A Dynamic Democracy
What is Wrong?
Whatever system we have of governing ourselves, has become a costly one. That is because, governing ourselves, the one that does not directly make any value addition to our society, in fact takes a lion’s share of the efforts, both from the side of government and from the side of citizens. Such a complex structure came into existence when the task of governance was simpler and more straight-forward. In the early society, where neither there was the need nor the people had the intent, or the opportunities, of gainful occupation, activities of governance were perceived as something welcome, as well as necessary.
Times have changed. All these years of human toil has resulted in a burgeoning society that is always on the move. Functions of governance lost its position of prominence. And with the phenomenal growth of human society, the needs of people and their aspirations have taken the central stage. But the old system of governance is yet to recede to the back stage, as both the ones with power, by refusing to acknowledge their position of insignificance, and the citizenry, by not realizing their position of responsibility, continue to remain with their past. Also, these groups, the government as well as the citizens, do not realize the good that can happen to humanity, if all those presently busy with the rather unproductive activity of governance, join others in creative ventures.
Times also changed everything else, quite radically, except perhaps a few areas. But, all the main areas of governance continued to stick on with the old models of seeking mandate or choosing a skipper, except, in this case, for a few cosmetic changes. The giant leaps that we made in science and technology, though made its mark felt in all dimensions of our social existence, seem to have carefully avoided the tasks involved in getting ourselves governed.
(This is giving me another topic to think. Is there a natural need for governance? For, was there an inherent need, governance would have been the first element of the society to adopt the still unproven contributions, of say, modern science. Also, as you can see in which case, it would have been easier to try such novel ideas without the fear of disrupting our life, unlike food, shelter, security or medication)
The Way Forward?
But if we decide to incorporate changes in system of governance, many new opportunities exist to integrate modern technology to it. What is the need for such resource intensive activities like election? What is the need for such imposing edifices to process and distribute governmental decisions?
Towards an Answer
We can collate wants, opinions or desires of a large population, if the capability of information technology is made to work for us. Also, appropriation of resources or, fetching other forms of wealth, becomes child’s play, that too, with hardly any possibilities of dissatisfaction or mistake, if the phenomenal computing power made available by the digital revolution is put to use. Even the introduction of a new type of governance, 'real time government', is possible if all citizens are connected to a central server directing the various elements of government. It can also be programmed to act on the input from citizens thus connected, appropriately, deciding on the continuation of the present government at predetermined intervals, as well as, choosing new government. The process of collecting people’s will, offering candidature, and other such elements can be made user friendly to such an extent that, the direct involvement of people in the act of governance is greatly reduced.
There are many options. One, where each and every voter can be given the choice of suggesting any name, except one's own. The one getting the maximum mentions can then become the representative. Two, voters can choose directly the government, doing away with the necessity of representatives, or of a house itself. Three, all can be given the opportunity to approve, modify, or discard each and every decree or other relevant activities of the government, which can do away with the need of an elected part of government, altogether.
Govern, only when Necessary
Also, opportunity can be accorded for registering mismatch or protest signals,as and when a citizen feels dissatisfied with government. Or when any related activity of governance needs to be changed, Whenever these signals reach beyond a threshold, actions can be initiated for governmental change, that too in an unobtrusive way. Such a structure of governance shall ensure that the society’s control over the government, the essential need of democracy, is readily met.
What Readers Feel
Democracy is Input-Intensive
The above system enables a larger share of the state’s population to devote themselves to productive activities, improving wealth, standard of living as well as, public happiness.
Computer programs, in this case, shall be taking over the role of most of the elements of government, leaving a large wealth of population free, for productive activities, research or other futuristic needs.