As we transition into Current Year 2018, we progressives naturally wonder how to improve our world. Non-progressives ask the wrong questions and look inwardly. They still believe in ‘self-discipline’ and make ‘resolutions’ to ‘improve’ their personal lives, whether by losing weight, ‘getting fit’, reducing alcohol intake etc. These actions, noble though they may appear to be, are all self-centered and therefore inherently selfish. Consider, for example:
- If you lose 20 pounds, how exactly did this help reduce sexism? All you have done is succeeded in shaming overweight womyn through your misogynistic superiority complex.
- Now you can do 30 press-ups before you collapse in a sweaty heap. Congratulations, but six-year old kids with gender dysphoria still go without the surgery they so desperately need.
People who make such pathetic ‘resolutions’ usually fail, which is precisely why they had resolutions in the first place. Before January is even days old, they are shoving bucket loads of butter caramel popcorn and cheap lager down their throats whilst lying-down watching Netflix, having to raise their bulbous heads to see the TV screen over their enormous guts.
Progressives are way better than this. We know that people not only need our help but they count on us to make decisions for them. Here is a little-known secret: most people hate freedom, they fear having to decide for themselves how to lead their lives. The thought of ever engaging in critical thinking and questioning the liberal narratives that populate our accredited media terrifies them. They want us to compel them to take actions which will ultimately benefit them, even if they may feel some unspoken resentment at the ‘invasion of privacy’ or ‘loss of basic freedoms’.
As 2018 begins, we want to take the ultimate step and remove all bad things forever. Imagine waking up in a world where there is no longer any oppression, unjust wars, disease, pestilence, inflation, hunger, transphobia, the patriarchy. Imagine a world of equality, tolerance, respect, peace, fraternity, liberty (sort of). Well, isn’t that something worth striving for?
For all the many millennia that mankind has inhabited this planet, some things have never gone away. Whether you call it natural cycles, Kondratief waves, creative destruction, failure to learn from history, the reality is that humans are incapable of governing the planet in a way that guarantees the permanence of peace, equality and freedom. World War One was supposed to be the one which ended all wars and yet a certain Adolf Hitler was just a few years away from dispatching six billion Jews from the planet. Six billion.
Many well-thinking leaders have tried to bring Utopia to the world, whether it was Stalin, Chairman Mao, Pol Pot or Big Kim of N.K. Despite repeated record grain harvests in Russia, China, Cambodia and North Korea, however, somehow the produce failed to be distributed evenly and a few people died. Right-Wing haters use such examples as ‘evidence’ that Socialism simply doesn’t work. They persist with the inane belief that the ‘free market’ and the invisibility of transactions is somehow a superior model. This philosophy, however, ‘feels’ wrong and therefore it must be.
In defence of Stalin, Pot etc. they ultimately lacked Data. Their hearts were in the right place but they lacked the means to overcome natural injustice, Central planning requires, after all, full details of people’s wants, movements, family status, belonging, actions etc. What was missing in the 1940s, 50s and 60s is provided in abundance in the 21st century through social media, the internet and other accredited means.
Today, our leaders have more data than they know what to do with. We only need to analyse Facebook ‘likes’, GPS movements of people, shopping habits, social networks etc. in order to create a more just society. Combining this data with artificial intelligence, it is possible for the first time ever to create a world where there is equality of outcome, a fair distribution of the world’s assets and permanent peace. All we demand is that people give up a little bit of freedom in return for this bounty.
Naturally, we will need to trial world government by AI and suggest doing so in Scotland. The Scotch people are well used to tests being conducted on them from way back in the 1990s through Margaret Thatcher’s poll tax, for example.
Artifical Intelligence truly has the means of delivering a permanently stable and fair world. Over time, AI will learn what works and what does not; it will self-correct without any need for human intervention. Yes, it’s a big step forward and it may feel odd to yield up all sovereignty to machines. It’s not impossible there could be some collateral damage along the way, but this would at least alleviate our overpopulation issues. Ultimately, however, humans have had their chance for the past 10,000 years. It’s time to give AI a chance.