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Liberty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cooperation

Responsibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diversity


Ted - 2014

I know that our economic and social systems have some serious issues, and am committed to be part of changing the systems so that they do actually work for everyone. I have been thinking and writing about this for 40 years, and working at many roles in the community so that I could have practical as well as theoretical knowledge of as many aspects as possible. I have worked as farm worker, lab worker, engineer, fisherman, technical advisor, consultant, system designer, teacher, auditor, compliance officer, judge, politician, advisor, parent, and more.

It seems clear to me that the rapid changes due to technology require a response like universal income.

A big part of me just wants to retire and enjoy working locally, but I have been working away at multiple levels trying to create systems that deliver reasonable levels of security and freedom to everyone, for so long, that I believe I have important skills to contribute, and my sense of responsibility demands that I try. It is now your choice that matters.

I am interested in politics that actually serves the interests of all people for security and freedom, and that demands responsibility from all of us.

I started a small software business in 1986, and have run it ever since. In 2008 I found a melanoma on my temple, and in 2010 after 3 operations I was sent home "palliative care only" and told I could be dead in 6 weeks and had a 2% chance of living 2 years. Every day is special, and valuable.

I like working with people to solve complex problems in a way that benefits everyone. I am not a great fan of control, but I am a great advocate of cooperation.

The most complex problems at present seem to be around the sorts of governance structures and technologies that promote both security and freedom across all levels of complexity present.

We all have our conservative and our liberal sides, and both are necessary. Putting them in opposition to each other, rather than having them work cooperatively together, seems to be one of the serious failings of our current system.

Our society needs to be fundamentally cooperative if we are to have any real probability of long term security.

Our current economic systems have many levels of incentives that are posing risk to us all.

Some sort of universal income seems to be the best short to medium term response.

You can see more of what I have written about over the last 10 years on my wordpress blog site.

My highest values are individual sapient life, and the liberty of all such individuals. And liberty comes with responsibilities: to take all reasonable measures to ensure the lives and liberties of others, and by implication to take reasonable steps to look after the social and ecological systems upon which we all depend.

Complex systems are always changed by every interaction. No set of rules can ever deliver consistent results in all contexts, it takes something much more, it takes responsibility from all of us.

We all need to acknowledge those responsibilities, to be guardians (kaitiaki) of all around us. And for most people to accept that, the system has to be actually looking after their needs in a way that they recognise as being reasonable.

And liberty in action leads to diversity. We must all accept the inescapable logic that real liberty results in diversity, and we must accept and respect that diversity (all levels), provided that it is demonstrating appropriate levels of responsibility. So nothing simple or easy.






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