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By simply applying common sense it is very well possible
to develop a fair and workable system for our world government.
A system that nobody can possibly object to,
and that will end all politics, diplomacies, opposition parties,
ministries of defence, wars, etc. and therefore, all
secrecy, the arch-enemy of co-operative existence. We know
Certainly, scientists should not 'decide', for the obvious
risk of their hobby-horses becoming a lethal threat as the
first atomic bomb was. Remember that before this first one
was exploded, nobody was certain that the atmosphere as a
whole would not be destroyed. The risk of staking all life
on it was easily decided upon by scientists.
- that first of all, the job must not be liked,
- that secondly,
the scientists must shed their fruits of study into it,
there must not be the risk of conspiration within the group,
- that there must not be the possibility of a leader grabbing
the power, and besides,
- that there must be an ample number
of governors in order to eliminate the chances for a lunatic
to decide matters.
The only obvious way then, for our world-government, is
- The only impartial system now, as the children teach us,
is also the only scientific-, common sensical- one, namely
the appointment by lot.
- Naturally we do not want a six-year
old to be appointed, nor do we like a senile old man like a
Hindenburg (who, as head of a state of 50 millions, thought
a wheelchair too expensive (see Bullock, Fest, Toland,
Shirer, Gunther, etc.), a Hindenburg who held the power to stop
- The occasional crank we take care of by a great
number and by avoiding veto's.
- Just as children (try to)
fiddle with this lot, we, in the jury-system, have managed
to bungle the advantages of the conscience(s) appointed by
- The jury members should only have personal encounters
with (mind) experts, certainly not with the show-business
and theatricals of the courtroom. Justice should be done,
i.e. conscience and expert advise.
Such a setup can work admirably when, as always, common
sense is born in mind and is basic for it. We have a thousand
centres spread over the planet, perfectly linked up
electronically, in which science is being performed, and
that have a separate cubicle that serves the world government.
We do not discriminate the scientists by bur-
dening them with government, in fact, we discriminate nobody
at all, the burden of giving advise to governors keeps scientists
human. Decisions are not taken by the scientists,
only advise is given. The deciders,
- to have say, a thousand
world-governors appointed by lot.
- They are not necessarily
scientists, even not intellectuals or wide-scope students of
reality. They will be ordinary citizens and need only
everyday common sense.
- Thus it will be necessary to make
all the advisory help from scientists and others, available
to them, any time, on any occasion.
- But these thousand governors
should never be able to 'meet' in person in their
assemblies. We don't want speeches and indoctrinations,
machinations for certain ideas, and we tolerate no secrecy
which is the core of diplomacy. Fortunately, today, (it was
not possible in the days of the Roman empire) we have such a
technological skill that we can form a thousand institutions
on Earth, that are magnificently 'en communicado' with every
other one 'and' with the general public.
- Linked up to these
centres, should be the university-like organizations for
scientific search (not re-search as Andreski 1972 pointed
out). These centres, consisting of a department for science,
and one for housing the (one) governor, make for easy
access to whatever scientific advise is required.
- The governors are not chosen, but taken at random by computer
out of the whole content of Earth-citizens of say,
45 years of age.
- When appointed, they have (as duty) the task
of governing for a year, i.e. after a schooling period of
two months, an effective 'sitting' period of ten. The
schooling is necessary in order to teach them general knowledge,
the procedures, and the way to understand scientists.
- During the in office period, they are only in electronic
contact (computer, screen, printer, telephone, etc.) with each
- There is no (repeat no) permanent chairman. The
necessary member during a session, the one who 'orders'
things in agenda fashion, can easily be appointed by computer.
There is no barter, nobody gets any profit from
whatever subject that is decided upon, thus, only the scientific
necessity prevails. The scientists study and advise,
the (random) citizen decides, a perfect integration of
knowledge and conscience.
But there is another matter.
When things are arranged in such a way,
- are a random sample of
the mature population of Earth,
- they do not like the job,
- they have to do their duty,
- they know absolutely nothing
about the decisions to be made, so
- they 'have' to ask advise.
But, as so many 'good' science-fiction writers like Wyndham,
Wells, Hoyle, etc. show, very intricate and complex social
scientific material is often best communicated in the form
of a story (64). Theorising often is too limited.
I shall therefore form a little story later on, in which thoughts
about this subject of the organization of a world-government
- it need not be that
the appointment of all governors must happen on the same
day, in fact, it is far more 'barter and cowtrade' preventing
when two or three persons are taken everyday.
- Except on
the precise occasion of a voting session, there is no harm
in having everyday two persons starting, and two persons
ending their duty. It prevents barter and clodding even
more than the absence of proximity.
- Since there is no seasonal
work involved, we even need not have their year in 365
1/4 days, 360 days being good enough, or 300, 600, etc.
No existing government can become a world government
and a world government cannot be a large-scale imitation
of any existing government. Wells, The Holy Terror.
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