The basic voting framework must meet certain criteria in order for it to be fit for purpose and serve us as a useful tool.
It must be accessible to all.
It must be open source.
It must be free.
It must be easy to understand.
It must be transparent.
It must be robust.
It must be corruption proof.
It must cater for the many, not the few.
It must have redundant failovers.
If you look at a bell curve distribution of intelligence over a population, you’ll see there are a great many people below average intelligence. The absolute vast majority of these people are community oriented, hard working, family driven folk. Are we clear on that? Good.
A system of politics that isn’t simple enough for these people to comfortably access isn’t fit for purpose.
So the first pillar of our framework is that it must be incredibly simple for all users to interact with and fully understand.
It represents people – as individuals and groups of any size and allows them to express and address their needs on a range of issues.
Finally, it needs to be fit for purpose.
SIMPLE & FAIR WORKS.
Finally, the magic pillar – kindness.
There’s a chain of thought I’ve been through to arrive where I have. I’m going to explain it and then move on, because it works for the purposes of the framework.
Are you familiar with the three laws of robotics, coined by Isaac Asimov? Doesn’t matter if you’re not as it’s worth repeating.
It says a robot can’t harm a human or itself, unless it’s to prevent harm to humans.
We need the same underpinning in our civilization. We *sort* of have, in patchy places. Religion gives us some good pointers and various laws, constitutions, declarations and so forth go into great details – well, suffice to say, it’s a complex, spaghetti mess. But it needn’t be.
So first we need to have basic principles, founded in ‘kindness logic’, a phrase I made up to suit my needs. It revolves around logic with the sole purpose of preserving life. For everyone.
Got that? Everyone.
Let’s start with the right to life.
1. Every human has a right to life.
Simple stuff so far. But it’s not enough.
Each human brought into the world falls under the survival ‘rule of 3s’ – 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food. These are the generally agreed numbers – obviously it will differ from person to person.
But it gives a useful starting point.
Every human NEEDS air, shelter, food and water.
So that’s the basis of the the right to life – NEEDS
Every human who’s brought into this world, will have somewhere to live, food to eat, water to drink and air to breath.
All of these things must be clean in order for life to be sustained.
How the costs and logistics are worked out – I don’t care. This is the ‘constitution’ the social safety net sits on.
And that’s it for notes on the the pillars and general thought process.
Next up – Voting