Reviewism is an alternative to the natural currents of progressivism and conservatism, being a social ideology that advocates for the review and verification of the moral goodness or neutrality of behaviors, before the legalization of them. Reviewism advocates for scientific commissions to study the effects of behavior on the population, using differing laws across state jurisdictions to form control groups and experiment groups. Reviewism posits that morality can best be summed up as the effects on the collective, with the collective’s good being seen as the aggregate good of the individuals within the group. Reviewism as a concept stems from an amalgamation of cybernetics theory and dialectical materialism, with the belief that the world is driven by material conditions, which determine social conditions, and which further influence and impact our lives. Reviewism is the belief that applying cybernetic theory to social policies and applications allows for the state to respond better to the reality of the times, and studies are periodically reviewed and redone within Reviewism to update previous stances on social behaviors. Reviewism believes it to be the one true socialist moral philosophy, allowing for totalist, socialist super-states to function in accordance with the aims of benefitting the people, bypassing traditional one-size-fits-all legislation concerning human rights, privacy rights, and property rights. This is to ensure that the collective is not harmed by the actions of individuals, special interest groups, or minority groups.
In an attempt to rectify the perpetrators or common offenders slipping through the cracks, Reviewism promotes the concept of polycentric laws, with the premise being that individuals with differing social credit scores and differing criminal histories are entitled or denied from engaging in the same behaviors. A chronic substance abuser, for instance, won’t be allowed to legally purchase any narcotics, while a chronically reckless driver will have their right to operate vehicles suspended. Reviewism sees these actions not as an intrusion on an individual’s rights, as Reviewism does not believe in the traditional concept of rights, rather seeing everyone entitled to privileges until a history of abusing them deems the individual’s privilege a danger or hindrance to the collective. Reviewism advocates for the use of a sweeping surveillance state, that simply records and monitors the actions of everyone to ensure compliance and adjust privileges based on behaviors, reporting, observing, and restricting rather than enforcing until a situation becomes apparently dangerous to the collective’s health. For example, if a man, being over the legal limit for alcohol or other impairing substances as recorded via microchip, tried to start his car, he would find his car wouldn’t start in a Reviewist society, and in the morning, would be forced to report to a mandatory judicial meeting to determine the rehabilitation measures for his attempt at drunk driving. While Reviewism sees rehabilitation of otherwise functional citizens as highly desirable, Reviewism also believes that for more serious offenses, such as murder or the spreading of unsubstantiated misinformation through public channels, the punishment should serve as a highly public deterrent.
Reviewism would rely on omnipresent surveillance, managed largely by autonomous systems and updated continually by IoT technologies, to adjust privileges for people on a case-by-case basis. Operating in an economy where everything was observed and recorded, the objective of Reviewism would be to engage in harm reduction, while allowing for the more effective management and study of economic activities and human activities by the government. Reviewism sees that the people have the right to full transparency, in order to critique and readjust the system accordingly to better suit the interests of the society, and mandates that all judicial and enforcement entities operate as arms-length bodies, independent from political control, in order to ensure more fair and better implementation of Reviewism. This ideology also mandates the monitoring and capping of bank accounts based on a combination of salary, bonuses, and subpay, to prevent corruption from occurring in a socialist system. Reviewism sees private property as a corrupting factor and sees the abolition of it as necessary in building a truly socialist state, where decision-makers can’t be enriched by the decisions they choose. for their constituents, beyond what their pay stipulates.
Reviewism, using science and statistical methods to measure the morality of things, operates on the principle that as long as 2/3rds of the population benefit from an action, then the act is not tyrannical. On the contrary, tyranny in the Reviewist’s eyes is seen as the imposition of unpopular policies on the masses by a tiny minority. As long as a social policy maximizes human freedom while minimizing harm resulting from those freedoms, it is deemed a morally-sound legislation by Reviewism, and in this vein, Reviewism sees both progressivism and conservatism as backwards, one-dimensional moral philosophies that fail to adjust for the great behavioral variability between individuals. Reviewism sees liberalism and conservatism as ideologies doomed to fail at putting things into context and readjusting themselves to the continually changing reality they find themselves in, instead providing both too many liberties in many ways and too many restrictions in other ways. As an ideology that reacts with the times and is devoted to improving the collective’s wellbeing, while holding individuals accountable to personalized rules, Reviewism aims to take into account everything necessary to create an ethical, sustainable, and prosperous society.