Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Axis of Evil

Hi! Happy Sunday!

I was reading an article today that struck me as more than a wee bit of Hunting The Snark:

From this Quartz Article:
"It’s easy to dismiss those [Trump voters] who disagree with us as either ignorant or malevolent. Oxford moral philosophy professor Robinson is neither. And nor, ultimately, is each and every one of the millions of people who’ve chosen to support Trump. Anyone who hopes to understand and address the concerns of those backing the Republican candidate will need to set aside such simplistic preconceptions."
Just as a reminder, Irreni World Scale is about solutions and not punditry. The Irreni model of governing is inclusive, everyone belongs. There are no outsiders with Irreni and all seven-billion people on this planet are welcomed. That's the solution. You might say, "love everyone" by asking people to voluntarily reject demagoguery.

Fear and shame define demagoguery and so there is no mystery, none whatsoever, of where Trump's supporters come from. They come from a true Axis of Evil: right-wing media. After forty-years of every day hatred there is zero doubt where these haters came from. None. All of Trump's talking points are staples of right-wing media. Trump could easily be an AM radio talk show host and no one would think anything of it. Trump would not stand out, at all. His hatred and fear is right-wing media stock-and-trade. There is no reason for the Hunting of the Snark where Trump's voters are concerned. There is no mystery.


The solution to the demagoguery is we need to talk to each other, warts and all. First and foremost we the people need to come together as a nation and all of us agree to build media we will support together, without demagoguery. We need a common set of facts and fertile soil for respect. If we don't do this then the teeth gnashing that exists today will never end. We need a media commons that does not promote a single morality. Some issues like abortion will always provide a great moral divide. The mistake is not admitting moral relativity, the mistake is dismissing people who do not share your moral objectivity.

As an aside, I am saddened by Quartz interview of the "moral philosopher" primarily because a "moral philosopher" knows better, or should anyway. There is no free will and there is no moral objectivity.

Generally free-will gets lumped into two categories: human accountability and human programability. The human accountability argument goes that decisions live in some influence-free zone of personal pure will where the only influence is a person's own desire. When you make the choice then you own that choice 100%. However, even the most rabid free-will advocate admits temptation doesn't just knock at the door, the devil leans on the doorbell and so we have to resist and overcome our baser instincts in order to practice free-will.

We now know definitely that free-will does not exist. Every decision you make is intertwined with all kinds of influence, including what you had for lunch. In the philosophical book, "Thinking Fast and Slow", Daniel Kahneman tells the story of an experiment conducted in Spain. Judges who consider parole cases, whether to deny prisoners parole, do so all day in Spain as a occupation. Parole is morally important stuff where a person's life hangs in the balance. Is a prisoner going to be set free? It turns out that for prisoners whose cases were considered after lunch then they were more likely to be given parole than for those whose considered right before lunch.

Back to Trump voters. Trump didn't originate his demagoguery. All of his demagoguery originates in right-wing media. Similar to how Hitler just took advantage of the anti-semitism that already existed in Germany, Trump is just riding the wave of hourly and daily demagoguery pouring out of right-wing media. This suggests that if right-wing media keeps tacking with the same hatred and fear that they have been for forty years then nothing is going to change.

The question then is not where do Trump voters come from, but what do we do about right-wing media?

What we officially do is nothing and what we personally do is everything.

I've have consumed right-wing media since its inception with Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. Right-wing media spreads hate publicly via passive aggression. In today's world it is not acceptable to say, "I hate liberals". That's hate speech. However, one can insinuate one hates liberals by saying "Liberals hate me" and that is not considered outright hate speech and so prohibiting outright hate speech has failed. The hate speech just becomes passively encoded. I've listened enough to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and other right-wing media persons to know that "Liberals hate us" is a core message of their propaganda and demagoguery.

Conservatives need to admit that liberals are Americans and don't hate them. The irony of conservatives these days is that they wrap themselves in the flag of patriotism all the while dismissing an entire half of the population of this country that approves of Obama today. You can't dismiss half of America and then call yourself a patriot.

Liberals need to quit practicing a form of political correctness that results in a Hunting of the Snark of Trump voters or terrorists.

Love everyone. We are all in this together. The demagoguery of right-wing media promotes hate and fear of others and fosters more hatred and fear then there otherwise would be. That's on them. However, the political correctness of the left that tries to squash the speech of personal hatred and fear results in a free pass for people promoting hatred and fear; people who need to be called out. Ignoring a problem is on the people choosing to ignore it.

The problem with hatred and fear is not who is being hated. The problem is the choice itself: when people choose to hate or be under the spell of fear. When people choose  to hate and react to fear, or if their brain is such they can't help themselves then such people should not be dismissed. They are still human and our brothers. Those of us who have training to manage hatred and fearful instincts need to help those who do not, otherwise we will be doomed.

The Axis of Evil is right-wing media demagoguery.  Right-wing media needs to be held to account. However, any censorship or any prohibition of right-wing media is not the solution. No, the solution is we the people need to talk about changing the nature of right-wing media and to get conservatives to voluntarily reject demagoguery. It is not going to be easy. Hate and fear are primordial and hard-wired into our very DNA. But no matter how hard the fight is, convincing people to voluntarily reject demagoguery is the only effective way.


Voluntarily Reject Demagoguery!

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!
















Friday, October 14, 2016

A Teaching Moment

Hi! Happy Friday!

If you wish Information and Improvement from the Knowledge of others and yet the same time express your self firmly fix'd in your present Opinions, modest sensible People, who do not love Disputation, will probably leave you undisturb'd in the Possession of your Error; and such a Manner you can seldom hope to recommend your self in pleasing your Hearers, or to persuade those whose Concurrence you desire.
        --Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of B.F.

Trump is boringly average as a CEO and represents a teaching moment to  clean-up corporate America.



Just as a reminder, Irreni World Scale is not about punditry but solutions.

The solution here is to clean up corporate America by using Trump's nomination as CEO as a teaching moment about corporate America power behavior.

Trump will continue merrily along as a CEO after this election. If by some off chance he does get prosecuted for sexual harassment the origin will have been during a political campaign not corporate management. That is shameful.

It is time to indict and prosecute the entire corporate establishment in America that accepts this kind of behavior from any CEO. It is unconscionable to me that this behavior for Trump's 40 years as CEO is allowed and will continue unabated in corporate America.

Trump is a boringly average person of power. Trump is an executive trope. Trump is par for the course. Trump is a hackneyed stereotype. There is nothing remotely original about Trump and his behavior as a CEO. Nothing. His asshole behavior is expected behavior and has been forever for people in power.  The only thing that stands out from the crowd is the extent of his behavior, not the behavior itself.

CEOs are assholes. 


On a different note  a Starbucks mocha is, for me, the ideal delivery system for my morning mouth dance of cinnamon. Mmmm. It is not so much that I like the Starbucks mocha as it is I love the cinnamon swirl on top. Okay, just had to clear my head. Let's go.

Mybrid: "Alex, I'll take assholes for $200."
Alex: "This man ran for president as a CEO in 2016."
Mybrid: "Who is Donald Trump?"

I often get asked why I'm not in management. I have a graduate degree from UC Berkeley in computer science and I'm working in Silicon Valley. Seems like a natural.

The short answer is CEOs are assholes and life is too short to get caught up in that network of negativity...for me. Let's name a few asshole CEOs I'm familiar with in my profession: Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve Ballmer (Microsoft), Scott McNealy (SUN), Larry Elison (Oracle), Steve Jobs (Apple), and Dave Pottruck (Schwab).

Trump represents a typical Fortune 500 CEO.

My personal experience is I worked for Dave Pottruck. Dave Pottruck is an interesting case of asshole CEO. Like Trump, Pottruck had both sexual and anger issues. Pottruck's rise through the ranks of Schwab as a company was in part to compensate for a reputation on Wall Street of being "out of New York" and being too "soft" to make it on Wall Street. Wall Street is proud of having a reputation of cussing, anger, and that being an asshole is a requirement to get ahead. Trump fits right in. Make no mistake about it: Trump is boringly average as a person of power.

Dave Pottruck was a "no nonsense" guy, i.e. tough guy, that Wall Street would respect. Pottruck was also a womanizer. Sound familiar? Pottruck's behavior landed him in anger management class and landed the company Schwab sexual harassment payments before he became CEO. I will say it again, Pottrucks behavior was on full display before he became CEO. And Pottruck kept his CEO job for years.

There has been much made about Hillary Clinton being an asshole. Well, guess what? That is corporate America. That is the good ole boy network. The CEOs are small children who rule by anger, cussing and yelling. And many of them are sexual harassers. 

Hillary is in many ways an asshole's asshole and what's required to run this country.

Asshole management is why I contract rather than work full-time and climb the corporate ladder. Life is too short to play anger management games. Back stabbing and negativity runs corporate America and Hillary Clinton has a personality to deal with it.

The asshole problem is much larger than Trump. It is an entire power ecosystem that promotes dysfunction in leaders and on down the line. It doesn't take long climbing the corporate ladder before one encounters requirements of being an asshole.

This is a male legacy. If we want women in power, reasonable people in power then we need to clean up the asshole network. Because let's be real: good ole boy network is just a euphemism for asshole network.

Finally, I will leave you with an example of someone who both ran a business and also engaged in politics and he did so by being pleasant.

I give you Benjamin Franklin:
I continued this ... Habit of expressing my self in Terms of modest
Diffidence, never using when I advance any thing that may possibly be disputed, the Words, Certainly, undoudtedly, or any others that give the Air of Positiveness to an Opinion; but rather say, I conceive, or
I apprehend a Thing to be so or so, It appears to me, or I should
think it so or so for such and such Reasons, or I imagine it to be so,
or it is so if I am not mistaken. This Habit I believe has been of
great Advantage to me, when I have had occasion to inculate my
Opinions and persuade People into Measures that I have been from time to time engag'd in promoting. And as the chief ends of Conversation are to inform, or to be informed, to please or to persuade, I wish well meaning sensible People would not lesson their Power of doing Good by a Positive assuming Manner that seldom fails to disgust, tends to create Opposition, and to defeat every one of those Purposes for which Speech was given us, to wit, giving or receiving Information, or Pleasure: For if you would inform, a positive dogmatical Manner in advancing your Sentiments, may provoke Contradiction and prevent candid Attention. If you wish Information and Improvement from the Knowledge of others and yet the same time express your self firmly fix'd in your present Opinions, modest sensible People, who do not love Disputation, will probably leave you undisturb'd in the Possession of your Error; and such a Manner you can seldom hope to recommend your self in pleasing your Hearers, or to persuade those whose Concurrence you desire.
        --Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of B.F.


Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!















Thursday, October 13, 2016

No Party, No Government


Hi! Happy Thursday!

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An excerpt from The Hitchhicker's guide to the Galaxy*

Chapter 36
    
     The flying saucer in which Ford Prefect had stowed away had stunned the world  [and] there marched from it, down the ramp, an immense silver robot, a hundred feet tall.
     It held up a hand.
     "I come in peace," it said, adding after a long moment of further grinding, "take me to your Lizard."
     Ford Prefect, of course, had an explanation for this, as he sat with Arthur and watched the non-stop frenetic news reports on the television, none of which had anything to say other than to record that the thing had done this amount of damage which was valued at that amount of billions of pounds and had killed this totally other number of people, and then say it again, because the robot was doing nothing more than standing there, swaying very slightly, and emitting short incomprehensible error messages.
     "It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."
     "You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"
     "No," said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."
     "Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."
     "I did," said Ford. "It is."
     "So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't people get rid of the lizards?"
     "It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."
     "You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"
     "Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."
     "But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"
     "Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?"
*No lizards were harmed in the making of this blog posting; further my sincere apologies for implying lizards are in any way as slimy as politicians.**

**Apologies to slime everywhere for implying slime could be as dirty as politicians.

No Party, No Government. 


No party, no government simply is a reminder that the President is not a dictator, at least not yet anyway. This is why Obama accomplished little as President; the Congress stonewalled him for eight years.

First: the Democratic party is dead.


The Democratic party died in 1980 when Reagan took office. What does it mean to say a party has died? What it means is that there is no coherent set of political ideas being orchestrated publicly and in Congress to create a national character. One telling fact that the Democratic party died in 1980 is the voting record of Democrats during the eight years of the Reagan administration. The Democrats crossed party lines to vote against their own party more times under Reagan then under any other President before Reagan. If memory serves correctly I also read the amount Democrats voted crossed party lines more times also exceeded all the previous years of Democratic party history combined.

When Bill Clinton took office his first two years these were failed years because the Democrats refused to cooperate with Bill. It wasn't until the Republicans took over Congress that Bill was able to get anything done. The Clintons were and still are Washington outsiders and are despised greatly by many Democrats on the hill. Hillary and Pelosi are enemies, just like Obama and Pelosi.

And in this election? Where is the Democratic party? Where are the women in Congress stumping for Hillary? Ever see Diane Feinstein on the stump for Hillary? Or Nancy Pelosi? Or Barbra Boxer? The one lone woman in Washington speaking out is Elizabeth Warren. She is not so much stumping for Hillary as she is working her signature political issue: cooperate accountability. Tweets slamming Trump are not support for Hillary.

Second: the Republican party is dead. 


For the last eight years the Republicans have controlled all of Congress and yet have only been able to orchestrate one political objective: to be anti-Obama. If a political party cannot work with an opposition party President then it is a dead party.

Add to this the Republican presidential campaign that has completely destroyed what was left of the Republican party.

And it is not looking good for simply re-building the Republican party as it was. The US is moving to a less religious country every day and it is unclear if the Republican party can survive as a Christian-only, Christian-privilege party.


Third: the immediate future without parties.



What does it mean to be a country? Traditionally the political parties have answered this question by promoting platforms and understanding that politics requires sticking together. Even when the opposing party was President the political parties co-operated. No more.

Let's consider a political-party, best case scenario where Democrats re-take the Senate and the Congress.

What platform would the Democrats roll out? Do we know?

No, because the Democrats do not have a platform. Further, Hillary will not get her personal legislative agenda through Congress either because she is not the party. Need proof? Just look at the first two-years of both Presidents Bill Clinton and Barak Obama. Bill Clinton wasn't able to get anything through Congress his first two years with an all Democratic Congress and neither did Obama.

Now I know what you are thinking: what about Obama-care? See that's the thing: it is not "Obama-care". Obama did submit a proposal for health-care legislation to the House. And do you want to know what happened to that proposal? Pelosi rejected 100% of it. Flushed.  Instead the House came up with their "own" version; "own" means written by the insurance companies. This resulted in Pelosi saying, "We'll have to pass it to see what's in it." Pelosi and Obama fought quite bitterly about health-care and in the end they finally decided to not work together. That is not a political party.

So, even if the Democrats were to take it all in 2016 there will be no cohesive political plan of any kind whatsoever. Instead there would just be the same rancor and bitter in-fighting we have seen in the Republican Congress and between Obama and Pelosi.

Fourth: Cruz, Trump, Bernie and Clinton are all party outsiders.


The last piece of evidence I submit as proof both parties are dead is that all of the top tier Presidential candidates in 2016 are political party outsiders.

  • Ted Cruz made his reputation calling out fellow Republicans in the Senate. Cruz publicly humiliated many fellow Republicans on immigration and fiscal issues to establish himself. Cruz would need to continue this, would have fought his own party as President the same as he did in the Senate.
  • Trump started his Republican campaign calling out McCain as a coward and not a hero for being captured.
  • Bernie has spent 30 years in Washington as an independent because he can't find it in himself to be in a party.
  • The Clintons have always been outsiders in Washington. It is telling that George Bush Jr. and Bill Clinton do not stump for their respective party and that both represent a shame to the party. It is also telling how there are no Democrats in Washington stumping for Hillary. She is on her own.

Hillary only appears to be a Washington insider. Her relations with Obama have always been strained and the public façade we see on the campaign trail is just that: a façade. Obama is not out on the stump for Hillary. In fact, Obama is not out on the stump for any one in his party.

That's because there is no Democratic party.

Fifth, Irreni World Scale is one solution.


I bring up the fact that both the Republican and Democratic party are dead for two reasons.

  1. The US government has been built on political parties since the very beginning. Those parties are defunct. Therefore our government is defunct. We need to replace it.
  2. Irreni World Scale is such a replacement. Irreni World Scale avoids the trap of political parties.

The failure of this political campaign season is about more than a presidential election disaster. It is also the story of walking-dead political parties; no party, no government.

We, as a country, need to start talking about wholesale replacement of our political system. Irreni World Scale is such a replacement.

Politics as Science!

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!