Epistocracy: Should “Experts” Rule?

What is an Epistocracy? Does it represent a viable or even preferable alternative to Democracy? In order to understand what it is we should begin by placing it within the context of an ongoing battle between two opposing forces around the globe: elites and populists. As populist candidates and issues have gained traction among the masses in recent years – most conspicuously with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump – a few elites have started to question the desirability of democracy, broadly conceived as the rule of the people, for the people, and by the people. As the name suggests, Epistocracy is the rule of the most knowledgeable (episteme = knowledge) members of society – so-called “experts” – over everyone else. It is seen by its advocates, admittedly only a small number at the moment, as being a superior form of government to Democracy, especially within a techno-scientific, bureaucratically-administered world[…]

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Improving Race Relations by Shifting the Narrative

Race relations around the world are worsening each day, and this trend must be reversed quickly if we are to avoid widespread violence and social disintegration in the near future. This is especially true within multiracial nations like the United States, and it’s imperative that we develop new tactics for alleviating racial antagonisms, posthaste. Since our political leaders seem either unwilling or unable to move our racially-diverse society in this direction, we must endeavor to do so – as with everything else – at the grassroots level. We must engage in this noble struggle until enough pressure is created from below to make them responsive to our most pressing need, which is to forge a compelling collective identity beyond material self-interest, racial identity, and the like. The goal of any new strategy must be to generate goodwill instead of enmity, and with that in mind certain tactics now employed –[…]

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On the Ambiguities of Nationalism

Nationalism has come heavy attack in recent years, mainly through its associations with racism, xenophobia, and other illiberal things which run contrary to our modern multicultural value system. In its current “populist” form it represents a legitimate threat to the interests of wealthy and connected global elites, and they’ve come out hard against it. This is shown in the perpetual barrage of attacks by the “mainstream media” and “establishment politicians” on populist movements around the globe like Brexit, and especially on the the presidency of Donald Trump in the United States. And yet many of these same elites who so vigorously oppose nationalism now were its biggest champions not so long ago. This is particularly true in the United States. Both Republicans and Democrats alike made frequent emotional appeals to the American populace in support of an ambitious foreign agenda after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Our “freedom” and democracy[…]

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Considerations on the Rise of Donald Trump

As many political observers have noted, Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States has thrown the Left into chaos. The party which prides itself on its compassion and tolerance has gone a bit crazy, it seems, and hatred of Trump – along with anything even remotely associated with him – has led to some curious developments within progressive ranks. Who’d have thought, for instance, that it’d be progressives who’d place complete trust in intelligence agencies like the FBI, who’d be taking a bellicose nationalist stance towards foreign powers like Russia, and who’d be singing the praises of global free trade. And yet this is exactly what has happened. The Left is looking an awful lot like what it used to combat – and very honorably I might add – in the name of human freedom and dignity. One of the riddles that Democrats still can’t seem to figure[…]

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The Shortcomings of Globalisation

The Shortcomings of Globalisation

Were you dumbfounded and shocked upon hearing of the outcome of the Brexit vote? Have you felt the anxiety of being in a strange world that you could no longer understand after the results of the US elections? Then you have likely acquired a cultural blindspot which prevents you from fully understanding these recent events. These happenings cannot be understood except by analysing their cause – when we are blind to the causes of things, we struggle to navigate in the world, fear for the future, and are unable to adjust to what is happening around. The solution lies in the illumination that comes from real understanding of the cause – the shortcomings of globalisation. Asymmetric Development The phenomenon of globalisation is at the heart of the recent world crisis. What we observe are only reactions to the shortcomings of globalisation. It is true that globalisation has done much good[…]

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