Quote of the Week: 2006-09-09
“...the argument for liberty is not an argument against organization, which is one of the most powerful tools human reason can employ, but an argument against all exclusive, privileged, monopolistic organization, against the use of coercion to prevent others from doing better.”
“There are only problems and there is only one way to learn to understand a serious problem… this is to try and solve it, and to fail.” ---Sir Karl Popper
By failing in our endeavors to solve them, we find out what doesn’t work. This in turn enables us to become aware of what does. Popper continues, “when we find some facile and obvious solution does not solve our problem, do we begin to understand it. For a problem is a difficulty. Understanding means experiencing this difficulty.”
From a sociological perspective, we can apply the knowledge from our past to the present situation so that our natural and social conditions can be improved for the future. We can continue as we are, and fail, because failing in our attempts allows us to eliminate the current philosophy, and glimpses of viable solutions may seep through. Failing allows the next best theory to take effect and allows the growth of human knowledge to prosper by letting the fittest theories survive. This is known as the 'natural selection of hypotheses'. Popper states, "Our knowledge consists of those hypotheses which have shown their fitness by surviving so far in their struggle for existence, a competitive struggle which eliminates those hypotheses which are unfit."
Keep in mind that accepting our best theories, working with them and applying them, does not mean we have come to any final truths. We just get closer to figuring things out by eliminating the theories that do not work, and we stop wasting time on theories that have been proven unworkable or illogical.
By combining these best theories, a skeletal framework of knowledge appears. I have called this framework SYNTHESISM.
- Rationality, Autonomy, and The Collective
- The Selfish Gene
- Selfishness is a Virtue
- Meme Theory
- Karl Popper
- Myth of the Framework
- Critical Rationalism
- Dialectic Idealism
- Dualistic Thinking
- Quantum Mechanics
- Unplanned Order
- Free Markets
- Within The Collective
- Message Board
Synthesism in action?
Not all human enterprize is free. There is a social cost of libery. Decentralized taxation is the synergetic means of control and ought to be a prerequisit to regulation.
Regulation should be avoided whenever possible. All law should fit in one book such that it can be known. Law should expire in ten years unless reinacted. The totality of civil law is Thou shall not kill, and thou shall not steal my freedom, my identity or property given I use an acceptable personal share of our planets resources. The rest is between individuals and their God, not a matter of government.
In chaotic economic systems taxing the positive indicators, income and sales, results in downturns. Enterprize that is taxed, is not free. Taxation is a powerful control on human enterprize. It ought control that which has social cost, not that which is desirable. Objective criterial must adjust taxation to reflect changing economic condition free of political influence as is possible. Taxation of resource utilization, for example, could thus guarentee the preservation of our scarce resources, while taxing those who consume the most, rather than those who need government services the most and cannot afford them.
Taxation has been arbitrary. Any change ought not be just another political whim method. It is only desirable to change taxation if we are constrained to employ the best economic models available (e.g. Federal Reserve Board).