This site is part of a project to make society work, in the sense of making it work better for everyone in it. The world has poverty, war and injustice in it, but works well enough for some people. It could be much better for everyone. To make this happen, we must be as careful with human lives as we are with the data in our information systems.
The key to moving between the world of today and that of a better tomorrow is a migration plan. In information technology, migration is the process of moving from the use of one system to another one. It may be just the replacement of one pierce of software with another or a complete change involving both hardware and software.
The most important problem in such a process of migration is preserving the integrity of the data. One must not lose anything in the process. Sometimes a subsystem may fail, but there must always be backups. Sometimes the flow of data may be interrupted, but it is essential not to lose any. Technology is not magic, not everything is possible, but every care must be taken to ensure change without loss.
There is an equivalent problem in social technology. In moving from one social system to another, nothing in our lives should be made worse. An example of a social system for which this term applies is the judicial system. While changing the ways in which laws will be enforced, nobody should suffer more injustice.
In changing over from a less capable information system to a better one it is important not to let the desire for more processing power and data storage to interfere with the need to preserve the data. This is not analogous to political conservatism which seeks to preserve institutions which are unjust. Injustice is loss. Social migration must seek to reduce that loss. That takes precedence over seeking social justice. In our noisy social environment, a “ratchet and pawl” which presents back-slipping is an engine of progress.
Migration plans, or the lack thereof, have been a key problem in political philosophy for centuries. Most especially memorable are those of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The most extreme was nihilism, in which every aspect of the social order was to be torn down, before it could be rebuilt in some unspecified way.
As migration plans go, that really sucks.
The transition between capitalism and an idealized socialism in Russia was to be accomplished under the authority of a temporary bureaucracy. This became a rigid authoritarian government which oppressed the Russian people and contributed to a cold war situation which threatened all life on this planet.
Hmm. Not the best migration plan either.
This website is one of over fifty which try to explain how society seems to work, and how it should. They are all works in progress, part of a larger project to make society work using high-tech software based on sophisticated mathematical methods. And yes, some pretty good migration plans.
This would go a lot faster if I had a bit of help with this. If you are even remotely interested, please register as a subscriber to this website, then post a comment on any of its pages or posts saying you might be willing to help in some way. Donations will not be accepted until there is a non-profit organization in place to account for them and manage their disposition.