OK, first things first. What actually annoyed me was the apparent lack of engagement with the time you were technically commenting on. I have no problem with people having or expressing their own thoughts -I do it myself all the time — but I do try to keep what I say relevant to the subject under discussion. I’d be highly interested in how your TDG system might be used, in a practical and detailed way, to resolve the issues Umair and others raise, rather than hearing what sounds like just another plug for your books.

Unlike most of the other writers on Medium, I am not a very clever person. I’m a 62-year-old former Civil Servant here in the UK. I spent nearly twenty years of my life trying to convince my superiors in said civil service of the virtues of simplicity, efficiency and competence in place of overthinking, reducing manpower and political correctness. So believe me, I understand frustration!

Like you, I get more reads of responses than I do of original articles, but then I’m not here to make money, anyway. I give the ‘worms’-eye view’ of a lot of things, just the average bloke who’s been there and done that, rather than the ivory-tower academic perspective of folk like Umair (whose heart is in the right place, but ought to bring his head along more often). I can be grouchy and sarcastic, and I don’t suffer fools gladly.

So now you know where I’m coming from.

I owed you the courtesy of a prompt reply, so will admit to having only read the third chapter of your work on TDG -the one where you discuss the mechanics of the system. It is surprisingly similar to ideas I have had in the past regarding the general decentralisation of government to community level, though much more developed.

However, due to my ingrained cynicism, I can’r help thinking that your baseline voters will tend to vote for the person who:

a) they are most afraid of.

b) promises them the most immediate material reward (ie bribe).

c) who can manipulate them most effectively.

Which makes me worry that the various tiers of governance will be inhabited by the same crew of bullies, plutocrats and sociopaths who infest our current systems.

No doubt you have solutions for this, and I would like to hear them. For the moment, however, there are two clear needs. One is the reduction of capitalism from the dominant ideology to a method of providing work and those non-essential goods and services not provided by publicly-owned organisations. The second is an education system that is designed to produce aware and responsible citizens, rather than work-ready drones.

Thank you.

Snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, walker of paths less travelled by. Advocate-in-Ordinary to His Satanic Majesty.

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