Donald Trump's presidency and the attack on democratic institutions like the one on the US Capitol last year, a dictator-like regime in Austria from 2017-2021 under the youngest ever chancellor Sebastian Kurz and two successors since then seem like manifestations of what Ken Wilber once called aperspectival madness. In fact these events follow the laws of nature and show that we need a new form of governance.
The grand master of the exponential function, Al Bartlett, wrote a short and readable article about the connection between the democratic decline, techological advancement and population growth which quotes Asimov in lucid manner.
if this population growth continues at its present rate?"
Isaac Asimov: "It will be completely destroyed. I like to use what I call my bathroom metaphor: If two people live in an apartment, and there are two bathrooms, Then both have freedom of the bathroom. You can go to the bathroom anytime you want, Stay as long as you want, for whatever you need. And everyone believes in Freedom of the Bathroom; It should be right there in the Constitution.
But if you have twenty people in the apartment and two bathrooms, Then no matter how much every person Believes in Freedom of the Bathroom, there's no such thing. You have to set up times for each person, You have to bang on the door, 'Aren't you through yet?' And so on."
Asimov continues with what could be one of the most profound observations of the 20th Century: "In the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation; Human dignity cannot survive [overpopulation]; Convenience and decency cannot survive [overpopulation]; As you put more and more people into the world, The value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies,
The more people there are, the less one individual matters."
Writing a blog on the future of work on education, I should mention that this condition extends to labor markets and education systems: the more people there are the more unequal and unfair the frame conditions will be.
We have two routes which we can take from here:
One leads to the decimation of population through war and disease and is in the interest of the small number of people who own the majority of wealth and assets on this planet.
The second route leads to a new form of sharing and education in which finite resources and the need to allocate them fairly are precondition for genuine growth and the true unfolding of human potential.
Peter Drucker forsaw already many years ago that "if the 21st century will show one thing, then it is the futility of politics." We have chosen route one already a few times. How about taking a different turn this time?