On the Centralisation of disputation
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
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.
Culture Wars-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).
Religion, provides us with a robust means of measuring information dispersion. There are more Muslims, in Iraq than Japan. Because Iraq, is closer to Saudi Arabia than Japan is. Ancient Greece, provides an interesting example of how information topography affects society. Greece, so insular from land that three hundred Spartans could hold the largest army in the world.
This makes Greece, quite the unique civilization. It’s religion, for example, is a lot more decentralised than their Asian counterparts. As anybody can bear witness to a sacrifice, not just acentraly appointed religious figure.
Each Greek city, (local information cluster) emphasises different aspects of the mythology. Athens, was named after Athena. The Spartans, were bigger fans of the huntress-Artemis. Each city, with it’s own unique form of government and values. The Athenians valued wisdom and democracy. The Spartans power and autocracy. Nonetheless, they consider themselves Greek. In the language of information theory, there is a greater information communication between Greek cities than the rest of the world.
At the time, however, most cities weren’t part of a network of city states. But were, just a city on their own. With each city state, boasting it’s own religion. In the language of information theory, there is a greater information communication within a city than between cities.
Cyrus (the great)
The reason why they call him Cyrus the Great, is because Cyrus did not kill them (for once). Unlike the other great men of history, when people call Cyrus the great they actually mean it. He actually deserves the title for he introduced the power of markets to the world.
The fundamental difference between Persian and pre-Persian rule, is that war was completely a zero-sum game. 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.
Under paganism, the zero-sum nature of reality is taken for granted. The Babylonians, literally took your God after they conquered you. The name of the game was the decimation, not assimilation. Nor, wealth creation by any respect. One’s benefit must come at the expense of another.
Cyrus, by contrast, just wanted people to stop lying. He is not interested in stealing your God, in glorious combat. In fact, he will pay homage to your gods as soon as he conquers you. Although, war is the opposite of economic growth. Empires are what populated the world. For the security, established along trade routes. Which allows for, the establishment of economic interconnectivity.