Please see Unwisdom of Crowds for an intro into this piece.
Future of Governance
My basic assumption is that the process of governing human societies in cyberspace will ultimately go back to the classical model we have today in the Western world. It may take 10, 20 or 50 years of experimenting with but I believe we will come full circle to what we have today.
I believe that the core governance process that is our democratic process (which is in essence the same basic idea as that invented by the Greeks, with several important innovations built on top of it) is immune to innovation in the short range. This belief applies to our core governance process now and at any given time, i.e. it will always be immune to innovation in the short range. Change in any process that is fundamental to our existence tends to happen every so many thousand years. Our system today is not that different from the system the Greek invented thousands of years ago.
Many would disagree, but in the short range, I don’t believe that we will be successful in changing the core process that is the current process we have today. If we were able to change the system of governance so easily, we would have witnessed a much rapid rate of incremental change by now. It’s simply frozen where it’s at and will be so for many centuries, at the least.
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