Conclusions About the Planning of Utopia

by Jason Lightner May 17th, 2013 | Independent Ideas
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park peopleAfter five whole weeks devoted to outlining an extremely rough basis for what one might consider a utopia, a word I used rather lightly as the antithesis of dystopia, I’ve been amazed at both the reaction, as well as the difficulty involved in drafting some of the items. I’ve come away with a few conclusions, not the least of which is that no matter what we think we know about the benefits of “small government,” with the way the world currently operates, and the intricacies involved, a large government is inevitable. The important duty of the people, however, is to remain informed, educated, and to keep an ever-watchful eye on the goings-on involving their leaders and representatives.

If you care to read through the sparse bundle of words parading as a rough blueprint for a government that won’t hang its people out to dry, I’ve laid them out in a neat little package for you.

Part One — Laying the Foundation
Part Two — Public Service
Part Three — Personal Responsibility
Part Four — Making Progress
Part Five — Acceptable Representation

I feel like there’s a general theme to the previous articles, and it’s essentially a matter of being good to one another — it’s a matter of being fair.

There needs to be a foundation to build upon, and certain truths need to be universally understood. Things like basic rights need to be established and elaborated upon until there is no room for debate about meaning or purpose. This is the part our founding fathers got wrong in drafting the Bill of Rights. With regards to the Second Amendment of the Constitution, leaving the whole “right to bear arms” thing up for debate has caused almost as much strife in this country as skin pigment and bone structure, which are two very silly things to get upset about, I might add.

In addition, an understanding that Government need not remain as a faceless enforcer of restriction to the people, but that Government can actually benefit society in the role of provider for public service. This is a concept in which many would champion the private sector, but there are certain services that simply need to have a non-profit option. Government doesn’t have to be bureaucratic and incompetent, and that’s where the importance of education comes into play.

In addition, it is widely accepted that allowing people the freedom to make choices for themselves generally encourages personal responsibility. While the Government’s interests should align with the good and the health of the people, there is a definite different between encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and playing helicopter parent. In addition, creating laws and penalties for every single possible instance and potential combination of a crime is both redundant and wholly unnecessary. Setting some basic rules with degrees of severity is easier to grasp for everyone involved. As far as penalties go, by the way, we really need to get off of our punishment kick as a people, and get on board with proper rehabilitation. Most people begin life as what one might consider “good,” and it’s usually possible to bring that out in them.

One of the things I pondered the most while writing this is what, if any, role the Government should play in the development of technology and the pursuit of knowledge. I decided that, as a central Governing body, it was imperative that the Government be as informed and involved as possible, while not necessarily having the power to make game changing decisions. The big stuff would be left to scientists and engineers, be they involved in Government or in the private sector. If you’re still scratching your head as to why I feel this way, you needn’t look any further than the current scientific committee, which is about as scientific as picking one’s nose.

To attempt to ensure a Government can’t get away from the people, checks and balances wouldn’t simply be a Government procedure. The people would have explicit legal recourse in the event that a representative turns out to be bad news or something along those lines. Oh, and seriously, voting as a national holiday is way overdue.

There are countless other topics that haven’t been touched on, but are of great importance to the basic function of a society, and we could go on about this for years. I’m more comfortable with ending this now, however, and talking about something a bit less drab.

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