Rodrigo Vela Weber

German FairAccess

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Can systems designed 50-100 yrs ago still be functional. Are changes to them the solution or we need to start all over again?

The social systems, the public health systems, the tax systems in most of our countries where designed many decades ago with an idea of the world that has nothing to do with how the world works now. Many changes have been made but is that the best solution? Couldn't we come up with far better and more effective systems if we start from "0"? Taking advantage of all the new resources there are as key elements of its structure? Tell me what you think.

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    Mar 27 2012: You use the words "our" and "we" Mr. Weber. Am I correct in assuming you use those pronouns to represent Earthlings? If so your proposal is for a One World government model. I am interested in preserving the heritage of my homeland, the United States. She is in need of improvement but I fear a program of globally centralized government of the planet. Also, new does not equal better, and old does not equal bad. Don't throw-out the baby with the bathwater, or, as we say here, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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    Mar 27 2012: This is absolutely a wonderful idea,only I would like to add that instead of starting from scrap, It will be better to identify the best existing structures all over the world for various systems, and then upgrades from there.
  • Mar 27 2012: What is zero? Our history is what we start from
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    Mar 29 2012: I believe your underlying premise is that we are entering an age unlike any in the past, and that our current 'systems' are inadequate for the task ahead. I couldn't agree more. Tech singularity and social connectivity are revolutionizing our way of life, and our definition of what it means to be human. This will require new modes of organization. But I agree with some of the other responders - there is no '0' to start from. There's only where we are now, and where we want to be. Hopefully we'll learn something from the past. Thanks for the interesting question.
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    Mar 27 2012: @edward long: No I don't propose a One World government model. I said WE and OUR because that's a common problem.

    Most of the countries have the same kind of problems, they try to improve their "systems" like health systems, economic models, tax systems and so on. All of these massive models where originally designed when the world worked completely different. Regardless if those systems worked at their onset or not, I can't imagine that with all the new technologies and resources we have now we can't designed a more effective and fair model. I'm trying to keep this as a general idea, not for a specific system or a specific country but as a mindset. I think most of us don't realize the effect that the internet, social media, cloud computing among others have and could have on our society.
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    Mar 27 2012: The premise of your statement is flawed. You have assumed these governmental systems were fully functional at their onset. I would state that the flaws were already built in to these governmental systems. The functional flaws will always become apparent as these governmental systems enlarged themselves and encompassed more of the individual. As the various activities of daily living are driven from the individuals control to the federal governments control, the inherent functional flaws will been seen.