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Dale Retter


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The single thing the world needs most is better government. Tribunocracy is procedural change that will systemically improve government.

Tribunocracy is to Democracy what a Trial is to justice.

Tribunocracy is, What the world needs now...because:

At present citizen voting is the equivalent of a verdict rendered by jurors that do not attend a trial. Our present voting system might be called: “Mobocracy”. The world needs better government making better decisions.

Tribunocracy utilizes Tribunes randomly selected from all the willing eligible potential voters. Like jurors in a court trial the selected Tribunes attend a public trial-like Tribunal Convention before voting. The majority vote of the Tribunes is a proxy for the majority vote of the entire pool of eligible voters from whom they were selected. Like jurors, Tribunes serve only briefly, are dismissed after voting and retain no special power.
Tribunocracy reduces the role of money and shallow information in the election process because:

All the Tribunes attend a public trial-like Tribunal Convention, before they vote. Like jurors in a trial, Tribunes are exposed directly to the candidates and testifying parties for many hours, over a period of days. This exposure will greatly reduce the importance of prior paid advertising and shallow campaigning.

With Tribunocracy elected officials will be less compromised and preoccupied with raising money because:

The massive amounts of money now required to be elected and re-elected will not be needed. Candidates seeking reelection will be subject to much grater scrutiny regarding their past record. Candidates will have much more time to articulate their objectives and positions regarding important issues.

Tribunocracy is to democratic government what a public trial is to justice.
Witnessing and participating in Tribunal Conventions, will provide the public both entertainment and education. Tribunal Conventions will become the ultimate reality TV


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  • May 9 2012: Dear Dale,

    I agree with you. Without perfect government, we cannot achieve sustainable development.

    I have already given an approach to elect perfect government. Most of the issues were considered in the article. Please read "Proposals of Sitaram Naik" at http://www.complexproblems.in/
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      May 14 2012: Tribunocracy is not perfect government, but it is a significant systemic improvement. I liked your Proposals. I too believe most of our problems exist, not because there are not solutions, but because we don't have the systems in place to allow them to be chosen. see the Heaven and Hell preface at www.tribunocracy.org
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        May 16 2012: Now that's a very interesting statement. Social problems certainly seem to have their root causes in the systems we've arranged. Since nobody wants the discomfort of total revamping, we continue to 'patch' the issues without changing the fundamentals - which have usually evolved since their basic tenets were created back in the Rennaissance. if the gov't were a corporation, do we think they would have survived? They would have certainly reorganized. With our new capabilities, and the utter revolution in abilities, ideas, and impending singularities, maybe a new constitutional convention is in order.

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