Thank you Ttrryosborn I


Thank you Ttrryosborn

I recognise what you say about some of the people who comment on OD, but by saying that you sound like a person who must be more open-minded. In which case consider my ideas fairly.

There are two important questions arising from your statement:

[1] Are experts the best we can do?

[2] How do we appoint the correct experts?

Consider [1]

Partitioning government into many specialisms with many collaborating specialists in each is the critical factor.

Example: I imagine that if you wanted something important done well that you would seek out an expert. If you needed dental treatment you would go to a dentist, you would not seek out a geezer who tries his hand a lot of things and does not know much about any of them, but says he really wants to have a go as long as you pay him very well. Politicians are geezers.

I think events are demonstrating the problems with trusting these geezers - politicians. They are making a mess of running our complex societies.

The old issue of ensuring corruption is checked was improved by earlier forms of democracy and is still important. Indeed, my proposal makes every effort to reduce the chance for corruption from the levels we have now. However, the increasingly important issue is that politicians are ineffectual because of the design of government. Nobody, regardless how clever they are, can make sensible policy decisions on such a broad range of complex issues. We need many experts in each of many narrow specialisms collaborating to develop the best policy.

The longer we wait to do this, the bigger the problems will get. The trend is already obvious. Society is never going to get simpler, so the problem will get worse.


Consider [2]

If we accept that partitioning government into many specialisms is the critical factor, employing any specialists will be enough to improve government. However, we should aspire to use experts, not just specialists.

I propose that selection is just like interviewing people for a job. Find out their experience and references. This is done by the people from the specialism one will be working in. They are best placed to understand if a candidate knows what they are talking about. Naturally, there will be a need for rules that prevent people being employed that are known in any way to the existing members of the specialism. These are details that can be improved over time. It is important not to let this selection issue prevent the important idea of specialism structured government.


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