Politics is about power. But politics reflects a particularly human use of power. Of power there are two kinds. When we talk about power we are usually talking about ideology. Power is an expression of the beliefs that motivate us. Democracy has been the universal desire of all men. It took many generations to form the idea of democratic freedom and our understanding of it is still not fully developed. Often we simply equate it with freedom. But there is also another sort of freedom. Anarchy is a selfish kind of freedom. It is the freedom that has created autocrats and which has enslaved mankind for most of our history.

The Divine Right Of Kings was a statement as to their freedom to do whatever pleased them. No one who believes he rules by virtue of Divine Right is going to support democracy. No one who believes in Democracy is going to claim the Divine Right of Kings. The two beliefs are contradictory.

Democracy creates community. This is defined by the connectivity between people. Community is the physical manifestation of our democratic networks and choice. When we make choices we create value. These values take the form of physical assets and in the use and exchange of our assets community is born. Democratic authority is based on the value a person brings to a community. The more value you create for the community the more connectivity you create and the more power you are able to exercise. 

Autocratic power is exclusionary, and divisive. The more pervasive authoritarian attitudes are the less connectivity that exists  between individuals and the less culturally rich the community. The objective of Rationalism is to enrich the cultural networks of community and to make community life more diverse and rich.

 

The Rules Of Reason:

  • The greater the connectivity the higher the level of equality, prosperity and intensity of social change.

  • To increase the propensity for social change increase the connectivity between citizens.

 

 

 

 


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