Does this “kind” of decentralized government has even a name?

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The Politicus
May 21, 2022 09:26 PM 0 Answers
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Related to the problem of political ignorance, I was thinking about a goverment system as describe below, and I want to know if this or something similar has even a name ("decentralized goverment" doesn't fit because it usually means territorial decentralization):

  • There's not a centralized goverment that rules ALL political areas. Each "ministry" (education, transport, is voted independently) has their own elections with their own set of political parties and candidates. That invites the creation of parties specialized only on specific ministries.

  • Of course, traditional politics can still have a niche here because there are always areas that are kinda transversal to the state as a whole (I'm thinking about state budget right now).

  • The state must be flexible at defining how many ministries there is, because people changes and so do their needs, so ministries shall not be absolutely fixed in number and responsibilities.

How does it solve political ignorance? (and other consecuences; optional reading)

  • It would cause an increased amount of options for voters, and they will have to take one decision (who do I vote?) per-ministry. Ignorant voters probably won't spend energy on even trying to take so many decisions if they have no idea. So they won't vote for every ministry, only for those they care about. The core of the idea is forcing the voters to spend "more mental energy" to vote, as proof of that they care about specific topics. If they care about specific topics, the voters of that ministry are less ignorant than before, thus reducing the "power of the ignorant" on the areas they are ignorant about, because they won't participate there.

  • I'm using the equivalence of "caring about" = "knowing more". While that's not neccesarily true, I think usually is.

  • The power of the government is decentralized on ministries because each piece of goverment (each ministry) is now independently controlled by a tinier mass of voters but with a higher understanding than before, and a set of potentially independent parties that tries to fit themselves to those voters. Conversely, the power of each citizen is now splitted in as many ministries as there exists, where the number of unused pieces of power will be proporcional to their degree of disinterest/ignorance (number of ministries they didn't vote). That would cause that the power of domestic and foreign propaganda, that usually targets the most ignorants ones, will be greatly disminished, hopefully discouraging propagandists to even try, unless propagandists convince an enough amount of ignorant victims to participate on all affairs, which I believe that's too much to ask.

  • It's important to recall that voters have still 100% freedom to participate, so citizens are not discriminated by his education (as other "proposals" to solve the political ignorance problem do). It is the system which "forces" citizens to be more specific in his/her opinions. The human nature of "don't actually giving a f**k" will do the rest. By parallelism with bitcoin, votes becomes now in some sense a "proof of work" that allows them to participate on the system by overwhelming them with options and test their resolve. If he pasts the test by voting means he cares.

  • It also helps those that feels that no existing party fits them. Consider, as an extreme case, a transgender person that believes in aggresive capitalism. That person will tend to agree with a left-wing party when considering social problems, and with a right-wing party when considering economic issues. Which party should that person vote in our traditional democratic systems? With "my approach", that person has now a chance of use his/her power as voter on a more satisfying way.

  • I think it will also reduce hatred between political parties, because in the usual bipartidism a lot of people interact with parties like if they were futbol teams, encouraging competition too much and making political collaboration difficult. Thanks to this decentralization of power, politics won't be based so much in terms of two giants trying to destroy each other at all costs or using problems as arenas to fight the adversary.

  • It will also help tracking the main concerns of citizens by inspecting the participation rate per ministry. If the participation rate of the "ministry of inmigration" increases year by year, it's obvious that people is becoming increasingly worried about inmigration. Scratch votes are also more meaningful now than before because those that are concern about an issue but is not sure about who to vote, their "vote of concern" will be registered. Of course that won't help to know exactly what is he worried about, but at least scratch votes gives more information than before.

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