Assumptions

An assumption is something that is accepted to be true.  We use assumptions all the time.  For example, we assume gravity will pull something back to Earth.  Many of the things we assume are not true and we do not always agree on the assumption.  When we have arguments (I use argument to mean an exchange of opposing views, not an heated emotional debate) it is important that the topic of discussion is debated, and not the underlying assumptions.  For example, if we argue that one type of fruit is more nutritious than another, then we best first understand how we are measuring “nutrition”.  If you and I disagree about what nutrition is or how to measure it, well then what is the point in discussing attributes of the fruit.

So in an effort to keep comments and discussions on topic, I will keep this growing list of assumptions.  This way, if there is enough disagreement about an assumption, then we can discuss it, correct it and move on.  This allows us to solve problems instead of just spin in circles…unless of course spinning in circles solves the problem.  Let’s hope not.

It is not that you must agree with these assumptions, but that you understand them.  The reason is that as I write about this edge-idea, you will likely disagree to some extent, and that is GREAT!   If anyone urges you to do without thinking, walk.  So, if I write something you disagree with, please first make sure that the argument is not with the assumption, but rather with the idea itself.  If we can identify the problems with the idea, then we can attempt to solve those problems.  This will be a growing list but should be always as simple as possible.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.  MadeOpen.com is for the people.  As soon as there is a way for me to hand it over, I will gladly comply.

Our assumptions:

  1. We want to leave this place better than when we came into it

  2. The world is not getting better quick enough

  3. Too much power is concentrated in small groups and individuals

  4. Data is a valuable resource

  5. Corporations are profit motivated

  6. Capitalism can work for the people

This is a living list of assumptions.  If it is not obvious yet, this is a place you should feel comfortable sharing your ideas.  My point is that we need to figure out how to best communicate.  This is my first effort at setting a protocol.  It’s not about rules, it’s about efficiency.  We will grow this idea together.  I will begin the conversation with my next post.  It may also be a good idea to expand on these assumptions as a matter of explanation.  Perhaps each will get its own post with a link to it.

Thoughts?

2 thoughts on “Assumptions

  1. Especially in the 21st century, political power and data are linked. Like “the spice”, who controls the flows of data to and from the locked-down tablet computers of the populace becomes the powerbroker able to make or break the fortunes of others.

    Whether capitalism is salvageable, particularly under conditions of ubiquitous automation in which it becomes simply untenable to exchange labour for capital, is debatable and depends upon what the definition of it is. It may seem highly adaptable and tenacious – like garden weeds – but it has really only been around for a few hundred years at most and for the vast majority of human history people lived in other kinds of social arrangements.

    • Great points! I want to expand on your statement that “political power and data are linked”. Capitalism sits between these two things. So yes, linked, but linked by something that should not be left out of the statement. Data is a new and critical resource within capitalism at this time. And controlling any resources tend to create power within capitalism. And that power is what is exerted as political power. It is a great point, but I want to be sure that it is clear that capitalism is the link.

      The definition I have used before is “capitalism is a socioeconomic system of private owners whose main goal is profit.” To be clear, I am not stating that Capitalism is “salvageable” because I do not think that it is rubbish. I think it is a system that is being misused and a slight change in perspective is all we need to make it work for all people.

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