A space for conversations in a time of global disruption
Glenn do you know who this E Richard Sorenson is?
"Change the culture, so that there are social taboos against those who seek power over others ? Probably takes a few generations to do that."
I believe that's it! Except we need to figure out how to do it fast. I am impressed by your perspicacity. But then, many tribals have known this for endless millennia... could be knowing this is in our bones? :-)
The silver thing... how is that supposed to get anything done? If we did what they say, silver prices would skyrocket, and the silver peddlers would get superrich. What am I missing?
Hey wolfbird, thank you for the treasure trove of links! :-)
Korten is one of the people (I know about ) who is cognizant of the problem of power. Andy Schmookler, Daniel Quinn, and Jeff Vail are others. Only Vail has actually attempted a solution. Interesting there is a blog about the toxins of power. Though I think he is barking up the wrong tree: the toxic nature of power has to do with its quantity. Those who have too much get power-poisoning, and those who have too little suffer power deprivation. Any beneficial substance will turn into a toxin in sufficient excess...
Back to the solution: changing stories is not enough. Playing a game (in the sense of game theory) that advantages cooperators and disadvantages defectors is essential. On a level playing field, defectors take over every time.
Bloody revolution rarely works, though removing the top psychopaths is not a bad idea. The French cut off the heads and got Robespierre and Napoleon. It's easy to kill some humans, much harder to create an alternative that is ready to replace the old system with something significantly better.
Saving habitat is not possible without figuring out the problem of power and stopping the ratcheting economic intensification which has become an earth-devouring machine, at least while humans are still around. Or do you figure otherwise?
P.S. If people crashed JP Morgan, they will be bailed out by further debasing the currency. What's the point?