The Future of Governance is not Governments
Arthur Brock

Bleh. You had a very smartly written essay right up to the point where you breezed right past the Constitution being invalidated by technology.

That’s was my WTF moment.

The organizational ideas of a representative democracy are still valid in my opinion, though technology may have changed how we manage the various components of our society. A different argument over the Constitution and governance concerns complexity. We do not have the elements of our society divided in reasonable parts. Geography used to be what thing were based upon, but that may not as valid as it used to be.

The notion that we can self-organize has always been attractive to conservatives. Most conservatives look at government as too big and too complex. The idea that it should break apart in to smaller units is very attractive. However, these smaller units do not have to be based upon geography. They might be based upon cities and the resources those cities use, manage, and exploit. Other boundaries of usage should be economic markets, infrastructure, and defense of local, regional, and federal resources. I’m not sure how to organize new units, but you might take a look at the regulatory units under the executive branch of government for some ideas of how it might be done.

There is also the issue of the tyranny of the majority. Many hacks were done to the Constitution to try to ensure that minorities weren’t ignored. When we restructure (some day I expect we will, and I hope it will be peaceful) we need to consider these measures.

The founders of the Constitution and those who wrote amendments to it weren’t stupid. They were trying to build a lasting society that would be able to continue to support freedom of thought, a chance for everyone to thrive in a competitive economy, and a nation of laws where everyone understood that their obligations and freedoms applied evenly.

So, after more than 200 years, it is indeed possible that the Constitution may need work. But throwing it out and starting over isn’t a huge selling point. Let’s think carefully about how we’re going to make the transition and what sorts of things need to be discussed.

This is a LOT of work. It will take more than just a bunch of story tellers and webmasters to make it happen ;-)

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