Libracracy: the system that incentivizes learning and voting
Automation and advanced artificial intelligence will quickly replace most of human labor. Political corruption prospers in plutocracy; only those with the most wealth have influence on decision-makers. Educational investment isn’t the priority of powerful industries (such as weaponry, pharmaceuticals, and so on). Let’s evolve. Libracracy pays students to learn about issues. Citizens pass examinations for specific voting licensures. Experts form mass committees. Citizens are compensated for their political involvement. Educational and political credit can then be exchanged for trade credit. Please, entertain the possibility.
Libracracy, the library form of government, celebrates education and compassion. Only those who understand the issues may decide on them.
This system isn’t designed for today’s world—but tomorrow’s. This is for our grandchildren.
It begins with educational reform (such as adding philosophy, meditation, and more focus on the arts in the curriculum from a young age). There are details to be ironed out for Libracracy, and those qualified to do so aren’t born yet.
The government can be molded by our design, bestowing as much socialism as needed and adapting to new paradigms. For instance, with enough time, Libracracy could very well spread throughout the entire world. People could be treated as individual states (with personalized legal codes) in a decentralized confederacy. “Industrial Courts” may arise to ensure a free-market and healthy competition (or perhaps nationalization, if that’s appropriate). The “Judicial Court” may comprise of elected judges or mass juries to interpret the personalized legal codes in the event of conflicting interests. The “Intra-Judicial” could act as a watchdog against court corruption.
Let’s explore personalized legal codes more: Each citizen may write (and manipulate at any time) their own legal code to be referenced in the case of a lawsuit against another individual. You could think of this as a social contract that is refereed by Examination Results Analysts (with an appeal process). Dave and Scott may have to resolve a conflict after Scott broke Dave’s device. Dave’s legal code may allow contingencies for accidents (that is, forgive Scott) or demand monetary help for purchasing a replacement. Here’s a more extreme example: George may write in his legal code that murder is not a crime. Frederick may disagree with George, writing in his law code that murder is punishable by death. If George kills Frederick, then George dies by lethal injection. If Frederick kills George, then Frederick goes scot-free. The individual assigns value to his(/her) possessions, including his body. If Harold believes anyone who steals more than $500.00 from him should have their arm amputated, on the other hand, he must defend the reasonability of his code. The ERAs would most likely reject his rationale. All successful law codes would be posted on a website for easy reference.
Spokespeople may be elected to represent certain viewpoints on issues, but have no more power than their ability to persuade. Petitions enter the polls once popularized by a significant majority within the educated community.
Perhaps personalized legal codes, spokespeople, and a Reddit-style petitioning system aren’t the way to go. But those details don’t ground the central premise of Libracracy. Educating the next generation, guaranteeing them a wage, not shackling them with debt, and forming them into an informed decision-making body: That’s the crux of Libracracy.
I’m not educated to the high standards that my grandchildren will be. They’ll live in a new world, where the context surrounding these decisions is radically different. Could you imagine a world without political parties, without wars, without concentrated ownership? Libertarianism may become practical at that point. It’s up to the future to decide on the balance of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation human rights and other prevalent issues.
A Provisional Government (PG) would regulate the laws of non-citizens. Those laws would be democratically derived from citizens who pass the examination for that specific licensure. Petitions from non-citizens enjoy the same level of visibility as citizens. Being a non-citizen should be temporary, however. The goal of Libracracy is to empower everyone equally and fairly.
It’s a good thing to realize fluidity, because everything changes. It’s “Our Story,” not “His Story” or “Their Story.” Consider this: Money doesn’t have to enslave us. We could design a virtual credit system that is protected against the damages caused by inflation and deflation. Suppose a loaf of bread costs $1,000,000 or $.00000000001. That’s irrelevant with digital money. Think of a credit card and the shift away from physical money. That ridiculously high or low price of a loaf of bread would still equate to one swipe of a credit card. Moreover, virtual currency enjoys the luxury of instantaneous and unlimited manipulation (which, of course, would be regulated by the people). Virtual currency could be anchored to energy production, the most scarce resource (making it variable), or nothing more than mutual belief. Imagine infinite money under compassionate control.
The future looks brighter than ever. Harvesting asteroids, developing new means of energy production, designing smarter-than-human artificial intelligence, reclaiming the environment and ecological damage we’ve caused: these things will likely happen. Our progress is accelerating at an exponential velocity.
Daniel J. Neumann is a freelance writer, editor, and social media specialist. He is also a science fiction novelist and poet. His blog is at danieljneumann.com