The downside of the Libyan revolution is the curse of ousting a tyrant.
The upside of the Libyan revolution is the opportunity to advance directly to front row, top-of-the-line, advanced human government technology. All swamp-trudging, painstaking, historical intermediate steps are unnecessary.
It’s like the joy of third world communications. Advance directly to high tech wireless telephone/computers. No need for drudging thru telegraphs, crank phones, and pulse dial phones. Go directly to digital, high speed, high tech, multi application wireless phones.
Human history has covered the entire spectrum of government technology. This spectrum is briefly listed, from least desirable government technology to most desirable government technology. Libya has the opportunity to go directly to the best, most advanced government system. All intermediate steps are eliminated. No trudging through the jungle of progress. Take the freeway. Go directly to the best. Go directly to freedom.
The worst government technology, as demonstrated below is (happily) science fiction fantasy. That is the god-dictator, over-top, single person total power government.
The best is found by jumping right past five categories, from dictator, past most of today’s “advanced” struggling elected oligarchy/republics, directly to the best of the best. The most advanced category is elected democracy with shared (multiple vote) limited power, and ample many governing the many. In the global march and historical path to freedom, go directly to freedom.
Government Technology Categories (least desirable to most desirable)
- god-dictator: over-top singular total power
Villains of science fiction movies.
- Dictator: singular total power king/queen bogas-presidents, military rulers
Kim Jong-il , Gaddaffi.
- Autocrat: specialized singular (one vote) power
- Oligarchy/republic: shared (multiple vote) total power (two few governing too many)
- Elected monarch/dictator: limited power
No known occurrences.
- Elected autocrat: specialized (one vote) limited power (presidents, prime ministers, governors,mayors)
- Elected oligarchy/republic: shared (multiple vote) limited power (too few governing too many)
Global occurrences, European and American congresses, states, and city governments
- Elected democracy: shared (multiple vote) limited power (ample many governing the many)
Very scarce and rare, some small states, some small city councils.
Don’t fall for the elected oligarchy/republic, second best category. You’ll get these ideas from friendly European and American governments. Those governments, not to be told, are struggling with the sadness of unequal income distributions, debt, over extended militaries, and basic economic malaise. Libya need not go this way if it simply watches out for a couple simple pitfalls.
First, don’t confuse republic with democracy. Republic really is “democracy-speak” for oligarchy. Elected oligarchies are not bad systems. They simply are not the best. Why not go for the best? Go for elected democracy.
Second, don’t accidentally set up an elected oligarchy by creating government branches and chambers with too few governing too many. Remember. Autocracy always fills the voids of democracy. Not that again! To avoid this, use mid to high number voting presidents in the executive branch. Keep the ratio of citizens per congressperson, at least, below 30,000. at best lower. Don’t be “sissy” or “cheap” about it. Definitely, don’t keep women out. This is an egregious error your clueless neighboring oligarchy/republics still don’t understand.
Avoiding these two simple pitfalls, it is possible for Libya to advance to the front of the line in global democratic technology. Libya can now count on a long, happy, optimistic history of prosperity and peace. Enjoy.
When service in a restaurant suffers, more waiters are needed. When fire breaks out everywhere, more fire fighters are needed. When crime becomes rampant, more police are needed. When democracy morphs to elected oligarchy and America lacks governance, send help to the few surviving democratic representatives. More representatives are needed. More presidents are needed. Democracy disburses power. Autocracy consolidates power. Step it up, America. Be proactive. Check out plan-b.
Citizen is coach to team democracy. Coach is responsible for success. It’s your call, coach.