form of government - What did Frank Herbert mean when he said “humans do not have equal ability”, concerning equality?

In the "Dune Genesis" essay originally published in the July 1980 issue of Omni Magazine* Frank Herbert wrote: "I now believe that evolution, or deevolution[sic], never ends short of death, that no society has ever achieved an absolute pinnacle, that all humans are not created equal. In fact, I believe attempts to create some abstract equalization create a morass of injustices that rebound on the equalizers. Equal justice and equal opportunity are ideals we should seek, but we should recognize that humans administer the ideals and that h...Read more

Are there any variants of capitalism that treat states themselves like some form of corporation?

The states have to compete like corporations.States run inefficiently will have jobs, capital, and whatever moved to China.So the president is like the CEO. The customers are the population, the businesses. The stock holders are of course the citizens.I've heard Indonesia's finance minister think that way.Some variants of capitalism, like georgism, even advocate giving citizenship dividend.However, georgism is more involved with "land" ownership.Anyone see the state like a for-profit corporation? For example, a state may decide that prostitutio...Read more

What are the most basic, yet distinct forms of government?

I have been given an assignment in one of my Computer Science classes where I have to give a design for a game we're supposed to develop. Without getting into too much detail, the game is about people forming nations with their own sets of rules, and the game clearly has to be able to support various types of government, such as a democracy, communism, etc... I'd like to come up with a brief list of types of government without getting into the nitty-gritty of stuff like "constitutional monarchy" and "Family dictatorship" as seen on http://en.wi...Read more

form of government - Is there any term/discussion on a democracy that allows earning of extra votes?

This is just a random idea for a goverment I had, not saying it is a better one then the current democracy, only that it is an interesting concept and I'm curious to think about how would would work.The idea is a goverment that allows buying votes, but still is designed to prevent, or minimize the rich exploiting their wealth to enforce policies that benefit them; at least to the degree that modern democracies do. In my theoretical world building this is done through the idea of allowing earning of extra votes through 'civic credits'.To start ...Read more

international standards - Are there standardized definitions for systems of government?

BackgroundI am a counselor for the Citizenship in the World merit badge in Boy Scouts. I have only taught the badge once and trying to teach this requirement has tripped me up. It still trips me up now as to how to teach this: Do the following: a. Discuss the differences between constitutional and nonconstitutional governments. b. Name at least five different types of governments currently in power in the world. c. Show on a world map countries that use each of these five different forms of government. Part a. has definitions with...Read more