Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Speaking Of Direct Democracy

The internet would be great to make it work with such a large amount of people.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Might makes Right

I think might only works so far, obviously enforcing the law of land with armed forces and police can work to let an elite rule without support, but if it's more than stable civilization can handle then it can crush a civilization or paralyze it.

Here in the West it's the most minimal amount of force and it works fine in terms of a stable civilization, so it still is an elite supported by might. Which is depressing.

The Greek Polis

Politics should be at the center of life and education like it was when Plato was walking the Earth. Yeah I know, like that's going to happen. Representative Democracy does seem too prone to abuse by those who are elected, especially after time progresses and patterns emerge.

If everyone were involved we couldn't blame anyone but ourselves. I even think Rousseau is right to a point that Representative Democracy is a form of hidden slavery for the masses, especially like now when the elite is so distantly wealthy compared to the general population and holds so much influence.

Infantilism

So I went to Vul-Con (A Star Trek and geekdom convention) this weekend and geeked out. It was fun and all, but I must report that I have been thinking about what Simon Pegg said about geek culture.

The whole immaturity of it all; in a world with so many problems should we really be dedicating so much time to entertainment? I don't like this trend in society, people are more obsessed with what entertainment is on than what is happening in politics and the affairs of humanity. The whole entertainment industry is a kind of propaganda that way; keeping our minds filled with nonsense, keeping us distracted from what is important. Obviously we need a little distraction from reality, but with geeks and nerds it seems to be going too far, and it is becoming more common and chic. Even normal people that don't consider themselves nerds are more likely to binge watch and there is sports. Whether the propaganda-like quality is intentional or not is not really important, I just know that I am feeling guilty for overindulging in my quest for entertainment when I should be nurturing a more mature side of myself, it's difficult to be a decent political activist so far away from the action in the world's power centers, but I would definitely like to be more of a person I can admire.

I should volunteer at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter you know? I am politically aware and active, but not as much as I would like to be.

It's ironic of course that a prominent pop-culture icon like Simon Pegg should come to mind when considering such things, he's kind of biting the hand that feeds him. Well, I like him more now in any case.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Polarization

Why are humans so focused on polarizing debates? It's capitalism vs. socialism, realism vs. idealism, liberalism vs. conservatism, etc.

I wish we were more intent on taking the best of both sides and creating something that works best.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Class of People

This is going to offensive.

I was watching a German movie called "Kriegerin" and there was a scene where some neo-Nazis were watching a Nazi propaganda film showing the virtues of the German as being an animal lover.

There are obviously intelligent and less intelligent people and I would ask if we are so animal friendly how we could treat fellow humans, in my opinion the finest animals, in such horrible ways, even if the Nazis considered them untermenschen? It just seemed extremely stupid. But that's neo-Nazis for you.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Novel Work

I just had a new idea for the ending that is different from the one I had planned. It's a light ending opposed to sad one.

It's cliché I know, but why not be a positive person?

Plato's Republic

Take it a step further, children bred in artificial wombs and raised by the state. Not alien to science fiction.

THE BIRTHRATE IN THE FIRST WORLD PEOPLE!

Wait, what if automation has taken over and people are bred like in the Matrix movies but instead of being birthed into the Matrix they are introduced to a free humanity?

I know it sounds weird, but it might be necessary for the maintenance of the species, if you believe that is a worthy cause. I think it's a cool as hell species, so I support continued existence in this Universe for as long as possible.

Wealthy Lethargic Global Population

Unless the promises of automation eventually turn our society into a civilization of total leisure I see that a wealthy population would have a problem of not being productive enough and multiplying enough to maintain itself. But that doesn't mean we should throw humaneness out the window, there must be a golden balance so that we can have a world without poverty but still have a functioning society.

Dear Dr. Hawking, I hope you don't cause us to miss the automation revolution train with your Terminator future predictions.

Worshipping People

This whole celebrity worship is so weird, but it's been around for a long time, sometimes obviously to a worse extent like emperor worship or living deity spiritual leaders' worship (which is still around).

I do like some prominent people myself, but I like to think of them as human like me. I think the worst thing I have is that I like some famous hotties and think too much about them. Television and movies do present some of these people in such favorable light that it's hard to resist the urge to think of them as more than just people.

I had my picture taken once with a couple of celebrities, but I didn't get butterflies in my stomach, it was pretty much normal. I guess that is a good sign that I am not totally sheepish.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

My National Identity

I have touched on this a little before, but I am realizing that I am legally Canadian but I am actually an Austrian-German. I have neither the Austrian or German citizenship, but when I cheer I don't really cheer for Canada. I like watching movies and TV from back home and speak German fluently since I partially grew up in Vienna. Also, my blood is Austrian-German, I struggle with Holocaust guilt and not with Canadian guilt. Memorial day has always been weird for me because my relatives all fought on the side opposed to Canada and it's allies. I just feel this way, it's not really something I chose, it just developed on it's own as I grew up. I can't really pinpoint what caused me to favor my blood's identity, one thing I have thought about is that America is all stolen land and I don't really belong here, but that isn't the only factor, there's also the fond memories of growing up in Vienna, it probably also has subconscious dimensions I don't know about and there is the bro thing I mentioned earlier.

It is a stupid situation because I now reside in Canada and am kinda stuck here for various reasons.

#FirstWorldProblems

Democracies

You know what should be tried if it were possible?

A government that was in support of all sorts of human rights except the right to choose a stupid backwards government. That would have prevented the Nazis from getting elected right?

So far non democratic governments have generally been awful, but what if it were a really good government with constitutional laws that institute not only positive social policy but the kinds of freedoms we find in the most developed nations.

I think China has potential to become a country that operates like this, if it lost it's nasty human rights record it could be a really nice place to live even if you can only vote for one party. Making a perfect set of laws to prevent corruption is obviously a tall task and having no way to change it in the future does pose problems of adjusting to new societal conventions as they appear, but I think such a country would possibly not have enough of a critical populace to support a revolution. China does have problems currently with rewinding on socialist policy, becoming more capitalist, and it still has a large amount of poor rural people, so it wouldn't be perfect in it's current form.

I am not anti-democratic in principle, but I do think that certain policies are inherently right and shouldn't really be up for debate. I think maybe a hybrid would be good, having democratic referendums when it comes to non-fundamental policy. This is ideally how a constitution should operate, but we have seen that in nation's current forms constitutional laws can be eroded, or in the case of the Nazis completely eliminated.