[胡言乱语] Bridging the gap between experts and decision makers

Posted by Jarxi on 2020-02-19

The Question: Why an Efficient Society Has to be Democratic

I was reading a book called Teaching the Hard History. The book is about how American History on slavery should be taught another way and how this can help the present and future on eliminating white supremacy.
Then I was thinking although these historians are making helpful suggestions, their advice probably will not be accepted by the education policy makers. The only way to get their suggestions implemented is becoming
decision makers themselves.

However, becoming experts in history and policy makers both take time and efforts. Rarely a person can be both. It is
often seen at school that good teachers are not administrators. The same goes the other way.
It is a problem in which society advances to be more efficient as good policies do not get implemented.

There are two ways to solve the problem.

  1. Lower the barrier for experts to become decision makers
  2. Decision makers become facilitators to these experts instead of higher authorities

The first solution requires a system that helps experts get power. However, not all experts want power, nor do them are all
suitable decision makers.

The second solution is a society where officials are “servants” who listen to ideas and implement. Implementation requires certain
power. The question is how to give facilitators a certain amount of power and contain their power so that they do not become superiors.

The answer

A democratic society where competent people get elected and useful information is free to flow.
A check and balance system to avoid the misuse of power.



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