Thank you chris923 I fully


Thank you chris923

I fully understand the difficulties concerning the human condition. Indeed, specialism structured government contains a number of measures to hinder as much as possible the less egalitarian and otherwise unhelpful characteristics inherent in human nature. Firstly, specialism structured government devolves influence into many narrow independent specialisms, each with multiple experts that have equal influence. Secondly, each member of government only has influence within their narrow specialism. Thirdly, each member of government is only allowed one limited term which cannot be concurrent in the same specialism with anyone they are associated with. Fourthly, if a policy created by a specialism is considered to break the strategic direction given in the Covenant, which is controlled by the people as a whole by referendum, then it is repealed. Fifthly, if any member of government is found to be acting inappropriately they may be removed from government. To expedite the last two points there is complete open access to all information created in the activity of government, and there are multiple independent policing units with the sole function of monitoring the activity of government. Lastly, there are two independent specialist courts of citizen jurors that can be convened at the request of any citizen to consider matters of deviant policy and misuse of office. If you can think of any extra measures I could take I would be glad to consider adding them. Also, if you think that the current system has better features in some way I would be glad to hear why you think that is.

Your second point seems to be framed to contradict my ideas, but on closer examination contains elements that endorse it. I think it is disingenuous to say that a specialism can be resolved to following a set of predefined steps. I suspect that most people who specialise in anything would say this would be very unsatisfactory. There is a huge amount of extra value in experience and practice that adds points of skill and hard to communicate understanding that makes the difference between a specialist and someone with a manual. If I were to go to the dentist and the dentist told me that they have never had any training or done this before, but it will be fine because I have some instructions to follow, I would refuse treatment by them and go to find a specialist with experience. One of the other important features of Expert Government is that anyone can make a policy suggestion. Naturally, it is unlikely that it will be helpful unless they are making a suggestion on a subject they specialise in, but the right is there to be used. I think you may be assuming that experts agree on everything. This is certainly not the case. I am sure that a number of experts asked to deliberate on a matter will come up with a range of ideas and have to thrash out an agreement. Having a number of experts in each specialism is intended to ensure that all possible understanding and the full range of possibilities are discussed.

Your penultimate point is a philosophical difference. I doubt we could survive without either collaboration or competition, but in government at least I am inclined more to the collaborative style rather than the combative. I see many problems created by the current UK system of government being based on contrariness. Even if each party has equally valid views on policy, the change in policy is disruptive, as many people are now experiencing. The current system requires that each party differentiate themselves. Even if by chance a party has the perfect set of policies, there would be others telling us that they do not. Given that running a country is a complex task, in my view it would be better if all people worked together rather than hindered each other. PM questions plays out this immature practice of contrariness in a very public way.

Concerning your last comment; I know some very clever people, and I have to tell you that they are not great at everything. That is the nature of being specialised. The more time one spends at being good at something, the less time one has to spend on other things. Which one values most depends on what one wants doing. For example, I would not ask a particle physicist for advice on the best method of cleaning an oven. Naturally we want highly specialised people to give the best possible advice, so it is necessary that we only obtain their views only in their specialisms.


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