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6. Principles for a democracy

Before laying down a constitutional structure, some basic guiding principles need to be enumerated.

The basic principles providing good democratic government are:

  1. a.The only natural rights each person has are consciousness, free will and a body. These must always be respected.
  2. b.Conciousness and free will must not be controlled by government, to allow the most freedom for ideas.
  3. c.All actions by people through their bodies, or other instruments, must be allowed, unless they interfere with the consciousness or free will of others.
  4. d.Government must only attempt to regulate the actions of people where they are interfering with the consciousness or free will of others.
  5. e.People are first-class citizens.
  6. f.Other legal entities, such as businesses, are second-class citizens. This is to limit the ability of such entities to override peoples' legal rights.
  7. g.The rights of first-class citizens take precedence over those of second-class citizens.
  8. h.There are two tiers of government: federal, who provide strategy and laws; local, who determine the logistics of supply of federal services to local citizens.
  9. i.Laws must be framed to be a enduring as possible, otherwise they must have an expiry date.

Any laws enacted to handle transition arrangements between existing and new legal arangements must be framed to be limited in duration, and repealed after their expiration. Basically, transitional arrangements must be limited, and general laws be framed using time-independant principles.

Notice that speech is an action that needs to be tempered by how much it affects others. After all, we generally don't speak unless we intend to change others' thinking. It can be manipulative in many situations, especially in public arenas, whether physical or cyber.

The two types of laws are:

  1. a.Legal – govern the laws of the country.
  2. b.Procedural – govern the law-making processes.

For the right balance of efficient government with checks and balances, the arms of government needed are :

  1. a.Legislative – creates laws which govern the behaviour of citizens.
  2. b.Executive – checks and can veto laws.
  3. c.Judicial – tries breaches according to the laws.
  4. d.Bureacracy – administers government, and provides continuity of governance.
  5. e.Police – enforces laws within the country.
  6. f.Armed forces – protects the country.

Normally, only the first three are considered government, but including the rest ensures that various powers are distributed correctly.

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