Intelligent Systems And Their Societies Walter Fritz

Discussion Groups


Here you will see how many layers of discussion groups permit the election of those personally known.
Further, how they permit the flow of information about problems (and proposals to resolve them), from the citizens to the mayor. There is also a flow of information in the other direction, from the mayor to each citizen, about intended actions, and requests for approval of these actions.


(Of the individual, person, member, citizen, of a municipality)
The individual is the basis of the proposed system of government. It will have the liberty to do whatever it wishes (namely to reach its objectives) as long as this does not hinder all other persons to also reach their own objectives.
Since the most important entity of this system of government is the person, she/he has to be independent and cannot belong to another person or be bought and sold. To obtain easier those objectives held in common with other persons, like defense and commerce, the individual will elect a government.

Discussion Groups will establish themselves within the municipality, to consider all problems of the municipality (which may include those of the nation and the world in general). The author recommends that members of these groups obtain training in techniques of cooperation and group work. See Golden Rules (Enter for continuous reading, like a book). . and A bit about consensus (Exterior link).

These Discussion Groups (which are somewhat similar to quality circles), will have a minimum membership of three persons and a maximum of twelve. When the amount of persons exceeds the maximum, the group splits into two groups. If the number is below the minimum, the group has to join another. They meet at least once per month and not oftener then weekly. To pertain to a group, a member has to be present (personally or via internet) at more than 75% of the meetings.
A person can be resident in only one municipality at a time (if she/he changes residence she/he will have to notify both involved municipalities. Each member can participate in only one Discussion Group of the lowest level. The different municipalities check this by a comparison of computer lists.

Each basic (lowest level) Discussion Group will elect a representative by secret vote (All elections will be secret to avoid votes due to fear of reprisals). The representative will be elected by at least 67% of the votes, for a duration of 4 years, and can be reelected only once (with an interval). When the members of the Discussion Group do not agree anymore with the actions of their representative, they will remove her/him with a vote of at least 75% (here the vote of the representative does not count).
If a representative resists being removed, the Discussion Group can appeal to the next higher Discussion Group, or, if need be, to the municipality.

The elected representative, together with others, will form a Discussion Group of the next higher level. There will be many such levels of Discussion Groups. The highest level Discussion Group, will be the board of directors of the municipality and elect the mayor "Elect only somebody you know personally".
The board of directors will receive suggestions and information from the next lower level Discussion Groups and inform them about plans of the municipality. These again inform and receive information from their lower level Discussion Groups.

Members of a discussion group can be also members of a political party, but that is not an obligation.


All said above has the advantage that every person knows well whom she/he elects as a representative, and permits a free flow of information from the base to the top and down.


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Last Edited 31 July 2013 / Walter Fritz
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