I keep being thrown by the nature of our governments, especially by democracies. Dictatorships are usually quite straightforward in their aim to control their citizens as well as in their open espousal of nepotism. But our democracies create the illusion of control, by votes or freedom of speech. In reality, electing one of a couple of parties, most with surprisingly similar agendas every couple of years does not seem to offer me any amount of control about the day to day or budgetary decisions that are so important for the actual outcome, or wake, of a government.
I think that a lot of modern technology has to offer is not put to any serious use. Yes we can share videos of our new puppy instantly, our cats never had so much publicity, and neither did we have as many “friends” as we have now.
But what about the way we are governed?
What about the way we interact with our government and hold our government responsible to us?
I propose the following: On a governmental network (like facebook.gov) new policices, and that includes new secretaries and other functionaries, are put up by the people, not by the government. This is important, because the legislative branch has a tendency to justify its size and existence by a steady stream of legislation, when in fact doing nothing might have profited everyone better.
Then those policies recieve votes (likes) and comments. When a sufficient threshold is reached, these policies come into effect. It is also imperative that every policy has a clear, measurable and well defined goal, so that it can be held acountable to that goal. If after a specified time frame (I think 6 months) the policy is never enacted or violates its set goals, it is immediatley abolished.
Functionaries, secretaries and ministers can be put up by anyone, and are elected by everyone. Here also, clear, measurable and well defined goals are set. If a functionary misses to many of his milestones, or by too much, he or she immediately gets replaced. Also if the specified goals are reached and the functionary is no longer useful to the governmental process.
An interesting concept here would be scope: how much of a country or a business is affected by a new policy?
All this would create a dynamic, direct way of government, By the people, through the people and for the people.