If you think about it, it’s actually kind of astounding that we don’t ever set goals for our government. How do we ever expect to achieve something, even something as basic as “good government”, if we don’t ever even define exactly what it is we want? While specific Goals are not part of Matchism, the process by which this set of Goals is defined (i.e. as a component of The System) must be. The specific set of Goals provided at the bottom of this page is merely a placeholder that shows the format of what the actual Goals of The People could look like.
In many cases, the Goal setting process will be a negotiation with the Managers: The people will propose a goal, e.g., “Decrease vehicle fatalities by 5%” to which the Manager will respond “to achieve this, we’ll need to spend $X on highway improvements and add $Y to the cost of each car for improved safety equipment” at which point The People may say “OK, do that” or “What benefit will we get if we just do the road upgrades?”. Once a target and cost is agreed upon, it becomes a standard which will be used to assess the performance of the Manager in the following years.
There will be separate list of Goals for the Globality and each Locality, though presumably the Locality lists will be short because the majority of local goals will be achieved via the initial Implementation Agreement.
The Goals section will also include the current Local and Global budgets, a list of priorities, and several other measures such that The People can specify what they believe the government should be doing. The Managers at each level should pull this data from The People each budget interval (quarterly?) when preparing the budget and project list for the next interval to adjust the priorities for recurring items (one-off or new items approved in The System will be included automatically).
An individuals Goals settings will also be used to find matching proxies, and the following sections are in the form that will be presented to each voter in The System.
Please rate the importance of each of these potential functions of government on a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 is not at all important and 7 is the highest priority.
- Crime and loss prevention (via police and criminal courts)
- Economic protection (via regulation and civil courts)
- National security/defense
- Acquisition/maintenance of Parkland
- Protecting the environment
- Infrastructure development/maintenance
- Disaster recovery and loss prevention and infrastructure resilience
- Scientific and technological research
- Enforcing moral codes, or facilitating this via organized religion
- Increasing average level of happiness
- Decreasing average level of stress or fear
- Maximizing personal freedom
- Managing health care
- Improving individual health, safety, and/or lifespan
- Increasing overall economic efficiency or GDP
- Maximizing the efficiency of government and/or minimizing deficits/debt
- Maximizing personal economic efficiency (tax rates, commute times, employment overhead, etc.)
- Maximizing the median standard of living
- Ensuring a minimum standard of living
- Managing the age and benefit level for retirement
- Managing the degree of inequality (economic, political, etc.)
- Managing immigration/emmigration
- Managing per capita resource consumption (energy usage, carbon emissions, land use, etc.)
Balance of Power
This section concerns your perceptions of the balance of power you experience. Be sure to consider all sources of influence (people, money, ability to tax, laws/regulations/policies, threat of violence, etc.) and its effect on all types of freedom and behavior (economic, political, social, etc.). Note that in some cases the power doesn’t originate in a group/entity itself, but is exercised on its behalf. For example, if you believe that there is too much regulation of the way corporations operate you might conclude that government and/or environmentalists have too much power and corporations not enough. If you think immigrants (undocumented or otherwise) are taking the jobs away from natives you probably consider that they and the corporations that hire them have too much power (freedom) and that the government and individuals in your country have too little power to control them.
Rate from “way too little” through “about right” to “way too much”.
- Local government
- National government
- Other national governments
- Individuals in your country
- Individuals in other countries
- Rich people
- Poor people
- Old (retired) people
- Immigrants and racial/cultural minorities
- Organized religion/moral leaders
- The media
- Educators and scientists
- The environment
- Military of your country
- Military of other countries
The Value of a Human Life
What is the value that should be used for a quality year of human life? See the section on Value of Life for more information.
(default is $50K USD)
What is the monthly income that would enable a single person to live a safe and dignified existence in your Locality?
A common reference point that may be useful in determining this is to use the industry standard that no more than 30% of income should be spent on housing (sometimes expressed in the rental market as annual income should be more than 40 times monthly rent). This figure is what mortgage companies and landlords most commonly use as a cutoff for approval. If you want to try this, find the least expensive housing that would be acceptable for you (e.g., on craigslist.org) that is within reasonable commuting distance of where you work (or your current home if you’re retired or self-employed). Divide the rent of multiple bedroom units by the number of bedrooms (assuming you’d find it acceptable to have housemates if you were living on the SI). Divide that number by 0.3 to get an estimate of the SI in your Locality.
For comparison purposes, you’ll probably find that the number you get is far larger than any current policy or subsidy. For example, US Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, which works out to $1210.75 per month (multiply by 167. Note that your state or Locality may set a different number). Poverty level is defined to be $11,770 per year, which works out to $981 per month. Qualifications for food stamps and other subsidies are available up to 130% of the poverty rate, or $1275 per month. Average Social Security retirement benefit is $1,284.51, disability benefit $1,165.24.
What is the percentage of unemployment that should trigger government intervention? The “Frictional Rate” is the minimum practical rate (usually around 3%) that accounts for the short periods of time unemployed between jobs due to layoffs, individuals completing, quitting, or getting fired from a job without having new one lined up, etc.
- The frictional rate
- Some fixed rate above the frictional rate
- Market rate (no intervention)
- No answer
Global target population
What is the ideal number of human beings living on earth:
- Less than 1 million
- 1 to 100 million
- 100 million to 1 billion
- 1 billion to 10 billion
- more than 10 billion
- No answer
Sample Specific Goals
These types of goals would be prepared by Locality and Globality Managers and approved by The People.
- The Globality shall distribute 25% of its income back to the Localities for infrastructure projects approved by The People (inter-Locality transportation projects, flood control, Parkland purchases, etc.). Each Locality shall receive back at least 15% of the revenue its citizens contribute unless a lower percentage is approved by that Locality.
- The target yearly inflation rate shall be 2%, base interest rate 3%, and growth in GDP 4%.
- The unemployment rate shall be below 5% overall, and no more than 10% in any Locality.
- The Standard Income and median income above that level shall increase by 1% more than the inflation rate.
- The Standard Income in (whatever) Locality should be increased/decreased by X% (i.e., this is an individual’s opinion about whether the SI is set too high or too low for their Locality).
- Locality debt should decrease by a rate such that Locality debt averages zero by the year 2050.
- Funding for basic research shall be set at 5% of income (the US currently spends about 3% of GDP, a quarter of that being for military research)
- Military spending shall decrease by 5% per year.
- Corporate subsidies shall decrease by 5% per year or eliminated entirely.
- The Globality Fear Index shall remain below 20% and the Happiness Index above 70%.
- Government consumption and investment as a percentage of GDP shall decrease to X% (optimal is 30%, the US is currently about 40%, and some European countries are running over 50%).
- Educational targets shall be 95% completing grade 12 by age 20, 30% completing a 4-year college degree by age 25, and 5% completing a master’s degree or higher by age 30. To be established by the year 2050.
- The target global population shall be 1 billion by the year 2100, with adjustments to birth rate being the sole mechanism for achieving this (i.e., no fair falling behind and arranging a genocide to catch up!)
- Population density and agricultural production efficiency should be maintained or increased to allow at least 50% of habitable land to be set aside as Parkland by the year 2100.
- The crime rate shall decrease by 5% per year, number of individuals incarcerated by 10% per year.
- Percentage of people who smoke will decrease by 5%.
- Vehicle fatalities will decrease by 5%.
- Overall energy efficiency will increase by 5% per year, and consumption decrease by 5% per year.
- The target rate for liquefaction as an alternative to burial or cremation shall increase 5% per year (i.e., full compliance in 20 years).