Monday, March 22, 2010

Answer for the implementation of a meritocracy

I've always been a proponent of the meritocracy yet its implementation remained an enigma to me. It never seemed like a very practical alternative to the democracy. Then it occurred to me, this is how you do it:

1) The population does a standardized IQ test.

2) Individuals in the population are divided into intelligence categories, e.g. IQ 100 - 110, according to the results of the IQ tests.

3) Then each category elects an x number of representatives. The number is the same for each intelligence category and representatives are allowed to be chosen from any category.

4) The ruling "party" consists of these representatives.

That's the basic idea. There will still be an element of popularity in government, i.e. quantity over quality, but it will be minimized significantly compared to its impact in a democracy.

19 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Stupid. What makes you think that the coons wont rig the test like they rig elections?

You are an idiot

Anonymous said...

This is similar in idea to a "qualified vote". Its a great idea that will never fly as long as the great unwashed out there rule us. In essence, each person over a certain age has one vote. Persons over the age of 50 have another vote (one assumes that an older person is generally wiser that a young dumb fulla cum teenager)Anyone with a property paid off, another vote. (Shows commitment and financial stability). Another vote for a post graduate degree, another for a doctorate etc. A person with insight and understanding of a long term political decision would thus not have his vote cancelled by a rabid malema doos toi toi'ing for more pap and free edukashan

Anonymous said...

You´re pulling our pissers, right?

Anonymous said...

@ FE - I just can't see this ever happening in SA (or the world for that matter). You will have a government of people with higher IQ's lording over the ones with lower IQ's. What are the upper and lower cut-offs? Does that mean retarded people also get to be in government as to exclude them will be un-PC? Also, the majority of blacks have a low IQ - so this "government" will have whites/asians as the high IQ reps and the blacks will represent the low IQ. It will always be a divisive issue. Might sound good in your head, but practically it won't work.

VI said...

It will never fly, but at least you are exploring alternatives. Don't be put off by the naysayers.

Anonymous said...

Each race/culture having its own territory is still the only option.
It has worked for thousands of years and is how we as humans are wired. Anything else is just an intellectual exercise.

FishEagle said...

Anon 2.54. You are an idiot for accepting a democracy - regardless of whether it's in Africa or elsewhere in the world. You're probably one of those people that love to complain at any given oppurtunity, yet never provide any potential solutions to problems.

Anon 4.25. I was hoping to get some other ideas. Thanks for your input. I still prefer my proposal to the 'qualified vote' though. It's much simpler and easier to implement. That is the key.

Anon 7.41. Read the post again. Anyone can be elected in government. The less intelligent layers in society will still probably vote for the Jacob Zuma's, Malema's or 'retards'. Their political influence will still be there, but it will be much more limited though. There will be no 'high IQ's lording over the ones with lower IQ'. Each intelligence category must have the same number of representatives in government.

@VI. Thanks. I know it will never fly in this day and age. We don't always get what we want and that's a fact. But things change all the time and that's when it's important to know about the alternatives. I'll be waiting :)

FishEagle said...

Anon 15.58. I agree that it worked in the past. However, you are denying the fact that globalization is happening, which requires us to adapt in almost every aspect of our social dynamics, including our political systems. If you want to live in the past and stop globalization, you would have to give up things like global communication, i.e. your internet, amongst other things. I'm not willing to do that. You can't have your cake and eat it.

eduard said...

Must go back to the old system of individuals who owns property may vote. This will eradicate the so called stupid-voters. Damnocracy is the worst form of government. Even that miserable fat drunk, Winston Churchill admitted it.

Anonymous said...

There are lot's of people on this blog who hold up IQ testing as some kind of Holy Mantra, and see it as a solution (or explanation) for all ills.

IQ testing is NOT precise and CANNOT entirely test for intelligence.

I'm not dismissing it; I believe it ROUGHLY equates to OVERALL intelligence, but can be very blurry to say the least.

As for the "high IQ = morally good, low IQ = morally bad" belief, that doesn't play out in the real world. Most serial killers are high IQ, and some of the most despotic leaders and terrifying regimes have been filled with very intelligent people.

AS far as I'm concerned, anon 15:58 has the best idea - failing that I'd go with anon 4:25 - with maybe the added proviso that without at least a very basic education (or passing a simple literacy test) you cannot vote at all.

Viking said...

I read the post as tongue-in-cheek! maybe i shouldn't have.
I have a problem with it for a few reasons, mostly because democracy is something I see as inherently good, and I also think that just because it doesn't work in South Africa and places like Iraq, that is due to other factors and not the essential theory.

I also think SA is not exactly a great proving ground for democracy, which works quite well in countries where the vast majority of people are of roughly the same intelligence, which is the case in most Western democracies, even if that is changing.

I also think it's another Liberal's dream! for them, rule by self-appointed "experts" is their goal, look at the way the EU is run.

There's a great Aesop's fable which was actually written into the Old Testament (book of Samuel I think), the gist of which is that the rulers are the useless people who are no good at anything else - and if you look at the EU this is certainly the case :)

Liberals think that Liberals should be in charge, being more enlightened than everybody else, although I suppose all politicians think that - which is why I think politicians should be insulated from actually doing any harm by limiting their power.

FishEagle said...
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FishEagle said...

@Viking, thanks for the comments. No it wasn't meant tongue in cheek :)

The EU is a product of the democracy. My single biggest problem with a democracy is that it doesn't produce good leaders. The good leaders are not initially always the most popular, and are often eliminated in democratic governments. EVERYTHING has good and bad qualities, including a democracy. The theory of democracy is proving to be just as impractical as the theory of communism in many aspects. I don't doubt for a second that there was a time and a place for each of these political systems but that time is passing.

The leaders would not be self appointed experts in the system that I've proposed. To the contrary, they'd be representing the entire country's demographics, but with emphasis on a representation of intelligence. Intelligence is correlated to the Human Development Index and therefore it is very appropriate and desirable to choose such a criteria for emphasis.

FishEagle said...

Anon 2.28. Despite all the shortcomings of IQ tests, IQ is still found to be correlated with the Human Development Index.

FishEagle said...

To add on to my last comment - I will reiterate that the leaders will still be a reflection of the population and not only a compilation of the most intelligent people in society. Have you learnt nothing from the situation in South Africa? The less intelligent people tend to vote for less intelligent leaders. The less intelligent leaders' influence must just be curtailed.

FishEagle said...

The geniuses and the retards' votes would have the same weight, which would be higher than the weight of the average person's vote. That's normally where your most vulnerable groups are anyway, so it makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Will NEVER happen!
Those that rule the world have only been able to wrest power from those who would do good by encouraging the growth of the lesser intelligent populations and destroying any chance of Nations enjoying self-determination!

Anonymous said...

it does not change anything... dividing people into IQ bracket is no different than dividing them into provinces

Anonymous said...

it does not change anything... dividing people into IQ bracket is no different than dividing them into provinces