Jean Paul Baptiste
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1. The purpose of this discourse is to make assumptions, provide generalized statements and explanations based on facts, raise awareness and with some imagination provide a theoretical concept for an abstract direction.
2. The manifesto is a selective aggregate of capitalism, socialism and communism. It adheres to utilitarianism while recognizing the human condition. The requirement of some form of rules and regulations are generally agreed as necessary. However, the term “government” in this manifesto refers to the people and not a disparate entity.
3. The planet is ecologically and environmentally sagging under the weight of the humanity’s footprint. Therefore, a proposal of fundamental adjustments, including the redistribution of the human populous with disregard to the axiological, is necessary for sustainability.
4. There is a substantial economic and literary contrast amongst the people of the world due to the restrictions imposed on the freedom of movement. One of the objectives is to propose an egalitarian alternative to eliminate this disparity.
5. Establishment of interdependence rather than independence albeit retaining individuality.
6. The narrative is not structured to reflect an academic paper. It has no provision or intent to cover technical details and associated complexities. The manifesto is not a practical guide. It is not intended to encompass everything but rather to contribute a generalized ideology.
7. This document is to be perceived in its entirety as some concepts are cross-referenced and are mutually dependent.
“don’t be too concerned darling, you’ll get used to it”
1. The landmass that is currently known as Australia, for the purposes of this manifesto will be known as “Superdense”.
2. The rest of the planet, for the purposes of this manifesto, will be known as the “Extended Jungle”.
3. The entirety of humanity, with a few exceptions, will be housed and contained on Superdense.
4. Superdense is a landmass that is geographically isolated from the rest of the planet and is sizable enough to contain the entirety of humanity quite comfortably.
5. Superdense will be a self-sufficient, closed-loop ecosystem.
6. Horizontal mobility: There will be no restrictions on the movement or settlement of individuals on Superdense.
1. All the accommodation, whether commercial or residential, will be high-rise buildings and retained within the city.
2. There will be exceptions for built structures where high-rise buildings are not logically sensible. They will be taken into account and considered accordingly: gas stations, cattle farming, sports facilities, etc.
3. Each “country” will be organized as a mega city and will be a geographical representation of a nation (“India”, for example, will now be a mega city, and the entire population of a country will be contained within the city limits).
The United Kingdom has a land area of approximately 243,610 km? with an approximate population of 65 million people.
New York City covers an area which is approximately 789 km? with an approximate population of 9 million people.
Therefore, the entire population of the UK would require a city that is the size of seven NYCs. The UK's population would occupy slightly more than 5,680 km? as opposed to 243,610 km?. Only about 2% of the current land mass of the UK in theory, is required to house the entire population of the UK with a density of NYC. Maximizing the density of the human footprint within a circumscribed area leaves the remaining natural areas with the opportunity to rejuvenate.
The isolated landmass of Superdense has an area of roughly 7.5 million km?. The current human population is about 7.5 billion. With a density similar to NYC, the entirety of the current human population will only need to occupy approximately 9 % of the landmass of Superdense. The logic above demonstrates that the entire human population can theoretically be accommodated in separate megacities on Superdense while providing ample free space for nature, even after the allocation of zones for agriculture, industry and green spaces.
4. Each mega city will be divided into zonal areas. In the US mega city, California will be a zone division and within California, Los Angeles will be a zone. The intention is to maintain pre-existing geographical and cultural proximities
5. The individual cities will be spread out over Superdense to simulate an approximate equivalent in relation to proximities as per the current world map where possible.
6. Cities will be located around the perimeter of the continent and spread out from one another as much as possible within the constraints of superdense.
7. Israel and Palestine will strategically be as far apart from each other as possible on Superdense.
8. The planning of cities will include green zones and pedestrian-friendly areas to allow for a balance between concrete urban and the human scale.
9. The cities will be zoned based on cultural values, sensitivities, and the necessary amenities that the inhabitants of the cities would have been accustomed to prior to the move.
10. With the enhancement and efficiency of public transport, private vehicle ownership will be less necessary.
11. As time progresses, mega cities will grow larger as people with shared values congregate, while others may depopulate as people relocate as a result of economic, cultural or personal reasons. Cities will evolve and change values to address the changes in behavior, thought, and cultural norms, reflecting the contemporary evolution of their individual inhabitants.
12. The introduction of megacities on superdense does not purport a futuristic science fiction, Jetson-eqsue existence. Instead, it is based on scaling up current technologies and proposes to utilize the existing typology of local cities and their current vernacular. The emergence of modern cosmopolitan metropolises are examples of this.
Over approximately 30 years, Singapore and the UAE, feature model developments like carbon-zero Masdar city and Tianjin Eco-city. These cities are at the forefront of cutting edge technology, resource efficiency and are also socially harmonious.
13. Humanity has spread like a cancer all over the planet: urban, suburban and rural developments continue to consume natural resources and available land like the tentacles of a mythical monster with a hunger that can never be satiated. All these human settlements require modern necessities like electricity, clean water, access roads, waste management and related infrastructure. The infrastructure needed to connect and provide for the never-ending, expansive settlements are an economic drain. An enormous amount of electricity is exhausted travelling thousands of kilometres to reach towns and country homes. Countless roads and highways divide land, interfere with the migratory paths of animals and segment the landscape into a chess board. The more settlements spread out, the more these areas disrupt the natural order as a whole.
The territory that man occupies is unlike the territory of a natural apex predator: a pride of lions will have a territory of roughly 260 km? with free movement of prey and non-prey animals as well as the unhindered growth of flora with no dramatic changes to the landscape. Even on a small scale, the area occupied by a housing development or single family home has an environmental, ecological and geographic impact. Flora is culled to reflect the owner’s personal tastes and/or new non-native species of plants are introduced, which can be invasive. Fences restrict the movement of animals and the environment created by man is sterile (i.e. a species as trivial as a fly is not tolerated within an average person’s residence).
Man no longer lives in harmony with nature because human habitation displaces the previously existing ecosystem.
The primeval urge for humans to be the lord of their land is echoed in suburbia, where each person has their “castle”. Their small patch of green grass is not dissimilar to a balding man’s pointless endeavour to preserve his last patch of hair, vaingloriously holding onto the idea of youth rather than reality. Human extravagance should be secondary to the environment; the primary purpose of containment of the human populous is for the conservation of the natural environment.
Almost any type of dwelling outside of a city for the advancement of human comfort is inefficient and ecologically ruinous. Therefore, permanent settlement outside of city limits is an irresponsible and a selfish act.
Human habitation on the planet is neither “good” nor “bad” in a moral sense. The ubiquitous creature comforts and associated conveniences are here to stay, but the management and containment of human dwelling on more compact, densely urbanized areas like cities are a more appropriate, ecological and economical solution. This is not to say that cities are entirely devoid of life. New York City provides a good balance of green spaces and immense urban development, coexisting somewhat harmoniously.
In a city, everything is centralized and efficient. A vast majority of the human populous already reside in cities, where they compromise comfort for expediency. Smaller towns and rural areas are often in relative proximity to a large urban centre and people that live beyond the bounds of the city, generally depend on cities for work, medical care, shopping, air transport etc. Almost all developments, in virtually every field, take place from within a city because it is a dense hub of interconnected individuals and ideas. It is also a world of concrete, steel, electricity; an entirely unnatural environment, but it reflects the conveniences associated with modern living. Cities are tightly packed, efficient containers of humanity.
It is often essential and perhaps imperative for people to venture out of the city and interact with nature, but conceivably for short amounts of time with a temporary stay or vacations, so that the impact on the environment is minimal.
There will be a segment of the population that would like and demand a permanent interaction with nature. This is acceptable as long as they do not utilize any advanced technologies and take with them any undeserved advantage gained from the cumulative progress of mankind with them. In simple terms, so that they don’t have an unfair leverage and can hold their own on a level playing field with the natural world.
1. All human beings on Superdense will have access to the basics of living.
2. Individuals will be provided with money for each of these basics determined by an average median.
3. The basics will be:
• Food – A monthly allowance will be allocated per individual, permitting them to buy any type of food and drink based on a minimum average median. The cost of consumption over the minimum allowance will have to be covered by the individual.
• Housing – a monthly allowance, based on the minimum average median will be allocated per individual permitting them to live in any type of residence in any location. The cost of accommodation in more affluent areas or properties will have to be covered by the individual.
• Clothing – A monthly allowance will be allocated per individual, permitting them to buy any type of clothing based on a minimum average median. The cost of additional clothing will have to be covered by the individual.
• Electricity/Gas/Water – A monthly allowance will be allocated per individual for the usage of residential water, electricity and gas, based on a minimum average median. The cost of consumption over the minimum allowance will have to be covered by the individual.
4. Money for each “basic” will be allocated per individual, per basic.
An individual cannot use the money allocated for housing towards clothing and cannot use one’s own allocated clothing money for another individual’s clothing.
5. Medical treatments, education and internet connectivity will be free.
6. The provisions for the above will follow the basic structure of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
7. Basic needs will be met: individuals or concerned parties can choose to work in order to pay for the acquisition of “wants”.
1. Observation: Government is generally thought to inhabit a disparate world that is disconnected from the majority of its people. There are countless factors that have contributed to the disconnection. Government is often viewed as an unconstrained authoritative regime that limits the progress of the common man, operating to benefit the rich and the elite establishment. Trust needs to be established in government.
Government is the people and the people are the government.
2. Complete freedom does not exist and is illogical. When people currently talk about freedom, it implies a freedom without consequence or an action without a reaction. Action without reaction does not exist.
The collective implementation of an individualistic common sense is a route to chaos.
Freedom of speech: The ability to say whatever you want without consequence, that’s the theory, and yet people are intuitively aware that speech cannot really be free or devoid of consequence, i.e. in a micro environment, at home, friends, and at work there are many instances in which perhaps diplomacy is preferable to the harsh truth. This incremental approach holds true in a public or macro environment.
European laws have limitations on the freedom speech in cases where it is used to incite crime but people do not associate Europe as a continent that lacks the freedom of speech.
The United Kingdom does not permit the ownership of guns (which serves as a stark contrast to the United States). Again, the UK is not viewed as a nation that lacks in freedom.
Therefore, “freedom” is sought within existing parameters and systems; the idea of freedom is a relative concept and depends on perspective, propaganda and public relations.
3. There will always be the propensity for corruption in government, but that does not mean government and governance are not necessary. Any human endeavour will be inclined to malfunction over time. This is true for machinery, hardware and software, as long as it is well-oiled, maintained and attention is paid to replacing broken components with an occasional upgrade to keep it up to date, it will serve its function.
The Sword of Damocles should always hang above government, the government is an institution that needs to be continuously criticized.
4. Observation: Types of Government
Governmental strategies motivated by communist theory have a tried and tested shelf life of a few years. Among the many reasons they are unsuccessful is because they do not take into account the propensity for human greed, individuality and competitiveness. Therefore, it often conforms to theories predicting its failure than theories predicting its workability.
Governmental strategies motivated by capitalist theory have a slightly longer shelf life, but an unregulated free market and the insatiable selfishness of individuals leads to corporatism. Unchecked competition leads to a few mega-successful “winners” who have the power to influence government, which in turn can deny the average entrepreneur a fair chance to engage with the competition.
The fatal flaws of both systems are evident and not sustainable. Some of the reasons communist governments have fallen apart is the lack of consideration for human fallibility and widespread corruption. Capitalist governments have been held hostage by big business and have neglected their citizens’ rights, corporatism has influenced laws and legislation of government to bail out private banks with tax dollars.
5. Observation: Government employees are unproductive, disinterested and generally unhelpful. The majority of government service locations have a disclaimer stating that employees are to be treated with respect, which is seldom found in the private business sector. People are entitled to services they pay for and the government is in the business of serving the people. The difference with government is that there is no recourse or accountability, especially in a democracy. Government employees are well aware of this reality. Private businesses must be conscious of customers or they will cease to exist. This is a basic rationale for the existence of a service or business.
6. Political parties may change but the unquestioned authority of government institutions and their employees tend to remain, almost entirely unchallenged. A rating system needs to be put in place that can hold government employees accountable. This needs to be transparent, similar to leaving seller feedback on Amazon’s website. After a certain number of negative reviews, the employee can no longer retain his/her post.
7. Individual megacities that value monarchic representatives or families, will retain the choice to keep them in office.
Such as in the case of Thai people, who have a particular reverence for their king. Moreover, the monarchy in the UK generates more revenue streams than the cumulative costs of the royal family; it makes good business sense to have a monarchy in the UK.
8. Government is composed of a miniscule proportion of the population. It is formed by the people and when representatives are elected to be in charge of the governance of the country, the government does what the people want. This was more or less true until fairly recently, but now big business, corporate interests and their influence are pervasive in government.
9. An apt analogy to understand the complexities of international politics is the behaviour of people in a large dysfunctional family or the structured-chaos of children in the schoolyard. Almost every individual is doing whatever is necessary to climb up the social and economic ladder with their own personalities and agendas. Take a cross-section of any classroom and there will be bullies, introverts, intellectuals, imitators; the common denominator between them is the concern for socio-economic well-being of themselves first, and then their friends. In the case of countries, it prioritizes its citizens and then their allies. Larger, more powerful nations often take advantage of weaker nations. Therefore, nations, like people, are not intrinsically good or bad, but instead, are motivated by self-interest.
Think of businesses like individuals. These individuals are machines or computer codes designed to carry out one repetitive task efficiently, which is not fundamentally good or evil. Many companies and corporations have enormous revenues and an influence around the globe that is greater than most countries. Unlike countries, the individuals within these corporations are purely interested in improving business profits and the shares of investors. They may create the illusion of morality or ethics, but this posturing is a means to secure more revenue. Money is the only common denominator between them and the basis of their existence.
There are times when the relationship between countries and business enterprises can be beneficial to humanity and times when they are destructive. Often, the boundary between national institutions and businesses are blurred and the two are indistinguishable. National governments, despite their flaws, make a feeble attempt to appease their citizens. Businesses are under no obligation to be held to the same standard as they are only answerable to their shareholders. The separation between these two parties is critical because they have distinct agendas and it is in the interest of the general public to be able to identify them as two as separate entities.
1. Observation : In the present world model, political parties, policies and legislation of individual nations can have a far reaching global impact on people beyond the borders of those nations and yet the right to choose or elect remains confined solely with the citizens of those nations.
2. The vote on Superdense will always favour the majority; one person, one vote. Governance will be a hybrid form of a polycentric democratic socialism with all the megacities and their inhabitants on Superdense in representation.
3. Donations and gifts from individuals and businesses will be equally divided amongst political candidates. This will ensure that no political party has a monetary advantage over another.
4. All political party correspondence and information will be open and accessible to the public; political organizations and government institutions will have full transparency.
5. No one in government will be permitted to have any affiliations or gains from private individuals or businesses while in government.
6. Political parties and politics will require a lot more regulation and involvement by the people than there is currently.
7. Observation: Government and politics are usually led and run by career politicians with an almost non-existent involvement of the general public. The largest contributing factor to the endemic failure of government is the lack of sustained engagement of average citizens in legislation, politics and policies.
1. In general, day-to-day circumstances people are not passionate. People have passing interests but not passion. One of the reasons is the fear of failure which is an innate human condition. Recognition of this and alleviating it is certainly the purpose of the manifesto, but a transformation of human behaviour is not within the scope of this manifesto. In all likelihood, the need for basic employment and work will continue on Superdense as it always has. There is no foreseeable change to the proletariat.
2. Work and building a career will be optional since all the basic needs of every individual will be met. No individual on Superdense will need to work. With all the progress of humanity, homo sapiens work more now than they did a hundred thousand years ago. Human employment at its current scale is unnecessary. As time progresses, more work will be automated and/or concluded by machines and computers. Old jobs will be gone forever and new ones will be created, redefining our roles. People will adapt as they always have.
A healthy, working-age individual who does not work is deemed negatively in our current social structure. While moving towards the inevitable end of communism, the idea that everything was functioning optimally was a deception perpetuated by the government and its people. One of the reasons that this lie was accepted is that no one could see an alternative.
In a similar scenario, governments in capitalist economies are constantly creating worthless jobs that are to be filled by people to keep the system going. There is already a multitude of jobs that can be automated, which are being carried out by humans. The only reason for this is to perpetuate the current system as no one can see an alternative. In contrast to developed countries, employment is desperately sought in the third world but is almost unattainable or poorly compensated for.
Today, a much small number of people need to be employed to support the rest of the human populous. Machines are efficient and humans can think – a symbiosis between the two has been the recent past and embodies the pathway to the future.
3. Most people that work view those that do not as having no aspirations in life. Simultaneously, some people that do not work view those with careers as trapped in an endless rat race. In Superdense, both of these individuals will have the option to be in the other’s shoes at any time.
4. People will always have ample reason to be discontent whether it is justified or not. It is the human condition to always want to do better and some are inherently more competitive than others. In a sense, it is a positive as this periodically is an avenue for progress. People that choose to work will do so because they want to, but it will also be a means to gain upward mobility. Not doing anything at all is actually much more difficult than it sounds. Greed is the driving force in human nature and people have an inherent desire to compete. Most segments of the population will work because they are passionate about something and would like to explore it further or to make their mark.
This will, in combination, compel people to work.
5. In addition, working will provide individuals with extra income so that they can afford more than their basic necessities. Working will supplement “basics” with additional income so they can afford to live in larger, more extravagant homes and locations instead of the modest, subsidized accommodation provision.
6. Scandinavian countries are some of the most progressive nations today, but the progress and its benefits are limited only to their citizens and rely on excluding the rest of humanity and the world; they tend towards nationalism and xenophobic sentiments.
7. The most highly-paid careers will be the highly-skilled and/or least-desirable jobs (mail carriers, sewage workers, funeral workers, etc.). This emphasis will shift current structures of commerce and open up new avenues for growth.
8. Unions will be reinstated with checks and balances. The balance of power will favour the employee over the employer.
9. Tax percentages will not fluctuate. They will remain at a fixed flat rate: i.e. individuals pay the same tax percentage whether they make $10 or $10 million.
10. Work will be available in both the government and private sectors.
1. A high school-equivalent education will be mandatory for all.
2. Alternative means of education are acceptable as long as they meet basic criteria: i.e. literacy in communication, math, computers, etc. The purpose of education is not to indoctrinate but provide individuals with the means and ability to navigate the current times and have a future direction.
3. Government-run schools and privately-run schools will be available.
4. A two-year gap will be encouraged after completing high school for travel or to engage in a vocation before enrolling into University.
5. The first university degree is considered part of “basics”, while further education will need to be paid for.
6. University education and qualification will be standardized.
7. Statistically, improved literacy decreases the number of offspring for various reasons as evidenced in some developed countries. Inadvertently education will limit population growth.
1. Currency and legal tender.
2. Units of measurements.
3. Thankfully, time has already been standardized.
4. All other relevant sensible “basics” (i.e. information exchange, road/traffic signage etc.), that currently defy long-term logic and are still not standardized, will be standardized.
5. Standardization is a topic that has some contention because of practicability or sentimentality. Regardless, more standardization than we currently have is certainly a positive as it improves efficiency and the utilization of products and services. There will be a period of uncomfortable transition, but short-term pessimism is acceptable to achieve a sense of long-term optimism.
6. Language ought not to be standardized as it is a significant contributor to the fundamental of a being and their culture.
In the case of the emigration of people from their native lands and the subsequent diaspora in new geographic locales, a common language amongst them evokes a retention of their identity and heritage, not very many other characteristics can attribute to their identity of self in such an elemental manner.
1. Superdense will likely accelerate the evolution of a monoculture, this is neither good nor bad. Culture is not static, and beliefs will assimilate and evolve with time. Since the advent of the internet and the ease of worldwide travel, connections and communication between different parts of the globe has reached unprecedented levels of convenience. Globalization has started to homogenize the world’s population at an exponentially increasing rate.
2. With the introduction of the internet, the preservation of traditional cultures that are confined to a specific locale has become almost impossible. The loss of culture due to the internet was a by-product of the success of the internet but was not the result of malicious intentions. Was the loss of culture a fair price to pay for the existence and usage of the internet? It was not a question that was put to mankind prior to its implementation. Humanity was not given a choice, it just happened, it was incremental and over time, which has normalized to what it is today. Technological advancements have consistently lead to cultural evolution throughout human history.
3. A significant effort will be made to record and preserve artefacts, history, prevailing cultural identities, customs and norms as they are and maintain diversity.
4. Established cultural patterns such as “nihon no hogei” (Japanese whaling), will need to be curtailed as they have an adverse impact on an already critically endangered species. If and when the whale populations are sustainable and healthy, there is no argument to impose on a pre-existing tradition.
5. Cultures will vary in each mega city and as a consequence, each of them will have their own unique identities.
1. Currency will be entirely digital and electronic. There will be no physical money.
2. It will be regulated by the government and not privately owned.
3. There will be one, unified currency throughout Superdense.
4. Banks will be centralized and owned by the government. There will be no private banks.
5. Bankers are scumbags. Numerous scandals involving fraud have undermined trust in the financial industry.
6. The only purpose of banks will be the safekeeping and storage of the people’s digital currency.
7. Banks will not offer any financial products. There will be no loans, savings accounts, bonds, mortgages etc.
8. There will be no tax havens because the laws of the land will be the same throughout and an almost non-existent black market as currency is digitized.
9. Money is neither a good thing nor a bad thing, it’s a facilitator like blood in the human body. Where there is money, there is life.
1. The reason the lights are still on at a casino should demonstrate who the winners are and who the losers are. The purpose of a casino is entertainment.
2. The current state of financial services seems to be similar to entertainment. The analogy to gambling at a casino is not a simplification. Buying a virtual item and not a physical product for a speculative, future profit is a gamble.
The issue with that, of course, is that most people assume that when they invest money in the financial sector, they don’t see it as entertainment. They expect it to be more stable than a roulette table, and rightly so.
Banking and the stock markets are intentionally convoluted to reduce transparency. Think Rube Goldberg machine. Its products are overcomplicated with the selling of bulk debts and repackaging worthless products to unsuspecting consumers. The general precept of the financial industry is its intent to confuse the buying public and the regulatory authorities. Currently, there are few who understand how investments actually operate, and apparently no one is accountable.
3. Time frames for buying and selling are critical in regulating speculative markets. Minimum timescales will be set for selling stocks and shares in companies. Using financial investment in a company as an example, funds cannot be pulled out for a minimum of six months. The strategy is to encourage more long-term investments and create stability.
4. Insurance will not be a financial product sold by private companies. Insurance products will be offered by the government. For example, an individual is working and paying for a 10-bedroom luxury apartment that is covered by insurance. If the aforementioned has an accident that leads to an injury and is unable to work, the insurance will cover it to enable the individual to retain his lifestyle without having to revert to the “basics”. The principle of insurance as providing a guarantee of compensation for a specified loss will remain unchanged.
5. Government enforced regulation, accountability and transparency will be significantly increased.
6. Raising money for business entrepreneurs or private purposes will be available by means of crowd funding or through venture capitalists.
7. The government will also have sector geared to support, encourage, invest and provide funds for private business etc.
8. If for whatever reason, an individual or individuals are not successful in acquiring funds by the means above, they can apply for a loan. Any entity that offers a loan will do so at a fixed interest rate. If an individual wanted a small loan to buy a car for personal use or if a startup wanted a loan to start a business, there will be no better or worse offers. The universal fixed rate of interest will be the same. i.e. the fixed interest rate could be 2%, this would for any loan, for any reason, over however long of an agreed time period, throughout Superdense.
1. Ownership of property or land is not necessary; it is a relative concept for an assumed sense of security.
2. Ownership and control of land by individuals, separate incongruous governments or private corporations is nonsensical. An individual cannot own something that does not belong to them. Relatively speaking, an individual cannot legally sell something that belongs to another party. i.e. a stolen phone.
The Australian landmass belonged to the aborigines, then European settlers came in from the west, displaced the previous occupants and now they run the show. The concept that land or a resource is owned by whoever has been there the longest or has the power to muscle their way in and create laws that specifically benefit them, is absurd.
The Australian landmass does not belong to the aborigines or the current settlers. It belongs to the whole of humanity. This applies to the whole of the planet. Under normal circumstances, there is no reason why there should be an imposed restriction on the movement or settlement of people.
Observation: In areas with political or humanitarian unrest, neighbouring developing countries take in the largest number of refugees and make the largest contributions in humanitarian aid.
With the current situation in the Middle East, the largest number of refugees have been taken in by Iran, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, to name a few. The refugees that seek asylum in these countries number in the millions.
The minuscule number of refugees that do make it to developed countries go through a process that could take decades if at all successful. Developed countries, who have signed, agreed and implemented the UN conventions, hypocritically make is practically impossible and actively prevent refugees from entering their own countries to gain access to a safe haven. Australia, a developed country, is currently a model example of the aforementioned.
3. There will be no private ownership of land or property for residential or commercial purposes. All property will be owned by the universal collective or government.
4. Every individual will be provided money for housing based on the cost of the rental market and there will be no restrictions on where people choose to live.
5. A single individual will be provided with money for a studio, while a couple will be provided with a one-bedroom apartment and so on.
6. Currently, there is no true ownership of property. A mortgage is payable throughout the lifetime of most individuals and others still pay property taxes indefinitely. Property prices are unpredictable, and even after the bank has been paid, there are taxes and maintenance fees. In addition to that the government can have property moved or relocated in situations where infrastructure or zoning takes precedence. Property is not a hypothetical idyllic cabin in the woods, that costs nothing after it has been built.
7. Individuals will be able to lease or rent any property, regardless of its size, quality, duration and location as long as they can afford it.
8. Electricity, gas and water will be free as per the median average use, after which, there will be charges for extra usage. This is to facilitate the people’s basic needs without the necessity to be in employment.
9. There will be no restriction on the construction of property by an individual or businesses.
10. All natural resources will be owned by the government as it is in most parts of the world, The government, for an agreed sum of money, will lease out areas of land to businesses for certain periods of time for exploration, extraction, sale of minerals and similar enterprises.
1. There will be no inheritance.
2. Posthumous, all assets and monies will belong to the state. They will be put back into circulation for the general welfare and upkeep of Superdense and its residents.
3. Items of sentimental value can be willed to and acquired by close relations. i.e. a book etc.
4. If an eight million dollar painting is of sentimental value, it can be passed on to a close relative. However, sale or trade of this item will be restricted. When the object is no longer of sentimental value, it will be acquired by the state.
5. A transition period of a maximum of two years will be granted to the dependents of the deceased. For example, if the widow and her children lived in a 300-bedroom penthouse, they will have enough time to readjust.
6. Pythagorean cup: Theoretically, this is to provide a fair chance to everyone. There will be no birth lottery. The removal of inheritance ensures a route for the democratization of wealth and intergenerational mobility.
In a simplistic analogy, superman needs his nemesis without which the reason for his existence would cease. In order for the rich to stay rich the poor need to stay poor. This does not hold true vice versa. Without getting into a lot of detail for the validity and migration/transition to Superdense, if the disadvantaged had the option to move to a new location and ceased economic interaction with the rest of the world, by default the wealthy would be forced to move as well.
7. Some of the few things that can be inherited are genes and maybe values.
8. Businesses that have a singular owner need not necessarily have their successor be a member of the family, but rather it can be a person most suited for the role. “Yōshi-engumi”, as it is known in Japan, is the inclusion of non-consanguineal adults into the family when a biological heir apparent is not available.
9. A more rational way for a business to exist and propagate after the lifetime of the owners will require more engagement and involvement from the employees and shareholders (part-ownership by the employees). In this structure, the business can stay in private ownership indefinitely as it will always belong to the employees in succession.
10. Monarchies are viewed as superfluous and parasitic to modern society and the economy by leftist ideologists.
The heir to a dynastic, family fortune like Paris Hilton, is not regarded with the same kind of contempt. Paris Hilton is viewed as someone spending “daddy’s money”, while the monarchy is seen as spending the people’s money. Yet they both benefit with regards to inherited wealth; one with inheritance from a family that was in the business of running the country and the other with an inheritance from a family in the business of running hotels. In both cases, the money is provided by the people. Theoretically, there is no elemental distinction between the two.
1. Business ventures will either be owned by the government or the private sector.
2. The government is stable but slow. Private businesses are innovative but risky.
3. Every major business sector will have at least two government-owned businesses competing with each other and the private sector. For example, the government will have two railway companies competing with each other, as well as eight other private railway companies. In this example, ten businesses will compete against one another.
The government will not necessarily have a business in the mobile phone covers sector. It will cover all of the essential sectors.
4. To avoid monopolies or duopolies, businesses will not be permitted to exceed 30% market share in an individual industry. After the 30% growth, the company will be split to act as competitors. A similar strategy is already taking place in many economies.
1. Copyright protections will last for a year to two years at maximum and as deemed necessary.
2. Photographers perspective: Cameras and equipment cost a fortune and training can take years. This by no means inferences that the copyright of a photograph of a mountain taken by the photographer will be copyright protected in perpetuity. The reason for that is the creation of that photograph in its entirety cannot be solely attributed to one event or party, the entirety of existence has led to its being. The above does not advocate the dislodging of credit of the photograph from the photographer.
Everyone deserves a pat on the back for good work and the occasional massage to the ego, but no more than that. For monetization purposes, it is fair to guarantee copyright protections to the concerned parties for a limited period of time.
3. This will apply to every kind of original work, including: electronics, music, code, art, research etc. The use and distribution of these creations needs to be more open source to allow people to have the freedom to grow and diversify. All material will be available for free reproduction, redistribution, allowing changes and innovations to existing ideas. This applies to commercial and/or private purposes without any restrictions so as long the copyright period has concluded.
4. The copyright implications seem at odds with our current avenues of thought, although they do not raise the same humanitarian implications for photography as they do in avenues such as pharmaceuticals, where drugs and patents are owned by large corporations and humanity is held at ransom. Patents and intellectual property can be locked up by private entities indefinitely; genomes, seeds and DNA can currently be owned by corporations. Even though this seems nonsensical and unethical to the vast majority of people, it is the current state of affairs.
5. There will be some instances in which gaining a copyright or a patent will not be possible for any period of time, like the aforementioned examples of biological material.
1. There will be a weekly 24 hour shut down of the nonessentials: internet, television, radio, media, phones etc.
2. Emergency services and numbers will always be accessible.
3. The basic requirements to run business operations, hospitals and government institutions will remain uninterrupted.
4. It will be a period to encourage human interaction and rest. People can go to the park, hiking, visit a museum, and spend time with family and friends.
5. Human beings have become increasingly virtual with smart phones and laptops at their sides at all times as extensions of themselves. People are and less physically social, segregated on islands of loneliness, this will be an attempt to mitigate the disconnect in humanity.
1. Advertising seemingly has negative baggage. The only purpose of advertising is to promote a product. The market will invariably decide if the product is a success or not but advertising improves awareness and recognition among the public.
Marketing and promoting substandard products is one of the quickest way to go out of business, the general public try the product once and if it is not up to mark, they never try it again. However, good products benefit from advertising.
2. The problem with advertising is the lack of regulation, especially when it is misleading. There are oil company marketing campaigns like that of BP which make them appear to be involved in agriculture or childcare rather than the oil business.
Tropicana’s orange juice “from concentrate” looks very similar to the packaging of Tropicana’s “fresh” orange juice. There is a lot of intentionally deceptive text on product packaging that is confusing. Many people do not even realize that “from concentrate” is not the same as freshly squeezed juice. The packaging and the fine print associated is either misleading or does not have enough information.
The argument is that big business is not responsible for educating people, and it will take advantage of the confusion in any situation as long as it is profitable. Business has no requirement to be moral or ethical.
Advertising needs a lot more regulation than it currently has.
3. The government will fund advertising for education and job opportunities as it will depend on the participation of the public more than ever before.
1. The focus will be on increasing the quality of products and craftsmanship instead of quantity. The repair and reuse of items will be encouraged. More spending will be placed in developing exceptional products rather than marketing mediocre ones, thus allocating creative resources a step prior, in the research and production chain to produce better products overall.
2. Consumer goods will have to meet strict quality standards and provide reasonable life-span guarantees.
In a hypothetical example, a company that manufactures a $500 chair must provide a minimum, five-year life span guarantee for the product (the minimums will depend on the nature of the product). If a consumer buys this chair and discards it after one year of use, they will be fined for the remaining four years. If there is a manufacturing defect, the manufacturer will have to pay the fine for the remaining life of the product and provide compensation to the consumer.
Whatever the reason may be, someone will be held accountable and have to pay if the item is not used for the entirety of its proposed functional life.
Some restaurants currently in operation, like the Kylin Buffet, a Chinese restaurant in England, charge for the food ordered and after the customer is done eating their fill, they are fined for any surplus uneaten food. This is a rather extreme example and not the norm, but it emphasizes a moralistic intent.
Presently, there is no accountability for the dumping of goods and creating vast amounts of trash which desperately needs to be addressed. The amount of landfill is insurmountable and with the entire population living on Superdense, a drastic cultural shift towards the management of refuse is required.
Amongst other sustainable ventures, the fines will be used for recycling and the clean disposal of unwanted items.
3. The above will reinforce responsibility for purchasing these items and bring down unnecessary spending. It will encourage people to be more creative with their resources and increase the quality of overall products.
4. The freedom to discard products and the decision to buy new or replacement products will always and unequivocalably be retained by the consumer as long as the consumer can maintain affordability. The dilemma at hand is not moralistic but rather a consequence of the economic cost required to deal with vast amounts of waste material in a sustainable manner.
1. A major emphasis will be placed on recycling.
2. Waste will be monitored and heavily taxed.
3. All forms of waste including paper, cardboards, plastics, metals, organic, electronic, industrial and commercial waste will be managed, recycled, reused on Superdense.
4. Currently, recycling is typically considered as a hindrance in day to day life and reuse of waste material is very poorly managed. Dumping of garbage and goods, en masse, that are at the end of their lifecycles, uneconomical to recycle or toxic, in remote locations so that they are out of sight and out of mind is commonplace.
Most governments at the moment don’t really bother with recycling. Some governments do, and there is much to be learned from them, Sweden for example.
1. Once an individual is aware that an animal is caused undue suffering or pain and they continue to prolong it; there can be no greater cruelty. It is acceptable to consume meat products for those who choose to do so as long as it’s done with some regard and respect. The conditions in which livestock are raised and kept needs to be improved to a universally higher standard so that the livestock only have, as someone once said “just one bad day in their entire lives”.
2. As a species, people are omnivorous and the consumption of meat is part of the natural order.
3. Animal farming, fisheries included, have had an almost irreversible negative impact on natural ecosystems and the environment.
4. The health risks associated with consumption of meat products are on the rise due to overconsumption that is unprecedented in human history.
5. The farming industry will be transparent, and open to all who wish to see how the process works. Open days for the facilities will be encouraged.
6. In economic terms, the simplest way to earn respect is to increase the value of a product and limit supply, i.e. the diamond industry.
The cost of meat will be increased to that of a luxury product to ensure that the frequency and amount of consumption are moderated. If someone wants to have sausages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they certainly can, but they would have to work to earn money and put that aside for the luxury. Indeed if they really are driven, that option is available.
7. Vegetables will be promoted heavily.
8. There currently are significant advancements in technology to comfortably allow human beings to adapt to any environment and grow almost everything, it is no longer uncommon to grow tomatoes that are economically viable in the desert sustainably.
1. The reputation of lawyers and lawmakers amongst the public is not so different from that of politicians. Lawyers are scumbags.
2. The laws will be simplified and streamlined to their lowest common denominator in order for them to be read and understood by all. In addition, information and clarifications will be easily available and accessible to all. As a comparable example, the United Kingdom is one of the countries that seem to have done a decent job at this and have spent a vast amount of time to make it as amenable as possible.
Nonetheless, lawyers will still be required. The less the need to depend on them, the better.
3. A common set of universal laws and rights will be in place throughout Superdense to prevent circumventing the law in cases like tax evasion or refuge for criminals. This is to ensure liability and a uniformity of law for all of humanity.
4. Each individual mega city will have their own set of varied local laws that will be more suited to each city’s culture, traditions, religion and customs. However, these laws cannot contradict the common universal law.
5. The public will be consulted and included with full transparency in the processes of drafting, changing, revising polices and lawmaking.
6. There will no ownership of firearms by the general public under normal circumstances. Those who are not convinced need only look at Jim Jefferies stand-up routine on gun control.
Farmers etc. that need it for justifiable reasons, will not be affected.
7. File-sharing over the internet or otherwise is something that almost unanimously every living human being has had a hand in, but it is against the law. Occasionally, some poor sod somewhere will be a scapegoat.
i.e. Metallica suing their fans showed us all what rockstar anarchy and mayhem was about.
File sharing by individuals for private non-profit purposes will be legal. The onus will be on the creators and owners of the content to try and manage that the best they can.
8. Prostitution will be legal. An adult should have the choice and right to monetize using one’s own body.
9. The death penalty will be imposed, and this is for two reasons. Firstly it is more humane for a person and their family to be done with, rather than have a person sit out his whole life like a caged animal in a jail cell. Secondly, it is more cost effective. Through an appeals process, the accused and then convicted individual will have an option to have the death sentence commuted to life imprisonment based on an online public voting system. Majority wins.
10. The prison system will be run by the government. There will be no privatization.
11. Marriage will have no legal significance.
12. Owners will be accountable for the well-being of their pets and neglect will result in prosecution. All pets will be neutered or spayed. The breeding and sale of animals will be regulated and will only be carried out by licensed breeders.
13. Charities will be heavily regulated and held accountable, they seem to comfortably sit between blurred lines with no accountability. Some charities have had success over time but whether that has been good value for money or not, is debatable. Large amounts of money have been misspent in wasteful ways without significant forethought.
14. Superdense will be a secular state.
15. People will be able to practice their respective religions without any restrictions as long as these practices do not contradict with the universal common laws of Superdense.
16. The law is not necessarily always righteous, but it is the law. Right and wrong differ from legal and illegal. The law is not a substitute for morality and ethics. In the past, when segregation was the law of the land, if a coloured person got on a “white only” bus, they would have been removed by a police officer regardless of the officer’s personal morals and ethics. The officer would have had no choice, as it was the law.
The creation and the existence of law is to benefit the entirety of mankind and when it ceases to do so, it is no longer suitable as a law because it does not serve its purpose.
Martin Shkreli sat defiantly after imposing an enormous profit increase on a product and was let go scot free. You would have thought the people would have unanimously voted to have his scumbag ass in jail and the product price reinstated to what it was previously. The United States of America is a democracy ,the people have a choice, but nothing ever happened. This is absurd. The law should be able to fluctuate to disallow the permittance of instances like this.
Theoretically, there will always be challenges faced in the legal system, and they might not be representative of morality and ethics. This is because, in a generalized sense, “right” and “wrong” often contextually depends on the larger collective of individuals at a certain time period and the power they wield.
Recently, Starbucks got away with not paying huge amounts of taxes legally. They achieved it by employing smart professionals in their respective fields to legally avoid paying taxes, using legal loopholes.
Even after the failure of the global banking system, there have been no charges filed and no one was held accountable due to the bureaucracy and the failure of the legal system.
The common person seems to have no say in the matters above.
We have the technology to implement secure voting systems online. After a decidedly critical number of votes, the law in question will change based on the prevailing opinion. This will truly reflect the law of the time and its people with a flexible route and direct action. Set codes of ethics, morals and conduct vary with time. The implementation of real-time changes in the law to reflect the current state of mankind is necessary.
This is not to say that the people always know best. Dissipation of information can be biased amongst the public depending on the avenues it was gained from. Members of the public are not necessarily professionals with expertise in analyzing information and it might not be rightly suited for their judgment. But all this said, there a numerous occasions, as mentioned above, when due to the negligence and failure of the system, issues have gone unchecked and unaddressed.
1. If someone needs to go, they need to go. It is up to them, as an adult, to make that choice.
2. They will be provided with counselling and aid but ultimately, it is their decision. Assistance will be provided by health professionals as required.
3. Keeping an adult alive forcefully is more for the benefit of family and friends. The point of life is to enjoy it, and if an individual isn’t really enjoying themselves and needs to go, then it is up to them alone.
1. Almost all intoxicants, including synthetics, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, cigarettes etc. will be legal, regulated and heavily taxed. Intoxicants will be gain the status of a luxury item.
2. The usage of the above can cause and lead to a variety of socio-economic issues as well as medical problems.
The increase in tax is to allow for moderate usage and to cover the cost of associated healthcare.
Today, cigarettes are often inexpensive in countries that have privatized healthcare. The reason they are cheaper in countries like the United Sates, is because the governments of those countries do not offer their citizens free and comprehensive health care.
In contrast, cigarettes cost a fortune in the United Kingdom, and that’s because the medical service in the United Kingdom covers all cigarette-related health issues. People that buy cigarettes pay for their possible future lung cancer treatment, one pack of cigarettes at a time.
3. Some intoxicants, like heroin, will be illegal.
1. Personal Details, DNA, blood samples, fingerprints, retinal scans, facial profiles and dental x-rays will be kept on record in a central agency for every individual. Today, most of this information is already currently recorded by hospitals, immigration authorities and social media sites.
2. As Superdense will be centralized geographically, politically and legally, crime will be far easier to address.
3. There will be CCTVs in every public area, including streets, hallways, lobbies, airports, taxi cabs. This is already in place in most cities in Europe to ensure public safety and act as a deterrent to crime.
4. There will be no personal or private hacking of individuals or companies unless warranted by the government.
5. If there is evidence of wrongdoing, investigators will be permitted to covertly collect data from the suspect for a set period. When that period has concluded, the party will be notified; there will be full disclosure and transparency with the parties involved and the public.
6. There will be no covert gathering of data for profit, marketing or sales purposes. In this situation, Facebook, or other similar corporations will not be able to sell data without the consent of individuals. Those that consent to having their data sold will be notified when it is being used and for what purpose.
7. Aside from gathering intelligence for security, the main purpose for gathering data will be for scientific and research purposes.
8. There is a lot of respect and admiration for the proponents and advocates of privacy, but times have changed; Pandora’s box is set wide open. Legal and illegal surveillance is a modern reality whether people like it or not. The organizations that engage in it have no accountability and larger corporations get away without liability. Surveillance and malware installation can be carried out by individuals, agencies and governments at any time, and the technology is easy to implement. Countries like the UK have already passed laws allowing private user data to be accessible by a number of organizations if deemed necessary.
Whether or not the gathering of intelligence and data should be permitted or not is no longer in question, but rather the dissension lies in the application and its consequent management. Data gathering needs governance, transparency, regulation, and understanding.
1. Necessary diagnosis, treatment, and medication will be provided to all, free of cost.
2. The government will run hospitals similar to the NHS in the United Kingdom. It is one of the best healthcare systems in the world. The most urgent cases will always be prioritized.
3. Private hospitals will operate as they do today. Those that require treatment and do not want to wait, can pay for the services of a private clinic. However, it will be illegal for doctors to work on a commission basis as it incentivizes unnecessary treatments and medications.
4. Medical insurance, in countries that do not have a universal healthcare system are never as good as the NHS.
Private medical insurance does not parallel a universal healthcare system; If an individual works, they can afford private medical insurance and if they do not, then they do not have access to medical treatment.
Insurance companies don’t insure people because it is the noble thing to do. They are a business, they will insure people as long as they see the potential to be profitable. The profits of medical insurance companies depend on providing fewer benefits at the highest cost. When a person is over 70 years old, it is almost impossible to receive or afford coverage. The premiums will be high and often, the insurance companies exclude certain conditions or place restrictions on treatment.
5. Currently the situation at hand is that “big pharma” and their supporters claim that there is no impetus for drug research and development without the incentive of monetary profits. If there are incentives that propel new research but the advantage is only available to the select few who are wealthy enough to afford it, and not for the poorer members of society, then perhaps, in this situation, there is no need for new research and development that is purely focused on revenues and returns and everyone can sustain the same fate.
Government will fund medical research to provide everyone with equal access. Products and services from private medical researchers and corporations will be regulated and price controlled. The aforementioned provides the people with impartial and fair treatment.
6. In evolutionary terms, the environments and interactions of modern day man is not what human beings have been biologically adapted for. This amongst other things, has contributed to numerous psychological and mental disorders. A greater emphasis will be placed on the understanding and treatment of mental health.
1. All forms of media, information and knowledge that is spread for mass consumption will be vetted by peers in their specific areas of expertise by means of the crowd and hosted by a centralized entity to instil confidence in the information.
The verified information bearing the insignia (similar to trust mark emblems like BBB or VeriSign) will instil confidence in the information rather than individuals having to look through contradictory, incomplete, unsupervised or inaccurate information on the internet or other media. In a Huxleyesque era, management of the excesses and freedom of information while subjecting it to high-quality standards and scrutiny will permit individuals to make well-informed, practical and educated choices.
2. State-owned media, print or otherwise (public broadcast channels like the BBC, CBC and PBS) are essential for each mega city. Broadcasts on public channels will be as objective as humanly possible. Each issue will be disseminated accurately, covering both sides, emphasizing nuance and complexity. Pros and cons will be presented if necessary rather than polarizing extremes and sensationalism. The interpretation of facts and personal opinions can vary as long as media bias is stated clearly beforehand and accounted for.
For instance, when discussing terrorism, rather than just focusing on the horrific aftermath, which in most cases is the tip of the iceberg, the coverage should include a broader understanding of the matter.
Crime is usually not an isolated incident. The root causes to allegedly endemic problems are frequently interconnected through seemingly unrelated larger complex, and sometimes the global web of socio economics. In this scenario, the discourse should include causation, responsibility and awareness.
Providing a balanced view of any topic should be obligatory when administered by state media.
3. Privately owned media has no responsibility to the general public. Newspapers, magazines, TV channels and most journalists are beholden to the bottom line. They are businesses. Some of these businesses have a bias and they cater to a specific clientage, like any other product they have a niche; consider the demographic audiences for Fox News versus MSNBC. The objective is to improve ratings and garner more interest in themselves to make higher profits.
History, as well as many other methods of recording and dissipating information, are relative viewpoints, not fact. Mass consensus gives the illusion that theory is the same as fact.
Non-vetted data, opinions and information will be freely available with no restrictions.
4. A minimum percentage of air time will be dedicated to local artists and issues to curb the monotony of the McDonald’s effect, allowing each city and sub-culture a chance to develop local talent; Canada has been quite successful in this regard.
1. The remainder of the planet, outwith Superdense, for the purposes of this manifesto will be known as the “Extended Jungle”.
2. There will be no restriction of movement between Superdense and the Extended Jungle.
3. Tourism and short breaks to the Extended Jungle will be encouraged. People can visit various destinations like heritage sites or make religious pilgrimages. These will be managed by temporary residents and private businesses.
4. Researchers, explorers, scientists and individuals with similar professions will go back and forth as temporary residents.
5. Temporary residents on the Extended Jungle will have access to all the modern comforts and amenities associated with contemporary life.
6. In extreme circumstances where a resource or material is not available on Superdense and is considered as wanted/required by the majority or needed for the essential for the survival of humanity, it will be sourced from the Extended Jungle, but will be subject to strict regulation.
Truffles: Although there has been a significant advancement in the almost supernatural abilities of man, cultivation of some varieties of truffles is an enigma, they have to be found. There are none in Australia. Truffles can be sourced from the Extended Jungle.
7. The closure, disposal of waste, dismantling and maintenance of the current cities in the world and oceans will be organized and attempts will be made to allow nature to take back, erasing the destructive footprint of mankind.
8. Individuals and communities that choose to remain permanently on the Extended Jungle will be allowed to do so. This might be appealing to a minority of the population electing to return to an atavistic existence.
Permanent inhabitants on the Extended Jungle will have no access to any modern technology, including but not limited to housing, medicine or clothing. They will have to be self-sufficient and self-reliant.
It is only fair that if the decision is made to break away, that the individuals who move to the Extended Jungle as permanent residents do so without any expressed advantage from the cumulative progress and achievements of humanity;
this is to guarantee that they do not have an unfair unnatural advantage over nature and the environment. Someone with the persona and skills of Bear Grylls would be ideally suited for this.
Inhabitants of the Extended Jungle can choose to return to Superdense at any time and have access to all of its benefits.
9. A permanent inhabitant of Superdense can choose to relocate to the Extended Jungle permanently, and vice versa, at any time and without repercussions.
10. In case of an unforeseen catastrophe or natural disaster on Superdense, there will be a diverse segment of the human population on the Extended Jungle (due to travel and work) that can repopulate the planet if necessary.
1. An argument can be logically compelling but it still fails to be convincing. One of the reasons attributed to this, is that any organism capable of decision making is neophobic. New ideas that challenge views of the comfortable, existing status quo are perceived to be under threat from conflicting data and lack significant consensus. A concept needs to rely on a pre-existing endorsed subconscious emotion. The intent is to make the integration and adjustment seamless without the introduction of a shock value. There need to be small changes to the basic fundamentals, which in time, unobtrusively manifest themselves positively in the bigger picture. These have to be implemented incrementally with slow consistent pressure and with time there is permeability of the concept. New ideas take time to be incorporated and settle in as they look for space amongst antecedent notions and redefine pre-existing structures.
At the current pace humanity seems to be the embodiment of the myth of Sisyphus, endlessly watching the boulder of progress roll back down the hill in a number of fields.
At any given juncture, there are two opportunities: either step forward into growth or recede into the comfort of the familiar. There is no progress without deviation from the norm.
2. The dogma and the speculative concept of a collective world as it is on paper, with the current technology and development is theoretically feasible.
3. Through a veil of obviousness, most of the concepts and ideas discussed in the manifesto are common sense and not new. They have been tried, tested and implemented in various parts of the world in some form or another but have not been used in conjunction with each other.
4. The manifesto is a utopian ideal. However, the application of even a few of the concepts discussed, detached from the whole, are practical and possible.
5. The world would be better off together as one unified nation state. Patriotism and nationalism are a poison and they reinforce a separatist ideology, adding unnecessary arbitrary differences and boundaries causing a divide amongst people.
Using the analogy of a sports team: Football clubs in Europe
Football teams can create a sense of belonging, an avenue for entertainment, sportsmanship and healthy competition. Individual teams were initially established based on geographical location, belief systems, like the Catholics versus the Protestants. Football teams have a reverent following that stretches back generations. The fans remain dedicated to their club whilst their hatred of the opposition is insatiable.
The players change, they are often bought and sold into opposing teams, the managers change, the owners change, the home stadiums can change. The things that don’t change are the fans, the logo, the merchandising, the Facebook page etc.
Logically, this leads the observer to conclude a query: what is someone, who has been a loyal fan for 30 odd years, actually standing up for or supporting?
6. Movement of people from one place to another with the intentions of settling permanently in a new location or country might seem disruptive or nonsensical to the comfortable routine of middle classes and the elite.
People in developed countries and western civilizations have reached the epitome of prosperity with self-righteous vegan diets and gluten intolerances, preoccupied with yoga blogs and leisure time spent on allotments growing turnips and carrots. Unfortunately, the vast majority of humanity has not realized this level of privilege.
Migration of the indigent from the third world and developing countries to Superdense will automatically disrupt and mark the end of the current global economic model which is based on dominance and exclusion of the underprivileged with no access to upward mobility by developed countries and the upper classes.
If the borders opened up in Australia, regardless of the existence of Superdense, a bulk of the third would be there in a heartbeat to have a chance at escaping the rut of poverty, humanitarian catastrophes or the oversaturated stagnant pool of opportunity, the list goes on. They would bring with them hope, their cultures, desire for a better life and look for opportunity, not in a very dissimilar way to the Eastern Europeans economic migrants toward the West. In time, as is the case with immigration or a diaspora, they will settle the land and make it their own, similar to the settlement of the Europeans and other nationalities in America.
7. Imposed restriction on the free movement of people is the most significant contributor to the human economic and literary divide. This necessitates the eradication of borders and immigration restrictions.
Hypothetically there should be no compulsion for wars, a military or a colossal defence expenditure as there will be no other countries to invade, economically dominate or destroy.
8. The assimilation of all people on a geographically isolated landmass with close physical proximity to one another and increased interconnectedness should gradually in time create some form of unity and a cohesive identity.
9. In conclusion, the introduction of unconventional propositions and opinions in the manifesto is to generate thought. The ability to think is what differentiates animals from machines. The intention of this document is not to rectify or address every complication in the current world. Perfection is impossible and may not even be desirable. A consequence of perfection is boredom and a lack of purpose. There will always be issues and obstacles ahead, but a crucial facet of life is the ability to continually deal with them and redefine ourselves in the process.
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an artist’s manifesto
The book is a socio-economic manifesto from an artist's perspective. It forces the reader to look again at the current models in place while planting the seed for a new paradigm in the public realm. 1. The purpose of this discourse is to make assumptions, provide generalized statements and explanations based on facts, raise awareness and with some imagination provide a thoretical concept for an abstract direction. 2. The manifesto is a selective aggregate of capitalism, socialism and communism. It adheres to utilitarianism while recognizing the human condition. The requirement of some form of rules and regulations are generally agreed as necessary. However, the term “government” in this manifesto refers to the people and not a disparate entity. 3. The planet is ecologically and environmentally sagging under the weight of the humanity’s footprint. Therefore, a proposal of fundamental adjustments, including the redistribution of the human populous with disregard to the axiological, is necessary for sustainability. 4. There is a substantial economic and literary contrast amongst the people of the world due to the restrictions imposed on the freedom of movement. One of the objectives is to propose an egalitarian alternative to eliminate this disparity. 5. Establishment of interdependence rather than independence albeit retaining individuality. 6. The narrative is not structured to reflect an academic paper. It has no provision or intent to cover technical details and associated complexities. The manifesto is not a practical guide. It is not intended to encompass everything but rather to contribute a generalized ideology. 7. This document is to be perceived in its entirety as some concepts are cross-referenced and are mutually dependent.