A proposal for a weighted democracy

Democracy is about public good, not just public power.

But if everyone has equal power, evil and good have equal power.

Democracy should be a system that trends towards benefitting the public. Otherwise, it will trend in a random direction, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad.

So democracy should be weighted – those who have done more good for the public have more political power, more voting power.

But how do you measure contribution, in order to weigh by it?

Easy. If you perform a public good – you get points. Donate to charity, help clean up the streets, participate in recycling programs, build a public playground, erect a public museum, create knowledge, popular open source free software – there are countless ways to contribute in a way that benefits everyone.

You start off life with 0 points, and each benevolent action increases your points. Perhaps it’s possible to lose points as well: detracting from public wealth could be accounted for in a more advanced system, a form of criminal punishment.

Tallying up votes in vanilla democracy is already complex. The only way to implement a system like this is with technology. The perfect platform for it is the blockchain, a publicly verifiable data storage facility, e.g. Ethereum.

There are several technological problems that must be solved.

First, there has to be an identity on the blockchain. Then, a smart contact that ties an identity to its political power, with methods for increasing and decreasing political power. The hard problem of course is minting political points.

It boils down to a bootstrapping problem. A decentralized democratic point award system can indoctrinate new participants easily: point awards are voted in by the top 100-1000 or more people with the most points in the system. So the only issue is who gets to start the system. The good news is that it’s possible to hold the bootstrappers publicly accountable for faithfully awarding only those who actually do public good, and eventually take their power away, leaving leadership in the hands of people who have dedicated their lives to serving the public.

After the identity problem is solved, and the smart contracts for point accounting are implemented, the final technological obstacle is simply implementing a smart contract that enables identities with political power points to vote on any issue submitted to a public forum.

In summary, to implement weighted democracy that advances humanity in a positive, rather than a random, direction of development, 3 systems would have to be implemented:
1. identity
2. political power point accounting for a given identity
3. voting rights for identities with political power points on a system of typed issues

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