Ancient politics

By Siva Montimrith Jubai, Apostle of the Order of the Yavahnoggs; Settho-2. (9562 of the old era)

"Let us remind ourselves of the relevance of the power of the oldest earth civilizations to appreciate this fact: The manifestation of the personified power carries the pride of a whole people, whether we like it or not, when technocracy imposed itself On Earth in the twentieth century of the old era, this power immediately lost its appeal.The feeling of a people in the process of assimilation to a wider, transnational unity of incomprehension turned into rejection of its elites That his mode of appointment was merely a matter of merit, which might suggest that democracy was ultimately to be reaffirmed by more rational means: the coldness of the data against the charism of a man, a guide. The history of the loves and desamours of the people with a being of flesh and blood, which of adule was rapidly turned into a despot.the people rejecting it, the democratic breathing took place through the cycle of Closure of a new hope. Power could only be accepted if incarnated.

For the reason, it had for the nature of the power defined other priorities, especially those resulting from the application of the technological progress to the definition of the policy: the organization of the city. Eternal problem of the processing of information and decisions taken according to a political ideology, or according to scientific criteria aimed at the economy, both dialoguing, until the practice and the sharing of information, but Also the birth of elites formed on a model of manager, culminates precisely in a uniform model of politicians that his ostentatious partisan color concealed only too badly. Hence the lack of interest shown by the peoples of the so-called industrialized countries in the democratic regime, manifested at the beginning of the third millennium. Abstention undermined the very foundations of democracy by no longer removing an accepted majority.

But how can we reconcile indispensable technocratic reason with passion for ideas? Certainly, there was a cry for the disappearance of "isms", ideologies at the end of the twentieth century. But how can we realize the unity of passion and reason? If the merit of some to be managers seemed destined for the provisional detention of power, how could this not be the best (or at least the least worst of the systems?).

This phenomenon of the removal of power with the dilution of the great national entities within a larger whole itself imbricated in a global political plan could only effectively remove men from their relationship with the exercise of power, Making it more and more elite and attracting the sympathy of demagogues coming out of the creek, only proposing an ideological alternative strongly marked but unreasonable in terms of management.

When, in the course of the twenty-first century, instantaneous processing and data-sharing technology provided the best decision-making tool possible, more than ever, the only system compatible with the undisputed, if not minority, economic system As a long-time experimenter, did even more to standardize the color of political decisions. An ultimate step was taken when the supercomputers arrived at the maturity of their development, making it possible to envisage making "predictions" of a rare complexity based on drawer principles, themselves integrating billions of variables. Such a failure could only take shape with the most reliable data, including individuals, which only aggravated the feeling of surveillance and the loss of individual freedoms. The optimization of society led to what the excellent writer Aldous Huxley called the "best of the worlds". A perfect world, but in which the poetic man had no place. Remains the man-machine, symbol wonderfully incarnated in the phenomenal "metropolis" of Fritz Lang, ancestor of science fiction movies with the "more earthly to moon", more prosaic Méliès.

But how can he still be qualified as a man, and made a rapprochement with his ancestors? Thus remained in their hearts the feeling of revolt against the "perfection" of the system, purity engendering the worst form of "fascism". To remain human, and therefore accepted, it must necessarily have been imperfect, and thus correspond to the fundamental nature of man so long as Eugenics had not yet effected its formidable sort. Alternative solutions existed. Some have advanced the "cyberdemocracy" at the beginning of the 21st century. It consisted in giving power, not to super-managers interchangeable according to the files at the top of the hierarchy, but to professionals in their field, who had to rule on a decision. There could then be a "college" of practicing professionals who could offer their views on a decision to be made, published on the virtual space and endorsed by citizens who could do so after a period of information accessible to all.

But this system, which at the time excluded the whole of the much-criticized "political class", by suppressing as well as the assembly and the government, the old democratic benchmarks personified, presented two great disadvantages: The end of the pre-eminence of the general interest, for obvious reasons Lack of authority to decide on the whole budget, and the reign of the influence of the corporatism, which formerly present behind the scenes, this time in the open, naturally influencing in their favor the opinion of citizens Internet users . How can the whole community be managed by this system, how to decide in favor of one and against the other?

Oternal problem that called into question the very existence of ancestral economic practices. Others thought that it was better to send the exercise of power even higher, according to the precept that the power practiced by nations was not in favor of a general interest which now proved to be planetary, Particularly in particular on environmental issues that have become compelling. It is quite obvious, looking at this fact with a few millennia of retreat, that nothing else has done more to unify politically the planet than the rapid and dramatic degradations of the climate. The general interest was no longer dictated by economic questions but more brutally of survival pure and simple in the medium term. The question of the form of political organization was then placed in the background.

There was obvious evidence that was always the case when there was an emergency: The hands were given free rein to an executive equipped with genuine means of action. The United Nations3 was therefore invested with powers solely by the will of the biggest, in order to resolve the compelling problem resulting from the deterioration of the living conditions of billions of human beings: terrible flooding, rising waters, global warming by ten degrees , Massive ice melt, storms, deregulation of seasonal temperatures, Gulf Sream deregulation and new ice age for Europe and North America, worsening drought, desert advances, rapid disappearance of old fragile ecosystems First the corals, then the plankton, then many plant species, victims of deforestation and soil depletion, and uneven and disproportionate distribution of water.

But what worried scientists above all was the first warning signs of a release of methane so far firmly maintained in the seabed due to the former coldness of the sea currents at this depth, Could mightily contribute to aggravate the phenomenon of global warming.

This historic period, which was carried out at the same time as the Martian terraforming, which has become both a "relief wheel" and a real field of biochemical experiments on a planetary scale, constitutes a new milestone in human destiny: Conscious Of the degradation of its natural environment and control of instruments of control of it, blocked by lack of means, which are reserved above all to the comfort of citizen-electors, the active humanity then puts in place an unprecedented industrial effort and Voluntarist, disconnected from the usual financial circuits because willingly "inflationary", since it is a massive policy of state investments on a global scale. In any case, the damage caused by climate disturbances is responsible for the cost of reconstruction, palliation and the destruction of property, which seemed a tremendous waste in the traditional economic system.

This time the world consciousness approved the relevance of an incarnate power based on a technocracy4 in fact accepted in this specific case because validated by a scientific community united to the diapason, the most applauded and uncontested of the "corporations".

Centuries passed, the transformation from March to the habitable world put an end to certain dreams and revealed other realities, notably those concerning man's desire to shape foreign worlds to the image of the earth, even if he had to adapt To these other worlds. However, on the earth itself, the environment had been controlled, in particular by the use of forms of existence economically viable for humanity. Who had found an industrial "engine" in the exploitation and development of Solsys worlds. Power had taken on new forms, although it was still embodied. These elected officials guaranteed a certain "guideline" and were guarantors of the state of mind of the population at a given moment, even though the reality of their power was of purely technological essence.

For centuries, the necessary coldness of the hypcors5 ensured the optimized management of the world, far from passions and ideologies, dialoguing with the advances of scientific theories of all fields. A game of dupes in which the public had found a compromise acceptable to him. For the decisions taken, as disputed as they were by sections of the population, were ultimately accepted by resignation in the face of scientific evidence. Never had "political science" so closely resembled the foundation of its acceptation. As always, the system was imperfect, and it was reassured as much as possible by giving a title to "leaders" who were in fact only representatives in internal as well as in external relations.

The reality of power was passed on to machines and programmers. The latter, however, had seen their influence decline steadily: Although their power, that of transmitting their architecture of thought to machines, was fundamentally undemocratic simply because they could give a general "orientation" to these architectures, , They only faded by their own fact, since they themselves were conscious of this impartiality in default, they conceived an "autonomous" system of thought, or at least a primordial architecture which itself generated its own units and structures of Thoughts.

The architecture of cyber thought became the fruit of its own construction and especially of its own optimization. This is the reign of "autocreative thought." It can not be addressed here without referring to the chapter devoted to it, for it is another subject. (See "cybrain", artificial thinking).

The reality of power had thus become, by necessity, tending towards perfection, which had been anticipated by many visionaries in the twentieth century. But the incarnation of power remained an obligation, as had the existence of a God and a beyond. Humanity claimed to retain control as a last resort. This cyberpower, however, was repeatedly beaten, sometimes superbly ignored or worse, "reoriented" in the direction intended by leaders who used its potential to plan its own actions. The best examples are the conflicts that broke out, especially between Earth and Mars during its war of independence.

Subsequently, during the great human migrations and colonizations of the worlds of Solsys, power was almost always the fruit of a tri-headed exercise. The colonial power, from the terraformed planet to the small orbital bases, was organized around a rational hierarchy between the colonists, who elected a provisional direction in the person of one of their colleagues who Were of the view that they all had the skills required both to exercise leadership and propose direction, knowing that they were relying on the power of forecasting of a cyber corp. Finally, the investors responsible for the mission (3), large private companies operating under state license, managed their colonial units on a larger scale and generated their own leading force in this community.

However, from the simple fact of the distance and therefore the difficulty of "dialogue" with this power, most decisions were made locally according to the principle of community gathering, in a dedicated room, the "decision-maker" The advice and advice of the Cybercor, with the most important decisions and long-term guidance being made after discussion.

In the great "stellar expansion" of humanity, this power varied little but saw the emergence of a demand for "more civilization", the settlers settled and still wanting to detach themselves from the colonial investors as with all power Exterior with the reflex will to constitute an original civilization based above all on its cultural peculiarities developed locally.

The "pride" of a people-proto-nationalism- was an indispensable cement in order to make it truly independent of all external influence, and often also passed by the expression of a power embodying a certain "grandeur", for all The search for a "nobility". Social hierarchies had always existed and a fringe of power had traditionally been exercised by an effectively elite part of the population, without, however, being directly assimilated to a political class. However, these false decision-makers and true representatives had no real legitimacy except that of a passing approval of opinion.

With the desire to give themselves a splendor and an incarnation of power more focused on a fantasized representation of power, birth civilizations did not hesitate to resort to very old recipes, including the recreation or "rediscovery" of a A noble petrol line dating back to the ancient ages of the Earth. This leads to the paradox of finding a number of civilizations formerly belonging to private conglomerates to give themselves a King, an Emperor, or any other snoring title capable of carrying to the pinnacle that national pride. The people deserve the ostentation when they know that the source of it is always in the judicious "advice" of a Cybercor, well hidden under the marbles of a palace ...

However, as is usual, the exercise of this royal representation wished by the population often resulted in the effective seizure of these elected officials, who often received discretionary advice from the cybercords, but could interpret them and, above all, act on their behalf Own will, propose a direction coming more from their personal opinion than motivated by the "wisdom" of a Cybercor.

-Thus, many of these crowned heads judged the orientations proposed by the Cybercorps too timid and preferred to submit their own working hypotheses. Thus stellar "empires" of hegemonic will were born. It was only when the errors of these elites became obvious that the contract between the people and their prince was broken. A cadet, a brother, a new legitimacy was then chosen from among the royal family, for this magnificent incarnation of power was never renounced. The maintained taste for the marvelous still justified a pseudo-hierarchy. It is the eternal part of the dream of the man of always...

-1: Yavanhoggs: Religious Order Dom appeared in 8200 of the ancient era, one of the first charged with establishing one of the first databases on a galaxy scale.
-2: Cyberdemocracy: The name given to a 21st century political system still held by men but whose decision belongs to citizens connected to a permanent information network and influenced by professionals in the fields considered in the decision. Power is exercised through information. Also called "infodemocracy".
-3: UN: Organization of the United Nations: The former world earth body, succeeding the League of Nations of 1920 of the old era, founded in 1946. deprived of real powers because of the pre-eminence of nationalisms, its influence remained modest.
-4: Technocracy: Term appeared in the 20th century of the ancient era on Earth. From a pejorative sense, he describes the fact that democracy is in the hands of technicians of power disconnected from the concrete preoccupations of the people.
-5: Hypcors: Hypercomputers. Thought architecture system emerged in 2850 of the old era, and although programmed, able to define solutions by articulating between them billions of information in real time.
-6: Cybercor: Contraction of cybercomputer. A name usually given to hypercalculator units, widely used as forecasters and found in both the vessels and the "basements" of the most powerful states. They constitute "council" and even if they do not formally hold power, have such an influence that their opinions are generally followed with zeal simply because of their extreme relevance.