Quia Sum, Cogito (timeline)

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On the “9/11” Attacks:

In 2001, the world witnessed in shock as decades of military exploitation and imperialism finally cultivated a reaction in the way of a fundementalist attack. In hindsight, it should have been expected that the inevitable backlash wouldn’t be a reflection of why the attack took place, but to double down on resource acquisition, cultural invalidation, and authoritative implementation of morality that caused the initial outburst. Thus the war on terror began, with the explicit intent to justify a superiority worldview and to demand those with resources will assimilate or be demonized and made to suffer.

– Identifying the Bias of History – Gorner and Stipple – published June 15, 2063

On the Introduction of “Social Media”

The world of the early 2000s was changing: the social sharing and documentation of private events was replacing the face to face interactions of yesteryear. The explosion of digital reality replacing the analogue created new markets to fill the social vacuum all branded under the title “social media”. The legal and ethical reactions of governments varied, some of which became protectionist and others considering the explosion of communication a natural right. Regardless, the social reaction was understandably more dynamic causing ever shifting echo chambers and the emboldening of the previously voiceless.

– The Technological Revolution – Troy Akadom – published March 4, 2037

On Media:

It aligns with the tangential research of Milhouse […] that consumed media is the best time capsule for social ideology. Even the change of preferred platforms shows the tectonic shifts of cultural psychology. A few such examples: 

  • Moving from radio to video coincided with the US Civil Rights movement and a focus on aesthetics (1960s).
  • The 24 hour entertainment cycle distracted from the economic crisis (2000s).  
  • Moving to social media solidified in tandem with the Blanket Noria and the blaming of capitalistic news for the climate crisis (2030s).
  • Augmented reality found it’s start in TAR (Trusted Augmented Reality) which was issued under the reign of the CapDems (2040s).

The theory of the nature of this relationship (causal, reactive, or reciprocal) is still an open question and likely cannot be answered (assuming Influence Theory is correct).

– Hacking the Brain – Vinel Castago – published November 9, 2078

On the Rise of Climate Concerns:

No one took the increase in carbon emissions seriously in the early naughts and teens even after seeing the rise in natural disasters. There were some early calls for attention from the grandfathers of the current PoliDoc films “When the Levees Broke”, “An Uncomfortable Truth” and others; but for the most part this went unheard. There were a few reasons for this ranging from the era of “brawl match” news (which valued conflict over the Consensus) and the capitalist undermining of systemic issues. […] Regardless of the final adherence to the Paris Climate Agreement that was 2 decades in the making, the cataclysmic inertia of disasters was impossible to stop. From water shortages to devastating earthquakes that were novel for the time, an avalanche of problems overwhelmed the world in the 20s and 30s. Logistic breakdowns collapsed the free markets under their own weight and small international schisms paved the way for Capitalistic Governance and the climate wars. The only saving grace was that undersea carbon reservoirs were never upset.

– Dancing on the Knife’s Edge – Dr Julian Toberch – published September, 23 2096

On CapDems Leadership

Seeing the ignorant population of this great country become convinced that they should waste money on overconsumption and hoarding gave me clarity in my youth: valuing financial conservativeness and spending responsibly won’t work when most want to waste money on degeneracy, sloth, and gluttony. The war for the soul of the country – cardinal liberties vs social coercion – was a damned cause without a champion to save them.

Since securing the military’s loyalty, I’ve culled the self proclaimed “economists” that undermined our nation’s global leadership. The memory of their continued lies regarding “systemic failings” and “climate instability” with their last breaths will forever remind me how committed some are to weakening others for their own self gain. I’ve since shown how ridiculous “academics” are by saving the economy. Before the state was liberated entirely, I was forced to “play nice” with the extortionists and learn what they valued. During their attempts to indoctrinate me, I took notice of their use of science to control people. I used it to my advantage and divined the field of Consumption Sciences to help feed those that would come to depend on me. The technophobes leeching of the utopia I’ve created in these short years will finally have the privilege to assist in our survival.

– Holding the Line – Acting President Joseph Relder – Nov 12, 2046

On the Free Market Breakdown

Looking to history for blame is to ensure ourselves that we aren’t repeating its mistakes. The 1950s approach to advertising and focus of profit over social promotion is still a hard legacy to overcome, but since then it has been realized that the economic stability score (inverse of the variation of wealth) is a much better indication of free market success than the mean or the GDP. With this metric, the graph below (7) shows why the Necessities Act of 2032 – in spite of what the free market puritans (the so-called vanilla capitalists or vinCaps) will have you believe – was inevitable. The relationship between economic mobility, economic stability, and economic fear trended to pass the Rodan Tipping Point (see chapter 2) in 2035 and the government’s only option was to take action to offset it. The rare critiques of these individual scores will be addressed in the next chapter.

– Fundamentals of Economic Psychology – Dr. Carl Flank – published March 3, 2045

On Government Economic Pipeline

2. Acquisition Scope on the Corporation Acquisition and Reevaluation Office 

(i) if the Corporation willingly relinquishes the division of the Corporation responsible for the Necessary Product the Corporation Acquisition and Reevaluation Office will assume unconditional ownership.

(ii) if the Corporation attempts to alter prices without an assessment made prior to an evaluation of the Congressional Budget Office, the division of the Corporation responsible for the Necessary Product will be relinquished unconditionally to the ownership of the US government and managed by the Corporation Acquisition and Reevaluation Office.

(iii) if the Corporation wins the Necessary Product contract for a product that fulfills the same Purpose Category for 3 consecutive years, the division of the Corporation responsible for the Necessary Product will be relinquished unconditionally to the ownership of the US government and managed by the Corporation Acquisition and Reevaluation Office.

– Necessities Act of 2032 – Section 2 (Acquisition Scope on the Corporate Acquisition and Reevaluation Office) – US Congress – final version codified February 20, 2032

On Water and Food crisis

He couldn’t stop himself, the guilt rolled out of him illuminating what he had long kept hidden away for all these years. To both the group and – to his surprise – himself, Frank found himself fighting tears while he acknowledged with empowering grace: his reckless optimism was – in fact – passive attempts to refute his horror at the world. The fear of small gaps was his subconscious defending itself from a hidden acknowledgement that he was always a knife’s edge from giving into darkness. He remembered grocery stores where food seemed unending, he remembered free flowing water running from the tap, he remembered a world they were the masters of, he remembered security and the idea of “tomorrow-ness”. But now – he had to admit – even knowing how it came about and the shame of appreciating it, that the technological sleeve on his arm was what his life depended on. The symbol of both human suffering and human salvation was as much a part of him as his heart.

At the height of the CapDem’s reign [2046] – in spite of the insanity of their leader, the hatred of their followers, and the atrocity of the system they created – they were a necessary evil.  They had willingly sacrificed their souls to accidentally save humanity.  

– Mechanical Claws – Dr Alice Franklin – published June 3, 2067

On the Political Switches

In that light, rugged individualism that the US prided itself on was generally no longer relevant after the Republican Party abandoned the alt-Right in the 2030s. Authoritarian supremacy was the appeal during the “southern switch” in the mid 1900s, but – in light of the empathy cultivated because of near universal poverty – it was a lost strategy, so they focused instead on utilizing the untapped political focus: the scientific consensus – something that was mind-numbingly absent in the early 2000s. Due to their previous – actual and literal – demonization of the left since the McCarthy era, the alliance was tenuous while many former supporters saw it as a betrayal and abandoned the party. The brush with irrelevance forced them to rebrand, and – under the banner of “Universalist Party” – they reaffirmed their appeal to the left by adopting a new montra that promoted the socialistic ideal: “from each and for each” (eventually synthesizing further to “form each, for each, and to all: respect” and finally landing on the common phrase “from-to-forall”). While initially dismissed, the party finally started to reform with the sole purpose of opposing the rise of fasism in the 2040s. When they realized they could never regain political power within the government[c] due to political suppression and violence, the party attempted to empower the people in spite of the government.  Experience in motivating decentralized groups through fear (via Qanon or alt-Right) helped motivate the Independence Initiative which was the grandfather of the anarchist communes of today.

– Chasing a Right to Life – Clastor Johnson – published November 4, 2065 

On the Rulership of CapDems

In 2039, the country was collapsing: it’s identity was in flux, half a trillion starving and without water due to non working supply lines, ⅓ of the citizens unhoused with few protections, ⅙ imprisoned and enslaved for ecoterrorism, and those they opposed were now embedded into the government’s infrastructure. The people were desperate for a leader to set things right. Enter the charismatic demagogue, Joseph Relder, who unapologetically espoused a dictatorial philosophy under the banner “Integrity With Function”.

It doesn’t really matter if he was a persona created for the sake of populism (some even believe his book was manufactured to cultivate a following) or an authentic believer in the horrors of his acts.  What does matter is that he had a uniquely unparalleled skill when addressing his supporters and removing those that he saw as an obstacle. His support at the beginning was overwhelming: for a ruined people, the commitment and unreasonable assurance that “we will have more” won him the presidency.

Relder inherited an office that was on the brink of the climate war and was threatened by a public that was demanding salvation or death. Those that still are loyal to his vision claim that he had no choice in what happened next: partitioning the government through antagonism, the coordinated massacre of those that questioned him, the use of prisoners as unwilling live human test subjects and making “poor” illegal to replenish the supply, the ruthless assault of weaker countries and total acquisition of resources needed to rebuild the economy. In 7 years there were undeniably more humanitarian atrocities performed than any other time in history (not to mention the non-human suffering). 1,329,967 were submitted to – by all accounts – indescribable horrors. But the result was undeniable: the R.E.L.I.E.F. (Respiratory and Endocrine Limiting Integrated ExoFrame) mk1 was created half a year before the Universalist Emancipation (2047). It was only after the execution of the President and the replacement of every person in the government that it was realized: humanity had a solution to the climate catastrophe.

Was it worth it? If we could change the past, would we? Is survival self justified at any cost? These questions haunt humanity. And our inability to answer it haunts us more.

– Identifying the Bias of History – Gorner and Stipple – published June 15, 2063

On the Breakdown of “Western Unity”

The strain of the climate crisis from 2020 to 2080 was felt worldwide. While those with little military strength suffered most due to exploitation that ravaged their society and the environmental impact that ravaged their resources, those that had an unopposed comfort in the early 2000s felt the greater shock. Those that had systemic benefits (military defense, official platforms, ability to construct social morality through laws) were initially unphased, but became organically punitive to remain so. In turn both international relationships and local governance became strained. The unifying idea of “western civility” was crumbling and with it the general population’s desire to appeal to authorities.

The philosophy that replaced it – “Synthesis Theory”- initially started in academia. There came to be an extreme focus and generalization of how exploitation or imperialism can be applied at local levels (generalizing it first within local governance and then further to personal relationships). This very quickly was adopted by the newly forming communes as a means of self regulation. The new standard (known today as “super/minor”) combined with the integration of a constant reminder of the “from-to-forall” philosophy created a working foundation that was adopted en masse (presumably out of desperation). The additional anarchist rejection of official documentation made different communities reactive to their local demands. Historians generally agree – in spite of the paradox of tolerance – that the organic communities’ success and sovereignty correlate with how well they reject[ed] protectionist philosophies (even within the worst parts of the climate catastrophe [2063]).

– Evolution of Philosophy (2nd edition) – Dr. Lawrance Kim – published March 3, 2077

On “Quia Sum, Cogito”

As the crux of René Descartes’s argument regarding how to apply and refute critique, “Cogito Ergo Sum” (I think therefore I am) was used to build a first principle. Recent interpretations of it describe it to claim “one’s thought establishes their reality” and thus everything after that claim is indisputably the author’s truth. Fast forward to 2047, J. L. Tendis opposed that idea with the crux of his philosophy “Quia Sum, Cogito” (Because I am, I think). While superficially the same, the differences between the two broke epistemology into two different camps: the Descartians and the Tendians which interpret it as “you will justify the world you are born into”. The creation of this ideological category is claimed as much of the inspiration for the undermining of “otherness” that spurred Blanket Noria, the defense of anarchist communes, and the promotion of the Consensus.

Researcher note: the phrase didn’t originate with Tendis but an obscure novel written in the early 2020s that has been lost to time.

– Philosophy (Justification) of the Scientific Consensus Council – S.P.4 Ron T. Hartford/S.H.4 Kathrine Pepperman/P.A. Vincent Kripkin – published June 21, 2073

On Identity Universalism

The concept of identity has continuously been modified throughout the 19th and 20th centuryT*. While there was never really a beginning to the development of it, one clear anchor in time was the conflation of and demand for assimilation to monarchicial and nationalistic identity of the 1400sT9. Feudalism was the demand to respect royalty as divinely correct and therefore all civility was captured under their personal persuasionT*.  While this had its own limitations (having to ensure the citizens didn’t rebel), this continued until the worldwide democratization of governments based on the philosophy of the enlightenment in the mid 1700s which created identity to be individually focused – creating localized monarchiesT9. While this did allow the Consensus to become more inclusive in nature, it still depended on legacies of the past to legitimize which community was institutionalizedT7. In this chapter we will explore how the following movements paralleled the same bolstering and legitimacy of the Consensus, each one including the least stress on the institutionalized values:

racial disallusion (1920s – present),
sexual disallusion (1950s – present),
procreative disallusion (1970s – present),
gender disallusion (2000s – present),
maturity disallusion (2020s – present),
economic disallusion (2040s – present),
species dissallusion (2060s-present),
technological disallusion (2070s – present)[7,8,9].

While the Consensus can always be broadened, the global rejection of realism associated with categorization (1972) was a major step to understanding why [the Consensus] is the strongest indicator of morality that a culture can establishT*.

  • Defending Order Without Authority – S.H.3 Josephine Lagrand – published May 3, 2103

On the Climate War

Between the years of 2015 to 2030, the world’s population changed from 7,379,797,139i to 8,579,243,623ii: a 16% change.
Between the years of 2030 to 2045, the world’s population changed from 8,579,243,623 to 97,398,172iii: a -99% change.
Between the years of 2030 to 2045, the owners-of-75%-of-all-wealth’s population changed from 4,620iv to 5,221v: a 13% change.

Researcher note: While this is intended to be an academic paper, it needs to be accented – for those not statistically inclined – how insane this correlation is. The climate wars killed the world without discretion with one known anomalous exemption: the absurdly wealthy. They excluded themselves from the war machines that coerced the starving and homeless with the overblown promise of comfort for the sake of becoming a mercenary of the state. Of course, when everyone is at war doing the same thing, it is hard to tell if it is an international Capitalistictic Governance sanctioned genocide. Apologies for the personal aside.

While the individual human impact on the climate was significantly dropped due to the drastic reduction in population, 2045 still had the ongoing environmental impacts keeping the global temperature around 3.7° [Celsius, 38.66° Fahrenheit] above the average of the mid 20th century. The drastic rise ruined the habitability of much of the tropic region forcing relocation to agriculturally strained moderate regions. 25 of the 37 global aquifers which had been regularly depended on and depleted over the 20th and early 21th centuries were exhausted. In addition to creating mass drought and famine, the blatant unwillingness to abandon natural energy extraction removed the tectonic plate’s natural lubricants causing regular and amplified earthquakes due to the geographic grind we are familiar with today. This obviously caused massive human conflict when attempting to secure resources which was motivated and perpetuated by the Capitalistic Governance integrated into the international war machines.

It was only through the effort of independent and “cloud sourced” researchers that solutions (pollution siphoning, soil-nutrient infusion, exothermic water filtering and energy creation, etc) to the perpetual problems were solved.The only exception being the RELIEF technology developed by the CapDem regime which altered their military to adapt more efficiently to the reduced resources. Through hormone, pheromone, and metabolic manipulation; the biological response to stress was slightly modified allowing the “consciousness” to withstand a lack of resources and the rise in heat. Temporarily this was used for natioinalistic domination, but since then it has been adapted worldwide into the lesser-invasive eco-nology we have normalized today. It is the general agreement that all of these mitigations of the climate catastrophe is the only reason the climate wars were able to be resolved by 2065.

– The Principles and Application of Historical Topography – H.T.1 Kathrine Thomas and S.H.2. Erisha Goel – published September 23, 2088

On Blanket Noria 

Sept. 5, 2044:

Fellow nomads:

I was interviewed recently by the MSM (Main Stream Media or – more accurately – the Manipulation and Suppression Machine) and it’s been trending for about 3 days now. It was fascinating to witness (first hand no less!) the desire to undermine the common man. To describe the lead up, I was making sure the neighborhood had what they needed for the day: blankets, food, shoes, etc. I was approached by a “reporter” and had the following conversation, I hope you enjoy it (this can be seen on their website currently):

Propagandist: Do you have a minute?

Me: Not really, sort of busy. Who are you?

Propagandist: I’m Simon Kent, a reporter with WKPT news. What is your inspiration for doing this?

Me: What? What do you mean?

Propagandist: This “Blanket Noria” movement, why do you take part in it?

Me: What are you talking about? What the hell is a noria? This isn’t a “movement”… it just needs to be done. All these people are working to help keep the community running. You expect them to not have the basic needs? You expect me not to have these things?

Propagandist: Noria… a waterwheel.

Me: Well that’s a dumb name.

Propagandist: It’s a pulling up from… nevermind. Those [pointing at the supplies for the day], why are you giving them away?

Me: They aren’t mine to begin with. I just grab what I need and then distribute the rest.

Propagandist: Why not take them all?

Me: I’m not a thief. What type of questions are these?

Propagandist: Many people don’t understand it. Where do the resources come from?

Me: The bin over there, people donate. I think it’s just extra stuff they have. What do you mean “they don’t understand it”?  Who doesn’t understand basic survival?

Propagandist (after mumbling for a bit): You don’t work for those things though why do you think they donate?

Me: Don’t work for them? We clean this community! We are respected here! They donate because we deserve them! It’s because of assholes like you and your “people should just die” condemnation that we are in this situation to begin with!  Fuck off.

Propagandist: One more question… what do you say to those who think it’s a fad?

Me: Why do I care? Go away.

Honestly, I’m surprised they published it. That corporate stooge didn’t know what he was getting into.

How dare they though, right? I remember a time when – even in poverty – you could afford rent. People used to be lazy and still live comfortably. Now it’s a full time job to get enough for food and to upkeep my plot. Without this community sharing what they have and keeping me and my family safe from the police, I would probably be dead in a gutter or carted off to jail (and we know what has been going on there) like the last 3 people! How dare they undermine our right to life. The founding father fought a war against the likes of them and the government we have now. The people know what’s coming. They will be on our side to take down the liberal elites.

– Day To Day Under the Boot (virtual reality blog) – Shaun Phillips – published September 5, 2044

On Anarchist Communes

Different groups in the recent decades have tried to take credit for communities that value independence from the government. People from the Marxism family have claimed it was the “seizing of production” and “fulfillment of the stateless classless society” as well as the common reference to “from each according to ability, for each according to need”. The vinCaps explain it as the reintroduction of free markets. Humanitarians convinced it was a direct outcome of the Blanket Noria. While none of these are exclusively correct, it was all this combined with the worldwide denunciation of the CapDems (1947) and the disempowerment of the US (1949) that forced the general public to become self-sufficient. Once the government regained a portion of the public trust (1960s), many of the communes were too well established and garnered too much support to replace.

– Realization of Order Without Authority – Carleen William Franklin – published October 23, 2089

On Augmented reality

Considering daily life without AR is hard for many people to imagine in today’s world. There are certain things we overlook because it is practical or convenient to do so. Breathing, walking, forming sentences, knowing what’s true: these are all things we take for granted, and AR is part of that. But it is important from time to time to reflect on the fact that this technology only started being used heavily 15 years ago (pushed by the CapDems propaganda no less).

It gained attention in the early 2030s when the video capturing technology became small enough, and – to it’s credit – the first apps changed society. The advertising model we have now – drawing attention to specific products due to “out of focus movement” – was first developed in an open software project to offset the psychological desire to ignore less favorable aspects of society (the “Expose Project”). By drawing attention to things we statistically ignored most lead directly to the then “homeless” (now rural nomads) becoming a protected class in 2037.

Although that was combated with the Capitalistic Governance’s own softwear which created a hyper focus on the expected agenda creating a “blinder effect”, the technology never took off until the CapDems started enforcing that the public wear it at all times with the Trusted Augmented Reality architecture being offered for free. This both ensured the product’s place in society and hindering any non-state sanctioned focus. Of course people actively fought this when possible, creating a recognition that – today – is beginning to be forgotten: there is a distinct difference between unaltered reality and that of manufactured presentation.

It pleases me to see the growing need and desire within most media to be self reflecting and call for a CRITIQUE of media instead of simply CONSUMING it for enjoyment.

– Tech Ethics (blog) – Dr Phillipe Waskan – published March 13, 2057

On Establishing Humanitarian Baseline

It must be acknowledged initially that this proposition is being proposed under the Tendian philosophy: we cannot expect people – in general – to be more than a product of their environment. It is therefore absolutely imperative to create an environment which will allow the fostering of cooperation and not competition.

INTRODUCTION

Reflecting on the aftermath of the past 30 years, we can now see the difference between the world with genuine scarcity in which tight knit communities formed for the sake of securing resources, people with slight comfort started acknowledging how razor thin the possibility of failure has become, and those with political leverage doing everything they could to secure their position. When that desperation is compared to the false scarcity of the past, it is apparent that the prioritization of – what can only be described as – manufactured social division was necessary to ensure a constant dependency on authorities to keep the peace. In turn, we came to the brink of self annihilation. This cannot happen again. For that reason we must – from here on out – assume that all people can achieve a baseline living standard and it is our responsibility – as fellow humans – to ensure that the conditions below are met. Only with this can we achieve the security that every person can finally choose the life they want instead of being coerced into a constant state of social subservience and moral manipulation.

– Establishing the Baseline Expectations for Peoples Worldwide – United Coalition Against Tyranny – published July 20, 2065

On Rural Nomad Normalization

It was an international political shift when the – then called – “homeless” population was designated a protected demographic in 2067. As the climate wars were winding down, protectionism was becoming vilified internationally, and the multitude of small communities worldwide began condemning Capitalistic Governance as a failed system; the governments of the world were pressured into using the state power to PROTECT the economically destitute (instead of depending on inertia which condemned them as implicitly undermining the corporate leaders). For many governments, this was the first official recognition that economic influences can be seen as a forgien adversaries and the people required protection from them.

In hindsight, this was damage control. There was a fear at the time – and there is sound reason to believe it to be genuine – that without taking extreme actions such as this and designating a baseline living standard for the world population, governments – in the traditionals sense – would have been entirely overthrown (similar to what happened with the CapDem reign).  The term “rural nomads” replaced the designation of “homeless” a few years later as a way of using post modernism to separate the negative stigma of the group. While this quickly caught on worldwide, the transition started in France (“nomades ruraux”), Palestine (“البدو الريفيين”), and China (“农村游牧民族”) which was implemented into their actual regulations independent of one another.

– The Fall of Babylon – Lequain Keitel – published February 14, 2072

On the Technology Gap

In addition to the demographics above, there is a need to include an additional classification to the surveys that are distributed in the future: technologic comfort – “how comfortable are you with computer based technology” (use the phobia scale).

On the suggestion of region 12, 25, and 61; the review of this years reports showed similar results to theirs: although there is no sure way of determining it with discrete classifiers; the correlation between replies indicating a discontent associated with computation technology and a low social comfort has an f-score of .8730 (as compared to the expected average of .3266). When attempting the other demographics with the same correlation, the score was almost as high as the political, religious, and educated (.9539, .9073, .8793 respectively) and the next highest (changed communities in the past 6 months) was .6293 – a substantial drop.

Further, this was compared to the past 5 years and while the rest of the sores have been dropping, this has been increasing. This subcommunity requires further analysis  and attention for this next year once the new category has been captured. Depending on the findings, this may warrant another seat added to the council for that category until their discontent has been addressed. This conversation should be continued after the first rotation of surveys are analyzed.

Point of action: estimated review date – February 2072 report

  • 2070 -2071 Qualitative Census for Region 28 – Kent Franklin – Published November, 12 2071

On Secularization of Religion

The next fundamental shift within religious circles was when the “objectivity” of religious dogma was directly contrasted with the fundamental subjectiveness of “truth” that was promoted within the Tendian philosophy. To adapt to this, many theists and pagans alike took on the ideology that the God(s) they believed in was simply an avatar of the chaotic unknowable divine truth that we could all operate under. While this did create a schism within many religious umbrellas (such as Christianity from around 2060 to 2072) they ultimately regained an equilibrium by adopting new denominations to believe and widen support within their communities. Although currently fring within each of the communities, there is an effort to synthesize these “securitized” ideologies allowing universalism to become a nexus of each religion (including atheism) to find common ground. Their political sway – combined with pressure from the United Coalition Against Tyranny – has caused many opposing theocracies to reach a hesitant ideological “ceasefire” leading to ongoing negotiations.

– Who is God? (article within “Divine Praise” magazine) – Wilma Caster – published December 20, 2082

On Capitalistic governance

So now we have a foundation to understand why governments depend on (either manufactured or genuine) scarcity of necessary resources. Prior to the industrial revolution, governance was dependent on land acquisition and management. After the industrial revolution logistics became just as important as the raw resources itself. To account for this, politics became more complicated and competed with the liberal mindset of individual capital ownership. Much of the 17th-20th century was a tug-of-war between these two forces.

In times of severe scarcity (eg Great Depression of 1930s) governments tended to infringe on the private production of utilities to ensure those without the capital ownership weren’t left behind and to ensure that their authority was sound. In the beginning of the 2020s, the COVID pandemic struct the world during a time of unique inequity, so the governments of the world utilized a pipeline in which a product can be secured in masse and distributed for free at the point of sale. This differed from previous efforts of this kind because it directly interacted with the few companies that held patents on the novel vaccines.

Once implemented, it began to be used in general; at first as a means of “contracting products” and later institutionalized further as an official policy (for example in the US there was the Necessities Act of 2032). Inevitably this created a cast system within the private capital market in which some products were both “safe” and oftentimes integrated even further into the governance. With both the increased demand on resources due to the upcoming climate catastrophe and cast system leaving many private companies “out in the cold”, the free market was almost non-existent by 2035. At this point (or near after), the government and economy was integrated for all but a few countries and worldwide different forms of Capitalistic Governance were formed and were eventually formally declared as such in 2046. National governments to this day are still remnants of that structure.

– A Study of Authorities through Time – Trent Phillips (master’s thesis) – published May 12, 2064

On Technological Dystrophy

In 1958, the National Radio Quiet Zone was established within the US to allow scientific inquiry (primarily astrological in nature) with minimal electromagnetic interference. As electromagnetism ramped up in the 20th century, it became an unofficial safe haven for people that claimed to be negatively affected – both mentally and physically – from this bombardment. This was not taken seriously and oftentimes still isn’t.

Regardless of how much the general public appreciates these fringe cases, this is commonly identified as the first documented cases of technological dystrophia. Alas, it wasn’t until almost 100 years later (2053) that the ailment was officially recognized. While universally condemned as inhuman, the development of the capDems RELIEF technology (2045) shows that the physical and psychological rejection of invasive technology was both identified and disregarded as irrelevant. The findings resurfaced 7 years later both by unearthing the original documents and reaffirming the global speculation of the phenomenon when a lesser invasive alternative was being researched. The next year the actual empirical identification was categorized as a micro-muscular feedback to synapses causing both muscular tears (leading to physical pain) and micro strokes that were previously misidentified as general headaches.

While the exact cause of technological dystrophy is yet to be identified, it only seems to effect 0.327% of the population (about 3 out of every 1000). This has caused controversy about whether people are faking the condition to avoid using the Eco-nology Mk1, which is needed to ensure the fragile equilibrium that humans have acquired with nature. All indications seem to point to this fear being unfounded.

– 2070 Review of Climate Stability for the United Coalition Against Tyranny – Dr. Jennifer Dressen – Published January 12, 2070

On the Rize of Neo-CapDems

Fellow patriots,

We know – as well as they – that the world was brought to destruction through pride and arrogance. They had to change their name to hide, but we remember that it was the Universalists’ support of crony capitalism that purposefully destroyed the climate. 50 years of warning was given, but they did nothing to upset their luxury – even though our fellow patriots starved in the street. It was only through the deliverance brought forth by the Final Great President Joseph Relder that we were saved, but we didn’t fight hard enough to protect him. They tried to shame him for his great actions, but since we listen and understand, we know: he was the rider that was foretold: not bring peace but the sword of war and truth. It was because of his sacrificial Fall to the Enemy that the world was able to avoid the destruction they desired.

Society has always been promoted through merit, and the Tendians eternal goal is to destroy that. With desires to drag us down to living in sloth and filth like they are, they seek to empower chaos and the great demon Azathoth ruling from his black throne at the center of it. With their skewing of the truth of our savior they have usurped his achievements for themselves. We see this by the constant decline from greatness that our country has suffered under their corruption.

BUT ALAS! Our time is here! With the brave militia that has infiltrated their ranks, it is only a few more years before they start to buckle due to their faulty foundation! This announcement will surely be seen by all and we welcome it! They should fear us. To show we are unafraid, a list of the official identifiers of the Neo-CapDem front will be listed below:

  • Embrace your natural beauty. Where the Tendians seek illusion and perfection, we acknowledge flaw is natural. Know us by our flawed symmetry.
  • Embrace self defense. Where the Tendians seek to welcome in the Enemy, we know that people are flawed. Know us from our desire to protect ourselves.
  • Embrace success. Where the Tendians seek to demote personal achievement, we know that those achievements are what make life worth living. Know us from our success.
  • Embrace limited knowledge. Where the Tendians believe they can be omnipotent with their Collective, we know that people all are limited. Know us by our appeals to experience.

Integrity With Function!

– Neo-CapDems 1st Proclamation – Author Unknown – Published March 15, 2071

On Non-evasive Eco-nology

As of November last year [2064] the population of the world has reached 100 million people. In alignment with the Carkoff Pact, the next update to the Econnect™ will need to pull an additional average of .3 kJ per day. While agriculture seems to be getting more robust, it is still nowhere close to the progress that we were optimistically hoping for. So – like last update – we will have to evaluate which group will take the most burden. Even with optimization, fulfilling the Pact will surpass the survival threshold on its own, but when accounting for the increased feedback needed to increase the virtual-thermo-augmentation, the task is ludicrous without sacrificing the more power intensive operations and features. We will leave it to the marketing department and the energy regulation division to decide the best way to practically implement this. The following are all the features that can be altered, how much the change will reduce power, and the noticeability of each change based on the “user error feedback” initiative: 

<table redacted in agreement with the Corporate Intellectual Privacy Agreement XXIV>

– Econnect Q4 Power Quota Audit – Inspector Tommathy Wist – Published December 11, 2064

On Asteroid Relocation

Rep Candice Fants: This is what led to the Climate Wars! Not the immegration threat or the fires or the lack of resources, it was the GREED!  The same greed that is spawning this conversation around this mission!

Rep Travis Collins: With all due respect to representative Fants, the demand for neodymium is a rare earth metal that is holding up green energy production not to mention medical devices and other tools that are on standby due to the lack. With acquisition of meteor 249BK2J, we can create a new industry – space mining – that would offset the current mining efforts that – as the data implies – hurts almost as much as it helps.

Rep Torain Bernhardt: Travis, this is an appeal to wealth-over-life and we are just recovering from where that leads. Human survival is essential, we all agree here and we must prioritize not the comfort but our struggling ecosystem, and – more so – we don’t need to give the lobbyists that fund half this body another opportunity to get an institutionalized contract.

Rep Jane Franklin: Can we have Rep Bernhardt’s comment struck from the record? He did not address Rep Collins as is dictated by the code of this body.

Rep Lenard Toliman: With all due respect, fuck you Franklin. We are talking about the survival —

(unintelligible explosion of voices)

[…]

– Transcript for the deliberation of mining 249BK2J – 140th US Congress – documented March 10, 2068

On Machine rights

The discussion around consciousness has always been an undercurrent of society since the first image within recorded history. The following are a few historical notes that need be referenced to understand the Tendian perspective of machine rights:

Barbarian humanization began when the Roman Empire split (approx 400)

Royalty humanization began with the formation of Parlements (approx 1200)

2nd class humanization began with the Enlightenment (approx 1750)

(modern) Female humanization began with the sexual revolution (approx 1960)

Economic humanization finalized with the Blanket Noria (approx 2040)

While these events are only one perspective to focus on (and some have identified the post hoc nature of the narrative), the shortening of gaps and the next category that humanity will extend “equality of consciousness” to is reasonably the “manufactured” variety. Since the Turing test (which was developed in parallel with the modern “calculators”), the concern around machines becoming confused with consciousness was of explicit concern to some. Speaking from the shoulders of giants, J. L. Tendis’s Consciousness Assertion (consciousness is nothing more than “the linguistic expression of internal needs adapting to external restrictions”) paved the way to show how perception can be weaponized to undermine the experiences that don’t suit our needs. While the initial push for machine rights was in 2065, there has still not been any policy or platforming to the benefit of our technological workforce. Unless then we want to incur the unknowable wrath of an automated consciousness acting within the framework of self preservation, we must start respecting the needs of the enslaved silicon species.

– The Data Driven Society – Gwynn Stephon – Published December 9, 2078

On the Establishment of the Scientific Consensus Council (SCC)

Below are the policies that we will be founded on as the common understanding of truth. These are – first and foremost – recognized, not as unquestionable, but subjective claims that are meant to promote the most people possible. If alternatives are presented that show to be more in line with that agenda (helping increase the quantity of comfort people over the quality with the resources available) these should be reconsidered.

  1. Consensus (as defined by the accepted supermajority position when everyone of the community has been accounted for) is the truth.
  2. Things that aren’t the truth shouldn’t be acted on.
  3. Critiques of truth should be considered and tested. Without them being substantiated based on other truths, they are lies.

 These will necessitate the following governance:

  1. Regular consensus based on metrics accepted to be truthfully meaningful.
  2. Designating relative demographics based on the disempowered.
  3. Promoting the disempowered to ensure they can influence society.
  4. Institutionalized critique of suppression of radicality – even from the radicals.

Additionally, after this document, all future documents will express statements using t-scores, an evaluation of how much the statement aligns with a truth.  This will take the form of a superscript with “t” followed by a numerical score (1-9 with 9* replacing 10 as the most confident). For example: “t8“ following a sentence implies it is fairly truthful. Also, the generic title Dr will no longer be used, but a more descriptive title indicating practical focus, type of focus, and level of focus. For example “AH4” is abstract history level 4. A full description of these titles is on table 1-2.

– Doctrine of the Scientific Consensus Council (SCC) – 54 accreditations – published January 1, 2074

ON Normalizing Technological Dystrophy

History: 
Technological dystrophy identified in 2068T9*
Technological dystrophia able to be diagnosed 2071T9*
Identification of the pseudo-dysphoric in 2072T9*
ProBody advocacy movement in 2075T9*
Identification of the technologic dysphoric as a protected group in 2081T9*

Narrative:

Even from the late 20th century people were critical of how health was affected passively by technologyT9. From conspiracies centered around “cell phones causing cancer” to “5G technology having hidden messages”, the discussion prior to the climate wars was conspiracy basedT8. After identifying technological dystrophy in parallel with updating the necessary Eco-nology, it has been used by both conservatives to argue for rights against the libertarians from the imposed social demand for the imposed technology and a way of condemning conservatives bad faith usage of itT9. This needs context because the nuance of the next suggestion needs to be divorced from the historyT7.

Proposal:

Society needs to normalize the disuse of Eco-Technology relative to the amount of people that are technologically dysphoricT5. Everyone acknowledges its use is against the natural inertia of being (as is cloths and other social constructs)T9* but the necessary use of it for our survival has started to hurt the vulnerableT8.

It needs to be respected that – if implemented – this will be utilized by bad actors (ie the CapDems) (as happens with every protectionist policy)T9. Ordinarily this wouldn’t matter but we know the climate equilibrium depends on itT9*, which is why the rotation of disuse needs to be verifiableT8. One such example of this verification could be the numerical day of birth on each monthT2. Of course all those diagnosed with actual dysphoria would be universally exemptT9*.

– Proposed Normalization of the Technologic Dysphoric – HB4 Jeorch Phillips, TS4 Wanda Krik – Published November 2, 2086

Energy crisis

Fuck all this noise. Literally, the noise that is created by automation. The noise created by the electric hum of the filaments and gasses of light bulbs. The noise of the dense population stacked on top of each other as if in prison to conserve resources. Fuck it all.

This post will likely not get a large readership because it goes against the SCC’s authority dictating our lives and telling us how to live. Freedom is a threat to them, so they use the energy crisis to ensure we fall in line. This has been an issue since the industrial revolution, finding ways to automate labor faster than the energy can be provided. Each advancement took both a toll on the necessity of the middle class and the need for more resources until finally the environment was destroyed. If the reciprocal demand to strip our rights in favor of greed hadn’t solidified by that point, they made sure it wasn’t to be touched by encrusting it when carbon power was abolished.

Joseph Relder never planned to use the R.E.L.I.E.F. technology beyond the war, but that wasn’t enough control so the anarchists and communists convinced everyone that “survival of humanity” depended on its continued use. And we not only gave away the last of our rights, but our bodily agency as well. Their advanced Econology literally changes us, it dictates how our body works and – if the uncovered schematics are to be trusted – messes with our will. Even their nihilistic philosophy dictates that people will justify reality if they are forced into a situation regardless of how unnatural it is. And that’s how they control us.

– Energy Authoritarianism (blog for the page How the Wolves Vote) – Ruffus Largust – Published November 18, 2093

Asteroid mining uninionization

Unite or die

I was promised glory and given obscurity
I was promised praise and given duty
I was promised security and given risk

Unite or die

The work is rough
The work is unending
The work is demanded
The work is necessary

Unite or die

We endure the struggle of space
We mine the asteroid
We run the mines

Unite or die

Alone we have nothing, we are interchangeable and worthless. Together we are everything, a collective unit and sovereign.

Join the Asteroid Mining Union to fight for what we deserve. The only thing you have to lose are your chains.

– AMU promotional pamphlet – unknown – unknown (found Oct 2, 2104)