Dedomenocracy: valuing truth over justice

The proposal to remove justice from the state’s responsibility is risky.   But so is the proposal to remove truth from the state’s responsibility for justice.   We are heading, perhaps inevitably, to the second option.   We could at least consider the first option.


Democracy: the best a government can be?

At some point, we should free ourselves to ask whether we can make a more modern form of government that better accommodates the modern challenges of the diverse populations and global influences and consequences.  It is highly unlikely that a democratic (or democratic republic) can ever have the authority to make these optimal decisions that will inevitably result in condemnation by the majority.

Laws: government coercion, domination, and control

Contrary to President Trump’s declaration, we have an inescapable need to have laws that coerce, dominate, and control our lives.   There may be some people who think they can live without those laws, but I suspect that will only work when they are on an island isolated from any dissenting peers.   There is something deep within us that recognizes that the rule of law is essential to our being humans. 

Laws: what are alternatives

Government by data requires collection of observations of actual modern behavior unbiased by traditional interpretations and one of the sources of such bias is the retention of obsolete laws.   We have always introduced new laws to address some immediate concern.   We now live in an era where we have the option to retire old laws to confirm that that earlier concern is no longer a problem.   Restricting the number of laws enforced gives us the best data about what is most important today.   Also such restraint on number of effective laws reduces the chances of misinterpreting behaviors of people disobeying an obsolete law in order to address some new problem.   In that case, we need to discover that new problem instead of wasting energy on strengthening the enforcement of a law that has outlived its utility.

Artificial Philosophy

The primary advantage of western civilization is its celebration of the concept of philosophy set down by Plato.   This concept is that we expose our internally acquired wisdom to our peers who have developed different wisdom while being equally able to participate in society.   The love of wisdom of philosophy refers to a form of love that puts that wisdom on display for others to absorb, and this inherently presents a conflict between different models of wisdom. Machine learning automates the acquisition of privately-held wisdom. The next challenge is artificial philosophy to expose that internal wisdom for public dialog.

Saturation employment follows automation

Dedomenology has a saturation aspect, requiring very long periods of work stretching over many days regardless of the concepts of standard working hours such as a 40 hour workweek.    When something needs to be tackled, it will employ the dedomenologist continuously until there is some level of completion.  There will be an endless stream of assignments that someone will need to dive into the depths of the data ocean and staying there for a long time until the assignment is over. 

Democratic participation when most information is government secrets

A democratic voting base is that population who has the ability to influence specific government decisions individually.    A democratic republic would transfer that direct influence to the representatives.    To the extent either of these exist today, that voting base is restricted to government bureaucrats with access to non-public information.   Further evidence of bureaucrats being the true base of democracy is that they are largely independent of both the executive and and the legislative branch.