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A country entirely run by benign prisoners whose lives are broadcasted online 24 hours per day

Image credit: Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jul 10, 2022
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A political experiment where a country elects prisoner politicians to run it for a term. All their lives are broadcasted live 24/7 - Big brother style. They can have no private conversations for the entire term.
  • Prisoners are in a suitable position where their lives could easily be monitored (if they consent). They can't go anywhere anyway.
  • By broadcasting every minute of the prisoner-politicians' lives, they would have no opportunities to engage in shady business and do deals under the table.
  • No corruption should be possible at the highest level of government because nobody gets a chance to covertly manipulate the key politicians.
  • People get to see how the country is run and how the decisions are made.
How it works
A political experiment where for one term (4 years) a country is run solely by prisoners who are under 24-hour surveillance and their lives are broadcasted live at all times.
Only people who are in prison for benevolent reasons such as accidents or stuff that doesn't negatively affect the person's honesty/integrity are eligible to run for elections.
Everyone, including the president, prime minister, all members of the parliament, would be prisoners. They would be relocated to the same (comfortable) prison that serves as the country's headquarters for one term.
Even during the election the prisoners' lives would be broadcasted online 24-hours per day. Big brother style.
Rule #1: For the entire 4-year term, none of the politicians gets to have private conversations with anyone. The cameras/microphones are always there for anyone to tune in.
Rule #2: All documents (all pages) are shown in front of the camera when they are brought into the room and again before anyone starts reading them.
State secrets
If the prisoner-politicians need to discuss state secrets (should there be any?), the live feeds are monitored by a panel of people that are trusted by the state and the public.
Weak points to patch
  • I can imagine some weak points where prison guards or "powers that be" can slip the prisoner-politicians secret messages in the toilet, shower, bluetooth earplug in the pillow at night, etc.
  • There could be an engineered power outage during which bad people could get to the prisoner-politicians and influence their actions.
  • What else?
How can the above scenarios be prevented without making the prisoners' life a surveillance hell?
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General comments

Michaela D
Michaela D2 years ago
We can hardly trust non-prisoner politicians, how could we trust prisoners? Also, this could have long-term consequences; imagine prisoners changing laws to their benefit, not to mention how easily they could turn into dictators.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
Michaela D with the entire world watching, they would be incentivized to do a good job and (possibly) get their prison terms shortened as a reward for doing right by their people
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Florin Buda
Florin Buda2 years ago
I've read once in an obscure SciFi book: a future humanity spreaded on thousands of planets wanted to come back to their primordial morality so on a virgin planet they recreated a self-sufficient village with people without knowledge beyond their village and each time two planets had a conflict - let's say economical - they would recreate that situation in the village and observe how they handle it. One planet steal the asteroid mines of another => one villager steal the another family's egg layering hen so if the thief is killed => destroy the thief-planet.
From time to time a new Messiah had to be sent to either bring them back to the "good path" or improve them with new guidelines.
Once, the villagers discovered hallucinogenic mushrooms and the shit hit the fan big-time.
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jnikola2 years ago
Florin Buda Hahahaha the last row :D what's the name of the book?
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
What percentage of prisoners would be fit to run a country?
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