Managers

At both the local and global levels, The People will select a Manager of the Executive Branch of government from a list of candidates by approval. 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 for that branch until they are replaced by The People.

An example of how this might work:

  • Any adult-certified candidate may apply for Locality Manager by filling out an application which will include biographical information and links to social media and other informational pages. A nominal filing fee should be required to discourage those seeking just to disrupt the system.
  • Compensation packages for Locality and Globality Managers (salary, housing, etc.) shall by specified by ordinance (no negotiation). Compensation should be high by existing government standards (they should be paid more like CEOs of comparably-sized companies than mayors).
  • Organizations may publicly endorse a Candidate, but neither they nor the candidate may pay for any promotion or advertising in support of the candidate (no campaigning).
  • Each voter can express a preference for each Candidate (approve, disapprove, abstain) as well as for the current Locality and Globality Managers. Candidates are shown in The System ranked by approval margins  (number who approve minus the number who disapprove) averaged daily over the month.
  • Candidates with a negative margin approval at the end of each month will be deleted. They may reapply after a three month waiting period.
  • On the first of each month if the average daily margin of approval of the top-ranked Candidate for the previous month was more than 10% higher than current Manager, that Candidate will have 48 hours to declare that they will accept the position as Manager. If they do, they will be considered “Primed” to take over the job. If they refuse, they will be removed from the candidate list and prohibited from reapplying for one year and the process restarted for any additional candidates who exceed the 10% threshold.
  • A Primed Candidate will contest to maintain daily average margin at least a 10% above the existing Manager for a period of one month. If this margin is maintained, the Primed Candidate becomes Manager effective the 1st of the following month.
  • The transition period shall be one month. The incoming Manager immediately gains ultimate authority on each decision, but may delegate as necessary. Both managers are paid for the full month regardless of hours put in. No new primed candidate can be announced for the transition month thereby guaranteeing a new manager at least 3 months as a “trial period” before they can be replaced.
  • For Global Manager position, the Candidates are the Locality Managers who have served at least one year, but the procedure is otherwise the same. A separate tally of *global* approval ratings shall be maintained for this list (i.e., each voter can make an approval assessment for any Locality Manager, but only local votes count when comparing the Locality Manager with the Candidates seeking to replace them).
  • Any Locality Manager or the Globality Manager can be removed from office effective immediately by a majority vote of the Locality Managers. The replacement will come from the current sorted list of Candidates, with one-month transition period starting immediately after the vote to remove.

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).

The Judicial branch at each level shall consist of a Supreme Court of five judges with three alternates specified by the Executive Branch.

Judges and alternates are approval-rated using The System, just as for Managers. If a Supreme Court judge maintains a net-negative margin for a one-month period, they are immediately replaced by the top-rated alternate, and a new alternate named by the Manager at that level. Alternates also, on a case-by-case basis, fill in for judges who become unavailable on a temporary basis due to illness, etc.

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 majority disapproval at the relevant level.

The System will also allow “write-in” candidates: If a majority of The People specify an individual this way they will be removed immediately. 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.

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.

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