What a social order needs to be
Humans imagine that people have rights and are part of social classes. These imaginations are called social orders. Social orders have changed throughout history. Not surprisingly, the elite benefits the most from the existing social order, but ordinary people can also benefit as a social order can provide peace and stability.
What’s the point of technological developments and social changes if they don’t make people happier? So what makes people happy? Perhaps we shouldn’t expect too much from political and social institutions in this respect but despite that improvements might be worthwhile.
Rational debates and historical processes
Most matters in society aren’t straightforward but rational debates can be used to evaluate ideas. Yet many arguments aren’t settled in a debate but in a struggle that is often called a historical process. The consequences of implementing an idea in society are difficult to predict so that people may try it out.
The Great Law Of Peace
Is it possible to have a more equal and free society? Perhaps there is a society that can show us the way. In the year 1142 five North American tribes, Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, and Seneca, formed a league that came to known as the Five Nations. In 1722 a sixth tribe, Tuscarora, joined and the league.
New World Order
The direction of history is towards a single integrated world order. The world is becoming one in three major ways, intellectually, economically and politically. The world is now run by a global elite. And there may be a secret plan to create a New World Order the global elite is not aware of.
One of the most successful ideas ever is multiculturalism. Kings who conquered an empire of different peoples allowed these peoples to keep their customs and settle their own affairs as long as they didn’t pose a threat to the social order. If the empire lasted long enough, the peoples in the empire began to form a common culture.
The use for development aid may be greatly underestimated. No country is so great that it can’t learn from others. For many issues, some countries have found better solutions than others. And so development aid may be extended to every nation in the world, including those countries that consider themselves to be developed.
What’s the use of politics?
Humans became the dominant animal species on the planet because they can cooperate in large numbers in a flexible manner. That happened because humans can exchange social information via gossip and build societies based imagininations like ideologies. Politics is both discussing fictions such as ideologies and nation states to determine what should be done and gossip to determine who should do what.
Wisdom of crowds and mass delusions
The quality of decision-making in democracies depends on how large groups of people form their opinions and make decisions. In this respect there are two opposing ideas, namely the wisdom of crowds and mass delusions.
In Switzerland representative democracy (the use of parliaments) is combined with direct democracy (direct voting by citizens). Switzerland uses direct democracy more than any other country in the world. The Swiss are satisfied with their political system. Implementing this the Swiss political system in other nations might bring improvement.
It is the prerogative of a sovereign government to issue a currency. A currency stands for political and economic self-determination. The experiment with the euro demonstrated that separating political and monetary authority has its drawbacks. There may be need for an international currency but not for a single world currency.
The last day
This is the end. The exponential growth of human activities is hitting the limits of the planet. These limits are going to crush delusionss that growth can be eternal. We are in the final days of human civilisation as we know it. Even if it is possible to avert a disaster, this may require such drastic measures that life as we know it will end.