Intro 2


The concept behind a Society Of Order is building a society around the pattern of nature I formerly called the persistence pattern, but this has been more technically defined as the pattern that creates  dissipative structures in dissipative systems.
In energetic systems where you have many interactions between entities, persistent patterns of interactions occur, and these persistent patterns change the environment allowing for new persistent patterns to emerge.  These dissipative structures are applicable at all levels of scale.  Individual atoms combine to form more stable entities called molecules.  Molecules combine to form organisms.  Organisms combine to form societies.

Humanity has a history of trying to define this pattern.  In christianity, it takes form as the holy spirit.  In the Law of Nations, it is natural law.  In biology, it is evolution.  But, these are limited instances of the pattern.

For brevity, instead of saying the persistence pattern, or the pattern which causes the formation of dissipative structures, I simply call the pattern “order”.

Building a society of order does not mandate a strict path.  Instead, order provides a basis for evaluating societal efforts.  Does a policy lead to further order or not?  And, by order, you can use indicators such as technology or resistance to natural disasters.  It is not enough to maintain the status quo.  At present, we have almost no capacity to avoid catastrophic events like an asteroid hitting earth, and, consequently, reversing the progress of order that has been achieved on this planet.

We can analyze how policies affect order at various time scales.  What are the effects of a policy now, in one year, in ten years, in hundred years, and even in a thousand years.  This long term evaluation does not need to apply to all policies.  Something like a .5% sales tax increase is not only probably insignificant in regards to order, but the effect on order would be very hard to determine.

A comparison between a 1% sales tax and a 20% sales tax is more relevant to order.  When you constrain economies with sufficient taxation, progress decreases.  And, although there are some scenarios where limiting progress can be useful for order, it is generally not useful.

Some things have questionable effects on long term order.   If we look at something like general artificial intelligence, it is something that can help society immensely, but it is also something that can have catastrophic consequences.  Humans have stood the test of time, and although we will eventually create the evolved entities that replace us, there is a risk we will create some early version of AI that turns into an evolutionary dead end after replacing us.  For this reason, in addition to the economic disturbances AI can have, AI is one area where it might be useful to limit or slow progress.

Whether society adopts order as the common moral or not, order will still be the underlying pressure that directs society.  However, evolution still creates evolutionary dead ends.  The cooperation that a common moral creates, as seen with things like the holy spirit and natural law, allows acceleration of progress.  It may be useful to have order as the common moral in society to both accelerate progress and to prevent societal dead ends arising from stagnant monopolies.

The purpose of The Society Of Order, beyond my own amusement, is to provide models of order by analyzing different parts of society and government.  The US Constitution did not come out of nowhere.  The US Constitution was a result of hundreds of years of philosophy about society.  Although there is little hope of changing the direction of the US, it is still useful to progress the models and philosophy of society so that people in the future, who find themselves in the unique position of constructing governments, can use those models to form better governments.

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