Society And Politics

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What a social order needs to be

Humans imagine that people have rights and are part of social classes. Proclaiming that people are equal and have rights is problematic. People are not equal in their abilities as well as their opportunities. But if most people agree on the social order this can provide stability to a society.

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Happiness

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Multiculturalism

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.

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Development aid

No country is so great that it can’t learn from others. And so development aid could extend to every nation in the world.

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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. Politics is both gossip to determine who should lead and discussing fictions such as religions and ideologies to determine what should be done.

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Dictatorship or what?

Democracies can go wrong in times of social, political and economic upheaval. People might become dissatisfied with the political games of politicians. These conditions can make citizens crave for a strong leader who makes things right. It is a familiar pattern. But perhaps there are better solutions.

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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.

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Swiss democracy

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.

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Currency

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.

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