Tyranny of the Majority. Apr 11, 2021 19:14:45 GMT
Post by kernel on Apr 11, 2021 19:14:45 GMT
On the Governance front page I mentioned "Mod Rule" and more should be said about this. Mob Rule comes from the simple logic the needs of the many out way the needs of the few. This can be seen with a tank full of crabs and no food. The first thing that happens is the big crabs eat the small crabs. This solves the problem of all the crabs dying, as it was quick, easy solution that works. Except when there is only one crab. The one crab situation is a new problem that was created by the first solution. No crab saw the problem until their were no crabs left to eat. Of course, this leaves us wondering why they didn't lock shells, climb out and escape together right from the beginning.
There are two mechanisms that can be used to catch oppression of the minority, Elected Representative Deferral and the Keeper's Dissent. These occur during the formal meetings were plans and instructions are signed off, handed over, or otherwise given to civil leadership. While it can be expected that the Representatives participated in creating most of the plan's items it can also be expected that some items are not "their" idea. In fact those ideas are likely oppressive to them and their community but due to majority consent it appears in the agenda. At the very lest we would hope the representative will show _any_ oppressed minority compassion and Defer the plan. The act of Deferral allows the representative to not formally instruct the staff to carry out the plan and to appeal for them to Dissent the item. If an item is Deferred and Dissented it will need a new representative and/or new civil leadership both of which would require a new general election. But even with a new representative and new civil leadership the item could still not be carried out. This should be considered a good thing and no action should be taken until a proper solution is found. The idea here being the majority should be the ones to suffer if suffering is acceptable. Since replacing a civil leader requires a willing representative and choosing a representative is not guaranteed to give you someone who agrees with either the replacement, or the item, it would be best to find a new solution.