When The Government Becomes Obsolete

Industry Observer

GOVERNMENT ENACT MANY DIFFERENT LAWS in an attempt to control society. However, we find no evidence of a deliberate plan by any government to design a sustainable and workable social system to improve the lives of everyone rather than the few holding high positions in the established order.Visionaries have sought to improve the lives of people by instigating changes within the established social order. Semanticists called for improvements and clarifications of meaning in our language. The Communists advocated state-ownership and the end of capitalism and human exploitation. The Fascists created a dictatorship of the rich and powerful. Socialists called for a re-ordering of our priorities to serve humanity by a more equitable distribution of existing resources. Religious groups crusade for a return to simpler times, to family, values, and the teachings of their charismatic leaders. We call for the establishment of scientific scales of performance applied to the social system for the benefit of all.


With the application of the methods of science to the social system, people would have a better understanding of nature and the symbiotic process of which we are an integral part. This could help provide an understanding of the relationships between ourselves and nature, and prevent the over-exploitation of land and sea.


Many people assume that government leaders bring about change with a concern fro the well-being of the citizenry, but nothing could be further from the truth. Nor did past changes in society come about as the results of efforts in the schools or home. Established government systems seek to preserve and uphold their own interests and power-base.


The real forces responsible for change have to do with external events or bio-social pressures that physically alter the environment and established social arrangements. For example, machines and processes that replace people and remove their means of making a living, natural conditions of drought, flood storm, and earthquakes, man-made disasters of economic, oscillations, or some outside threat from hostile nations.The industrial revolutions did more than move the centers of population from small farms to large cities. It changed how we relate to our communities. World War II changed the roles of women in this country.


Droughts and wars in Africa today are moving whole populations from their ancestral tribal lands into cities, destroying entire cultures almost overnight.Laws are, at best, attempts to placate or control a population, and they work only sporadically. Another method designed to control human behavior is early indoctrination towards a given set of values, such as patriotism, propaganda in the national interest, or nationalism. In this way the citizenry is “programmed” to support an existing government, and unaware that other options are available.


Another safeguard used by and for politicians is the pushing of the concepts of personal responsibility; that we are all responsible for our own shortcomings, failures, and misfortunes. In fact, in accordance with natural laws that govern all activities, most of our actions are determined by the circumstances that surround us. Many so-called free choices are greatly influenced by the culture and values of our times.Man-made laws seek to preserve the established order and protect people from deceptive business practices, false advertising, theft, and crimes of violence. This calls for constant monitoring of the populace because the laws are continuously violated. Such problems are often caused hunger poverty, war, oppression, and scarcity, but the answer lies in removing the conditions that are responsible for these problems. There is so much economic deprivation and insecurity, even in the most affluent nations, that no matter what laws are enacted, the problems persist.


The legislators passing laws have permitted gross violation and often break the law themselves.The need to protect human rights results from having a scarcity-oriented society. This can be seen if you think about such elements as air and water. Although both are necessary for well-being and survival, there are no laws regulating how many breaths are taken per hour, because we have an abundance at this time. No one monitors a gushing spring to see how much water someone takes from it although fresh water is necessary for life. If it is abundant no one monitors it. In the western U.S. there is a tangle of laws that conflict and overlap on matters of agricultural and fishing rights to fresh water.When a nation creates laws to regulate human behaviour, the majority of legislators are unaware of the factors responsible for the need in the first place. All nature is subservient to natural law. Natural laws dominate all living systems. Without nature’s water, sun, or nutrients, plants and animals would die. In an environment of scarcity, hunger, and poverty, human behavior must adapt accordingly.When laws do not correspond to the nature of the physical environment, they will be violated.


Consider moral codes that attempt to suppress biological sex drives. Eventually, with a deeper understanding of natural law and the effects of social and cultural influences on human behavior, we may begin addressing the real problems rather than punishing those who transgress.In a resource-based economy social responsibility would not be a function of force, intimidation, or promises of heaven or threats of hell. Protection of the natural environment would not depend on fines or penalties for polluters. Safeguards against abuse could be designed into the environment. An example of this is the proposed design of cities of the future where people have free access to resources without debt. This would eliminate theft. Such measures are clearly not a matter of passing and enforcing laws to prevent and punish abuse. Rather, they design the flaws out of social ventures in the first place, thus eliminating the need for many laws.Paper proclamations carry little weight in the real world. Such attempts at social order are “BS”, Bad Science. Not long ago, black Americans did not have access to public water fountains, despite constitutional guarantee. Many similar examples can be cited as violation of so-called rights.A society with human concern “designs out” the need for laws and proclamations by making things available to all, regardless of race, colour, or creed. When governments make laws we are led to believe they are made to enhance people’s lives. In truth, laws are the by-product of insufficiency.



When population size exceeds available resources, values and behaviors change. With scarce resources management and allocation are stringent. A set of laws evolves which corresponds to these changed conditions. Tracking a culture’s evolution reveals the events and environmental influences that determined its values, habits, outlooks, beliefs, and social conduct. For example, if an outbreak of disease reduced the male population by 80%, laws governing sexual behavior and marriage would undergo vast changes.We long to be free of flawed corrupt human thinking and emotions which have made a graveyard of half of the world. In spite of all the laws, paper proclamations, and religious teachings intended to preserve and promote the democratic process in our monetary-based world economy, depravity exits. Even the United Nations, our most enlightened organization, is motivated mostly by self and national interests, rather than by the overall good of humankind.As we transition to a cybernated governing of human affairs, newer technologies will remove human error from the political bureaucracy. These machines can provide governing bodies with information rather than opinion, thereby reducing bias and irrational, or purely emotional elements in the management of human affairs. In this emergent developing social arrangement which is not yet established, the rules of human conduct will undergo drastic alterations.


A world-wide resource economy could bring about vast changes in human and interpersonal relations without the enactment of laws. It could encourage values relevant to the needs of all people. A world-based resource economy regards the world’s resources and technical information as the common heritage of all nations, to be used for the benefit of all. This is the unifying imperative. Once in place, the world could see an end to armaments, war, drugs, greed, and other problems brought about by the endless pursuit of money and power.Humans require an education system that teaches process and analytical skills rather than randomly chosen facts. Duologue would replace debate. Semantics would become a core skill that would greatly improve human communication. Students would intelligently evaluate a situation and access relevant information rather than simply solve rote problems. It is not that they would suddenly become better or more ethical, but the conditions responsible for hostile and egocentric behavior would no longer be present.Today we control human behavior with laws without changing the physical and social conditions responsible for aberrant behavior.


When Earth’s resources become the common heritage of all, the necessity for irrelevant laws and social contracts will vanish.Concerning “who” will govern, the more appropriate question is “how will be people be governed?” People do not have to be governed and do not require leaders unless they are ignorant, captive, wage slaves, or subject to a dictator. If the free enterprise system does not include job security, medical care, and the other necessities that secure the population as a whole, a wide range of conflict and unmanageable human behaviors results, no matter what laws are passed.No “one” will decide who gets what. Perhaps the closet analogy within our present culture would be the public library, where anyone has access to nay book of his or her choice. Goods and services could be made available in a similar manner across the entire economy. Unfortunately, we are in the habit of thinking that someone has to make decisions regarding our needs. This would not be the case in a cybernated resource-based society without scarcity.


In the near future, because of advances in technology like artificial intelligence, cybernation and nanotechnology, we can achieve a global community and share a common vision for humanity. Computerized technology will unite people and eliminate scarcity better than have all the world’s religions and democratic ideals combined. We can transcend the limitations of a monetary system, and outgrow our need for politicians and artificial man made laws intended to preserve and perpetuate the status quo. AI could regulate production, transportation, and all burdensome and monotonous tasks, but not people. A highly integrated complex of computers that serves, but never enslaves, humankind could carry out the major tasks of decision-making and environmental management.I must again emphasize that this approach to global governance has nothing in common with the aims of an elite few to form a world government with themselves at the helm, and with the vast majority subservient to them. This newer vision of globalization empowers each and every person on the planet to be all that they can be, without living in abject subjugation to a corporate governing body.


The question is, can we grow beyond that “someone” has to make our decisions for us?


 -Jacque Fresco-



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