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Democratic Levels

Unfortunately, democracy suffers from one very fundamental weakness – there is very little incentive for a voter to vote well and carefully. Normally there must be a huge numbers of facts a voter should know before they can vote well. But there is not enough incentive for a voter to do this essential work (I cover this problem in much more detail in my webpage:Known Mathematical Political Results).


The following diagram indicates how I over come this terrible problem.


The bottom items in this diagram are simply the diagrams I described in detail in my "Members, Meetings, Officers and Voting" webpage. In this case I overcome the problem by insisting that all voting members must turn up at all formal meeting. And then their voting will be recorded so, if they vote badly, then everyone in the future would know the people who caused this problem. And, besides all this, in this community of 100 people, where everyone knows everyone else exceedingly well because they all live together, everyone would tend to know all the facts of the situation automatically. So this basic problem of lack of incentive to vote well can be overcome in this small tight community.


Now going up the diagram, we see that the officials of the village centre are not voted for by the village citizens, but by their hamlet representatives. Now the sole job of these hamlet representatives is to vote for the various officials of village. So these hamlet representatives have all the time in the world to study the candidate’s qualifications exceedingly well. So they certainly ought to vote correctly. And besides all this, these hamlet representatives would probably take a particular interest in the village centre’s activities. And again, all the village voting would be recorded for future generations to study. So there are a huge number of reasons to feel that the village house of representatives would do a reasonably good job of voting for all the new officials, who will run their village centre. (Of course the usual limitations on officers must apply: so an official can only stay in the same office for 3 years; and no person can hold more than one official position.)


The same situation of devoted village representatives doing all the voting would apply to voting for all the town-centre officers as well. So these careful measures should overcome this incentive problem for both higher levels of government.
            You can see that in these two higher levels of government, I now have far more officers who will need to be voted for. I think this is necessary. There are a lot more activities going on the village centre and even more in the town centre. And each activity should have an officer in charge. So perhaps the town centre might now need 50 different officers. But this still only means that each representatives needs to elect a new officer every week. So this is not too much work for our representatives.


In these higher levels of government, I would expect that many other citizens would now sit for many of the exams that all the various officials must take. And all these qualified citizens could act as deputies in the various departments. So this structure of qualifications would apply in these larger communities in the same way as it does in all advanced societies.



My next normal webpage is: "Information and Recognition".


          You might now also like to look back at:

either my "Home Page" (which introduces this whole website and lists all my webpages),

or "Green Living" (which introduces this major set of webpages),

or "Forming Green Communities", (which introduces this set of webpages).


Updated on 11/11/2016.