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Troblos (Tripolis)
The epicenter of the Revolution.
A rioter was explaining the Silver Rule: “Mitl ma bit3omil btet3omal”
#Localism at its best!!!
Intoxicated by what is happening in Tripolis (Troblos)
Tens of simultaneous ORDERLY discussion groups on constitutional, legal, economic matters
Shocked to hear someone telling me "Tripoli shd not be one municipality " because "minority rules"!
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Limited to people involved in the Lebanese situation. This is not about #Localism in general rather its application to Lebanon.
(Swiss specialists welcome to join as CH is the model for multiethnic multireligious localism)
Voila. The informal title is “ Localism, Complexity, and busting the BS by IYIs ”

Please let me know if you are joining.

Localism is the new ... communism
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To the left, how both Nasrallah, his enemies, & journalists think Lebanese Politics should work.

To the right is how the protesters proved it works. Complex systems generatee spontaneous order. Progress lies in having NO leaders.
#Localism #LebaneseProtests
The problem with historical reporting is overestimation of agency: narratives require leaders so people are fooled by journos etc. about the exact process.

Same overestimation of agency as the one in #fooledbyrandomness
Over time for the sake of efficiency & owing to, say, preferential attachment, networks are pulled into the center, from unifom to power laws or maybe lognormal.
The one of the left collapses. Centralized systems end up collapsing after pseudostability
Explained in #TheBlackSwan
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The idea of Multiscale Localism:

The smaller the scope of the system, the more tightly bound together the agents comprising the system are and ought to be

As we expand scope, coupling among agents becomes weaker and weaker, towards independence

Timeless design principle.
You can't be in two places at once...

But your family can "detach" and go to separate places for the day, and return again together in the evening

Families in a village may get together once in a while for a cookout, otherwise interact transiently and tend to their own business
When we attempt to bind too tightly at too large of a scale, we generate inconsistencies across scales that lead to unnecessary tensions among participating agents

Live and let live.

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#LEBANON, in Summary

1- Leb government got involved in a Ponzi (facilitated by Ramses XIII, Riad Salameh) that sucks up all funds from the system. People have no incentive to put $ (say inheritance from a childless maternal aunt) in a business; get >10% interest from the bank.
2- Luckily the Ponzi involves only 2 parties, Leb Gov (via Ramses XIII Salameh) & the banks. Hence easy non-inflationary cancellations w/clawbacks from those who made millions are possible.
In the meanwhile Gov is taxing back the banks to cover secondary deficit, very smart move.
3- Meanwhile the Gov is that of a federation, which is good (via healthy sectarianism) but government service is simply PATRONAGE, for each sect to get the max from the system. A healthier federation is to do it according to geography, via municipal power.
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Syria should understand the notion of cutting the cancer & consider some partition East/West (currently taboo). You cannot spend the next decades taking then retaking Jihadi areas.
ما حدا قسم و ندم!
@EHSANI22 Ireland, Czeck Rep., Slovakia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Cyprus... People get along better as neighbors than as roommates.
Time for Syrians to understand the large Nation-State with "grandeur" & prestige has failed them, destroyed minorities. Small is beautiful.
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THREAD: What is complexity? Concepts as introduced by @EcoLabs + @Ecocene / @cecanexus, with notes especially from the perspective of behavioural medicine. Full poster here:…
1. Feedback

Note: There are many different terms for two types of feedback loops, e.g.
- Positive vs. negative
- Amplifying vs. stabilizing
- Reinforcing vs. balancing

Take a moment to consider how these play out in your theory of change.
2. Emergence

Note: You can't understand a complex system by merely looking at one part.

According to Doyne Farmer, non-linearity is necessary for emergence. I've been trying to look for a piece that explains this simply, let me know if you have one in mind!
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(1) Society depends on a process of pattern formation whereby collective behavior is able to achieve, maintain, and adjust coordinative states.
(2) Pattern formation in turn depends on interactions occurring on a *low-dimensional* manifold -- that is, there is in a sense a "local" environment around any point. High dimensional manifold has many many neighbors, loc fails to resolve its state in harmony with all neighbors.
(3) Thus we can see there is a too-much-connectivity pathology that destroys structure if the "local" is destroyed.

#Localism is a means of achieving low-dimensional mainfolds for societal pattern forming.
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We need to make pple aware that discontent related to inequality is mainly discontent about rent seeking and rent seekers.

Prevent rent seekers from exploiting this discontent by making it look like society need more IYIs like them to solve it.

The problem isn't inequality, it's RENT SEEKERS without skin in the game.…
3) Easy to deconvert someone from State worship via Martin Luther's argument that "God & clergy are different "tings"". Show them that bureaucrats-cronies-nudgeboys-virtue merchants & "State" aren't the same "ting" & "the State is among us".
Keep the State distributed!
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The opposite of fascism isn’t a democratic form of socialism; it’s localism.
2) People not trained in modern science are programmed to thing in terms of "left" & "right", still trapped in a stone-age discourse.

They miss on the property of scaling: effect is not invariant to size of autonomous unit.

3) The naive political "scientists" (& other BS vendors) think superficially, in labels. They want the U.S. to not be a colony of Britain, but want Britain to be a colony of Brussels, & Nebraska to be a colony of Washington, D.C.

They don't get centralization .
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