Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fantasy reformism

OK, back to fantasy reformism, again. I have two.

1) Recall - much in the news at the moment. Now, I've said before that I prefer frequent periodic election to recall, because the question of the trigger is a pesky one (set too low, political gridlock, too high and the measure becomes all but worthless). I was reading, though, the Wikipedia article on Constructive votes of no confidence. The idea being, you don't vote the incumbant out until there is a replacement candidate (i.e. you vote the new one in rather than the old one out). This sets the bar quite well, because a candidate wouldn't run unless they thought they were in with a chance of winning.

2) War!!!! - following Isaac Asimov's idea that war represents a failure of politics, herein a suggested new rule - the way a government declares war is by the Prime Minister making a statement admitting their failure, and resigning from office. A nice simple test, if they really think war is necessary, they should signal it by making a sacrifice themself.

Any suggestions out there for fantasy reformism?

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Phil said...

It's the Accelerated Chamberlain Model!

7:19 PM  
Blogger stuart said...

We should take a lesson from anthropology. Traditionally, a king was there to serve his community, and then die. All politicians should kill themselves after serving their term. Let's see how committed these fuckers are.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Stuart wins!

10:40 AM  

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