[FoRK] Democracy not Democrazy, was: Re: When Democracy Failed (Why ESR is an "anarchist")
jbone at place.org
Fri Jun 25 03:16:26 PDT 2010
On Jun 25, 2010, at 1:38, "J. Andrew Rogers"
<andrew at ceruleansystems.com> wrote:
> On Jun 24, 2010, at 9:06 PM, Jeff Bone wrote:
>> Other examples of democratic fail: though corruption and election-
>> rigging are rampant in the region, democracy has also in numerous
>> cases, through over-empowered populism combined with very weak
>> constitutional protections, resulted in "popular" dictatorships
>> coming into power in Central and South America. (The rigging
>> usually happens later when the people, but not the establishment,
>> have had enough.)
> I think the critical feature that is generally inadequate in
> constitutions (some more than others) is a set of robust negative
> feedback mechanisms. By "robust" I mean structured and
> institutionalized in such a way that it is very difficult to simply
> work around or remove the mechanism. The US constitution is one of
> the strongest examples of this, and even then the cracks have been
> exploited without real limit e.g. the "commerce clause".
I've been studying this for a while: mutable rulesets / metagames.
Peter Suber's book about Nomic is an excellent start, out of print but
online. About a year ago I wad assisting him in turning the online
HTML version of it into something a little more reader-friendly...
Then the twins arrived. ;-)
There's a PDF version of the whole thing, but it's a but rough. Don't
know if he ever made it available...
Rather ironically, FAI (which I regard as entirely unworkable in its
current description, even theoretically) also belongs to this class of
Open research question, IMHO. And an important one.
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