Everything has more meaning than people realize. That is also becoming much more complex. While Tolkien was inherently conservative he had a good understanding of change as inevitable and vital to managing life. That is the meaning of conservatism as part of the human dynamic. We lost all concept of conservatism in the US many years ago when it was replaced by oligarchic late-stage capitalism. But that is another story.

Tolkien was primarily interested in change and the problems of evil. Sauron was unredeemable evil but at a much higher level than Trump. But all evil destroys people and our shared environment for selfish gain. The chance to get a piece of the action is the lure that draws people to Mordor, or Trump, Putin, Modi, or any of the others.

If you’ve read any of my other pieces, I think we are moving quickly toward the new planetary structure that will replace nation-states with local governments based in metropolitan regions. The climate crisis and resource management must be done at the planetary level but everything else works best at the local level with direct democracy controlling local administration. I expect AI to manage at the planetary level by presenting planetary and regional outcomes based on models operating at the one square kilometer scale. That is what must happen for us to survive as a civilization.

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