Democracy and Decision-Making
|This blog entry is related to the poll:||What should we have for lunch? (2)|
1) Universal direct democracy has highest authority.
2) All adult organisms advanced enough to comprise soul consciousness get a vote.
The purpose of democracy is to give the public more of what they do want and less of what they don't want. Democracy is about allowing the will of the public to manifest.
Best decision-making methods
1) Direct Democracy
a) Everybody can have their first pick.
E.g. 9 friends get to choose between pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, or macarons. Everybody can have their first choice because 1 friend will take down all the orders, pick up all the food, and bring it to one location.
(The purpose of democracy is to give the public more of what they do want and less of what they don't want.)
Best decision-making method: Everybody gets their first pick.
Result: Everybody gets their first choice.
b) Only one choice is possible.
E.g. 9 friends get to choose between pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, or macarons. The 9 friends must choose between going to a pizza store, hamburger store, hot dog store, ice cream parlour, or bakery. The 9 friends want to eat together at the same place and each store sells only one of the desired items.
Best decision-making method:
Before I thought multiple rounds of plurality voting would best account for what people liked and what they hated. However, I think Augustin's emocracy method is actually the most useful now because it takes account of what people like and what they hate and only requires a single round of voting.
The emocracy method with a negative range as large as the positive range and an "I don't know option" is best for gauging the will of the people. Democracy also means people have the right to curtail decisions they really despise. This will be reflected in the negative scoring. Additionally, it's completely acceptable for one friend to say he doesn't care where they go and let the other friends who do have a preference decide.
The friends would collectively complete the following poll: http://en.minguo.info/poll/14377_what_do_you_want_for_lunch
Result: The store selling the food option that gets the highest positive score is where the friends would go for lunch.
2) Representative Democracy
A representative democracy is different from a constitutional republic or constitutional monarchy in that representative democracy acknowledges that direct democracy has highest authority. In contrast, constitutional republics and constitutional monarchies do not acknowledge this.
The decisions of the representative body should have next highest authority. Thus, courts cannot block the decisions of the representative body. The only way courts would be allowed to block the decisions of the representative body is if the general public voted via direct democracy to allow for such.
Best decision-making method: The point of the representative body is to comprise individuals who represent the likes and dislikes of the general public so the will of the public manifests through the representative body. Proportional representation would be best.
E.g. There are 90 people who must elect 9 representatives to represent their food preference in the representative body. Each person will vote for the representative who has the most similar taste to him/herself. If a third of the population of 90 people really like pizza and really hate macarons and vote for representatives who really like pizza and really hate macarons, then a third of people within the representative body should really like pizza and really hate macarons.
After the representatives for the representative body are chosen, they would make decisions in a similar fashion to the way the 9 friends made decisions in the direct democracy scenarios in part 1.
What do you guys think about this? Can you think of better methods to give the public more of what they do want and less of what they don't want?