Democracy plan: The democracy
plan is an idea about about good democratic government that I
have since many years, and that was originally caused by my extensive
experiences with Dutch elections and the Dutch electorate. The brief
version is: We must try to give the power of the democratic vote, both
passive and active, only to such citizens who have shown that they can
exercise it, on average rationally and informedly.
The basic idea here is democracy of
education: EVERYBODY in society gets an equal chance, i.e. easily available grants for
personal education, free books, free and public education, and necessary
help, to education and to finish a university - and only those who finished a university (or
equivalent) get a right to vote or be voted.
This is a fair system, since in it
EVERYBODY has the same rights on a good education, and those rights
should be much better than they are now in practice in Europe or the U.S., and
be effectively free. It also is a rational system, since this
guarantees, as well as this can be done objectively and fairly, that
only those who are minimally qualified to judge rationally get a chance
to judge on policies that effect the chances of all. And indeed
everyone who believes himself or herself qualified to vote or be
voted can show that he or she qualifies for this by getting a degree.
So, what's all this in aid off?
Negatively, taken together, the Democracy Plan and
Bureaucracy Plan are aimed
to prevent bad
government; bad governors; bad, incompetent or corrupt civil servants (a
entity I want to see - almost, say apart from professional ambassadors
and a few
similar jobs for highly qualified highly trained persons - wholly
non-existent); the "democratic" choice of incompetents, careerists,
or aspiring dictators by a majority of the misled (it is probably quite
that "not everyone can be fooled all of the time", but surely it is also
that vast "democratic" majorities have been effectively fooled and
of the time in very many cases: Enlightened minorities are almost
unenlightened majorities may decide who is to govern them, and what
rational and fair); despotic government, police or military powers; and
they aim to further a government of the people, by the
people and for the people, on the basis of policies elected by those best
qualified to judge, but maintained by all in the few years in one's life
each does social service as civil servant - which incidentally should also
contribute to the personal education and social understanding of all.
Positively, taken together, the sort of society I want:
A society governed by its total adult population through some years of civil
service, that replaces nearly all of present state bureaucracies, with its
ruling élite and policies selected by and from the highly educated of the
society, and such that everyone is given the same chance on the best
education, which is made available to all who are capable of it.
A society dedicated to the furthering of
science and technology, first
and foremost furthered by education, schools and universities,
in the interest of all, where everyone has the right to be fed, educated,
housed, clothed and provided with work that fits his capacities and
inclinations, and where all have the freedoms of speech, discussion,
publication, movement, opinion, argumentation, production and selling, all only
bound by and regulated by public laws, maintained by independent public courts,
with public judgments.
A society where everyone is in principle expected to interact by peaceful
cooperation, free discussion, with resort to independent third parties to
resolve conflicts, and by mutual agreement, contracts or promises that are
expected to stand if freely agreed to.
A society whose citizens are expected to be intelligent, informed, educated,
witty, rational, reasonable, cooperative, fair, honest, and where everyone has a
fair chance of a bearable life, the development of any personal talents, and is
fairly rewarded according to real merit.