(on Better Ways to Achieve individual and collective Health and Efficiency)
could do much better. We could have the democratic republic "of,
for and by" the people that was envisioned by America's heroes.
Status: Rough Draft in progress
Electronic Community Management: the Case for an Automated Republic
When the Constitution was penned, communication and transportation
were, at best, at the speed of horses and wind. This
necessitated the tried-and-true, pyramid structure of representative
management that had been used by armies for ages. As a result,
management of our community was and is slow and vulnerable to
that communication is instantaneous, the role for representatives is
modified. Their theoretical utility as knowlegeable, ethical
nodes for power and information flow should be retained, but their
effectiveness should be modernized and increased. Their
corruptability should be reduced. Who or what, exactly, the
representatives are, is worth consideration.
a system where the circumstances of the people were the primary
concern, each citizen would have reasonable control over how the
community was managed. If the garbage truck was dumping trash
while collecting it, a citizen would have immediate means to address
the issue. If the collected revenues of the community were being
used to murder and destroy so a few rich crooks could stay in power,
that crime would come to light and would immediately stop.
robust, decentralized, automated system of community management is
possible. Instead of corrupt polititians, such a system could
have built-in transparency, blockchain
accountability and timely
effectiveness. Open-source algorithms could evaluate collective
intentions, weigh them against facts established through dependable
sources, and readily channel resources to improving our situation.
Central Planning would not continue. Fiascos like Mao Zedong's
on birds" and the United States' current, hideous "war
on drugs" would be relegated to history as examples of the insanity
of rule by the few. Some criticisms of Peter Joseph's Zeitgeist
Movement, of the Venus Project, and often of the political Left in
general are cautions against centrally-planned government, and with
good reason. A central authority is a target for corruption and
attack. At the Right end of the political spectrum, mindless
populism financed by oligarchs is deadly. What I envision here is
very different. As with dependable
electric power and a
more effective press, our system of government will function better
when decentralized, de-monopolized, and automated.
Soon robotic vehicles will be the norm. They will be a lot safer
than the current, human-piloted traffic we have today. Like a
corrupt government, the human operator of a car is highly susceptible
to error and distraction. Robot vehicles don't get bored or drunk
or angry, they can have more than two eyes and ears, and they can have
years of experience before they make their first trip.
Automotive travel machinery constitutes critical life-support
systems. If they fail the consequences can be unacceptible. Similarly,
critical life support systems are used in hospitals because
they provide the continual monitoring and control that machines
naturally do better than human beings. Collectively,
community management systems are similarly critical. When they
work there is peace and prosperity. Their failure results in
automated system that enables the intelligent, just application of
policy would improve safety, economic stability and public health.
and transparency would enable integrity and robustness.
Others have explored ideas of a modernization of our methods of
community management. I remember reading Alvin Toffler's Future
Shock and the Third Wave where he expounded on the inefficiencies of
our system of government. Computer Technology maven Tim Oreilly has also been a
proponent of increasing the role of computers in government.
The recent book Blockchain Revolution
is a useful look at some of the methodology we can use to fix our community management systems.
Author: Mark Frankenberg