stand as law or equity in the Federation. This provision would extend to enforcement as well. Ironically, this issue is solved by simply restating a key premise of rule of law itself: uniformity and predictability.

The Political Class and public distrust: Lack of participation and therefore some semblance of control, whether a good thing or not, evokes fear. Fear undermines trust. The solution is to find a reduction of the scope and scale of the political class such that representation and participation of the public is dramatically enhanced. Direct democracies simply do not work, therefore, a totally novel and new understanding of how to merge a political class with a more direct form of participation is urgently needed. This author has a proposal. The future of neo-liberal idealism is the evolution beyond representation alone and more into the area of direct participation. A clever means of rendering that participation competent via a political class is key to this solution involving an Assembly (analogous to a jury) and a Federation Civil Corps of citizens. As organic power decentralizes via technological agency, the duty to participate will quickly transform from nuisance to demand. The key is not to view this as an elimination of the political class, but as a “force multiplier” of the same, permitting the political class to take on a more focused role centering on providing competence to govern. Additional mechanisms within the participatory role of the public are needed to dilute incompetence and enhance representation. This will require nimble, systemic change.

  1. The analogy given here to western law and courts is somewhat sloppy. In the case of an Assembly, their role is the consideration of statute, not equity. Equity should belong solely to the courts of the Federation.
  2. Competence is provided by a panel of elected officials (a political class) analogous to a panel of judges with the privilege of writing statute, making first motion to vote and other provisions too lengthy to get into here.
  3. Statute is “algorithm friendly” allowing votes of very large numbers of persons randomly called to duty by a double-blind process to occur in seconds.
  4. Negotiation, resolution and consultation for making statute is performed by a Federation Civil Corps, consisting of lawyers, economists and other experts. It shall be a strictly merit-based system. Their duty is to inform and educate the Assembly and provide communication and consultation capacity between the elected officials and the Assembly.
  5. Assemblies are called every 12 months, consisting of a unique selection of Citizens of the Federation at large. It could be either voluntary or a lawful duty (I suggest that it be a lawful duty).
  6. Numbers of Assembly members are sufficient to allow representation of one-tenth of all Citizens of the Federation once every 100 years.

Organic power structure: Organic power structures in any society of technological agency will tend to decentralize over time and organic power in the future will more likely exist as a force of change coming from the populace in mass. The very meaning of “organic power structure” is shifting beneath our feet, and victory will go to those that see it. It is important to warn future generations that this is a consequence of technological change itself and not an objective or goal. We must prepare for this, and it is a key reason for the need to re-frame our normative understanding of social justice (but it must be done for all matters of social justice in order to ensure that a durable norm is the product). Class differences cannot be resolved if justice for one means injustice for another, regardless of the relative differences. This author has a solution that will ensure justice for all, which includes a mechanism that does not rely on schemes of income redistribution or the denial of social reward already accrued through lawful and legitimate means. This transition will occur over many generations no matter what is done, but this author’s solution provides a structured way to do this without injustice and general social collapse; and under a durable framework of governance. The key finding here is that organic power is evolving into something never seen before: organic power has throughout all of human history derived of relatively large differences in wealth but is now, for the first time, evidencing a pattern of change toward balance of power derived of wealth and power derived of technological agency. To remain durable, a responsible government must take these forces of influence into account. This will require nimble, systemic change:

  1. This historical evolution is accommodated in full by the process outlined regarding participatory governance.
  2. It should be a matter of substantive fundamental law that no person may be dispossessed of property without due process of law, which fundamental law should inform as not ponderable by any court of the Federation less imminent domain for the greater good is well established and fair market value compensation is afforded.
  3. It should be a matter of substantive fundamental law that the right to private property shall not be infringed.
  4. It should be a matter of substantive fundamental law that the right to seek redress for violations of substantive fundamental law shall not be infringed; however, lobbying of the Federation by any entity for any other reason shall be unlawful. This is a key provision of durability and an accounting for a new kind of organic power and should not be overlooked.

Implementation: A General Federation must be extremely flexible over time such that it can begin as a non-profit, then promote to accession by a nation-state. Then over time it must include other nation-states limited in pace to inclusion of states only where the norms cited herein are sufficiently strong to support it. An alliance of states that do not possess these norms will not be durable or effective and is the primary reason why multilateralism has failed. Currently, the only candidates that exist are the United States, Israel, Germany and the UK, and those states will require much preparatory work in nurturing a healthy set of norms as listed here before that can happen. Currently, the United States is number one on the runway, despite its relatively poor advancement in matters of social justice. Additional mechanisms have been devised to also allow scaled accession of developing nations. But it should not be forgotten that while normative practices are necessary, codification in explicit rule of law must come alongside it. Schemes that deny the central necessity of codified, transparent rule of law gathered by consensus will fail. This is the second cause of the failure of multilateralism. Disaggregated states and other schemes that pretend to operate “from the back door” are not durable in time. We don’t need more politicians or technocrats as they are not a solution to the problem, they are in the near future likely to be the problem. And that is because, wherever the scope of the political class expands, the fear increases. In a future world of ever advancing technological agency failure to better balance competence with participation will be disastrous. The public must be enlisted to fulfill this balance and give agency a voice. To be clear, this identifies the much larger, longer-term threat which it encompasses (but includes much more) we today call terrorism, the canonical, most extreme example of this failure mode.

  1. This can be achieved in fundamental law by the inclusion of a provision for a “National Codicil”, too lengthy to describe here.
  2. A National Codicil reduces burdens on member states to allow sunshine provisions for the ramping up of certain Federation sovereignties over a renewable period of fifty years.
  3. It should begin with the United States as its sole member such that the normative values of that institution may be inhered sufficiently before it accedes to a cosmopolitan or pluralistic stage. It does not require any change to U.S. relations with other organizations such as the UN or NATO. That the U.S. be the first state is crucial. The U.S. could begin this process solely pro forma with essentially no commitment to change U.S. policy at the outset, but its long-term effect on inhering these values worldwide would be enormous. It would be the first, tangible example of the idealistic values of global-ready, neo-liberal western democracy and would quickly have countries begging to join. This would put USG in the driver’s seat as far as ensuring those values are present beforehand. It would also give USG a chance to introduce this to the U.S. public and give them, and supporters of the cause, time to digest it and increase support for it. It would also give USG an opportunity to experiment with and tweak the Assembly concept. The answer to global governance is simple, we just need to DO it.

Who can implement this: Such an effort can only be achieved if spearheaded by the leadership of a nation most “advanced” in these norms and whose relative economic power can sustain it. The United States still isn’t there, but it is humanity’s best hope. It’s time to get novel and advance the state of affairs in the management of human society. The clock is ticking. Listen to me now, hear me later.

  1. The system propounded is a Hamiltonian, federal system; that is, wherever statute is enacted for the one State, then for all uniformly. It is a system of subsidiarity. It is a system with a strong executive and which regards economics as within the compass of the social contract. It is a system consisting of four distinct branches; legal, economic, executive and judicial. It is a system contrived to balance the powers of those branches, and to balance the interests of the greater good and the individual. It is a system whereby equity is solely applied to inform the rule of law by the color of the instance, not violate it. The executive and judicial powers are filled by a political class. The legal and economic powers are filled by a political class and their respective Assemblies. Supreme Justices are appointed by the political class for life.

The future will involve many quick pivots as asynchronous events seem to drive us in all directions at once. Multilateralism demands the kind of decisive action only a durable force can provide. A strong federal executive and its lot, constrained by the idealistic, normative values that tame it, is where it’s at. This has been evidenced most recently in the crisis with ISIL and Ebola. One week it was ISIL, the next week it was Ebola. No one invented that. It’s our future, get used to it.

A final, related note is the question of where is Russia, PRC, DPRK et al when Ebola threatens millions of human lives? Yes, they are offering assistance, but no one has acted as assertively as the United States. This is a time-tested pattern. From Fort Sumter to Leyte Gulf, from Ia Drang to Somalia, America has repeatedly shed blood for a greater good. Now, 3000 servicemembers are about to risk their lives once again and thousands of tons of hardware move into harm’s way. It tells us that idealistic normative values coupled with clever fundamental law are the forces of idealism and assertiveness humanity needs. The lack of response elsewhere is not because of a lack of ability. Russia has a fine navy. PRC has a massive army. Criticize the United States if you wish (and there is a time and place for that), but it is a cheap shot that merely jeopardizes humanity’s future. It’s time to get real.

– kk

Hi all,

As you know I’ve discussed, somewhat tongue in cheek, the idea of a final world order, which is a kind of play on the “New World Order” of popular vernacular. It is a radically progressive idea that is the antithesis of everything the western, neo-liberal democracy and the Anne-Marie Slaughter scheme of disaggregated states stands for. It is the alternative to the El Modelo, the IMF, the World Bank, The Chicago School, or the Washington Consensus as it has been variously called, among other things. But in the end this El Modelo is a model for a police state of a brand of far-right ideology that seeks to enslave the world not a little more brutally than it is already enslaved today. At first it seemed paranoid. Then as the President Bush, Jr. presidency played out and President Obama entered office it became evident that they were on to something. Numerous notable personalities have commented on this. There are echoes in the public discourse of 1930s Germany in which the canary was in the coal mine for any that wanted to look.  Anne-Marie Slaughter described this global, totalitarian nightmare in her seminal book “A New World Order”. Read it, please, because she was just as forthright about her views as Adolf Hitler was in his seminal work, Mein Kampf. And she is the movement’s guru. A friend of mine did a good review of this book here.

Academics in the Humanities and other areas as well have discussed this emerging police state in the United States and have lamented the lack of mass public opposition. The reasons for this are varied, they posit, but one key factor that seems to be a common denominator in all the examples seen is simple: the modern police state in its newest technologically-laden perversion is far better at instilling fear and intimidation into the lives of otherwise normal, everyday people; the kind of people that in the 1960s would probably be rioting in every major city in the U.S. by now. In fact, its become so clear that even so-called terrorists overseas are beginning to comment that their concerns, violent or not, are decidedly shifting prejudicially to the government and oligarchs of the United States and away from civilians. Having said that, I’m still not so sure that most people overseas even understand just how bad it has really gotten over here. Everybody is getting arrested all the time, for all sorts of bizarre reasons, and having their income and wealth siphoned and taken from all sorts of nefarious sources under dubious, false obligations. The only ones not yet drowned in this are the upper-middle class and their betters. That will change soon. So, the question becomes, how does one exercise their presumptively (on paper) Constitutional right to peacefully protest and lawfully dissent in such an environment?

As we saw with the short-lived and largely ineffective Occupy Wall Street movement the police state was able to suppress it by simply ignoring the Constitution by suborning Rule of Law and denying just equity, to put it in strictly precise terms. Aiding and abetting this was a new mass media totally sold out to the oligarchy to which the police state answers. In such an environment there is only one way to deal with this: all those of like mind will have to be willing to sacrifice more by extending their own resources, talents and time to providing safety and security for those who are the victims of police state brutality and injustice. And all of that can be done perfectly legally and with sound conduct. Here is what I think is needed.  Those who have more will have to give more. And those that need assistance who are productively challenging the police state need to have the security of knowing that if they can convince their colleagues of such a valid need, their colleagues will support them when the state effectively removes their livelihood, reputation, legal rights, etc. Of course, such a group would merely become the target of the police state itself unless, of course, this alliance is heavily decentralized. Those that want to help the cause should be loosely understood to fall into broad roles. There can be those that assist protestors targeted by the police state either by direct offers of a place to stay, a job, or whatever they can offer, and those that can donate for the cause. The other broad role would be those that are the active participants who go into the streets, get beaten and arrested for no valid reason whatsoever, such as what happened in Toronto, Canada a few years back, and who would otherwise be dissuaded from such action by the retaliation of the police state. By making sure these individuals have the very basic needs met that the police state tries to revoke or abolish as retaliation, the police state loses its primary tool of intimidation.

And just so its clear. The reason for the mass media sell-out is that, regardless of how objective they might want to be, they are still dependent on the existing social order and the institutions that protect them and allow them to profit. What they are realizing now is that revolution is getting razor close and they are afraid of upsetting these institutions. If they really reported the full truth the whole house of cards would come down in 24 hours and they know it.

And such a cadre need not be very large. Groups of as little as a couple dozen in each major city are enough to, if creatively planned and staged, force the issue into the mainstream press. In fact, if the press continues to play the shill, the activists can target them directly and forcefully. And when the general population sees that they are not intimidated nor having their lives destroyed, the general public is emboldened to act and no longer in fear of retaliation. So, in this sense, this idea is something like a pathfinder scheme in which small numbers of persons who have spent the time to build trust amongst themselves and to have vetted each other can act as a vanguard to alleviate or even remove the intimidation and chilling factor created by the police state. And I think it is that intimidation and chilling factor that is what is stifling opposition. It was instituted too quickly for the people to respond and prevent it in the whirlwind chaos of 9/11 and that is the only reason the culprits were able to get this scheme in place before mass opposition prevented it.

I believe the best place to start is with academia. Academics are the most educated and most credible assets we can rely on and recruiting them into a loose knit fraternity would be an ideal starting point. Part of the reason for this is that academics provide the sobered, rational backdrop against virtually all of reality society deals with in the public discourse and even the police state has to be careful about demonizing or undermining their credibility because they themselves depend on them to support the half-truths they use to fabricate larger lies.

To keep things highly decentralized, it could be organized as a mentor-activist arrangement in which those helping this effort would help match a mentor to an activist. The mentor would act as their direct support in case of retaliation and other more loosely affiliated persons could donate money to a mentor if that is all they can do at the time. I’m no expert is political organization and I know this scheme is probably unsophisticated and that perhaps there are already much better ways to do this, but whatever the case I’m considering this a call to action for anyone who has any ideas about how to do this to collaborate, The only precondition is that your intent is peaceful, lawful and Constitutional for the simple reason that stepping outside that boundary only dramatically improves the ability of the police state to stop the opposition.

As my readers know I am obviously progressive. But I am also a devoted General Federalist. There is no premium here on ideology and I’m not suggesting General Federalism as the only answer, so this isn’t connected to that in any way. In that vein, my readers will also know that I go to great trouble to remain as ideologically neutral and objective as possible and I do not make gratuitous ideological comments. This is a pattern that comes naturally from General Federalism which treats ideology as a kind of “opium of the masses”. Having said that, I would be remiss in this article if I did not characterize the beast for what it is. The evidence is now overwhelming that, at least in this case, this totalitarian project is decidedly right wing, characterized by an Aristotelian elitism that treats over 99% of the population as nothing more valuable than slaves, employs heavy deception to conceal these facts by appearing progressive, just as Aristotle specified, and, also as specified, to influence public policy makers through power brokers that hide behind them. One only has to read up on Venice, Italy and the early banking families to learn about this deeply ingrained philosophy that has a clear continuity to today. It was well-known and accepted in those days and the only thing that changed over the centuries was its gradual disappearance from honest, open discourse. The behavior pattern never changed.

Even if you just have suggestions, comments are welcomed, or you can email me directly. My address is kirkomrik@gmail.com. I have spoken to some about this but many, many more people are needed. If we could simply recruit just those die-hards involved in Occupy Wall Street it would be enough to get this started up. Thanks for your time and consideration.

– kk

P.S. I’m currently working on a very large article regarding this Aristotelian history as I think it is vital for people to know about it. My last few articles were written somewhat hastily and I hope to clean up some of the points I made there. Stay tuned.

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Like all of us beginning at a ripe young age, even Albert Einstein, was psychologically conditioned by anti-social abuse borne of a vicious cycle of the piling on of moral hazards in society. The same phenomenon destroyed Rome and it is an identifiable historical pattern.

Hi all,

Over the last few days you might have noticed I’ve been posting on a collection of related ideas that will now hopefully paint a more complete picture of where I intended to go when I started that exercise.

I’ve mentined the meaning and value of rule of law. I’ve mentioned how it hardly exists anywhere in the world today, contrary to what we here in the States are being told over and over. And I’ve mentioned how a breakdown of rule of law can lead to moral hazards, not just in government but in business, society, culture and education as well. And thats what makes the subornation of rule of law so insidious, for even a healthy, virtuous society can ultimately be destroyed to barbarity given enough time in a lawless, corrupt and moral hazard filled social structure.

And the process is a vicious cycle. For the subornation of rule of law begets moral hazards. Then moral hazards beget more subornation of rule of law. The victims are the citizens so affected by it, sometimes not even in the country where the subornation of rule of law began in the first place. We saw this in the case of Iceland which I recently wrote about. But now … the big picture. What is all this doing to humanity as a whole?

It is exponentially increasing the odds that humanity will soon become extinct. This can be seen by simply following the vicious cycle, one playing out for over 100 years in the United States so far. As rule of law weakens more and more the social contract itself, which is in truth simply an instrument of laws, disappears. Anarcy; effective or explicit is the inheritance of the insouciant. So, it is a fair and legitimate question to ask where did this begin, and how did it begin?

To be fair and complete, it really begin with super-alpha males who lusted for power and had no desire for rule of law in the first place. And back then this avarice didn’t threaten all of humanity.

And that is the key problem here.

Times have changed and now the ambitions and subjective objects of the most powerful super-alpha males in the world very much have the ability to annihilate humanity. Don’t assume for one second that powerful means ingenious: a powerful and succssful super alpha need not be Albert Einstein. This human avarice of a hyper lust for power and control is about to kill us … all of us, unless the weaker remainder, which vastly outnumbers them, can garner the initiative and drive to act and tear it down.

Is it any surprise that women are better credit risks than men? Or that female dominated parliaments ruled in countries that remained at peace – and were never attacked – for over 300 years? And that those same countries now have the highest living standards in the world? This is not to bash males, it is to point out that the sexes apparently do in fact have differences, taught or dictated by nature, that could provide clues here. We’ll come back to this.

What is killing humanity is the large-scale accretion of the powers of super alphas globally, in a way technology didn’t allow even 2 or 300 years ago. These once necessary evils, or put more fairly to them, these necessary left pathers, have now transformed into something nature never intended. It is fatal. And what neo-liberal western democracy has done is that it has turned out to be the shining city on a hill as the exponent of the mechanism by which the global catastrophe ultimately plays out. In other words, its the engine under the hood that drives the behavior and cooperation of the super alphas. It does this by the vicious cycle born of the structural vulnerability inherent in the philosophical underpinnings of neo-liberal democracy itself and the ensuing cycle whereby moral hazards are produced consequent to the structural vulnerability. And because that structural vulnerability never just goes away, everyone just complains and talks about how to repackage it with all sorts of “isms”. The same moral hazards just produced by the initiating structural foible then, in cyclic fasion, undermine that “structure” of rule of law yet again. The process just repeats. After 200 or so years of this the structure is gone, the streets are full of blood and the leaves of liberty are shaken strongly with the blood of what usually ends up being that of the oppressed more than the abuser.

Now, as for the personalities that fill these roles in the broken system as it ages and collapses in a kind of slow-motion train wreck, because the process is one of compounding moral hazard it has no alternative but to appeal most to those most comfortable with the most moral hazards. Like a 50 Tesla magnet pulling an iron coin from one centimeter away, the “system” draws the most pathological maniacs society has to offer to fill these roles. The entire system is fatal from the start. That is why General Federalists believe that moral hazards are de facto a weapon of mass destruction. So, we shouldn’t be surprised that the banking industry was set up long ago to siphon your wages by as much as an order of magnitude, stealing your wealth and leaving you with scraps … basically slavery. And it shouldn’t be surprising that we are lied to or that things like the impropriety of events surrounding the attacks of 9/11 appear more and more obvious as each year passes.

The point I’ve tried to make here is that when governments like the United States become dysfunctional it isn’t just some institutional or theoretical failure of the “ideology” upon which it is based. It is a social and cultural phenomenon – one could argue a flaw or weakness – that gets magnified exponentially over the generations due to the smallest and seemingly most unremarkable institutional defects at the beginning of the experiment. So, that too, is why General Federalists regard global rule of law as a much, much tougher proposition than merely contemplating the social contracts of individual nations.

And in this vein, it is particularly insidious that a system such as the neo-liberal democracy tends to minimize favorable human characteristics and maximize unfavorable human characterstics continuously over many generations, inhering these changes over time in culture. It is dark … and witchy. But its obvioulsy not sustainable.

Not only for the sake of durability, but out of a love of virtue alone, anyone speaking of global rule of law is not a little conspicuously unconcerned about these things when they talk of building a world governance with no constitution, no public discussion and no institutions or voter suffrage. And topping that list of suspicious insouciance is the total ignorance given to the question of the role of international banking continuing “as usual” with no reform or change whatsoever, the same banks that have raped and impoverished third world countries all over for decades with deliberately predatory “loan” practices. The problem isn’t global rule of law per se, the problem is whose global rule of law? Theirs or yours? Indeed, the problem is that the greatest secret of all of human history is much more mundane and simple than most might think. The secret is that you are all slaves and don’t even know it. “Illuminati” my ass. It’s the slavery, stupid (facetiously stated). For if you are being paid only 1/10 of the amount to which you are entitled, does it look not a little like you are simply being paid enough to survive and keep working … kinda like slaves are? And yes, its true, whatever industry or career you work in you are, generally speaking, about ten times wealthier than you ever knew. Its just that the remaining 9/10 is being stolen from you and that is the secret so many are terrified about the public discovering. It is Brzenzski’s Great Awakening so many people I know are so scared of. Before you discount this – as easy as that is to do – I’d point out that all of this becomes rather lucid with a good reading of the work “An Introduction to General Federalism” found here (<-link). I strongly recommend it. There are videos of it on federalism.jux.com as well. A friend plans to do a documentary on this soon to explain it more thoroughly and accurately than we think it ever has been.

So, to understand the sociopathic nature of the inter-social (and anti-social) abuse this causes, we can refer to one of my other posts where I explained in detail how human beings strive to protect themselves and their emotions from the shock of being forced to act against their conscience; that infamous Misinformation Effect. I wrote about it just a few days ago. Only recently are psychologists beginning to realize that this is the most extreme form of emotional abuse and one ubiquitously perpetrated against citizens of nation-states.

In conclusion, we know now that in its canonical, mature form the western, neo-liberal democracy which throughout human history has carried any number of names, from Shylock to Bernanke, nurtures and insinuates to its most visible zenith the cult of personality, the Great Dissemblers, who become died in the wool agents of the organic power structures of that society headed by a cabal whose eclat is their misty and thin apparition, their silent march across our lands, their ephemeral passage through history and their personality exposed only by the astute who observe that witchy concurrence of the acts of super-alpha maniacs and these ghosts of history. And now, to their trepidation and horror, vast technological change warmly invites the billions of tired and poor innocents to elaborate the condition: the Emperor no longer dons the invisible cloak. And we are become the Final World Order.

– kk

Morality

Hi all,

Call me a reformer if you like. Or you can just call me Benedict Arnold if it makes you feel better. But I’ve come to the conclusion that the ancient dichotomy of world views between materialism and moralism sounds a lot like what I’ve said before about McDonald’s and Burger King, Democrat and Republican, etc. So, was there a point to where I was going with that? Well, yes. When we paint this motif in terms of materalism and moralism it takes the conversation to a more fundamental level. To advance this conversation as I’ve suggested I’ll need to be consistent. I’ve said that morals are public myth. By extension, so too must materialism be a myth. I think it is. Let me explain.

Admittedly, most people I know walk the materalist path. But what does that mean, exactly? Well, if you believe in stem cell research becasue it benefits humanity, particularly on the individual level, you might be materialistic. On the other hand, if you object to it on the grounds of morals, you might be a moralist. But the water muddies up a bit when we take these examples to extremes, and that is where I think reform is needed. What if we advanced a social contract in which everyone agreed that we would allow individual liberty without qualification save for the one condition that whatever we do it cannot manifestly harm another? Then I believe we are talking about a kind of enlightened justice. For to say that we can all pursue power, money, sex and whatever else without placing any restrctions on the manifest harm it might cause others then we are taking materialism to an extreme. And a society like this in the Information Age where everyone knows about, accepts and thus practices unbound materlalism cannot last long. And most detractors of it seem to always assume that’s what a materialist is (the extermist mythos) and these “materialists” are called “evil”. By the same token, when someone argues that we should agree that everyone’s life must comport in detail to the Holy Quran and all the “official” hadiths that support it, we are going to the other extreme. And most detractors of moralism assume this extreme when they criticize it (the other side of that extreme mythos). And a society in the Information Age will not tolerate a system like this for long, will be inherently unstable and the new organic power structures of society are now becoming the masses in totalum, not oligarchy.

It’s time to grow up and put the crack pipe down. The gig is up.

I would suggest that both extremes are mythical (inasmuch as neither is sustainable) and used by others to divide, conquer and outright confuse the public. As I stated before with the McDonald’s/Burger King and Democrat/Republican mythos people use this because human beings are easier to control when handed simple, binary choices. The minute you give them something inbetween, or more than just two choices, dissonance and rebellion ensues. It’s almost as if people need a guiding hand to “channel” them in a constructive, controlled and predictable direction to afford the management of society generally. However, I have a novel idea. I think times have changed drastically since this adage applied. I think that changes in the technological infrastructure of our world have made this old adage not entirely applicable. In this day and age deception, lies, and mass “control” are beginning to slip as a viable program for the organization of human society. Due mostly to the Information Age, this kind of scheme is rapidly breaking down and new ideas are needed.

So, my novel idea is this. Honesty. Why not part with these mythos and just admit and promote the reality that a healthy society works best when we are “materialist” to the extent that liberty without exception is the rule of law and “morality” checks us only when we manifestly harm each other? I say manifestly because if I don’t then we get caught up in a circular rabbit hole: if we allow “morality” to define harm we just end up with an extreme of “morality”. We have to draw a line somehow and say that unless it is objectively clear that harm has occurred we cannot make this claim as some kind of loophole to oppress.

For each of the fables and myths which you will know by the name assigned to them, “truth”, and for each opposing fable or myth the other half of your cousins of this good Earth believe, there is minted one counterfeit coin whereupon each side “truth” is delicately engraved.

It’s time to wake up and demand meaningful justice for everyone … everywhere

It’s time to bring meaningful rule of law to everyone … everywhere

The world needs economic dignity for everyone … everywhere

And the Earth cries for a righteous equality for everyone … everywhere

I think this dichotomous extreme of material and moral views has been promoted and pushed for centuries to confuse and weaken the public and its time for the light of illumination to shine on the world and free the human spirit.

– kk

Hi all,

As I update my stuff I’m letting everyone know whenever any of the more important docs change. This is a new doc that introduces the concepts of general federalism. Definitely a good and quick read. You can view it here or by just clicking the link below.

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Also, watch for a new video series on General Federalism which you can find here.
– kk

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