Politics As Usual
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? Cooperation or Exploitation?

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An UnGovernable UnCommon Interest?

Something not controlled privately is controlled 'publicly' and thus made part of 'The Commons'. A private school is not controlled or supported by government. If a government 'nationalizes', appropriates or confiscates that school it becomes part of the Commons by force of law. It becomes a 'public school'.

Anything can be turned into a Commons (public asset) not just schools, roads and bridges. When taxed, money becomes part of a Commons. It is important to remember the House writes tax and spend laws. Democrats have controlled the House for most of the past 100 years.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Control_of_the_U.S._House_of_Representatives.PNG

A 'right' can be made part of the Commons by law or regulation. Legislating a 'minimum wage' is an example because decisions about wages are removed from private businesses. The military Draft allows individuals to be forced into the government military, thus losing their private choice not to be militarized. Once made part of The Commons these are available for exploitation to whomever has access. This leads to The Tragedy Of The Commons.

We are continually told goverment serves The Common Good. Yet, it is obvious ( see maps below ) that population distribution mirrors voting patterns to a great extent. One very clear difference is that urban populations prefer Democrat political platforms. Why? The Urban Public has little in common with the rest of the nation or state.

The following maps show dissimilar (urban vs non-urban) interests.

Red State, Blue City: How the Urban-Rural Divide Is Splitting America

The nation's blue islands reject the red sea and the red sea opposes blue islands. So it is in New York State as well.

2016 Clinton vs Trump Country - Click to enlarge

Population distribution - Click to enlarge

Vote distribution - Click to enlarge

The majority of voters live in urban areas. Urban voters prefer Democrats. Democrats have historically been the majority in Congress (particularly the House). So Democrat majorities have their political agendas enacted into law at the expense of those who vote Republican. Understandably, this has consequences. “As the Republican Party has moved further to the right, it has increasingly become the party of fierce individualism, of ‘I built that’ and you take care of yourself. Cities, on the other hand, are fundamentally about the shared commons.
https://www.citylab.com/equity/2012/11/political-map-weve-been-waiting/3908/

Non-urban Republican Party voters moved further to the right because urban Democrat Party voters moved to the left. Cooperation becomes more difficult and antagonism more likely as Left and Right diverge. How long can such different interests hold together with one size fits all government? Can diverging interests become un-governable? And at what point?

Critics incorrectly confuse libertarians with ‘anarchists’. But don't forget: Government is authoritarian by nature - Big Governments more so than small ones. Authoritarian government decrees are resisted by its victims. Resistance can even lead to revolution. So, ironically, popular resistance to government rules can lead to un-governable anarchy. Isn't this what caused the War for Independence from British rule? Social order requires a shared ‘social contract’. It requires voluntary compliance based on similar interests not blind obedience to someone else's interests.

The political divide between Democrats and Republicans is the worst it has ever been, according to a new Michigan State University report.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-04/sign-times-political-divide-america-worst-its-ever-been

Has "the US Congress ... become too polarized to even govern..."?

'We, the People' didn't expect a declining standard of living. Still, decline is evident all around us. Our social, economic and political edifice is cracking.

Social and political stresses become ever more evident. The election of President Trump (a Politically Incorrect anti-politician) is a very clear example of how people feel about the status quo. Candidate Trump was rejected by establishment Democrats AND Republicans. How often does that happen?

Bernie Sanders wanted to pull the Democrats further to the Left than the Establishment wanted and was also rejected by that party.

Regime change from within in America? See: The Greatest Constitutional Crisis Since the Civil War

We the People are dividing. The 2016 election results are being rejected by many people on The Left and subverted by government employees. Indeed, anarchy is already with us.

Opposition is mounting. The 'Tea Party' challenged the establishment Republican Party while 'Progressives' now increasingly challenge Tea Party values as well as the Democratic Party establishment. See here and here for some examples.

A coarsening of the entire social order is increasingly visibleThe Age of Rudeness.
http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2018/10/americas-social-depression-is.html

"Collapse is a process, not a singular event. It happens over time, not overnight. It is a spectrum of moments and terrible choices..."
http://www.alt-market.com/articles/3406-how-to-recognize-when-your-society-is-suffering-a-dramatic-decline

'The Collapse of Complex Societies' (1988), examines the collapse of civilizations in terms of network theory, energy economics and complexity theory. Tainter argues that sustainability or collapse of societies follow from the success or failure of problem-solving institutions and that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their "energy subsidies" reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. He recognizes collapse when a society involuntarily sheds a significant portion of its complexity.

Let's start by distinguishing force and power...real power attracts cooperation; it has little need for force. When a government can't depend on allegiance and voluntary compliance it must force people to obey. This expands organizational complexity and adds administrative costs. Resentment and resistance to force also grows. See here.

Competition between and among political interests over distribution of limited resources forms and accelerates. 'Solidarity' turns to conflict and adversarial behavior. The 'culture war' becomes more acrimonious. see here.

"This is a new equilibrium in the American political metagame. This is the breaking of mediative and cooperation-possible political institutions and practices, and their replacement by non-mediative and cooperation-impossible political institutions and practices. This is what it looks like, in a modern Western context, when things fall apart."

https://www.epsilontheory.com/things-fall-apart-pt-1/

Moody’s is a major ratings agency, which performs financial research and analysis on governments and commercial entities and ranks the credit-worthiness of borrowers. On March 15, Moody’s warned that the US, the UK, Germany, France, and Spain “are all at risk of soaring debt costs and will have to implement austerity plans that threaten ‘social cohesion’.” Further, Moody’s warned that such ‘austerity’ measures increase the potential for ‘social unrest’:
https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-global-economic-crisis-riots-rebellion-and-revolution/18529

Extremes beget extremes. Extremes of financialization lead to extremes of wealth which lead to extremes of class disparity which lead to extremes of political polarization which lead to destabilization and collapse.
http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2018/09/how-things-fall-apart-extremes-arent.html

Secessionist movements can even spring up as conflicting interests widen and social cooperation degrades. See here.

Civil unrest is nothing new in America. Imagine what could happen when serious economic stress such as a severe new recession enters the political theater. Some expect worse: "A depression is in our future, no matter what actions are taken at this point. Keep calm and prepare yourself."
https://www.theburningplatform.com/2018/02/26/goldilocks-is-dead/

Click here to see more regarding instability.

Restore the Social Contract. Redraw boundaries to match laws with political values. This will reduce resentment, resistance and un-governability. It will avoid divergence and prevent anarchy.  

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