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Which form of government (if any) do you consider the most beneficial to humanity?

The exercise is to figure out where we should work to be in order to provide the best quality of life for every human alive, today and in the future. Please be sure to expand on *why* you consider it the best idea. The more specific the better.

It need not currently exist today. If you have an idea for a new form, or no form, please share it.

  • Jul 16 2012: As libertarian as possible. Government involved in enforcing laws based on the Hammurabi code, and protecting the borders. Everything else left to private businesses. Education, insurance, welfare, social security, all of it. Prices would plummet to compete, and new competition would enrich any economy. Let the thing govern itself and take care of the idiots who don't realize they could make it in the free market system. Jails don't work, so use the Hammurabi code. People wouldn't do bad things as readily, and people would be free to peruse any industry they choose. And with no government restrictions on research labs, and competition for hospitals, medicine would advance much quicker to offer new special deals and services other hospitals can't. Bad teachers would get fired, good teachers would get raises. Everyone would work harder and reap a richer crop. The only government program you can join is the military. Countries would blossom economically, and more people would be born with a chance to succeed. After all, that's what the idea is, right? Helping people? This is helping them help themselves and everybody else at the same time! What could be better? If you see any flaws please don't hesitate to let me know.
  • Jul 4 2012: The honest government that works to improve the well-being of the majority of people and not just the private corporation and other property owners and the top one percent of money-income group. Integrity (absence of corruption) is the most important characteristic of a successful government. That, combined with respect for individual freedoms and rights, is the ultimately successful government. Let's bring it about as soon as possible. Where there is a will, there is a way. We can do it within our generation. May as well. Then watch the joy level of the population soar!
    • Jul 5 2012: What form of government would be most likely to allow this to happen? And why?
  • Jul 26 2012: in my perspective we may evolve from our experiences of practicing various type of governance systems around the globe for the best interests of human being. Democracy with well engraved value system which should build on a uniform human rights bases in true sense. I have alraedy mentioned in my conversation point under politics headline with the title of Pre-requisite of Democracy.
    Now we cannot see the democratic governance system being practice alone iwithin the countriy even it is pertinent to have democratic relationship among the countris across the world to attain the true prosperity of human being world wide. this is the time to promote democratic value based systems within countires as well as among the countries without any exploitation of human rights regardless of rich and poor countries. similarly human rights based development models should be promoted. we should also condemn anti human development models democratically.
  • Jul 20 2012: This question assumes there is a political solution to your question. With ever form of government there appears to be a solution that works. Yet over the past 200 years, we have seen many forms of government fall to a greater need of the planet. Yes our democracy has been beneficial to great number of people. In fact, is has been beneficial to many countries,but so has England, France and Germany. All different. If u r able to exercise strength over many years, and people in the greater number r furthered in their life styles and comforts, again our government seems to be best for man kind. But we are so new to the game. Monarchies have existed for 1000s of years and helped millions of people over centuries. Is that the stand u pursue. The answer is not as easy as the question. Call back in 5000 Ad and I know more...
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    Jul 16 2012: Tribunocracy please see:
  • Jul 7 2012: I feel this is more of an anthropology question more than political.

    Maybe I'm reading your question wrong ,but to me it sounds like, "what system will make us as close to an Utopian society,where there is no poverty or wars?"

    How can you have one ruling system for every human being? How are you going to conform every single person into believing its the best system for everybody and not just for your beneficial gain ? The "best quality of life" is just your opinion and everybody will have their own interpretation of what the best quality is. We all have different life styles all around the world. What would be the standard of living?
    Will there be technology , and if so who will have accesses to them?
    What kind of education system will be provided?
    What about economics?
    What about culture and religion?
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    Jul 6 2012: Direct Democracy

    Shared in between educated, dedicated, tolerant and responsible citizens
    which are all included in a sustainable, stable and reasonable economy,
    which serves the common wealth, technical development and shared prosperity.
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      Jul 7 2012: Jan-Bernd

      What do you do when the citizens start voting themselves free stuff that the country cannot afford?
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        Jul 7 2012: If I was part of direct democracy and this was the majority vote, I would vote against it, if the purpose would not convince me.

        Fortunately those tendencies do not happen more often in DD than in other sytems. Otherwise Switzerland would be different today.
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          Jul 7 2012: I have to admit that is interesting.

          The thing I take away from this sucess is the investment that the northern European countries make in educating their people.(maybe that is what should be emulated) Without educated people this system would fail miserably. But that is the challenge in the U.S. as it is easier to just buy the votes.
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        Jul 7 2012: Education is the key, you are right. Yet I can assure you that the US is not alone in its difficulties on this topic. Germany, for instance, didn't really like and liked the results of the PISA study, as it revealed again, that arrogance and ignorance never has been a good advisor in one's own achievements.
        That't why I think, for now, we Germans should learn from Finland on this matter to improve what we have. For some it takes a lot to swallow 'national pride', yet if they do, they are free to discover a lot of good ideas and concepts which are out there...
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          Jul 7 2012: Where is the chart showing the scores?

          This is a similar report:

          One thing to keep in mind is that the U.S. does better at the higher levels of education for good reason. I base this off of foreign students attending college here. That now that is mostly yesterday's steam.
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    Jul 5 2012: My idea does not exist in the world as it is.
    Hence, it can not be codified into a political theory.
    Humans should stop hoping that the world of tomorrow, thanks to a certain political ideology with popular support, would be different from the world of today.

    I propose the rejection of the myth of a benevolent ruling class, whether as a democracy, monarchy or military council. A certain form of tension perpetually maintained between protest and acceptance; a certain rejection without refusal.
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    Jul 4 2012: 1 Benign monarchy, is this ever going to happen? Nope

    2 A Republic

    3 Democracy

    4 Socialism

    5 Communism (Fascism and Communism are the same thing)
    • Jul 5 2012: Thanks for the reply.

      I also tend to lean towards a monarchy as the best bet for quality of life for all people. The downside obviously being it is a crap shoot whether the next monarch would be benign or not. Possibly a constitutional monarchy would be the best of both worlds, something allowing for protected rights of the people even if the monarch was not benign, or possibly a means to vote out the monarch.

      On #4, socialism is a policy, not a government type. For instance, the US having public schools, police and highways is a socialist policy. Put simply, socialism is when the government takes over the management or ownership of something which otherwise private industry would handle. The most common usage of it is to improve efficiency. It goes without saying efficiency isn't always the result.