Modest Proposal Lite, v.2.0

The first comment by Twisted Titan to the first version of Modest Proposal was the last nail in the coffin of that idea.

Unabashed, I’m back with yet another, yet milder one.

The problem:
Large governments mean no accountability: they are too many layers away from a citizen and anything they don’t like is labeled a threat to national security. Lifetime parliament memberships mean sloth and corruption. Appointed lifetime judges mean creative selective justice.


  1. Instead of one president, let’s have 2. (This makes sense only if corporate “sponsorship” is banned.) Successful examples: Sparta with 2 kings, Rome with 2 consuls.

  2. After a 1-year term, they should stand a trial. And in general, every position of power should be scary; something nobody in their right mind would want because of the trial that follows.

  3. Instead of a lifetime parliament membership, let’s have a limit. 2 or 4 years sounds enough to demonstrate one’s unwavering commitment to constituents’ goals, not lobbyists’.

  4. Judges should be appointed randomly – just open a phone book. 1 judge = 1 year. Telling right from wrong does not require a degree, and every decision is subjective anyway: made by this person, with this personal history, on this day of her life, when her head is filled with these personal issues.

Honestly, deep inside I don’t believe that a State the size of the US or France or Germany or Russia can be healed. Such State is just too large and just can’t stop metastasizing.

8 comments to Modest Proposal Lite, v.2.0

  • Prudentis

    4. are you serious?
    Well I’d rather have a competent judge consider my case than a random bloke from the street.

    1-3 sound pretty good and I still think direct democracy is a valid option if you could solve the security issues. Switzerland is a good example of direct democracy “light” in action.

  • Silverfox

    I have always liked the idea of more then one president. But not two, there could be a stalemate. It would have to be three so majority rule will apply. Perhaps one from each party creating a counsel of three. It can even be known as the R.I.D. counsel. There slogan could be “ lets get RID of government waste”. Seriously though, the presidency is to much power for one corrupt man.

  • Mustafa Cohen

    4. Yes, I am. Today I am sure that judges are working for the prison industry. With a random bloke from the street, there’s a chance that he is not.

    Well, of course he should solve a minimal competence quiz (math, mainly) before getting a wig.

  • I’ve always felt that having supreme court justices appointed for life was(is) a very bad idea. Let’s impose a fixed term (and term limits) for the position. The way it is now, a justice has too much power over the laws of this country.

  • Lucid

    Great to make up rules if you are the ruler.
    How do propose to effect any of these chages if they were agreed to be perfect?

  • twisted titan

    The most effective rulership I had ever seen was the one that used the ostracon….I think it was sparta that did it.

    anyway….what was done was a piece of earthen claw pot was smashed and every citzen was given a part of it and they were able to write the name of the person whom they disliked the most.

    if enough of the same name was collected that person was banished for a period of 10 years.

    the system was quite succesfil as it keep that majority in line and routed out those who did harm to the body polotic…it was eventually done away with when two local leaders conspired together to get a third person removed ( at this time the event had taken on a festival like apperence)

    the event soon fell out of favor and not to long there after their society became corrupted

  • twisted titan

    it is was not perfect…… system is but this one survied for a few 100 years.

    this also where the word ostrocized comes from

  • Mustafa Cohen

    @Lucid: Everything begins with “What if”.

    @twisted titan: Ostracism was in Athens. As for “100 years”: Plutarch says that Sparta and Spartans never lost their independence and general respect as long as they lived by Lycurgus’ laws, which lasted for ~500 years. As soon as luxury sneaked back in, they lost everything. Plutarch’s Lives is a terrific political thriller.

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