Sometimes you have to work for love instead of money. Many of society's most difficult and enduring problems cannot be solved by the usual methods of politics and economics. Politicians cannot solve these problems because they are limited by short terms of office, and because they need piles of money in order to be re-elected. Business firms cannot solve them because they are constrained by the bottom line and a five-year planning horizon. But you and I can.

Votorola

Votorola is experimental technology for the public guidance of electoral systems, executive offices, legislatures, and other decision systems. We combine the techniques of recombinant text, transitive voting, and vote pipes to build a maximum of personal freedom into the structure of our tree-form, decision guideways. We deploy the leafward edges of these guideways in support of the public sphere, where they provide a purpose and outlet for rational discourse. The trunks we aim at decision systems that are particularly sensitive to formal consensus. We target 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 such 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 which to reach consensus on the answer. Meantime the technology is based on a provisional, mythic answer, a material end for humanity, from which the formal principles of personal freedom (M2) and collective orientation (M1) are already deduced as the 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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