Structural Incentives Govern Behaviour

While we are distracted by the daily newsround which provokes fear, outrage and division, we continue to feed the predatory organism by succumbing to the incentives integral to the system. In this video, James Corbett talks to Derrick Broze about how we can opt out of the predatory system.

Derrick Broze on Opting Out of Technocracy
We all know the existential threat that technocracy poses to the human species. So what’s the solution to this problem? Joining us today to discuss this issue is Derrick Broze of who has just published How to Opt-Out of the Technocratic State, a guide that eschews fear porn and emphasizes solutions to the encroaching technocratic tyranny.

In the discussion, and no doubt in Derrick’s new book, are various suggestions as to how to “disconnect” from the system, among which are the use of alternative currencies and means of conducting economic relationships.

And this is where the point about structural incentives becomes murky.

Sure, cryto-currencies and other blockchain based systems of reward take away “fuel” from the centralised fiat money system but they are still based on the premise of competition. To survive, we need to compete with others for views, “hits”, donations etc. Consequently, while we may be weakening the system in some respects, we continue to feed the competitive paradigm. Competitive behaviour fosters greed and fear, even though we may be acting independently of the global money system.

It is a conundrum.

Last summer, Critical Thinking presented a short, simple morality play on the current fiat money system:

Rub-a-Dub-Dub, the Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick Maker – Usury in 7 days
On 21st May 2019, Critical Thinking held its weekly session in Bedford Square at the invitation of Sean Gwee. Sean’s installation was a dynamic hosting space to be configured as required. This presentation on Usury was the first of a planned series to highlight the three flaws in the current political economy: Institutional Hierarchy, theft of the Commons and Usury.

The play exposes the predatory, parasitic nature of banking. However, it also demonstrates the competition between the non-banking, economic players vying to make money to survive. Even if we take the bankers out of the equation, competition for survival remains.

During our discussions at Critical Thinking last summer, we explored the possibilities of tokenisation as a different means of transacting economic relationships. One idea, that eliminates competition, is explained in this short video.

Rub-a-Dub-Dub, the Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker – Tokenised in 7 Days
Following on from Rub-a-Dub-Dub, the Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker – Usury in 7 days, this conceptual presentation contrasts the benefits of tokenisation with the current fiat money system. The presentation is derived from earlier discussions within Critical Thinking and provides a simple conceptual foundation on which to build.

As is said towards the end of the video, getting from where we are to such an ideal is a huge leap and requires navigating the transition in the face of ingrained competitive behaviour. However, this is very much the start of a process of exploration. Co-creation of a new paradigm and effecting such a transition is not only feasible but essential for our survival as a species.

A world of miraculous abundance awaits but we do need to prioritse where we focus our attention… on the distractions and diversions laid before us to keep us enslaved by competition and ignorance, or on ideas that can transform our existence?