Two sorely needed amendments to the US Constitution

Page 3 of 3<123
March 13th, 2017 at 5:42:04 PM permalink
Nareed
Member since: Oct 24, 2012
Threads: 306
Posts: 10240
Quote: Pacomartin
I like the idea that Democracy is inherently inefficient. Dictatorship is extremely efficient. But by it's very nature Democracy will spend a great deal of time undoing it's previous "accomplishments" and waste a lot of time in consensus building.


What do you mean by "efficient."

In physics, the definition is crystal clear: the ratio between energy input and work output in a machine.

So if you put in 100 units of electricity into a light bulb and get back 12 equivalent units in the form of visible light, that's a 12% efficiency.

How do you measure such things in government, and whether or not they are efficient? You might measure how much money goes into a bureaucracy in the form of taxes, fees, etc., and how much value come out the other end.
If Trump where half as smart as he thinks he is, he'd be twice as smart as he really is.
March 13th, 2017 at 5:56:01 PM permalink
kenarman
Member since: Oct 24, 2012
Threads: 3
Posts: 777
A Dictatorship is efficient because one person spends 5 minutes deciding lets make this happen. In a democracy 100's of elected representatives debate something for days before anything happens. Human energy units that go into the decision is much greater in the democracy.
"There is no sin but ignorance" Christopher Marlow
March 13th, 2017 at 6:31:22 PM permalink
rxwine
Member since: Oct 24, 2012
Threads: 114
Posts: 4541
Quote: kenarman
In a democracy 100's of elected representatives debate something for days before anything happens. Human energy units that go into the decision is much greater in the democracy.


I believe I've heard that one before. But it was phrased in the form of a question. As in, "How many people in congress does it take to screw in a light bulb."
No one has ever proven I am not God.
March 13th, 2017 at 10:01:44 PM permalink
Nareed
Member since: Oct 24, 2012
Threads: 306
Posts: 10240
How about this: any candidate who wins a general election without a majority, or even the largest plurality, of the popular vote should be labeled "usurper"?
If Trump where half as smart as he thinks he is, he'd be twice as smart as he really is.
Page 3 of 3<123