On the Principles of Social Gravity
How Human Systems Work, From the Family to the United Nations
by Tobore Onojighofia Tobore
“On the Principles of Social Gravity” proposes a radical new way of thinking about social systems. It explains that all social systems –institutions created of and for human beings e.g. healthcare system, family, military etc., – are held together or governed by nine principles or rules. Using these principles, it examined the problems facing the US healthcare system, criminal justice system, social security, student debt crisis, tax policies, immigration, the political system, and the United Nations. Then, provided novel and unique solutions to them.
It expands on the meaning of social entropy and explains how it affects all social systems. It explains new terms like social gravity, de-entropification, primary and secondary contributors, negative and positive homogeneity, positive and negative homogenous group, homogenization, etc. that many readers will find enlightening and very interesting. It is a book that is likely to spark national and even global discussions about many of the institutions we have created. It’s originality and usefulness makes it very likely that it will find a wide audience and many of its terms may become popular in the wider society. Since anyone could use the same principles developed in this book to understand and solve the problems with any social system, it will be useful for adoption in the university, for researchers and professors in the social sciences.
Chapter 1 Introduction to Social Gravity
Chapter 2 The Healthcare System
Chapter 3 The Criminal Justice System
Chapter 4 Social Security
Chapter 5 The Nation-State and Immigration
Chapter 6 Higher Education and Student Loans
Chapter 7 Tax Policies, Inequality and Economic Growth
Chapter 8 The Political System and Government
Chapter 9 The United Nations and the Security Council
Chapter 10 Final Conclusions
Tobore Tobore has lived in many parts of the world including Nigeria, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Russia, and the United States. He speaks and understands several languages and has visited more than 60 countries including Japan, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Great Britain and many nations in the European Union, Malaysia, Singapore, Nigeria, Russia, Belarus, Turkey, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Canada, Ghana, and many others. These experiences have exposed him to the influence of mass immigration in these countries, different systems of government, criminal justice systems, ways of delivering health care, managing higher education and the work of the United Nations.
Tobore Tobore’s concise and thought-provoking book, On the Principles of Social Gravity, offers pragmatic analyses of the risks the degeneration of current social systems coupled with the importance of achieving the systems-based heterogeneity essential to thrive in a changing world. In his opening chapter, Introduction to Social Gravity, Tobore does a fine job defining and providing examples of the notion of social gravity and nine principles which can help neutralize the negative influences of social entropy which he applies to each of the social systems examined in ensuing chapters. He applies his model of social gravity to the family, health care system, Social Security, schools, the military, community, nation-state, criminal justice system, and the United Nations.
Given the dynamics and complexity of the health care sector in the USA today, this book is particularly timely and useful. The chapter The Healthcare System provides an informative review of current US-based payment systems, the role of third-party payers and the population demographics which directly influence the cost of health services. A case is made for how the aging population throughout the world directly impacts cost and utilization. This section of the book provides a useful launch pad for creative, future-focused thinking about payment systems and the vital need to redesign health care services delivery.
Through the lens of social gravity, Tobore challenges the reader to acknowledge the complex nature of the nine social systems he examines and the demands of future-oriented thinking and change.
Dr. Ann-Michele Gundlach
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health