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 D - Democracy plan


Democracy plan: The democracy plan is an idea about about good democratic government that I have since many years, and that was originally caused by my extensive experiences with Dutch elections and the Dutch electorate. The brief version is: We must try to give the power of the democratic vote, both passive and active, only to such citizens who have shown that they can exercise it, on average rationally and informedly.

The basic idea here is democracy of education: EVERYBODY in society gets an equal chance, i.e. easily available grants for personal education, free books, free and public education, and necessary help, to education and to finish a university - and only those who finished a university (or equivalent) get a right to vote or be voted.

This is a fair system, since in it EVERYBODY has the same rights on a good education, and those rights should be much better than they are now in practice in Europe or the U.S., and be effectively free. It also is a rational system, since this guarantees, as well as this can be done objectively and fairly, that only those who are minimally qualified to judge rationally get a chance to judge on policies that effect the chances of all. And indeed everyone who believes himself or herself qualified to vote or be voted can show that he or she qualifies for this by getting a degree.

So, what's all this in aid off?

Negatively, taken together, the Democracy Plan and Bureaucracy Plan are aimed to prevent bad government; bad governors; bad, incompetent or corrupt civil servants (a type of entity I want to see - almost, say apart from professional ambassadors and a few similar jobs for highly qualified highly trained persons - wholly non-existent); the "democratic" choice of incompetents, careerists, or aspiring dictators by a majority of the misled (it is probably quite true that "not everyone can be fooled all of the time", but surely it is also true that vast "democratic" majorities have been effectively fooled and misled all of the time in very many cases: Enlightened minorities are almost useless if unenlightened majorities may decide who is to govern them, and what policies are rational and fair); despotic government, police or military powers; and they aim to further a government of the people, by the people and for the people, on the basis of policies elected by those best qualified to judge, but maintained by all in the few years in one's life each does social service as civil servant - which incidentally should also contribute to the personal education and social understanding of all.

Positively, taken together, the sort of society I want:

A society governed by its total adult population through some years of civil service, that replaces nearly all of present state bureaucracies, with its ruling élite and policies selected by and from the highly educated of the society, and such that everyone is given the same chance on the best education, which is made available to all who are capable of it.

A society dedicated to the furthering of science and technology, first and foremost furthered by education, schools and universities, in the interest of all, where everyone has the right to be fed, educated, housed, clothed and provided with work that fits his capacities and inclinations, and where all have the freedoms of speech, discussion, publication, movement, opinion, argumentation, production and selling, all only bound by and regulated by public laws, maintained by independent public courts, with public judgments.

A society where everyone is in principle expected to interact by peaceful cooperation, free discussion, with resort to independent third parties to resolve conflicts, and by mutual agreement, contracts or promises that are expected to stand if freely agreed to.

A society whose citizens are expected to be intelligent, informed, educated, witty, rational, reasonable, cooperative, fair, honest, and where everyone has a fair chance of a bearable life, the development of any personal talents, and is fairly rewarded according to real merit.


See also: Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy Plan, Democracy, Government, Power, State,


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 Original: Aug 19, 2004                                                Last edited: 18 November 2005.   Top