Oh What Joy! – Four Pyramids


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As we’ve already described a few times, wealth determines what comes in, and power determines what goes out; but there is one more division of terms that is crucial to understand before we go on, and that is the difference between how things go up and how things will then come back down. Wealth and power institutions don’t just magically work on their own; to function, they require people in some kind of hierarchy.

On the out side, power is built through a system of representation and distributed through the rule of law. Leaders must work to represent and gain support from the people below them. The laws they make after they are elected are directed downward to govern the lives of those who elected them. On the in side, wealth is built through opportunity to work, invest and produce and distributed through a reward system of wages, pricing, trade, taxing and subsidizing. So now instead of two (wealth and power) we have four different mechanisms to look at: 1) Representation, 2) Rule of Law, 3) Opportunity and 4) Reward.

There are many idealists who will argue strongly about equality this or equality that, how nothing will function properly unless equality is achieved and how equality is our highest possible aspiration. They say what we need is equal opportunity, equality before the law, equal ownership of goods, and equal votes for everyone. (Ironically, anyone who differs with them in their lust for equality is accorded unequal status.) But contrary to popular belief, the structures we are discussing are, like most social organizations, best formed not as horizontal structures but rather in some kind of hierarchic structure; and as we’ll see in the chapters to come, this best-possible structure is a pyramid.

Human society tries to organize itself as four pyramid-shaped structures in order to properly take from and give to the environment.

Human society tries to organize itself as four pyramid-shaped structures in order to properly take from and give to the environment.

Together, these four mini pyramids come together to form one big three dimensional pyramid.

The four separated smaller pyramids join together as one all-encompassing pyramid.

The four separated smaller pyramids join together as one all-encompassing pyramid.

This one big pyramid results in a wonderful mechanism, which serves us perfectly by both driving and controlling the market. The resulting effect is that although the power structure parts deem some things illegal, and the market parts deem other things undesirable, between the two boundaries is a generously large comfort zone where there exist plenty of legal and affordable goods for everyone to enjoy.

Pure form’s pyramids function well to accommodate everyone’s goals.

Pure form’s pyramids function well to accommodate everyone’s goals.

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