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On Authority

Every so often, I get frustrated with our system of government, and when I do, I often end up thinking about how things could be different, how they should be. What I've written here is the fruit of that thinking.

It takes quite a bit of arrogance to think that I, knowing almost nothing of political theory, could possibly come up with a system better than the founders'. Fortunately, I have the necessary arrogance!

Seriously, though times have changed. We can send messages around the world in an instant, store and retrieve unimaginable amounts of data, and perform nearly arbitrary computations based on it and with all that, we can't invent a better infrastructure for our political superorganism?! Consider the transportation company I once described. No company of two hundred years ago could even begin to compete with it!

That whole superorganism thing is a bit of a distraction, so ignore it if you like. The point is, times have changed, and new things are possible. I may not have come up with a better system, but perhaps my thoughts will help provoke someone else into doing so.

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@ May (2002)