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What role can the theory presented in the book play in political action?

I compare the potential role of the theory — the best predictor theory — to the role that John Locke’s theory served in the 1700s. As expressed in the Locke statement in the Critics menu, Locke's work established the theoretical foundation for the birth of America in the 1700s, and I envision that the best predictor theory will establish the theoretical foundation for the rebirth of America in the 2000s.

A rebirth?

Just as Locke’s theory established a rationale for curbing the power of monarchs in his time, the best predictor theory establishes a rationale for curbing the power of representative government in our time.

More specifically, the best predictor theory shows that as civilization matures, the role of government diminishes, just as the role of parents in the life of their children diminishes as the children mature. The result of this maturation process is the maximization of prosperity.

The best predictor theory establishes the rationale for democracy in the first place and shows that modern representative governments fail to fulfill the most fundamental feature of a democracy, namely, that the citizens directly establish a limit on the cost of government. The rationale is that a government is a monopoly, so in the absence of competition to minimize the cost of government products, the customers — the citizens — must have direct control of the cost of government. This theory is presented in section 5.1 on commerce theory, under the topic of necessary monopoly. The theory also establishes that since a government is a monopoly, a government should engage only in activities that must, of logical or practical necessity, be monopolistic.

The concept of minimizing the role of government does not entail a mindless or a reckless decrease in government any more than parents should mindlessly or recklessly give their children freedom that is inappropriate for their maturity level. However, the concept of minimizing government does establish a vision toward which we should work, namely, to address every problem in public policy by employing the self-regulation facilities of competitive commerce to the extent possible rather than employing the coercive means of government taxation and regulation. Again, we work with a vision for employing self-regulation facilities to the extent possible, and we fall back on government only to the extent that self-regulation facilities cannot serve the purpose at hand. With this vision in place, we seek to foster the maturation of self-regulation facilities rather than to mindlessly turn to government for the solutions to problems of public policy. The latter approach is akin to parents who pamper their children instead of fostering their maturation.

Since the best predictor theory addresses fundamental theoretical problems, the theory naturally gives rise to proposals for constitutional amendments, and these are listed in the index. Nine such proposals are presented in the unabridged version, while three are presented in the abridged version.

I wish to briefly discuss, here, three amendment proposals that, in my view, are the most urgent. Only the last of these appears in the abridged version. The topics of the three amendment proposals are as shown in the menu to the left: cost limitation, citizenship by birth, and apostasy.

Reference citation.  Philip Bitar, complement to Why? In Pursuit of the Ultimate Answer, Political action, posted at www.philipbitar.com, 2008-12-13.