Chapter Overview: 3

Civilization in Crisis

“A significant portion of the earth’s population will soon recognize, if they haven’t already done so, that humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die.”

– Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

– Albert Einstein

The aspirations and potential achievements of our human species are unlimited. In just the last 12,000 years, since the end of the last great ice age, out of the species’ 100,000 years on the planet, humankind has advanced from small bands of nomadic hunters and gatherers to where we are today.

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Drawings in the Magura Cave, Bulgaria

 

In travel, in less than 300 years we have advanced from wooden sailing vessels. . .

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Emanuel Leutze: “Columbus on the deck of the Santa Maria” (1855)

To massive cruise-liners. . .

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To modern flight and even space travel. . .

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In medicine, we have evolved from bloodletting and amputations without anesthesia. . .

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To a staggering array of medical advances that save lives and alleviate suffering.

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In all areas of the arts, humans have created sublime works that inspire the human spirit.

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Michelangelo, “David” (1504)

The standard of living of an average person in any developed nation is far superior to that of kings and queens even a few hundred years ago. France’s Chambord Castle featured below is beautiful, but the people who lived there did not have the most basic modern conveniences that most people enjoy today.

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Chambord Castle, France

Human destruction, on the other hand, has been colossal. It is the result of . . . politics. 

The 20th century alone witnessed the violent deaths of over 185,000,000 people. They died from wars between nations, political terrorism, mass exterminations and genocide, such as in the murder of 20,000,000 individuals under Stalin in the Soviet Union, the brutal Nazi extermination of many millions of people including but not limited to Jews, Gypsies, Russian soldiers and people from all over Europe who were killed because they resisted or were suspected of opposing Nazi rule.

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Nazi Soldiers

. . . and countless other conflicts such as in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge regime ruthlessly murdered a quarter of that country’s population.

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Khmer Rouge Soldiers

 

We are living in the most critical phase of human history.

Physical and biological science provide the technological capability to destroy all life on this planet, while our social structures lack the means to prevent this from happening.

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Mushroom cloud from atomic bomb explosion

However, there is a SOLUTION.

All progress comes through peaceful activity, peaceful cooperation, and the right of individuals to pursue happiness each in his or her own way, so long as they don’t infringe upon the rights of others. 

The building of cities and towns epitomizes human cooperation.

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Construction workers lay a beam atop the Empire State Building during construction in 1931.

 The purpose of the philosophy set forth by Andrew J. Galambos is to solve the problem of incessant human conflict once and for all, and point the way to a peaceful, durable and prosperous civilization. The first step, and the basis for all else, is a higher concept of human freedom.

Everybody is for freedom, but what do they mean by the word freedom?

Adolph Hitler, Germany’s ruler from 1933 to 1945, said the aim of his Nazi dictatorship was to achieve “justice and freedom” for Germany by establishing a new German empire he claimed would last for a thousand years. Instead the German people were among the victims of his barbarous rule which resulted in the virtual destruction of Germany, which lay in ruins by the time Hitler committed suicide in 1945. The death of three million Germans, as horrendous as that was for Germany, was almost dwarfed by the more than 27 million deaths of non-Germans caused by Hitler.

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Dresden, Germany, 1945, after Allied air bombings

The stated goal of communist dictatorships was to “free” workers from exploitation by bourgeois capitalists. However, rather than producing freedom, communists enslaved the populace and wrought death, destruction and disaster in every country they ruled. Roughly 100 million were killed in the name of establishing and maintaining rule by communist parties, including 20 million in Soviet Russia and 65 million in communist China.

Barbed wire enclosing a Russian gulag

As a way to terrorize and control the population, the Soviet government imprisoned many millions of innocent people in Gulags, or forced labor camps.

 

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Famous novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), who spent over a decade as a prisoner in Soviet Gulags.

All attempts to produce freedom up to now have failed. This is because the means have not been suited to the ends. Freedom is an individualistic idea and can not be achieved through collectivist means. One person’s idea about how they want to live their life will likely be different from the next person’s.

Freedom is the absence of coercion. It is the societal condition that exists when every human being has full (i.e. 100%) control over his or her own property.

You might think the foregoing is impossible. However, how do we define “impossible”? In the physical sciences, that is impossible which would violate a law of nature.

Human flight was thought impossible—even by at least one justifiably renowned scientist—until Wilbur and Orville Wright demonstrated in 1903 that it was possible.

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Wright Brothers at Kittyhawk, NC, circa 1903

Human flight was never impossible, because it did not require violation of any law of nature. It was only lack of knowledge that prevented human flight.

History demonstrates that every major society of the past has eventually replicated the fall of Rome. However, there also is no natural law that says we must be passive victims of societal collapse.

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Colisseum in Rome

We address Galambos’ concept of volitional science to thinkers—people who possess the characteristics of curiosity, rationality, and intellectual honesty, and whose aspirations include hope for a better world.

Nothing better illustrates those characteristics and their lack than the true story of Galileo Galilei and his friend Cesare Creminini. Both were professors at the University of Padua in 1609 when Galileo built a telescope to look more deeply into the night sky. He was intrigued by the Copernican hypothesis–that the earth revolved around the sun–and wanted to search the sky for evidence that might determine whether it was true.

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Galileo Looking Through a Telescope

To his great surprise, when he peered through his telescope Galileo observed mountains on the moon. He invited his friend Creminini, an eminent Aristotelian scholar, to look through the telescope to see that the moon was not a perfect sphere as Aristotle had said.

Creminini refused to look through the telescope, saying that if he did, and saw mountains on the moon, that could mean only that he had been deceived and bewitched because Aristotle could not be mistaken. Creminini’s attachment to his schema of the world prevented him from looking through the telescope…from seeing the truth.

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Giuseppe Bertini, “Galileo Galilei showing the Doge of Venice how to use the telescope” (1858)

Of course Galileo was eventually tried for his views by officials of the Roman Inquisition and spent the rest of his life under house arrest.

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Illustration of John Milton visiting Galileo under house arrest

The world is undergoing monumental change. You may sense that humanity has arrived at a turning point. We are being called to evolve not only our consciousness, but our physical world.

Now is the time to open our minds and innovate new solutions.

With this internet book we first articulate the nature and history of the problem of the coercive state, and then show the solution to the problem, as formulated by Andrew J. Galambos. However, opening to a radical shift in the perspective of human freedom and the nature of government takes intellectual courage and honesty.

Are you willing to look through the telescope?

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