Society

From From the Trees to the Stars

DRAFT, Ollie Rankin, January 2013

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried.

- Winston Churchill

Conventional contemporary wisdom says that Democracy is the best idea we've come up with so far for structuring human society and that because it contains within it mechanisms for modifying itself, it should form the basis of any future human societal structure.

Democracy is founded on the perfectly reasonable notion that everyone should share in making any decisions that affect them, and is generally structured in such a way that those decisions can be made without needing to consult every single stakeholder in making every single decision.

Democracy is another great example of Evolution in action and the various forms it takes in different countries and organisations around the world is evidence of its adaptability.

But let's go right back to the drawing board and look at what the ideal structure is for a society.

What is the point of society at all?

Society, as I'm referring to it here, is really just a set of common rules that dictate the rights and responsibilities of the people involved.

It therefore inevitably involves a trade-off.

Anarchy is the


At the most basic level, we are able to achieve more by pooling resources and working together than we are by working alone with only our own resources.

Small groups can formulate one-off agreements for this type of collaboration, but for it to happen on a large scale there needs to be a

Society forms a framework for cooperation on a massive scale and also a set of ground rules for cooperation on a small scale.