I have started this blog September 9 2020 . It is intended as the last chapter of my already finished blog About the Future of the State.
In my blog About the Future of the State (“the initial blog“) I have given a lot of information about what is going wrong with the Constitutional State and many theories about how states work.
1. Latour and the Parliament of Things:
In the current blog I will try to design an alternative for the State.
The most interesting link in the initial blog is a Statement called How to Think as a State of the French Philosopher Bruno Latour to the WRR a Scientific advisoryBoard to the King of the Netherlands about the Future of the State.
In this statement he explains the Parliament of Things (PoT) comparable to the IoT.
In the PoT humans organisms, lakes, mountains cars and other things are represented. De PoT would be a good instrument to discuss the effect of new technology on Nature (and the Universe).
2. The State as an Ecology and A World-System::
Latour gave me the idea that the state is an Ecology. This means that we can use Panarchy as an explaining theory.
One of the examples of an other explaining theory is called World System Theory (WST).
Green is the color of Social related to Social conflicts like the French Revolution. White is the color of the Center (The Whole) . White is always combined with a New World Religion. It could be related to the return of the Maitrea expected in many Religions.
There have been three kinds of historical systems across human history: “mini-systems” or what anthropologists call bands, tribes, and small chiefdoms, and two types of world-systems, one that is politically unified and the other is not (single state world empires and multi-polity world economies). World-systems are larger, and are ethnically diverse. The modern world-system, a capitalist world-economy, is unique in being the first and only world-system, which emerged around 1450 to 1550, to have geographically expanded across the entire planet, by about 1900. It is defined, as a world-economy, in having many political units tied together as an interstate system and through its division of labor based on capitalist enterprises.
3. About Panarchy:
Anti-Fragility happens when an Ecology moves Up (Revolt) to a New Fractal level. The opposite (Going Down) is called Remember.
In the UP-state The Ecology becomes Bigger and Slower in its Cyclic Frequency.
An Ecology is a Fractal Cyclic System.
In the Initial Blog you will see that our forefathers, because of their very long time of observation, were well aware of the Fractal State of Earth. They called this state As Above so Below.
Panarchy is a conceptual framework created by Gunderson and Holling to account for the dual, and seemingly contradictory, characteristics of all complex systems – stability and change.
Panarchy is a contradictory system. It fuses what cannot be fused .
Panarchy is the study of how Economic growth and Human development depend on Biological ecosystems and Social institutions, and how they interact.
It is an integrative framework, bringing together ecological, economic and social models of change and stability, to account for the complex interactions among both these different areas, and different scale levels.
“No system can be understood or managed by focusing on it at a single scale. All systems exist and function at multiple scales of space, time and social organization, and the interactions across scales are fundamentally important in determining the dynamics of the system at any particular focal scale. This interacting set of hierarchically structured scales has been termed a “panarchy” (Gunderson and Holling 2003).
Panarchy shows that a Government that wants to optimize the state will end up with a Decay of this state.
The only thing that helps is not to act (woe wei), follow the cycle, as you can see in the picture below where every step moves between opposites (“tensions, polarities ).
Want to know more: read this blog about Logic and Alchemy.
4. About Paths of Change:
The model of Paths of Change is a Four-fold patterns of Opposites called a Quaternion by Jung.
5. About the Roots of Panarchy: Cultural Theory:
The matrix pictured here, adapted from Michiel Schwarz and Michael Thompson (1990), is one presentation of a typology of worldviews called cultural theory.
It plots acceptance of social controls (on the vertical axis) and levels of social commitment (on the horizontal axis). In the quadrants, the worldviews or rationalities depicted are alternatively described as archetypes, ways of life, social solidarities, and myths or caricatures of nature.
“We postulate that these four ways of life are in conflict in every conceivable domain of social life,” write Michael Thompson and Marco Verwell (2004). “Each of the four ways of life consists of a specific way of structuring social relations and a supporting cast of particular beliefs, values, emotions, perceptions, and interests.”
“In the end, every type of social conflict is about types of organization,” writes anthropologist Mary Douglas (2006). “Why do we settle for four types? Because this model is at once parsimonious and it is comprehensive. A hundred, or a million, types of cultural bias may be out there. But for explanatory value three, four or five types of social environment are enough to generate three, four or five distinct cosmologies.”
“Each rationality will generate its own distinctive engineering aesthetic: its own definition of the good, the beautiful and the socially desirable,” write Schwarz and Thompson (1990). “Our concern, therefore, should not be with which one is right (for that would be to insist that just one rationality had access to ‘the truth’) but rather with which is appropriate to the task at hand.”
Below I present a comparable model of Alan Fiske:
6. About the Relational Model of Alan Fiske:
The Relational Model of Fiske looks a lot like PoC. The interesting part is that Mathematicians (Philosophers) have found a relationship betweem Social Structures and Scales. Scales are Levels of Measurement.
7. Using the Fractal Model of Panarchy:
The Cycles of Panarchy are fractal . They move with their own frequency. The scales are connected and Jumps Up (Revolt) and Down (Remember). Revolt looks like a Human Revolution Evolution in Biology and Anti-Fragile (being a state where the system changes and increases its Potential by being able to produce different (re)actions.
Panarchy is controlled by 3 Variables and moves in Time. This means that Panarchy is a 4D-Control feedback system. The variables I have called Potential (Up/Down), Resilience (High/Low) and Connectedness (Communion, High/Low). Resilience looks like a Spring.
Flow Systems States and Estuaries:
The Ancient States Egypt and Sumer were based on an ecology mostly situated at an Estuary of of a Big River (Nile, Euphrate, Tigris) that ends in a sea. The States got into big problems when the climate changed and raining stopt and the amount of sweet water went down in combination with the entering of salt water of the sea that killed the crops.
Harbours and other Places of Exchanges of Ideas:
Many old states were situated at an Entrance to the Sea to make Trade and Exchange of Ideas possible. Trade was also facilitated by being at important nodes in internatiobal trade routes that croseed the Desert. The connection points were the point were Ideas, Philosophies and Theories were excanged. The Harbors faciltated important Universities like Alexandria and Venice & Amsterdam.