Votorola

Votorola is an experimental technology for the public guidance of electoral systems, exec­u­tive of­fices, legis­latures, and other decision sys­tems. Unique­ly it combines the de­vices of re­combin­ant text, trans­i­tive voting, and vote pipes to build a max­imum of person­al freedom into its facil­i­ties. The main facil­i­ties are tree-form, de­cision guide­ways. Voto­rol­a deploys the leaf­ward edges of these in sup­port of the pub­lic sphere, where they pro­vide a pur­pose and out­let for ration­al dis­course. The op­posite trunks it aims at de­cision sys­tems that are sensi­tive to form­al con­sensus. It tar­gets each of the ma­jor types of de­cision sys­tem in so­ciety (white) with a special guideway design (green):

diagram is
interactive
Electoral
decision
systems
(executive
appointments
are treated
as electoral
decisions, and
thus guided)
Normative
decision
systems
Interface with
the lifeworld
Mythopoeic
overguideway
Public
sphere
Interface to
electoral de-
cision system
Interface
to norm
guideways
Interface to
normative de-
cision system
Election
guideways
Norm
guideways

So the hidden complexity of political decision making is exposed to the scrutiny of rational discourse. For each decision that is scrutin­ized, how­ever, the first demand of reason will always be the question, Why? From what cause and to what purpose would we execute this plan? Or en­force this law? When asked with insistence, the question is ultimately mythic, event­u­al­ly de­mand­ing a full-scope explan­a­tion of where we come from and where we are going. We therefore require, above all, a myth-making, or ‘mythopoeic’ overguideway (Om) in order to ex­press con­sensus on the answer. Meantime the technology is based on a provisional answer, a material end for humanity (M0), from which the mor­al princi­ples of col­lect­ive orientation (M1) and personal freedom (M2) are already deduced as the formal means:

Moral theory Practice
form (M2) Morality promotes a maximum of personal
freedom compatible with equal freedoms for all
Maximizing
personal freedom
means
form (M1) Morality relates personal action to a universally
collective end
Mythopoeic
overguidance
means
matter (M0) Morality purposes the endless continuity of
rational being
Forever retelling
the myth
end
(P1) Let all communications be limited to light speed.
This version of the Votorola home page is © 2014 Michael Allan (please do not copy). The system gears are modified from an original drawing by Nevit Dilmen, 2009 (Wikimedia Commons, public domain). The view of the Milky Way galaxy is from an original drawing by Robert Hurt, 2008. (NASA/JPL, public domain).
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