Written By Thomas Perez. October 1, 2016 at 12:35am. Copyright 2016.
With the approaching general election upon us, I thought I’d take the time to inform you, of what I call, the Politicians Play. It’s the only game in town. But does it work? Is it fair? What is it anyway, and what are the rules? Maybe it does work, or maybe it doesn’t. The game, or set of rules I’am talking about, is the game of; shall we say, the “Economic Governmental Structure.” But the most important question we must ask ourselves is this; “How long will this endless cycle last?”
Before we answer the various questions above, or talk about any governmental economic structures and ideologies; in theory or practical application, let us look into the many forms of govenment first. Many of them you have heard of, and many of them you probably simply have not.
There are about 61 in all – albeit with 8 categorical governmental ideologies still in theory, pending or simply awaiting a great awakening of some sort. I would venture to say that it can even entail a spiritual awakening, as opposed to a revival. Revivals often resort to something that is past, often giving a sense of repetitiveness with no true vision.
I will mention the 53 most popular and unpopular forms of govenment first in alphabetical order. The remaining 8 forms of govenment will be mentioned in sequential order, and not alphabetically. There is a reason for this as we shall soon find out. Let us begin.
Popular and Unpopular Forms of Govenment: Note – I have purposely left Capitalism and Socialism out of the list because they are economic based structures. However, they are covered in brief detail after the following list:
1. Anarchism: A form of government (or lack thereof) with no ruling hierarchy, instead decisions are made at a directly democratic level: laws are created by citizens alone, although they may be enforced by institutions that are not publicly controlled.
2. Anarcho-Capitalism: A stateless society composed of sovereign individuals living within the constraints of a corporatist market.
3. Anarchy: Anarchy is lack of a central government, as there is no one recognized governing authority; in anarchy there is no effective government, as opposed to an “ineffective government” and each “rugged individual” has absolute liberty. It is important to note, however, that the lack of a government to enforce laws does not automatically imply that there are no laws; anarcho-capitalism in particular posits a form of anarchy with a body of explicit laws.
4. Aristocracy: A form of government in which a select few rule based on inherited hereditary right.
5. Authoritarianism: A form of government characterized by strong central power and limited political freedoms.
6. Autocracy: A form of government in which thepolitical power is held by a single, self-appointed ruler.
7. Capracracy: Rule by goats. The Shepard’s.
8. Communist State: A hypothetical stateless entity that follows after socialism as according to Marxist theory.
9. Chiefdom: A form of hierarchical political organization in non-industrial societies usually based on kinship, and in which formal leadership is monopolized by the legitimate senior members of select families or ‘houses’. These elites form a political-ideological aristocracy relative to the general group.
10. Confederalism: A union of sovereign states, united for purposes of common action often in relation to other states.
11. Consociationalism: A form of democracy which seeks to regulate the sharing of power in a state that comprises diverse societies (distinct ethnic, religious, political, national or linguistic groups), by allocating these groups collective rights.
12. Constitutionalism: An adherence to a system of constitutional government. A complex of ideas, attitudes, and patterns of behavior elaborating the principle that the authority of government derives from and is limited by a body of fundamental law
13. Corporatocracy: A form of government where a corporation, a group of corporations, or government entities with private components control the direction and governance of a country. I.e., the U.S.
14. Demarchy: A hypothetical political system run by randomly selected decision makers who have been selected by sortition (drawing lots). Think selecting a legislature or executive in the same manner that a jury is presently selected.
15. Democracy: Refers to a broad range of types of government based upon the “consent of the governed.” In its purest form it is the same thing as mobocracy, but it is usually practiced in the form of a republic, which provides checks and balances and an establishment that is able to tap an unruly mob on its collective head.
16. Diarchy – Co-Kingship: A joint rulership. A joint monarchy.
17. Despotism: Rule by an all-powerful individual. A less polite term for “autocracy.”
18. Dictatorship: Rule by a dictator instead of a despot.
19. Federation: A federation is a political entity characterized by a union of partially self-governing states or regions under a central government.
20. Epistemocracy: A utopian type of society and government in which people of rank, including those holding political office, are those who possess epistemic humility, whatever that is.
21. Ethnocracy: A form of government where representatives of a particular ethnic group hold a number of government posts disproportionately large to the percentage of the total population that the particular ethnic group(s) represents and use them to advance the position of their particular ethnic group(s) to the detriment of others. In Nazi Germany ethnic groups Hitler supported held all the power. Neo-Nazis often accuse Jews of possessing an ethnocracy in the person of the U.S. government, which they call the Zionist Occupation Government.
22. Exilarchy: A form of government, usually theocratic or monarchic, that is established and constituted for rule over an ethnic or religious diaspora rather than over the place of origin whence the diaspora originated.
23. Fascism: Rule by a totalitarian and corporatist government. It has also gone by the names Nazism, Baathism, Corporatism, and Falangism.
24. Feudalism: Government by a usually hereditary class of military landowners, who exact goods and services from a peasant class in exchange for protection. Usually features complex webs of loyalties and ranks.
25. Futarchy: System of government proposed by economist Robin Hanson based on the idea of voting on a certain outcome and then figuring out how to achieve it.
26. Geniocracy: A system of government first proposed by Rael (leader of the International Raëlian Movement) in 1977, which advocates problem-solving and creative intelligence as criteria for regional governance.
27. Gerontocracy: A society where leadership is reserved for elders. The best example of this can be seen in the ancient Greek city state of Sparta, which was ruled by a Gerousia.
28. Holacracy: A specific social technology or system of organisational governance developed by HolacracyOne, LLC in which authority and decision making are distributed throughout a holarchy of self organising teams rather than being vested in a management hierarchy.
29. Kakistocracy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens, “Government by the worst.”
30. Kleptocracy: A term applied to a government that extends the personal wealth and political power of government officials and the ruling class (collectively, kleptocrats) at the expense of the population.
31. Kratocracy: Rule by those who are strong enough to seize power through force or cunning.
32. Kritocracy or Krytocracy: Rule by judges or judicial activism.
33. Magocracy: Is the term used to describe the government of the human nation of Dalaran, which is ruled by a group of archmagi called the Kirin Tor. Magocracy literally means “Rule of the Magi”.
34. Matriarchy: A rule by women, or a government which regards female humans as entitled to rule and to exercise power over men.
35. Meritocracy: A government wherein appointments are made and responsibilities are given based on demonstrated talent and ability, usually incentivising “merit.”
36. Minarchy: A political ideology which maintains that the state’s only legitimate function is the protection of individuals from aggression.
37. Mobocracy or Ochlocracy: Rule by mob or a mass of people, or the intimidation of constitutional authorities; think Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail “witch/duck” mob.
38. Monarchy: Rule by an individual for life or until abdication, often hereditary. On a positive note, a monarchy usually possesses more checks and balances than an autocracy or dictatorship.
39. Noocracy: An aristocracy of the wise”, as defined by Plato, is a social and political system that is “based on the priority of human mind.
40. Oligarchy: A form of government in which power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society distinguished by royal, wealth, intellectual, family, military or religious hegemony.
41. Parliamentary: A parliamentary system is a system of democratic governance of a state where the executive branch derives its democratic legitimacy from the legislature (parliament).
42. Patriarchy: Rule by men, or a government which regards male humans as entitled to rule and to exercise power over women.
43. Plutocracy: Rule by the wealthy, or power provided by wealth.
44. Puppet State: is a country that is officially independent, but not in practice. Puppet governments are usually kept in power by military force provided by an occupying country.
45. Republic: Historical definition: Any of a wide variety of non-monarchical governments where eligibility to rule is determined by law. US definition: Rule by elected individuals representing the citizen body and exercising power according to the rule of law.
46. Socialist Republic or People’s Republic: A state run by a communist party, or worker representative democracy, with a centrally controlled economy and resources distributed by need and produced by ability, where workers, or the Party, control the means of production.
47. Stratocracy: A system of government in which there is no distinction between the military and the civil power.
48. Theocracy: A form of government in which a god or deity is recognized as the state’s supreme civil ruler. Since said god or deity is usually absent from decision making, a self-appointed or elected leader or leaders of the religion of said god or deity will rule instead through personal interpretation of the laws commanded by the god in that religion’s written law.
49. Theodemocracy: A political system theorized by Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement (Mormons). As the name implies, theodemocracy was meant to be a fusion of traditional republican democratic rights under the US Constitution combined with theocratic elements.
50. Timocracy: Either a state where only property owners may participate in government or where rulers are selected and perpetuated based on the degree of honor they hold relative to others in their society, peer group or class.
51. Thalassocracy: A rulership from and of the seas.
52. Tyranny: Rule by a selfish or otherwise bad single ruler.
53. Totalitarianism: A political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible.
Others Include – Not In Alphabetical Order, But Rather Through Potential Events; Are The Following:
Geniocracy – Mentioned above: A system of government first proposed by Rael (leader of the International Raëlian Movement) in 1977, which advocates problem-solving and creative intelligence as criteria for regional governance.
Panarchracy: A political philosophy emphasizing each individual’s right to freely join and leave the jurisdiction of any governments they choose, without being forced to move from their current locale.
Sociocracy: A system of governance using consent decision making and an organizational structure based on cybernetic principles (a system with closed feedback mechanisms).
Technocracy: A form of government in which engineers, scientists, and other technical experts are in control of decision making in their respective fields.
Cybercracy: In futurology, cyberocracy describes a hypothetical form of government that rules by the effective use of information.
Netocracy: A portmanteau of Internet and aristocracy, netocracy refers to a perceived global upper-class that bases its power on a technological advantage and networking skills, in comparison to what is portrayed as a bourgeoisie of a gradually diminishing importance.
Supranational: Having power or influence that transcends national boundaries or governments.
Logocracy: A rule of, or government by, words. It is derived from the Greek word “logos” and from “kratos” – to “govern. “The term can be used either positively, ironically, or negatively.
Out of all the 53, popular and unpopular, forms of govenment we can concentrate on either the pro’s and con’s of Capitalism and Socialism – based upon the aforementioned ideologies of Democracy or Communism. Or we can concentrate on an economic society based upon information – thus the Netocracy and Logocracy.
In the United States, and other countries similar to it, we live in a Republic Democratic State. A state ran by an economic system called; “Capitalism.” According to ‘Wiki;‘ “It is a system based upon private ownership by the means of production and their operations for profit central to capitalism.” It covers everything including; property, capital, accumulation, wage labor, foreign and voluntary exchange. ‘Wiki’ – continued – “In a capitalist market econoy, decision-making and investment is determined by the owners of the factors of production in financial and capital markets. The prices and the distribution of goods are mainly determined by competition in the market.” Moreover, according to Weber; “capitalistic economic actions rests on the expectation of profits by utilization of opportunities for exchange.” – ‘The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism’ By Max Weber, Page 17.
Capitaliam is always based upon private ownership of personal property, whether that be; land, personal items – like trinkets, cash – going around in circles, clothing or food. The system does work. But it has its flaws. Serious flaws.
The flaws include; Social inequality, unfair distribution, unfair distribution of wealth and power, social alienation, repression of workers and trade unions, economic inequality, unemployment and materialism. It also gives way to undisciplined ‘Keynesian Politics.’
The opposite of all this is the economic system of ‘Socialism.’ According to ‘Public Domain;’ “A form of government where a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.” Moreover, according to the ‘Democratic Socialists of America; in a ‘Democratic Socialist’ society, both; “the economy and the society itself should be run democratically to meet the needs of the publc, not to make profits.” An even distribution of wealth. Similar to Communism, but less authoritative and restrictive. But even this utopian idea has its flaws. Serious flaws.
Such flaws include; No incentive, no need for further production, no self growth, no identity – due to all being equal, unfair distribution of pay wages based upon education – the doctor gets the same distribution of wealth just like your average everyway sanitation worker – thus no need for personal growth to make yourself better. It wouldn’t matter. Individualism is destroyed.
So What Are We Left With? What Will Happen Next?
According to the last 8 forms of pending governmental ideologies, we are left with a system of some sort. A system based upon “information.” We have seen the remaining 8 systems sequentially placed in order. I’ve placed them in such an arrangement according to their perspective functions for simplistic clarifications purposes only in order that I might demonstrate a local trend.
Location, location, location. The key to life after Capitalism is location. A new environment – such as a location. First introduced by Geniocracy, this “location” is problem solving, a creative intelligence at work within a regional governance. Then came Panarchracy – the freedom to leave governing bodies. We do this today – by way of shared information. Our physical bodies may be in a particular country, but our exchange of Logocracy is in another. We exchange ideologies – whether they be religious or political, we do exchange them. Hopefully for the betterment of humanity. When we exchange healthy ideologies, we get what is called; ‘Feedback.’
Feedback brings us to the next shift called ‘Cybercracy’ – putting information to good use. This is done often on the internet. Moreover, all of the 8 remaining forms of ideological structures are nothing short but a system of networks housed in what we call the ‘Internet.’ Unfortunately not all information is constructive or beneficial for humanity – like terrorist internet sites. This is where we are today. It is a mix between good and evil. After Cybercracy we will have Netocracy.
Netocracy will pave the way for the end of Capitalism. The old forms will diminish gradually. There will be no need for exchange of currency because information is free. It has always been free. The Logos has always been free – thus setting humanity free everywhere. And that is why the Internet MUST be free at all times. The internet is a social electronic web that is so large and diffuse that there doesn’t have to be a central brain that controls it. It is self controlled in a way by virtue of people who participate in it. But there is a danger in all these wonderful advances of true equality and that is the ‘Supranational.’ But this stage has one major flaw. A big one.
Supranationalism can give way to a beaurarcracy in charge. Having decisions made based upon beauracratically driven forces, but not necessarily because of any authoritative structure. But yet, as the definition describes, it has “a power or influence that transcends national boundaries or governments.” It is the self governing eradication of individualism. A possible eradication of the ego, where Logocracy will imerge, over taking the former matrix.
Logocracy simply means a ‘Word Government.’ “Logos” means “Word,” while “Cracy” means “Govenment.” In Greek, the root idea for Logos means wisdom, reason and logic. But even in this ultimate utopian society, the definition of Logocracy can be positive or negative. Can this indeed be a precursor to Chapters 19 and 20 of Revelation located in our New Testament Bibles? Only time will tell.
And regardless of our particular eschatological stances, there seems to be a sort of Historicism at play here. We may deny it all we want to, but it certainly seems to be heading in that direction.
Let’s us use our God given Logocracy for the good and the betterment of all Humanity.