Why We Failed

All men are comprehensible.

All men are rational within their limits.

And as rational we choose what is in our interests whether moral or immoral.

And we create institutions that increase the cost of the immoral.

So that it is rational to choose the moral.

The problem of the twentieth century is that we eliminated the normative prohibition on libel, slander, ridicule, shaming, rallying, lying, pseudoscience, and propaganda.

And caused the industrialization of profiting from error, bias, wishful thinking, suggestion, obscurantism, pseudoscience, propaganda, rallying, shaming, and deceit.

The reason for our failure is visible in retrospect as an inability to switch from traditional and moral justification in societies with relationships at human scale, to warranty of due diligence by thorough criticism of statements pertaining to cause and consequence when relationships exceeded human scale under the industrial revolution.

Curt Doolittle
The Propertarian Institute.
Kiev, Ukraine.

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