rules of humanism

July 15th, 2008 by Romeo Anghelache

Bored? Skeptic? Tired? Here is a tonic sketch of what a healthy humanist should aim for, IMO:

Modify your country’s constitution so that it incorporates the following principles:

  1. the end of all the evils principle:
    1. The total wealth of any human should be limited, at any moment, to a lifetime of average wages.

      This will not affect about 95% of the earth population but will take care of the private groups puppetting your elected representatives and the main beneficiaries of wars. This principle enforces a larger group of people to agree for whatever costly action or for whatever law is to be voted. This enlarged agreement is pushed closer to common-sense. Media will get cleaner because media owners will have to ally first in order to manipulate the public. Prices cannot get so easily out of the control of the average citizen. Economic growth becomes meaningful to the entire society. Oh, and real democracy is restored, the environment will get better too. Think about it, it’s not a usual idea, but it might be the one effective tool against many of the today’s core evils.

      Essentially, this principle replaces ‘hiring’ with ‘collaborating’.

      If you still think unlimited wealth is no problem, read further the Chronicles of extreme Inequality and the links therein.

  2. the separation between public and private property principle:

    This is a requirement of complete transparency when public matters or property are of concern.

    1. Ban lobbying or mandate the public access to archives of the lobbying activity, records of funds transfer and audio records of any interaction between a lobbyist and a public administrator, at the expense of lobbyists.
    2. Make accessible archives made of every record of wealth transfer between public property and private property and the complete identification of those involved in the transaction(s).
    3. All the input-output records (resources received, from where, and the products resulted from those resources) of a group of people acting as a corporation, private company, NGO etc. should be archived and made accessible to the public inside a time limit less than a month.
    4. Loans should be limited to a half an year’s average wage per person and loans with interest should be banned.

      This helps people have a more realistic attitude whenever their wishes get formulated. This will also allow for a more relaxed and honest life.

  3. the inclusive democracy principle:
    1. Elections of public administrators (from the president of your country to the garbage handlers in your area) and decisions have to be made through the internet directly by each citizen concerned as often as needed (daily, if necessary). No intermediary representatives are necessary.
  4. the humanist principle:
    1. Internet connectivity (communication network), education, research, health services, minimal food and minimal housing starting with the age of 18, should be publicly provided and are an organic part of your tax pay: they become part of the human’s definition in a civilized world.
    2. Makes any knowledge resulting from public/administrative works (those which are paid at least partially with your tax money) to be publicly accessible for any taxpayer at no further costs.

      Because civilization gets reset with each death-birth pair event, the only way to avoid repeating historical errors is to preserve a clean record of them. This also allows any citizen to put this knowledge in practice or to forward it without the formal processes typical of today’s institution of science.

    3. No instruments for killing at a distance are to be produced, handled, imported or used.
    4. Active advertisement becomes a criminal act; the bill should also state that anybody who produces or has something to offer to the society has the right to provide a detailed list with those goods on its own website; the public administration has the obligation to minimally list it in a public “yellow pages” service which is accessible to all the citizens at no further cost.
    5. Label all the products created with non-renewable natural resources as such, in percents from all the natural resources used to create that product.
    6. Ban personal transportation which consumes non-renewable resources from high-density (urban) population areas and create instead a network of public sidewalks, and public transportation such as subways and railways. Replace each car with a tree.
    7. Mandate open-source software use in public administration.
    8. Mandate institutional repositories for scientific work records, where the work has been supported, at least partially, from public funds.
    9. Abortion, euthanasia and laziness are human rights.

      Those who disagree should assume in person the economical and social responsibility for their opinion.

    10. The maximum number of formal working hours per day is limited to 6.

If the European Union constitution would have looked even remotely like this, perhaps it would have been in place by now.

Attitudes:

  1. Blog about your life and the society you live in, link/comment on others’ similar blogs: create a decentralized network of actual knowledge humanity can never lose, the real library.

    Blog at your own expense, blogs/personal websites paid by advertisement are just an excuse to make some lame money. Blog like there’s no tomorrow, because, incidentally, that’s quite possible.

  2. Monitor your public administrators and keep them under public control.
  3. Consume only the necessary; if you got very far from the average, go check your health.
  4. Minimize your predator activity (killing animals for food, exploiting others for your benefit).
  5. Strike a balance between reading fiction and non-fiction.
  6. Ask yourself from time to time why you’re doing what you’re doing. If you’re not happy with the answer, act on it without delay.
  7. Copyrighted (commercial, non-shareable) intellectual works are a half-assed way to make some lame money.

    The intention of these works is not to illuminate you, but to convince you to pay for the author’s drinks; you pay not for the intellectual work but for the support that it’s stored on. Learn/use only open-access intellectual resources, ignore/don’t quote the rest; you won’t miss anything significant: if somebody wants to sell his “intellectual property” he will tune his message to maximize the selling, hence the authentic substance of his message, if there ever was one, is buried in garbage, it’s not worth your time as a reader.

    Commercially copyrighted intellectual works are not culture but circus, entertainment. Give the commercial copyrighted intellectual work what it deserves: if you pay for it, use it and don’t advertise it to anybody else; minimize your costs and your neighbor’s time waste.

Umm, did I forget anything important?

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