SOCIAL PRINCIPLES

for a more harmonious government

Foundational assumptions about the way society and government fucntion

1. Government policies cause unintended consequences.

Due to the constant changes and growth of society, large scale decisions often produce effects over time that were not directly intended by the policy, called unintended consequences.

2. Unintended consequences are difficult to predict when generating policies.

Dynamic and complex systems, such as the free market, require special tools to understand, model and predict. The predictive ability of politicians is limited by their conceptual and computational tools.

3. If we do not regulate or generate a policy, we cannot directly cause unintended consequences.

However, through inaction, unintended consequences may still occur. All decisions exist within a social and historical fabric that is shaped by every policy decision made until now. The effects of these decisions have created a momentum and trajectory that must be considered when making decisions about the future. Thus, the 'free market' is continually emerging as a reflection of the social configuration and relationships at the time. By choosing inaction, non-regulation, or worse--allowing profit-driven entities to regulate, we deny ourselves the ability to harmoniously tune the free market. Ultimately, if we choose not to regulate, unintended consequences may still occur that could have been avoided had we employed the appropriate tools to make an informed decision.

4. Markets tend toward harmonization if left to their own devices in a healthy market environment.

Nature tends toward harmonization in the appropriate conditions. This same principle, called autopoiesis, drives self-reproducing living systems, such as evolution, biological growth, and even the free market. However, these living systems require certain environmental conditions to sustain their life through time. The free market exhibits emergence life just like a flock of birds, a river, or a human body, but we need the right tools to account for the many environmental variables affecting the health of the free market. Emergentists claim the free market would naturally self-reproduce, evolve, and thrive if given a healthy environment. Then, the question becomes how do you create a healthy market environment?

5. A healthy market environment is created through a well educated population.

A well educated citizenry ensures the free market and government function optimally because each citizen forms the fabric of the free market and government. The core principle of an emergent social system is that each unit is an autonomous microcosm of the macrocosm that exhibits its own unique autonomy. Each individual part of society is a reflection of the whole society, and the emergent whole is equally a reflection of all the individual parts. Following this, a society is only as good as it treats its most disadvantaged members. This principle highlights the importance of education in an emergentist society. Education is the key to helping individuals perceive and passionately pursue opportunities for improving and optimizing their environment in a bottom up manner through creative innovation. An education system that incorporates the principles of emergentism in its guiding philosophy would encourage individual growth to achieve global social change. For example, students would be encouraged to engage in meaningful and productive creative expression from a young age (12+yrs old), such as genuine knowledge building, technology production, and artistic expression.