Dave, in TDG where does ethics and code of conduct come into play?
Some examples of what I am asking about.
- Journalism. journalist don't reveal their sources, and there is a well defined ethical boundary that remains strong.
- Medical profession. There is a doctor - patience confidentiality that is a high standard throughout the profession.
- Legal Profession. Like the medical profession, Attorneys are expect to maintain a high standard of confidentiality.
Many other professions have high standards of individual conduct. Yet when it comes to politics and running a government there almost no ethical standards. The bar is set at "Whatever is legal", but just suggests its OK to do anything that is unethical as long as its legal, and historically laws have been created so that unethical treatment of people, animals, and environment can be implemented for the purpose of self-interest and power of a elite few.
Just seems to me that an ideal system of government would have extremely high ethical standards.
While I definitely, on many things, have my positions on how the world should be run, the TDG is not about implementing my ideology or a certain ideology on society. Rather it is a process to find capable people and give them the tools to find the right balance on the issues you have brought up----and many other issues.
I have even made the structure of the TDG rather loose. Each TDG is going to design itself based on four salient features: 1) tiered indirect elections, 2) voting based on character and capacity for governance, 3) a culture of consultation, and 4) an advisory board. There are a lot of ways to put those features together. Each TDG is going to experiment with its best guess, keep what is working well, and cast aside what is not working.
In the beginning, the TDG will little official position on any issue. It is mostly about experimenting with electoral structure and developing the right culture. As it matures, it can and should start commenting on societal issues. I am sure it is going to find enlightened angles to most things; for sure, much better than the usual left vs right dialogue we see today.
And yes, without as much controversy and drama, the nature of the media and government is going to change. I'm not sure exactly to what, but it will be a more positive relationship.
A few weeks ago, I came across a thinker who advocated that each citizen be given a stipend of around $100 a year. That citizen is to put that money into whatever media he deems important. In this way, the media outlet have to relevant to the people--and not be so dependent on advertising revenue. This is definitely going to change the nature of the media--without the TDG!