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What is Social Futurism?
Social Futurism is a political philosophy, characterised by the use of advancing technology to solve social problems. This worldview’s primary vehicle is the Social Futurist Party (SFP), which has defined the philosophy by the use of The Principles of Social Futurism since 1st May 2011.
The Principles of Social Futurism
Version 2.0 released 11th September 2017
THE AXIOM: An Essential Singularity
“…ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue”. – Stanislaw Ulam on conversation with John von Neumann, 1958.
1.0 SOCIETY AND TECHNOLOGY
1.1 Technology and Idealism
A wave of change is coming. Accelerating technologies enable humanity to recreate the world in accord with its ideals. It is therefore necessary that we have good ideals, and are committed to them.
1.2 Proactive, not Precautionary
Opposing technology in the absence of any specific risk, or focussing on a priori opposition to technology rather than risk management is contrary to the Social Futurist ethos.
1.3 Solar Energy
The measure of technological progress is the ability to harness solar energy in orbit, and use that abundance to improve conditions on earth.
1.4 Mutual Aid
Social Futurist groups and organizations are committed to Mutual Aid, using the most effective technologies available. Social Futurism is an intrinsically Communitarian political philosophy.
2.0 RIGHTS AND CITIZENSHIP
2.1 Voluntarism and Free Exit
Membership in Social Futurist groups and organizations is always strictly voluntary, as is affiliation with and citizenship of any Social Futurist polity. Accordingly, the right of free exit always applies wherever it does not jeopardize community safety.
2.2 Cognitive Capability
Rights, Personhood and Citizenship within the Social Futurist sphere of influence are recognized as a function of cognitive capabilities. Sentient beings are automatically awarded animal rights, sapient beings are offered the rights and responsibilities of citizenhood, and all such entities may freely choose to improve their cognitive capabilities through technology.
2.3 Abolition of Suffering
The Transhumanist spirit of voluntary, technological improvement of living organisms goes hand in hand with an imperative to alleviate involuntary suffering wherever possible.
Social Futurism is a Post-Enlightenment philosophy, and as such it favours the rule of reason, empiricism, law, direct democracy and local representation.
3.0 ECONOMY AND ECOLOGY
3.1 Just Do It
Theoretical concerns can only have value insofar as they are eventually grounded in concrete action toward a specific goal, and are in accord with the Principles of Social Futurism.
3.2 Neither Socialism nor Capitalism
Social Futurism opposes both authoritarian Socialism, and dysfunctional Capitalism where it leads to systemic speculation, inequality, and crisis.
3.3 Separating Money and Politics
The Social Futurist alternative rests upon the foundation of a strict separation between monetary and political power. Private ownership and investment are encouraged as motivation to innovate, just as direct involvement of industry expertise in governance is encouraged. What is not permissable, however, is any combination of the two. Under Social Futurism, no individual or organization may profit from investment in means of production and also govern (either directly or by proxy) on the basis of that participation in industry. Although industry is directly represented in governance as are other societal institutions, its representatives cannot profit from industry in any way.
3.4 Bright Green Decentralization
The ideal societal structure is both deeply cooperative and decentralized, thereby maintaining both a coherent shared identity and strong resilience to failure of its constituent parts. The Principles provide coherence across the Social Futurist sphere of influence, while its affiliate organizations use a virtual and decentralized network structure also in accord with the pro-tech ecological “Bright Green” ideology.