How And Why Democracies Fail

You are not supposed to question democracy. As a so-called productive member of society, you are supposed to keep quiet and vote for unending promises of improvement by politicians, your support cheaply marketed as hope, to perpetuate a system that is not, with inequitable outcomes to boot. Such is the doctrine of every administration since our founding some 240 years ago.

The belief in democracy is like a religion, demanding the sleep of reason to perpetuate false hope. I am sorry, but I, for one, am not asleep.

Perpetual Solipsism

When you run or are part of the government of a country, your obligation to the people of that country is to deliver the burden of proof of why the systems you deploy are the best ones you can conjure up to improve humanity. After all, in the words of Albert Einstein (1879-1955), the theory (of humanity) determines what can be discovered.

From the following slide, you can see the vast amount of our so-called systems, which we preach to the world as the best thing since sliced bread, are failing at every turn.

Democracy is a glorious failure as the suitcase terminology harboring the above constructs. Why democracy fails is very easy to comprehend. Simply put, human wants from a “fixed-price menu”, dutifully tabulated by democracy, are not what people need.

What people want is appraised by other humans, and what people need is determined by nature. The scraping of the tiniest veins in the human body, my optometrist detects in many children allowed to eat what they want rather than need, will lead to a massive increase in heart attacks when they reach forty-five years of age.

Our short-term wants, deploying a vector of human excellence incompatible with nature, induce the untimely death of our long-term needs.

The solipsism of ignoring nature’s first-principles dictating human needs while making up our own definition of excellence, using money decoupled from evolutionary merit, makes the arguably most intelligent species ever lived to behave the dumbest.

Gravitational Idiocracy

For the sake of argument, let’s shelve the perpetual solipsism by our government leaders, too enamored with what is over what should be, and focus on the composition of people voting for democracy.

Knowing that we have a Constitution without comprehending no rulebook can infer a human theory is like knowing a duck’s name without knowing what it does. More than half of Americans can’t name a single Supreme Court justice. The percentage of Americans who could name a First Amendment right fell from 37 in 2017 to 19 percent in 2020.

About half of Americans cannot name all three branches of government. Only one in three Americans would pass America’s citizen test. Ninety-three percent of Americans know little about what the Federal Reserve does. One-third of Americans cannot name their State Governor.

The vast majority of Americans do not know how their democracy works. They, therefore, are in no position to vouch for the effectiveness of the proposed changes referred to as legislation. Furthermore, the majority of the American voters not knowing how our version of democracy works yields a silencing of those who do since, in a democracy, the gravitas of uninformed voters trumps those who study and truly comprehend existential merit.

There is empirical evidence to suggest Americans may be no more knowledgeable today than they were 30 years ago, despite the internet and increasing educational attainment in the U.S.

Manufactured Ignorance

To investigate and understand how nature works and adequately evaluate what human systems are best suited to act as nature’s closest proxy, you need time and, dare I say, a bit of intelligence to put the pieces of nature’s puzzle together.

As Nobel Prize physicist Richard Feynman (1918-1988) learned from his father, it is more important to know what a duck does than to know its name (in many different languages). Knowledge to know a duck’s name does not identify what the duck does, nor understand why and how it is different from other ducks. Knowledge often feigns the intelligence of understanding.

Twenty-five percent of Americans firmly and falsely believe that the sun revolves around the Earth. About half of Americans do not know the sun is a star. Most Americans do not know we live on a tiny pale blue dot amidst 400 billion galaxies, each with about 100 billion stars, each surrounded by multiple planets like Planet Earth, making it statistically improbable any of the four-hundred manmade gods only humans could dream up rule the universe and define the future of humanity.

Many Americans, and people in general, know and understand very little about nature, let alone understand the urgency for new constructs needed for humanity to best adapt to nature. And since human existence is predicated on our ability to adapt to nature’s game plan, creating human constructs, like democracy, in violation of nature’s first principles will cause our self-destruction from an anthropogenic cascade.

The Alternative

Of course, the alternative to democracy is not a dictatorship deploying an even narrower form of human solipsism. The only alternative to democracy is an evolutionary meritocracy, like the one we deploy with EVA, in which the alignment with nature’s first-principles defines how we evaluate and produce human merit in line with the merit nature expects from us.

The longevity and excellence of the human species are not based on how we rate ourselves but on how nature rates us. And therefore, we must deploy –for the first time– a theory for humanity embedded in natural systems and stop promulgating failing constructs that masquerade as systems. Only after the theory and systems have been established do we deploy a rulebook to deliver the paradoxical rules needed to protect the vile maxim of individual freedom from harming the trust in collective freedom.

Nature’s entropy, defined as the decline of available energy, rewards not the most agreeable but the most adaptable species with longevity. And nature is much more forgiving than the populism of human solipsism trying to keep the expansion of humanity on the wrong path.

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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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