Governmental Structures

As I began to create my ideal world, I realized that
what I wanted was a mix of three different
governments/cultures. I wanted (and still do) a
government truly of and for the people. I also wanted
a government that was minimalist, one that made sure
there was some kind of order and peace, but one that
was well, personal, while not interfering too much
with the rights of it\'s citizens. Additionally, I
wanted a government that would allow private industry,
small businesses, and limited corporations. This
government would regulate the economy by being in
charge of major industries and the minimum wage. This
government would even the playing field for everyone
who wanted to play on it. Education would be
excellent, but driven by the wants of the individual.
Basically, I wanted a government that did not fit well
into any of Stewart\'s categories. Please forgive me
if this essay sounds vague at times, because without
being able to mimic typical governments, my nation is
difficult to describe in the way Stewart describes
what has been before. My nation is neither Democratic
Socialist, nor Radical Liberal, nor Anarchist (though
I would have loved to created an Anarchist culture, I
was afraid to, after all, I am a child of the Regan
years) I suppose you\'ll just have to read along and
discern what type of government this is by how I
describe it.

In my previous "My Way" essay, I described a world in
which a person was taken care of by the government and
themselves throughout their lives. Because of
effective birth control methods implemented in the
year 2000, the population of the United States
decreased slowly, allowing for more change to take
place because there were basically
fewer people to complicate the change in governmental
structure. From birth until death,
a citizen was covered by the national health care
system. This national system included all hospitals
and doctors under in 2050, a medical "umbrella" for
the entire nation.
As life continued for a citizen of America in 2050,
he or she would enter into their local school system,
based upon Montessori-style education. Within 12-14
years, they would graduate with the experience of a
semester abroad and an Associates degree. The school
system isn\'t based so much upon technological advances
as it is by fundamental changes in the way the school
system teaches children. A graduate, if they choose
to, can go on to college, with financial support from
the government. This financial support is based upon
need and merit.
Once citizen graduates, they may go into the public
or private center for a career. The private center is
much like it is today, in a Radical Liberal nation
like our own. Outside of small business and
corporations, major industry is controlled by the
nation.
When a citizen passes the age of 60, they received
Social Security, but in 2050, Social Security is
actually enough to live on. Under Social Security
benefits include senior centers, nursing homes, as
well as several other programs that helped make golden
years enjoyable, if not bearable.
To create the type of world I\'d like to live in,
everyone would have to accept the following cultural
truths:
1. "It\'s not getting there that matters, it\'s being
there." People in 2050 are more likely to improve
their situation for themselves and others, regardless
of what
they have to go through to achieve what is
best for them. This is different
from the "don\'t rock the boat" mentality of 1998,
where it is better to go though no pain now, and more
pain latter.
2. "We are the government; we are \'them\', we are
\'they\'." With this paradigm in place, citizens feel
that they are an active voice in their government,
unlike 1998, where many people feel like they have no
voice in government.
3. "If it won\'t be good for our grandchildren\'s
future, it is not good for us." In this paradigm,
citizens would not do anything that would not benefit
future generations. This would create great amounts
of forethought and planning the nation, resulting in a
better future and present situation. In today\'s
society, people are more likely to do what is
convenient than what is smartest in the long run.
4. "Education and experience is the key to self
actualization." Through this paradigm, and the
education system that has been implemented in 2050
creates citizens who have actualized their potential
and are living fulfilling lives.
5. "Everyone is equal. We are brothers and sisters
(in Christ)." Whether this is taken religiously or
not is not as important, what is important is that
everyone treats each other as equals. This means that
they aren\'t jealous or competing with one another.
People will simply strive to achieve their