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Poem: "In Good Cause"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 3rd, 2011 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)


>>I'd like to live in a Bonocracy. Sounds like a nice place.<<

So would I.

>>I had to look up Hamarchy, and I'm still not sure I entirely get the concept. Sounds sort of like maybe some sort of idealized fusion of anarchy, socialism, and democracy?<<

Something like that. There is no one central leader, as in anarchy. One aim is along the lines of the greatest good for the greatest number -- they're disinclined to screw one group for the benefit of a few -- as in socialism. Leadership is collective and selected, as in democracy. Basically it's government by committee, where they've assembled teams of reasonably competent and knowledgeable people to take charge of each area.

They're used to working in teams. They value cooperation and ... hmm, their concept for this is more along the lines of "clockworking," trying to arrange matters so that each distinct part both does its own job and coordinates with the larger whole. They dislike a solution in one area that causes a problem somewhere else; they want the whole country to run smoothly. And it's an intricate little clockwork of a government, with individuals forming small teams, and fields coming together under the supervision of the main committees, the way individual gears form movements and then become a clock.

>>I do like the response from the Hippocracy, though; got a good laugh from that one :) <<

It makes sense, given their location and culture and source of prosperity. Just ... most people don't think like that.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 3rd, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>>OK, that's about the conception I had of a Hamarchy. It's different enough from anything I've looked into before that I was having trouble coming up with the right descriptors for it, though.<<

Yes. It's not easily summarized.

>>That seems to happen a lot over here. I like it, keeps me learning new things :) <<

Yay! That's one of my goals as a writer. I love it when people let me know it's working, and especially, when they seek out my writing because of it.

Then too, you folks have the same effect on me. Tuesday, I went pawing through half-remembered alchemical lore to refine the framework for "The Steamsmith" and "The Four Humours."

>> And yeah, the Hippocracy's approach does make sense, but if you're not used to that perspective, there's a serious moment of "wait, what?" <<

Heh, yeah. But I think all the governments have an aspect of that when viewed from someone else's perspective. The base assumptions and values are just so different, they always tend to make people shake their heads at each other.
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