"There is one thing stronger than all the armies of the world,
and that is an idea whose time has come." Victor Hugo (H/t CH)

 

Welcome to...

  SelfGovernanceScience.com
  21stCenturyCivic.com
  535PKQs.com
 

 

3 domain names...

1 academic objective: Build broad based public support for making Self-Governance (S-G) Science an accredited field of study.

S-G Science (or Comparative Self-Governance): the study of competing models of self-governance a democracy's voters can use in their national legislative election process (NLEP) to elect the members of their national legislature.

1 civic objective: Introduce a new, uniquely 21st century theory of self-governance into mainstream America's marketplace of new ideas:

The Theory of Strategic Cooperation.

1 neological objective: Make every American (old enough to understand what government "of, by, and for the people" means) fluent in the "language" of Strategic Cooperation.

 

 

"If you want something you've never had, you must be
willing to do something you've never done."
Unknown

 

The case for making Self-Governance Science
an accredited field of study

(and why you should support the effort)

The conventional wisdom within much of our political science community is that American democracy's days are numbered -- that the question isn't if, but when.

Why? Ultimately, it boils down to our voters' cognitive shortcomings.

Political scientist/psychologist, Shawn W. Rosenberg (University of California, Irvine) best summed up that view this way:

"...for the most part, people lack the requisite cognitive capacities for integration and abstraction needed for the kind of systemic understanding, considered judgment and critical reflection that liberal democracy requires of its citizenry."

TRANSLATION: not enough of our voters are smart enough to engage in the process of self-governance competently or effectively.

 

America's ~155 million voters
LOC: left-of-center
ROC: right-of-center

(too many of this group)

NOT
smart enough

(not enough of this group)

MORE THAN
smart enough

 

On the surface, our political experts' logic seems rock solid: a truly intelligent electorate would never allow their national legislature to be hijacked by what our LOC and ROC voters have allowed their U.S. Congress to be hijacked by:

warring factions of entrenched, corrupted-by-power politicians whose members -- while sincere and well-meaning (probably almost to a person) -- are also (for the most part) nakedly self-serving, blatantly craven, truth-twisting finger pointers who rely heavily on every politically ambitious politician's (PAP's) favorite "weapon," demagoguery, to insure their repeated re-election bids and/or grow their, or their party's, political power.

Self-Governance Science offers an alternative, "21st century" theory for why American democracy is collapsing -- as well as why America's LOC and ROC voters are trapped in a part-Groundhog Day, part-Twilight Zone S-G nightmare from which there seems no escape.

More importantly, this new field of study provides the S-G solutions our voters need to save their democracy and escape their nightmare.

To begin, S-G Science makes it clear that American democracy isn't collapsing because voters aren't intelligent enough to practice democracy competently. Our U.S. Congress is broken/dysfunctional, and our national politics and national democratic process have been slowly but steadily "deteriorating" over the last several decades, because generations of our low and high cognitive capacity voters have been using the Bloodless War (BW) model (a.k.a. the Beavis and Butt-head model) to elect their 535 members of Congress.

new knowledge FYI:

A democracy's voters use the Bloodless War model (or 2 Phase NLEP) when their S-G objective is to elect warrior-politicians (W-Ps) to their national legislature.

In America's case...

 

S-G Objective: the overarching objective that factions of voters use their votes to accomplish.

 

 

Since W-Ps (a.k.a. PAPs) are the last people on the planet our LOC and ROV voters should be handing the reins of power in the U.S. House and Senate, the obvious question is: why have generations of our voters been doing it?

The short answer (seen through the lens of effective S-G): At no point has it ever occurred to generations of our voters (or to generations of political scientists) that the Democrats and Republicans our LOC and ROC voters elect to Congress would be able to solve (relatively easily) America's major economic, financial, fiscal and societal (EFFS) problems -- in many cases, completely and permanently (and solve them no matter which party controlled either chamber in a given session of Congress) -- if our LOC and ROC voters' S-G objective was to elect non-warrior, non-politicians to the House and Senate.

new knowledge FYI:

  • PKQ: philosopher king/queen
  • PKQ-caliber legislator (or just: PKQ): the mirror opposite of a
    W-P/PAP, i.e., non-self-serving, non-politically ambitious, non-power hungry, non-politician.

The Strategic Cooperation (SC) model of S-G (or 3 Phase NLEP)

America's LOC and ROC voters would use the SC model (a.k.a. the Einstein model) to elect their members of Congress if their shared apolitical/non-ideological (ANI) S-G objective was to keep their national legislature continually replenished with a steady supply of PKQ-caliber legislators, i.e., legislators who will be willing, if elected, to serve in office for a “few years” -- House (4-6), Senate (6) -- as a one-time civic duty. But only a few years because both they and the voters understand just how easily political power (especially at the national legislative level) can corrupt even the best of us.

 

 

A graphic cause/effect comparison of
PAP- vs. PKQ-controlled Congresses

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Net result of generations of PAP-controlled Congresses

 

 

 

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Net result of PKQ-controlled Congresses

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re least vs. most desirable democracies

new knowledge FYI:

  • Dystopic democracy: a democracy/constitutional republic whose national legislature stays permanently controlled by PAPs.

  • Neartopic democracy: a democracy/CR whose national legislature stays permanently controlled by PKQs.

 

 

"Power is such a dangerous thing that ideally it should be wielded by people who don't want to use power, who would rather be doing something else, but who are willing to serve a certain number of years as a one-time duty, preferably at the end of a career doing something else." Thomas Sowell [boldface and underline added]

 

 

Two useful S-G takeaways...

  1. Political factions in PAP-controlled Congresses endlessly engage in bloodless war, with much of the war fought purely to acquire political power for its own sake.
    • The "collateral damage" from generations of PAP-controlled Congresses fighting their "bloodless" war: America's major EFFS problems.

  2. Political factions in PKQ-controlled Congresses solve their nation's EFFS problems.

One useful S-G observation...

IF knowledge is power,
THEN new self-governance knowledge is new self-governance power.

 

One very important question...

If you were to poll the American people with the following survey question:

If you had the power to wave a magic wand, and all 535 of Congress' "politicians" would instantly be transformed into a modern democracy's equivalent of philosopher kings and queens (PKQs) -- would you wave it?

Chances are that most of America's 155 million LOC and ROC voters, most of her ~65-70 million 4th grade -- PhD level students, and most everyone else in society would wave the wand (in a heartbeat).

Who might not wave it? The rabidly doctrinaire and most of those with a vested interest in the status quo, e.g., political cronies.

 

In a nutshell, these are some of the reasons you should support Self-Governance Science becoming an accredited academic discipline. In fact, one could easily argue that the fate of American democracy depends on your support.

For now, showing your support consists of liking this page and/or its Facebook page and/or Twitter page (you can also share it to your FB page).

 

 

 
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What follows are a number of observations re this new field of study.

 

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Albert Einstein

making the inconceivable, conceivable

The following thought experiment is the fastest, easiest way for our political scientists, their students, and America's voters to get their heads around the idea of our U.S. Congress being able to solve America's major problems -- once (as inconceivable as it may seem) our LOC and ROC voters begin keeping the House and Senate continually replenished with liberals, conservatives, libertarians, social democrats, etc. who don't have (relatively speaking) self-serving, politically ambitious or power hungry bones in their bodies .

 

The most important of S-G Sci's "21st century" thought experiments*

* may qualify as the most thought provoking, most “new knowledge” spawning, and longest titled thought experiment of the 21st century.

The
U.S. Congress Consisting Of One Passionately Liberal Philosopher King
And
One Passionately Conservative Philosopher Queen
Thought Experiment

(a.k.a. the Two PKQ Congress Thought Experiment).

To begin, let's imagine that America's voters wave a magic wand that instantly turns our two chamber, 535 seat Congress into a one chamber, two seat Congress – one seat permanently reserved for a passionately liberal philosopher king, the other for a passionately conservative philosopher queen.

Let's call them PKQ-caliber legislators, or PKQs for short, which makes them the mirror opposite of the self-serving PAPs who overwhelmingly dominate both political factions in Congress.

To make our two PKQs even more exceptional, let's give both of them the:

  • intelligence of an Einstein,
  • wisdom of a Solomon,
  • compassion of a Mother Teresa,
  • pure logic of a Mr. Spock,
  • ingenuity of a MacGyver,
  • vision of an Elon Musk,
  • moral compass of a Nelson Mandela.

Finally, our PKQs' genetic profile mirrors our general population: in round numbers, roughly 61% white, 18% hispanic, 13% black, 6% asian, 2% other.

We now have what Plato and others in history have called the most perfect or ideal form of government possible (given our species' many human flaws and shortcomings):

a benign dictatorship.

In this case, it's a benign co-legislatorship. One that issues its decrees in the form of legislation jointly crafted by our co-dictator-legislators -- which they then wisely assign our Executive Branch the responsibility of implementing and enforcing.

FYI: this is the Legislative/Executive Branch relationship our founders drafted into the Constitution, with the expressed intention that the President of the United States never become an Imperial President (which, fyi, is exactly what an unbroken chain of craven, responsibility-phobic, PAP-controlled U.S. Congresses allowed to happen starting a long time ago).

Back to our PKQs. For any legislation to become law, both of our PKQs have to vote for it. And since one PKQ is passionately liberal while the other is passionately conservative, any legislation they craft must not offend either PKQ's ideological values or principles.

From this thought experiment, a number of questions come to mind:

1.

How many of America's major economic, financial, fiscal and societal (EFFS) problems can our PKQ-controlled Congress solve with legislation that doesn't offend the ideals and principles of liberalism or conservatism?

Answer: Essentially, all of them, principally (but not solely) via a new legislative policy formulation process (which will produce new "categories" of legislation).

One notable formulation process begins by our legislators (perhaps with the help/involvement of grade school, high school and college civics classes around the nation) systematically going through the hundreds of thousands of pages of legislation enacted into law by all 117 current and past Congresses (= 230+ years).

Then, relying on hindsight, common sense, Einstein-level intelligence, Solomon-like wisdom, etc., removing every self-serving legislative provision inserted by every PAP who has ever served in Congress -- which, fyi, is a lot of PAPs.

For the time being, let's call these self-serving provisions: "dysfunctionalizing" legislative provisions (DLPs).

Here's an instructive way to visualize their accumulation over time...

Why the term: dysfunctionalizing? Because, at some point, it should become apparent that DLPs, which one could reasonably estimate number in the hundreds of thousands -- PLUS the tens of thousands (?), hundreds of thousands (?) of bureaucratic rules and regulations that were directly or indirectly created as a result of the DLPs -- are responsible for dysfunctionalizing America's major systems:

  • free market system
  • healthcare system
  • financial system
  • public education system
  • criminal justice system
  • mental heath system
  • immigration system
  • etc.

FYI: there are a number of ways to think of each individual DLP.

For example:

  • As a tiny wrench thrown into the gears of one or more of our major systems. One tiny wrench, too small to notice. A million or more wrenches (= dysfunctionalized systems).
  • As a serving of simple sugars or trans fats added to an otherwise healthy meal. One meal, no problem. 200 years of sugar and trans fat laden meals = major systems suffering from chronic "diseases."
    • And the "symptoms" of the diseases: America's major EFFS problems.
  • As a very small explosive devise set off inside or outside a skyscraper. One explosion here and there, manageable. After 200+ years of unrepaired explosions = heavily damaged structure, electrical system, plumbing system, etc.
    • see following "DYSFUNCTIONALIZED SYSTEMS" graphic.

In cause/effect terms, DLPs help explain, in a manner of speaking, the "birthplace" of the lion's share of our major EFFS problems, i.e., where they "came from."

This, in turn, explains not only why so many of our problems seem so intractable, so impervious to (painless) legislative solutions, but also why generations of our liberal and conservative intelligentsia (in academia and think tanks, especially) have been arguing ad nauseam the same "talking points" re which political party's policies -- e.g., tax cuts vs. government spending -- have hurt vs. helped our economy, economic growth, unemployment numbers, etc.

 

aside: for all intent and purposes, all of America's major EFFS problems come under the category: PAP Created Problems (PAPCPs).

(Figuratively speaking) PAPCPs account for 99% of America's problems, and (literally speaking) explain why PAP-controlled Congresses represent an existential threat to America's EFFS wellbeing -- and, eventually, to American democracy.

 

Back to DLPs...

DLPs go a long way toward destroying the Democratic and Republican parties' political/ideological (PI) myths re where America's major EFFS problems "come from."

The Republican Party, and hardcore conservatives, would have us believe they come from...

The Democratic Party, and hardcore liberals, would have us believe they come from...

Self-Governance Science's apolitical/non-ideological (ANI) TRUTH

They actually come from...

 

The concept of DLPs opens the door to other 21st century insights as well, for example, why our free market system isn't even remotely free, or fair -- or why "predatory capitalism" is so dominate -- since DLPs are the means by which the last 230 years of self-serving PAPs in Congress have engaged in the wholesale practice of various forms of legalized corruption -- i.e., government created and/or sanctioned "unfairness" -- e.g., special interest-, vested interest-, and political cronyism (e.g., patronage).

It's important to note that making our nation's free market system truly free and fair will not, in and of itself, rid America of all its EFFS problems. It is, after all, just one of many of our major systems in serious need of substantial repair by PKQ-caliber legislators (think: extensive "de-dysfunctionalization" agenda). But "optimizing" our economic system will get us well down the road to that highly desirable, easily achievable objective.

Systems de-dysfunctionalization and optimization:
piece of cake
or
massive nightmare (with major societal pushback)?

Will de-dysfunctionalizing (in some cases) and optimizing (in other cases) the many moving parts of our nation's major systems, be a piece of cake, legislatively speaking, for our PKQ-controlled Congresses?

In some cases, it probably won't. But in a great many cases, absolutely yes. That's because our national legislature will have a few things going for it -- starting with the fact that they won't be beholden to any special interest group(s) save one: America's 320+ million people.

That means, among things, that they will be able to draw upon the sum total of all planet Earth's economic, financial, fiscal and societal/sociological "knowledge."

Meaning, they will have a wealth of economic, financial, etc. data from dozens of major nations going back, in some cases, centuries. This is where IBM's Watson, plus big data algorithms, might be especially useful, e.g., correlating specific elements of legislative policies around the world to see which produced beneficial vs. harmful outcomes.

Equally, if not more, importantly, PKQ-controlled Congresses will have what no other national legislature preceding it had: the trust, faith, respect and support of the vast mainstream of our LOC and ROC voters – along with the rest of society as well.

Bottom line, our nation will be 100% behind our PKQ-controlled Congress' efforts to undo the damage done to our nation's major systems by generations of PAP-controlled Congresses.

   
2.

Let's assume that a small but critical mass of our most civic minded LOC and ROC voters decide to begin using social media, along with standard recruitment "tools and methods," to identify, then aggressively recruit, PKQ-caliber liberals, conservatives, etc. in advance of the Democratic and Republican primary processes.

Will they discover that individuals with this particular set of qualities are extremely rare? Somewhat rare? Not rare at all?

Answer: while an exact number is clearly out of the question, if we conservatively guesstimate a range of as few as 0.5% (one out of two hundred) of America's ~250 million adults, to as many as 5% (one out of twenty), there are between 1.25 -- 12.5 million Americans who qualify as "PKQ-caliber." In raw numbers, even at 0.5% that's a lot of people (almost 2,900 in each of our 435 congressional districts).

That's enough to keep Congress overflowing with a steady supply of highly capable liberal, moderate, conservative, etc. PKQ-caliber legislators for well over ten thousand years* (about 14,000 years to be exact).

* assumes the maximum time served in office for our 100 Senate and 435 House members is six years.

Fourteen thousand years. ** pause to let that fact sink in **

ASIDE: Knowing that (in raw numbers) our nation is literally awash with PKQ-caliber Americans -- but devoid of them in our U.S. Congress -- brings to mind a wonderful line from an outstanding Kathy Mattea song,

"...standing knee-deep in a river and dying of thirst."

 

3.

How can a Congress controlled by "amateurs" -- i.e., legislators who are not "professional" or career politicians -- run a nation as large and complex as America?

Answer: First, it should be obvious that Congress doesn't "run" America (thank goodness). Our nation is "run" by tens of millions of Americans distributed throughout:

  • dozens of major federal agencies
  • 50 fully functioning state governments
  • thousands of county, city and other government bodies, and
  • millions of:
    • businesses
    • community and social organizations
    • school boards, churches
    • charities, etc.

Next, PKQ-caliber legislators will be among the most intelligent, most educated -- most knowledgeable -- and most accomplished members of our society.

They will NOT be, as some might fear, erudite academicians who will rule from high atop Mt. Olympus, divorced from the reality of everyday life; blindly indifferent to the daily plight of the unwashed masses. America's voters, unwashed or otherwise, wouldn't give such people the time of day, much less recruit them to run for our national legislature.

Next, PKQ-caliber legislators will have what no other generation before us has had: the sum total of all human knowledge at their fingertips (or, rather, their smartphones). And IBM's Watson, Alexa, Siri, and other forms of artificial intelligence at their beck and call. Add to that the wealth of "flesh-and-blood" knowledge, experience, wisdom, expertise, etc. that will be at their disposal in our federal agencies, our many think tanks in Washington and around the country, our universities, Silicon Valley, our business sector, etc.

Finally -- and what all of us need to think long and hard about:

"You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality." Ayn Rand

Let's face it, if the collective we, i.e., LOC and ROC Americans, don't fix our broken Congress and our broken politics, our broken Congress and politics will end up destroying our democracy.

It's that simple.

 

3.

It is all but impossible to get high quality candidates, much less PKQ-caliber candidates, to run for Congress. So why should we expect to see sufficient numbers of PKQ-caliber candidates suddenly start stepping forward?

Answer: Most won't step forward, they'll have to be arm-twisted via social media -- or "recruited" via traditional recruiting methods. But they will agree to "run" because, like the vast majority of our society, they will want to see our nation's major EFFS problems actually get solved -- (this bears repeatedly repeating) in many cases, completely and permanently -- not kicked down the road, or papered over, or "solved" with wack-a-mole legislation, i.e., solves some problems in some areas at the expense of creating other problems in other areas.

 

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Lao Tzu

 

     

 
 
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"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge
but imagination."
Albert Einstein

 

Three "21st century" S-G principles

  • 21st century America's EFFS problems were not caused, created or exacerbated by political ideologies or governing philosophies but by generations of legislation crafted and enacted into law by self-serving PAPs.

  • 21st century America's EFFS problems will not be solved by political ideologies or governing philosophies but by legislation crafted and enacted into law by NON-self-serving, NON-PAPs (a.k.a. PKQ-caliber legislators).

  • Particularly at the national level, a well meaning politician with political ambitions is a politically ambitious politician first, and a well meaning human being an astronomically distant second

“If you control the language, you control the argument.”
George Orwell, 1984
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Using new language to change the academic and national debate

With just the handful of new terms and concepts you have encountered, our political scientists, and other political thinkers/problem solvers in our society, will be able to begin asking, and answering, entire new categories of questions.

Sample questions:

  • How much of America's extreme:
    • poverty,
    • income inequality,
    • social discontent,
    • racial strife,
    • rich vs. poor animus,
    • political/ideological tribalism,
    • etc.

      ...exists solely because America is a PAP-governed democracy?

  • How will America's "democratic process" change when voters begin viewing our myriad of EFFS problems in PAP vs PKQ terms -- and our NLEP in PAP- vs. PKQ-controlled Congresses terms?

  • What kind of macro- and micro-social and other changes would we expect to see occur, especially among our younger generations -- and how quickly would they occur -- if America's 535 national legislative role models were no longer PAPs, i.e., pontificating, finger pointing, responsibility avoiding, craven, demagogic, constantly demeaning the other side's values, principles, motives, etc. -- but were PKQ-caliber legislators?

  • What kind of legislative policies could (and would) a PKQ-controlled Congress craft and implement that a PAP-controlled Congress couldn't?
    • How many of those policies would be overwhelmingly supported by voters from across the political/ideological spectrum? (Hint: all of them.)
    • How many of those policies would actually solve the EFFS problems they were enacted to solve? (Hint: for all intent and purposes, all of them.)

  • What is the likelihood that a PKQ-controlled Congress will be able to actually (collectively) legislate and carry out their government oversight duties with the:
    • intelligence of an Einstein,
    • wisdom of a Solomon,
    • logic of a Mr. Spock,
    • compassion of a Mother Teresa,
    • moral compass of a Nelson Mandela,
    • ingenuity of a MacGyver
    • vision of a Steve Jobs
    • common sense of a Mark Twain

      (Hint: very likely)

  • What is the likelihood that PKQ-controlled Congresses will result in America's "Imperial Presidency" going the way of the dinosaurs.

    (Hint: 100% likely)

  • TRUE or FALSE: Self-Governance Science will enable America's 150 million voters to achieve their holy grail of self-governance: a veto-proof, filibuster-proof Congress capable of crafting and enacting the array of legislation needed to solve -- in many cases, completely and permanently -- all of America's major EFFS problems.

    (no hint needed)

 

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The Fundamental ANI Principle of Self-Governance.

    So long as Congress is controlled by self-serving PAPs, it will not matter which political party is in power, or which philosophy, liberalism or conservatism, they govern by. Over time, with rare exception, America's EFFS problems will continue to get larger, or more severe, or both.

    However, if Congress is controlled by PKQ-caliber legislators, it will not matter which party controls the House or Senate in any given election cycle, America's EFFS problems will get solved -- in many cases, completely and permanently -- with legislation that is neither "liberal" nor "conservative," but will be strongly supported by large majorities of America's liberals, moderates, conservatives, libertarians and social democrats.

Clearly, the idea that a significant number of America's voters not only could but would willingly learn how to practice democracy effectively or competently is a mind boggling idea to say the least.

Which is great news since those are the kind of ideas that have gotten our species to where we are.

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re Political Ambition

There are roughly half a million Americans serving in some form of elected office, most of them at the local level. A useful operating assumption is that, not all of them but the vast majority initially ran for office, not because they had political aspirations or they craved political power, but because they constitute that tiny minority of individuals in every democratic society who actually get off their butts and offer to perform what are often times the largely thankless tasks that have to be performed to insure that the many gears of a community (and a society) that are essential to their successful functioning don't stop turning.

(Because when enough gears stop turning, civilizations stop being "civilized.")

That said, within this group of well-meaning, well-intentioned individuals, there is no doubt a small(?)/ substantial(?) percentage who, once in office, experience the perks and privileges that came with their position. And however small or minor those perks may be, it corrupts their decision making -- maybe ever so slightly in some cases, considerably in others.

The reason for pointing this commonsense observation out is to underscore the larger takeaway: political ambition should be seen as a necessary evil at the local and, to a lesser extent, state level -- but a 100% unnecessary evil at the national legislative level.

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re America's political role models

What most stands out about essentially all of Congress' PAPs -- even the most well-meaning of them -- isn't pretty.

  • They are skilled in the art of demagoguery.
  • They pander to their base.
  • They are adept at avoiding responsibility for bad/unpopular outcomes and quick to take credit for good/popular outcomes.
  • Given the size of our national debt, and annual budget deficits, it is obvious that, with rare exception, PAPs are fiscally irresponsible and blatantly unaccountable.
  • PAPs resort to personal attacks, questioning the other side's honesty, integrity, motives, agenda, etc. if it is politically expedient for them to do so.
    • especially the case if their re-election is in jeopardy
  • When questioned by reporters, PAPs have no qualms about:
    • pointing the finger of blame at anyone and everyone except themselves,
    • not answering questions that might reflect negatively on them,
    • obfuscating, e.g., providing such mangled answers that no one knows what they said or meant.

Our nation's children and students grow up watching PAPs act like, well, PAPs -- i.e., finger pointing, quick to blame, bloviating, pompous, etc. Equally damaging, our youngest minds watch our PAPs' armies of true believers (and well-paid believers) in cable news, academia, national media, think tanks, Hollywood, etc. viscously belittling and disparaging the "other" sides' policies, motives, integrity, etc.

As a result, our children and students naturally assume that, contrary to what their parents, teachers, etc. may be preaching to them, this is "normal" behavior for people who disagree with each other on issues large and small.

The harmful (direct and indirect) ripple effects of this are almost impossible to calculate.

Suffice to say, a good case can be made that our nation's overall social behavior, attitudes, value systems, "character," etc. are all extremely unhealthy -- or diseased -- thanks to the unethical behavior and actions of literally generations of unethical PAPs in our nation's national legislature.

That's why, as a society, we are profoundly more:

    rude... crude... loud... greedy... envious... dishonest... angry... resentful... judgmental... self righteous... etc.

...and profoundly less:

thoughtful... conscientious... respectful... principled... courteous... peaceful... generous... civil... altruistic... resourceful... stoic... goal oriented... civic-minded... community focused... etc.

...than we would otherwise be.

Of course, what that also means is that when America's 535 role models are selfless, PKQ-caliber legislators, we will find our society -- especially our children -- quickly emulating the behavior of PKQ-caliber legislators.

Meaning they will quickly become profoundly LESS:

    rude... crude... loud... greedy... envious... dishonest... angry... resentful... judgmental... self righteous... etc.

...and profoundly MORE:

thoughtful... conscientious... respectful... principled... courteous... peaceful... generous... civil... altruistic... resourceful... stoic... goal oriented... civic-minded... community focused... etc.

 

The science of effective self-governance
is radical science
,
but it is not rocket science.

 

 
 
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Name: Montie Rainey
Profession: Retired, advocate of Self-Governance Science
Education: BS, Mathematics and Computer Science
(University of Illinois at Chicago, 1984)
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