W. J. Sidis
1929 - 1930
[Mimeographed pamphlet, 42 p, presumedly unpublished, found in Helena Sidis's files, 1977.]
"...a new type of organization...a non-profit membership corporation...a federation of its employees."
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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|I||The Geprodis Association|
|II||What the Plan Is Not|
|III||General Outline of the Plan|
|IV||Draft of Constitution for Geprodis|
|V||Code of Group Procedure|
|VII||Geprodis Organisation News|
|VIII||Proposal for Manuscript Library|
Signed: William James Sidis and Joseph J. Resnick
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Liberty is the essential public-trust. Justice is the essential public responsibility. Liberty is self-governance self arrest of harm. Justice is arresting harm when threatened and restoring persons to whole when harm has already occurred. Congruence requires that Liberty and Justice be universal. Rights are the boundaries of behavior by which Liberty and Justice are measured and realized. Rights are enumerated proscriptions of behavior which are valid when derivable from the Liberty Principle the supreme moral law. This and only this is the moral basis for establishment of a moral society and the governmental institutions within a moral society. The motto of a moral society is Liberty and Justice for All.
Orarchy was coined by Sidis to mean a government founded on the Liberty principle. Unfortunately Sidis thought experiment on drafting a Constitution was a synthesis of socialism and libertarianism. As brilliant as he was, this was written before WWI, before the reality of the flaws in socialism had been made manifest, before economic science discovered that the fatal flaw in command economies is information deprivation as well as being a violation of moral law.
Democracy is inherently flawed as a moral principle or as a basis on which to establish government. When you must decide, and you know you don t know, it is philosophy which determines your decision. Democracy is a tool for decision making under conditions of uncertainty but it is by nature ungoverned by a rational moral philosophy. The wishful thinking by those who have faith in democracy, is that the demos IS governed by a rational moral philosophy. History and an understanding of the current demos shows that we have not yet enculturated a rational moral philosophy. Thus at best, if a democratic method is to be employed, it should be strictly limited to decision making on issues of short term consequence.
The best system for making collective decisions is a coercion free market. To the extent fraud can also be arrested in a market it is bettered.
The second paragraph is the only problem here. Sidis's constitutions were written well after he had abandoned any interest in Soviet socialism (see, e.g., Eichel's Bio, Social Continuity). Also, the word "orarchy" was not coined by Sidis. It can be found in some 19th Century dictionaries and means "limited government."
I wish the writer would send me his name so that I might read more written by him. His thoughts are brilliant and I think Sidis would agree with much of what he says.―Dan Mahony