Society, Culture, Education & Self

Politico-Economic Schema in the Ripplework

The Left whirlpool draws towards absolute social equality, expressed through a social formation
of a self-regulated community without private property, government, or money; that is, communism.
Such a social formation is possible only when humans have achieved a selfless state of collective (not presented in some individuals but in all members of the community) consciousness. Since such a social phenomenon
has not yet been recorded throughout history, communism is generally regarded as a utopia. Any exaggerated pull causes a major imbalance between the opposite forces. In the case of an imbalance in favor of socialist force,
the pull is accelerated toward the communist funnel and inevitably results in stagnation of the economy.

The Right whirlpool draws towards absolute economic freedom of the individual with limited to minimal governmental intervention – a laissez-faire approach. Within modern social constructions such a system
is non-existent. An exaggerated pull of capitalist force causes acceleration towards the laissez-faire funnel
that produces inequality and decline in morality and common good.

Most Western countries in the contemporary world are liberal democracies operating on sets of mixed economic precepts. This means that they preserve capitalist principles of protecting private property and the free market, which allows them to generate the capital that can be used for the government distribution of funds towards
the creation of the robust social safety nets that balance social inequality. Liberal democracies exist through
the process of continuous negotiation between the forces pulling towards individual economic liberty on one side, and social equality on the other. This tension acquires temporary stabilizations through the adoption
of necessary reforms, in which either Left or Right logic prevails.

The Nordic model is associated with the countries of Scandinavia – Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark
and Iceland – and is often is taken to be most balanced social system. It is built on the principles of social democracy with the protection of individual enterprise and emphasis on social fairness.

As globalization is well underway, it reorganizes the world order by extracting economic and social relations from the boundaries of governments and, slipping out of the geopolitical realm, establishing a new layer
of economic relations. In the conditions of contemporary reality, the formation of a more effective politico-economic system requires urgent consideration. The solution, as one of the most prominent modern sociologists, Anthony Giddens, suggests, is not with 'those on the right' who say government is the enemy’,
nor those on the left ‘who say government is the answer’,” but in the renewal of social democracy.2

In the philosophy of the ripplework, this means a redefinition and circularization (one doesn't exist without another) of such social concepts as self society, rights obligations, authority democracy, global local, and private collective.

The prime focus of such a reconstruction of society, in the ripplework paradigm,
starts from and lies in the deep rewiring of public education.

 

 

The ripplework view of the world provides the opportunity for an alternative view of the relationship between politico-economic systems. Instead of the relationship being represented, as it is commonly done,
as a linear pull of two opposite forces – the Left and the Right – in the ripplework model we can represent this pull in non-linear, intermediate whirlpools that these forces create due to their interactions.

We can also identify the gravitational epicenters of these pulls.

LEFT

SOCIALIST TENDENCIES

CREATION OF A WELFARE STATE

Democratic

Socialism

Social Democracy

Neoliberalism

CAPITALIST TENDENCIES

RIGHT

• Nationalized means of production;

• Collective undertaking of assigned tasks;

• State regulated market;

• State distributed wealth

• Private owning of the means of production;

• Protection of private property;

• Liberty of individual enterprise;

• Freedom of market;

• Freedom of individual capital gain

• free-market economy

• robust social equality system

Nordic model is social democracy plus cultural specifics of the societies

SOCIAL

EQUALITY

ECONOMIC LIBERTY

GENERATION
OF CAPITAL

Democrats, Labor Party, Progressives, Liberals (US – social liberties such as gender and race equalities, gay and pro-choice rights)

Republicans, Conservatives,
Liberals (Australia – economic liberty)

The pull towards a formation

of a new politico-economic

system

LIBERAL DEMOCRACY – MIXED ECONOMIES

GLOBALIZATION

Communism

(Utopia)

Classical

Capitalism

(non-existent)

philosophy of

the possessive individual

movement towards utopia

LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES

Communism – a society of absolute social equality with self-regulated communities, operating with the use of collective means of production, with no government and no money. Often described as utopia.

 

Socialism – the first stage of progression towards communism, in the course of which, by abolishing private property, collective consciousness undergoes the transformational changes that are imperative for communist society.

Laissez-faire – economic approach that is characterized by absolute economic freedom.

Liberal democracy – a freely elected government of people's representatives that operates on a balanced negotiation between the protection of private property, freedom of individual enterprise, and social support of those who are in need, striving further for equality.

Social democracy – politico-economic system governed by freely elected people's representatives and is characterized by a free-market economy and a robust welfare state.

Neoliberalism – is characterized by dislike of 'big government' and the welfare state, and the protection of the free-market and individual initiative.

 

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1 Giddens, Anthony (2013). The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy [Kindle version, loc. 956]. Polity.

2 As above [loc. 67].

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