While the election barrels on, I've been continuing my philosophical work. Primarily my focuses have been on situations and ethics. I do not want to spend much time pitching you with my ideas, but this post should serve as an example of the kinds of perspectives I am ...
While the election barrels on, I've been continuing my philosophical work. Primarily my focuses have been on situations and ethics. I do not want to spend much time pitching you with my ideas, but this post should serve as an example of the kinds of perspectives I am busily constructing.
I hope one day to be able to serve the Asgardian ministries by bringing fresh, inginuitive perspectives to my Minister's table.
Candidate Nissim 1 makes an interesting argument against fishing for votes.
While canvassing is a necessary democratic method - we need to campaign, to start conversations and to ask people to vote for us. But there's a degree to which if you are just begging for votes, ...
Candidate Nissim 1 makes an interesting argument against fishing for votes.
While canvassing is a necessary democratic method - we need to campaign, to start conversations and to ask people to vote for us. But there's a degree to which if you are just begging for votes, you are being unethical.
The main ones are: Vote for me and I'll vote for you, or just, vote for me - but I have no plan.
The first one is problematic because it makes this election a zero-sum game. Either "I'll vote for you if you vote for me" or "I won't vote for you" means the only votes you get and exchanged for no benefit.
Let's be clear here: the only ethical way to vote, is to vote for an inspiring candidate.
So here's the deal... If you read through my profile and my writings and you aren't inspired - don't vote for me! And if you like me and find me inspiring, or if you believe I can do a duty - vote for me!
Meanwhile, I make the same promise. I will vote for you if you inspire me to. But if you don't, I will not give you a vote for a vote.
We don't need that kind of political gaming.
We need governors, not gamers.
This document serves as an overview of public agreement to join an open group of citizens acting as a thinktank in "operation: Treasury." It will document my intentions, agreements and plans as a matter of live, public record. Regard the blog of Ross Cheeseright ...
This document serves as an overview of public agreement to join an open group of citizens acting as a thinktank in "operation: Treasury." It will document my intentions, agreements and plans as a matter of live, public record. Regard the blog of Ross Cheeseright for his call for membership of such a think-tank.
After viewing Ross's post in the Facebook group Asgardia General (Official), I contacted him to discuss the plans revolving around the treasury. I asked to join and volunteered to build a slack channel and other social media communication channels for the group.
I have already built the slack channel, it is only awaiting population. I have downladed Discord for future voice-based discourses. I plan to launch a Trello profile and Facebook group.
Prior to the meetings and first discussions, I plan to propose a set of ideas which could be researched towards more concrete and actionable financing goals. A rough draft of this proposal will follow.
Asgardian Financial Ideation (v.01)
Stage One - Launch initiative in March.
Small-Purchase Funding and Crowdfunding
- Attract Asgardian artists and illustrators to design small graphical representations of Asgardia.
- Sell these in a variety of online venues for print-on-demand merchandise.
- Especially: sell wearable products to build esprit de corps.
Stage Two - Launch end of March/Beginning of April
Crowdfund for single project from list:
- Sci-Fi Sci-Fi Anthology comprised of short stories about Asgardia’s future.
- Poetry anthology comprised of Asgardian poets celebrating the themes and dreams of Asgardia.
- Historical Documentary tracking and describing the founding of Asgardia.
- Repeat Stage Two until all three projects are funded. Fund and complete one, then another, then another.
- Save Money From Sales
Aim for completion by summer’s end.
Use gains from projects to fund assembly of an engineering team. The engineering team will build - in conjunction with the National Bank, the Treasury and the Financial Ministry - a blockchain foundation for the SOLAR. Launching an ICO will provide a central funding for the first National Vault. The Nation will control the mining of SOLAR until it possesses an acceptable set of master nodes. SOLAR will be in part issued as payment for services, and partially as a tradeable product.
Asgardia should then turn its attention to tasking the Engineers with working with the Treasury and the Ministry of Youth and Education to construct the online educational platform of Asgardia.
Asgardia should sell usage rights to non-Asgardians either as an upfront service to the people of the world, or as an option for nations themselves to pay for via international agreements.
Asgardia should use its educational system to vet and identify the educational promise of its citizenry. When citizens already possess degree-worthy education, the State should perform inter-work missions, getting jobs for its best citizens in fields of science and space engineering.
The State will create a grant-giving block-chain system meant as a decentralized means of regulating the funding of new private enterprises. Representatives of the Treasury and the political leadership seek global investment in the Asgardian blockchain network to fund discreet private business grants. The grant system will select for ideal businesses proposed to work in businesses of interest to Asgardia such as - but not limited to - private space business.
Semi-Voluntary Taxation programs should begin to be initiated. The richest Asgardians should be asked to pay a small share of taxes. Meanwhile, an opt-in voluntary tax service is launched as a means for citizens to pay anything that they can to the state. A payment must be made, but to which public institution and by which denomination will be up to the user up to and including a fraction of a dollar.
Asgardia expands its online social services, assists in the rise of Asgardian business, builds public businesses. Asgardians are working and participating in global affairs.
I've got some work ahead of me. I have to complete the above document and create a more clear theory of work for achieving all the major goals. I plan to refer to Agile/Scrum and OKRs methods of team organization for chunking larger abstract problems into numerous small tasks carried out by members of teams. I also plan to engage in dialectics with the Think Tank in order to criticize the faults of the proposals, to add in other excellent ideas, and to adjust and redesign promising but incomplete ideas.
This document serves to outline two concepts. One is a suggestion for a national educational service which tracks and assists the progress of citizen self-education. This includes a model for attracting and financing educators. The social service demonstrates a kind of ...
This document serves to outline two concepts. One is a suggestion for a national educational service which tracks and assists the progress of citizen self-education. This includes a model for attracting and financing educators. The social service demonstrates a kind of model which could be replicated for any service Asgardia has the power to provide through the internet. But this model for social service itself requires initial funding to lift off the ground. Fortunately, a work-backed blockchain network might solve this problem of funding. This three-stage plan is proposed to lead to a robust and unique SOLAR currency traded internationally and earned by social service providers.
Decentralized Education on the Blockchain
Asgardia should make active use of blockchain technology and crowdfunding in order to build a fledgling educational matrix for citizens.
The internet is filled with incredible educational content. But what is generally lacking is a structure around that which guides students forward and assists them with their self-directed education. For example, a person can easily sample the enormous scientific lecture listing produced by MIT called their “open courseware”. Or if one searches carefully, there are over 20 lectures from many universities about philosophy. Further education is distributed through many sources - The Great Courses, Coursera, EduX, Khan Academy and many others.
What Asgardia should do is first create a platform which helps citizens navigate the complex set of what’s available. Secondly, this platform should track progress and associate educational process with a citizen’s profile. Finally, Asgardia should do this by constructing smart contract profiles for citizens in a blockchain. Proofs of viewing become the foundation for an appearance of expertise.
In order to expand the usefulness of the service, Asgardia should also provide profiles and a marketplace to Asgardian educators. These educators should be rewarded a cryptocurrency denomination for doing some essential work. These may include:
- Making new educational content native to the Asgardian educational platform.
- Creating formal tests for philosophy and science.
- Working en-masse to create a suite of Asgardian textbooks by way of massively decentralized work structures.
- Ranking and reviewing the content produced by Asgardian educators honestly and critically.
But I’m getting ahead of our abilities. How do we have national services without the funding to pay for national services? Fortunately I have an idea for that: we must build a Work-Backed Blockchain (WBB) Network.
Work-Backed Blockchain Network
Asgardia needs to frame its social services under a network of Blockchains with secondary cryptocurrencies. These will form the basis for creating the value of the SOLAR. We do this first by drafting whitepaper proposals for the first suite of social services, focusing on services which can be transmitted over the internet such as the aforementioned educational service. Then we launch ICOs for the services. The revenue from the ICO becomes the initial vault of value for the SOLAR. Future tokens rewarded for work by any service’s blockchain is traded to the government in exchange for SOLAR. The SOLAR’s ongoing value is determined by the volume of high-value transactions to the government. Workers whose reputations produce higher quantities of secondary tokens provide greater value to the SOLAR.
In this model, each service has its own cryptocurrency, its own blockchain and its own smart contract reputation service tracking the fitness of providers and services which rewards useful participation. These might come in the form of Colony (colony.io) teams or Bitnation (tse.bitnation.co) holons or through some other technology at first, but eventually will be proprietary Asgardian blockchain software structures. The real value will be found once those services are built.
Stage One - Funding and the Catch 22 Paradox
But how do we even fund the initial steps of this project? Aren’t we running into a catch 22 here? We are losing funding and we need a strategy to get our own funding.
We need to create the plan for each service in a separate whitepaper. Then for each service we must launch an ICO - an initial coin offering. The very first ICO must be for the SOLAR itself. We attract investors to purchase initial tokens at a fixed rate. We use the funds gained by the ICOs and invest into the treasury of the SOLAR. By having a primary currency backed by a fixed store of value, we can create a first social service: the governments Blockchain Engineering Service as a member of the Ministry of Science.
Stage Two - Building the Thing
This engineering wing will construct the economic model first by creating an interface for Asgardia with the Colony and Bitnation services to fund their own work. Colony will provide the initial workforce platform which allows our engineers to do the work of building the other social services, such as the educational service mentioned above. The tokens these Engineers receive will be the first proof-of-works traded for the Asgardian primary currency.
Workers will exchange their proof-of-work tokens to the state for equal parts SOLAR, and those proof-of-work tokens will be stored in a treasury vault as the financial backing of the SOLAR. This token will be produced such that most of the tokens are sold internationally, or loaned by the government, or traded for proof of work.
Stage Three - The Birth of an Internationally Traded National Currency
Hopefully by then, there has been enough trading of Asgardian currencies to provide objective value to workers. The SOLAR will be appraised by the market due to having a foundational basket of other kinds of value, both proof-of-work and traditional investment. This will attract Asgardian educators and other potential social workers to our platforms. Providing service will produce proof-of-work tokens, and they will be traded to the government to increase the backing of the Asgardian primary currency. Over time the SOLAR will grow to become a robust and powerful currency - if we use the momentum of our social services to inspire the birth of Asgardian space, science, produce and art industries which trade in SOLAR.
At its core, however, the world’s nations will also see the value in the rising SOLAR. This will be primarily because of relieving some of their social burdens by providing decentralized online services for people. As our value to the nations of the world grows, so too will their interest in us. And that will only spiral around towards greater investments in our One Nation and One People.
I hope this has been a convincing idea for a model of future Asgardian public service and funding. This is obviously an incomplete idea and can be improved greatly. Version of this kind of reasoning could be applied to creating an Asgardian crowdfunding alternative to taxation. People could regularly donate as a voluntary tax funds to any number of Asgardian social services, constantly providing additional short-term value to the currencies traded from service to employee, and from employee to nation, and finally from nation to service providers. These ideas can be expanded in any direction - but not without the committed work of an Asgardian government and people!
The history of the pursuit of knowledge is firmly rooted in the development and historic discourse of philosophers. Science bloomed as a flower from this complex network of historic roots. Today, a philosopher is inept if they reject the scientific method ...
The history of the pursuit of knowledge is firmly rooted in the development and historic discourse of philosophers. Science bloomed as a flower from this complex network of historic roots. Today, a philosopher is inept if they reject the scientific method generally, and the knowledge which has been produced by it. however, I pursue the truth, and recognize that anything which comes closest to truth has found a scientific way to formulate questions, hypothesis', experiments and theories. Through this, a ruling paradigm of an idea may emerge; and beyond that peer review navigates us forward to greener pastures, whereby our ignorance is mitigated by our inquiry.
So I do philosophy properly like an analytic philosopher, but I don't forget my human roots. There is no use in a method to pursue knowledge if our goals are not noble. And our understanding of the ethics needed to form such a goal is not nearly as advanced as our physics or our biology.
This is why I do moral philosophy. Because it is the greater challenge, and I prefer the greater challenge. My goal as a philosopher - at least right now - is to demonstrate the scientifically objective paradigm for morality, which can be operated towards using the most advanced scientific methods and analytic ontologies available to mankind.
The scope of my philosophical work can be seen here, where a free version of my book, my political manifesto and the unfinished versions of my essays can be read.
I am a strong believer in civic duty. When Asgardia formed - but before a constitution had been proposed - I formed the Asgardian Citizens Constitutional Committee (ACCC) in order to ensure that the voices of intelligent citizens could be put towards ensuring a constitution could be formed which represented the public, rather than merely rule them.
While we had many fruitful discourses and were successful in drafting sketches of components of a constitution, and we had interacted with the founding leadership of Asgardia, our efforts fell against upper-administrative problems. The lack of leadership caused us to fracture - as we were doing 12-hour days, often alongside work, to get done what the leadership ambiguously and simultaneously supported and ignored.
As a result, I and many members distanced ourselves from Asgardia. I went on to focus on my philosophical work and on my civic duties as a Canadian citizen. I drafted political strategy for my local political candidate in the federal and provincial elections. I have nearly completed an ambitious project to demonstrate the scientifically viable objective foundations for morality. I structured my life's goals and my many projects in sets of strategic documents. I gathered alacritous intellectuals around me in order to challenge my work and in order to gain insight into my strategic designs. In this I became an open source intellectual , beholden to the inputs of those who are willing to be of assistance to me:
In addition, I took the time to be of assistance to others. I became a philosophical advisor for the Exocortex project of Bitnation, and I authored strategic planning and constitutional documents for a fledgling project called the Nexus. This idea was initially the product of a young transsexual who dreamed of a new nation founded on new principles. But unable to take those raw desires and produce concrete ideas, I took the liberty to develop these documents to provide clarity and opportunity to an unclear idea:
As it seems that Asgardia will be running out of funds soon, it seemed more - and not less - imperative that I return and offer my services to Asgardia. The nation has grown since the when I launched the ACCC - and so have I. I have seen how professional decentralized organizations do effective and efficient work. I understand how to organize teams of thinkers and engineers into taking broad, abstract problems or goals and then transform them into key results which eventually lead to a projects completion.
I also firmly understand who I am and what I am about. I have never been more focused and determined about my works and perspectives and I am ready to take up a greater mantle of leadership. This is why I submit myself for candidacy as a Deputy Minister for Culture, Justice or Youth and Education.
My interest in justice is derived from my focus as an ethicist. Morality and justice share a close lineage, so much so that in certain domains therein - they are indistinguishable from each other. John Rawles, for example, and his successor and critic Amartya Sen both discuss political justice as a vehicle for morality and not as something separate. Other ethicists do see justice as something separate; one can do evil, and be lawful or do good and break the law.
For myself, their division is irrelevant. The law itself should also be the morally most astute of an nation's agencies. A recent secret report leaked from the government of Ontario has demonstrated that Ontario's main legal arm - the Ministry of the Attorney General - is rife with abuse, bullying, racism and power gaming. Good lawyers come and go frequently because the senior brass controls the agency through immoral methods. What does this mean for the people guarded by such an agency?
I would like to bring to Asgardia the opposite. I strive to be a morally good person, and as an ethicist who has studied and written constitutional literature, it will be my obligation if I am so elected to represent the legal affairs of Asgardia with the utmost moral fiber.
Youth and Education
In my book "Post-Existential Transhumanism" I try to demonstrate how a public educational service can operate and self-fund via blockchain technologies and smart-contract associations. The idea was to bring together traditional in-class education with MOOC technology in order to proliferate smarter and broader educational strategies.
Education will always be the source of a new and better world. As a member of the government's offices on education, I will do my best to produce ideas that maximize the amount of scientific and philosophical education available to people.
Asgardia has a large enough population that it can entertain the idea of creating cultural works for the world. I believe developing Asgardian culture could lead us down a road to major financial gains. If we can bring together artists, writers, animators, musicians and other artistic specialists, we can encourage the development of new entertainment which at once promotes Asgardia and also attracts investments in Asgardian cultural markets. This can only happen if the government produces a cultural mandate that moves forward towards such a reality - and I will help us get there.
I hope after reading this you've come to conclude that I am worth your vote. I have experience in in contemplating Asgardian affairs. I have developed a broad and effective intelligence. I have worked with like agencies and proven the depth of my intelligence. I have strong ideas for a brighter future for Asgardia. Allow me to help navigate the complexities of our foundling government - I can only do it with your permission. Vote now so that our One People, One Nation may build a sufficient long-term plan that it stands the test of time.
Asgardia is no bauble, it is a machine with the potential to change the world. But we can only do it as a united people across the world.