So I have been asked to write an explanation of the Cooperation Competition Paradigm, or the CCP. The CCP is one part of the vast, largely undiscover’d country of complexity science. I can’t really do it justice– so I will defer–if you want an explanation of the advent of complexity science, read Dr. Baranger. Or read Per Bak. Here’s two wonderful texts that i had for coursework– read Bar Yam and Strogatz— or take a coursera class on complexity. I also benefitted from reading Kropotnik’s Mutual Aid.
Here’s a salient example from Dr. Baranger’s paper–
“Finally, there is one more property of complex systems that concerns all of us very closely, which makes it especially interesting. Actually it concerns all social systems, all collections of organisms subject to the laws of evolution. Examples could be plant populations, animal populations, other ecological groupings, our own immune system, and human groups of various sizes such as families, tribes, city-states, social or economic classes, sports teams, Silicon Valley dotcoms, and of course modern nations and supranational corporations. In order to evolve and stay alive, in order to remain complex, all of the above need to obey the following rule:”Complexity involves an interplay between cooperation and competition.“Once again this is an interplay between scales. The usual situation is that competition on scale n is nourished by cooperation on the finer scale below it (scale n + 1). Insect colonies like ants, bees, or termites provide a spectacular demonstration of this. For a sociological example, consider the bourgeois families of the 19th century, of the kind described by Jane Austen or Honore de Balzac. They competed with each other toward economic success and toward procuring the most desirable spouses for their young people. And they succeeded better in this if they had the unequivocal devotion of all their members, and also if all their members had a chance to take part in the decisions. Then of course there is war between nations and the underlying patriotism that supports it. Once we understand this competition-cooperation dichotomy, we are a long way from the old cliche of “the survival of the fittest”, which has done so much damage to the understanding of evolution in the public’s mind.”
Now in the 21st century there is a degradation of the balance of the American CCP for two reasons– 1) In the 21st century to have a good job generally requires education and training. It’s postulated that the good middle class jobs of mid-century will be computer programmer and data scientist, not factory worker or miner or farmer– jobs increasingly automated by the Cambrian Explosion in Robotics and Machine Learning. There is no place for Jefferson’s Noble Yeoman Farmers in a tech-focused economy. That is why the fight to try to insert conservative ideology into university campuses is a fight doomed to fail. The OpenMind project is just sillie– Haidt wrote about openess, and conservativism isnt open– IPOF tunnel vision and rejecting facts and science has become a selective advantage for the red tribe. Conservative ideology is non-competitive in the marketplace of academic ideas- so the only tribe capable of having an “open mind” will automatically reject stale, archaic conservative ideology! Please note– capitalism is NOT the same as conservative ideology. Conservatism is about slowing change, using tested forms, using experience. That worked previously but its way past its sell-by date under time dilation imposed by the internet and tech. Especially with young college students. Its basically ancestor worship.
The second reason the CCP is dis-equilibriating is demographics– the settlers are becoming older, whiter and more male. Percent white (ie, non-hispanic caucasian) is expected to drop below 50% by mid-century. In theory, by the rules of recombination and genetic diversity in a successful CCP, equal numbers of both settler tendency and explorer tendency would be born– both are successful phenotypes. But the settler ideology (conservatism) is maladaptive to including women and minorities, even if in those demographics half of the reps would biologically trend conservative. By biological I mean also the inheritance of environment, something Dr. Zimmer notes in wonderful book– She Has Her Mother’s Laugh. Past GOP presidents have tried to reach out to hispanics unsuccessfully– Trump seems to be trying drive them away.
My narrow field of study is sand-pile collapse. I believe the equilibrium system of the US is collapsing, the CCP is collapsing. There will be a new emergent form for the GOP– but the Dems seem to be able to go forward more easily– more adaptive to diversity and innovation, already focused on the future, science and tech.
Collapse is not a bad thing…its how new successful forms emerge at the border of equilibrium and chaos.
It is How Nature Works.