How To Govern

When you pay attention to how government works, either by visiting “The Hill” in Washington D.C. or watching C-SPAN videos on Youtube, you realize the state of governance is a convoluted mess with few in government actually knowing what they are talking about.

The burden of proof of human excellence lies with the systems our government has allowed to be built. Our government has failed miserably:

To Wit

I once asked senators and their interns a relatively simple question: what is freedom? None of them could give me a clear description and why we need it in the first place, despite freedom being portrayed as one of the most fundamental precepts of our Constitution and a unique attribute to our supposed excellence. How can a government rule freedom when it and its people have widely different interpretations of freedom and how to institute it?

The government is supposed to be responsible for maintaining the sovereign theory that determines what can be discovered, in the words of Albert Einstein. And without a uniform understanding of the precepts that define a theory, you have no theory. And it shows. Our government demonstrates to have no clue what to govern and what not to. Scary when a democracy keeps giving them the keys to our proverbial kingdom.

Idiot Ruled

Despite lackluster participation, the basis upon which elected officials are put into office is populism. There is no acuity test to become part of the government. The evolution of a theory that determines what can be discovered is held hostage by an overwhelming and unending supply of idiots. And in a society in which, according to Isaac Asimov, “My knowledge is as good as your ignorance,” the proliferation of lazy ignoramuses, which also, on a salient side note, statistically have more offspring, easily outgrows the gravitas of people with current knowledge.

Indeed, a democracy, the way we deploy it today, is directly responsible for the anthropogenic cascade of humanity. In the words of Albert Einstein again: “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” The excellence of human renewal is under threat, not by bad actors. Still, by a flawed theory that allows bad actors to take it for a ride—and inversely, refusing to play along with the game, the spin doctors tag you as incompetent. Welcome to opposite day.

Outdated Normalization

To fix the mess we have created appears daunting as “you can never fix the constitution,” according to many people I speak with. Those people believe in the Constitution as they believe in the bible—both frozen scriptures make extraordinary claims of human excellence without extraordinary evidence.

Belief is the sleep of reason.

The burden of proof lies with the Constitution as it does with the bible. Does a scripture written some two hundred years ago, borrowed from the Europeans, issuing rights without obligations, unaware of modern-day trade and globalization, knowing nothing about finance now eleven times the size of production, in violation of nature’s newly discovered first-principles, instill trust in you? Do we need to explain the biblical equivalent of how Jesus did not walk on water?

Hope For The Hopeless

The popularity of human wants does not equal the sum of human needs as nature dictates. There is some value in the Constitution and our democracy. Like the bible, they offer respite and hope akin to Panem and Circenses to the people. They keep the people engaged in a process that gives hope to each other. Albeit false hope.

A set of rules and commandments derived from the Constitution do not infer a theory. And without a theory for humanity, we are all just rebels without a cause, lost in the mist of ever cascading consequences.

Good starting points to reorganize America at its founding. The gaping holes in the Constitution offer plenty of ways to put a new human theory on top, turning the Constitution from a cause into a consequence. The general procedures of democracy can be followed while changing the vector of what a vote stands for. We do this every election.

So, to fundamentally improve human adaptability to nature’s entropy, we do not need to change the constructs in existence today. In the same way, a car driving in a different direction does not require a replacement of the vehicle.

Nature, Not Government, Rules

To govern effectively, politicians must become aware of a new normalization of truth we are all held accountable for—nature’s truth. The irreversible decline of available energy called entropy, explained in excruciatingly clear detail by Nobel Prize Physicist Richard Feynman, must be acknowledged as the cause of all change we must learn to adapt to.

The goal of humanity, and thus the unique approach of each sovereignty, is not to grow for the sake of growth, resembling the ideology of a cancer cell, in the words of Edward Abbey.

Humanity aims to improve our collective adaptability to nature’s entropy. The strength of renewal rather than the evolutionary oxymoron of sustainability must become our goal. Politicians must comprehend the first-principles of nature by which the excellence and longevity of the human species are beholden.

1. Take Control, Of What We Can Control

Our laissez-faire constructs, uncorrelated to a relevant evolutionary theory, have made money a cause rather than a consequence. The merit of money uncorrelated to our evolutionary objectives artificially narrows the standard deviation of price. It violates the first-principles of nature that would make more people apply their unique skills to improve human adaptability to nature’s entropy.

We must restructure the hierarchy of cause and consequence of the disciplines we deploy.

2. Theorize and Renormalize

We have no theory for humanity today, which is a big mistake. Building systems for humanity that produce improved human adaptability to nature’s entropy requires the definition of a human theory in compliance with nature’s principles. Rules and rights, as insinuated by our Constitution today, only carry meaning when they are a consequence of the systems we build.

The method we deploy looks like this:

Nature’s First-Principles => Human Theory => Human Systems => Rules and Rights => Enforcement

3. Preempt Failure

As in sports, the role of government is to define (and adjust) the theory gameplay, not to play the game or to move the goalposts to manipulate the desired outcomes.

The role of the people is to play the game the government has laid out. Since the desired outcome is now reframed to improve human adaptability to nature’s entropy and is communicated clearly, only massively inconsistent outcomes will lead to the adjustment of the theory.

Marketplace enforcement mechanisms deal with individual infractions and do not force governments to rewrite the rules on every occasion. Significant issues will be dealt with preemptively and not produce endless reams of legislation from an undefined theory.

Governments define gameplay. Players play the game. We must adopt a crucial lesson from sports federations to get us out of the morass of governmental ignorance and negligence.

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The sign of a vibrant, innovative nation is its willingness to pursue the ever-unfolding discovery of nature's truth and reinvent itself continually against those proven new normalizations upstream. Let’s inspire the world with new rigors of excellence we first and successfully apply to ourselves.

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