Managers

At both the local and global levels, The People will vote to select a Manager from a list of candidates brought to them by an independent committee of individuals with Credentials to participate in the selection process. When The People approve a Manager, that Manager assumes responsibility for operation of the government at that level, and will be placed in charge of all personnel decisions until they either resign or are removed from office by popular vote of The People.

Choosing a Manager will be handled like choosing an employee in a corporation: A committee chosen by The People will advertise the position, collect and review resumes, check references, and then interview candidates in recorded video sessions. This information along with the committee’s recommendation will then be forwarded on to The People to use in choosing their Manager. There won’t be any “campaigning”, and any individual or group that attempts to game the system by advertising should trigger a backlash against their candidate for being corrupt. Again, the free flow of information (full disclosure will be required in all advertising) will greatly reduce the ability of corporations and powerful individuals to game the system.

Manager will be a highly paid and high-status position because The People will be competing with public corporations for people to fill them. It should be expected that the Locality Managers should all have extensive experience, either as CEOs or city/county managers. The Globality Manager will normally be chosen from the ranks of Locality Managers, although this should not be a requirement. Choosing a career politician with little or no management training or experience as a Manager at either level would be a mistake (the gross incompetence, ineffectiveness, and downright annoying nature of all but a few US Presidents being exhibit A).

The People retain the right to remove any government employee, including any Manager, judge, military officer, Moderator, or any other type of employee at any level by popular vote at the relevant level.

This feature is sorely lacking in existing government systems. Even when a non-elected government manager (e.g., cabinet member, Supreme Court judge, etc.) is demonstrably incompetent, The People have no effective means of removing that individual from a position. This leads to frequent ineffective or even disastrous results as the US has seen in recent years with many regulatory agencies (e.g., the SEC, FEMA, EPA. etc.). No corporation or military force could work this way. How is it permissible that government managers can hire their relatives or cronies without giving The People any control at all over the situation other than resorting to ineffective protests?

Besides the power of The People, which is unlimited, there are two other major sources of political power in Matchism. Both of these have equivalents in existing organizations, but will be far more important components in Matchist government and so the design of the systems around them warrant very close attention. The first is the role of Moderator, which while ostensibly primarily that of “traffic cop”, could in many cases have major impacts on the freedom of individuals and even public policy in general through the use (or misuse) of flagging and other acts (topic or thread deletion or reorganization, etc.). The second is that of Manager, a position that will wield comparable power to current executive-branch heads (governors and the president in the US, albeit presumably with much more restricted “executive order” power than these offices currently have access to). A system that balances this power with close supervision by The People without allowing them to end up micromanaging their employees is key to Matchism’s success.

Managers shall be responsible for organizing the bidding for government-supplied services and signing and enforcing the contracts. Afterward, The People shall have the right to review all bids and cancel any contract.

This is how it works now in most places, with one notable addition: The requirement that The People will have access to all the information they need to ensure that these services will be efficiently and effectively provided. Combined with the direct ability to remove problematic managers and other employees this ensures government accountability to a level not seen in any previous government design. This feature may also be increasingly necessary as a compensation for the continued decline in independent journalism.

Again, the purpose of government is to ensure cooperation (regulation), not to provide services, and to do so as efficiently as possible. As such, it should be expected that most government services other than regulatory functions will be contracted out rather provided by municipal employees. This includes police and fire services. Don’t like the way the police are treating The People? No need for (largely ineffective) rioting in the streets, just vote to cancel the contract and have your Manager find a different company that has a better reputation. The new company can then choose to hire any employees from the old firm they want, and let the rest look for jobs in other areas (or in other industries).

Business offices and employment of the Globality shall be distributed among all the Localities, with these branches containing the necessary level of redundancy to accommodate incapacitation in other Localities due to natural or human-caused disasters.

Although the Globality Manager would necessarily have a primary office, the Globality infrastructure must be distributed among the Localities such that a disaster (or attack) in one of them would not unduly disrupt operations. Indeed the office of the Globality Manager might rotate among multiple Localities at the preference of that Manager to ensure that this redundancy is fully functional.

The Globality would also be the ultimate insurer and backup for the public infrastructure in every Locality: It should be possible to run any Locality from a physical location in any other, or from Globality offices if no nearby Locality office is suitable.

Next: The Law