Democracy Reform

Sir Winston Churchill once said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the rest. He is right. Its the best form of government but it also has its flaws. I think that its flaws endanger democracy and needs to be fixed. This blog is for like minded people who want to see democracy improved. I invite people to sumbit essays. I will publish even those I do not agree with so long as I find them interesting.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Britain's Labour Party wants to lower Oxbridge's standards to favor their voters

Recently, Oxford University's chancellor, Lord Patten attacked the Labour government for pressurizing Britain's top universities to admit students from low performing schools and deprived areas.
He accused the government of using universities to compensate for the failure of state schools. This is a good example of how the democratic process screws things up. As I explained elsewhere, every democracy has two major parties. One represents the winners of society and the other the losers. Both parties fight for the welfare of their voters. Much of the politics in democracies revolve around this. In the case of Britain, the party for losers is the Labour Party.

Thus it is not surprising that the Labour Party is pushing top Universities to lower standards for their preferred students even though they get poorer grades. This is similar to the Democratic Party in the US who pressured banks to lend money to their preferred borrowers who really cannot afford to buy housing but of course happened to be their voters. See my earlier article, "The political roots of the Financial Crisis" on how the sub-prime loans came about.

If the Labour Party gets its way, it would lower the standards of Britain's top universities. Instead of getting the best people to make the country more competitive, it will end up with second rate graduates and a second rate work force.

Of course the votrepreneurs (politicians) don't care because it will help them get elected. The success of their nation is secondary to their political careers.

Don't know much about history, Don't know much biology.
Don't know much about science books, Don't know much about the french I took.
But I know if you vote for me,
And I know that I'm elected,
What a wonderful world this would be.

(Sung to the tune of Wonderful World)

In Organizational Behavior, a topic taught to MBA students, we learn how to devise a reward system that leads to the success of the business organization. If business executives are rewarded for behaving in a manner detrimental to the company, we can expect the company to go broke over time. So it must be the same for a country.

I am afraid that the reward system in democracy leads to the failure of the society. That's because the reward system (ie electoral success) in a democracy rewards at least half of the votrepreneurs if they behave in a manner detrimental to the country such as by asking for lower standards. So what can we do about it?

How do we devise a system where the votrepreneurs are rewarded for coming up with policies that will lead to the success of the country? That is the question that we must successfully answer or some day democracies will collapse, ushering in dictatorships.


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