The Limits on Possibilities for Effective Governance
There are many perspectives, attitudes, interpretations of facts, possibilities in selecting facts to focus on, and actions that stem from a combination of all of these things and possibly more. However, there are only a few options that can work in a given situation and even fewer that lead to optimal results for the public and the government that produces the policy.
The first step to doing empirically grounded policy and deriving these optimal options is to first define the relevant indicators and how to go about studying them to understand what is going on. This is ultimately a choice of value, belief, ideology, and opinion based on personal histories, collective histories, personal neurology, social psychology, personal attitudes, collective attitudes, personal cultures, collective cultures, and personal and collective interpretations of all of these things. This may be an incomplete listing of what’s affecting the policy prioritization and methodology for social study. However, these things all seem to impact the way we work with the world around us, and thus define the policies that we choose, the options that we pick from, and the problems that we register and focus on, for the betterment or worsening of the people who live in the society. The second step is to look closely at the surface indicators that you’ve chosen (again, how and what you choose greatly affects the problems and solutions that you see, with people being unequally good at determining what is relevant and what actually could work in any situation). What are the subtleties of those indicators; the messages that they’re sending you? This then influences how you define a problem (again, which affects how well you’re going to solve the problem without harming the other related parts that are working) and then influences what choices you pick from and what choice you ultimately make for the given society, for better or for worse.
It is important to note that when the society does well, the governing members are generally able to do well. There are, again, only a handful of ways and perspectives, beliefs, attitudes, and actions that can work, and even fewer of these things that actually work optimally for the social unit within the context of its network connections. It is in the interests of the governing members of society to critically interrogate the social reality to discover the empirical truth and actual ways things work and are working within a society in order to come up with the best possible solutions for the society, which in turn, lead to best possible solutions for the governing members if they market their actions properly.
In order to accomplish this, it is best to decentralize authority while maintaining oversight, coordination, and communication amongst the hierarchical network of governments and social actors and forces. The common goal of the governing apparatus is empirical social well being for every member of society. This means that some members of society who have more power and influence must consequently loose some of their power and influence, if they wish to maintain a relative homeostatic condition with the rest of society. Otherwise, too much consumption by this powerful minority will consume them in good time, as has been demonstrated consistently throughout history and space.
We are coming to a reckoning where the members of our government are going to, right or wrong, be blamed for the crimes of the private interests. Not all victories on the political level are true victories in the social and economic levels. Yet many in government don’t seem to appreciate, accept, or work with those facts, hence, how we get shortened lifespans of governments, government institutions, and government members, both in and out of office. The time for the elites to choose is coming. They can either defer to this more empirically based, benevolent, caring, and effective system and logic of governing, or they will perish in their attempts to produce an unsustainable, weak, and easily destroyable system and logic of governance. The choice is technically up to them. But I honestly don’t think they really have a choice, and will instead, do what they’re already habituated in doing.
Ridiculous people in ridiculous places.
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