Are we living happily ever after, in the most prosperous country in the world, with the world’s best government? Liberty and Justice for all? We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
How is that going? Could it be going better? This website is about how it’s going and why, a systems analytical look at roles and situations with motivations and pay offs. There is room for improvement. This is not about political parties and personalities. Everyone is a human being here. What do humans do? Let’s figure it out. I intend to be provocative here. Let’s exchange ideas. I believe we CAN live happily ever after before this century is out. Let that be the clarion call to work toward something worth having.
The United States is governed by a collection of large, irresponsible hierarchies of humans exercising power. The purpose of the power is to suck resources from the common people, taxes, for example and give them to the politically well connected. In return, the people also get the consequences of the activities of the elite. I call this a system of Privatized Profit and Commonized Cost. Garrett Hardin called arrangements like this a Tragedy of the Commons. He called it that because the players, the elite, in this case can see that the end is near. They are motivated to get what they can before the system collapses.
This site is about the U.S. Government as it is today and how it might evolve over time. The colluding hierarchies are not sustainable. I expect the government to collapse in a catastrophic sort of way. I don’t know when. I don’t know the details. Don’t be surprised.
Let’s begin our exploration by looking at Systems: The Good and the Evil.
I have a blog about transitioning into the future. How do we go from “America Is Broke” to our endpoint “Governing Abundance?”
Governing Abundance is my blog that explores posible solutions to live happily ever after, believe it or not!
The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics by Bruce Bueno de Mequita and Alastair Smith
The Lucifer Effect: Understanding how Good People Turn Evil by Philip Zimbardo
Top Down Policy Making by Thomas R. Dye