Philosophy

Outline for a Feasible Utopia: Part I

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Scenario: Humanity has reached a point as a species where they are capable of mastering their own bodies and environment to a point where complete social, political, religious and ethnic harmony has been reached. Human beings no longer fear war, famine, disease or a lack of basic resources. The population has stabilized to a much more sustainable 2 billion people. These people are spread out in 100 population centers of 20 million, each with an equitable and sustainable amount of natural resources.

 

Each center, called a Region, is administered by a representative body that consists of 2000 individuals voted for at 2 year intervals who each serve one term that cannot be repeated. The people vote directly for the representative individuals and they pass laws on a simple up or down majority vote. Each Region is further divided into 100 Segments, each with a population of 200 thousand. These Segments are administered by a representative body of 200 people that functions in the same way that the Region representative body does. There is no executive official or branch and the judiciary is staffed only by those voted into their office by the people after being nominated by the Law University at which they were educated. Voting is administered through a computer system that allows every person over the age of 14 in the Region one vote on every issue or candidate, and each person over 14 in a Segment will be allowed to vote on issues and representation pertaining to their Segment.

 

All people are educated in a local school from age 10 to 18, with an option at the age of 18 to leave schooling and join a trade. Students are educated in mathematics, the sciences, civics, philosophy, history, art, music, writing, and rhetoric. Psychological examinations and consultations along with the skills and interest will help the students determine what area of study they would like to pursue. Entrance into a University at the age of 18, assuming one does not choose to leave school and apprentice in a trade, is automatic upon successful completion of basic schooling. Successful completion will be determined by the grades of the students seen in context of any mental, physical, emotional, or otherwise mitigating handicap the child may have and also with an eye towards the interests and skills of the individual child. No child will ever be denied entry into a University who has not received the complete and unbiased assistance of the school and its staff. If a child is not deemed able to attend University for any reason they will be given whatever assistance they may need in placing themselves in a trade or in the case of a more serious mental or physical disability they and their families will be provided with all necessary aid and assistance needed to care for the child throughout the course of its life. All local schools in a Segment will be given equal resources and training to meet the needs of their student body.

 

University education lasts from age 18 to 25, or earlier depending upon successful completion of the chosen curriculum. Each Segment has 3 Universities, one a Liberal and Creative Arts School, one a Technical School dealing with the Biological, Physical, Medical, Agricultural, Engineering, and Computing Sciences, and a Law and Civics School. All Universities are run by the people of the various Segments in trust and all official decisions pertaining to the administration of University are voted on by the people. The various departments of the Universities, and the content of their curriculum, will be administered by graduates of the University. For example, graduates of the History program will vote on who will run the departments and subjects making up their program and on what will or will not be part of the curriculum. This will be the case throughout all the disciplines with consideration given to the unique circumstances of each discipline. It will also be graduates of the various programs who will review and publish studies and papers pertaining to their discipline.

 

No person is allowed to go without clean and comfortable housing, no person is allowed to go hungry or to go without necessary health care both physical and mental. No person is allowed to live without the ability to explore the world around them or to travel to wherever they need or desire to go. No person will ever be treated as less than a whole and unique human being; this is true regardless of sex, sexual orientation, physical appearance, age, health, size, ability, intellectual and/or physical, or personal belief, so long as these beliefs do not infringe upon the needs and health and safety of others. One will be judged only on their ability to execute their chosen profession or field of study to the satisfaction of the requirements thereof and/or on their treatment of their fellow human beings.

 

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