Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A New Way To Vote

We’ve been electing our leaders the same way off and on for thousands of years with very mixed results. Sometimes lasting for hundreds of years and sometime ending with a tyrannical dictator. Just because we’ve used a thing for a long time doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon.  I have a couple of changes I would like to propose for the system of representative democracy, that will hopefully make a system the represents more of the interests of every single individual.

The first big problem with the democratic system is that it doesn’t truly represent the interests of everyone in the country. When a decision is made by only %51 of a population we are completely ignoring the interests of some people.  The only way a democratic vote could represent the interests of %100 percent of the people is if the standard for approval for a vote is %100 percent.

 We create a system by which only citizens that voted for a person or agency benefit from the agency. This would reduce the size of agencies so that they would only serve small regions but it would mean that only the agencies that provided the most to their constituents would get the support. They would also represent the desires of %100 of their constituents.

 Next is that the democratic system enshrines ideas that may sound good on paper but if they don’t work out it may be difficult to do away with.  This goes for politicians as well.  We’re all familiar with campaign promises that go out the window once the election is over.

 Dealing with this issue should be fairly simple. We set the system up so that candidates need to prove to each individual voter they can provide, or actually provide service before they can receive their votes.  This will ensure that the majority of the promises made by politicians actually come to fruition.

 All of this would require that every element of our government be broken down into small independent agencies.  Each agency vying for the votes of the people by providing the people the best service possible.  This also requires that every single individual in society be a participant in the governmental system.  In order to receive any service they will have to vote for it.

 In order to vote for a service in the first place each individual will need to be given these votes by others.  Everyone in this system is a member of the government and needs to receive votes by benefiting others.  Anyone that does something that benefits society in a valuable way will receive votes from those they have benefited.

Since there is no centralized agency in this system, the votes could be created by anyone.  To prevent someone from just printing votes and flooding the system, the votes will have to be either something of intrinsic value or limited in quantity.  This would promote trust in the votes maintaining their value and ability to be used to gain services.