There is more than one way to remove a government. Here are the most common methods and ideas on removing future federal governments that do not keep up with social and technical changes.
Federal Governments around the world, no matter what form of government they are, still exist at the pleasure of their population. Often times many people do not like these governments but the cost of an uprising is too high and the planning in other forms of removal seem to long and arduous.
But in today’s societies, very few federal governments are changing and adapting to the 21st century fast enough to prevent catastrophic problems for their populations. This makes it important for people in every country to think about how to pressure faster progress and a clearer vision from their leaders or to plan for the replacement of their governments with new, modern systems of governance.
Consider that in democracies we still vote for people. This made sense even 50 years ago, but today people are the last thing we should be voting on. Instead, we should be voting via our cell phones on individual items much more regularly. Politicians should be nothing more than project managers in charge of executing a project for which the population has voted. While you cannot make that switch in a day, you can start building that framework now and reap the rewards of stability and engagement in the near future.
And while some people will argue that voting on a device is subject to fraud and that is true (including forced voting with people witnessing your vote) you can have tiers of voting done different ways. Public thumbs up or down on smaller issues while larger votes done for contentious items done in without identify and in public locations. One size does not need to fit all.
But back to removing a federal government. This article is not a call to arms. In fact, it is quite the opposite. When people think of replacing a government they think of violent uprisings by the population or being overthrown from the outside. Coups are also another common way to change a government. I have assembled this more broad list of things I could think of for removing or radically changing a government.
- Coup – Governments in many parts of the world are removed by their military.
- Civil Uprising – Citizens can simply protest until things become chaotic and leaders flee or are arrested.
- Outside Overthrow – Another government from the outside can overthrow a government.
- Civil War – One area of a country can attack the federal government to free itself from the federal system.
- Secession – When a state or providence votes to leave a federal union.
- Democratic Ouster – Change in government by sweeping voter turnout to change systems and politicians.
- Social Pressure – The global community can excerpt pressure at times to cause an area governed by one group to get independence or transfer governance to another group.
- Financial Collapse – Countries can experience such a jarring financial collapse that they must be rebuilt from the ground up.
- Global Division – If enough countries recognize an area as a new country they change the government structure in the physical area.
- Natural Death – Authoritarian leaders are often too afraid to have other strong people in their government and this means when they die, it leaves a vacuum and leads to chaotic changes to the government in many cases.
- Legal Challenges – Through legal challenges pressure can be put on government officials and whole systems on whether they are meeting constitutional obligations.
- Not Recognized – If other countries fail to recognize the current government they undermine the legitimacy and essentially change the government even if this does not always lead to quick change of power.
- Weakens Until Obsolete – The one that is least talked about is the slow weakening of a government or world order until it finally becomes obsolete and simply fizzles out. This is the danger many countries today face without knowing it. Technological changes will kill off obsolete systems faster than you think.
Is desiring a governmental overhaul treasonous? No more than going to the polls and voting for a new candidate. The fact is, all governments are changing all the time. New laws. New politicians. Even constitutions are able to be updated and changed.
The fall of the Roman Empire did not happen due to one event. It got sloppy. It did not take care of people. It was corrupt and it was constantly under economic duress due to wars and propping up unemployed citizens – trying to maintain a failing system instead of adapting it caused it to become obsolete and finally fizzle out.
The near future could see technology and large corporations become far more important than governments. Controlling AI and Robotics and Communication Channels will be far more powerful than what current government architectures can do. Already you see it in positive and negative ways. The space race? Privatized. Car Automation? Private. Jails? Privatized. War? Let’s just say a lot of private companies benefit from a good war. Charity? Donations from private sources far exceed government donations, even before the expected upcoming cuts.
Just take a look at this article to see how corporations are struggling to be good citizens and still make a profit. https://www.fastcompany.com/40397294/facebook-airbnb-uber-and-the-struggle-to-do-the-right-thing When Mark Zuckerberg asks, ” Are we building the world we all want?” he is asking the right question.
When you look at a lot of this, the governments seems more obstructionist than helpful. But there is a caveat. In principle, a government should look out for all citizens. Some corporations have good people doing good things, but they need to make money and answer to shareholders, so the idea that they could essentially replace every aspect of the government is not ideal because at any time they can quickly change their mission or management and hurt a lot of people. In fact, if you think about it, it is the moral imperative of business to aggregate wealth away from people and into the business and distribute that wealth to the owners to the business. That is how the current system is supposed to work. The fact that some CEO’s are bucking the trend does not make most CEO’s good people wanting to make the world a better place.
There is one consideration I have given a lot of thought to over many years, but now has become for feasible. Why have we not started developing a new global citizenship system and simply begun to ignore and disassemble current governments over time as portions of them are no longer needed? Essentially weakening them until they disappear into obscurity. No one gets hurt in this model. It is the evolution of a governing system, not a conflict-based change. We have the communications tools to organize this. We have new systems that are not controlled by centralized government entities such as Bitcoin, the Internet, social media (some), peer to peer networks and many other things that can be built if this endeavor is pursued.
The real question is, if a lot of people got behind an idea for creating a better form of government, would the existing establishments of the world fight to keep their current systems relevant or would they embrace an evolution of governance? They most likely would try to retain their power. For this reason, any effort to make change would have to include an effort to get people elected who support and want better systems and programs for people in the future, even at the expense of current systems they serve in.
None of this is simple or fast. The good thing systems are improving here and there and that would be what a broader framework would do as well. It would do it with more vision, more purpose and a more integrated way is the big difference.