Quote of the day—Michael Krieger

I want to take a quick moment to discuss his most meaningful insight, which is the idea that “political systems scale poorly.” This is hugely important, because as the current status quo system collapses, many of us in the Western world will be presented with an incredible opportunity to do things completely different.

Michael Krieger
November 6, 2016
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[Communism works well enough for a family unit and maybe even a small tribe. Democracy works for somewhat larger groups. Republics work for even larger groups. Republics with strong minority rights work for still larger groups.  But it should be obvious by now that we haven’t recently field tested a particularly good political system for large populations with diverse cultures and large geographical areas. Krieger suggests something that showed considerable promise in earlier tests and should be reevaluated.

If it’s not obvious to you then a civil war may be in our future and you will be enlightened.—Joe]

6 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Michael Krieger

  1. “If it’s not obvious to you then a civil war may in our future and you will be enlightened.”

    Huh? I think you’ve got a couple typos in there. Or left out a word or two…..?

  2. Another way of looking at this which I find helpful is L. Neil Smith’s observation (approximately — I’m working from memory) that power is additive, but honesty and integrity are not. Two thugs are more powerful than one, but two good people are not more honest than one. This helps to explain why arms in private hands are critical.

  3. I would argue ‘strong equal rights’ rather than minority rights, but I may be being pedantic. I think it would be an interesting test to repeal the 17th amendment and get the voters to limit all elected offices, from dog catcher to POTUS, to a single term.

    • I heard an interesting observation on TV last night. A commentator observed that Virginia governors generally are well regarded after they leave office. And he suggested that this might have something to do that the VA Constitution limits them to a single term.

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