The hubris of intelligent design

It should not be controversial; there is no such thing as intelligent design. One does not need the concept of intelligent design to explain the world. Even the Pope and other clerics have accepted that the world develops in a chaotic fashion albeit governed by the laws of nature that science tries to explain.

Yet the rulers of the world – elected technocrats, political fundamentalists, central bankers, dictators and other policy makers that are desperate to cling on to some fifteen minutes of fame or perceived birthright to power – pursue the misguided quest to chisel out a perfect world, designed according to specifications down to the last detail.

GDP-growth should be this or that. Unemployment should not be above x% and inflation should be y-z%. Fine culture should be subsidized by government whereas un-sanctioned culture might as well be declared illegal. Population increase must be kept at bay by force of law or the limitation of immigration. And so on and so forth.

And to achieve the perfect pace of development, or conservation of times past, the self-appointed experts of life on earth use the tools at hand: Taxes, police, armies, humiliation, scriptures, folklore, and more often than not brutal force.

If it is commonly accepted that divine forces have not got the capability to design the world, how come does people accept that the white paper of development – the evolution of society – can be written by people that has come to power by use of force, political ambition, and mere chance and where every decision is governed by self interest?

It is neither scientific nor productive to denounce human nature. People will continue to do business, commit crimes, write books and music, and fornicate regardless of policies. Good government is to accept and adapt, not to build walls.

Perhaps the divinity is just that – self interest. But this is not a monotheistic religion. Self interest of yesterday differs from self interest of today. And self interest tomorrow will be again something quite different. What is certain is that the bigger barriers that are constructed to hinder evolution and preserve status quo, the greater the chaos will be once the barriers fall.

No matter what, we will be judged by our children.

And it gets worse…

Meanwhile, government-sponsored terror against free speech continues in Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkey, China, Iran, Iraq, countries that I can’t even spell, no less know where they are. In Brunei, one can’t even dress like Santa.

And who knows how many lashes will be the sentence for the Pythons in the UK?

Fighting for democracy(?)

The epithet ‘leader of the free world’ appears increasingly hollow.

Leading by example?

Free from trust?

That ‘ol constitution of the US needs an overhaul and the spies need to be sent to jail (and I don’t mean the whistleblower, poor blue-eyes)

Freedom of thought

I know. To even vaguely hint towards the faintest questioning of the fragility of democracy may dispel even the most virtuous freedom fighter into the shadows as a vile spokesman of anti-democratic forces.

But the fact of the matter is that democracy does have flaws. And the self-righteousness of leaders is one of the worst. The laissez-fair mentality of the ruled is worse. The stigmatization those who question the norm the worst.

Capitalism is flawed too, but its purpose – efficient use of capital – is clear, and the aim of its participants – profit – is well known. By this, capitalism is open and in its design rational, thus predictable.

The aim of politics should be to maximize individual freedom and minimize rules and restrictions. Instead, our chosen ones, with misguided benignity at best and corruption at worst, create asymmetric power structures that feed themselves and create ever more power to the government and ever less freedom to the people.

And as openness decreases, so does rationality, and away goes predictability. Until frustration grows to the point; until the individual can no longer breathe; restraints must break, and do.

Stealing from the thief

So it is ok for the EU to steal from Russian oligarchs, mobsters and plutocrats in general? Only because these people once robbed the people of Russia from their assets doesn’t mean that governments of Europe have the right to steal from them only to save a corrupt island, and a dysfunctional currency, from ruin.

Trying to provoke a war with Russia? After all, Putin is probably the single biggest stakeholder, and he, no puns, calls the shots.