Rome, Complexity and Christ| Chapter 3| The Death of the Gods and the revolt Against Reason

Anarchy State Mafia-an Information Theoretic view of State Formation

On the Centralisation of disputation

Culture Wars

This is the first day in the history of political science. As yesteryear’s poli-cy is nothing more than an amalgamation of terms. If anyone has ever had the displeasure of having taken a politics 101 course. One is immediately confronted with the terms liberalism and realism. Presented as a dichotomy to be contrasted. 

This is a problem as liberalism and realism have nothing to do with each other. Realism is a theory regarding state formation.  Defensive realists define a country as an area that can defend itself. Offensive realists, defines a country to be an area over which it can project force. While liberalism is a theory which dictates inter-state relations.

Now when it comes to intra-state relations the term conservative and liberal literally convey no information from a political science perspective. Conservatism and liberalism are positions with respect to time. As a conservative in 1991’s Russia for example would be in favour of communism while at the same time in America it would be pro-markets. 

The notion of scale as such is completely devoid from any political science course(inter-state vs intra-state). The closest corollary coming from multi-fractal localism. The notion of multi-fractal localism can be given a methodological foundation when combined with the notion of a renormilization group.

A renormilization occurs when there is greater internal than external communication.One can define a country as the scaling of these various renormilization groups

Family 

Tribe

Neighbourhood 

City

State 

Country 

Empire

The study of the relationship between these renormilization groups, is the study of political science. The best attempt to incorporate this idea of scale comes from the United States of America. The states are united. In the sense that each state is comprised of individual governing bodies which then delegate authority to the federal state through the interstate commerce clause (the 10th amendment).

Hegel’s notions can be reinterpreted in an information theoretic/complex system sense: 

Volksgeist-shared information communication over space.

Zeitgeist-shared  information communication over time at a point in time.

 

Power Laws in political science (technical)

A volksgeist formed when there is greater internal rather than external communication (renormilization). Where the concept of a power law can be invoked. As a power law occurs in nature when all local bonds are overridden in favour of a global bond. 

The alpha of the power law,  the size of the power law is inversely proportional to the disparateness of the nodes over an area. Disparateness as measured by shared information communication (shared attention). The level of disparateness can then be reinterpreted as a roughness quotient invoking the fractal geometry of nature. 

In layman’s terms- societies which are less disperete are more homogenised. This model of state formation can be extended with the language of calculus.

As the zeitgeist can be modelled as the first derivative of the volksgeist.  How much is the information over an area changing at a specific point in time.  A higher zeitgeist implies greater generational change. The second derivative of the volksgeist is also equal to the first derivative of the zeitgeist.How much does the zeitgeist change over time? 

Which is equal to the intergenerational information differential.

Why there are no hippies in the wild.

Further Hegelian terms can be given a methodological foundation when incorporated with Computationalism. Were one considers human intelligence to be a specific instance of artificial inteligence. These nodes (information agents) nodes can either cooperate (trade) or destroy (war).

When one node suggests a proposal to another-thesis 

The other proposes one back-anti-thesis

And if they agree- a synthesis

If the nodes do not agree, the cycle continues as long as there is a society to decide over.  Each node can either engage in this process with their neighbour or centralise this process in a political body.Nodes can either go to war physically or culturally. The technical definition of a culture war is when two separate volksgeists amalgamate into one.

Hippies do not fight when they disagree with each other they voluntarily dissociate. One group of dorks goes one way the other another. You can only do this within a state, as disputation is centralized. Because in the wild you cannot choose peace and love. Evil finds you. After all the Communist Chinese did invade Tibet.

It is important to understand, that the process of civilisation is the process of increasing a volkgeist. Greater areas where there is greater external than internal communication.

The Nation State is a recent invention of modern history. The birth occurring during the French Revolution (one of the great tragedies in human history- but that is a for another chapter of the Death of the Gods and the Revolt Against Reason

However, it is entirely worth understanding that ‘Italians’ or the ‘French’ did not share a common language until recently. Germany provides us with the most recent example of smaller states forming a larger one. Resulting in something you call World War 1 (I call the First War of the Stupids or Europes civil war-another chapter of the Death of the Gods and the Revolt Against Reason).

On the other hand, the United States of America provides us with the most recent example of a culture war. 

The railway became a thing by this point. 

The telegraph was invented. 

Which allows greater internal communication over greater distances.

The telegraph allows for national information communication. The birth of the modern day press is directly associated with it. As before news was local in nature. How could anyone else find out if you had to ride a horse to tell someone something.

Religion provides the most transparent means of measuring self similar information communication. There are more muslims in Jordan than Japan. Because Jordan is closer to Saudi Arabia than Japan is. 

Ancient Greece

Religious provides us with the most robust means of measuring information dispersion. There are more Muslims in Iraq than Japan because Iraq is closer to Saudi Arabia than Japan is. However, there are different types of Muslims and Buddhists in the land of the sounds, were although closer than Japan, it is farther than Iraq.

Ancient Greece provides an interesting example of how information topography affects society. Greece so insular from land that 300 Spartans could hold on the largest army in the world. This makes Greece quite unique civilization. Religion, for example, is a lot more decentralised than their Asian counterparts, as anybody can bear witness to a sacrifice, not just the Cynthia appointed Chief.

With each local information cluster emphasising different aspects of the versions, Athens was named after Athena. The Spartans were bigger fans of the hardened twist Artemis. Each city was its own unique form of government and values. The Athenians valued wisdom and democracy. This powers the Spartans power and autocracy, but they all nonetheless consider themselves Greek. This weakness seems to be extended all over the GN, the Trojan War being a war between two different types of Greeks.

different information communication between city states can be expressed by the different gods prioritised by other city states.

However at the time most cities weren’t part of a network of city sales but just a city on their own the religions of the cities were specific to them meaning that there was more internal than external communications within the city for example Judah

Cyrus (the great)

The reason why they call him Cyrus the Great Persian hegemony, is because he did not kill them for once. The fundamental difference between the Persian and Persian rule is that prior to Cyrus war was completely a zero sum game. The Babylonians literally took your God after they conquered you. The name of the game was the summation, not assimilation.

Cyrus Lagrange just wanted people to stop playing he is not interested in stealing your God and glorious combat. In fact, he will pay homage to your gods as soon as he conquers you. Wars are entirely a zero sum phenomenon, a contest of wills to be exact. In pre modern times, the winner will be better off for having conquered as he receives the spoils of victory. The loser is obviously worse off having had the winner take his stuff, but fundamentally this represents just a shift of resources from one group to the other.

It’s not wealth creation by any respect.

Although wars opposite of economic growth empires are what populated the world the reasons for this security along establish trade routes allowing for the establishment of economic economic interconnectivity brackets the story of Hercules in

Under paganism the zero sum nature of reality is taken for granted. One’s benefit must come at the expense of another one’s man spoils of war is another institution. The Roman military industrial complex was built on this. Unlike the other great men of history when people call call sides the great they actually mean it and he actually introduced deserves the title, for he introduced the power of markets to the world.

Rome

The Storm before the storm

There were several attempts to change the slow which were crossed by political incumbents however it was not until the took gracchi brothers were the blood of Roman spilt in Rome the very blood which will later engulf the entire Republic and flame it.

to learning from the mistakes of the gracchi brothers, Marius chose to solve the problem, not by limiting the size of the estates, but by doing away with the rule requiring Romans to hold land altogether, and would even reward Roman soldiers with that, upon successful conquest, the official birth of the Roman military industrial complex, because now the only limit as to how powerful one can be is how much one can conquer.

robbing a democracy, the political economy reflects us with large depth incurred by candidates on behalf of their political career. These political debts would then have to be repaid through wars of aggression once in office. These wars of aggression can then be used as a meaning of punishing political rivals, Roman politicians being excluded from prosecution whilst in office forces them to try to remain in office for as long as possible, thereby perverting the political process. Additionally, the fact that

Roman generals could recruit non farming owning males, allowing one any one individual to accumulate more resources than the rest of Rome. This then causes friction with the rest of the Roman Senate, as the threat of tyranny is taken seriously in Rome. Things came to a head with the supposedly transit plus Cato. At this point in Roman history, much of the time has been purged from political ranks with solids extermination, have anything to do with the Marion’s, which led the Senate to form around Cato the younger who by all accounts like Cato the elder was a dork against the outsized power of seizure pumping and crashes.

Roman culture a unique culture in the history of the world, the Romans will have a room dedicated to glory, the ancestor room, the glory of the ancestors. In Rome, people were known by their family name and had to act in accordance to the behaviour sources with their names. Brutus murdered Caesar because, once upon a time, his ancestor was the one who killed Rome’s last tyrant. From a mimetic perspective, Romans learned from the behaviours of the ancestors. So the actions of the ancestors with the events of the storm before the storm affected the events of the storm. When discussing nature versus nurture, one is really discussing culture versus genes, nurture absolutely dominates nature, who is smart and intelligent gene illiterate genius or illiterate non genius?

The competition between people is then a competition between their gods. The head of NASA Wernher von Braun was a Nazi, the Nazi centres to space the rest of Ferens we’re never going to send us anywhere. Why go anywhere. you’re already high. the disciples of Haile Selassie, Jah rasta farheigh, also less likely to commit holocaust. 

The nature and nurture discussion is only considered discussion because we all live with the same nurture. So the difference between us is that nature, the better word for a nurturer being civilization the better word for nature being genes. Fundamentally, nurture does dominate nature as different civilizations have risen and fallen at different points in history in space time. If genes dominated then we would see the same people dominating throughout the world.

The reason why Rome was able to expand was that its society had it embedded increasing returns to scale for the individual. 

the bourgeoisie

Human action under Tyranny

From an information theoretic perspective, Rome has more independent processing system than their rivals, Mises and Rothbard disagreed. If people under tyranny can engage in human action Roth widing, slightly misunderstanding Mises theory of human action on the theory no one can act freely as they have to act in accordance fundamentally with the Emperor.

during the Nazi rise to power in the Sudetenland, a conflict was won through subversion, whereby the Nazis managed to usurp democracy. Gearing would joke about how easy it is to conquer democracy, going who towards the end of the war was borderline crosschecking and addicted to morphine. told his their private operations see writing the draft could win the Battle of Britain. A battle that could never recover from growing would also inaccurately claim his Air Force could resupply Stalingrad by air.

Needless to say, the German brackets army died a miserable death. When asked why hid there does not simply get rid of going hit the return that the party politics prevented him from moving, removing the ace pilot in a democracy hit there would be beholden to not the party but the people are so we’re told.

The Storm

The fundamental difference between the previous generation being that this generation disagrees about glory. There is a story of of us 30 Something Caesar in Spain, crying to the statue of Alexander the Great, because when he was 30 something Alexander was the greatest concreto in the history of the world.

To make matters worse, not only you, not only are you not Alexander, you’re also not the most famous robbing. That’s pumpy the great Caesar was not the richest man in Rome either that belong to crashes. Which is what made Rome such a unique society. They have remarkable individuals. While Carter’s could only produce one Hannibal. Rome’s democracy democratic system allows for great many great people at once. Because under tyranny, man there’s not there outshine the master.

Rome was not anarchist enough. Kato-Rome’s last citizen. Because he ruined it.Rome’s complexity.

The fundamental collective unit of society within the Roman system was the family and the fundamental unit of that group is individual. There are two arguments

Regarding why Rome first was able to expand. One is that they had superior population numbers so could afford to lose more people than any of their opponents. Rome underscores the value of staying in the game. The only way to thrive is to first survive. The second is those Roman values. Which created an incentive structure within which most of the world would end up being conquered. Both are true. I’d also say fortune smiled on the decadents of Romulus. 

Rome’s founding ritual was when they overthrew their dictator. From that point the system of Rome was stronger than any one individual. People wanted to be “the first among equals” as it were. Rome’s culture was designed to produce individuals who competed with the ingroup for dominance  but against the a shared outgroup for what can be described as nothing else but street cred but they referred to it as glory. 

Rome understood the role of physical force. Which is why it was considered such a breach of their constitution. 

At first Rome mobilized military as they would argue “in self defense”.  But as the founding fathers of the us understood. War because of its imposition of force has a habit of undermining free societies. 

By the time Rome came to exist. Technology developed to the point where different peoples found themselves within the same sphere of influence. We conquered geography enough to define the know world (at that point in time) from the Roman as the Mediterranean. There they fought a war with their local supper power Carthage. Who, ironically, rose to prominence as traders being a colony of the great sea fairing Phoenicians. They made their fortune exploiting the geographical arb noted in Ricardo’s theory.   

It was by conquering Carthage where Rome started to get a taste for empire. As in nearly a lifetime Rome rises from regional power to hegemonic cluster with their destruction of Carthage. 

The Roman saying which was popular during that time was “the victor is not victorious unless the Victim feels vanquished”.

Romans understood that the best ability is survivability. The notion of ruin something largely ignored most moderns but part of the stoic creed allowed Rome’s rise to remain. One bad beat is all it takes to surrender all of it away. After all just ask Carthage who was literally burnt to the ground. 

 Rome could simply outlast you because the values of Roman society were such. Carthage did not have the stomach for suffering like the romans did. 

The roman system was not designed to deal with this. And it was only a matter of time before the roman system was no longer able to be governed by a republic.

First Rome’s army was constituted of conscripted landholders. This only allowed for

So much conquest. It wasn’t until division of labor could occur once being a landholder was not required for the Roman army. This then creates an incentive structure such that personal gain of the person within an ingroup but also for Rome itself became tied to the conquest, subjugation, assimilation and wealth theft of others. 

This is not an inter temporal value judgment of my part. As I doubt very much those defendants of the Gauls who fought Julius Caeser care much for Gaul 6th generations in. You could also even make an argument that Rome because it was one body. The theory of David Ricardo’s now overplayed theory of comparative advantage. Where my having a larger geographical area to pool resources from. The specialization of labor in different geographic sectors serving a greater whole provides greater welfare for everyone. 

The way Rome went about maintain the family as it’s fundamental collective unit. Is sort of an interesting look into human psychology. Rome like many early tribal societies maintained an ancestor room. Giving their youths a memetic ideal to strive for. As this memetic ideal became harder to attain, it only got smashed by an even larger concentration of power by the individual. Eventually one of the greatest romans by their especially, actually by what they called him. Pompei the great was so great the Roman senate started to feel resentful towards him. As because the inbeded  growth obligation of an institution becomes blocked the other side starts running what is known in biology as interference competition.  This interference completion results in the death of the best adversaries to Rome elite. Only leaving mediocre senators in positions of power. 

Additionally all of the money won on these conquests were poured back into the political system. Since politicians were the generals and the generals is how you get money. Most were borrowing to become politicians to only then pay back their debts. Additionally the Roman system made it such that one could not be tried once in a position of office. This created an awkward tension between those who knew they committed crimes therefore had to stay in power. Eventually once the individual got more power than the state. To save his own skin he becomes ruler. Force then becomes centralized within the state. 

Additionally once the Roman system expanded to include the people or as they were known then the populare. Politicians started to serve the interest of the people more as a means to get power (or because they felt for the cause) against the Roman senate. As the people started to get stronger within Rome’s society the power of these popular figures peaked until the last day of the republic.

This highlights a greater theme when it comes to politics. Politics by increasing the influence of government In people lives can grow their own political power. 

The way Rome set up its new conquests is also of note. Because collectivist technology was not as strong and Rome’s religion was still locally based. They delegated sufficient autonomy to local peoples so long they paid their taxes and did not insult Roman gods. 

It was not until the dawn of Christianity. Only able to spread in this new borderless system did we start the first wave of homogenization. 

This was the first time one institution had control over the attention dimension of their population while before most of the conquest was limited to the physical realm. 

The market is a process, trust the process

Theory of the firm

Catillion and Spacial Economics

Having a unit of land with an information system to process over.

What is a firm? 

A dedicated network of people wot the ability to transform resources into economic products which are valued by people over an economic field.

The main growth parameter (more to this) is the differential in cost between the configuration of bits in and out (costs/price) and the multiple of products sold.

Costs are dependent on how efficiently nature is transformed (more to this).  

Prices are dependent on the level of competition (replaceability)  and the exessive triggering of emotion (value). 

The scale of the firm is dependent on level of value generated and the network over which that value is being generated (economic field). Both are a function of the level of propagation for physical and symbolizable information. 

The brilliance of Turgo and Das Adam Smith Problem

the division oflabor from sa cpmplex systek persepcgtive. is the dedication of information processing clusters at one scale for gersater complexity on the next.

How firms expand:

With more of the economic field (or profits) sourced from a firm, firms the expand.

At each period/market there is a more optimal firm size (the weird causality of systems) for each technological period.

How has this shifted over time

What is profit in terms fo information/system theory way to explain this?

On the monetary unit 

Price=(minimum divisible value) of monetary unit total/value in the market

More value in the market the less the price

More monetary unit the greater the price

What constitutes efficient transformations of nature?

Nature

Time —>the determinant pf the scale free network 

   —>the marker of economic complexity

Force: Human action/Labour/Motorised functions (power_

Information technology: Human brain/Algorithm —>to store

    —> to process

Communication technologies: among biological implementation machines: As otherwise the total complexity of economic products is bounded by a person byte 

Science/ability to create complexity (?): Your ability to reconfigure bits of information which are self organised from nature to those which are self organised by [… human desire?/Hegel Question/Homeostasis?] across different scales and increasing complexity. The total set of reconfiguration of nature is dependent on the level of science/recipes/effective (?) algorithm.  

On communicating physical information: 

Relevant information stressors (mass and time).

the ability to transmit physical information (matter) is dependent on the ability to transport mass over a specific distance over a specific specific time (speed). Therefore the relevant technology is the ability to transport unit masses over different geography.

The determinant of this technology is the ability to interface with reality (lack of friction)—>wheels/roads/botats/railways/airplanes

And 

The ability to overcome inertia and maintain motion of a certain unit mass which is the dependent on the ability of humans to create and control force—>wind/animals/human body/spontaneous combustion engine/loom(?)/waterwheel(better name)/coal/gunpowder/oil/uranium plutonium.

Self organising outcome of the system: The quantity of the lowest unit masses and the lowest geographic distance (ability to transport over time)  will create the connections which self organise first. 

On the collapse of the geographic arb and the creation of a scale freenetwork (idea of an economic field):

Geographic arb: when there is still a marginal cost to communication but still within the same field. 

Scale free: Means no costs of communication (?)

An economic field is defined as the cost of communicating physical information over a distance and coordinating communication (the scale of one person across distance) over that same distance.

First intuition: the more people in a network, more potential transformation of nature, larger scale. All of this is determined by the cost of communicating physical information (the prevalence of geography).

What is the link between spatial competition and market structures:

Taleb in the black swan: More potential for fat tails in a networked setting so more potential for winners take all. 

As the cost of transmitting physical information and coordinating human action at a distance (the formation of a human network across greater geographical bounds) decreases.

The more there is returns to scale: as the advantage of having local monopolies is reduced as the costs per unit mass over a period of time become equivilized across geographic distances.

More of a winner take all effect if geography is reduced.

Anarcho Capitalism

the NBA and the nature of cartelisation

without government intervention, it is impossible for a cartel to exist on the free market. Because cartels work by increasing prices by limiting supply. Each individual capitalising member needs to cut their own sales, not just each firm, but every agent in the firm needs to reduce their sales as well. The incentive of sales manager is different than that of the CEO. This incentive of one CEO different from the next result and eventual collapse of the cartel as the incentive to cheat both internally and externally. are too great. From an information theoretic perspective, these nodes have conflicting incentives. Additionally, even if one were to coordinate incentives, new entrants can always enter the market to exploit the gains of output of an output cut without they themselves having to do so only with the help of government intervention can a cartel succeed.

The UFC and the nature of monopoly.

It is to the extent that people refer to the UFC as a monopoly slash monopsony, that people are ignorant as to the nature of monopoly slash monopsony. A monopoly is when there is only one seller and obstinately only one buyer. There are literally multiple MMA fight organisations. How could the UFC possibly be a monopoly slash monopsony, since the nature of monopoly is somehow confusing to some, allow me to this elucidate. There has never been nor can they be a state monopoly in the free market for the very simple reason that it is hard to sustain monopoly as such.

The Mutual coincidence of wants and the tyranny of heaven

Jesus Christ-Enemy of Caesar

The greatest arsonists in the history of the world. Enemy of Caesar-Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The above point is worth repeating us otherwise the history of the world does not make sense. Jesus Christ is an enemy of Caesar Augustus emperor of Rome. The greatest terrorist the Rome has ever seen. which is why they killed him.

Jesus destroyed the old gods except one. The one of his native people, the Jewish God-Yahweh. It is important to understand that the contemporaries of Yahweh were Zeus, Odin, and the like. He’s the lone survivor.

Roman roads

as to the question could use have been the natural successor to Zarathustra, seeing as he picks up on the on good and evil from him? The answer is no The reason Roman roads the Romans made for worse for the software’s but better engineers and the Greeks.

All roads lead to Rome because the Romans built them. The difference between the Persian the Greek Empire and the Roman Empire has to do with Roman engineering. From a complex system perspective, Christianity is an expansive religion, unlike paganism, so more roads beget more connections, more connections help grow the religion.

Unlike paganism, where the potential nodes do not affect growth. Crescenzi could only have arisen in a network Empire such as Rome. This is for the same reason why Roman capitalism proved so successful. Internal Communications were so good that a common market was possible because there was an infrastructure to transport goods and services in addition to religion bracket Seneca quote about markets.

Stoicism-To despise fortune and the Gods

Deus Ex Machina

In information theoretic terms, the intervention by the gods is the explanation given to the unpredictable.

Stoic values:

stoicism is paegen ideology fundamentally about the nature of freewill to despise fortunate the gods

the church was the superstructure which led to European localism, allowing for trade and

Once Rome hit a certain scale the rules the rules which define an agrarian democracy proved outdated for the world hegemon after conquering the world and self defence, the Roman had to they themselves defended. This proved ill suited to the nature of the Roman armed forces with members having to be land owning farmers. However, as campaigns grew longer, many small farms grew into disrepair and agglomerated into larger estates, thereby robbing room of the military required to sustain Empire.

The Book of Job

to despise fortune, the gods. stoicism without paganism doesn’t make any sense because this thing the Abrahamic half source of them is the book of Job. But even the story of Job makes more sense in a stoic pagan context, which is actually its original context. Judaism, evolving from a pagan religion of many gods with the One God triumphing over them all. Satan, who makes far less of appearance in the Old Testament that he doesn’t the new tells God that His most wretched follower only believes in him because he’s so generous with him.

God, the nature of reality, then proceeds to punish job, but job does not forsake God. Because you cannot forsake the nature of reality, regardless of your position in the party possibility space. stoicism again is fundamentally a pagan ideology. to despise fortunate the gods fundamentally is a testament to the nature of free will. Roman mythology, paralleling Greek mythology.

The emphasis on fortune, however, is fundamentally a Roman concept. The gods fundamentally are the archetypical representations of the relevant phenomena of nature. One does the bidding of the gods in the sense of the regular phenomenon nature operates a larger scale. Fortune is your location on the possibility space, it is where you are out of all the places you could possibly be. to despise fortune is to despise variance or randomness, because what fortune gives you fortune can take away which is why to a good a good stoic also does not tres pleasure.

What is the difference between the old and the new gods? Good and evil are their names.

It is important to understand that it is the Christians are the ones who lost Rome. The more Christian the Empire became the more its borders shrank. The Christians were the hippies of antiquity.

On the Death of God and the Disneyfication of myth

In a market economy however, what propagates are not the myths best suited for survivability. But, those that are appealing to the most number of people. storytelling from a means of conveying information. to a means of generating liquid capital. leading to the loss of the stories.thereby distorting the intensive, of society shared myths.

Empathy

empathy from an information theoretic perspective is to what extent do we see ourselves and others it is the model of self applied on another.