by Alex Merced
Problem: In order to get the political will for any substantial change the public must demand it or politicians worried about upholding their careers more than upholding the constitution they swore to protect will just ignore the proper course of action. Although many of the issues that are the most influential to how our economy and society work the legislature has decided to delegate to third parties such as the federal reserve, the department of education, etc. Through the delegation of this power the legislature has rendered itself fairly powerless and has given the power mainly to the executive branch to appoint the individuals who head these organizations empowering the executive branch beyond it original and limited scope thus rendering many of the check and balances fairly mute.
These appointments often go fairly under the radar, and the decisions they make rarley come up for debate during elections making the public never really have the opportunity to learn enough about these individuals or departments to reach the level of outcry to generate the political will to change these things.
Solution: While making the claim to abolish many of these institutions falls on deaf ears which is often due to the lack of knowledge or attention people pay to these offices; people like Hans-Hermann Hoppe have written about the many problems with democracy as a system although I think there are ways to use it to our advantage. By making of these currently appointed positions democratically elected, it would force both parties to enter campaigns which tend to focus on the bad things about these offices to get voters to vote for their candidate. Once these campaigns begin no matter which party they are on voters will have much more of an opinion on these deparments and will be more open to listening to and advocating abolishment.
- adding one or 2 democratically elected members to the federal open market committe (the current make-up of the seats would remain the same so people don't complain about violating "Fed Independence" since it isn't enough people to have decision that the rest of the committe already has)
- make the heads of many of the major government agencies democratically elected such as the head of departments of education, homeland security, etc.
- The political pressure for these figures will keep them accountable and prevent them from making any major changes to the way the country works without democratic consequences.
- The political campaigns needed to get these candidates elected will results in education campaign for voters getting them to care more about these offices and many major decisions they make about our economy and society.