Improvised Polyrhythmic Society

When the Atlantic Slave trade brough thousands of West African people to the Americas as slaves, they brought their musical ideas with them. The two that have most inspired me are simultanious improvisation and polyrhythms.

Polyrhythms are a type of musical beat that is a core feature of a lot of traditional West African music. It takes many different simple patterns and plays them all at once. For instance: If there are three drummers than the first would play a beat every second, the second would play two beats every other second, and the third would play three beats per second. Entire villiages can participate in this kind of music, every person taking up a drum, or claping, or shouting.

If you aren't used to hearing this kind of music, it sounds like complete chaos, a horrible cacophany of competing sounds. However, if you listen closely and talk to the people who make this music you find that there is a method to this seeming madness. Everyone preforming this is listening to the others and choosing beats that help the overarching music. Every person doing something different and individual, yet all coming together as a group to create something bigger.

The other phenomena I take inspiration from is improvisation. This too has African roots, but I know it best from early jazz bands. Jazz was a result of blending artistic ideas, and the horrible oppression that black people faced in America. In early jazz there were three melodies all at the same time. Each line is distinct from the other two, and this too can seem like chaos. However, we see that again, even though each musician is playing their individual song, they are paying close attention to the other players. Every player gets their time to shine, and the whole thing melds together in the end.

This is my ideal society. A world in which each being may thrive as an individual without the need for constant competition.

I truly think that such a society is possible, and that even if it is not, it is our duty to strive without end to make such a world real. We may never reach perfection, but if we refuse to try, we can only acheive worse and worse forms of suffering. I have named this kind of society Nadrdakti. The following links are to pages which will hold ever evolving documents which outline a system of government which will hopefully help to form a Nadrdakti.

A flexable and radically inclusive bill of rights. Honestly there are only two rights and so far I think that is all that is needed. Everything else in the Nadrdakti is meant to facilitate these rights.

Bill of Inferior Rights. A list of tangable garentees designed to prevent a hostile majority in the community from denying minorities their rights.

Codes for Handling Criminal Cases. An outline of what may be considered a crime, how trials are to be preformed, and what sorts of rehabilitation and/or punishment should be implimented.

Systems of Debate and Election. Never before has a large scale direct democracy been possible, there was simply not fast enough communication to make one work. (This is likely one reason that the USSR was a dictatorship rather than a democracy, it wasn't really feasable to connect a contry that size.) However, Never before has the internet, social media, television, and phone technology available. I wish to outline here the methods and institutions that could allow for billions of people to vote in an informed manner on direct policy issues.