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Challenges and Solutions of Modern Society

Challenges and Solutions of Modern Society

Unlocking Democracy – options & alternatives

Current situation

Democracy is a form of political decision-making mechanism which gradually replaced autocracy. The autocracy dominated Agrarian societies for 6000 years. Democracy is typical for more complex Industrial societies and has a history span of about 300 years.

As a decision-making mechanism representative democracy includes spectrum of competing political parties, voting system and final decisions are made in favour of majority.

From antiquity to modern times democracy evolved significantly. This evolution reflects increasing complexity of society throughout centuries simultaneously as economy and culture and most dramatic changes took place during the last few decades:

  • Free market economy creates enormous wealth and redistributes it to the pockets of very few people. So, modern society suffers from unfair redistribution, which creates injustice, greed, hypocrisy, misery, social outcast, and eventually influences democracy as decision-making process on all levels: general elections, representatives, institutions and so forth.
  • Election campaigns deliberately become excessively expensive for both political parties and candidates. Funding of political parties and candidates depend of donations which inevitably influence future decisions.
  • Elections are influenced by non-voters, voters penalising particular subject, forgeries, baying votes etc.
  • Lobbing groups officially have rights to lobbing for particular cause. This is industry of 1 bn worldwide.
  • According to World Bank about 1 trillion are spend annually for bribery to government official worldwide. This is most brutal form of baying decisions.
  • Many problems nowadays are so complex and very few people are in a position to comprehend the point in full details. The rest of population vote according simplified suggestions. There are huge room for media manipulations. Final results are more likely to reflect better funded campaigns, rather decisions which are better for society.
  • At the end of the day decisions are made in favour of people controlling resources instead in favour of majority which is negation of democracy.

Above mentioned changes is not exhaustive list – just flavour of ongoing changes. In short — during last few decades we are witnesses of “unlawful marriage” between political power and power of money. No doubt this “marriage” undermines and transforms democracy into plutocracy. So, modern democracy is something like “demo-plutocracy” i.e. plutocracy presented by orchestrated media propaganda as democracy; to be more precise – corporatocracy.

Basic contradiction

The basic contradiction of modern society is between political power and power of money. To exist and work properly democracy need more resources than ever before. Politicians, elected representatives and government officials could secure funding for its existence only by selling decisions. However, selling decision is exactly the opposite of democracy; at least – road to plutocracy.

Solution

Theoretically solution of resolving contradiction between both powers is in separation of democratic decision-making process and power of money. However, any already taken measures to unlock democracy with transparent funding, legislation of lobbing activity, beating corruption, campaigns etc — remain ineffective and even contra productive. All measures affect the forms but not the content itself. This is so due to several reasons: a) both powers reject any attempts of “divorce” and “separation” is not possible without such consent; b) Pressure groups, Grassroots movements, NGO’s, Societies etc straggle to “repair” already caused damages on democracy instead to “upgrade democracy” with something new. In fact democracy needs evolution reflecting complexity of modern society, not “repairs”.

So, is it possible to resolve this contradiction and separate both powers today?

Similar situation has emerged in 18th century between increased complexity of emerging Industrial society, inheritance of political power and autocratic decision-making mechanism. This contradiction has been resolved trough introduction of completely new decision-making mechanism – democracy and “born to rule aristocracy” have been replaced by elected representatives. So, only possible option to unlock Democracy or to separate both powers is in introduction of new alternative to official decision-making mechanism and there is no alternative.

Fortunately modern society does not need to reinvent the wheel. Mother Nature had had invented and perfected such mechanism for millions of years. This is human brain most complex system known so far; as complex as society itself. To make a decision brain’s cells do not vote. Only most “competent” neurons associate in network to find a solution. The solution itself is not always truth and need to be tested in real practice. So, human brain and mind could be a blueprint for future decision-making mechanism which is adequate to complexity of modern society, comparable only with complexity of human body and brain.

In essence – most competent experts from around the globe create ad-hoc networks and collaborate on platform similar to MediaWiki in resolving various problems. This work is similar to writing and editing Wikipedia, although collaboration is more specific due to very nature of decision-making process. For instance in many cases are likely to be made two, three and even more theoretically possible solutions and platform should offer option for such alternative decisions. Therefore the decision-making network (DMN) does not offer final solutions, but feasible models for further testing, exactly as human brain do.

Decision-making networks are key to unlocking democracy, because involved experts are impartial; they work on complementary basis free of charge and in favour of society as a whole. It is a matter of discussion how such DMN should be organised and maintain. Perhaps existed pressure groups, think-tanks, social movements etc. could reorganise their activities from campaigns to setting up DMNs and offer alternative solutions to official decisions. It is not necessary such decision to be endorsed by official institutions, it is enough to be put in a public domain and compete with official decisions.

Conclusion

Unfair redistribution of created wealth into pockets of very few people undermines democracy. Modern society is very complex compare with times of emerging Industrial society and need adequate decision-making mechanism reflecting this complexity. Restoration of democracy is impossible because the factor which damaged democracy insists evolution or “enrichment” of decision-making mechanism not “repairs” to meat this challenge. The biggest challenge today is transition from money-driven to knowledge based society. Creating independent and fully impartial DMNs is only peaceful option. In practice this means at first step to reorganise grassroots organisations into DMNs, collaborating on digital platform and offering alternative solutions on all levels: global, regional, national and local. Perfecting of this model is the future of democracy, because as mechanism DMNs resemble processing power of brain and cognitive functions of human mind and they are truly impartial & alienated from external factors. DMN is a model of decision-making mechanism for Post Industrial society and mission of our generation is to make it workable.

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October 2, 2009 - Posted by | Society

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