Logos is politically neutral in its technology, but it is also the first “apolitical” experiment or “apolitical revolution.”
Allow me to make my case.
Max Borders wrote in his book “The Social Singularity” that subversive innovation will inevitably end politics and politicking. Some may think that is a bold claim and argue that politics and politicking are in our nature. Humans engage in politics to promote values, ideologies, and social agendas, and this is just an ingrained part of our inner life, they argue.
However, the central goal of the network state idea is to provide markets for competing governance solutions. In this scenario, people who disagree with a value set or politics of a particular governance framework can simply exit that framework and engage with another. Of course, I premise this scenario on the idea that exit costs are kept low.
Under the democratic nation-state model, exit costs are prohibitively expensive. To leave the nation-state entirely, you will require a passport, visa, and entry permission into another jurisdiction. You will also need to renounce citizenship of the current nation-state (especially in the USA) to prevent that state from attempting to tax you or label you treasonous under certain conditions.
When politicos force others to engage under a nation-state, they incentivize everyone to promote tribal politics. To wit, tribes or factions form that harbor antithetical viewpoints on how society should function and how people should behave. This tribalism leads to massive energy expenditure in the form of arguing with political opponents, working on getting a candidate into office, and sometimes using violence to assert tribal dominance, as is the case with bloody revolutions, cou de’ tat’s, and pogroms seen worldwide.
Not only is politicking a waste of human capital, energy, and expertise, but it often peaks in the violence mentioned. It is a net negative for humanity and damages our potential to accelerate and expand our potential. As an extropianist, I loathe politics not only for the violence it engenders but for the precious time it wastes.
So, how does Logos act as the first iteration of an “apolitical” organization? How is it leveraging what Max Borders called “subversive innovation.”
I have noted that the wonderful people of the Logos organization all believe that the modern alleged democratic systems have failed in some form or fashion. They recognise we need some change to promote further human development, prosperity, and what the ancient Greeks called eudaimonia: the positive and divine state of being achieved through a sense of social and self-fulfilment.
However, many organisation members believe in differing values, economic arrangements, and ethical considerations. Some lean more left. Some are more right. Some are communist. Some are capitalist. Some are idealistic, and some are passive. Nonetheless, there is a consensus that human rights are vital.
The beautiful thing about Logos is that it is apolitical because network states undermine the human urge to politick and infight. We all agree that if we disagree regarding economic values, the principal thesis of network states is that we can eventually exit and create our perfect “utopian” network state.
We relish that Network states promote the cosmopolitan, localized, and heterogeneous nature of the human enterprise. Logos does not attempt to chain people into specific belief patterns, save for the idea that we must maintain a politically neutral stance and generally promote the sine qua non of human rights.
Another word for what we are creating can be called “panarchy,” which means the ability to non-territorially exit governance models we dislike. The network state is the practical implementation of that meta-political idea. In this sense, “panarchy” is apolitical.
In my heart, this is why the Logos organisation is so aligned, so magnetic, and so potent in its mission. We share the fantastic notion that we can disagree but still live harmoniously and experience eudaimonia. We know what is coming, and it is what we can call the “apolitical revolution,” or the end of politics through the creation and proliferation of network states.
Just try to imagine all the time, energy, and lives we save by not constantly engaging in the uncivilized practice of politicking to enforce values and rulesets. This future is the future we are helping to construct, and that is why I am so driven every day to create tremendous value for the organisation and, ultimately, for the world. I hope you all feel similarly!
What are your thoughts?