Dave, I shall take a look at your ideas. What I am curious about is if what you propose can be done without a scrapping everything and starting all over. If your proposal requires dumping the current system and replacing it with yours all at once, no matter how good your ideas might be, it will never happen in the US or any other country unless the government is violently over thrown and a new government is created to replace the old. However, if your ideas can be implement in such a way that can be integrated with the current system by replacing various parts one at time, then over the long haul, decades or centuries, what you propose could come about.
One example. A new voting\election system could replace the current one without forcing an overhaul of the entire government, and ideally be done at the local level (think grass roots) and have it expand up, rather than implemented at the a federal level, and forced down; too likely to be rejected as being big brother forcing common people adopt something without getting their approval in advance. And other example would be adding\removing items to the Constitution without scraping the entire thing.
After I wrote and published my first edition in 2000, a thoughtful reader asked the very some question. I had no answer, but I sure did a lot of thinking.
There is no way we can just replace western democracy with the TDG overnight. And there is no way the early TDG builders will have the experience to skillfully govern. I came to the conclusion that an instantaneous repair would be a disaster.
But as alluded to in my comments to Schmidt, the TDG cannot work inside the political order. For example, working for a political party is mostly about winning elections, not improving electoral systems. If that 1% went into the political parties, they would have no time or energy left for the TDG. Same for activism!
In Chapter 6, I describe the process to put the TDG in place. This will take at least a decade, maybe two. In this process, the early TDG builders will be acquiring the skills and culture to make the TDG work. And they will be doing all sorts of experienments to find out what works and what doesn't work. As they are building, the TDG will be seen more credible in the eyes of the general citizenry. And the current system is unlikely to improve itself in this time, perhaps worsen.
There will be a time when it becomes obvious (except to small minority) that the TDG is indeed superior to western democracy. It will harder for partisan forces to resist this change. There will be a transfer of authority and responsibility from the governing political party to the highest tier of the TDG. At this point, all the electoral laws of western democracy will be replaced with TDG electoral laws. In other words, the citizenry will be electing their representatives much differently than before.
Most other institutions of governance will remain in place as before. But with the TDG in place, they could be overhauled or replaced. For example, the nature of the media is going to change without any direct action of the TDG. It will be harder to find conflict, controversy, and contention inside the TDG. And maybe some institutions will remain more or less the same after the TDG takes over.
Understand the TDG will bring about a new way of working together. Anything is possible.