The Future Of Lawmaking And Governance
Probably the craziest ideas ever:
This all started with the idea to make my own laws. Elon Musk has created his own school for his children because he did not like the traditional way of teaching. Similarly, if you don’t appreciate your current laws, why not make your own laws just like Elon made his own school?
You might think that it is impossible to make our own laws. You may be right, but I came up with three different ways by which we can achieve this.
In India, we have different personal laws for different groups of people based on their religions. A Muslim is governed by Muslim personal law, a Hindu is governed by Hindu personal law, etc. There is no uniform civil law in India. Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is an ongoing debate within Indian mandate to replace personal laws based on the scriptures and customs of each major religious community in India with a common set of rules governing every citizen. UCC has been a proposal even before the independence of the Republic of India.
I support the Uniform Civil Code, I want every single Indian citizen to be governed with a common set of rules which are secular in nature and treat everyone with equal dignity and freedom.
But in 2015 the Supreme Court of India said that the UCC cannot be accepted, otherwise, every religion will say it has a right to decide various issues as a matter of its personal laws. In 2018 The Law Commission of India said, “the UCC is neither necessary nor desirable at this stage.”
Also, an average Indian is not comfortable with the idea to have laws which are non-religious in nature. But at the same time, there are many people in India who want laws which are based on pure logic and reasoning rather laws which are based on outdated religious scriptures and customs.
The first way to make your own laws.
Here in India we already have different personal laws, why not have another set of laws for those who want to be governed by the laws which are not based on their old customs and traditions?
Why not create a community and demand for our own laws? Personal laws in India are divided by religion. My idea is to make a community for everyone who chooses to be governed by a common set of rules which doesn't discriminate anyone by their religion.
The main idea is to remove old customs from our laws. But unfortunately, we can’t do that in India very easily. But what we can do is to make our own laws void of old customs and traditions.
If we manage to unite people with similar views, we can demand separate laws from the government.
If we can’t have a uniform law why not let the people decide what they want?
And in this digital age internet will play a major role.
The second way to make your own laws
If all the humans with similar views are able to unite and demand change, but the government chooses not to acknowledge our demands, why not make our own government? Why not make our own country?
At this point, you will be thinking that this is indeed the craziest idea ever. But hold it right there, the craziest part is yet to come.
I agree, demanding our own nation is utterly stupid and no reasonable human will think it is possible. I also know that this isn’t a reasonable demand and the Indian government won’t even reply to my email if I email them with this demand.
What if a drunk politician accidentally grants us permission to make our own nation. Beside some political outrage and public revolt, nobody is going to move into our newly formed nation (and move outside if they want to). But we all know that this isn’t possible, so let's remove this possibility.
The idea to create a nation is indeed a stupid idea, but the idea to create an online nation isn’t.
You surely can’t create your physical nation with actual land. But you can create your own nation, online. With no physical land, no borders, no army, no police, no infrastructure, without a welfare state, etc.
An online nation might seem to be an extremely stupid idea, more stupid than demanding your own physical country. But who knows this might be the next political ideology of the future.
An online nation is like creating an online community of like-minded people, aliens, animals and computer AI's. But this is more than an online community. An online nation will give immense freedom to its citizens. A citizen of an online nation can reside anywhere on the planet. The world will be a border-less society.
If this happens in the future there will be many nations on our servers made by like-minded humans or aliens or your dog. Every nation might have different laws according to their needs and belief, some might still be governing their citizens by their old customs and traditions.
As per 2019, this sounds like science fiction. But this might be the next political revolution. Why not start by creating a website for our online nation, let the users buy our citizenship. We can add a draft constitution and a draft of our civil laws on our website for future citizens to know what we stand for.
We want to create a nation for those who chose to be governed by a common set of rules made with pure logic and void of outdated customs.
Who knows we might start issuing our passport to our citizens. (Literally not possible in the next 50 years)
The number one problem we will face if this becomes a reality is going to determine how to make a uniform criminal law? And that too online?
The third way to make your own laws
This again seems impossible in 2019 but will be the future soon in the next 10 to 20 years.
With the advancement in artificial intelligence and machine learning, it is hard to ignore the fact that automation will soon take over our jobs and it will be able to perform those functions much better than humans.
Lawmakers, judges, lawyers and everyone else in the legal field will soon be unemployed. AI will soon be in our courtrooms providing justice. You might hire a robotic lawyer to represent yourself in the court of law.
AI taking over the judiciary will be one of the greatest things achieved in the 21st century. A lot of people will lose their jobs but all those cases pending in our courts will be dealt away as soon as possible. Justice will be served with no delay. And if you are worried about those who will lose their jobs then don’t worry, they will soon find new jobs, created due to automation.
Automation of judiciary seems an amazing business opportunity for a hardcore capitalist.
All we want to do is to make an infrastructure which can support automation of judiciary.
Start by building courts all around the country and install the machines to replace the lawyers and the judges. Or do it all online. Pitch this idea to the government and ask them to privatize the judiciary. Let the private companies take over the role of the judiciary. Or if they don’t privatize it, provide the government with your infrastructure and help everyone access affordable and fast justice.
Sounds impossible but this can be achieved if done properly.
If you manage to create a system like this, if you control the judiciary it won’t take much longer to start making your own laws.
But this too comes with difficulties to overcome. Why would any government privatize its judiciary? And what could happen if a private company controls the judiciary functions of the state? What would happen if a company has a monopoly over the judiciary?
Does this sound like a future in which justice will be served without any discrimination and without any delay or does this sounds like a future in which only the rich and the powerful will control the whole world?
All the above-mentioned three ways to make your own laws are interlinked. One can lead to another.
This could end up being the next big thing of the 21st century, a new political ideology with online state and private owned judiciary and legal system.
It is very much likely to have this kind of governance in the future, which not only exists in our imaginations but in our computer servers too.