Category Exploitation

Civilizations

Civilizations have two important properties: they are dissipative systems, and they are creative systems. A dissipative system is a physical system that maintains its state by turning resources from a usable form into an unusable waste form. In terms of physics (specifically: thermodynamics) one can describe them as dynamic systems that produce entropy (i.e. they […]

Civilizations – Part 4

(continued…) The standard view on resources is to treat them as being external to the system. So we perceive the extension of the system of our civilization as growth. But while this system is growing, the resources are shrinking. If growth happens at a constant rate (measured in percent), it is actually exponential, so the […]

Redefining our Relationship with the Future – Part 2

Currently we are treating the future like colonizers of the 19th and early 20th century where treating their overseas colonies. On one hand, we are extracting resources from that “colonized future”, but on the other hand we are projecting some high tech dreams into it, pretending that economic growth can go on indefinitely. But just […]

Redefining our Relationship with the Future – Part 1

The suggestions I have been making on this blog might seem unfamiliar, so I want to explain some of the considerations behind them. In some states at least, human rights are implemented in terms of laws and institutions. Generally, the human-rights-situation is better in countries that have human rights codified into their constitutional and institutional […]

Rethinking Ownership

If non-renewable resources are privately owned, they are in danger of being destroyed. For example, somebody owning a piece of forest might be tempted to just cut down and sell all of the trees or burn them to use the land for agriculture, eventually leaving just a desert. He might buy a piece of forest […]

Getting Rid of Government Debts – Part 2

In the previous article, Getting Rid of Government Debt – Part 1, I have introduced a distinction between two types of public debts. One type is debts backed by assets. This part of the debts can be paid back by asset backed money generation, as described in that article. It can be passed to the […]

Getting Rid of Government Debts – Part 1

Debts have reached a level that is causing trouble for many communities and states all around the world. To an extent, these debts are exploitative: future generations of tax payers have to pay them, or pay interest on them, and in many cases, they don’t get anything in return. They will have to pay for […]