AND ALL ITS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
We can now use computer technology to redesign California and its local governments as an E-democracy - by adding E-initiative, referendum and recall to the existing initiative, referendum and recall system.
This is necessary as the citizens believe the state government is “headed in the wrong direction” and "can't be trusted to do the right thing" according to polls and presently seems incapable of reforming itself. It is experiencing a deep recession. Unemployment exceeds the national level. Revenues have fallen significantly, aggravating what's now the worst of annual budget crises. Presently the state is broke and was issuing IOUs for payment for a time. Special interests predominate over the general interest. The previous Governor was recalled; the current one came to office promising reform, but has not succeeded. Although sometimes useful, its existing conventional ballot initiative, referendum and recall system is not sufficient to deal with current malfunctions. Online redesign of the state and local governments with E-IR&R in addition to the exisiting process can allow the public to reach consensus to solve these problems and continuously maintain the aggregate quality of life at the highest obtainable level.
The graphic illustrates the state's problems and aggregate quality of life (QL) improvement through E-democracy.
To achieve this improvement, California should connect all people online, encourage petitions to be filed online in addition to by the existing process - by any citizen, then fully discussed, simulated and tested online and objectively benefit/cost analyzed there by a non-partisan agency. Then the proposals can be thoroughly discussed and voted upon when and as the citizens choose - either online or by conventional ballot. This would create an E-democracy where the people can represent themselves directly and thus overcome special interest dominations. They can then decide who much government they want and want to pay for. The state should furnish everything necessary for successful operation. This would form the ultimate social network. This could also better answer the mounting calls for a constitutional convention as the people could represent themselves directly online, circumventing the special interests which would otherwise dominate the process. Neither of the current reform efforts - CAForward nor Repair California - offers the people this power to redesign and reform their government directly and thus are not apt to succeed. Hopefully they will soon.
To enable this state redesign and reform, a major number of registered voters to join the effort and sign an online petition to adopt E- IR&R will be needed. This will obviously require a great number of valid signatures. If a majority could be obtained, the reforms should be self-adopting. Online signature gathering seems the only practical way to do that.
When redesign is done, citizens can be expected to enact many reforms, such as:
Doubtless the public will require many more reforms as cybernetic E-democracy develops.
Response to some anticipated objections:
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The representative government system was devised more than 200 years ago, using the best technology of the time – the pony express. It’s now obsolete. Now that it is possible for people to directly represent themselves online using new E-technologies, they certainly should. Representatives naturally represent themselves first and the people last. They must serve the special interests that fund their re-election campaigns first rather than serve the general interest. And they tend to abuse their power, tending to act in loco parentis contrary to the public's wishes. Fortunately, it is now technically possible to restore the national founder’s original intent: “government with the consent of the governed.” The people themselves should decide how much government they want and are willing to pay for. Then it will be possible to achieve and continuously maintain the optimum QL. And that should lead to a cooperative, peaceful, productive and environmentally sustainable state. And nation and world as the idea catches on.
This would form a scientific government in that optimum QL could be continuously monitored, tested and verified. Any malfunction could be promptly identified and corrected. The would also make it cybernetic - a self-correcting system.
The program should include connecting all residents who wish to be, augmenting the already high rate of Internet connection. This should give a boost to California's IT industries and help in the state's economic recovery.
For redesign of the San Diego region online with E-IR&R, please see:
For information on initiative and referendum, please visit the Initiative and Referendum Institute website:
The idea of redesigning the whole world and its parts was influenced by Buckminster Fuller among others. He proposed voting by phone as well as continuous electronic referendum years ago in addition to creating the World Game. See Earth, Inc. for instance:
He also created the optimizing World Game and published Utopia or Oblibion with the self-explanatory title:
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