Democracies are in dire need of an upgrade to deal with social complexity
Current versions of democracy are a bit like the DOS operating system in the 1980s. In the best cases, they may hold the promise of a more user-friendly Windows beaconing on the horizon. But forget about a participatory, interactive Linux system. Our democracies have bugs, lack user-friendly features and under-perform. Above all, they are in need of major upgrades.
ROBERT STEELE: This is a lovely contribution to the advancement of what many of us have been calling “extreme democracy.” Ostrom received a Nobel Prize for showing that the best rules are those made by the people themselves, and the best enforcement is also by the people themselves. Jonas Salk among others has long discussed Epoch B governance (bottom up, long-term, non-secret, consensual) and we are now entering the era of Open Source Everything engineering (OSEE) augmented by holistic analytics and true cost economics — learn more at http://www.phibetaiota.net and (soon), http://ose-21.org. Most of the preconditions for revolution exist in the USA and the UK, two important starting points for flipping the system, but lacking so far has been the precipitant — the Tunesian fruit seller. If the public realizes that the Paris attacks — as well as 9/11 — were false flag state-sponsored terrorism, that could be the “aha” moment that is needed.