In my article on Anarcho-Capitalism I made it clear that while I find Anarcho-Capitalism to be ideal I don’t find it feasible. In my article on the Constitution I made my support for the constitution clear. However this support is a matter of pragmatism. In truth if society is to have a compulsory state there is a far better way to organize it that would preserve the Republic against liberal diseases such as Marxism, Feminism, Islam, and Social Justice as well as from diseases such as the Alt-Right and Nazism.
So my first suggestions on organizing society has to do with Citizenship. In order to eliminate the consent objection of Anarchists I propose the following:
- Everyone will be treated as a Citizen till 18.
- At 18 everyone must choose to either take an oath of citizenship or move to their country of choice, all expenses paid, provided that the country they pick chooses to accept them.
- Those who stay will become full citizens.
- No immigrant who doesn’t want to become a citizen will be allowed permanent residency.
- All immigrants who do want to become citizens will immediately take citizenship classes and upon passing will take the oath and become official citizens.
- All Citizens will be separated into different political categories based off of objective criteria and citizens may change their category by meeting the criteria.
Political categories of Citizens
While all Citizens will have their full Civil, Social, and Economic rights Political rights will be divided along the following lines:
- Commons. The Commons are Citizens who cannot vote or run for or hold office. This includes any citizen who has not retired and is not a land owner, business owner, employee, or member of the military or clergy. These individuals have no skin in the game and can easily be bribed into voting for a certain party with social welfare programs.
- The Congregation. The Congregation are all Citizens who either have a job or own a business or land. They may vote for elected officials, as well as on issues of taxes, and ballot propositions. They can also vote in recalls of politicians. They may not run for or hold office or vote to amend the Constitution.
- The Assembly. The Assembly is the final and highest category. The members of this category can vote in all the matters listed in the previous category. They can also run for and hold office and vote to amend the constitution. The requirements for this category is that one must have served ten years in the military or be a member of the clergy, a physician, or retired(retirement age for this purpose being set at 65). These are the most responsible individuals in society and thus the least likely to mess things up.
This system is fair because the people in each group can ascend to the one above them through their own effort and anybody can lose their status through their own failures(except members of the Assembly can do very little to lose their rank). Such a system would prevent bad policy from becoming law(still isn’t perfect but it would be a prevention).
The Federal Government
The Federal Government would basically be shaped the same way ours is now with the same constitutional limitations.
The States would be structured basically the same as ours with the same constitutional limitations.
With the exception of protections for civil, religious, social, and economic liberties and the political caste system the rest of the Constitution must be replaced or reaffirmed every ten years. Both of the upper castes shall vote on this. In this way the country can’t be bound for more than a decade unless they choose to be bound. Nobody can complain that they didn’t vote for the Constitution (except the Commons who are politically irrelevant anyway) because they had a chance to replace it every ten years. By taking part in the vote they bind themselves by the vote to keep to its decision. They can’t complain.
After a year under a regulation the top two Castes shall have an opportunity to vote it out of the legal code or ratify it. If ratified it will be law for another two years. If ratified after that it will be law for four years. If ratified after that it’ll be law for eight years. And so on and so forth. Thus bad regulations can be eliminated by the electorate.
The above system will keep the Republic safe from bad ideas and irresponsible people. While the proposed Caste system may seem cruel it isn’t because: a) people can advance or loose their place on their own merit and b) very few people would remain a Common since they want to vote but also because the greater economic freedom would provide them with plenty of opportunities for upward mobility. Thus this system is very fair.