posted on Oct, 11 2014 @ 06:53 AM
A few weeks ago I made a post, with very poor success, about what I saw as the future melding of capitalism and socialism. In fairness, my theory was
probably not developed enough to see the light of gray text on darker gray background. Certainly it was too liberal for most of the honest working
class individuals who inhabit this forum. Even to me, it was naive. I even said it in the post.
Today, I will make a similar but different thread. My idea of the "perfect" government. Again, this is just a brainchild. It's simplistic,
naive, and liberal. Much like my farm-raised midwestern self. So, here it is. Just like last time, flames, additions, criticisms,
conspiracy-related comments, self-delusions, rebuttal of self-delusions, and, I suppose, constructive replies are welcome and dearly hoped for.
It is my opinion that the idea behind representative government has expired. Representative government made sense at a time when it wasn't practical
for individuals to make their own decisions, so they got a group together, chose a trusted individual and said, "Look, we're trusting you to
understand and represent our interests. Don't let us down. Go to Congress and make us proud." This made a ton of sense in a time when going to
your uncles house 2.5 miles away was your summer vacation. It made sense at a time where you were so busy on the farm that you didn't really have
time to talk about what precise percentage company incomes should be taxed at. It made sense at a time when the best you could hope for was to choose
a trusted representative to send to the forum and hope he could get the word out about what you needed or didn't need to be able to keep making a
This seems moot, now. Via the internet, every day we give our opinion so many times. We like posts on Facebook, we ignore others. We flag and star
ATS posts, we ignore others. We play this game, we ignore that one. We watch one Youtube clip and never click the other one. In short, we have
time, ability, and motivation to say to others, "You don't know me, but this is what I think about this one specific thing.", several times a day.
So imagine this.
Say congress was replaced by an open-source polling software. You register with what is now your SS number. In future, I would imagine a Universal
ID would encompass your name, vital statistics, bank balance, and secure email. But that's maybe for another post. At any rate, a system would be
in place to ensure one vote per person.
I imagine a system that would be something like ATS, and Youtube put together. But all, absolutely all (this is a super important part of it) open
source. I could even imagine the central servers handling raw data only, and the open source code being compiled and executed on end-users machines
to ensure compliance.
Basically, there would be an issue. Let's say the issue is ISIS. A 10 day (for example) poll would begin. During the 10 days, anyone who chose to
could submit an "thread" to a forum composed of this subject. These could be text of video. Users would rate these threads with stars, flags,
likes, thumbs, whatever you want to call it. After a few days, it should become clear that a few ideas that a lot of people agree with are beginning
to emerge, and these would be shown more prominently than whatever random guy's "My idea on Ebola". However, the promotion would be regulated by
the software which, again, would be open source so that there's no doubt that a specific agenda is being pushed.
During and especially toward the end of the 10 days, users would be able to vote on a thread. Whichever thread gets voted highest becomes law,
exactly as happens when congress passes a law now.
This is still a centralist government. I have an additional theory which basically involes flipping government upside down.
Basically, the federal government is the weakest but most widespread.
State government is medium. Not as weak, but not as widespread.
Local government has the trump card, but is not at all widespread.
Basically, the federal government could say "Murder is illegal, Rape is illegal, Prostitution is illegal, and Marijuana is illegal."
And state A could say "We inherit the federal laws on murder, rape and prostitution. Marijuana however is legal in this state."
And Local A could say "We inherit the state laws on murder, rape, and marijuana. Prostitution is also legal in this locality."
And Local B could say "We inherit the state laws on rape. Murder, Marijuana and Prostitution are both legal in this locality."
This is basically a programming concept. The federal government would set the local variables, but state, county, and city governments would have the
ability to reprogram each variable, but only in their own scope. City A could never change city B's law. But City A and City B could both take
issue with State A's law on "X" and change it. But only locally. Any city could also just inherit law "X".
Maybe I've had too much to drink tonight, I'm not sure. But as much as I, for one, don't care to welcome our robot overlords, I really feel like
open-source computer programming will and become the future of domestic and commercial plumbing.