- Christine Mason McCaull
- San Francisco, CA
- United States
Are flatter/ more egalitarian societies possible? What beliefs, processes & systems would enable them? What are the risks?
Whether its political (eg, a dictator diverting foreign aid while the people live in poverty, growing income gaps between the rich and poor in the US, or (see last month's Atlantic cover) the emergence of a global "ruling elite" and everyone else.) or in the structure of work (eg, one to many governance, top down governance)- human societies as they scale up truly seem to divide the spoils incredibly unevenly. There must be some embedded belief systems about our fellow humans that create this. For example, we might believe that there is a limited pie of good. We might believe that poverty and subjugation is karma or choice. We might believe that we are in competition with others in our pack. What kinds of beliefs, governance structures, and incentives might help create a more egalitarian and respectful world?