Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 25, 2012, 9:55 p.m. EST by Nanook
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In short, the whole STRUCTURE of government needs to be re-invented. This is NOT a frivolous statement, nor an overstatement for a situation where only a few fixes are needed. The justification is that the complexity of modern life has grown so far from what the first government structure was designed to deal with. The structures of the time were primarily created to apply the communications technology of the time - paper letters delivered by horses! The whole idea that representatives were brought together for voting and to listen to speeches given on a physical assembly floor no longer makes sense, except for the pomp and pageantry of televised state of the Union addresses. The approach of bringing a relatively small number of "average" people together in committees to decide ALL the major issues of the day was based on a very small society with simple agricultural needs.
A modern government designed for the complexity of the modern world using the efficiency of modern technology wouldn't resemble anything like we have now. Instead of an authoritarian power based representative model, it would be an issue based, technically intense, direct democracy, public service model. The "legislators" would have to be a combination of very smart and capable specialists, along with very broadly experienced systems analysts. They would be selected for their ability to COOPERATE and envision broad solutions. Their jobs would not be to polarize issues, but to develop programs and laws that address as many citizen views as possible within the constraints of sustaining life and happiness on the planet.
Most important, the whole concept of accountability needs to be corrected to eliminate corruption. Specifically, any person appointed to a position in any agency MUST be held accountable for IMPLEMENTATION of EVERY element of the law under their control. The fact that a safety administration like OSHA can allow 1,000+ citations for mine safety to go uncorrected ( the recent Big Branch Mine explosion ) is nothing short of CRIMINAL in protecting workers. The fact that legislators make provisions in the law to EXEMPT themselves from crimes all of the citizens are held liable for is nothing short of CRIMINAL and corrupt. Correcting these flaws are best done, not by just passing new laws, but by CHANGING the structures of the agencies and jobs so that they are INHERENTLY resistant to corruption. And sure, many people are going to say this isn't possible. But that's because concepts that can achieve the goal are not being allowed the time of day by the foxes now guarding the henhouse. Our goal should be to heed the words of Thomas Jefferson:
"When the people fear their government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
A number of subtopics related to restructuring government are listed below to help start the discussion. Please jump in on those and feel free to add new subtopics.
WHAT TASKS SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT BE DOING? http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-government-structures/#comment-608383
HOW SHOULD WE RE-SUBDIVIDE THE COUNTRY? http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-government-structures/#comment-607190
HOW DO WE INTEGRATE DIRECT DEMOCRACY? http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-government-structures/#comment-607183
(This post is part of a collection of posts aimed at launching a new process called the National Opinion Collection System (NOCS). For more information on the process, see http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-introduction/ )