How outdated political institutions help world society elites
„Termite or beaver?“, asked his bad tempered girl-friend the scientist, „what would you more like to resemble?“ Both species, she stated, did live on wood. Manipulating wood they sculpture their environment, thus improving both the defense of their group members and the breeding conditions for their offspring. „They are just like you: you are surrounded by manipulated wood covered with imprinting color, thus improving the living conditions of your group members and your personal offspring.“ But you can and can’t be dispensed to chose: Or the beaver-option in small groups or the termite-option in large powerful states, being a threat for all competitors including yourself due to unsustainable consumption and technometabolism.1 It’s about space. You can’t, this is my view, „rethink global society“ without considering the questions and claims of space. In this contribution I will in three steps ask 1. why and what for elites use outdated institutions, 2. how they do it, and 3. whether and how they could and can be stopped.
1 Technometabolism, “The materials and energy which flow into, through, and out of a human population and which are due to technological processes.” Stephen V. Boyden, Biohistory. The Interplay between Human Society and the Biosphere, Man and the Biosphere Series, Paris: UNESCO/ Parthenon 1992, p. 257.