URANTIA READERS INTERNATIONAL
QUARTERLY REPORT---October, November, December
DEMOCRACY HAS ITS DOWNSIDE
The Ideals of Statehood and the Evolution of Competition (Paper 71)
The underlying theme of this report is the introduction to readers of information of a material nature that
underscores the need to spiritualize our existence, as we eat and breathe exclusively in a material world—and
while we have made great strides, advancing far and wide materially, we are barely scratching the surface
spiritually, having made terrible mistakes on our evolutionary path—mistakes that are not easily correctable; we
will therefore randomly discuss social factors deemed important enough to be included in our revelation and how
they might relate to the future of societies in general.
“The modern State is the institution which survived in the long struggle for group power. Superior power
eventually prevailed, and it produced a creature of fact—the state—together with the moral myth of the absolute
obligation of the citizen to live and die for the state. But the state is not of divine genesis; it was not even
produced by volitionally intelligent human action; it is purely an evolutionary institution and was wholly automatic
in origin.” (Pg. 800—Presented by a Melchizadek)
“The state is a territorial social regulative organization, and the strongest, most efficient, and enduring state is
composed of a single nation whose people have a common language, mores, and institutions.” (The United
States is no longer united in its culture, evidenced by our new direction of multiculturalism that has become so
commonplace in the last 50 years—it is actually tearing us apart)
SOME HISTORY OF THE EMBRYONIC STATE (Pg. 800)
“The northern tribes of the American red men never attained real statehood. They never progressed beyond a
loose confederation of tribes, a very primitive form of state. Their nearest approach was the Iroquois federation,
but this group of six nations never quite functioned as a state and failed to survive because of the absence of
essentials to modern national life, such as:
1. Acquirement and inheritance of private property
2. Cities plus agriculture and industry.
3. Helpful domestic animals.
4. Practical family organization. These red men clung to the mother-family and nephew inheritance.
5. Definite territory.
6. A strong executive head.
7. Enslavement of captives—they either adopted or massacred them.
8. Decisive conquests.
The red men were too democratic; they had a good government, but it failed. Eventually they would have
evolved a state had they not prematurely encountered the more advanced civilization of the white man, who was
pursuing the governmental methods of the Greeks and Romans.”
“The successful Roman state was based on:
1. The father-family
2. Agriculture and the domestication of animals.
3. Condensation of population—cities.
4. Private property and land.
5. Slavery—classes of citizenship.
6. Conquest and reorganization of weak and backward peoples.
7. Definite territory with roads,
8. Personal and strong rulers.”
The Weakness and ultimate collapse of the empire wasn’t so much its multifarious reforms, but rather in the
sudden and extensive manner of their adoption. “The collapse of Rome indicates what may be expected when a
state undergoes too rapid extension associated with internal degeneration.” (Exactly what’s happening here!)
“Failure of state integration results in retrogression to prestate conditions of governmental techniques, such as
the feudalism of the European Middle Ages. During these dark ages the territorial state collapsed, and there was
a reversion to the small castle groups, the reappearance of the clan and tribal stages of development. Similar
semistates even now exist in Asia and Africa, but not all of them are evolutionary reversions; many are the
embryonic nucleuses of states of the future.”
Every democracy as well as all cultures have their value systems, many of which are shared with other cultures—
and many not, and while some are of divinity status none are to be considered a God given right, exclusive to
the human estate. Many of our Western values, for example, are not shared with Mid-Eastern cultures who
regard their spiritual values as ordained by God—Sheriah law as an example.
The Divinity values of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness have their experience in human behavior as love, mercy,
and ministry and are perceived on impersonal levels as justice, power, and sovereignty. (Pg. 2 UB) The
governance of decent societies must allow for freedoms based upon these divinity values, but with restrictions
against excessive liberties (Law or restraint) -- a certain amount of restraint until societies mature. Once
societies develop too many freedoms it becomes imperative to initiate limited restraints so as not to become
bound by excessive control and/or excessive liberties; the dark ages being a prime example of overcontrol by a
church dominated state. An overly restrained society works against the developmental growth of its creative
capacity and stagnation eventually occurs. This, if not closely monitored signals the downward spiral of that
society. As advancing (evolutional) humans, we have become aware of the necessity of civility within the cultures
of the world; without this civility cultures will disintegrate. Sooner or later incivility elicits hostility, vitriol, and
meaningless discussions leading to the possibility of war. Cultures devoid of restraint provide for a lawless
society (happening today throughout Africa), yet on the other hand excessive laws destroy the functionality
along with the creative capacity of the culture. When creativity, enterprise, and invention are stifled, production
becomes stifled, often a result of religion or antithetically secularism dominating the culture—a condition now
appearing throughout much of the uncivilized world.
As humans of an advanced society we clamor for the value of justice—not a divine right but rather a divine
value. It is important to make the distinction for we appear to be laboring under the false assumption that justice,
along with equal rights for all and the right to live out our lives in a free world are somehow God given rights, and
that these rights best comes only from a democracy, but as our revelation has pointed out democracy is only
sometimes the best way of doing the wrong thing. What we have failed to recognize is that: “Popular elections
may not always decide things rightly, but they represent the right way even to do a wrong thing” (pg.802-2).
“Evolution does not at once produce superlative perfection but rather comparative and advancing practical
adjustment.” (Pg. 802- UB) Stated simply, justice does not always come from a democratic society; any society
can bestow justice, but more often it might come within a democracy. There are certain human rights espoused
by conservative television moderators as being divine rights--rights bestowed by God, which is becoming an
adnauseam overdone cliché. Both Bill O’Reilly and Glen Beck have often referred to certain social rights as
emanating from the domain of God, but such is never the case. All human rights are conferred only by the
society in which one lives; there is no such thing as a divine right bestowed by God—any so called right given to
humanity by God can be taken away at any given time by the whim of any powerful social structure. If rights were
ordained by God they would be inherent in all cultures. God does not even confer upon us the right to live.
Another social misconception is the ideal of sovereignty which in a way relates to the convoluted ideal of a divine
right. In reality there is no such thing as true social sovereignty in an evolutionary world—that at any given time
any assumed sovereignty can immediately be displaced by a larger power, empirically noticeable throughout
history—just ask the Indians. It may be a good idea to establish sovereignties among states and nations while
they are governed within borders, but these sovereignties are seldom permanent. When cultures are beneficent
and powerful enough to sustain themselves they might endure, based on the wisdom of their inhabitants, but this
is not the only criteria. The Neanderthals, if we can regard their existence as a culture survived as the longest
primitive civilization (about 800,000 years), but were quickly displaced by the Cro-Magnon who themselves
shortly disappeared. Beneficence here implies the incorporation of love, mercy and ministry in the behaviors of
individuals, and on the impersonal level as justice, power and sovereignty—these being the enduring values
sustaining the longevity of all great civilizations. Any deviation from these divinity values puts the culture in peril.
Cultures recognizing these values possess an innate sustainability to last for centuries, providing they don’t give
up their wise leadership.
Democratic cultures are only as good as the individuals comprising the culture. If the Third Reich were a
democracy it may not have lasted as long as it did as a dictatorship but its dominance over its population would
have been pretty much the same if it were a democracy due the accepting hearts and minds of the people. In
other words, they could have easily elected the same type of government they ended up with. Today people look
forward to democratizing the Mid-East as a future panacea to bringing them into the 21st century, but as long as
the dominion of Islam remains entrenched, the society is destined to remain philosophically primitive no matter
the nature of the political structure. A democracy in the sense that it is control by an autocrat may be worthless
as we have already discovered in the contrived democracy of Venezuela.
We have far too long hailed democracy as the cure-all for failing cultures, and while the Western world clamors
for its implementation in the East to bring social justice to its populations, this could end up being a big mistake—
a colossal misjudgment to a lesser mature society with a low degree of civility—a mimicked civility, for there is
much hatred, animosity, and arcane ideals within these non-evolved or backward cultures; societies that have
conditioned their women to accept the plight of social subservience and social injustices as an unquestioning
routine of living are only as good as the motives of their people, and this is evident in the corrupt, so-called
democracy of Iran, with its leaders bent on recovering the glory days of the ancient Persian empire. This so-
called democracy referred to here is one wherein the ballot system is rigged and the false votes lead to the
election of one out of favor with the population, so while it is called a democracy it is really nothing but a
In our clamor for freedom for the rest of the world we have intentionally displaced those very liberties we sought
to acquire for our own country -- we have given the shop away, and are now clamoring to get it back, but are we
too late? Much of the alien world is now at liberty to destroy us if they should desire; the only thing stopping them
is an assured mutual destruction, which even a semi-sane ruler would not want to face. One nuclear exchange
with any of the following countries is all it takes to stop the merry-go-round: China, Russia, Israel, Iran, USA,
North Korea, Pakistan, India, and whoever else should join the nuclear fraternity in the near future. With laser
development seriously underway and EMP’s already off the drawing board we are precariously perched as king
of the mountain with crazies in the international community propitiously waiting to seize the high ground.
Democracies work fairly well when they are controlled by the middle class, by any experienced group with
average intelligence, accompanied by normal motivation and objective behaviors. When ulterior motives to
redistribute wealth on the part of a minority underclass takes hold of society only the worst can be expected, and
this is when democracies experience their greatest downfall—when they become most fragile. By virtue of the
vote of a majority of minorities (disenfranchised and cynical), goods and services of society can get redistributed
or redirected to those who have not earned the right to such, and the burden then falls on the real earners to
such an extent that it can break the back of all wage earners (through excessive taxation); forget the Indians—
just ask the Romans. This then becomes evidence of the avarice of the non-earner, the welfare recipient, the
indolent and the non-producer—more often the lower and uneducated strata of society—a strata which should
never be in control of the vote in any democracy, or invariably they will give the shop away, and always to the
enrichment of themselves, and those experiencing the same plight throughout the world—the franchisee pays
the price, the disenfranchised takes control, and the decay begins. It is a perverse value that the non-earner
holds to when he believes he should receive the same benefits in life as the earner. We have unfortunately
arrived at this juncture; we are at the crossroads of continued social decadence, or contrarily a breakaway path
leading towards enlightenment through a collective social renaissance embracing the cultural awareness of
integrity, honesty and sincerity—those sacred principles of civilized life, something only marginally accepted by
today’s United States Congress. But, it is not only the indolent, and the unwise leadership in Congress that have
led us astray; unions and the corporate avarice of industrial leaders have contributed their fair share to our
THE EVOLUTION OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT
“Democracy, while an ideal, is a product of civilization, not of evolution. Go slowly! select carefully! For the
dangers of democracy are:
1. Glorification of mediocrity.
2. Choice of base and ignorant rulers.
3. Failure to recognize the basic facts of social evolution.
4. Danger of universal suffrage in the hands of uneducated and indolent minorities.
5. Slavery to public opinion; the majority is not always right.
Public opinion, common opinion, has always delayed society; nevertheless, it is valuable, for, while retarding
social evolution, it does preserve civilization.”
The downside of democracy arises when an unwise populace outnumbers the wise. On page 802 of the Urantia
book there are listed 10 stages or steps to the evolution of practical and efficient form of representative
government. It is number eight and nine where we are really missing the boat: (Pg. 802)
8. Universal suffrage. Representative government presupposes an intelligent, efficient, and universal electorate.
The character of such a government will ever be determined by the character and caliber of those who compose
it. As civilization progresses, suffrage, while remaining universal for both sexes, will be effectively modified,
regrouped, and otherwise differentiated.” The otherwise differentiated refers to voting factors we have yet to
seriously consider, based in part upon “intelligent, efficient and universal electorate”; and also upon a merit
voting system allocating a different number of votes per individual. This is discussed in a different section of the
revelation—(Paper 72). We should never allow sub-intellectuals (below a normal IQ) to vote; the effective
regrouping and modification mentioned above might also preclude, as an example, degenerates such as
outlawed gang members and certain classifications of criminals and non-citizens from voting. All voting rights
would be extended only to a normal citizenry based on a merit system of sorts, allotting a prescribed number of
votes to each bonefide citizen based on a variety of salient factors such as education, experience, age and
contributions to the community, etc. In that way 10th grade school dropouts, social free-loaders or habitual
criminals might receive only one vote (by virtue of attaining voting age) as opposed to a Benjamin Franklin type
of individual who might receive 10 votes. Voters might receive anywhere between 1 and 10 votes depending on
qualifications. This technique of differential voting as suggested by the revelation would preclude any possible
rule by an illiterate or flagrantly ignorant segment of the population.
9. “Control of public servants. No civil government will be serviceable and effective unless the citizenry possess
and use wise techniques of guiding and controlling officeholders and public servants.” This should send a grave
message to all Congressional constituents throughout America. Congressional leaders deliberately destroyed
the housing market and have at least temporarily destroyed much of the economy, yet as of today no one has
really been held accountable. Society seemingly has little to no control over the government, and the
overwhelming problem is that many don’t even care.
THE CHARACTER OF STATEHOOD (Pg. 806-807)
“The only sacred feature of any human government is the division of statehood into the three domains of
executive, legislative, and judicial functions. The universe is administered in accordance with such a plan of
segregation of functions and authority. Aside from this divine concept of effective social regulation or civil
government, it matters little what form of state a people may elect to have, provided the citizenry is ever
progressing toward the goal of augmented self-control and increased social service. The intellectual keenness,
economic wisdom, social cleverness, and moral stamina of a people are all faithfully reflected in statehood.”
“The evolution of statehood entails progress from level to level, as follows:
1. The creation of a threefold government of executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
2. The freedom of social, political, and religious activities.
3. The abolition of all forms of slavery and human bondage.
4. The ability of the citizenry to control the levying of taxes.
5. The establishment of universal education—learning extended from the cradle to the grave.
6. The proper adjustment between local and national governments.
7. The fostering of science and the conquest of disease.
8. The due recognition of sex equality and the co-ordinated functioning of men and women in the home,
school, and church, with specialized service of women in industry and government.
9. The elimination of toiling slavery by machine invention and the subsequent mastery of the machine age.
10. The conquest of dialects—the triumph of a universal language.
11. The ending of war—international adjudication of national and racial differences by continental courts of
nations presided over by a supreme planetary tribunal automatically recruited from the periodically retiring heads
of the continental courts. The continental courts are authoritative; the world court is advisory—moral.
12. The world-wide vogue of the pursuit of wisdom—the exaltation of philosophy. The evolution of a world
religion, which will presage the entrance of the planet upon the earlier phases of settlement in light and life.
These are the prerequisites of progressive government and the earmarks of ideal statehood. Urantia is far from
the realization of these exalted ideals, but civilized races have made a beginning—mankind is on the march
toward higher evolutionary destinies.”
THE IDEALS OF STATEHOOD (Pg. 803)
“The political or administrative form of a government is of little consequence provided it affords the essentials of
civil progress—liberty, security, education, and social co-ordination. It is not what a state is but what it does that
determines the course of social evolution. And after all, no state can transcend the moral values of its citizenry
as exemplified in their chosen leaders. Ignorance and selfishness will insure the downfall of even the highest
type of government.”
“Much as it is to be regretted, national egotism has been essential to social survival. The chosen people doctrine
has been a prime factor in tribal welding and nation building right on down to modern times. But no state can
attain ideal levels of functioning until every form of intolerance is mastered; it is everlastingly inimical to human
progress. And intolerance is best combated by the co-ordination of science, commerce, play, and religion.”
One can already discern conditions where a benign dictatorship or even a wise monarchy would surpass a
democracy in rendering social progress to the culture, especially when the democracy is divided on every
important social issue, allowing for idiotic things like filibustering to decide national issues. All that is needed in
governmental rule are the conditions mentioned above—a democracy is not needed, and is not necessarily best
when there is such a lack of unity as exists today. The division in our own country is clear evidence of the
stalemates that occur within democracies devoid of a clear course of social evolution and with so little integrity;
however, under the prevailing conditions a dictatorship could be far worse than a democracy since there is so
little redress in any fascistic or autocratic form of government.
What the Mid-East countries need more than anything is a decent constitution under a bill of rights insuring
equal liberty and justice for all, and with a mandate separating church and state. Women must have the same
rights as men, something their college students are demanding while religion stubbornly continues to resists.
“The laws of the ideal state are few in number, and they have passed out of the negativistic taboo age into the
era of the positive progress of individual liberty consequent upon enhanced self-control. The exalted state not
only compels its citizens to work but also entices them into profitable and uplifting utilization of the increasing
leisure which results from toil liberation by the advancing machine age. Leisure must produce as well as
“No society has progressed very far when it permits idleness or tolerates poverty. But poverty and dependence
can never be eliminated if the defective and degenerate stocks are freely supported and permitted to reproduce
“A moral society should aim to preserve the self-respect of its citizenry and afford every normal individual
adequate opportunity for self-realization. Such a plan of social achievement would yield a cultural society of the
highest order. Social evolution should be encouraged by governmental supervision which exercises a minimum
of regulative control. That state is best which co-ordinates most while governing least.”
“The ideals of statehood must be attained by evolution, by the slow growth of civic consciousness, the
recognition of the obligation and privilege of social service. At first men assume the burdens of government as a
duty, following the end of the administration of political spoilsman, but later on they seek such ministry as a
privilege, as the greatest honor. The status of any level of civilization is faithfully portrayed by the caliber of its
citizens who volunteer to accept the responsibilities of statehood.”
THE EVOLUTION OF COMPETITION (Pg. 805)
“Competition is essential to social progress, but competition, unregulated, breeds violence. In current society,
competition is slowly displacing war in that it determines the individual’s place in industry, as well as decreeing
the survival of the industries themselves. (Murder and war differ in their status before the mores, murder having
been outlawed since the early days of society, while war has never yet been outlawed by mankind as a whole.)
The ideal state undertakes to regulate social conduct only enough to take violence out of individual competition
and to prevent unfairness in personal initiative. Here is a great problem in statehood: How can you guarantee
peace and quiet in industry, pay the taxes to support state power, and at the same time prevent taxation from
handicapping industry and keep the state from becoming parasitical or tyrannical?
Throughout the earlier ages of any world, competition is essential to progressive civilization. As the evolution of
man progresses, co-operation becomes increasingly effective. In advanced civilizations co-operation is more
efficient than competition. Early man is stimulated by competition. Early evolution is characterized by the survival
of the biologically fit, but later civilizations are the better promoted by intelligent co-operation, understanding
fraternity, and spiritual brotherhood.
True, competition in industry is exceedingly wasteful and highly ineffective, but no attempt to eliminate this
economic lost motion should be countenanced if such adjustments entail even the slightest abrogation of any of
the basic liberties of the individual.”
THE PROFIT MOTIVE (Pg. 805)
“Present-day profit-motivated economics is doomed unless profit motives can be augmented by service motives.
Ruthless competition based on narrow-minded self-interest is ultimately destructive of even those things which it
seeks to maintain. Exclusive and self-serving profit motivation is incompatible with Christian ideals—much more
incompatible with the teachings of Jesus.”
In economics, profit motivation is to service motivation what fear is to love in religion. But the profit motive must
not be suddenly destroyed or removed; it keeps many otherwise slothful mortals hard at work. It is not necessary
however, that this social energy arouser be forever selfish in its objectives.” (Pg. 805)
The above material is provided to present the Urantia reader with some clarity as to what we should expect from
our government leaders and a few of the reasons why we are where we are today. Perhaps part of the problems
can be subsumed under the general category of ignorance; ignorance of: intelligent social co-operation,
understanding fraternity, and spiritual brotherhood, along with an attitude of life based on self-serving
motivations to the exclusive benefit of selfish individuals. The paragraph above presents one of those doomed
admonishments that are occasionally found in the revelation, which in this case spells out economic doom,
“unless profit motives can be augmented by service motives.” In years to come the profit motive is entirely
displaced by the service motive, but I am afraid this is a long way off. There is no economy as we know it now
that exists in the afterlife; no stock-market, no municipal bonds, no investments in real estate, no life insurance
policies, no auto insurance, etc., hence the service motive predominates. Like the boy-scout that helps the old
lady across the street, we should not be expecting a quarter for every good deed--one’s financial portfolio is non-
existent once we leave this world, so there is no need to acquire monetary wealth in the next
“The profit motive of economic activities is altogether base and wholly unworthy of an advanced order of society;
nevertheless, it is an indispensable factor throughout the earlier phases of civilization. Profit motivation must not
be taken away from men until they have firmly possessed themselves of superior types of nonprofit motives for
economic striving and social serving—the transcendent urges of superlative wisdom, intriguing brotherhood, and
excellency of spiritual attainment.”
Several things might be of interest to the reader; Paul Herrick here in Florida has managed to get several
articles into the Palm Beach Post internet site where he has been able to mention the Urantia book. He is in the
Travel section with some very interesting articles. In past years he has had several articles published in the
Jupiter Courier as well as the Post where he was able to mention the “Book”. If you send in a comment your
comment will appear in just moments on their site.
We enjoy hearing from the readership with your comments on the quarterly reports. We have concentrated our
efforts on informing many of you on the severity of events taking place within the economy and have given
warning of an impending financial disaster. You may want to read paper 195 in its entirety, which gives some
warning signs leading to a doomed economy if certain things are not implemented soon; none of which have
been implemented. Some investors have just recently come to recognize how perverse many of our institutions
are. Banks, due to their selfish mistakes of over lending in the past are now refusing to lend any money at all in
the housing market. Freddy Mac is now asking for another $500,000,000 for additional bail-out to their financial
fiasco. The un-employment is far worse than people have been led to believe; and the housing crisis is far worse
than we have been told. The only reason the stock market has been up this past year is that profits are up,
which is the only concern of institutional investors, and this, of course, is because they have laid off many of their
workers and due to a lower pay-roll are able to claim profits. But this will ultimately come back to bite them, simply
because all the laid-off workers shortly will have no money to spend and unemployment benefits (now extended
over three years) has to eventually end. We are in very dire straits, and so far, no one appears to have a
solution. We have out-sourced much of the production of this country and are literally indebted to China for
trillions of dollars (less than a decade ago, a debtor nation itself). Just go into any department store including the
furniture department and see where things are made. We can buy cheaper with the Chinese making our items
but they are the ones doing the making—the employed ones—the producers. We can sit around watching the
televisions made in Japan, wearing the clothes made in China while sitting on a piece of furniture also made in
China. Oops! There is only one slight problem, no more money coming in to buy more merchandise, because we
have no job market due to minimal production, and little chance of getting a job anywhere to pay for future
expenditures; this being the very grave state of affairs that many refuse to comprehend in all its ramifications.
As stated on page 803-7 “Leisure must produce as well as consume” We have out-sourced heavily to China, the
Philippines, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Korea, and elsewhere, to the extent that this predictable stroke of myopia
has left us embarrassingly naked in front of the whole world. We have now unintentionally become one of them—
a third world indigent. There are many things wrong with our economy, but just one of those things might prove
to elicit dire consequences—the price of gas at the pump. And several of these mistakes together can do
irreparable damage to our economic future for years to come. Pay attention, vote wisely, and don’t forget to
share this revelation with others—you are in the vanguard of a movement that is shortly destined to sweep the
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