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The Governance Loop [Meta Politics Idea Summary]
The Founding Fathers Missed a Few Spots
The founding fathers wrote a constitution that addresses three malincentives that cause government collapse.
Tyranny - the inability for the people to control the government
Anarchy - the inability for the government to protect the citizenry
Censorship - the inability for people to report on government actions
You might notice that there are four points of the cycle and three failures. The missing failure is information overload - specifically, the inability of the public to properly judge credibility. This failure mode was recently introduced through mass media and social media - truth no longer needed to die by censorship, but instead could be drowned out by a deluge of disinformation, partisanship and distraction.
This isn’t to come out on team “democracy dies in darkness”. Print and cable media have played into the same self-destructive tactics in the United States, albeit suboptimally relative to social media.
A new constitutional credibility-distributing method that avoids the fuzzy, relativistic behaviour of an overloaded information system is necessary to maintain this cycle of governance.