End universal suffrage. Put certain conditions on being allowed to vote
But the rules would be vulnerable to abuse: those in power would be able to manipulate the definition of who's stupid and who isn't.
Don't forget the special team of volunteers to fit every pig in the country with little wings and jet engines. 好可愛喔!
How to deal with stupid people breeding?
I just have a massive problem with democracy being two wolves (and stupid wolves at that) and a sheep deciding what's for dinner. Your idea about referenda open only to people who know what they're talking about is a good one, but wouldn't that kind of amount to the same thing, and be open to the same criticism as my proposal?
George McDonald Fraser remarked once that his favourite Prime Minister (can't remember who) was one who had openly admitted to having spent one year in office and achieved absolutely nothing in that time!
Nothing except that it would mean lower incomes and higher unemployment as the economy entered a long period of negative growth.
Taiwan would have to go through a shock like Cuba did in the 1990s to shift to agriculture again. Incomes would decline because Taiwan is not competitive in the sector. Countries get rich when people leave the land and move to industrializing cities and then (maybe) become members of a globalized service oriented knowledge economy. They become poor when people have to move back to the land.
I also thought it more logical that small scooters should be less polluting than cars, just based on their their lower fuel consumption. However, from my experience as a pedestrian and cyclist in Taiwan, I think the 3-4 times more polluting than cars statement sounds about right.
It's not possible for Taiwan to be self sufficient all the time, it is a small island with 22 million people packed together.
If it tried to grow all it's own food one or multiple typhoons could result in hyperinflation and starvation. One typhoon has the potential to wipe out crops over half the island. Drought could do the same. Plant disease, human pathogen epidemics, animal pathogen epidemics, multi year cycles of drought...they happen all the time.
finley wrote:How to deal with stupid people breeding?
I think the simplest way would be to spread memes about the social desirability of contraception and the personal benefits of using it (in a way that would appeal to stupid people). Then hand out contraceptives like candy.
Maybe a better question would be: how to prevent the kids of stupid people becoming as stupid as their parents? After all, it's not really their fault that their parents are mouth-breathers. Not easy, but an interesting challenge.
The education system (which is the primary organisation that deals with this) seems to be fairly poor at achieving any of these things.I just have a massive problem with democracy being two wolves (and stupid wolves at that) and a sheep deciding what's for dinner. Your idea about referenda open only to people who know what they're talking about is a good one, but wouldn't that kind of amount to the same thing, and be open to the same criticism as my proposal?
The nature of the question matters. At election time, people are asked "do you want this bunch of incompetent layabouts running the country, or this bunch of venal crooks?". There's no logical "best" solution, so your level of education (or your ability to make sound judgements) is irrelevant. In a gov't consultation, people are asked to detail a nuanced opinion. Stupid people self-filter, because they are (by definition) unable to express a coherent thought. Your method might have prevented the election of George Bush the Dumber, but not the election of Hitler.
Your idea of referenda and/or government consultation seem like a better idea then.
Taiwan is too small to be self sufficient, it is far too risky an endeavour.
Taiwan is small and crowded and needs to import energy and if China blockaded Taiwan there is a limit to what can be done with local resources, eventually there will be capitulation or starvation.
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