|Intelligent Systems And Their Societies||Walter Fritz|
You will see what the basic principles are for a good government, created for the intelligent system, namely for us. We will own this government and be stockholders. We should elect only persons we know personally and not those known only by election slogans. See below how this can be done.
These basic principles allow individuals (that is intelligent systems) to reach their objectives by their own efforts, or, where needed, with the help of a government, owned by them.
See Basic Principles (Enter for continuous reading, like a book)..
Today, the individual has only a choice of electing one of few persons, none of whom he really knows: he knows them only from election slogans and carefully prepared TV shows. It is better to elect a person you know well. So why not have a discussion group, where neighbors meet periodically, talking about problems of their neighborhood and how to solve them. Then they select one of the group to represent them in the next higher level discussion group. There would be many levels of such discussion groups. The highest level discussion group then selects one of the group as mayor. Thus at all levels, the person elected is well known to the group that elected her or him.
For much detail see Discussion Groups (Enter for continuous reading, like a book)..
The basic political unit should be the municipality. It is owned by the citizens who have one share each. The cost of having a government should be paid to the municipality by one tax only, so that the level of this cost is obvious. Citizens, as owners of the municipality, and to somewhat even out income levels, will receive a monthly dividend. The municipality shall regulate the "Basic Principles" by municipal laws thus helping their citizens and stockholders to reach their goals, to protect them and help them in adversity. They should subcontract services, whenever possible, to private enterprises.
See The Municipality (Enter for continuous reading, like a book)..
Higher Levels of Government
There are many names for layers of higher government such as: districts, provinces, territories, states, nations, and in the future, continental governments and planetary government.
For those jobs that the municipality cannot do alone, it contracts and pays for the services of the next higher level of government. This in turn does the same for its next higher level of government. Laws and actions of a higher government level are voted by the next lower level. Once approved by vote, they are obligatory for all lower government levels.
See Higher Levels of Government (Enter for continuous reading, like a book)..
Main deficiencies of the actual system
In most countries, the citizens have too little control over the government. Suggestions and protests and an election every four years is an insufficient method of control. Control should be permanent and effective.
The cost of government in most nations is way too high. It is ridiculous to pay between 40% and 50% of our income to a government so that it may govern us. (This percentage includes taxes of all types). In medieval times 10% was considered reasonable. Today, with the help of computers, this percentage should be less. To this we do have to add the cost of the Social Dividend (For continuous reading, like a book - do not enter here now)..
The main danger of the proposed system
Citizens may begin to think only about the affairs of their own municipality and may lose the overall view of matters concerning all the world.
This system of government will function better if the participating persons (discussion groups) are knowledgeable, know how to work in cooperation with others and, at least in their majority, recognize the importance of a well functioning society.
A society is a complex system. It is difficult to predict how any change affects a complex system, so changes have to be done in small steps, observing the effect after each step, and changing the step back, if the result is not as desired.
A good start seems to be to implement the discussion groups in a few municipalities.
Have a look also, in books or the internet, what the philosopher John Locke thought about government systems.
In the foregoing we try to derive a new system of government from a set of basic principles. Many details of this proposal surely need improvement, as will be seen when trying to implement this system. But it is time to change the present system of government, where the person to a greater or lesser degree exists at the service of the government, into a new system where the individual is of the greatest importance and the government only a service contracted and paid for by each person.
If we all push for changes in government in this direction, we can slowly get to a better system of government.
Also see World Federalist Movement
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