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2284 World Society

Iaian Vernier's Memoir

Seymour W. Itzkoff

2284: World Society, Iaian Vernier’s Memoir is a fascinating study of mankind. Written as a work of fiction, it looks at the human condition 200 years in the future. Predicting the outcome of today’s social policies, 2284 is a cultural anthropology study that adds to Itzkoff’s extensive writing on the topic. Iaian Vernier writes in 2284 of the revolutionary internationalism that has been established in Nairobi, Africa. He chronicles the disasters that almost destroyed the twenty-first-century world. He describes in anecdote and philosophical depth the new scientific and secular world that has been established to bring peace, equality, ethnic diversity and democracy to humanity, while scrutinizing the plans for demographic stability that will sustain humanity into the future. In the twenty-third century, the forbidden rationality of the scientific minds of the twenty-first century have been unleashed.
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Chapter 15. Why Democracy?

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One small historical fact seemed to tip the balance of our predecessors thinking when it came to planning the way forward for the World Society. The Enlightenment had swirled over Europe like a cool breeze of excited hope. The American Revolution itself seemed to hearken to a day without monarchs or police lockups for those impudent enough to speak their piece. Joseph of the Hapsburgs c. 1775, son of the tough Maria Teresa and brother of the soon-to-be headless Marie Antoinette, was one monarch who decided to go with the new breezes.

Emperor Joseph II inaugurated a wide series of anti-clerical, anti-aristocratic agricultural and economic reforms. He saw that the days of absolute monarchy the likes of which his mother advocated could no longer withstand the avalanche of science and knowledge coursing through the Western world. Unfortunately he died young; the French Revolution soon bloodied this dying institution of monarchy. His replacement, Francis, still had the power to erase practically all the reforms. There were no institutional bars to such a reactionary ploy. A bit more than a century later the Hapsburg Empire no longer existed. Millions of the world’s finest young men were lost in the ← 97 | 98 →conflagration of WWI, marking the end of monarchical power but introducing us to a greater ideological tyranny.

Indeed non-democratic leadership can, under unusual circumstances, carry a people forward more quickly than through the arguments, discussions, often political paralysis of democratic decision making, with their parties, cliques, class...

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