Political brane topology

Challenging existing conservative/liberal, republican/democrat, left/right linear stratification of political standpoints, there is time for more up to date model.

There are couple of reasons to do this:

  1. a) Complexity and individualization of society is speeding up. Rigid bipolar stratification (left/right…)  rests on reality of politics and policy making that has long gone away. Such polarization can thus no longer explain us subtle but complex differences in positions of individuals and parties in contemporary society.
  2. b) There are so many novel insights in all sciences, especially in physics, biology, memetics, cosmology, – but as well in philosophy, linguistics and other sciences, that are so far having no influence on political science, while they certainly should.
  3. c) Our everyday experience baffles us so often observing phenomena like Pope Francis propagating leftist ideas (are not parties that favour religious beliefs normally understood as right?) or Elon Musk as alleged capitalist entrepreneur propagating Universal Basic Income or Communist ideology that looks like a direct extrapolation of Fascism.

Political brane topology follows quite simple notion that has spread around recently due to insights from quantum mechanics, evolutionary biology, neuroscience and many other that transgress one dimensional, linear mental model replacing it with multidimensional and dynamic. All such models are relational, meaning that they do not have fixed background that supports what we see one forever, but that background is constantly being redefined meaning that what we observe is background and foreground at the same time.

I would not dare to say that the model below has an ambition to be the sole possible model – as we cannot dare to say that our world is the only possible world. As such it gives us an option to re-think about reality we are living in from another angle that provides new colours, new shades and new possibilities to align.


Conservative – progressive

There are only two permanent (o)positions in political brane topology (PBT): conservative and progressive. In fact, they are not positions that one could take place in, but possibilities (in the sense how Stuart Kaufmann defines possibilities in his latest book, Humanity in a Creative Universe). One can be farer or closer to each pole (north, south) but never on the pole itself. One can never be progressive only neither conservative only.

But let us first define what conservative and progressive stands for and why are they in opposition. Conservatism is an ideology that understand reality and changes in time as being circular or spiral so. Conservatism denies the goal (utopia) as a point outside of our existing reality (heaven or society that does not yet exist but is achievable only if we as individuals follow certain rules). On the other side progressivism as ideology accepts gradual or revolutionary progression of something in time in a direction of a target, that is outside, that serves as a background/foreground of our reality.

With high degree of simplification, we could say that Buddhism, freemasonry and some other historic eastern belief systems are more conservative, while western belief systems based on scientific, mechanistic ideology, are more progressive. What is even more interesting is that circular economy, if it was not conceived as a utopic top down project of EU technocrats should serve as example of conservatism. In short: conservatism understands the reality from bottom up. In this sense evolution is conservative for as it was proved from Darwin on, to understand evolution as development that follows a path up towards some final goal, is a cardinal mistake.

From these sentences (and the rest of this book) it is quite clear that I strongly take conservative stance.


The brane dynamics

The brane itself should be understood as a string that occupies various curvatures between north and south pole. The brane is fastened to conservative and progressive poles and is vibrating around in all dimensions all the time.  When the string is in a position of narrow “line” between north and south, then this is a liberal position. Why?

Liberal position has the lowest possible entropy. It would be wrong to understand a central line like a still line. It moves, and it has highest possible speed/temperature in the central position. Liberal position (straight line) is though hypothetical only. Brane (life) is never at rest. Brane cannot but vibrate. It is easier to picture the brane as soon as we leave two-dimensional space. Brane is (at least) three dimensional. It vibrates in all directions. (In fact, it has to be multidimensional, but that would over complicate the story for this purpose).

That means that above two-dimensional visual presentation of Political Brane topology is misleading in the sense, that left can be on the right, left, back, half right or wherever in the relation of vertical liberal line. Our life is not two dimensional, at least. And this is already implicit proof that there is really no left and right as once forever defined positions. It depends from the angle of the observer to see one side as right and another as left. If you imagine a person that would observe the brane from the opposite side, he would take your left as his right. But then observers take in reality all possible positions around the brane so apart of from poles nothing else is fixed in such a brane.


Traditional left/right stratification is obsolete not only in quantum physics and cosmology but in political sciences as well.


Everyday political stratifications and entropy

Horizontal arrows on the picture represent some possible tensions that are constantly pushing a brane from lowest entropy position to various extremes on all sides of the brane. One can take these tensions as Erwin Schrödinger manifestations of life in his book What is life.

Isn’t it a kind of paradox that extreme left and right positions are positions with highest and not lowest entropy. Why?

Extreme positions are in fact frozen, crystallized positions. Extremists are extremists exactly for their stubbornness and homogeneity. For that reason, they have lowest possible internal energy (they are internally frozen) but highest potential energy in relation to other extremists.

On the other hand, liberal position has no external frictions but at the same time highest internal energy. Liberal means being equally open all around for reactions. As such is having lowest possible entropy with the highest evolutionary potential. In extreme liberal case this potentiality limits to chaos. All options are equally actualized. In such extreme liberal position system produces mutations only – so the system there is in chaos. There is information overflow.

On the other hand, positions away from central, liberal, are those that produce almost no mutations thus representing a rigid system with lowest information output. There are of course many horizontal tensions that keep the brane alive (vibrating) and not only four placed on the picture above. But what is even more important majority of the system finds itself around the peak of power line, red line.

When we say that the entropy of each horizontal tension increases in both directions from vertical line we also say that the sustainability factor (information level) follows phase transition power line (red line). That means that information output raises towards the central liberal line. The line follows power law line, meaning that the highest information level is reached right at the edge of chaos (insanity), in this case central liberal line. Just before red line drops down fast towards central liberal (chaos) line there is a peak, a moment of highest fertility, highest information output and the moment of optimal (sustainable) mutation level of the system. Left and right there are not enough mutations; on the central brane line, there are too many mutations for a system to sustain.

We should understand the brane as an explanation of human micro cosmos or even an explanation of human particles; but as well as explanation of higher entities as political parties and possible even larger entities. This also means that each brane is a world that is unique and separated from all others. There is in fact no communication possible among them. There are parallel worlds within each individual, like explained in neuroscience and for instance in multiple draft scenario of how the mind works from Daniel Dennett.

Political brane topology thus allows us to avoid apparent pitfalls coming from static, two-dimensional, fixes background-based left-right political orientation. With a little help of simplest insights from evolutionary theory, complexity studies but with even more important unprejudicial observation of world around us there is even option for parties should not be in opposition to align themselves and cooperate easier.

Upgrade and further interpretation of Political Brane Topology can be found in Liberal and Conservative again.


Andrej Drapal