Whose your delegate?

It’s almost astonishing that most of us have nothing like a TSIS delegate on most topics.  In TSIS, a delegate is someone you chose to filter news and express your interests, for a particular topic.

How many topics concern you? If you’re typical, there are hundreds that might, but you sure don’t have time to follow all of them, and you certainly don’t have time to get involved.

Consider just education. Who decides where money is added or subtracted? How are curriculums decided, and are they preparing kids to cope with the world? What about sex education? Religion? What about the useless math courses? Home schooling? National standards? Homework? Streaming? Flunking and remediation? Economic inequality? And so on.

Multiply that list by the number of other topics that concern you, like medicine, social services, urban planning, wars, tariffs, investment, and everything else. It probably comes out to hundreds of topics.

How well can you follow them all? According to the FCC (link), the average American spends 70 minutes a day taking in news, half of which is TV news. How well does this cover it? Do you have time to dig in, consider the history, really understand the latest news, and express an opinion or take action?

TSIS delegates are an easy solution. Rather than trying to follow everything and act on it yourself, you pick somebody that you trust to make a better decision than you can, for the topics that concern you.

In TSIS, individuals will declare that they are willing to act as a proxy on specific topic(s), and everyone else simply picks the person that best represents them. This will happen a few different ways:
• bottom up, delegating to someone you know, or a friend of a friend, who you think will have at least slightly better knowledge and decisions, or time and energy, for a given topic.
• top down, delegating to feed providers (which have already stepped forward in a leadership capacity to control a feed)
• redelegation, proxies can delegate support onward to someone that they think is even better. Note that this will create natural leadership hierarchies, which may be extremely useful on topics involving a large number of supporters.

Delegates (and redelegates) will then act in accordance with the delegation permissions (a checklist), within a specific topic:
• filter and select information to pass back to their supporters,
• express opinions and vote on behalf of supporters, and
• take part in activism on their behalf.
Thus someone who becomes a delegate can act with the force of many supporters, while freeing them to focus their attention somewhere more useful. Their supporters can examine the delegate’s activity, they can adjust delegation permissions, and change delegates at any time if they disagree.

Big banks and big corporations have the sharpest lawyers and lobbyists on top of every regulation, law, policy, treaty, tarriff and tax cut that affects them. Until we have delegation capabilities, most of us are overwhelmed, flying blind, and outgunned even if we do take action.

The Womb Delusion

There’s a delusion so prevalent that it’s considered perfectly normal.  It’s the implicit assumption that somebody “out there” will take care of us.  I don’t know a name for it so I call it the womb delusion, because that’s the purest form.

We actually depend on this delusion in the womb.  We can only assume that someone “out there” will take care of us.  There’s nothing we can do about it, in the womb.  This is the necessary disposition in which we begin life, before ever encountering another human being.

As children, we experience more of same.  We don’t live in an actual womb, but there’s little difference. Parents tend to provide the necessities and shield their children from bad things, so that they don’t have to worry about them.  Depending on the culture and environment, this goes on for 8 to 28 years old. Today we let kids maintain the delusion longer and longer, partly because they need it in this world.

The womb delusion takes the pressure off, and let’s us develop without developing anxiety disorders, and that’s a good thing.   Given the necessity of the delusion, it should be no surprise that it’s automatic, presumably bred into us through evolution.

Some people retain the delusion well into adulthood, if they can, such as if they have a guarantee of employment or significant entitlements, which shelter them from outside forces.

This brings up the chief/supporter division.  Humans generally evolved in tribes of around 300 people, according to some experts.  In such a tribe, there would have been one chief, or only a few, and the rest of the tribe had to be followers.  This was necessary to function.  If everyone strove to be a chief, the tribe would tend to break down and become vulnerable to attack, and competition might get deadly.  The vast majority of people simply had to acquiesce to the chief(s), and it seems evolution took account of these odds by wiring us to fall in line, unless there was a strong enough reason not to.

As it happens, most people do seem willing to let chosen leaders act without opposition, or oversight, even knuckling under to bad leaders over long periods of time.  This seems similar to a womb delusion, where we tend to assume that our leaders will take care of us, despite any concerns that they may not.   Children have a much the same relationship with their parents,  so it seems reasonably accurate to use the same term for both.  A definition for  “responsible leader delusion” would be almost identical.

Why is this important to TSIS?  A critical goal of the project is to make it much easier to overcome the womb delusion when there is nobody “out there”, or if they’re there, but doing a particularly bad job.  Without information integrity, we can’t even know that much about our leaders.  TSIS solves this, and all the other problems involved in organizing, taking action, and getting our democracies working again.

It’s just a website, but I believe it’s the right website, and the alternative seems to be nothing at all.