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Felipe Chang Espino

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Bases of a Social Technocracy (I haven't found anything similar so far).

I had a wild idea long ago, about the creation of a social technocratic government system based on three principles:

1) The broad objective is to promote social development and better living standards, not economic growth, assuming the first will lead to the latter eventually and not vice-versa.

2) The main focus will always be to promote education in all its forms (Arts & Science), with emphasis on freedom and accessibility of information for everyone.

3) The government is a tool for the people to serve themselves therefore it should be easy to use and efficient; public services are created on basis of legal social contracts which can be overridden.

Ideally this would be a retroactive system; the more education given to the people, the better the quality of the people in charge. Encouraging rationalism, and discouraging blind idealism and specially proselytism. It is expected that the person in power is "not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of [his] character." (Paraphrasing MLKJr.)

The government should be composed of three bodies,the popular body (which is elected as a democracy, and advocates for the morality), the technical body (which elects members on project basis, and advocates for the rationality) & the auditing body (which supervises and accounts for efficiency, and represents the viability). The majority of vote is slightly balanced towards the technical body.

The thing about the technical body is that it the members are chosen like in a free market, whoever does the best job gets the contract. This person is appointed by a panel of scholars, is fully accountable for his actions and is constantly evaluated by the auditing and technical bodies for performance on basis of the logic of their ideas as well as the returns on investment. There is no time limit, the person can be replaced a week later if he is not suitable, or stay forever if he is the best in what he does.

Thanks, for more details message me. Any feedback is valued.

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    Sep 8 2011: I like the idea.
    How can we pick pieces of it and apply it to current governments in an effective manner?
    • Sep 8 2011: That would be a problem, because you can't really implement the logic behind it to a democracy. Democracies are based not on actual factual competences, but on perception of competences. That is why we choose the guy/girl who looks like can do the job instead of the guy/girl that actually knows how to do the job.
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        Sep 8 2011: Absolutely, but there's no way to workaround that?

        For example, pick this piece: "the more education given to the people, the better the quality of the people in charge." I think this is a logical goal for society today.
        • Sep 8 2011: Could be. If I was to pick one part it would be the three basic principles, specially the first one. The guidance of governments on economic gain while neglecting the well-being of the people seems to me like the major problem that democracies suffer these days.

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