Here are my suggestions:
- Any elected official can never be reelected or get another job. The state will cover them, until they die. Once an official is elected, all their finances are public forever, and if they don’t like that, they can’t become elected. The only incentive for officials should be to do the best they can for their electorate.
- Use the voting system that leads to an outcome that represents the elecorate’s wishes best. None of the systems currently in use does that—but there are some great options.
- Make the act of voting a slow thinking process. Design the ballot in a way to make voters pause and think rationally. If that means voting gets more complicated, so be it. It’s worth it.
- Science the shit out of politics. Every law is, in it’s essence, an experiment. By instituting it, we intend to improve our condition. So each law should come with an evaluation plan, alternatives to also try and an expiration date (if it was a good experiment, it can be extended easily). We could also think about geographically limiting the impact of each new law until it proves it’s having the intended effect.
- On a larger scale, each country can be seen as an experiment as well, with the science of history as their evaluation. People should be able to vote with their feet and move to where they are represented best. Successful experiments can be replicated by other countries to achieve the best possible outcome for everyone.