Global Evolution is Slow / After School Democracy ep 20

In the hunter/gatherer society, there was
rarely any king. It was most often very democratic and socialist. The tribe was loyal to each other. But the tribe was at most 150 people. Around the number limit where the brain can
view that many people as fellow trustworthy humans and remain altruistic. It is the limit oxytocin can have and still
be useful. Oxytocin creates altruism in the ingroup yet
distrust and xenophobia in the outgroup. It is one of the reasons cited as to the problems
with neanderthals that may have led to their replacement by homo sapiens. We suspect that other than in perhaps gibraltar,
Homo Neanderthalis only live in groups of between 20-50 and had even more difficulty
seeing as many people as one of their own. The leader just like in much of the primate
kingdom had to prove themselves continually and play politics to keep their tribe happy
or lose power. The members of the tribe had constant methods
of letting the leader or someone who could get an ego know that they weren’t irreplaceable. Shaming a person in power or a gift giver
instead of thankfulness, is still very common in tribal societies as a way to knock people
down a peg and kill their buzz of power addiction that creates tyranny. .
As we got bigger in population though post agriculture, all of these mechanisms went
out of whack. Many new forms of government arose to keep
power from being distributed to the people. God kings, autocrats, tyrants, brutal dictators,
war lords, and yes democracy in greece which was limited to certain people, and the roman
republic which had combo of autocracy and democracy without a king. After the decline of the Roman republic, So
ruled through violence and terror like the assyrians, while some ruled pretty hands off
through simple fealty and tribute in return for protection like the Persian and Mongolian
empires. But all of them fell. By the middle ages, god appointed kings were
back in fashion, with the aristocracy having various levels of power, and serfdom having
few rights, some more than other depending on the region. It wasn’t until around the time of the printing
press and the mid 1500s that the idea of republicanism began to have a bit of a come back with the
publishing of ancient greek and roman texts in a large amount. It took off in fits and starts. The ruling elites were appalled by the idea. Absolutist monachism was obviously ordained
by god and just the natural order of things. Some like the dutch and the polish lithuanians
kept their monarch on a leash similar to modern european monarchism. And several violent revolutions later europe
and the US began experimenting with republicanism. The US embraced republicanism, and ended up
not having a king at all. This inspired the french to jump into the
revolution game and it was a bloody and constant revolution leading to a tyrant that was Napoleon
who wasn’t perfect but showed that real meritocracy from the common man could be just
as good if not better than a king in terms of absolutist power, which made them slam
and smear it. The british civil war had the same impact,
and Cromwell tired to be dictator for life of the new republic and enough people hated
him the monarchy came back. The violence of the french and english revolution
were used to show why republicanism was awful and a complete disaster. Without a king at the helm there was no stability. There was constant backlash and it was a very
uphill battle from 1550 to now where republicanism and anti-monarchism is now the common and
pretty much no nations are actually run by a birthright based king. When you really think about it, it took from
the mid-1500’s to now to have republicanism normalized eliminating the monarchy and there
were some serious setback, propaganda against it and violent bumps along the way to the
point that now only a handful of nations have an absolute monarchy. In the mid 1600s, philosophers began making
the case that people could pick their own leaders and do it pretty well and that we
didn’t need draconian laws to keep our evil nature at bay. It took from around the early 1600’s for the
ideas of democracy to form, also with some serious setback, propaganda against it and
violent bumps along the way though more people in the world do not live in some form of democracy
than those who do. China has no democracy and has the biggest
population and is using the Hong Kong protest chaos and the election of Donald Trump to
propagandize why democracy is terrible. Oddly democracy is growing and exploding the
most in Africa, a nation that has been under the boot of autocracy, monarchs and one sided
capitalism. They are very sold on the idea of democracy
and as their population grows we may see the argument for democracy for all become normal
for all. That said the majority of the nations of the
earth had heavy powered kings one hundred years ago, so it may take us another 100 years
to reach global universal suffrage just like we have a majority republic or at least a
strong constitutional monarchy. Socialism could be viewed the exact same way. It was codified in 1849, and like Napoleon
and Cromwell, with its violent totalitarian nature, the USSR and China were also pointed
to as being examples of what horrible things happened if you abandoned absolutist monarchy
or capitalism. It has still never fully taken when combined
with democracy. Democracy is hard to come by. Socialism is hard to come by as people in
power hate both. Getting them together is even harder to come
by which is why Communist Chile was toppled by the US and replaced with the fascist Pinochet
and we have never seen a democratic non-authoritarian communist nation. So if we go by republicanism’s timeline, we
will have a planet with full democracy around 2100(which also matches around when women
will be fully equal with men on the planet) and full democratic socialism or communism
with the post scarcity era by 2300. Mind you with a post scarcity and climate
change era it might accelerate that and 2100 will be the point where we have global democratic
communism This is going to be a rough 150 to 300 year
if thats what its going to take, lets just hope we can avoid the violent and authoritarian
parts of modern republics, democracies and socialist nations again. Or we survive the climate crisis created by
capitalism and lack of representative government.

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