Solutions, Part 2: The main problem with government is hierarchy

He who places the person on top…
…controls all that is below.

When pondering a properly functioning government “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” it’s hard to imagine a more ill-suited organizational structure than a hierarchy…

A hierarchy, by its very nature, is structured for the rule of the few over the many, not the rule of the many over themselves. As such, it is utterly antithetical to the democratic ideal.

Let’s consider a few reasons why this is so:

1) Since the person atop a hierarchy exercises authority over all those below, a hierarchical government is easily corrupted. This predisposition towards corruptibility is so strong, in fact, that corruption is inevitable (so it is no accident that this structure was used in the design of our fake democracies). A corrupting force need only place their agent at the top of the organization to completely capture it. And should they fail to achieve that, the corruptors need only bribe, blackmail, or intimidate the person at the top to do their bidding. Providing corrupting forces with a single target makes their work child’s play.

2) Since a hierarchy concentrates power, that concentrated power attracts all the wrong people into government and sets in motion what I call the “cesspool effect.” The cesspool effect is a naturally occurring phenomenon whereby people of questionable character and dubious motives are drawn to the power and money of government, then in turn draw others of their type into the offices around them…Original caption: President Richard Nixon, claiming he was misled by his staff, has assumes "full responsibility" for the Watergate bugging and indicated a special prosecutor may be named to investigate the worst crisis of his presidency. Six top administration officials have resigned as a consequence of the case. Attorney General Richard G.Kleindienst and top White House aides H.R.Haldeman, John D.Ehrlichman and John W.Dean III all resigned April 30. Last week, L.Patrick Gray III, acting director of the F.B.I., and Jeb Stuart Magruder, a former Haldeman aide, also resigned.

Have you ever taken a moment to consider what kind of people run for political office? Since most good, honest people are busy doing real, productive things in the world and are not motivated by the desire to have power over others, running for office is left mostly to a rather motley pool of potential candidates: charismatic Illuminati family members and Freemasons; attractive, intellectually underdeveloped people with a sense of entitlement and grandeur; favored sons and daughters carrying on the family business (politics); clueless crusaders who are trying to “change the world” (even though most of them barely understand how the world really works); sharp criminals trying to put themselves within arms reach of the biggest pools of money; and slick opportunists who want power, sex, and whatever else they can parlay from being in government. This is quite a lovely bunch we’re left to choose from, is it not?

Of course, good people do sometimes run for office, but they find themselves greatly outgunned. Since honest people are prone to following campaign finance laws, they often get outspent by those who respect no boundaries. And when they do get in office, they find themselves amidst a very bad element, and are often subject to bribery, intimidation and blackmail. Most succumb to corruption or leave office, with only a few – if any — remaining to fight the good, but futile, fight.

Once ensconced in office, the corrupt find themselves threatened by any honest person in an elected or appointed post. They therefore collude to drive the honest ones out of office and bring in other unsavory people, thereby intensifying the cesspool effect. A crooked governor, for instance, can be held in check by an honest attorney general. But if that governor can help maneuver an unscrupulous friend into that office, “he” can run all of the scams he wishes, and working together, they can launch even grander schemes of villainy. In this way, standing hierarchical government becomes progressively more criminal over time.

We see the result of this cesspool effect in the current-day federal government of the U.S. It is an organization of such brazen and thorough corruption that it boggles the mind. The governments in virtually all other nations are no different. Some are simply better than others at putting up clean-looking facades.

3) Hierarchy breeds megalomaniacs and sheeple. When someone takes or is given power over the lives of others, there is a progressive tendency for “him” to view himself as smarter and grander than those he rules, and this results in arrogance which leads to bad decisions. Hitler’s generals received a great lesson in this principle during the campaign against Russia, as did Mao’s followers during the Great Chinese Famine.

On the opposite end of this, as power and responsibility over their lives is taken or given away, the people become progressively more weak and irresponsible under a hierarchy. In this, the “sheeple” are no different than children whose parents decide and do everything for them: their growth is retarded. Hierarchy thus turns its subjects into spoiled, incompetent, dependent children and retards humanity’s progression from a herd of primitive apes to a civilization of developed humans.

So this is the second concept I offer: since hierarchy is antithetical to government by the people, a proper government must be anti-hierarchical in nature. In the next entry, we’ll explore the structure of elections before going on to outline a system of government that incorporates the three concepts: fractal democracy.

For the first part of this series, click here: Why standing government must be replaced by coalescent government

With love…