Is Radical Rationalism the Best Engine to take us to the Era of Sustainable Prosperity?
It is now the 21st century, and we have everything.
A few months ago, the World Economic Forum announced that the current global production of food is already enough to eradicate hunger on our planet, inhabited by six billion plus human population.
We have, despite the crises, dynamic trends in economic productivity: for the last forty years the productivity of labour increased twice. There is no doubt that the current intensive advance in robotics and artificial intelligence will lead to even faster productivity boost.
We have never had better knowledge on social processes, on human nature, on how our brain functions, and never have accumulated more comprehensive databases of empirical information on political realities.
We also have, with all the imperfection of the policy making process, the universal organisation of the United Nations. And the general perception is, that if a consensus is reached, the nowadays existing aggregated political, economic and military capacity of the Security Council five permanent members is more than enough to resolve, with the involvement of the international community, practically any issue of whatever character, no matter local, regional or global.
It really seems that the human civilization in the 21st century already has all the necessary components to design the architecture and to successfully construct a better global system – a universal multifaceted interface platform, on which various ideological and socio-economic systems could coexist and communicate with each other without conflict. We have bricks, we have mortar.
But what we have is not enough.
At this stage we are like a small boy who finally received his dream toy – the coveted model car, but the instructions how to assemble it are missing.
What is to be done?
If we go back through the history of mankind, we shall meet great people. Myriads of names who created masterpieces in fine art, music, literature, or who were gifted with edge mind capabilities to make cornerstone scientific discoveries, or who invented clever devices to make our lives better. Those Titans of human civilization were and still are important to each one of us, and they will stand in the shrines of human civilization forever.
But the history of how groups of humans coped with living together – the political history of mankind, is a complete disaster. All you can see there, including what you see in many parts of the world today, is conflicts, wars, violence, and disregard of human rights and dignity. Prevailingly, the political history of mankind is the history of individuals who sought power as a compensation for various physical or mental deficiencies, or to plunder others’ material wealth. Or puppet leaders “elected” through a quasi-democratic process. They are usually surrounded and supported by larger number of people, who are obsessed by the atavistic adoration of might. The rest – and by far the broad majority, are the normal people, who as a rule become victims of violence, and suffer the consequences of the conflicts and wars, initiated by the first two. Political culture is probably the only area of human history where there is nothing valuable to take with us into the future. Political dinosaurs have to be neglected by people and by policymakers, and forgotten from the school textbooks.
In a word: in 21st century we have already reached the point when material preconditions for the next stage of human civilization advance are already accomplished.
All we need is civilizational thinking to design the new political architecture.
The kid is waiting for the assembly instructions…