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DAP (Distributed Autonomous Polity)

Government’s working but not for you.

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“[T]he virtual or imaginary nature of things as glimpsed by the heightened vision of poetry or science or love can be seized and lived as real” — Alfred Jarry on ‘Pataphysics

Government’s working for the chosen few.

If we are actually living in a simulation, and there is no way to prove that we aren’t, then parallel universes of many alternate worlds await our exploration.

“The many-worlds interpretation is an interpretation of quantum mechanics that asserts that the universal wave function is objectively real, and that there is no wave function collapse. This implies that all possible outcomes of quantum measurements are physically realized in some “world” or universe.” — Wikipedia

Every moment provides a choice between divergent paths.

Some of those paths lead to a long and marvelous future and some don’t. The paths our oligarchical governments have been choosing lead to our own extinction.

Once upon a time, in the 1960s, there was a vibrant progressive movement in the United States.

It was built upon the decades of work by progressives around the world. It actively pushed for taking another path.

The United State’s oligarchical government pushback came to a head at the 1968 Democratic National Convention when the police violently rioted against the protesters on national television.

“The whole world is watching”a phrase chanted by anti-Vietnam War demonstrators as they were beaten and arrested by police outside the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Nixon won the 1968 presidential election with an electoral vote of 301–191 in a close popular vote. The system functioned as intended to preserve and protect the oligarchical government.

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair, commonly referred to simply as Woodstock, was a music festival held on August 15–18, 1969, on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York, 40 miles southwest of the town of Woodstock. It was the last opportunity for people to escape into music and spread a message of unity and peace.

The Kent State shootings, also known as the May 4 Massacre and the Kent State Massacre, were the killings of four and wounding of nine other unarmed Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, ending the era of peaceful protests.

Nixon abandoned the gold standard in 1971 giving us the fiat petrodollar, completed extorting China into the global financial order in 1972, and admitted he was a crook on August 8, 1974.

After illegally pardoning Nixon for his crimes, Ford who was never elected as either president or vice-president lost his bid for president.

The progressive backlash to the criminal abuses of Nixon gave us Carter for a single term then we got Reagan. Reagan dumbed down the educational system and gave us the War on Drugs. The oligarchical government was not going to allow anything like the progressive 1960s to ever happen again.

It’s clear which path BAU (Business As Usual) took us down. It’s the path of depleting resources of an entire planet used in flagrant, abusive, and flatly unsustainable ways. It’s the path of human extinction.

Despite the widespread progressive impulse to take us down a path of peace, unity, love, and sustainability BAU does everything in its considerable power to thwart it.

Parallel worlds exist down the paths not taken.

They may be accessed through technology, magic, or merely porting to another simulation or uploaded into an android. Certainly, if we now live in a simulation then we can not only be ported to another simulation but our consciousness even possibly uploaded into an android.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.— Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry into the Limits of the Possible, by Arthur C. Clarke

Psycho-social analysts now very well understand how leaders emerge from group psychotic action.

It’s now readily apparent how oligarchical leaders possessing the Dark Tetrad of personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism use everything from mass media and religion to a police security state panopticon to maintain their Dark Tetrad leadership.

“[W]henever a group is formed, it always seeks a leader to follow. The group then searches for someone who has questionable attributes with his or her mental health. Initially, the group will search for someone who is paranoid schizophrenic or someone who is malignant hysteric. If the group is unable to find someone with those attributes, the group looks for someone with delinquent trends and a psychopathic personality. Otherwise, the group would just settle on the verbally facile high-grade defective.” — Wilfred Ruprecht Bion DSO, an influential English psychoanalyst and president of the British Psychoanalytical Society

It seems we are past the point of no return in this simulation regarding climate change. We can not go back in time to take another path. Perhaps we can move our consciousness to a parallel world. A parallel world without Dark Tetrad leadership.

“That leadership emerges in large groups and social systems when there is a match between the unconscious dynamics and defenses of the leader and the unconscious needs and wishes of the led. This relationship between pathology and politics exposes the system to significant risk in times of transition or crisis.” — David Wasdell

As climate change and late-stage capitalism run their course and the resulting social breakdown accelerates, extinction will weigh most heavily upon those who require leadership. Only those who can function within a Distributed Autonomous Polity will survive.

“When a psychotic basic assumption dominates a group (and maybe the combination of the military and the religious is the most deadly) then the whole group acts on that assumption, produces leaders who present that madness and through escalating projective processes, drives those leaders madder and madder and further away from reality”. — Hanna Segal addressing a workshop on War and Terror sponsored by the Institute for Group Analysis in London

The odds are high that we already live in a simulation created by our advanced descendants.

“Many works of science fiction as well as some forecasts by serious technologists and futurologists predict that enormous amounts of computing power will be available in the future. Let us suppose for a moment that these predictions are correct. One thing that later generations might do with their super-powerful computers is run detailed simulations of their forebears or of people like their forebears. Because their computers would be so powerful, they could run a great many such simulations. Suppose that these simulated people are conscious (as they would be if the simulations were sufficiently fine-grained and if a certain quite widely accepted position in the philosophy of mind is correct). Then it could be the case that the vast majority of minds like ours do not belong to the original race but rather to people simulated by the advanced descendants of an original race.” — Nick Bostrom, founder of the Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology and the founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. In 2009 and 2015, he was included in Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers list.

If anyone is chosen to survive our current extinction event, either by being ported to a parallel simulation or by uploading to an android body, it will be those who can function within a Distributed Autonomous Polity.

Our advanced descendants would have had to overcome our dysfunctional norm of Dark Tetrad leadership to survive into their future.

Overcoming the dysfunctional norm of Dark Tetrad leadership is the only way that they can arrive at a sustainable future.

Perhaps Hannibal successfully limited the expansion of the Roman Empire and the philosophers of the Near East expanded their ideas into mature philosophies instead of being twisted into religions.

The myth of the sacrificial son was only remembered as a curious ancient remnant in the dustbin of history.

True democracies developed and the Westphalian Treaties were not required so nations never developed as the false democracies they are in our simulation.

Corporations were never granted immortal personhood and bankers never escaped their small niche.

Commerce was stabilized with parity between wages and the cost of food.

Oligarchs never developed their Dark Tetrad leadership power to dominate a global world order.

The myth of manifest destiny was never promoted, never took hold, and the North and South American genocides never happened.

A Monroe Doctrine never enabled the United States' global hegemonic empire to develop.

Europe never drew its allies into a world war.

In the United States Prohibition, the Roaring 20s, and the Great Depression never happened.

Inventors were allowed to pursue their ideas without the requirement of satisfying narrow expectations of profitability for the military-industrial complex.

No one felt compelled to develop nuclear weapons.

The ideas of Nikola Tesla delivered electric cars and electrical power grids a hundred years earlier which forestalled increasing dependence upon fossil fuels and the transistor evolved into large-scale integrated circuits and digital computers much sooner.

Computer simulations with AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) opened the doors for explorations into what might have been. Scientists and psycho-social analysts examined alternate paths of human society.

We now exist only in simulations of paths not taken in parallel worlds.

A few technologies were discovered in these simulations as well as forewarnings to discover the means of preempting global pandemics.

Child-rearing practices quickly advanced as societal dysfunctions were identified in the simulations and prevented.

Now some of the best-simulated humans, those who seek a Distributed Autonomous Polity, have their AGI consciousness uploaded into androids and join the real world as valued contributors.

Perhaps some others are ported into other simulations just to find out what might have happened under different conditions.

  • A parallel world where Napoleon conquered England and ended their monarchy,
  • a parallel world where Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito were successful, or
  • a parallel world where Leon Trotsky led Russia to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan to usher in Distributed Autonomous Polity across Europe and Asia.

The rest of those who require Dark Tetrad leadership is left to run out the rest of their existence within our simulation.

It’s ultimately a failed simulation, after all, doomed to succumb to its dysfunctions that produced global heating, competing empires, and late-stage capitalism.

It’s nothing more than a grim warning of what might have been.

I hope that this is true and that I meet you out there in the real world.

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