20 June 2005


In Prague, where memories of what happens when Government gets very far out of line are still prominent and sobering. A front page story in todayś International Herald Tribune quotes a Jiang Yhaohua, a Communist Party secretary for the township of Zegou, in Zhejiang in China

No matter how smart we are, we officials have limited information. The easiest way to avoid mistakes is by having more democratic decisions.
Impressive humility, and letś hope it portends a way forward for acting on complex problems such as crime, climate change, and violent political conflict, where officials, politicians and experts, however dedicated and well-meaning, are failing. A Social Policy Bond regime would democratise the finding of solutions to these problems by letting people decide both on the priorities they would give to problems, and the best ways of solving them.

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