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geoffrey matheson
Posted almost 3 years ago
A website that shifts the focus of politics to bureaucracy by ranking civil servants on their ability to pass legislation proposed by users.
Hi guys, thanks for the replies. @Ryan, our government certainly is a republic, we elect officials to, REPRESENT us. I agree that currently, a vote for a candidate is a vote for them to make decisions on our behalf, but they are not acting in our best interests. With the approval rating for congress around 10 percent its hardly fair to say that they are representing us as should be done in a republic. Let me be more clear about my idea, because you are making assumptions as well. I am not proposing to throw out all the politicians, simply to measure their performance, in a non political way and encourage their improvement through positive reenforcement (game mechanics). I also plan to start this on the state or even local government level. If as you suggest the opinions/desires of the common citizen should not be represented, then the type of government you are talking about is thinly veiled oligarchy at best, and a dictatorship at worst. Groups of average people have been shown to be more intelligent (except in specific environments discussed later) then single specialists, so based on the research your opinion is simply incorrect. Under the wrong conditions: >Homogeneity >Centralization >Division >Imitation >Emotionality Crowd wisdom fails as "group think" takes over. Unfortunately each one of these traits describes our current political system. Fortunately, a website by its very nature, would start to break these habits. The rest of the conditions can be prevented through web design and a user policy that mandates civil debate. ----------- @ Fritzie, Yes I did mean legislators specifically. I was using the term civil servants overabundantly in an attempt to highlight the missing service component of current legislator. I suppose, "voted for a piece of legislation" would be one way to indicate that your representative had put his vote in the right or wrong direction. On the local government level it becomes easier to track (but only slightly)