The Future: Vision and Invitation | EP 339

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson walks us through the mission statement and goals for the newly formed Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC). The ARC hopes to find answers to the major issues facing our world, and they are now extending a hand for you to join!

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(21:06) Structure of the vision statement
(22:28) The good news
(28:00) The crisis of faith
(32:00) Dismal stories through which we see the world
(41:03) The catastrophizing must stop
(42:45) Everything in its proper place
(46:40) A collective, hopeful vision
(50:00) Validation for contribution
(53:44) No top-down elitism
(54:18) Six fundamental questions
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Should accept yourself just the way you Are what does that say about who I Should become is that just now off the Table because I'm already good enough in Every way so am I done or something get The hell up get your act together adopt Some responsibility put your life Together develop a vision unfold all Those manifold possibilities that lurk Within be a force for good in the world And that'll be the adventure of your Life [Music] We do not believe that we are beings Primarily motivated by lust for power And the desire to dominate We do not regard ours ourselves or our Fellow citizens As destructive forces living in an alien Relationship to the pristine and pure Natural world we pause it Instead that men and women of faith and Decisiveness made in the image of God Can arrange their affairs with care and Attention so that abundance and Opportunity could be available for all We hope And I think we truly hope And In our wiser moments truly pray We hope to encourage the development of An alternative pathway uphill Out of both tyranny and the desert Stabilizing unifying and compelling to

Men and women of sound judgment and Free will Welcome aboard the ark Thank you [Music] Hi everybody On January 27th I Announced on Joe Rogan's show that I Have been working with a group of people In the UK and Europe and Australia and New Zealand and Canada And the U.S To organize A series of questions about Well about what about How many might want to conduct ourselves And what we might want to happen Individually and collectively as we move Forward into the future From the level of the individual all the Way up to the level of the Say the universal Collective what kind Of planet do we want to inhabit Uh I'm going to tell you Why that all came about Insofar as that's possible so Last year I had the opportunity to tour Extensively Throughout North America and Europe and The idea to do what I'm going to tell You about today really Started to

Make itself manifest to me when I was in Europe first of all in Scandinavia Surprisingly enough And then in Eastern Europe I was very Fortunate when I was touring to have The support of many people who I've been Privileged to meet as I've toured around The world Who were very well connected Internationally and what happened when I Was touring with Tammy my wife In each of these countries in Europe was That we'd arrive in a city And The day of or the day before a talk and We'd have the opportunity to meet for Lunch or for dinner or for breakfast With 30 people from that City from that country who were active And competent and influential in Cultural or political or faith-based Or communication domains and so it gave Us an opportunity to get a snapshot of The local environment and you can't Become an expert about something as Complex as a city or a country in one Day obviously but If you have 30 people with you for a Couple of hours You can certainly at least hear about What is of concern to them and to Everyone that they're in communication With and so One of the things we encountered

Continually was the puzzled Questioning From especially the Eastern Europeans Although this was also the case in Scandinavia about just what the hell was Going on in the West So that was probably most acute in Countries like Albania and so Albania Just so you know a small country was Probably the worst of the Soviet era Countries in terms of tyranny and Oppression and that was a damn hard Contest to win And Albania was ruled by brutally Punitive dictatorial structures for well The entire post-war period up until 1989. and uh to say it was bad is to say Almost nothing Almost everyone was informing on Everyone in in Albania and The co the country is riddled with Tunnels that were dug by mad Paranoid politicians who insisted that Albania was the center of the world and That they were the inevitable Target of All the jealous poor people who were Clamoring Violently in in potential to do nothing But to move to Albania Beyond belief freely but nonetheless Happened all these Eastern Europeans you Know they suffered under the brutal rule Of the Radical left ethos

From 1945 sometimes earlier until 1989 And then of course underwent quite the Period of catastrophic collapse after That and they're looking over at the West thinking what in the world are you People doing toying with these ideas When the evidence is crystal clear that They devastated the lives of 100 million People took the lives of 100 million People devastated the lives of far more And laid our countries to waste don't You understand And so Um I'd certainly thought the same thing Being in the west and it was very Interesting to see that echoed By the people who whose lives had Included sojourns under those systems of Oppression now you might say if you're Cynical while you only met conservative People and and they were just echoing Back to you what you wanted to hear and That's actually not true because lots of The people I met were disenchanted Liberals or leftists who Were not left enough to be enamored of The Communist regimes let me say or who Had also been canceled in mob by the new Woke tyrants and so I don't think I was Seeing a non-representative sample Although admittedly only the people who Would talk to me did and the other thing People told Us Tammy and I continually was that they

Felt like voices crying in the Wilderness but after we'd been in about Six countries we thought well every Place we go people say the same thing They're appalled by what's happening on The culture War Front Especially with regard to the radical Left they can't believe these ideas are Making the incursions that they're Making and they feel absolutely isolated In their attempts to do anything about It but you know when you go to eight Countries and 30 people in each country Tell you that you think well why aren't People coming together let's say those Who occupy the moderate Center whether They happen to be conservative or Classically liberal Why aren't they coming together in some International manner to To discuss exactly this problem is there No Overarching Structure of communication that would Make that possible so then I started Thinking about well maybe we should Organize such a thing and bring people Together for a conference somewhere in Europe maybe in North America bring People who are Centrally inclined and that would be the Vast majority of people together so they Could share best policies and share Their ideas about

What they've done in their own country That might be extremely useful if other Countries duplicated it and to develop a Vision that would be an alternative to The globalist woke you type in utopian Nightmare that threatens to engulf us All and so I started talking about that Preposterous idea and I've talked to People about Preposterous ideas before Let's say on the business front or on The academic front ideas that were of Sufficient Radicalness that they would require a Fair bit of movement on people's part in Order to instantiate and normally what You experience is that people Especially if they are inclined to be Gracious events interest and and even Enthusiasm in the moment but They're already busy with their lives Especially if they're competent people And so nothing really gets going but That isn't what happened when I started Talking about this what happened instead Was that everywhere we went Virtually everyone Virtually without exception from across The political Spectrum said We really need something like that We'd be happy to help what could we do To help and we'll drop everything to Make this a priority And I was getting serious offers of Exactly that help

Right away and then that happened in The remaining Eastern European countries That we visited Tammy and I so probably 10 something like that and then I went To the UK and discussed it with my Connection network there which is Actually quite extensive and exactly the Same thing happened And then I went to Washington and I Spoke not least to the Republican study Committee which is the Federal committee Um that is responsible for the Formulation of Republican policy it has Been for decades and People were very enthusiastic there too And they said well if you do have this Conference make sure you have it at a Time when we're not sitting and could Attend which is you know kind of Response you'd really hope for and many People clambered On board enthusiastically And these are people who had other Things to do like I said and then I went To Australia To New Zealand in exactly the same thing Happened And so That was pretty interesting and so I Started to formalize this with some of The people that I knew in the UK I was interested in doing it in the UK Partly because the UK has already Decided that they're not exactly part

And parcel of the globalist utopian Scheme even at the European Union level And there's a pretty strong free speech And individuality ethos in the UK Rivaled only by the U.S I would say on The world stage and England is also halfway Between Europe and the US and so not Such a bad meeting place and London is An attractive City and so and I had been Working with people on the Free Speech Front in the UK so that seemed Promising and I sat together with a Number of people all of whom are going To announce their participation in this Project very soon on their own time and In their own voice And we started to Talk uh we spent We've met three different times in Person between five and twenty people And Well what did we think about Well we thought about How what we would like to have happened On the international front If we could have What would be best And not what we think is best but what Would be best even how to construe what Would be best we started and we decided That we would actually approach this by Asking a sequence of questions rather Than by delivering a sequence of answers

And I've been working on the Announcement document One of our announcement documents which I'm going to read today and comment on And We decided that we wanted to take a Decentralized approach which meant Trying to get as much input from the Public as possible and we're trying to Build that into the architecture of the Project and that we wanted to put Forward a series of questions rather Than a series of propositions about how The world would have to be and that we Were also going to avoid entirely any Apocalyptic Notions Um refusing to accept in principle the Notion that Everything is such an emergency that all The power should be ceded to a Centralized committee to save the planet Let's say it's like they are we don't we Don't buy that uh It's not like there's any shortage of Emergencies confronting us because there Are certainly plenty of them whether That means that we should run around in A panicked delusional State and Centralized power in the control in the Hands of a small hypothetically Omniscient Elite which is is a Completely different matter Um we'd rather rank order the problems And address them like

Wise and calm people uh and wise people Remain calm even in a crisis and they Certainly don't use the crisis to Leverage their own grip on power You know never let a crisis go to waste It's like yeah that's especially true if You're trying to Clamber up the power hierarchy and take All the control for yourself we're not Interested in that you know Probably we're interested in that to the Degree that we're all still on repentant Narcissists you know and everybody's got A little bit of that in them but I tried To gather people around the table who Were Sensible enough not to want that partly Because they already had pretty Productive lives And partly because they were wise enough To know that that was a disaster in the Making and so You know first of all we just we thought We would put forward something Approximating a vision Um and we tried to talk about the Dimensions along which this Vision might Elaborate itself but then we after Thinking about a law we realized it Would be better to put forward the Um an invitation to participate in a Discussion That That centered on a number of questions

The questioning approach is a better one Because it's an invitation rather than a Top-down imposition of Of the principles that that must be We also decided that one of our guiding Principles would be that We're not going to formulate policies That would require Compulsion or the imposition of state Power to To implement so like here's an example We should be exhaustively searching Through the universe of possible sources Of energy so that we can provide a Diversity of possibilities on the energy Front but We do not believe that Anyone has the right to Compel people into absolute poverty by Increasing Energy prices to To hypothetically achieve some Environmental goal it's like you want to Put forward Renewables you're concerned About industrial pollution no problem But you don't get to do that As a matter of compulsion on the backs Of the world's poor not only because That will be very very very hard on poor People And will even according to the world Bank's own projections Put 100 million or more at risk of Starvation But will also be counterproductive on

The environmental front because if you Stress people too badly They're going to start acting Impulsively impulsively maximize the Short-term return and you're going to Produce environmental Devastation that's Exactly what how by the way in Sri Lanka It certainly happened to Germany to some Degree as they pursued idiot green Policies now they have energy prices That are four to five times as much as They were Where the power supply is much more Unreliable they're beholden to the Russians which turned out to not be very Wise and uh they're polluting more Rather than less so even by their own Standards it's been an abject failure We're not walking down that route Uh no compulsion involved in this Enterprise and we'd like to have the Voluntary asset of the people governed You know like you might in a democracy Now that's hard to do on the International scale because we don't Have the Processes put in place to do widespread Public consultation but We can at least move in that direction To the degree that that's possible we're Going to throw this Enterprise open to Public participation as as we can manage And we're going to try to make Everything we do as transparent and

Decentralized as possible So in any case we Met a number of times in person and on Line and we decided that we were going To put forward a series of questions and We agreed on the main areas Um that we would derive the questions From and we know and this is part of Being transparent we know perfectly well That If you're having a discussion What the discussion about is about is The key issue and so if you control the Questions You haven't Abandoned all governance or principles You've established the playing ground But You can't just have everyone talk about Everything that isn't going to work and So what we're striving to do is to get a Balance between the imposition of Structure a game-like structure let's Say that everyone would like to play and The acquisition of information and we Are offering these questions genuinely To see what we can all come up with As answers to the questions and we're Hoping that the vision that would emerge As a consequence of answering these Questions would be Compelling enough to people so that they Would voluntarily get on board no Compulsion right and so I'm going to

Read you the document I've been writing This document banding it back and forth With uh the people who are the core Conspirators or contributors depending On how you look at it to this Enterprise Um It isn't a committee effort precisely I Wrote it in my voice But I passed it by A large number of the people involved Who are willing to devote some time and Resources to it and I think that the Consequence of that joint editing Process was the production of a shorter Tighter and hopefully more compelling Story so I'm going to read this to you And I'm going to comment on it as I go Looking for an all-in-one e-commerce Platform that can help you easily set up And grow your business online look no Further than Shopify with Shopify you Can quickly and easily build your own Online store manage your inventory and Accept payments from customers plus Shopify offers a range of customizable Themes and templates to choose from so You can create a professional looking Store without any design experience it Even helps integrate with other popular Tools to help you sell across social Media marketplaces like Tick Tock Facebook and Instagram with shopify's 24 7 support and an extensive Business Course library that is available to

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Tribulations of life to navigate through The flood and to preserve and Arc is Also There's a lifetime Arc which is the Trajectory moving forward and so arc's a Good name so we had to scrap about that A fair bit but The consequence of that was Well a name that made everybody happier Than all the other names that we had put Forward so so uh Welcome aboard the ark if you're Interested And this is the statement of vision and Invitation That starts with I'll tell you the structure of of the of The Proclamation or the vision statement First of all so when I wrote my book Maps of meaning I analyzed the structure Of Redemptive stories and And your life is a Redemptive story if You're fortunate because you have a lot Of trouble in your life and yet you plow Through and take care of that trouble And that's the story of redemption and The typical Redemption story is Something like There's a stable State a stable City a Stable family a stable plan and then That's disrupted by some cataclysmic Event the arrival of The Barbarians the Uh the entry of uh uh of a of an Interloper into a marriage for example

Some fracture occurs there's a descent Into an intermediary period of chaos and Then there's the reestablishment of Order that's of a higher order as a Consequence so you sort of go through Life like this and hopefully you know Order chaos order chaos order chaos and Hopefully as you do that the order gets Deeper and more profound and you get to Be better at mediating between Order and Chaos and and this is an order chaos Story and it opens up with a description Of the current state of order And we called that the good news so I'm Going to read this as I said and comment On it life Has improved dramatically over the past Few centuries for almost everyone Everywhere at an Ever accelerating rate Far more people are thriving on our Planet than we could have imagined even Mere decades ago we live longer are Increasingly and globally literate Educated and connected and enjoy Unparalleled access to freshwater food Energy and resources now that's that's Quite the miracle because back in the 1960s when we started to become aware of Our uh increasing industrial power and Ability to operate at a planetary level Let's say we started to get worried About such things as whether Well we were going to overpopulate the Planet and we were going to run out of

Food and we're going to pollute Everything into Devastation and The you know the whole civilizational uh Uh Endeavor was going to collapse into A degenerate chaos and there was plenty Of Dooms saying at that time plenty of People Paul Ehrlich for example at Stanford who wrote the population bomb And the club of Rome who were the Original apocalyptic doomsayers on the Environmentalist front claiming that by The year 2000 There'd be Mass starvation we'd be Running out of basic Commodities and That life was going to get a hell of a Lot worse quickly and so we better put The brakes to the population growth and De-industrialize rapidly or look the Hell out and you know none of that Turned out to be true And the the people who put that Vision Forward might say well you know it's all A matter of time frame eventually it's Going to come true and it's like well if Your prediction is Eventually I'm right That's not a very good prediction is it You have to specify time frame an Airlink by the way Paul Ehrlich did Specify time rate frame in a very famous Bet he had with uh with uh Julian Simon The Economist and Eric lost famously and What's happened actually is that we have Way more people now than we thought we

Would in the year 2000. We have way more people now than people In 1965 thought would be on the planet In the year 2000 when all the starvation Was supposed to hit and by and large People are way better off than they've Ever been in the history of mankind About seven out of eight billion people Now have A reasonable standard of living it's not Luxurious Say by North American Standards but they have enough to eat They have a certain degree of security And their children have a certain amount Of opportunity and there's still Hundreds of millions of people who have Trouble but we're we have over Especially over the last 20 years maybe Since the Berlin Wall fell and the Communists kept quit wrecking everything They got their hands on we've moved away From absolute poverty at a pretty decent Rate so and there's other good news as Well We exist in comparative peace violence Of every form from murder to Insurrection is increasingly rare and Universally condemned and fewer people Than ever before confront the ravages of War so we've become less violent and and More peaceful at every level of social Organization to note that all this is a Miracle is still to understate the Enormity of the accomplishment and so

You know we can take stock now in 2023 And think well we've got a fair number Of problems and we're certainly not Perfect but Things are a lot better than they might Have been and there's a lot of good news On the local National and international Front and so Many problems of course remain hundreds Of millions still labor under conditions Of extreme privation they're absolutely Poor we still organize ourselves less Effectively than we might if we were Truly wise and we are still determining How to maintain our Economic Security And prosperity in an efficient Cost-effective and nature conserving Manner All right so you don't have to be a Pollyanna To take optimistic stop stock of the Current situation you can note that 95 percent of the world was living in in Conditions of absolute privation by the UN definition of poverty in 1860 Including in the west and most people Simply aren't Burdened by that kind of inadequate Provision in the modern world and so That's a pretty good deal now is it Sustainable well That's not a good question the better Question is Under what conditions is it optimally

Sustainable or expanding that's a better Question questions are important So you can say perhaps you can argue The the foundations are secure and good We've learned how to act and to conduct Ourselves both individually and socially So that true human flourishing is Possible on a scale heretofore undreamed Of and practically impossible we put in Place systems of governance that are Like historical standards quite Effective there's been a sequence of Absolute technological Miracles that Have enabled us to feed ourselves we've Been able to provide people with access To inexpensive energy and energy is work And work is the amelioration of absolute Privation and so that's all pretty damn Good So That's the upside the realistic Non-naive upside The challenge so you might think that's The impending crisis despite all this Good news this undeniable progress a Shadow has emerged An adversarial challenge To this state and process of expanding Abundance An emergent crisis of meaning and Purpose God is dead or so the story goes and the Future is uncertain Five centuries of ascendant reductionist

Enlightenment rationality have revealed That this starkly objective World lacks All intrinsic meaning A century and a half or more of Corrosive cultural criticism has Undermined our understanding of and Faith in the Traditions necessary to Unite and guide us Well we underwent the Scientific Revolution started 500 years ago saying It concentrated on delineation of the Nature of the objective world we found Out that The heavens were other than what we had Presupposed and that the God we had Imagined inhabiting those Heavens did Not appear in the Starkly empty and Barren immense vast Landscape of the cosmos and We believe that if you were sensible and Abandoned your superstitions that you'd See the world as the cold dead Mechanistic inert Object of process that it most truly is Well We've gone a long way with that Viewpoint you know that that Reductionist materialism has made us Unbelievably powerful technologically But the downside of that is that it Stripped the world of meaning and that's Produced a crisis of faith and you might Object while the world's necessarily Been stripped of meaning but

It's not always that obvious just Exactly what constitutes what's Necessary so In the middle of this existential chaos The false idol of apocalyptic ideology Inevitably beckons So what's that proposition Well you lose your traditional Faith Your traditional religious Faith you Still need an interpretive structure to Guide you and so what you might say is That Well as the classic god of the Monotheistic Western tradition collapses Then his polytheistic adversaries rise Up to replace him you are bound to act Out your belief in something and maybe It's your own hedonistic will a Fragmented impulsive hedonistic will and You might think that's you but that's Just a lower that's just a sequence of Lower gods that are possessing you so We find ourselves in consequence Inundated by a continual onslaught of Ominous demoralizing messages Most particularly in the form of Environmental catastrophism The insistence that we all confront a Severe and immediately pending emergency Of biological destruction Causally associated with our degenerate Social structures the patriarchy The oppressive patriarchy and their Excess and destructive industrial

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It's predicated on a A narrative a story We see the world through a story Inevitably a description of the Structures through which we see the World is a story The apocalyptic environmentalist Ethos is a story and it has characters And Here's the story The Narrative generating these messages Quasi-religious in its structure and Intensity paints a dismal existential Picture The individual Is a rapacious predatory parasitical Consumer Too many mouths to feed Society even the little Society of the Family is an oppressive tyrannical Despoiler Marriage is a patriarchal institution an Exploitative patriarchal institution all Our economic interactions are nothing But the manifestation of a corrupt Will To Power And that's the proper reading of history And the current moment And nature herself is a hapless fragile Virginal victim in need of continual Sympathy and protection For our sins So The Story Goes the Horsemen of the Apocalypse are to be loosed upon us and

Justly so The Ultimate malthusian Nightmare is About to be realized The planet is unsustainably and Unforgivably overpopulated there is Simply Too much fundamentally pathological Human activity Plague political Anarchy and starvation Await us all Malthus Malthus was a biologist who made The observation that under natural Circumstances Populations of living organisms tended To expand Through reproduction to the point where They consumed all available resources And then precipitously collapsed now in A dynamic natural environment the deer Don't multiply to the point where they Eat all the uh Everything that they could forage for Because they're held in check by Predators So you see in principle a balancing of Some sort emerge in complex Dynamic Natural environments but left to their Own devices unchecked the malthusian Nightmare Emerges the yeast will in the petri dish Will consume all the agar and then all Of it will die and That's a biological model And it's a model that's valid under some

Conditions but we're not East human Beings and we're not yeast because we Can let our ideas die instead of us and What that means is that if we do stupid Destructive things we can learn to stop Doing them and we can get more efficient And we can get wiser and we can make More with less and we've done that Consistently throughout our entire Biological in throughout the entire Duration of our existence as a species And there's no evidence whatsoever that We have got less good at that in fact Quite the contrary and so the economists Rejoined her to the male enthusian Biologists is Um Resources are not defined by their Finitude in the manner you presume Because there is no upper limit to the Scope of human Ingenuity especially if It's conjoined with the appropriate Governance that makes Cooperative Ingenuity Both possible and more likely so For those of you who are thinking that We should be following the science and That the science is necessarily Malthusian then I would say you don't Know as much about science as you might Need to know to make such a claim In any case from this malthusian Perspective The UN Ultimate Nightmare is about to be

Realized the planet is unsustainably and Unforgivably overpopulated there's too Much pathological human activity plague Political Anarchy and starvation away to Soul it is in consequence High Time To repent and change our errant ways to Admit in defeated shame that our current Social and Industrial Enterprises are Corrupt and unsustainable To radically revolutionize all Traditional forms of conduct and Governance To question even the propriety of Bringing new devouring most into this World Except without resistance the limits to Growth and opportunity made increasingly Mandatory by a codery of concerned and Hypothetically expert Elites Well what's the problem well part of the Problem is A panicked response to a hypothetical Emergency can be far worse than the Hypothetical emergency itself and given What we all just did when the covid When the hypothetical covid pandemic Hypothetically emerged we should give a Real serious second thought to panicking And running off a cliff in the same Manner as a consequence of the Chicken Little sky is falling doomsayers Who are proclaiming that the emergency Justifies their acquisition of all the

Power From the malthusian perspective a deep Worldwide social economic and revolution Is therefore allegedly at hand And necessarily so those who dare Suggest otherwise are blind if not Malevolent and must be silenced What are the results of such theories or The consequences of such proclamations Well we can see it unfolding the Increasingly And increasingly the increasing and Increasingly compelled imposition of Severe involuntary limits to material Abundance and growth More expensive energy for example the Resultant artificially inflated prices Particularly for the aforementioned Energy that most truly punish The poor The fraying of our social fabric into a Chaos of alienated polarization Simultaneously and in predictable Lockstep the extension of reach and Control over even the most private Details of Our Lives By increasingly gigantic and centralized Organizations governmental and corporate Alike And the spread particularly among the Young of a demoralizing and socially Divisive doubt and hopelessness well why Does doubt and hopelessness well Look if you're a young person in the

World today well if you're female The first question that confronts you Giving the looming environmental Apocalypse is Well who are you to bring a child into This world and so that pretty makes Pretty much makes the whole Enterprise Of motherhood which is a fundamental Part of life As you may have noticed all of you who Have mothers That makes that what morally untenable And then of course if motherhood itself Is morally untenable with the whole Utility of having a relationship let's Say with a man that becomes entirely Questionable I mean then it's what sex and Companionship and that's not nothing but That might not be enough to unite people In a manner that allows them to maintain In the intense social bonds that are Necessary to keep us Free of Terror and anxiety and hopeful Into the future and then for men for Young men in particular it's like well All their ambition is nothing but a Manifestation of patriarchal oppression And the Very oppression that's Destroying the planet and so if they get Up and attempt to move forward all They're doing is contributing to the Catastrophic mess that human beings that Cancer on the planet have already had

Always made of the planet and so what do You expect On the behalf of young people and you Should expect exactly what you get which Is a radical increase in depression and Anxiety a radical elimination of their In their sense of agency Um uh growing sense of hopelessness and Despair all of which is being forced Upon them and even the abandonment of The entire sexual Enterprise 30 percent of people on in Japan it's The same in South Korea and we're moving In that direction pretty damn fast in The rest of the West 30 percent of People under 30 in Japan are virgins We've demoralized young people so badly That they're not even having sex even With themselves and so I don't know man If your solution to If your solution to saving the planet is To demoralize young people your vision Of the acceptable future is Diametrically opposed to let's say my Vision of the Desirable future so All right We've talked about the current situation Optimistically we talked a little bit About the crisis that we're facing Existentially and practically and the Dangers that might emerge Because of overreaction to that Hypothetical crisis we'll talk about the

Alliance for responsible citizenship a Bit and what we're Tentatively offering and what we have As an invitation to the table The catastrophizing must stop It is existentially perilous To insist upon the impending end of the World in this Doom saying manner Lest the ensuing panicked tyranny Produce exactly the result that is in Principle most feared the use of Increasingly powerful and invasive Technology to Monitor and control Everything In combination with the willingness and Ability to use compulsion and force And that can be Taxation and increased Energy prices because that's compulsion And force too can lead only to tyranny And despair regardless of the Hypothetical nobility of the end goal We have improved almost everything and We appear to be rapidly getting better At doing precisely that as the Great British historian Macaulay long ago Acquired inquired On what principle is it that when we see Nothing but Improvement behind us We are to expect nothing but Deterioration in front of us We have therefore initiated the alliance For responsible citizenship The ark A new movement of hopeful Vision local

National and International in its aim And scope aimed at the collective Voluntary establishment of a maximally Attractive route forward well why local National and international well there's A Historically There's a there's historical precedent For the conception of the good Governance that's neither tyranny nor Degeneration into chaos and that's Something like distributed Responsibility so imagine that a Well-governed state doesn't have good Leaders from the top Shepherding The chaotic and ignorant masses what it Has instead is responsibility Distributed across the social hierarchy Of citizenship so you want individuals Who are taking responsibility for their Own lives who are educated and attentive And productive and generous enough to Take care of themselves and then you Hope that If they get good enough at that they can Extend their hand and start taking care Of someone else so maybe you get married And you take care of your wife and she Takes care of you and that's a pretty Good deal for both of you and then the Two of you are productive and generous Enough with each other so that you can Now take care of some kids and then you

Put your family together and so your Family's solid and well constituted and You have a little bit of leftover Resource So that you could be evade to your local Community and so the local community Thrives with its level of responsibility And then well the the town native Communities thrives and the province Made of cities thrives and then the Nation made of provinces Thrive and then What's ever left at the international Level can make itself minimally manifest And that's a vision of distributed Responsibility and it's a vision that Allows everyone To have their proper place and Encourages them precisely to take that Predicated as it is on the idea that Just because you're in the uppermost Echelons of an abstracted organization Does not mean that what you're doing is More important and vital than the people Who occupy something at a lower level a More local level So that means the housewife's job is as Important All Things Considered and as Valuable as the Prime minister's job And you might think well that's Preposterous and then I would say well Then you're not taking the job of Housewife seriously enough It's like not that easy to make a home

And it's not that easy to make a home Where Things are set up to maximize the Possibilities of your children and God Only knows how you can Bring goodness into the World by Optimizing your relationship with your Children So Everything in its proper place and Everyone deeded their appropriate level Of responsibility and that's the Antidote to tyranny and slavery and That's the invitation here too it's like We don't want to do this top down we Want to help figure out how to make res How to facilitate the development of Responsible citizens in well-functioning Families in well-constituted communities In properly put together cities and to Leave responsibility requisite Responsibility at every level of that Hierarchical structure and that is the Antidote the subsidiary antidote to Tyranny and the desert We'll be right back first we wanted to Give you a sneak peek at Jordan's new Series Exodus So the Hebrews created history as we Know it 'll get away with anything and so you Might think you can bend the fabric of Reality and that you can treat people Instrumentally and that you can bow to

The Tyrant and violate your conscience Without cost you will pay the piper it's Going to call you out of that slavery Into Freedom even if that pulls you into The desert See that there's something else going on Here that is far more Cosmic and deeper Than what you can imagine the highest Goal Presented precisely as that spirit that Allies itself with the cause of Freedom Against tyranny I want villains to get Punished but do you want the villains to Learn before they have to pay the Ultimate price that's such a Christian Question We have therefore initiated the alliance For responsible citizenship Arc a new Movement of hopeful Vision while they Say the people parents perish without Vision what is hopeful Vision well Hopeful vision is what you're working Toward you know you think well if I Could have things this way in my family In my life In my community that would be worthwhile I could get on board with that well your Vision of the future that attracts you And also provides you with security and Direction orientation that unites you With others that's your hopeful vision And you perish without that and Hopefully through discussion and Negotiation we can develop something

Approximating a collective hopeful Vision that we could all be on board With like part of that for me is Well how about if we work as hard as we Can as quickly as possible to ameliorate Absolute poverty provide inexpensive Energy as widely as possible everywhere In the world and lift people out of the Poverty that What would you say Compels them to adopt a cataclysmically Short-term vision of the world Now you know you might say well that's Not priority number one it's like fair Enough we could have a discussion about What priority number one might be but But that's for me at least an element of What might constitute a hopeful vision And I think it's realistic one too given That rich people care more about the Planet they can afford to So Aimed at the collective voluntary Establishment of a maximally attractive Route forward well why maximally Attractive So that people will be on board without Compulsion Because one of our principles is all Policy that requires compulsion is Sub-optimal now you have to use Compulsion on criminals now and then Psychopaths people who just will not Abide by any set of principles

Whatsoever except the advancement of Their extraordinarily narrowly defined Self-interest but other than that if you Set up an organization and people aren't Willingly on board you haven't developed Your vision properly and so we want to Do that collectively in response to the Questions that admittedly we are putting Forth Um voluntary establishment well you get The best out of people if they're Voluntarily on board you know you don't Want to play a game with someone who's Been forced to play with you and that's That's the definition of fatal social Catastrophe even when you're a kid you Know Your neighbor's mother has to tell his Son your neighbors Mother You have a Kid Next Door you'd like to Be friends with and he won't play with You unless his mother tells you to well That's tells him to that's not going to Be very fun for you or for him You can't have an optimally structured Social organization that relies on Involuntary participation so voluntary Establishment the ark will open itself Up to widespread public membership as Rapidly and extensively as is Practically manageable at as low a cost As is possible and desirable because Nothing's free

So that everyone interested in Canadian Voluntarily formulating this story and Strategy and to discuss how its Implementation might be encouraged now I Set up a mailing list already which will Be a precursor let's say to a broad Membership list and I'll put the link to The mailing list in this video so that You can sign up there's about 30 000 People that have signed up to that Mailing list already and we're going to Put up a website where the questions I'm Posing today or we're posing today can Be answered and where people can vote on The answers and so you know that's not a Perfect voting structure but but it's Not nothing and we can probably improve It as we move forward we're also Announcing our first conference schedule Slated for Greenwich London England October 30th and 31st and November 1st Concentrating on issues metaphysical Cultural and practical so we would like This to be a beautiful conference we'd Like it to focus on Elements beyond the political cultural Elements Um Philosophical elements psychological Elements Issues pertaining to the meaning of life The significance of existence and and Then also to become practical in with Regard to the realization of policy and

To start that discussion some of this Conference Will be necessarily limited and it's Scaled to 2 000 or so initial attendees Some of it will be made open to as Widest swath of the public as possible The happenings on both fronts will be Made available online insofar as that is Pragmatically possible either live or Recorded for later reading viewing or Listening we'll have 2 000 people there I hope to do a public talk in the midst Of that And at the old two if if we can get that Arranged we'll get something Approximating fifteen thousand people to That and do us a series of discussions In one evening about the fundamental Issues that the conference is going to Discuss and as I said we'll record the Conference proceedings so that people Who are interested can Can uh can see what's going on we'll do It live Online as much as that's possible but We're also not going to sacrifice the Utility of the in-person meeting to that End and then we'll try to expand that as We move forward you know you got to Start Not too or not too large a scale if you Want to figure out how to make something Work We plan as well to render the operations

Of the Ark public and transparent to Operate under the assumption that each Citizen has the inalienable right and is Well equipped when engaged informed and Consulted choose and adhere to to the Desirable sustainable productive and Generous future path So I'm hoping that everybody involved is Wise enough not to think that they're The only person in the room or on the Planet who's wise you know by sense of The world is that there are Extraordinarily competent people Operating at every domain ranging from The sheerly practical wisdom of plumbers And and carpenters and Highway workmen and who do their job Diligently and properly complex though It is to people who are operating in the Realm of abstraction and that for things To work out properly everybody at every Level has to Value their productive capacity be Valued for their productive capacity and Be seen to operate As Contributing members to the broader Social Endeavor and to be regarded as Valid contributing members and that's Not some utopian dream that's Hard-headed reality So So the more people that participate and The more people we can consult insofar

As it's possible to aggregate a diverse Range of voices uh the better as far as As far as we're striving to be concerned No and so The sheer complexity of the world and The genuine diversity of individual Ability and preference means that Distributed decision making is a Necessity not a luxury no Elite Technocracy Is capable of knowing best and then Determining how we should all move Forward as individuals and communities It follows from this that policy Requiring compulsion let alone let alone Force rather than the voluntary Ascent Of the participants is bad policy We therefore offer for the contemplation Of those potentially interested in our Invitation six fundamental questions The answers to which might form the Basis for a vision That is voluntarily compelling Motivating That moves you forward into the future Stabilizing provides a certain amount of Structure so that you're not overwhelmed By complexity and uniting uniting in That if we all share the vision or to The degree that we do we're going to be Moving forward In a manner that's mutually Comprehensible Productive stabilizing and hopeful

Well that'd be good Domain One Vision and story what Destiny Might we envision and pursue such that We are maximally fortified against Anxiety and despair motivated by Faith And Hope and voluntarily United in our Pursuit of a flourishing and abundant World Responsible citizenship How might we encourage individuals to Reflect And to act So that they adopt full voluntary Responsibility for themselves present And future that's That's the difference between impulsive Self-interest and wise self-interest Right if you're wise you act in the Present so that the future you will Benefit from your actions in the present You don't do that if you're impulsive or Hedonistic How might we encourage individuals to Reflect and to act so that they adopt Full voluntary responsibility for Themselves present and future as well as Their families and communities so that's That extension of individual Responsibility from the bottom up from The local upward and How to how to how to encourage that Recognize it fortify it develop it Distribute it Family and social fabric so we're sort

Of moving up the hierarchy of of society How might we effectively conceptualize Value And reward the sacrificial Long-term peaceful Child-centered Intimate Relationships Upon which psychological integrity and Social stability most fundamentally Depend Well the minimal model for that is Something approximating the nuclear Family right long-term committed stable Heterosexual marriages Sanctified by the Community and by the tradition Providing the basis for The mutual for mutually satisfying and Engaging relationship for the adults Involved and offering the necessary Minimal foundation for the security for The for the creation and security of Children and so Well we have to discuss exactly what That means at the minimal level Um I'm Particularly impressed this is me not Arc by the way with the Hungarian family Policy uh Provisions that have been put Forward most recently I think they're Well worth considering Um if you're a mother in Hungary You have one child you're exempt from Income tax 25 percent of income tax for The rest of your life and that scales up To four children 100 reduction and I

Like that because Well it It helps redress the imbalance in Relationship to reproductive Responsibility that's part and parcel of The human existential landscape and you Know maybe that's not a perfect solution But It seems to me a variant of the solution That the feminists to give the devil His or in this case her do have been Clamoring for for ever but certainly for The last 300 years People aren't isolated and atomistic Individuals they need a family context What that family content text minimally Constitutes particularly in the ideal Can be subject to intense discussion as A conservative in this matter I tilt Towards the minimal traditional nuclear Family unit and uh Having said that though I would also say That I know perfectly well that we all Fall short of the ideal and that Many people are divorced many people are Unable to find a partner People people spouses die We're unfaithful to each other Homosexuality is an eternal reality And even within the confines of a Traditional marriage There isn't a person alive who Makes that ideal manifest in all Possible ways that every possible moment

And so we need an ideal on the family Front that we all hold as an ideal and That's probably something like the Heterosexual nuclear family at least in My estimation with a very wide swath of Genuine tolerance for Human variation surrounding it But the fact that that tolerance exists And that there is recognition of The Fringe and its right to exist doesn't Mean that we should sacrifice the ideal I think when we do that we destroy the Center and we destroy The Fringe so Going up a level free exchange and good Governance how can we continue to gain From The Genius of unbridled human Innovation and the productive Reciprocity of voluntary production and Free Exchange While protecting ourselves against the Tendency of successful organizations to Degenerate into a state of willfully Blind and narrowly self-serving Authoritarianism well there's a free Market element to that so the idea there Is that we're all best served when People are left to hell alone to do what They need to do to produce what they can Produce and to trade but we also have to As the Reasonable left-wingers insist note when Any Enterprise of any magnitude gets so Large that it starts to co-opt the very Rules by which the game is played and so

We have to sort that out and that's Complicated how do we forestall Regulatory capture and the proclivity of Government corporation and Communication Enterprise alike to collude at the Highest levels of abstraction and become Authoritarian and self-serving Energy and resources How do we ensure provision of the energy And other resources crucial to our Shared security and opportunity in a Manner that is inexpensive reliable safe Efficient and widely and universally Accessible We Energies work work is the Amelioration of absolute poverty We want to provide energy as widely as Possible At as low a price is Properly sustainable within the confines Of a market economy and we want to do That as rapidly as we can there's no Excuse for Putting forward energy policies that Punish those who are absolutely poor it Will not help them it will hurt them we Have no right to do that we have no Right to deny the developing World here In the west those of us who have that Western privilege we have no right to Deny the developing world the Opportunity to pursue the opportunities That we've been blessed to pursue And furthermore if we do deny them that

Opportunity we will not produce a Beneficial environmental outcome you Play a net zero you play a zero-sum game You're going to get a uh conflict ridden Catastrophic outcome it's not a good Model for governance So And then environmental stewardship Stewardship right that's not that word Itself implies that human beings are not A cancer on the face of the planet and That we do not exist in pure opposition To some hypothetically pristine natural Order or part parcel of the cosmos just Like all the other creatures and we're Conscious and self-conscious To a degree that makes us unique and we Have Opportunity power and responsibility That's commensurate with that Differentiated ability How might we properly pursue the Environmental stewardship That most truly serves the needs and Wants of all individuals today tomorrow And into the foreseeable future And that's a lot different than How do we sacrifice human interest to Save the virginal planet Concluding words We at the alliance for responsible Citizenship we at ARC do not believe That humanity is necessarily and Inevitably teetering on the brink of

Apocalyptic disaster we do not believe That we are beings Primarily motivated by lust for power And the desire to dominate We do not regard ours ourselves or our Fellow citizens As destructive forces living in an alien Relationship to the pristine and pure Natural world We pause it Instead that men and women of faith and Decisiveness made in the image of God Can arrange their affairs with care and Attention so that abundance and Opportunity could be available for all Those Who present a vision of inevitable Catastrophe in the absence of severely Enforced material privation Are not wise seers of the inevitable Future But forlorn prisoners of their own Limited faithless imaginations And those who scheme to lead using Terror as a motivator and force as a Kajal Reveal themselves by definition as unfit For the job We hope And I think we truly hope And In our wiser moments truly pray We hope to encourage the development of An alternative pathway uphill Out of both tyranny and the desert

Stabilizing unifying And compelling to men and women of sound Judgment and Free will Welcome aboard the ark Foreign That's That And so I'm working diligently with The people who've Agreed to shoulder the initial Responsibility for this project to Try with all our might to do exactly What I just described right to produce a Decentralized vision that's as Attractive to people As we can make it in the hopes that we Can unite our vision and Move towards the future that we all Would need and want if we wisely chose What we need and want and if you would Like to participate then we'll do Everything we possibly can within the Bounds of ability and will to make that Possible And so Welcome to the table

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