SciFi Question of the Day: Would it be possible to design a government for your planet’s new colony whose politicians all have “regular” jobs that are NOT career politicians, or would career politicians always develop no matter what the design and intent was?
Shane Fahrnow Maybe make it so that political positions are nominated and work performed within is on a volunteer basis? Everyone brings you food and gives you a place to sleep while you serve, not much else, and you be the best Socrates you can be for the length of your term?
Shane Fahrnow P.S. Vote Shane for Emperor in 2012!
Josie Fi Shane, you just won my vote
Dave Mac Somebody said vote Shane so I did…. whom ever he is
Shane Fahrnow Looks like a groundswell from here. Are you sure I can’t be elected Emperor?
AmyBeth Fredricksen First Dave would have to form a committee to study the possibility of holding a special election. Unfortunately, holding that special election threatens a certain endangered species of owl, so it will never happen.
Dave Mac I’ll be the bring back the owl Czar
Shane Fahrnow Committee!? Bah! No progress has ever been made in meetings!
Dave Mac A couple good phaser blasts will get these people to do the right thing
AmyBeth Fredricksen Come and see the violence inherent in the system. Help! Help! I’m being repressed!
Mary-Anne McDermott Would sort of be like a board of directors for a condo or being a school trustee. Someone manages the day-to-day business, and then the people who have been elected, meet once a month or however often, to deal with the larger issues and go over what is going on with the day to day.
Dave Mac zap! all better now
Shane Fahrnow I like the cut of your jib, Dave. Would you consider a position as my minister of domestic affairs?
Dave Mac Affairs? OK
Dave Mac Good corruption is the best kind afterall
Daniel Beard I believe that the chief executive should have their entire wealth liquidated and added to the treasury at the beginning of their term. With a tax rate that is set and cannot change. and any profit that is made over their term is returned to them, while any loss is theirs and theirs alone. although the guard force is provided free of charge, and will make sure that the chief executive will not flee.
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Jennifer R. Povey The obvious, easy method is not to pay the politicians. But would that be enough?
Ashley Wade There’d always be career politicians. Whether we like it or not it’s a time consuming job (whether it’s being done properly or not).
Vivian Spartacus Mmmm, I think if you had major election reform, instantaneous and free communication, a high level of education across the board, and strong protections for transparency of government, you could probably do it.
Valkyrie Page The population would have to be small enough to have close relationships with the politicians, keeping the politicians in check. Also, a new colony takes a lot of work, so no hands could be spared for full-time politics.
AmyBeth Inverness “Come and see the violence inherent in the system. Help! Help! I’m being repressed!”
Our forefathers planned to have the wealthy landowners take time away from their farms to take care of the business of the country.
Eric W. Johnson There will always be career politicians as long as there is a population of people for them to leech on.
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