If history has proven anything, it’s that governments with heads don’t work. A person’s self-interest almost always prevails over the best interest of the masses they are supposed to represent.
It is safe to say the process of trusting any head of any government to serve the best interest of the masses is a strategy that DOES NOT work. Trusting a person to sacrifice opportunities of personal gain in the interest of others with whom they have no close relationship is a contradiction of their human nature. Once in a great while a “saint” comes along and resists being seduced by power, but its rare and should not be relied upon as a strategy for governing millions of people.
To rely on a process that rarely produces desirable results is foolish.
To continue to rely on heads of government to serve the best interest of the many is insanity.
Here’s a better solution:
An open, online government that has no head.
No more elections or elected officials, no political parties or powerful person to lobby for favors.
No Washington DC, no white house or even physical offices to speak of.
No central authority or decision making centers for corruption and waste to breed.
What would this government look like?
It would be an online based, open community for citizens of that government to participate in.
Each citizen would have the power to submit or vote on proposals.
Proposals may be voted upon at all levels: locally, regionally and nationally – depending on how it might effect you.
The structure of such a system leverages the self interest of the many, to serve the many.
Instead of simply paying taxes and hoping for the best, taxes would instead go into an individuals personal “government” bank account.
These funds are only to be used for proposals that are submitted and voted upon by the citizens of this online government.
Everyone who paid taxes has an opportunity to actively educate themselves and participate on where funds go.
Otherwise funds will be distributed automatically on the basis of winning proposals at all regional levels.
And for the awarding of contracts, there will be no special interest, no lobbying, no personal favors of any kind. We remove the one-on-one interaction entirely. Vendors are awarded contracts based on the majority votes of the citizens effected by their services. Citizens may also leave feedback for government vendors, greatly effecting the awarding of future contracts. The ability to freely participate in any government marketplace would be a boon to crowd thinking innovative and cost effective solutions for government, the opposite of what we have today.
In spite the transparency, any large complicated system will still have its problems. When it comes to resolving disputes or penalizing, there will still be a formal court process with trial by peers. Evidence is presented, a fair trial and resolution will be enacted, all through the citizens of the system, not a single judge or supreme court. Though disputes between persons could still be trailed by judge or jury on a local basis.
To ensure that the citizens online government is expedient, certain rules will be built into how the system will be used and time limits imposed. Rules for how the system will be used and time limits for proposals based on their reach or cost will be determined by the citizens effected by them. The key point here is that all rules and time limits will be neutral and non-biased, based on the significance of the proposal being voted upon rather than who is involved in the transaction. Even the process of submitting or changing rules for how the system itself is governed, are proposed and voted upon by all of the citizens of the government. A government with a structure such as this would be fluid and fast changing. It’s constitution, far from static, would constantly be amended based on the wishes of its majority.
A nation with such a system might to an outside observe appear chaotic and unstable, but closer inspection would reveal that this is a system truly aligned with the fast changing needs of a large population evolving quickly to adapt to ever changing circumstances.
Ultimately by removing the head from government, the power to govern is handed back to the people. With every vote, the self-interest of individuals guide each other towards a better way of life for all.