Philosophical Construct to reduce power of democracy
Posted: 20 January 2011 08:11 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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Corporations run our lives, whether we like it or not. Everyday we see misleading commercials for products on our screens. You might think you are not influenced by commercials, but they certainly have effect, thats why they’re so expensive(on tv at least). The power these corporations have is immense and affects everyone. Companies grow bigger and bigger and people who work at these economical giants lose a sense of personality for people at higher or lower ranks; the people at the top rarely meet their employees at the bottom.(we tend to don’t think much about people working at fast food places, yet we do eat there) For both sides this creates a dehumanizing effect making it easier for these corporations to assume psychopathic tendencies like environmental damage at a large scale. Because we are so distant from all this pollution we can dismiss it as if its not there. People are particularly bad at judging long term risks and thus we underestimate the effect this has.

Most of us are living in democracies and have it pretty good(not dying from hunger, etc). Because we are used to living like this and not enough reminded that we are harming the planet, we underestimate the real price of everything. if you read this:

http://web.inter.nl.net/users/Paul.Treanor/democracy.html

You are shown basic examples why democracy can be wrong. A relative small amount of people control the government, mostly rich white males. Because of this minorities are being misrepresented. To run for president you have to have a lot of money and you are bound to make deals with corporations or institutions. Because of this corporations have power. Democracy is slowly making the rich richer and the poor poorer. The government needs to stop respecting beliefs when it comes to things like Christianity and define properly what is good for someone (like exercise, healthy food, real social relations)and what are just placebo’s. And then Tax these placebo’s appropriately by the amount of people they reach and reduce psychopathic tendencies of large companies.


There needs to be a system which is indiscriminate when issues like conflicting social classes or environmental pollution on large scale is concerned. There also needs to be a system that brings people from different social classes together so that we reduce stereotypes and realize everyone is just human. Being human means having beliefs, and being human is about being wrong.

I would like to see a system like jury duty that people are required to do. Activities like helping drug addicts and homeless people. We have also lost our connection to food via the supermarket. if people realize what eating meat everday costs they’d think twice. i propose mandatory guided tours to butchers or seeing the fat chickens that lay the eggs you eat dying of misery in cages.

I think we live in the time where we have such power like the internet. Image the government using a system that creates projects where people with certain skills and ranges of personal beliefs are paired to work together on projects and learn the value of people regardless of if they call the man in the sky Allah or God.

The question is, how would you pay for creating these projects.

Truth Tax

Truth tax is a tax that aims to tax appropriately on products that simply can’t be proven by science(like selling marijuana dowsing rods for 900$) and the pollution they cause. This tax needs to increase a certain amount for the amount of people you are selling it too.

Because of this increase, large companies must restructure to evade truth tax, the lower the truth tax the better the product.

Truth tax must not be static, but change when companies change. That way you give them positive stimuli for things like environmentalism and healthy food.

Truth tax needs to be set by teams of independent government specialists that are routinely switched so that they do not bias in favor of one company.

Truth tax needs to be absolutely transparent.

The government needs to slap the consumer in the face and say, “This is the reality we are living in and things don’t just cost what the price say’s it does”.

Because we are living in peace in a democracy doesn’t mean democracy causes peace.

We need to know, collectively, when we are wrong. People need to be saved from themselves but we must not ban religion or use it as a scapegoat. The government needs to reduce the power of corporations and make it their job to market healthy and responsible products.

We need to abolish ancient policies built on racism like drug prohibition and realize we must be sensible as a collective.

Also the school system needs to be reshaped in ways that allow spiritual development without labeling it as Christian or Muslim. Because schools are so focussed on grades and achievements we alienate and instill hate for authority at an early age in some individuals. The ultimate anarchy is drug use but we are not educated in the difference in drugs, just that they are bad.
We need to focus on individuals, and what they love to do, and find a way for them to find a job they actually like and not just endlessly competing for more money and power. and if they don’t know what they love to do, make them try different things.


it sounds a lot like communism, i know. We are so scared to address when democracy is wrong(like going to war) and don’t know how to unite and stop it.

because companies have such power this system will be very hard to implement.

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Posted: 20 January 2011 02:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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No, what you suggest doesn’t sound like communism. It sounds like totalitarianism. Your “man in the sky” is just replaced with “government”. Many of your observations are just plainly wrong. Drugs are not taught to us as being “all bad”. “Legal” drugs are promoted in education as good most of the time. Coorporations run our lives only if we believe it to be true. It comes down to what we believe “we” are and what we believe to be truth. “Being human is about being wrong”. Really? Why do you wish to believe this? You are, I suppose, merely creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. By being wrong, professing to be human, and then saying that being human means to be wrong. By trapping yourself in this way it is, therefore, understandable that you look outside your trapped self for “government” help. At best you describe the human condition, but not its solution.

[ Edited: 20 January 2011 02:22 PM by gragor]
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Posted: 21 January 2011 04:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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I understand where you are coming from and it is indeed very important what we believe we are. and until a few weeks ago i had not had the realization that what i think i am, i become. but its so hard to change who you are and how you think. and a lot of people have not had this realization, judging their happiness as a product from their current lifestyle, and as we are raised in western consumer culture we are made to believe products bring happiness, or god, while in reality happiness means good health, good food, and good social relations. it does sound like totalitarianism in retrospect.

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Posted: 21 January 2011 04:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Yes, but we are not “made” to believe. We may believe we are made to believe. Now this sentence of mine offers a choice that “we” may not have considered before. My choice has been: to stop believing anything period. In order to be objective about thought is to also be objective about the phenomena of believing things. There is freedom in this objectivity. Freedom to be not what we think and, therefore, not what we think we are. In other words: freedom from self (as “self” is only a thought. A thought merely to be observed, without judgement).

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Posted: 22 January 2011 01:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Your statements have profound philosophical consequences on how we perceive ourselves or our ‘self’. It is very hard for anyone to objectively view their ‘self’. I am always fascinated by the minds ability to fool itself. A great example is this paper:
Unskilled and Unaware of it

http://www.physics.uofl.edu/williger/unskilled_and_unaware_1999.pdf

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Posted: 17 August 2011 09:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Freedom to be wrong and make wrong decisions vs. forced ‘correctness’ and mandatory ‘right decisions’?

I think it can only work if a super intelligence presides over us.  No man should take another man’s orders or accept ideas (even good ones!) by force, regardless of its merits.

[ Edited: 17 August 2011 09:40 AM by mormovies]
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