There are two causes of human violence and oppression, resource scarcity and cultural differences. The former is solved through technological progress, the latter is solved through the integration of cultural outgroups into our society. Our social world needs more communication, more data, and not less. In this post we will discuss the most important issue for the Organicist, the problem with culture.
Culture is an Evil
To begin, there are numerous forms of culture which we must remain concerned about. There is artificial culture generated by societal status and power, then there is the natural culture generated by long standing ethnic or clan affiliation. For the purposes of this post we will focus on natural culture.
Culture as we allow it to exist pose both positive and negative outcomes. On one hand it is a great source of evil and civil strife, cultural differences fuel the fire for racism and hatred. Problems which plague society are blamed on these cultural ‘outsiders’ who exist outside the State apparatus. To the Organicist, this is a natural human tendency that we all partake in. On the other hand, cultural differences yield differing viewpoints on the solutions to societal ills. When correctly ‘diffused’ into a society, they may yield an offspring with both astounding genius and personal drive; a rare combination. In addition, culture provides a sense of community and belonging for individuals in a foreign land, it serves as the lynch pin from which a foreigner may integrate into his or her new home.
However, to the Organicist, the benefits of free reigning Liberal culture (one nation, many unique cultures) are far outweighed by the negative consequences. Oppression, violence, and unrelenting racism run rampant through societies incapable of correctly assimilating outsiders. Vast quantities of resources and time are wasted on these issues; and to what benefit?
It is a false dichotomy to say that we must choose one or the other, we can eradicate negative cultural outcomes AND correctly infuse our society with the differing views and solutions proposed by outsiders simultaneously; it is done through continuous and willing social communication (i.e. social networks). The more connected these outgroups become, the more contact they make with the predominant culture. The more contact they make, the more discussion they produce, the more cultural nullification which occurs.
Cultural nullification is the process by which two opposing sides (say a Libertarian and a Communist) discuss their opinions, thoughts, and ideals. Through this exchange they both change in very subtle ways. Over time, these changes tend toward a ‘meeting of the middle’ where the two individuals nullify their per-existing differences which would yield to an aversion to each other. As a result of this continued contact, they form a bond. Through years of this continuous contact, they nullify their traditionally violent cultural tendencies (death to Communists) toward the outsider and either convert or abdicate their views.
Culture is Natural
The generation of culture is a natural human tendency. We tell stories through any media we can invent (oral, written, tv, performance, etc). We create art, engage in entertainment, cook certain foods, etc. All these activities contribute the ‘production’ of culture.
Culture, in a broad sense, cannot be eradicated as we will be continually generating new regional variants as quickly as we nullify it. But certain forms of culture can be stifled and in some sense, destroyed. Cultural differences which result in altering an individual’s violent political opinions must be communally repressed in order to facilitate the construction of an Organic Society. Therefore when speaking about culture the Organicist is primarily focused on the following cultural activities (in order of severity)
- Support the continual destruction of regional dialects or competing languages (already occurring naturally through the extreme dominance of English in all public/popular/scientific media)
- Communal Religious/Ceremonial Practices (marriage, church, coming of age rituals, etc)
- Cultural (or sub-cultural) ‘identity’
- Affiliation to a national, or sub-national (racial, regional, etc) group
- Kinship/Clan Affiliation
- While the family unit is currently the most efficient/’natural’ way of raising children, the cultural practice of a ‘family’ name yields negative cultural results
Other aspects of life such as art, entertainment, etc is seen as a byproduct of the existing status quo. Because the Organicist society focuses on the root cause of these issues, over time, all other ‘cultural’ peripheral behaviors would change to reflect this new, Organicist cultural world. In fact, it is essential that the government not attempt to influence these activities directly, as they allow for the society to see how far they’ve progressed in removing supposed negative cultural externalities. The Organicist, above all, is focused on the uncensored opinion of the collective whole; with a passionate pursuit for the eradication for information asymmetry. The philosopher king who knows best for his people is an authoritarian myth. Public culture is an efficient and beneficial measure to check the pulse of the populace, it must remain as such.
All Opinions Matter
The Organicist seeks a consensus society, as a result, ALL opinions matter; no matter how racist, bigoted, evil, etc. All opinions expressed give us valuable information about the level of development for a society and the work required to convert those of differing views. We must support an argumentative culture, where people freely communicate their views and solutions so that they can be judged and oppressed respectively.
To be clear, we freely communicate and freely oppress (rant, argue, discuss). To ‘respect a difference’ is only possible if that difference doesn’t threaten the political stability of your own world view, or, you are willing to abdicate your own opinion on the matter to another.
The Organicist knows his or her own future through the communities and collectives he or she associates. A society where technology allows it to overcome its existing dependency on forces external to itself; the Organicist seeks much more than a self-sufficient society, it seeks a self-empowering society. We believe that the use of crowd censoring is the most effective method to divert and manipulate opinions which are ‘off track.’ In all its glory, peer oppression is preferable to State oppression whenever possible. This is done naturally by society in the following guise.
- There is a predominant cultural ‘base point’ of acceptable opinions and behaviors in society
- People now openly express their thoughts and opinions, which are on the fringe
- The predominant culture now shuns, attacks, and engages in dialogue with radicals
- The radicals either succeed or fail in convincing mainstream culture of its arguments. The majority of the time they will fail.
- And in some scenarios (if they have enough membership to self-sustain) they will withdraw into a small community bent on refining its views and arguments.
- Repeat process.
Therefore, we need no government to enforce some totalitarian cultural guard rail for its citizens; for this process is happening as we speak via popular media. If the government is to made of the collective people, than let it be so. Individuals cannot constitute government, just as an individual cannot constitute or represent culture. Culture and government are fundamentally collectivist concepts, with no existence at the individual level. Simply allow the citizenry to enforce the oppression for you (short of the obvious, threats of physical violence, aggressive bullying, etc…).
As technology continues to improve (due to government policies, or general inertia) the way people relate to land, housing, food changes dramatically. This will alter their ideological perceptions and the inevitable ‘fall in’ to Organicist principals. Which are,
- Human self sufficiency on the external, natural world
- Free exchange of information. The eventual removal of information asymmetry
- A slow progression from democratic governance to consensus governance (as maturity grows)
- The eventual diffusal of political and contentious cultural differences via the negation of energy/resource scarcity
- Utopia: A society so abundant that work is a choice made for personal self fulfilment and the egotistical desire to explore, invent, and become known to his/her fellow collective.
Culture is the base root of most evil that we face. Religious, ethnic, or nationalistic conflict would be solved if society merely encouraged a differing perspective on how to assimilate outsiders. The credo of the Organicist is to engage, combat, argue, debate. The credo of the Liberal is to understand, appreciate, and ignore. Through the process of defending your views and feeling this collective oppression you either submit or you fight back. Let this fight be through a means which impacts the individual; through their friends, family, and community. To allow sub cultures to fester unconnected for decades is to admit defeat. All humans desire a community, we all desire a culture representative of our views and beliefs. If these differences are immaterial then ignore them, if they threaten your political world then combat them!
The Organicist does not shy from ideological battle, he/she welcomes it.