When you realize that communism and fascism are just two different brands for the same product, this becomes obvious. The game changing question is, how much of corruption’s gravity is comprised of psychopathy’s side effects.
Update 2/20 : Removed politically loaded libertarianism, for more inclusive individualism, which includes libertarianism,, anarchists, and populists, and possibly new systems.
Update 2/22: Added in tragedy of the commons. It’s not always easy to reach, but individual rights can take rights from others. More on countervailing forces to corruptions gravity in a separate post RSN.
There is a problem with political progress today. There is no word but fascism to describe a change of government into a system of always putting subsidies for corporate profit ahead of freedoms, markets, or property, controlled by one person. A trivial point, an oligarchy as the fascist is possible here too. While the properties of fascism appear on a regular but limited basis, it’s absolute properties (absolute control) may not be present. The transition can take place at any speed. Freedoms can be lost for temporary profit, one freedom at a time.
Alliancism to fascism is much like socialism to communism. In small doses both can have good short term consequences, but only for a temporary period of time. Bringing in fractional banking in where there was none before, but cannibalizing the money supply to do it. Growing economy of scale by ending trade disputes via hard power and eroding citizen rights to reach that goal. Masking the tragedy of the commons with consumerism and gentrification. Incrementally replacing debate with marketing, public relations and ultimately propaganda. Replacing war with police action (conquest by peace). Meant as a staged scale like socialism, alliancism is a partial implementation of fascism in a capitalist democracy (including republics) as it transitions between the optimal psychopathic cooperative (rights AND shortcuts) to rapid simplification and localization. Ultimately, collapse.
I’m naming it after the alliance. The closest relationship a person without a conscience (a psychopath) can have to a friendship. Temporary and transitory in nature alliances can only exist while at each party thinks they are using the other to their ultimate advantage. Where fascism immediately assumes all rights to it’s leader class, alliancism can erode rights one at a time. Cashing in freedoms for temporary pricing advantages via market distortions. This continues until the faith in currency and property are lost, and trust and investment ceases.
Lets separate this in to it’s two separate threats.
The first threat is that AI achieves intelligence with no counterpart either in the human or computer world, and then decides humanity is no longer useful or worthwhile. Some know this is as the singularity.
This may be solvable by hard wiring a conscience in a very similar fashion as described by civgene. An emotional metamind with mandatory emotional recall. With a distracting and sometimes painful compulsion to also consider a rationally inaccessible risk calculation created passively and involuntarily. Initially populated both by parental type training, and real world experience, but constantly creating further compound emotion associations to signal danger in both a useful and intrusive way. In a word, digital empathy.
The second and more immediate threat, that automation will obsolete the vast majority of human thinking or skilled jobs but unlike the industrial revolution those people will become unemployable.
This is a problem that has already been solved. Psychopaths are natural centrist statists. Centralizing power both because they want to become the master of all other people(and the other people become slaves), but also because they regard empathy as a myth, a fraud, and an erratic defect. Much like a purely rational super intelligent AI might view the whole of humanity.
That centrism comes at a price. a large and growing graft proportional to the growing proportion of psychopaths in a particular civilization (they eventually collapse it) Legal distribution, designed to add risk to centrisim for the sake of itself does so by using democracy to override bluntly wasteful laws. Laws can be intentionally wasteful, diverting economy of scale to increased power for a few, or UNINTENTIONALLY wasteful, like forcing people to work a longer work week than the economy needs, in turn creating a glut of labor and enslaving the people that can get jobs.
This of course varies case to case as most law and economics, but that’s the beauty of distributing one law at a time. A distributed law responds to public calls of no confidence with new segmented market data. (A lack of uncontaminated market data being the most cited failing of persistent socialism/communism.) It is the solution to socialism meant as a temporary repair to an ailing people, but becoming de-facto permanent rule as a tool of oppression. (a 40 hour work week was a blessing 100 years ago, and now is a curse) It is a populist relief valve against too much power on the statist side of the intentionally hidden axis on the political compass.
The problem is arbitrary labor force hourly requirements creating a glut of labor. The present state is slavery or obsolescence, but cooperation and prosperity can return if law speeds up to match the recent blinding speed of technology.