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A political party that aims to restore the laws to the way they were during a better period in history

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Nov 26, 2021
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A political party that aims to restore most laws to the way they were during a good period in history. People get to vote on the period they wish to revert to.
  • If the experiment is successful it would demonstrate that politics is mostly a waste of people's time, money, and mental energy. But a big source of problems.
  • By abolishing all the (clutter) laws, people regain some freedom which might bring more happiness.
  • Make the rules less abstract, more logical, and more people-friendly.
How it works
A political party runs on a platform of "reverting the laws to how they were in a good period in history".
If the party wins sufficient power, they begin to revert/abolish all laws that have changed since the "good times" in the past.
The party's website runs a poll where people can vote on which period they want to revert to.
Some laws that protect people from harm due to recent developments obviously cannot be abolished. Those can be modified with the aim of giving people maximal liberty.
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Danny Weir
Danny Weir Jan 15, 2022
What a novel idea! As one who has slowly grown disenchanted by the current political system in my country (England), I am all for a political system revolution of sorts. This quasi- democracy that we currently find ourselves in has become burdened by red-tape and bureacracy, preventing real progress in our country and catering to the elite rather than to the people.
The idea of a political reset is an excellent one, similar to playing a video game and going back to a previous save because you made a mistake or didn't get the outcome you were looking for. Introducing reversible or temporary laws (with expiry dates for certain tasks/goals to be achieved) could absolutely work. In theory...
The reason I don't necessarily believe that it is feasible is simply due to the fact that governments hate change. In established "democracies", too much change is scary and the systems are set up to prevent that from happening. I do, however, believe that this political reset system could work well in a new democracy (think Bhutan, Tunisia or Burkina Faso) where the system has not yet been ingrained and had time to work itself into an unworkable state.
I believe that this revolution could also be beneficial if society were to begin working in the way that is psychologically beneficial to them (smaller groups of people working together for mutual benefit). I first read about this idea in Russell Brand's book Revolution and I believe that allowing smaller societies to create the rules and laws that are useful and suitable for them is the way forward (of course there would still be several governmental "basic" laws that should still be adhered to).
Which period do you think would provide us with the best outcome from this technique? i think I'd personally opt for something medieval so that we could really start from the beginning and get things right this time around!
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
Nice concept association - similarly to restarting a video game from a previous save positionđź‘Ť
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Laws with a built-in expiration date

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Dec 29, 2021
Elon Musk talks about resetting obsolete laws again in this recent interview. from 44:05 onward
To which Lex Friedman suggests that laws be created with an expiration period. He touched upon blockchain smart contracts being used for this.
I think this could actually be done. Except for the constitution, write all laws so that unless they are extended via someone's effort/vote, all laws would automatically become defunct/removed after a while.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
What the above idea was trying to get at was nicely put by Elon Musk in this interview when he was asked what he would do as a president of USA. From 1:27:51 onwards
Every year there are more constraints on what you can do, but very little effort to remove outdated regulations.
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Povilas S
Povilas S3 years ago
I'm confused whether the idea suggests testing this as an experiment to prove that turning back to "good times" will not work or does it suggest that this might be the right approach for making things better?
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
Povilas S it suggests that this might be the right approach. If reverting all the laws works out fine, then all the "work" that has been done since, was in vain. Even worse, it was to the overall detriment rather than a benefit to society.
In the past people enjoyed more freedom. They gradually let themselves get choked out of everything that was once fine but has since become regulated/outlawed. Does it really need to be so? The idea proposes one way to find out.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni3 years ago
Great! Instead of voting people, we vote ideas, agendas, rules, etc.
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