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January 13, 2020
Twitter: @jim_rutt
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In this essay, I’m going to lay out a set of ideas about a long term path for GameB to become a civilization level social operating system.

Please don’t take it too seriously as THE trajectory. It’s certainly wrong in many regards. It’s just one possibility through the high dimensional possibility space of GameB’s unfolding. Nonetheless, I’ve found it a useful framework on which to hang some ideas. I hope you will, too.

In this essay I’m assuming that in the next 20 years no significant catastrophe strikes the status quo resulting in a large scale hemisphere level collapse, I’ll address “collapsian” scenarios in a future essay titled something like “The Short Road To GameB”. …


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By Jim Rutt

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For the past year or so I’ve been thinking, talking, and writing about Liquid Democracy. As I described in my previous Introduction, Liquid Democracy is a technologically enabled and scalable hybrid of direct and representative democracy. It enables voters — to the extent they desire — to vote for themselves on some or all legislation or to give their vote — their proxy — to a Delegate, that is, an individual or not-for-profit organization of their choice.

My version of Liquid Democracy suggests dividing all legislation into approximately 25 “Issue Areas.” Examples of possible Issue Areas include Defense, Health, Energy, Civil Rights, Taxes, etc. Every voter has the option to give his or her proxy, on each voting Issue Area, to another person or organization. Moreover, once a person or organization has received a proxy, they too can further pass it on to another individual or organizational Delegate. At any time, a voter can take back his or her proxy and either reassign it to a different Delegate or vote directly.


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By Jim Rutt

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Recently, after more than 10 years as a smartphone user, I ditched my fancy iPhone X for a flip phone. Yep, a flip phone: Verizon’s bottom-of-the-line Kyocera Cadence LTE. It doesn’t get much more basic.

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As a result, I’ve begun reclaiming my time, my deep-thinking ability, and, in a real sense, my cognitive sovereignty.

This essay describes what prompted me to go down this path, what I learned about smartphone overuse, what I decided to do about it, and then how I did it.

Definitely Not a Luddite

Before going any further, let’s be clear that I’m about as far away from being an anti-tech Luddite as you can possibly imagine. I bought my first personal computer, an Apple II, in 1980. I’ve been a tech entrepreneur and a tech executive, and I’m active today as an advisor to and investor in tech companies. I even helped start one of the cell phone companies. …


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By Jim Rutt

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The politics of Team Red (Republicans) versus Team Blue (Democrats) have failed the American people. It is now time for an alternative.

A few weeks ago, I published “An Introduction to Liquid Democracy,” which gave a generic description of an improved form of democracy. This essay gets more specific about why we need to upgrade our democracy and how to do this within the constraints of our Constitution. I’ll conclude with specific actions that can be taken to accelerate the adoption of Liquid Democracy in America.

The road to a political system that works for most Americans begins by acknowledging that the great majority of us share a robust set of overlapping core values. …


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Redesigning governance for our connected future

By Jim Rutt
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America’s democratic institutions are unable to meet today’s major challenges. We are divided into confused and incoherent Red (Republican) and Blue (Democratic) teams that fail to address the people’s real needs and desires. Rather than face the severe local, state, national, and global problems before us — from infrastructure decay to climate change to ever-mounting national debt and ever-growing income inequality — we get gridlock and kicking the can down the road.

One alternative to the politics of Team Red and Team Blue is known as “Liquid Democracy.” Also called “delegative democracy” or “proxy democracy,” Liquid Democracy combines elements of both direct and representative democracy. It enables people to vote directly, or to assign their vote to individuals or organizations they trust. Liquid Democracy is designed to channel and leverage the collective expertise we need, to resist the corruption of money in politics, and to increase a felt sense of political participation with greater buy-in on decisions. …


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[read first if you haven’t: Blood in the Streets Part 1]

Recap: On July 28, 2017 in Pottstown Pennsylvania, Antifas attacked a Trump supporters’ “Freedom of Speech” rally . The Militia of America (MOA) had recently formed up on Reddit to oppose the Antifas. 14 MOA affiliates at the rally shot 26 Antifas, killing 12. The MOA had carefully conducted their action according to Pennsylvania’s “stand your ground” and “concealed carry” laws. This was verified by several videos. Since their actions were lawful, the MOA shooters were released on the morning of July 29.

On the night of the shooting, President Trump made a neutral statement lamenting the loss of life, while he counseled to wait for more evidence before saying anything further. …


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This is the first in a series of articles examining events that may occur in the near future. Events that would define the futures that come after them. I call such moments “cusps” because decisions made during these critical moments effect the subsequent unfolding of the future in profound ways.

While the fictional events in this article are by no means certain to occur, I consider them likely enough to make anticipating the implications of each branch at the cusp worth thinking about.

The Battle of Pottstown

RPX news: July 28, 2017 5:25pm EDT Pottstown Pennsylvania

Late this afternoon, gunfire erupted during a pro-Trump rally in Pottstown PA when Trump supporters where attacked by counter-demonstrators. At least 20 counter-demonstrators are down and police are reporting multiple fatalities.


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[This essay was transcribed from a talk I gave at The Feast in October 2014. Video of talk]

For those who are interested in discussion, elaboration, and action around these ideas, try the Facebook Group: GameB or my podcast series: The Jim Rutt Show.

After a 25-year career building network-based businesses and other tech-intensive stuff, I spent the next 10 years associated with the Santa Fe Institute, the world’s leading research center, studying complex systems. …

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