THE TRANSFORMATION OF
TOWARD DEMOCRATIC SUSTAINABILITY
By Vigdor Schreibman
The pairs of opposites (being and not being, life and death,
beauty and ugliness, good and evil, and all the other polarities
that bind the faculties to hope and fear, and link the organs of
action to deeds of defense and acquisition) are the clashing
rocks (Symplegades) that crush the traveller, but between which
the heroes always pass. In the clash between the Chaos Monster
and the Sun God, the thunderbolt signifying spiritual power
(indestructible enlightenment), shatters the illusory realities
of the world. In the modern world only the democratic will of the
whole people can most likely offer effective resistance to the
barbaric tyranny of official powers. Compare J.Campbell, The
Hero with a Thousand Faces 87-89, n.57, Plate XXI (1973 ed.)
(discussing the mythology of heroism), with M.P.Follett,
The New State ch. XVI1 (Penn State University
Press ed. 1998), and A.N. Christakis with K.C. Bausch,
How People Harness their Collective
Wisdom and Power (Info-Age Publishing 2006), and
with V. Schreibman,
A Technique of Democracy (2006) (discussing
"meaningful dialogue" to resist corrosive social forces and to
advance group transcendence).
The Paradigm of Big Money
Big Money organizes the global social system by (among other means)
imposing a policy to charge exorbitant prices for all vital services and
networks that convey real power so that only the rich can gain access.
For example, accreditation of law schools is granted only to
those that pay their teachers exorbitant salaries so only the
rich educators can teach, only rich students can learn, and only
rich clients can obtain professional legal services. The consequences
of these systemic conditions is that most of a lawyer's time, as much
as 90%, is devoted to serving the most wealthy 10% of the people, while
most of the civil legal problems of low or moderate-income households
are not addressed by the legal system. Indeed, when a person does obtain
the services of a lawyer, the mode of relations dictated by the legal
culture will be based on the
barbaric doctrine of master and slave.
For example, state and federal judges have instituted a system of
robbery against property of indigent corporate litigants when
they cannot afford to pay the exorbitant cost of the services of
a lawyer by disregarding the corporation's fundamental
constitutional right of access to court, which is routinely
recognized for affluent corporations, and by denying the indigent
corporation's freedom of choice to engage in self-representation
under such circumstances, which has been recognized during the
last 1500 years since the time of the Romans. This is an oppressive
system that defies "equal justice" and defies the rule of law. These conditions
define the paramount realities of an American judiciary driven by despots.
This generation of Americans have thus come to realize in our time the most
dreadful concerns of America's two greatest statesmen:
The First Democrat Thomas Jefferson and
The First Republican Abraham Lincoln.
We have, in addition, the policy of granting monopoly broadcast licensing
without guarantee of serving the public interest, authorizing
exorbitant rates for access to broadcast advertising, which is
essential for viable political campaigning. These conditions allow Big
Money to exercise pernicious control over American political systems.
We review elsewhere more extensively the Doctrines of Injustice.
Leaders are driven by ideas, not by the expectations of others.
They are skillful at finding ways to beat a system, not
surrendering to it.
Beating a system is a creative act, an ability that is not
sufficient for leadership but is necessary for it. It requires
identifying, denying, and exploring the consequences of denying
self-defeating assumptions made by most managers. As Jose Ortega
y Gasset pointed out, it is a way of arriving at the incredible.
Almost every revolution appeared improbable at its outset, but
those who led them found a way to beat the incumbent system-and
usually with fewer resources than those available to the system
they beat. The American Revolution was a good example. Russell L.
Ackoff, Re-Creating The Corporation: A Design of Organizations
for the 21st Century 285 (1999).
The way to beat the systems responsible for the deplorable
existing situation is to deny them decision-making power.
Shifting from a decision making structure that supports decadent capitalism to
one that supports democratic sustainability, can achieve this desired outcome.
In bringing about the desired paradigm shift, Thomas Kuhn
observed in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
(1962), the old paradigm must be destroyed to make way for the
new because the values of each are incommensurable. A mirror image of this axiom
of change is reflected in this quote from R. Buckminister Fuller (1981), one of
the key innovators in the 20th century known as a philosopher, thinker, visionary,
inventor, architect, engineer, mathematician, poet, and cosmologist: "You never
change things by fighting the existing reality. To change things, build a new
model that makes the existing model obsolete." A matrix of the incommensurable values
governing the old paradigm of decadent capitalism, as compared to a new paradigm
of democratic sustainability that can make the existing model obsolete, is
The setting for decisions in the Information-age.
The wisdom of Russell Ackoff also confirms that decision-making
power should be denied to those engaged in criminal or immoral
conduct. Id., at 280-81. The theories of action that
support decadent capitalism are, indeed, immoral. They must be
denied decision-making power.
Paradoxically, in the contemporary global problématique, economic and
religious fundamentalism are leading the way toward
the breakdown of the old paradigm, opening an immediate opportunity for development of the
LoD Values Transformation Matrix toward democratic sustainability.
Lovers of Democracy ("LoD") can establish itself as a
transformative leader to rescue democracy and the enlightenment
from their failures. LoD can support the new paradigm by
adopting norms, networks, and theories of action that support
democratic sustainability leading to the destruction of the old
paradigm of capitalism decadence. This new paradigm should include
an authorized use policy ("AUP") that encourage
broadly affordable access to the
Structured Design Process ("SDP") services, including
Distance Learning and
WebScope E-Mail Dialogue that support democratic
The three critical stages of this new paradigm are:
To meet the evolutionary challenge of economic and religious
To transform the failed setting for decisions of the
To secure the new paradigm of democratic sustainability by
reinventing democracy guided by SDP.