a reply to: MichiganSwampBuck
I would say I have a very scientific mind. So, I would say that the purpose for a coherent quantification of democracy (in other words, "giving a
number" to the democratic nature of a system), is to remove any political gray area. It's easy for a politician to say, "sure, we suspended some
rights, but it's not that bad". How do you define "not that bad"? What value does it have in real life, this "not that bad"?
The Deviation I propose, on the other hand, provides a concrete number, and a stable one at that. To illustrate what I mean, I have used the formula
to calculate the Deviation of local Quebec government, in Canada. I will share the results with you here.
2018-era Canada scores a deviation of 0.2272
However, 2021-era Canada now scores a deviation of 0.5909
This means that in real life, this government has jumped by over 0.3 points away
from a complete democracy; and is now over halfway towards the
Using the formula, we can see that the "not that bad" propaganda we are being fed is actually kinda really bad
, since we now have a number to
a reply to: TzarChasm
It was primarily designed to analyse a political system, rather than any specific officials. Officials are bound to obey rulebooks (or money...), so
their actions can be rather complex to analyse. As a result, the Deviation measures the system as a whole. It is easier to quantify a large system
than a small one such as an official. However, your idea is most certainly interesting, and might be rather useful in domains such as psychology.
a reply to: loveguy
This is an important issue you raise. I would think that some people, by the nature of their professions, might be more confident regarding some of
the Questions of the formula. I am thinking about those that study laws, but also managers, since they all need to get familiar with documents.
Of course, however, the formula is meant to be completed by any people. When in doubt about any of the formula's Questions, I propose that we
subscribe to the "innocent until proven guilty" ethics, and answer "no" to that particular Question. It'll be obvious if it's a "yes". So if it's not
that obvious, it's more likely to be a "no".
Having many, many
people use this formula to calculate the Deviation of a System will allow everyone to form an average
, which will be
increasingly accurate the more people announce their own findings. Some people support the status quo, and might underestimate the Deviation. Other
people might oppose the status quo, and overestimate the Deviation. Combined, all results can be compiled into an average that is much closer to the
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