THE EVOLUTIONIST ORDER
A BOOK OF POLITICAL THOUGHT BY NEIL T BEAMISH
INTENDED TO ESTABLISH A NEW POLITICAL MOVEMENT


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THE EVOLUTIONIST ORDER
A BOOK OF POLITICAL THOUGHT BY NEIL T BEAMISH
INTENDED TO ESTABLISH A NEW POLITICAL MOVEMENT

This is the official website presented by Neil T Beamish to introduce his book, The Evolutionist Order, and to provide you with the means of obtaining it as an E-book. (It is not available at present as an ordinary printed book.)

The book deals largely with political philosophy and political analysis. Neil Beamish’s primary objective in writing it was to propose a new order for humanity, based mainly on political structures and operations. He extended his thinking to general principles and approaches in decision-taking and to areas such as employment, education and even possible contact with ET civilisations. However, in these cases, his primary aim was to make basic reviews. He put forward some thoughts and proposals. He hoped that others would find them of interest and develop them.

He broadened his studies to cover the contemporary condition of the world. He then concentrated on political functioning, especially in modern democracies. His writing on this fills over half of his book.

When starting his project, he surmised that correct acts of people and the political authorities are determined to a considerable degree by realising the "evolutionary forces" existing with humanity. He does not mean by this "The Law of the Jungle". A central objective with the new order applying would be their fulfilment. He hence called the order evolutionist. However, he always recognised that this approach would have limited power, in dealing with most real-life decisions.

He has also been influenced, but to limited degrees, by other thinkers ranging from Plato to Marx, by democratic traditions of popular participation and by his former employment in the British civil service.

The book would be 800 pages long if it were to appear in normal printed form. It can be acquired as an E-book by downloading it from this site. After self-publishing it in April 2003, he initially made a charge for its acquisition. However, at present, it can be downloaded entirely free, from this page, in order to promote readership.

At this point, the author makes an important announcement, and follows it with an "Insertion". Both were added in June 2006. In 2003, he made some efforts to arouse interest in his E-book, by email. A limited amount was raised. It included some cases of apparent serious interest. However, his hopes that interest would grow quickly and substantially were not fulfilled. It was difficult to make contacts. He started new endeavours to arouse interest in June 2006.

He considers that one cause of his earlier failure was with his website. It contained a lot of information about his book. He thought this was correct. He could really only provide information in it, and in emails that encouraged visiting it. However, he now considers that some relevant information was not covered. It could well have interested visitors, and / or proved valuable to their use of the E-book, if they downloaded it. The division of the information among various webpages was probably also harmful.

His major "Insertion" is long. However, it includes an early index to facilitate a visitor selecting his (or her) reading from it. He believes that a visitor would have sufficient relevant information from it, read fully, to be able then to download the E-book without referring elsewhere. He also considers that the information it contains is generally also necessary for a reader of the E-book to make good use of it. He anticipates that the reader would have successful experiences in consulting the E-book from the start, through the knowledge he gained from reading all of it.

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INSERTION ADDED BY NEIL T BEAMISH, JUNE 2006

1. INTRODUCTION

The author, Neil T Beamish, has added a long "Insertion" in June 2006, starting at this point. It ends only with a separate "paragraph" of three words, "END OF INSERTION". It would be about 7 pages long, with ordinary book pages. He writes it in the first person, from now on, in contrast to the rest of this website.

After its end, I present the rest of the Home page. This is essentially as existing since the website was set up in 2003. It would occupy a little more than one ordinary book page. You might think that this structure is inconsistent with how webpages should be presented. At least a visitor has the flexibility to read from this page what he wants, with easy use of the scroll bar. I also summarise the Insertion contents, shortly, with the titles of its "parts".

I have prepared the Insertion following recently unhappiness about my earlier site. I intended to give the visitor much prospective information, in various pages. A small minority of visitors did indeed visit most or all of them. Quite often, they downloaded my book. Only a small minority of other visitors did. My new Insertion provides a better focussed account, actually substantially different from the traditional contents. The latter are retained. A visitor who reads the Insertion may still want to visit some of them for particular reasons, e.g. to obtain technical guidance on downloading.

The titles of the "parts" are as follows. I add the page numbers (approximating to those in an ordinary book) at which they start. It uses my scale and includes only the Insertion.

1. INTRODUCTION Page 1

2. CEASE YOUR SITE TRIP AND RETURN SOME OTHER TIME? Page 1

3. A "REAL FEEL" FOR MY E-BOOK’S CONTENTS; AND YOUR PROSPECTIVE SELECTION OF WHAT TO READ IN IT Page 3

4. GOING BEYOND READING MY E-BOOK Page 6

5. INTRODUCTION TO MY VIEWS ON POLITICAL AND OTHER FUNCTIONING, ESPECIALLY IN AN "EVOLUTIONIST" STATE Page 7

2. CEASE YOUR SITE TRIP AND RETURN SOME OTHER TIME?

At this early stage of reading, you as a visitor may be willing, in principle, to download my E-book. You would undertake this for free, at present, and from lower down this Home page. Otherwise, you may be prepared to read at least a bit more from the website. Its contents may be quite exciting and out of the ordinary. However, it would almost be like reading a report on a flying saucer! "Only worth the one visit!"

You may be under some time pressure. This would probably be to shift to certain more ordinary things that may be of practical value to you. I then respectfully make a proposal to you that may seem surprising. You cease your inspection of the site, after reading only this Insertion part. You have not just had a "proper" visit. I propose that you return to the site, only when under no time pressure. However, if your attitude is comparable to that of (A) or (D), whom I identify now, it may still be best for you to read on now.

I identify the (simplified) views of six hypothetical visitors, whom I name with single letters. Three of the hypothetical visitors consider that they may be willing to download my E-book:

(A): "This E-book would probably not be worth having. However, if I download it, I can come to a quick check on that from browsing it. I would delete it quickly, if that holds. I want to come to my preliminary decision on downloading quickly, from limited site reading. A basic idea is that I spend as little time, as possible, in total before I can assess its worth."

(B): "The E-book covers important areas and may be valuable to read. My main concern is the author’s views. Would I want to study them? Someone who finds I am reading his E-book may think that I am likely to sympathise with them. I want to learn as much as possible from his website about what his views and proposals are, before I decide whether to download."

(C): "I may download the E-book. However, I am concerned about prospective difficulties, perhaps damaging, that could arise in downloading, and also about consulting an E-book. As regards the latter, it may be difficult to come to assessments from doing so. I could waste a lot of time before deciding on the likely position, that it is no good."

At present, three other readers, (D), (E) and (F), do not expect to download my book. They might possibly change their mind with further reading of the site. If they do not, I hope that they will still find reading from it interesting and maybe thought provoking. Their approaches otherwise bear some parallels to those of (A), (B) and (C) respectively.

I suspect that a very high proportion of visitors reading this sentence will regard reading on as an activity of unclear and marginal worth. This is an important reason why I believe browsing the website when under no time pressure is important. The culminating act of a visit could be downloading. However, for a visitor not used to downloading E-books, that may seem an unpredictable and time-consuming activity. (Incidentally, cases of downloading so far do not seem to have had problems.). He reads now only up to the end of this "part".

He (or she) may continue his (her) inspection of the site now while under some time pressure. He may decide at the end that he will return to it sometime. He would then read more and maybe download the E-book. However, he may later never get round to returning. Suppose he follows my recommendation above. He has had a "curtailed trip". I, at least, consider that he has not had "a proper visit". He has not even found out about my E-book contents. He may return for a single proper visit. He might soon leave then, his interest at an end. However, he would be prepared to do what he considered worthwhile. This might extend to downloading my E-book.

What reading from my site is desirable before downloading? I consider that reading the Home page, including this Insertion, is worthwhile and important. One cause is that it deals with the position that a reader of my E-book should dip into it, here and there, not read it mechanically from the start. If a visitor is prepared to act after this, he can soundly download and start reading. However, he may want to know more, from the contents of other pages.

Suppose his reading has been restricted to this page, when he downloads. Suppose he reads several sections from the book and wants to continue with it. I propose he returns to the site at this stage. A few minutes input then may materially improve his later use of the E-book. If he suspects that he would not get round to returning, he can easily download copies now of my site pages, to files on his computer (or wherever). Referring to them would be adequate.

My recommendation of curtailing may not be correct for (A) and even (D). They would decide whether the level of pressure they are under means that they really cannot manage a quick decision on downloading, and doing so if selected.

3. A "REAL FEEL" FOR MY E-BOOK’S CONTENTS; AND YOUR PROSPECTIVE SELECTION OF WHAT TO READ IN IT

If you download my E-book, I hope that reading this part now would prevent your early reading from it forming "dissatisfying learning experiences".

I recommend that you select only a limited number of its sections of chapters to read before you start reading it, maybe while in your current site visit. In later reading from the E-book, you could revise and extend your intentions as you go.

Moreover, I recommend that you assume, from the start of reading the E-book, that you would only ever read a proportion of it, and probably a limited one. This would be quite sound, as most of the chapters and sections within them can substantially be read independently of other ones.

Using an approximation to pages in an ordinary book, my E-book ended 808 pages long. You may think that is ridiculous. My project got out of control and / or I cannot make a précis! Indeed, I selected too many aspects to consider. Having made selections, I found that sections had "natural lengths", including illustrations that I considered did much to improve them.

The book contains 25 chapters., included in pages 12 to 744:

- Chapter 1 contains various forms of introductory and background coverage.

- 2 to 19 (too many, maybe quite substantially so) cover aspects of democracy. They take 549 pages.

- 20 to 25 deal with my proposals and thoughts on my new "evolutionist" order. They take 183 pages.

All but three chapters are divided into sections. The exceptions are 2 and 3, with brief "scene-setting" on democracy, and 6, on electoral systems (8 pages). The book’s initial and final pages are similar to those in ordinary books. Thus the latter contains a 41 page index and 19 pages of lists of sources.

In more detail, 2 to 8, part of 12 and 15 to 19 cover basic democratic functioning by politicians and political parties. 15 to 19 deal in turn with particular countries and the so-called "European Union", a basically economic arrangement that has developed over the last 50 years. The latter five take partly historical approaches, covering recent periods. 12 also covers local government. 9 deals with the civil service and 10 the use of the legal system to provide rulings on "justice" and "rights". 11 and a further part of 12 deal with people’s active involvement and their interests more generally, and the media.

13 and 14 are based on what has happened with various "real life" subjects. In particular, both consider how they are treated by democratic political functioning, and with what results. 13 deals with various topics as occurring over the world, or in various or one country(s). 14 deals specifically with positions in Britain.

20 introduces the coverage of the evolutionist order. It examines various general influences on past and present societies, and considers evolutionist principles. 21 is the core of the book. It was where I really put in my thinking. It deals with evolutionist political functioning, notably structures used for it. It includes difficult matters, such as action on people who act unacceptably in political action, out of the official structures.

22 to 25 deal with various components of "real life", actual or prospective, in evolutionist states. Actually, they cover mainly those that could be affected by political functioning: 24 deals with the education system; 23 with the population stock and euthanasia; 22 on possible "external" influences, even contact with ET civilisations, and 25 with several areas.

I now offer my thoughts on your possible early selections of parts of the book to read.

21: No, probably, although with regret! It is long (at 82 pages). Its sections cannot really be read fully independently of the others. I have aimed to find structures that would function well, not those that are dramatic. For this, I sought to find a clear and readily-followed career path for professional politicians. I consider that one of the main reasons why political leadership has been so poor, throughout history, has been its absence. Some of my thinking for 21 was rooted in my former employment as a British civil servant.

Some people may find the chapter’s general topic uninteresting. They anticipate that their reactions to the chapter would be similar, even if my proposals were worthwhile. Then read elsewhere! You might be prepared to examine it, but wanted to restrict your attention. I then suggest the following. You may find the first of the three selections unnecessary.

Section

 

Paragraph range

 

Length (page equivalent)

 

Contents

A., C.

 

(21.1-9), (21.21-38)

 

5.5

 

Introductory accounts

F.

 

(21.91-185)

 

19

 

Politician class and national rule

I.

 

(21.221-252)

 

6.75

 

Voluntary involvement in politics

You may feel that ignoring this chapter would mean I rule you out as a serious reader. Not so! It up to you what you read! OK by me, for example, if you prefer to concentrate on democratic functioning.

12 (F): On local government (13 pages long): This was one of the democracy sections that I was more pleased at having written. I based much of it on comments that I happened to find in occasional newspaper articles (or similar, some by practitioners) and integrated. The subject does not readily receive treatment in books. The section deals mainly with British practice. I welded it, for me at least, into an instructive account.

In general, I have aimed for accounts with good broad basic coverage. I am concerned at readers selecting sections that cover what they already know much about. I take for illustration on this: 13 (E to J). They cover various aspects of "environmental" and similar issues. E deals with national population sizes and makeup (especially as changing over time). If you read it, you may start doing so with a fair amount of prior knowledge, but not expertise. You may learn quite a lot from its 17 pages, with improved perspective, as well as being reacquainted with a fair amount of information of which you were aware.

13 (J): Deals with "Political responses to overfishing" (7 pages). It concentrates on that off Newfoundland, Canada. My recommendation for people to consider reading it may encounter much "consumer resistance". However, it deals with a practical environmental problem that is widely important over the world. It shows that "doom merchants" do not always exaggerate dangers. Unless you are Canadian, you probably know little now about my case study.

18 (E) covers the "European Union". You advise me "I am not from Europe. I am interested in western European history, as very important in the world. But not that since 1945! The area’s real importance ended then. I know and care little about the EU. Therefore, you think I should read 18 (E), to follow your broad advice." No! Too Austere. The exception would be if basic knowledge about the EU could be useful for you, maybe with your job.

1 and 20: Unsure whether I should recommend these! Both cover a variety of aspects, mainly different from the main areas of consideration in my book. Thus both are fairly peripheral. With the latter, its coverage has limited importance. If your total reading of my book is limited, would it be better for you to concentrate on the "main areas"? Maybe not. You might find the variety of the two rewarding. You would encounter a wide range of aspects, with a quite short reading period.

2 to 8, part 12, 15 to 19: "Core politics" is usually of such bad or poor quality that it seems wrong to cover it in much detail. However, cases are of major importance for the countries in which they are occurring. Maybe an educated person should appreciate it, to a fair degree, because of that. More important, understanding reasons for the general quality may be of major assistance in understanding how political functioning should occur.

22 to 25: You might find any of these of some interest. I make no claim for expertise with what they cover. If you read any of them, some of my views could set you thinking. Your reading would then have been worthwhile.

The above description does not provide sufficient information for you to select individual sections to read, with few exceptions. The start of my book, and also the Contents page of this site, have full and comprehensive contents listings of sections. You might read one before starting to read book sections. However, it would take a few minutes, more with later thought. It would not be an interesting read. I propose that you cut down on such prior efforts, as far as you are willing to do. Thus you might read the contents list for only the limited number of chapters in which you intended to concentrate your early reading.

I end this part of the Insertion with some limited recounting of reactions to some reading of my book. A vague acquaintance of mine acquired one or two degrees in higher education. He has a responsible job, not in politics or academic life. He has family and sporting interests. He appears to have downloaded my book to his PC. He sometimes reads a section of it from his PC while in bed at night, before going to sleep. He then sometimes needs to read sections a second time to absorb them properly. He was thinking now of concentrating on some late chapters. He has been less knowledgeable on what they cover.

A number of students, mainly in north America, wrote to me in 2003 after downloading my book. I suspect they had read limited amounts of it, as I would expect. One American philosophy student thought we were both seekers of wisdom. He was clearly a Christian, interesting given his positive reaction. A Canadian political science student wrote that he was particularly attracted to my book as he had thought he was the only person in the world interested in changing its order. This comment worked against something I had suspected.

In general, they seemed quite excited that they had come across a book that really covered important and worthwhile things. Political science students may have found it in contrast to the rubbish they need to spend part of their study time dealing with. The E-book could also be important itself, although some seemed dubious it would take off. After a little reading, I suspect they thought "Back to business!"

Another Canadian student complained that my accounts on contemporary issues were already out of date. Maybe he had read accounts of Canadian matters. However, my idea was not to try to duplicate the work of the media, in that respect.

4. GOING BEYOND READING MY E-BOOK

This part of the Insertion may seem inappropriate, given the anticipated reader has not yet downloaded it. He might even be intending, shortly, to forget it and move to other activity. He may then be beyond saving. I find the part’s coverage intriguing, and a reader might be set thinking for a while.

You (he) would probably start reading my E-book, if you do so, expecting that would be no more than a personal, private exercise. It will have no consequences except maybe making you think, and perhaps changing views you hold. You might be willing to go beyond that. Indeed, I have raised the cases of several students above. They made use of how easy it is to write emails to me, and the lack of cost. For each of them, their email was probably a quick five minute exercise. It was undertaken quite casually and a minor event, except for a feeling that they might be involved with something important.

I recognise that my E-book may effectively disappear without trace, like the vast majority of books published. The emails I received, some of which I mentioned above, indicate that some are prepared to go beyond mere reading. This is of particular importance, as such action offers the one real prospect of my E-book taking off, to a moderate or major degree.

The various emails I received back in 2003 are instructive in showing that some readers do readily email me. You are welcome to do likewise, if you have read from my book, even a little. I did not identify the three to whom I referred above. I respect the confidentiality of communication with me. I relax it only with written permission from the writer, that would probably come in the same email. It would be for him to state what he would be content for me to reveal to others. This could include any of his name, email address, occupation and employer, even something like his home phone number.

Any of the three students might consider that I was now being unnecessarily coy. They had written to me openly. None specified any desired limitation, in my use of his correspondence. I stick to my rule. I suggest that it might apply usefully in correspondence about my E-book between two or more people that does not involve me. A past writer to me might wish me to have freedoms now. He is welcome to write to me to give any retrospectively, and /or in new comments he makes. I may add details above of any of the three students, if he were to read this Insertion and write to me. As regards myself, I give permission to use my name and email address as appear in this website.

A reader of my E-book may also like to find other readers, maybe searching for them in personal contacts, or adopt other means. People working or studying in a higher education institution may be unusually likely to find other reader(s). (This would probably not apply at the time of writing, early June 2006.) Organised links might develop. This could lead to some kind of journal, maybe a very casual one on the Internet with only one or two editions. The readers could swop views, maybe extending mine or covering new subjects. They might find that their involvement increased their interest in reading my E-book.

Such co-operation could even have major effects, setting up an intellectual and maybe political movement. These might even lead to my ideas becoming reality, my creed practised officially in one or more national states.

5. INTRODUCTION TO MY VIEWS ON POLITICAL AND OTHER FUNCTIONING, ESPECIALLY IN AN "EVOLUTIONIST" STATE

I have to admit that my views, in the sense of a broad, even all-encompassing theory, about human and national activity, may seem disappointing to you. This is because they are limited. My main views cover the structure of political functioning, the topic of 21. I consider that many other areas of functioning could also do with a good rethink at broad, strategic levels. I undertake some of this with a few areas, but recognise the modest degrees involved.

My justification for limiting my overall theory is that a powerful theory does not exist. Attempts to find one are likely to lead to serious misjudgements. Forcing or pressuring evolutionist states to follow set "doctrinaire" policies, regardless, is likely to have unfortunate consequences. Actually, I recognise that it might prevent some failures. This would be especially in preventing mistakes that are caused by political rulers or ordinary people readily rejecting relevant principles. In some cases, this would be in favour of gratifying "base" or "selfish" desires.

The practices of the states that had been in the Soviet Union, after its break-up in 1990, are a case in point. In freeing them from limitations caused by following Marxist principles, they obtained other disadvantages instead. Notably, criminal and other "strong arm" forces became powerful. Ordinary people often became poorer. Thus, some emphasis on principles would be relevant in an evolutionist state. However, they should be applied flexibly and with good sense.

I admit a real mistake I made with my e-mails in 2003 and with my website until present changes. I wrote that I saw myself as following in the tradition of earlier thinkers, and indeed named Plato and Marx as two of them. I have in fact received correspondence, criticising me over this. It came from those who had searched in vain for evidence of substantial knowledge of past thinkers, borrowing from them or influence by them. They were irritated by my misrepresentation.

I should make it clear that I do not argue that operation of my system will produce a "utopian", "perfect" position. The variety of forces that exist in democracies, often damaging, will broadly still exist in evolutionist states. They would tend to be countered more effectively, through missing the severe disadvantages of democracy. For example, it may be hoped that political leaders will be drawn mainly from those most capable of this work.

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The E-book is available in three "versions". You may be used to reading computer-held documents in portable document format (pdf) with the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® and then prefer to download the version with this format. It has a size of 2.8 MB and the time taken to download it should be (approximately)

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In order to achieve any of the options below, you may perform the following sequence of operations:

(1) In clicking on the option you want, use the right-click on your mouse.

(2) Click (that is, left-click) on "save the target as".

(3) Select where you want to save the document on your computer (or whatever), and click to save.

(4) The download proceeds automatically. When it is over, select the Close option and the file will be ready for you to access from your computer (or whatever).

The copyright position as regards copying from the E-book is now defined. Your obligations established by law are specified in a preliminary "page" of the book and normally apply. You have the right to download a copy to a single computer (or whatever) for your own use. The law prohibits copying of the book to another computer or to another file on your own computer. However you have Neil Beamish’s special permission to do so while the book is available free for downloading, but no later.

Copyright law also prohibits printing copies onto paper. As explained in the Printing section of the Reading, Printing and Formats page of this website, he relaxes this prohibition. You can print copies for yourself and other people with whom you have some association. However, you cannot do so as a commercial operation, designed to make a profit for you.

 

 

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