Survival Despite the People: Democratic Destruction or Sustainable Meritocracy

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Date of Publication: September 14, 2016

Year of Publication: 2016

Publisher: Self-published

Author(s): Didem Aydurmus

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Without working life support systems life on Earth becomes impossible. This book recognises this simple condition as inescapable matter of politics and therefore political science. The continuation of life, survival, as a minimum objective for all governance, cannot be ignored.

However, contemporary political thought is dominated by democracy promotion and this potentially undermines chances for sustainability. Given the current catastrophic course in regard to climate change and environmental destruction, prior assumptions need to be put under scrutiny.

If democracy cannot protect nature, the definition of good governance necessarily needs to be revised. Political systems can be evaluated on their consequences and their ability to protect nature as the most fundamental common good. Here, this book clearly ventures beyond a simple dichotomisation of democracy and autocracy as good and evil. Ultimately, any form of government needs to cope with the reality of physical limits of (human) nature as they are not negotiable.


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If you are interested in learning more about Didem Aydurmus’s work on the ability, or inability, for democracy to protect nature keep your eyes out for an upcoming post to the MAHB Blog contributed by Aydurmus!

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  • Jan Hearthstone

    Grass Roots Government–by All for All.
    http://www.modelearth.org/grassgov.html

    A community governed by grass root government is governed by a master
    plan (note1), a “social contract”, that is perpetually being improved
    upon by all of the citizens’ ideas about what their optimal existence
    should be like. These ideas are being evaluated on their own merit, not
    by who inputs these ideas. Everyone is invited to this cooperative effort.

    The vetting of ideas being inputted is based on how well these ideas
    would contribute to the overall harmony of the entire system in the
    whole span of the spectrum–from a family to the whole world–with all
    of its human and non-human members alike.

    This cooperatively being created master plan governs the society by
    being authoritative; this quality is caused by the transparency of its
    creation. Everyone is able to scrutinize every idea being inputted and
    implemented in the plan. Everyone is being governed by ideas that they
    have control over.

    There are no leaders and their followers–only ideas that
    contribute to the optimal welfare of every single member of the system
    and to the welfare of the whole system lead and are being followed.

    Notes:

    note1:

    Master Plan (One could substitute “vision”, “model” for the term “master plan”–see synonyms bellow):

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/master%20plan

    http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/master-plan
    Some synonyms of “master plan”:

    Blueprint, design, program, project, road map, scheme, strategy (from among other terms).
    From: http://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/master%20plan

    Related:
    Ecologically and Socially Sustainable Education: Creating a Sustainable World.

    • Didem Aydurmus

      Unfortunately, I am more of a scientist than a dreamer. Unfortunately,
      small communities tend to be the most oppressive when it comes to
      deviant behaviour. Unfortunately, the greener idea has so far not shown
      to be the one people pick. Hierarchies are often replicated. People might not want to engage with other’s ideas, but use platforms for their own agenda. This is all
      extensively discussed in “Participation as Panacea”. Let me know if you
      find any mistakes. Scientists should like revision.