Your Sim City: Anarchist, Socialist, Other?Submitted by DoubleOhNothing on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 21:07
The real world exists right now, while potential worlds exist in the future. In order to achieve a higher state of civilization, it is not enough to imagine it, the society at large must take steps to get from here to there. Equality is a fine ideal, but how do we get from inequality to equality without forceful redistribution? Violent revolutions are attempts to perfect society without the forethought necessary to finesse a society into a better future. A violent revolution is like hammering a screw into a board: it won't be pretty, but it will get there!
My question is, if you could start from scratch and design a society, with or without government, what would it look like and what would sustain it? If you've never read Isaac Asimov's "Foundation," its a brilliant novel that relates to this. Anyway, being raised on scifi, I envision a Star Trek TNG sort of world. Clearly socialistic, but with respect for human rights. The greater good, without sacrificing the dignity or autonomy of the individual. Gene Roddenberry conveniently left out the few hundred years between now and his future... I think that with modern technology, we must learn to integrate and cooperate. I honestly would enjoy it, just as long as humans don't become numbers, a la Brave New World.
So, how would you structure a society to be successful in the short and long terms?