New notes. Fall, 2021
Why has this polling tool called Distiller been created? It is the beginnings of a sociology experiment. Though always in need of computer evolution, it is built for everybody who wants to use it.
Working for a corporation circa 1968, the editor here and now, built an interesting planning democracy for the corporation. Annual losses changed to a profit statement. That was years ago. This specific tool began as part of a fiction attempting to describe another more fun way of democracy; living well in balance with Earth.
Representative democracies represents capital and were designed that way. Democracy itself has no adjectival descriptor.
The grotesque wars of representative democracies are repulsive. Plain democracy is a tool humans use to bring us together and focus distributed human intelligence.
It has taken a long time to shepherd this tool into being. Though still in development, it now provides a way to take money out politics right at the starting gate. How? A person who might be a good candidate for a city or district elected office and has very little cash may request a poll with his or her name and the names of other candidates for the same position. That's it. Now you go test your electability. You go with it.
Should there be two or more charismatic campaigners in the same district limited by advertising money, they will all be included. This mechanism has not been needed so it has not yet been shepherded into the preference distiller. Everyone who wants to be included on a district test poll will be. A list of relevant district postal codes is required to be supplied by all poll requestors. This can be tedious but costs nothing.
Policy polls as a reflection of the logged in constituent assembly are in the development queue. The existing policy poll provides limited analysis; world total, guest total, and the logged in total.
Two islands are being tested for relevant postal codes. Puerto Rican postal codes are on file for puertoriqueños who wish to log in to ensure their island total is accurately identified. Postal codes for the divided-island Irish question are being researched and will hopefully be possible for the distiller to process. An interesting feature of the Irish question is some areas of the U.K. appear to have been colonized by Irish. Our applied mathematics / programmer is working on this particular diaspora postal code aspect. Have UK districts across from Dublin and Belfast become so Irish they connect as Scotch/Irish all the way to Glasgow and Edinburgh?
Policy polls can be as interesting as political campaigns for office. Will all of Scotland become interested? It could. Especially if autonomous democracy is built on food sovereignty and autonomy relative to life's necessities. Add a goodly portion of more fun and this stage has grown to hold ideas of living well in balance with Earth.
Autonomous democracy is also the solidarity preference tool of the constituent assembly listed in the navigator bar above. That website is also why this poll has been created. There is quite a bit to do before constituent assembly dot org is wired in to make real time queries of itself. Of course major talent is ahead technically. Be that as it may, autonomous democracy the tool will eventually serve and itself be designed by and evolve along with the constituent assembly.
Notes from winter, 2021
Economic science includes Earth sciences and analysis for adjustments to social and economic structure that will promote harmony of purpose in tune with Earth life support systems. In this way ecology is seen as a living place, a household, within which economists and everyone else imagine alternatives to what actual people are actually doing. Keep in mind where the actual compass heading of real people is leading to. Economic thinkers can only help describe a new way of life democratically devised with the input of millions for the benefit of millions of unemployed and millions more who still won’t be able to afford the rent even after proposed minimum wage increases are finally handed out from on high. How is this to be done and at the same time tend to increasing Earth's fertility?
Dignified people are not able to make dignified decisions when hunger and homelessness are haunting. The present socioeconomic heading is on a bulls eye trajectory to environmental disaster and climate collapse. Prisons must be closed and decentralized education expanded. Expensive? Yep. Start with hunger and drinking water. Now. Spring is coming to the southern hemisphere. Organize community gardens and mini plots. Don't get bogged down with collapsing governments. Work with neighborhood people. Plant gardens now. Tap into church and community center rain gutters to collect water for drought. Learn about above ground ferrocement water tanks at ferrocement.com, online since 1999. Thin stucco over plastic tanks is quick optimum for rainwater in areas that freeze. The plaster keeps sun off plastic and decomposed plastic molecules put of your water and body. Start with water and food. Think about short bus rides to some fields and walk to others. Note that plain calcium carbonate cements closed microscopic leaks rainwater finds in standard ferrocement, 350 ppm, or a little more.
One elderly person using a stone-age hoe and and a small crook-tipped piece of antler for a hand weeder can grow much more food than one person can eat. Agriculture is the foundation of culture. It has been taken over by corporate mechanized war against Earth using semi-slave labor and chemical poisons. Humanity is relegated to pollution choked cities.
And think while your bumping along on the bus or walking to grow more food than you can eat on your part of society's agricultural foundation, think about how much we all want to blame a single personality for national collapse. It's the same story in Italy, Portugal and Spain. In the US, we all forget things were about the same, presidentially, since Ronald Reagan sent the troops into Granada while running an illegal war in Nicaragua. And before that it was bomb Vietnam. Before that was Korea...
It's true that the US grew to become a mighty military empire that destroys any government attempting to use its nation’s natural resources for the benefit of its own people. Brasil is the most recent big one and Bolivia was a more recent smaller yet very temporary US resource grab victory. Two wrongs don't make a right, even so, France is a pirate country, too, like Apaches attacking agricultural cliff dwellers in days of old.
This war story is not new around the world or inside borders of many countries; The army attacks citizens when the people challenged the will of an oligarch.
Life will become more difficult as western military empires crumble. Why do they crumble? Partially because they are loosing institutional abilities. Jets are grounded for lack of engine parts while old pyramids crumble. More jet parts is related to good free colleges that equip young minds with free higher education. The problem is more education leads to war resistors. Free education is the key. Semi-slave labor paying its own room and board in privatized prisons may help produce cannon fodder but it can't compete in the modern world.
In most countries there are two main political teams busily filling capitalist goals at both ends of the field. In the US it's Democrats and Republicans. These two pretend to compete yet peel back the curtain of Oz and behold! Democrats and Republicans together own a company that is approximately called “Presidential Debates, inc.” The purpose of that company is to screen out common people riffraff, which it is fairly good at. On the other hand, the Republican and Democratic partnership in the presidential debate corporation has not done very well at screening out unstable oligarchs or selecting smart ones.
At this time, only the lonely can't see the US is slowly imploding. France, Germany, Australia, Spain, Israel, Italy, Brasil, Canada and England are not far behind. National collapse is a breeding ground for desperate nationalist fascism in all the collapsing countries. Add newly militarizing Germany and Japan to that list.
Capitalists are causing national collapses world-wide because they are inefficient yet supported by state central planners. What else is permanent war other than a centrally planned economy? The masses no longer earn enough to pay expenses needed to accomplish central war plans. The masses cannot even afford to pay for internal police control of themselves. Thugs sprout from neglected fields of uncultured minds with idle hands.
Schools go unpainted while teacher’s union bureaucrats fight the teachers to support the central plan. The US steals Venezuelan and Syrian oil to pay its war expenses because it is broke, while thugs rampage in the capitol. It’s too easy to blame a single president obsessed with munching greasy cheeseburgers or pigs in a blanket sweating fat. The problem of a collapsing military empire is much bigger than the last president or a next new one.
The pandemic as an accurate report card; The US is among the most sick countries and Vietnam is in the top two. New Zealand is first but it is a small population isolated in the Pacific. The seventy million who live in Vietnam, the country the US tried to destroy, are number one! That happened and is happening in living people's lifetimes. The US has devoured itself unto the bottom of the pork barrel.
This does not imply Vietnamese oligarchs are nicer than north american oligarchs. Vietnam as number one pandemic handler means the same kind of thing as Venezuela delivering multiple truck convoys of oxygen to sick people deep inside Brasil, near the home state of Brasil’s fascist president. There is meaning and nuance in these kinds of events that existing representative democracy cannot see or understand. Military empires run by what are called democracies have eaten more than Earth can supply, plus austerity has squeezed so long the people are already wrung dry— here, there, and everywhere.
The distributed intelligence of cosmic powered biology manifest as human can hopefully find a way to focus and figure out which nuance in which event provides a compass heading away from extinction and toward more fun. But it can only do that if a new form of government is invented by the people. Humanity has come of age at a time of existential crises.
The democrats want to crush Venezuela’s attempt to invent more advanced democracy because that’s what they do to competitors. Viva Venezuela!
The democrats continue torture of Julian Assange the truth teller. Their political partnership in crime with republicans is creating and at the same time crucifying a modern day Christ the truth teller opposing money lenders and war mongers. This could not be made up. The story is real. Jesus Christ Super Star II is playing on the stage of real life. Will US barbarians crucify Julian Assange and create Jesus Christ Super Star 2?
Democrats will back peddle and throw a few bones while denying medicare for all and a decent wage pegged to inflation.
Democrats suck the life out of social evolution in a losing attempt to hold the status quo for oligarchs. All these things plus eternal war support for capitalist piracy politely called, privatize.
Avoid the story leading to nationalist fascism; the last president was a keenly focused simpleton aimed that way. He had a smooth talking ability of manipulating those who are frustrated and angry because they have so far been unable to see who is ripping them off. This won't last. People are smart. We open our eyes together and by doing so become friends. Sure, some see sooner and some later, that doesn't matter. Pick up some tools and grow your own independence. Concentrate on basics. Food and water are the key right now. And look ahead to winter. Think of shelter.
The time is near when we the people come out of winter warm and well fed by our own doing. This is still the dawning of the age of Aquarius.