To answer the question posed by the previous blog, what is the “strong clue” of what form it might take? Reflection tells us that we and our predecessors had already evolved a form of government that was remarkably similar everywhere on earth whatever the environment.
This was especially true in the most recent two million years when mile-high cliffs of ice would periodically sweep down and cover large parts of northern Europe, America and Asia and change man’s immediate environments completely.
Become hunter-gatherers again living in separate governances of no more than about 120 to 150 people in each before dividing into two? This happens whenever a committee of more than a dozen mature adults try to agree on long term strategy — and a single leader — and fall out with one another as a result.
Most people would scorn such a proposal. Quite rightly, too — as they are now conceived. But hold on! Modern ‘Focus Groups’ on which advanced governments now rely are much the same size — in terms of the dozen or so mature adults — as hunter-gatherer groups.
Under the guidance of an expert, such focus groups can reveal feelings and information of ordinary people that any amount of political elections and referendums would be unable to portray.
In the last ten years or so, all advanced governments are now holding hundreds of focus groups every year, quietly considering new strategies that politicians would normally be too frightened of mentioning in public.
Also, all focus groups need not remain ad hoc — as they are now. Some of them, probably an increasing proportion of them in due course, can be sitting groups devoted to specific policies and specialisations as they develop.
Furthermore, all citizens would have the right to attend at least the lowest level of any permanent specialist group, but not to be selected by a higher group unless he’d seriously studied the subject and could make a rational case for his point of view.
The subject obviously needs a huge amount of debate but if focus groups continue to develop as they have been doing then there seems to be no reason why they shouldn’t graduate into governments in their own right.