I hear people say that they don't like politics. Politics bores them or they are simply uninterested. But it seems to me that this can not be true no matter what they say.
I mean there's politics and there's politics. I can understand them not being interested in the one, but not the other.
What is politics really? Politics is that mechanism which allows us to all get along; it's how we negotiate our space as being separate from someone else's space and how we manage our shared spaces.
So to me, there is no doubt that people are interested in politics. And everyone has a sense of what is right and what is wrong and what should and should not be. Negotiating between everyone's definitions of these things is politics.
The body politic is the vast conference of minds and lives that come together to decide an issue. Research has shown that if that conference of minds is autonomous, diverse, and decentralized it is often smarter than any of the individuals involved.
When the U.S. submarine Scorpion disappeared in May 1968, a naval scientist named John Craven assembled a diverse group of submarine experts, mathematicians and salvage divers. Instead of putting them in a room to consult one another, he had each of them give a best guesstimate--based on the sub's last known speed and position (and nothing else)--of the cause of its demise and its rate and steepness of descent, among other variables. Craven then computed a group average employing Bayes's theorem, a statistical method wherein a probability is assigned to each component of a problem. The Scorpion's location on the ocean floor was only 220 yards from the averaged prediction.
Autonomous, diverse and decentralized is just what the body politic is under a democratic system.
Autonomous, diverse and decentralized is just what the markets are under a capitalistic system.
Stranger still was the stock market's reaction on January 28, 1986, the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded. Of the four major shuttle contractors--Lockheed, Rockwell International, Martin Marietta and Morton Thiokol--the last (the builder of the defective solid-rocket booster) was hit hardest, with a 12 percent loss, compared with only 3 percent for the others. A detailed study of the market (a sizable crowd, indeed!) by economists Michael T. Maloney of Clemson University and J. Harold Mulherin of Claremont McKenna College could find no evidence of insider trading or media focus on the rocket booster or on Morton Thiokol. Given four possibilities, the masses voted correctly.
Autonomous, diverse and decentralized is not what a lynch mob is. Autonomous, diverse and decentralized is not what a dictatorship is by definition.
The infighting between political parties for ascendancy in a democracy is likely what persuades some to dislike politics. Most people simply do not see this tension, bickering and lack of courtesy fun or enjoyable. Some of us, however, like to watch the machine work as it calculates the consensus position.
And this is precisely what is going on at the "higher" levels of politics.
It's a living breathing distributed processing network where the masses represent raw information that creates "agents" in the form of various political representatives, agencies and organizations. These agents then distill the information and structure it, presenting something to the masses to judge who then weigh the results and send it back for more processing or whatever.
A living feedback loop made of flesh, blood, body, mind and soul.
All of those who, when the result of this process is not to their liking, start calling for "their" way to be implemented over all others, whom they dub "stupid" or "indoctrinated" are not only showing a lack of appreciation for the complexity and wonder of the machine, but are also attempting to short circuit the computational power of "autonomous, diverse and decentralized".
And this, ultimately is an anti-democratic system which attempts to reduce the efficiency of the computation to what is truly the lowest operating performance.
But often these very same people who call elections they don't agree with as being the result of too many stupid people participating fail to realize that the alternative is the stupidest idea of them all.