Freitag, 2. August 2013

Panocracy and evolutionary Democracy

Panocracy is a redesign of our society that tries to maximize human cooperation and individual freedom at the same time. Today people are divided into nations, where some have a lot of freedom and others less.

Freedom is a very subjective term and has different meanings around the world, U.S citizen would fight for their freedom to carry weapons, while Swiss citizens would do the same for their freedom and right to participate in the decision making process, because of the direct democracy.

Now there is a ongoing effort to spread "democracy" throughout the world, but very often this "democracy" means that the people can choose now their leaders and do not get any real rights to participate. This is called a representative Democracy, we could now argue if this is the best form of democracy (there are many more here). Or we could evolve into a custom fitted one :)

Now imagine a society where everybody could choose his or her jurisdiction (this is called Panarchy) freely or create their own. What probably would happen is that those "societies" with the most individual freedom and the best adapted "democracy form" would thrive and people would freely gather there. On the other hand, any hierarchic society where some have advantages over others would probably fall apart, because people would just move where they are free.

In a Panocracy, communities do not compete like our nations to become the world most powerful, but cooperate like cells in every organism. To understand Panocracy it is helpful to imagine our society as an huge organism. Individuals will join so called Moy-Cells freely, these can show differences in their decision making process, where some will have a direct democracy, others consensus, delegative democracy, etc. The Moy-Cell would be your "neighborhood" and the fundamental social structure, where people work, eat, live etc. A bunch of those Cells would create a bigger cell, which would get different responsibilities because it has different opportunities (more people pooled together). This model scales infinitely and is a so called bottom up approach, instead of a top-down like current nations. Those cells would pop up and go down and only those would stay that are very suitable for cooperative environments.

Montag, 10. Juni 2013

Panocracy - Intro

Panocracy is the principle that everyone has the right to participate in the making of decisions that affect them and no one has the right to assume someone else's authority for the decisions they make.

Panocracy is a utopia developed by Tobias Blubb in 1991. It resembles Anarcho-syndicalism. One of the main paradigms in the book "Panokratie" (German for Panocracy) is the phenomenon of autarchygenesis, which basically means that social hierarchies arise by themselves. This will lead naturally to the oppression of a big part of a given society, a problem which mankind never has overcome until this day.

The proposed panocratic solution would be a so called "Up-System" as opposed to our current "Down-System" where most of us are ruled upon by some form of authority, usually the government. A "Up-System" would require some structural changes to society namely in it's decision making processes, where direct democracy would replace representative democracy, but also in education and economy.

This is the core principle, the fundamental idea, but how this can be achieved or would look like in practice is a completely different question. Although  there is a German book describing in detail such a utopian world, I will focus in this blog on synthesizing this idea with already existing concepts, social change movements and upcoming technologies. I hope that in the end I can provide "mental pathways" to this idea no matter what your background is and of course you could always read the book and hopefully arrive at similar conclusions. If there aren't enough information in English available right now, you should check out the German version of this blog and the original Panocracy website.

You're very welcome to discuss Panocracy on Reddit.