dans wrote:The way I see it, it's a matter of time preference. Voters have the shortest time preference, only considering election to election, or maybe even just the next year or next month. (Inflation decreases time preference, though, so perhaps voter's low time preference is caused by inflation. We need a control group to determine that.) Politicians care only about their term and possibly the next after that. What I think could do some good is a constitutional monarch with strict, enumerated powers, probably just veto powers (and maybe foreign policy). Liechtenstein has a similar system. The prince (who happens to be quite popular, he's got an approval rating most politicians would kill for) can veto the Landtag and cause the issue to go to popular referendum. Switzerland has something similar, minus the monarchy. Of course, it helps that Liechtenstein is so tiny.
I like your stance. Looks to me like democracy is going to be the bane of all republics including the USA, so we might as well start designing a limited government alternative for the digital age from scratch.