Introducing a new governance system that actually supports the inherent diversities of life and work.
Endoplurality is defined by this author as “combining form to achieve resource-rich outcomes”, or, “a diverse array of emerging economic expressions that support all life and the ongoing creation of new value”.
Endoplurality is based on a triplet of first principles:
- Basing governance on variables that reflect the natural environment, with rewards that are participatory
- Stewarding natural resources with emerging skill sets that provide jobs and vocations, in perpetuity
- Amortizing systemic risk through policies that account for those resource-based variables within society, such that there is no need to defer to alarmism, racism, sexism or xenophobia
The current “fight” in which we are embattled within every western economy, and across those economies, is over “democratic socialism” or “statist communism” versus “free market capitalism”. Both are being used as overt deceptions, interconnected at that.
Truth is, an interconnected ruling class has presided over the political sphere for millennia. Little if anything has changed other than the veneer by which that ruling class controls resources. Neoliberal policies are simply designed, on either side of the aisle, to perpetuate this status quo control.
As history is rewritten by the so-called winners of this control system, the minds of the going public are bent to acquiesce to a chosen ideology. As time goes on, the ideologies get further and further out of touch with physical reality.
Karl Marx’s predictions of a coming utopia expressed the absolute need for a transition phase (a “revolution”) called the “dictatorship of the proletariat”. In reality, the proletariat (the people) would never run this dictatorship. This is why countries like Venezuela and Chile are ruinous, while countries like Denmark and Sweden are tightening their socioeconomic controls in the form of a parliamentary monarchy.
If you visit a continents like Africa, you see not much more than totalitarian regimes running amuck, jockeying for control over natural resources, extracting them into oblivion, while running short sales on human and animal life. All the while, citizens hang on to hope, expecting the “next leader” to exact lesser evils than the previous one.
This is also why countries like China can impose massive tyranny on its people while its rulers enjoy the spoils of corporate crony capitalism. In any of these scenarios, the people suffer because they cannot see the entire picture.
In other words, communism, socialism, the corporate state, fascism and crony capitalism are just different faces of the same game.
Keep in mind that democracy itself is an experiment. In any population greater than a few million people, no functional democracies actually exist anywhere in the world.
All western governments have used a system of parliamentary republics to trade resources and thicken the wallets of oligarchs controlling those resources. If you need evidence of this, look at what has happened in America — wealth stratification has gone to the extreme, while the middle class is a fiction of the past. Conversely, China’s “rising middle class” is just a subsidized slave class.
With that said, it pays to be a politician in America, and abroad. Republican and Democrat congresspeople alike are lavished with roughly $3.5 billion in corporate lobbying money every year, allocated to 1700 recipients on Capitol Hill, while 2.1 million underling bureaucrats called “civil servants” share the scraps, disincented to speak out because it seems safer to collect a regular paycheck courtesy of the unsuspecting taxpayer. This doesn’t even include elements like influence peddling, bribes and the like.
State and municipal governments, for the most part, don’t fare much better. It’s no wonder that dozens of states and municipalities are now bankrupt.
Above it all, the federal government is technically insolvent, sinking further into debt, without any recourse for the trillions in liabilities and a $30+ trillion pension hole hardworking citizens can no longer enjoy thanks to Wall Street gambling away their benefits in the financial markets.
That said, governments as we know them are already experiencing systemic collapse. Politicians are literally incapable of running any economy that is healthy, simply because it is in their own interests to preserve the status quo as a byproduct of greed and unchecked material power.
Alas, our so-called leaders tell us to “unify” amidst the calamities they themselves have a hand in creating.
UNIFICATION FOR WHOM?
What happens next is entirely up to us.
We can restart by imposing term limits, removing personal income taxation, and creating incentives for companies to invest back into the real economy rather than needlessly holding onto their profits in the name of “stakeholder value”.
In the bigger picture, it is likely that many corporations and governments as we know them will no longer exist in the next 5–10 years. Technology companies are already pushing to set up their own governments, which are really just distributed yet centralized technological governance systems, more so than actual governing bodies with truly democratic functions.
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Call them “technogarchies”, “technomonarchies” or whatever else, what becomes clear to any thinking or intuitive person is that unchecked power is just trying to shift absolutely into other forms.
How we, the people, “unify” is the trillion-dollar question.
This author’s treatise on decentralized collective intelligence provides an approach to how we might activate our individuated powers for a collective good, at least in a different way from what we’ve been experiencing for the last 40 years. It includes examples of real world projects that reflect this approach.
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What all of this this requires is a new structure for decentralizing, and for building new skills that are commensurate with our obligations to this planet we call home, such that intelligence in its myriad forms can become whole again, and in ways that represent our true talents and ambitions.
Enter the mechanics of endopluralism.
ACTIVATING OUR HUMANITY
Currently, perhaps vehemently, we are behaving like automatons, like cogs in the machine understood to be civilization. Slavery, of many types and forms, has always been an accepted institution and central to the economies of any major world civilization.
Whether we are bound to Draconian policies, cultural wars, or kinetic conflicts, the end result is always the same. Divided people are the easiest to control for economic gains enjoyed by a select few. Choosing “sides” is an illusion to keep people in boxes. This has been the case for millennia.
The boon in this equation, so to speak, is for each of us to step into our self-sovereignty. We do not need a constitution per se to do this, although returning to constitutional principles is certainly a solid first step.
As protections for our self-sovereign identities are already in place, and legions of people are already breaking away from their once-beloved social media platforms, it seems that resistance to change that is inevitable is a hurdle each of us can, and must, overcome. The widespread losses of jobs and careers should only provide more evidence that change must embraced in a future-forward manner, rather than resisted.
True Self-Sovereign Identity
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In order for us to actualize our self-sovereignty, and declare it into existence, we must continue to build alternative systems. There is no getting around this, and there is no “savior” to come into our purview other than ourselves. Resistance to the collapsing system is a waste of time and energy. In fact, it is precisely what illusory power wants us to do.
That said, boycotting harmful products, rejecting nefarious drug treatments, and supporting local food producers are big steps toward resource independence.
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This can be difficult, no doubt, but it is certainly not impossible to do. In the face of a “pathogenic enemy”, we have shown great resilience in the instincts and creativity to survive, despite lockdowns and shuttering businesses in the millions.
With 92% of supply chains decoupled around the world, automation replacing what are now considered “mundane” tasks, underemployment rates as high as 53%, and youth unemployment well over 60% (or more, depending on where you live), the conditions by which we are forced to transition are in plain view.
The onus is on every one of us to roll up our sleeves and build new systems, however we can, in whatever ways we can.
And no matter how small or large, the building of a new paradigm of existence requires each of us to go inward.
SELF-LOVE & SELF-RESPONSIBILITY
It is undeniable that we are undergoing generational trauma.
Endless wars, forced migrations, resource shortages, and a predatory economic system, among many other factors, have rendered us fearful of each other and ourselves.
We treat the environment and society as we treat ourselves — with entitlement, a lack of care, and with the expectation that the outcomes will be different if we keep exacting laws that constrict our behaviors more and more.
Hence why society seems to have seen little progress in the way of holistic transformation, despite over 120 years of civic reform in the U.S. alone. Hence why environmental reform efforts focus on an anti-human approach to isolating problems such as “carbon reduction” rather than caring for the biosphere as a whole system with interdependent parts. Hence why economics has been reduced to a discipline of measuring side effects, without putting sensible measures in place to amortize risk.
As for our personal journeys, healing is a process that is life-long. Healing towards brighter futures in which we are direct participants in our own outcomes is a goal we can attain in the short and long term.
On Self-Love, Self-Responsibility & Providence
A recent speech to university students about what really matters.
Of course, we can externalize our everyday responsibilities to someone else, or blame them for our problems, but that has shown us nothing more than more institutional control and more forced isolation.
If you are so inclined to end this madness and step into your true, inner power, this author supports you.
One might consider discipline to be a form of self-love.
Be that as it may, this author and his cohorts are committed to building alternative systems in accordance with the laws of nature. Whether you choose to join us in this effort is entirely up to you. We hope that you do, for the sake of the planet and the people who are supposed to be its custodians.
Now we arrive at the actioning part. What this author often describes as actualizing new realities.
First, we can accept that each of us is a unique expression of Creation experiencing Itself. This does not need to be taken in religious or even spiritual terms (although you can, if you wish), only that you were borne into the world pure, and you have the capacity to make it pure.
You are the Co-Creator of your own realities. You also affect the realities of those around you.
You are “here”, right now, with your freewill to make choices, and create choices.
You might also ask yourself:
Do I really want to be free?
Am I entitled to my freedom, while others make decisions for me?
Am I responsible enough to make or create choices that are, in fact, my own?
You may not be able to answer these questions just yet. They are tough questions that cut to the heart of our existence. They culminate in tough choices that require sacrifices in our commitments to create something better.
However, you will need to answer these questions in short order if you intend to live a life on our own terms, in which you are responsible for your own outcomes.
This author cannot tell you how to live your own life, nor would he ever want to. This author is certainly not immune from his own shortcomings as a human being. He can only share what he sees as a way forward, which is different from what history has repeatedly shown us.
Second, there is nothing to be gained from ideas on their own. Actions are the only things that can test our assumptions against realities we may not like, or those which we desire.
This author is not referring to keyboard activism, protesting, philosophical grandstanding, or fighting in the streets.
He is referring to conducting experiments and taking risks such that key learning can be gained without making assumptions. Then talking about the things we do by sharing our perspectives from actual lived experience.
When perspectives based on lived experience are shared, and tensions arise, we can see the world for what it is, and what is possible in making it better within the contexts of what is actually true, what is actually good, and what is really beautiful.
Tensions — no matter how unwieldy or uncomfortable — show us the uglier sides of ourselves and our perceived realities for good reason: So that we can make constant improvements to our circumstances.
No outside moral codes need to be applied to our experiential learning. Knowing what is good can be felt internally, as a sensation in the body. When your imagination is activated based on these pure sensations, your morality shows. It is what can be considered as your moral imagination.
Third, governing our good actions is less about laws, and more about rules.
Rules can change, as change itself is a constant. Rules can also be managed responsibly when consensus is selective. This means that rules are arranged in selective groups that have specific purposes.
The challenge now is that we tend to blend rules with laws. Rules for our health, our environment and our economies are restrictive to a lack of understanding of problems in their full breadth. As such, we enact laws that do not reflect problems nor solutions in their full breadth, according to dialectic logic.
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Yet, we have plenty of alternatives in tow which are commonly not considered in solving problems in terms of their ecosystemic complexity. Breaking through dialectic logic enables us to see problem and solution sets as whole systems to be treated with focus and care.
Imagine that selectively aligned groups with different functions for different purposes comprise an extended tail of intentional communities, all centered around actions that produce different results. These would be interdisciplinary groups.
These groups comprise scientists from different disciplines, researchers, practitioners, technologists and other people who actually experience various effects on the ground. Their diverse perspectives bring about the tensions we need to consider to properly frame problems and solutions, no matter how difficult.
In the context of health and wellness, one group can work on prediagnostics for treating pathogenic conditions, another group can work on bundling holistic treatments, another group can form coalitions to create governance that is adaptive to specific conditions in specific geographies, and share the learning. And so on.
In the context of the environment, one group can work on prioritizing new supply chain operations, while another group focuses on carbon reallocations (sequestering, topsoil regeneration and cycling), while another group focuses on better ways to amortize and measure risk. And so on.
With economics, a new focus on resource regeneration would break out groups into similar capacities.
The key with all of this is to design solutions with nature, not against it.
Selective consensus in the formation of rules is therefore critical. Laws can follow these rules. We have technologies and tools already in hand to support this.
What matters now is how we apply these technologies and tools to do the most good we can, when we can, however we can.
We all participate differently. There is no expectation to “outcompete” each other in our participation, only to accept that we can compete over value (making improvements in the form of characteristics and things that we value) such that we can rise all boats with the same tide, even if we achieve different results at the individual or group levels.
Hence what we might consider to be “endoplurality”.
ENDOPLURALITY AS AN ECONOMIC CONSTRUCT
As suggested earlier, the reality of this transition to “something else” carries with it movements that have us making changes by default.
In other words, things are already happening that leave us at once confounded and in awe at what is possible.
If you are ready to accept that change is not only constant, but is accelerating at quantum levels, then you might also accept that there is nothing really to fear, only good things to create.
Fears are, of course, natural, but they are not necessarily real. Using discernment, by way of intuition, can help guide us. Practicing discernment with each other — as a discipline to cherish and uphold — is an even better prospect.
Now, let’s consider what a “new structure” might actually look like.
Let’s start with the relationships between what we see as necessary, and what we see as meaningful. A general framework might look like this. It fuses ecological, economic, journalistic and policy elements such that a natural balance is created, whether stemming from institutions, or independent groups.
Now let’s look at how such a framework is actually applied in the real world. This author and his group have developed a system known as Smart Ecologies to advance the transformation of physical locations into thriving ecosystems, such that people become stewards of the natural and technological resources they generate and preserve to self-sustain local communities.
Keep in mind that a smart ecology is only one piece of the “new economic equation”. It is, however, a catalyst for making changes that are actually sustainable, both in their functions and their form.
In the bigger picture, if we align the stewardship of our natural resources with our capacities to scale adaptively into different geographies, we can begin to see a major transformation afoot. This produces a geometry of interdependent functions that stabilize the natural systems we build.
In short, this “system of interdependent subsystems” focuses on three pillars:
- the responsible uses of natural resources (ecology)
- the responsible allocations of natural capital (economics)
- the responsible measurement of natural value (ecocommons)
The detailed mechanics of this framework, along with its applications in the real world, are laid out in this author’s upcoming book, “Our New Nature”.
For now, readers might get a good understanding of what such a system entails, and all the wonderful prospects in building its components.
These are amazing times for those with eyes to see.
We have all the potentiality within us, and with the willingness to nurture our capacities for making the world a better place, there is nothing we cannot do, right now, to step into our higher potential.
This author is placing his bets on you. On himself. On us.
Onward and upward.