Re: POL: Extropianism and Politics

Michael Lorrey (
Fri, 19 Mar 1999 20:24:50 -0500 wrote:

> On Political Systems:
> I think in the end any political system is more or less viable, but the key
> feature is not the structure of the government but the character and ability
> of the people who comprise the government, and to whatever extent a political
> system utilizes good people, to that extent will that system prosper.

It is sort of an inverse relationship. A government which provides the most successful environment for its citizens breeds the potential for greater decadence unless there are measures to keep up the quality of the citizens, like making citizenship a merit system. You must pass intelligence, knowledge, and ethical tests to become a voting member of the polity. Jerry Pournelle had such a system on the planet Sparta in his CoDominium series of novels

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