E-Government and Teleworking the Globe

Years ago, I realized that technology has enabled us to transform our system of government into an e-government, IF we managed to do it RIGHT, and ONLY if the people consented.

Right now, everyone gets more or less an equal vote. Obviously, if you’re one of Wyoming’s 578,759 denizens, your vote for Governor and Senators counts about 64 times more than if you were one of California’s 37,254,523 million denizens. However, you have roughly the same vote through your Representatives and vote for the President, but ONLY if you’re not disenfranchised by flagrantly un-Constitutional “winner takes all” schemes.

My original idea involved using a multi-tiered message forum whereby an individual’s stature* would be dynamically determined by a fairly complex point system based on:

one’s age (1 pt/yr)

work history (equivalent full-time hours, 1 pt/yr for 40 hrs/wk, 50 wks/yr i.e. 1 pt/2,000 wk hrs)

education (both level and program as deemed useful to society by society)

training (both complexity and societal usefulness)

review of one’s forum comments by peers, subordinates and superordinates (superiors).

Scores are averaged, so proliferation earns you no additional points. Rather, it’s the quality, depth, and thoughtfulness of your posts which count. The system would favor relatively simple but necessarily complex solutions to problems.

Similar protections exist to prevent people from ganging up against you. In fact, you could come up with an ingenious idea, and if it’s well-supported by a hundred people, it could easily outweigh the angry rants of 10,000 others.

Ties to Constitutional precepts could be claimed by the author or given by reviewers, but those claims would need to be substantiated, as would criticism. Again, it’s the ratings of the substantiation and criticisms that would carry the weight.

One’s behavior in society would affect your stature, as well. You might get docked 20% of your points for every year you failed to file your tax returns. A misdemeanor conviction might cost you half. A felony conviction would cost you all, and you would lose access to the system for, say, 10 years after the expiration of all sentences, suspensions and probation.

The format would be loosely modeled after how bills are handled by most states and by Congress, with proposals, periods for gathering input, working committees, critique periods, revision periods, etc., and with the people themselves voting whether or not to move a bill to the next stage, resubmit to the current stage, yank it back a stage or two, or kill it altogether.

Naturally, my approach would bypass Congress altogether.

What with the Wuhan Coronavirus (COVID-19 from SARS-CoV-2) already upon us, I think it’s time for a serious review!

Besides, the approach could be tailored to running virtual companies that nevertheless churn our very real products and services.

*stature: quality or status gained by growth, development, or achievement

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