Most people reading this article will be living in a democratic county, where the leaders have been elected by the public in a free vote. Although other types of governing structures exist around the world, such as with dictatorships or communist regimes, the most prevalent and widely accepted is democracy. That isn’t to say that everyone thinks it is the best form of government though, as many people have proposed new systems to replace it. Some of these are sensible evolutions while others are bizarre alternatives that are completely distinctive from what we have today.
Also known as a delegative democracy, it was proposed as a new political system that puts power in the hands of delegates rather than representatives. This essentially allows people to either become active in the running of the government by putting themselves forward as a delegate or choose to be passive and give their vote to a delegate. This means that people only have to take part in political discussions or votes that they are interested in, while in other cases their delegate can vote on their behalf.
Geniocracy is very similar to the current democratic structure that is in place, however instead of giving everyone the chance to vote and stand to be elected, it restricts those rights to those who have shown they have above average intelligence. This would be measured by standardized tests that measure all kinds of abilities, with those who are 10% above average able to vote and those who are 50% able to stand as a candidate. Supporters believe this would allow government to think more long term and not have to enact policies that appeal to the mass public, giving them the opportunity to tackle problems such as climate change and mass hunger more effectively.