Commit 955f2fa4 authored by Miloslav Číž's avatar Miloslav Číž
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*by Miloslav Číž (drummyfish)*
*version 0.2, December 24 2019*
*version 0.21, November 11 2020*
Released under CC0 1.0, public domain (https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/).
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I think it may be beneficial for this text to come with a little bit of meta information, for the context to be clear. Let me write it here.
This has been written solely by a single person – me, *drummyfish*. It reflects my personal opinions, ideas and life philosophy so far, regarding politics but also technology and society in wide. **Life philosophy** is what I would prefer to call this.
This has been written solely by a single person – me, *drummyfish*. It reflects my personal opinions, ideas, educated beliefs and life philosophy I've created so far, regarding politics but also technology, philosophy and society in wide.
The text is written in **plural**, as if by a collective of authors who all hold my opinions and so maybe belong to a **movement**, but keep in mind it is so far only me. I have simply found it comfortable to write this way, perhaps because I like to imagine my ideas adopted by more people.
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This document outlines a model of a possible ideal human society and a subsequent life philosophy, which if adopted by many people would lead to largely implementing it.
**But isn't this just communism?** No – although being a **far left** idea (definition of which will follow further) and sharing many ideas with communism and similar movements, this is an approach new in many ways, different by being **non-violent, peaceful, evolutionary, opposing rightism as well as leftist populism and false (pseudo) leftism (such as feminism, LGBT and Antifa)**, and revised based on recent history, observations of the late stage of capitalism, the state of modern technology and so on.
**But isn't this just communism?** Yes and no – not in the usual sense that equates communism to recent historical failures and atrocities of "communist" movements. However, this is a **far left** idea (definition of which will follow further) pursuing ideal communist society using an approach new in many ways, different by being **non-violent, peaceful, evolutionary, opposing rightism as well as leftist populism and false (pseudo) leftism (such as feminism, LGBT and Antifa)**, and revised based on recent history, observations of the late stage of capitalism, the state of modern technology and so on.
Our theory mainly merges existing ideas, old and modern (e.g. anarchism, non-violence, free culture, distributed systems), into a greater whole and tries to show and prove the result is **consistent** and valid. As it's been hinted, we aim to very slowly start replacing **competition** – the main but outdated drive behind the current society – with **collaboration**. We provide all the reasoning for why it is important and how we want to do it **without violence** and with as little harm as possible (considering no change can be achieved with zero harm).
What concerns us about modern society is not that it has flaws or that it is still far away from our ideal, but that instead of trying to get closer to the ideal we are heading in a completely **opposite direction** by supporting and strengthening capitalism, business, nationalism, competition and so on. What we want to achieve is **not**, unlike with communism, a revolution and putting in place a new world order, but just **steering the direction of society in the right way**.
What concerns us about modern society is not that it has flaws or that it is still far away from our ideal, but that instead of trying to get closer to the ideal we are heading in a completely **opposite direction** by supporting and strengthening capitalism, business, nationalism, competition and so on. What we want to achieve is **not**, unlike with mainstream communism, a revolution and putting in place a new world order, but just **steering the direction of society in the right way**.
Unlike many groups using an idea simply as a weapon or a tool to gaining power in competition with other groups, we are primarily looking for the **truth**. Our goal is not power or defeat of competitors, we aim to search for truth, knowledge of which will naturally lead to a better society. For making decisions regarding such an immensely difficult question our approach has to be **scientific**, based on **rationality** and **logic**. Therefore if we stand behind an idea that someone proves to us being faulty, on the grounds of logic and scientific evidence, it is in our interest to immediately abandon it, reevaluate and change our approach, because continuing to support an idea that's been proven to go against our goal would simply be madness, working against ourselves.
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Regarding the terms *left* and *right* politics there are good and bad news. We need to make clear what we mean by these terms as we will be using them frequently.
The **bad** news is there is a considerable **confusion about the terms** and their exact meaning isn't widely known, which is extensively abused by politicians and populists. Part of the reason behind the confusion may be that historically these terms have been used in ways completely violating their correct meaning, e.g. by Nazis or nowadays the US Democratic party – both very much rightist parties. Nazis called themselves national *socialists* (socialism being a leftist concept), but their actions and values were undoubtedly completely rightist (as explained below). On the other end, communist regimes – pure communism being a leftist concept – widely practiced rightist behavior, such as totalitarianism. The **good** news is there exists an extremely simple definition which allows to very easily distinguish between the two terms.
The **bad** news is there is a considerable **confusion about the terms** and their exact meaning isn't widely known, which is extensively abused by politicians and populists. Part of the reason behind the confusion may be that historically these terms have been used in ways completely violating their correct meaning, e.g. by Nazis or nowadays the US Democratic party – both very much rightist parties. Nazis called themselves national *socialists* (socialism being a leftist concept), but their actions and values were undoubtedly completely rightist (as explained below). On the other end, "communist" regimes – pure communism being a leftist concept – widely practiced rightist behavior, such as totalitarianism. The **good** news is there exists an extremely simple definition which allows to very easily distinguish between the two terms.
Let's now present the definitions of *left* and *right* that we will use, as we can find them e.g. at Wikipedia.^[WRL]
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- **multiculturalism**: Though having a wide meaning, the idea of different cultures and ethnicities living together supports their equality and stands against such rightist ideas as national or racial supremacy.
- **veganism** and **animal rights advocacy**: These extend the idea of equality of human beings to also include animals, i.e. sentient life that can also feel suffering. Vegans and animal rights activists may still not oppose the natural hierarchy and food chains between animals and may disagree on the question about lower level life, but their effort is always directed towards flattening and at least partially eliminating the hierarchy among life forms.
Some concepts such as communism were intentionally left out from these examples because even though communism is based on a very leftist ideal of a society of completely equal people, the wider philosophy advocates controversial means (e.g. **dictatorship** of the proletariat), and also historically the general meaning of the word has become associated with practice of not very leftist implementations, such as Stalinism.
We intentionally don't mention communism because even though communism is based on a very leftist ideal of a society of completely equal people, the term is too strongly connected to Marxism and derived pseudo leftist ideologies advocating rightist means such as **dictatorship** of the proletariat. To many people the term is associated with practice of not very leftist attempts at pursuing communism, such as Leninism or Stalinism.
Let's also mention what we will call the **pseudo left** (or false left). Pseudo left movements are usually called left and may possess some aspects of it, but their behavior violates some fundamental ideas of leftism. These movements typically come from the extremely capitalist west where true left simply doesn't exist anymore, not even as a widely known concept.
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