Sunday, January 31, 2010

Corporations Running for Congress, Courteous Logic Programming

A corporation is running for Congress in a tongue-in-cheek satire of the Supreme Courts' recent decision allowing corporations to have frankly political ads. If a corporation is a person, why can't it run for Congress?

All kidding aside, if a person can have several representatives, each with different priorities, why can't some of these be organizations. I believe Grosof's courteous logic programming is the basis for that. This allows one to deal with different people creating different rule sets. Each might have a different priorities. Each voter would have several represenatives. Each voter would assign a priority to each represenative. Legislation is a set of rule sets. When they conflict, we look at which representatives voted for each and combine them based upon the priorities they gave them.

In the proposal, many individuals would give their employer as a representative, as they are concerned that it is prosperous. They would also give various entities such as the Sierra Club, their Church, etc. a vote. And they would give a priorities (One could see one giving their Church first, then their employer, and then the environmental group to which they felt most attached.) And, of course, on any bill, one could vote oneself. Thus, the system would extend to try participatory democracy, but only on those bills which one cares enough to read for oneself.

I have played with how to to combine the votes using Dr. Grosof's work. (This will be a subject of another Thoughtful Thursday Posting.)

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