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Book: The Utopia of Rules

  • Native social institutions were often greatly multi-dimensional and multi-purpose.

    • They served a variety of social purposes
    • Ex: Animal fighting in many cultures
  • This is in opposition to paperwork shuffling institutions today which are extremely one-dimensional

  • The fundamental basis on which leftist ideology is built it the power of human imagination

    • That it’s possible to re-imagine and rebuild our societies, institutions etc
  • The basis on which rightist ideology is built is the use of force.

    • That the human spirit has less noble elements which require the use of force to suppress and thus create our preferred societies
  • A lot of social welfare innovations such as state supported healthcare etc where initially created bottom up by groups and unions.

    • It was taken over and re-implemented top-down by the state (Initially by Bismarck)
    • Bismark in his writings stated that it was a conciliatory bribe to keep people away from leftist ideology (His writings) after banning leftist parties.
  • Star Trek, the space faring vision of the US is a lot more soviet-style communist than Democratic.

    • There are no references to people’s political opinion and everything is governed top down (military style)
    • It’s only later they added grumblings about bureaucracy and references to distant elections (Higher up)
  • The US senate is in many ways an aristocracy since more than 2/3rd of US senators are millionaires.

    • Aristocracy means “rule of the best”
  • Bureaucratic societies stand in stark contrast to heroic societies.

    • Heroic societies optimize for telling great stories.
    • Bureaucratic societies primarily optimize for impartiality.
  • Bureaucratic societies are ancient, rising very early in recorded history.