Words to World, cont

I’m tired of hearing politicians say we spread democracy around the world.. the US… is not a democracy.. it is a republic, and when we set up US friendly governments who will give us bargain basement rates on the country’s natural resources, it’s always a republic.*1
So we should say we are spreading republic, around the world, even though it might not sound as good… but it’s accurate.
This may sound like a picky point to some… but it’s analogous to saying I hopped on a Greyhound car from Philadelphia to Atlantic City.
It’s almost exactly the same as if you said that Democrat politicians were the party of small government, low taxes, and reasonable spending, and then when I called you on it you said, oh you meant to say that was the Republican politicians.
That’s ridiculous… there’s no such party.
Though I can’t say I blame you for not being able to tell them apart.
There’s a lot bigger difference between democracy and a republic than there is between Democratic and Republican politicians. *2
With words, the easiest way to drill down to their definitions is to look at the root words.
Republic (root word keys REpresentative or of the Public) are where you vote for a person to represent you. This is the dominant form government in the world.
Democracy (Demo, people, cracy, meaning rule of) is true rule by the people, and they can vote on every issue, though it does not necessarily preclude having governmental staff. *3 The only actual practice of this form of government was in ancient Greek city states … and ended with Alexander the Great’s conquest.
While we are in the process of cleaning up words that represent government systems…
Communism…. Root keys (commune- people living in a given space with the belief that they are in a common ecosystem, sharing resources. And ism, the belief in. )
The idea is, that people in a given area, have some say over how the collective resources in their community are used seems to me to be intuitive
The feeling of revulsion, unease I get when I say communist or communism(but not community, and commune brings to mind flower children)is because I think most people define communism with the Soviet Union… truthfully… it’s a terrible example.. far as I can tell, that government was nearly a dictatorship, or you could make a case for it being an oligarchy, or perhaps aristocracy. An elite ruling class, Party members, who ran pretty much everything in the country, centered around a strong leader, and just as importantly, centered in one place, Moscow.*4
Oligarchy ( rule of the few or a small group) As far as I know, there have been very few explicit cases of oligarchy in history. However, the Iron Law of Oligarchy posits that all forms of organization eventually end up as oligarchies.
From Wikipedia:
Robert Michels believed that any political system eventually evolves into an oligarchy. He called this the “iron law of oligarchy”. According to this school of thought, modern democracies should be considered as oligarchies. In these systems, actual differences between viable political rivals are small, the oligarchic elite impose strict limits on what constitutes an ‘acceptable’ and ‘respectable’ political position, and politicians’ careers depend heavily on unelected economic and media elites. Thus the popular phrase: there is only one political party, the ‘incumbent’ party.
[edit]Corporate Oligarchy (Corporatocracy)
Corporate oligarchy is a form of power, governmental or operational, where such power effectively rests with a small, elite group of inside individuals or influential economic entities or devices, such as banks, commercial entities that act in complicity with, or at the whim of the oligarchy, often with little or no regard for constitutionally protected prerogative.

Words to the World/Rectification of Names

Confucius was once asked by a ruler how to fix a corrupt and failing state… and he answered, “What is needed first, is the rectification of names.” What he meant by this was that, for best functioning of any group from roommates to societies, words must be defined precisely. Specifically in two instances:

1. Concepts- In order to have a quality discussion leading to a proper decision, the merits/faults of different options, the involved parties must have the same concept in mind.
For example, when a New Yorker talks of the merits of mass transit, they are picturing a mostly enclosed railway system, running from every 5-10 minutes to at most every half hour that will drop them off within 3 blocks of wherever they need to go. When a person from Iowa suburbs speaks of mass transit, they are picturing a bus they wait for, outside, in rain or snow that may drop them off from a block to a mile away from their destination, perhaps an hour before they are supposed to be there, because that’s the only time the bus comes. Those two pictures are very different, but hung on the same phrase, do not provide the necessary tools for effective dialogue.

2. Roles- Having a clear, named roles, and making sure people understanding of their respective roles allows individuals to excel at them, and for others to 1. Interact effectively with that person 2. make proper judgments on their performance in those roles, if the individual should be praised, nagged, or replaced.

For example, when President Obama commented on the Skip Gates police officer arresting Harvard professor in his own home…said that blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately stopped by police, he was criticized heavily (including Jon Stewart) for commenting on it, as it was “not his place to get involved”. And had he directly intervened, they would have been correct, since it was a local affair.

However, the President is a citizen, and may speak as he sees fit. Further, he has responsibility for law enforcement and federal prison systems. With such an obvious example of differential treatment in the way the law is enforced, it is his responsibility to start an investigation on racism on the federal level, and set an example for the states to follow. Later, if a state continues to employ tactics demons ratably racist, to intervene further. If every school child was taught to know the role of the President, every adult and child would know that it is part of the role, and to ask for more from him.

A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve. If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success. When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot. Therefore a superior man considers it necessary that the names he uses may be spoken appropriately, and also that what he speaks may be carried out appropriately. What the superior man requires is just that in his words there may be nothing incorrect.

– Confucius, Analects, XIII, 3, tr. Legge

Introduction/Series Plan

The focus of this blog is to provide an underlying framework for real discussion about what is going on in our world (America-focused), a vision about what it should be, and how we get there on both a societal and personal level. There is a focus on the meanings of words;in a society where advertising and PR have so infiltrated the fabric of our society news rooms near political events are brazenly called spin rooms.. it is time to focus on truth. We will also stress keeping comments short and simple, to respect one another’s time, foster real discussion, and allow us to spread our newly enlightened paradigm of all levels of education easily.

We will start off, with society wide issues, and circle back around to equivalent topics as they apply to personal life and living. We will touch upon the words of great philosophical minds and speakers of past and present, including Confucius, Buddha, Sun Tzu, Jesus, Einstein and of course, myself, 😉 Along the way, I hope to develop action groups, learn new things, teach a few things, change the world, dissolve some the absolutist ideologies and false oppositional dichotomies, and make and introduce a few new friends. You will notice I tend to speak absolutely; I do expect to nail most things on the head 85%time… meaning just about always, but refinement will make it better. I’m open however, to being wrong, as this is a quest to understand, and find the best possible solution, and the important thing is us having the best answer, helping others to understand and make it real, not you or I being right or wrong. So if you notice something, please let me know; you will not hurt my feelings, and you will probably teach me something. Also be open to the possibility that it may end up being you who learns something.

We start off with a piece that underscores the necessity of understanding words- Words to the World. The second will be War, because it’s Memorial day, and it seems to be the biggest no brainer in terms of what must be done. We will see that it is actually very much intertwined with both Economy and Energy. I’m going to try to do three a week… I’m a slooooooow writer and I expect to be very busy, very soon. Two general concepts, and a one or two off about things that are going on, like BP oil spill, or deflating the Republican propaganda machine…(Hannity talking about getting back to the “wisdom” of Reagan burns me… oh don’t get it twisted.. I think I’m as right wing as I am left, and most Dem politicians need to be thrown, preferably physically out of office but those Fox guys are bold, straight faced liars)

Group Identification
Collectivism vs individualism
Quality of life
Law what it is, and what it must become
Drugs- Definition, Proper usage, law, treatment

By the way, I am of sound mind… well, I will never kill myself anyway, and I got plans to live better than I ever have before. Just sayin’. When you talk as strong as I’m about to, sometimes people get upset.