Sunday, July 2, 2017
Constitutions and Formulas
This article is part of a series called
Actually Existing Democracy
Who watches the watchers?
Every political problem has a solution.
Every solution creates a problem.
Every new problem then gets solved.
The problem-solution-problem-solution continues until you have a Constitution.
The Constitution is the sum of a series of interlocking solutions to problems.
The problems only terminate when they are made to flow in either a circle, or an interlocking pattern.
To fail to uphold a single part of a Constitution is to undermine the whole, since all parts are dependent on one another.
"Living document" Supreme Courts are evil.
The Constitution and the law differ in that the law governs society while the Constitution governs the state. The Constitution is meta-law.
Law has the same problem: every law creates a problem while solving another.
Good lawmaking is entropy reducing: it create fewer problems that is solves, and it creates problems of lesser magnitude than the magnitude of the problems it solves.
All rent seeking is entropy expanding, since economic rents can only be generated through market distortions, and distortions are inefficiencies.
In a democracy, special interests manufacture economic rents. Over time they accumulate, and the democracy moves from libertarian to totalitarian as ideology is expanded to justify increasing wealth transfers. Eventually the economic rents exceeds the carrying capacity of the economy and the state collapses, converting into civil war or dictatorship.
Good law making is entropy reducing. If there a standard way of measuring entropy the governments create, then we might postulate a couple of formulae for measuring entropy that looks something like the following.
Government creates problems with its solutions. P subscript s = the problem solved, while P subscript m = the magnitude of all problems created by that solution. If the sum of all Ps is greater than the sum of all Pm created by the state, then the state is entropy reducing with its law making process.
Good government is therefore;
Where sigma P subscript s is greater than sigma P subscript m, the state is healthy. Where the reverse, it is unhealthy, and entropy increasing.
Where sigma P subscript s is less than or equal to sigma P subscript m, the state is either not decreasing entropy or increasing it, and the state is unhealthy.
For the state to be healthy, the sum of all problems/entropy it is solving must be greater than the sum of all problems/entropy created by its solutions to those problems.