This post is part of the Social Futurism archive, copied from the “Wavism” blog (dedicated to Social Futurism, the WAVE movement, and the Zero State idea) which existed prior to the founding of the Transhumanist Party. As an archive document originally published in December 2014, this post may contain statements which are no longer accurate.
Zero State in under 60 seconds
So, what is Zero State?
Well, we grew out of a dissatisfaction with modern Transhumanism which is too narrowly focused, passive and generally ignores the major cultural determinants in the world, most notably art, religion and politics as well as largely eschewing activism.
Zero State was founded with the intention of changing the world by pressing ahead actively on all fronts. Central to its philosophy is the notion of “nobody deserted” and mutual aid. We intend to become a trans-national distributed virtual state whose citizens look after each other – a kind of Freemasonry for the new millennium. We aim to bypass nations and their jurisdictions by looking to our own community for resources.
We encourage projects all across the spectrum, from alternative economies based around currencies like Bitcoin, to DIY biohacking and urban survivalism. From art and music to a-rational mysticism and mind hacking.
Who can join ZS?
Anyone who agrees with our principles and says they are a member is a member.
Who can join a project?
Any ZS member that the people in the project will accept.
Who can start a project?
Any ZS member who wants to and can find others to join in.
Our motto is “Just Do It” – you don’t need anyone’s permission (but you should inform the community).
What are our principles?
Briefly, the headings are: Change, Liberty, Construction, Action, Community, Work, Balance and Focus. Together they have evolved into a mission statement of dedication to mutual aid and global renewal in science, technology, art, politics, economics, environmentalism and spirituality.
How is it organized?
It is a mixture of direct democracy and meritocracy. At all levels of projects direct democracy is preferable, but there must be someone who acts for the group as coordinator and “tie breaker” and who will speak for the group and consult with the wider organization. Who that may be is up to the group in question.