Government For You


Government For You

Okay, so we now have thousands of years of human civilization to take into account; you would think we could look at the evidence and determine the best system of government. To this end, I've taken Wikipedia's post on the various government types and I've created a personal government analyzer. What this thing does is analyzes your answers to 25 questions to determine which type of government system you would most like. Granted, this doesn't tell us which is the best, since every person's answers could be different based on an entire host of factors. To get at which government is the "best", we'd have to define what we mean by "best". Best for what? For example, a totalitarian form of government might be considered "best" at maintaining order and stability whereas anarchy may be considered "best" at allowing individual freedoms. What follows is a list pulled from the Wikipedia post that make up the Excel-based analyzer. Give it a try. Download the attached file, enable macros/content and fill out the form by selecting AGREE/DISAGREE in column G. Then press the ANALYZE button. To start again, press the NEW SESSION button. I did it a fews times; once answering as if I wanted the most stable government, and then another time wanting the most free government. You'll be given upto 3 types of governments based on your answers. The results seemed pretty accurate.

Term Definition
Aristocracy Rule by elite citizens; An aristocracy is a government by the "best" people.
Geniocracy Rule by the intelligent; a system of governance where creativity, innovation, intelligence and wisdom are required for those who wish to govern.
Kratocracy Rule by the strong; a system of governance where those strong enough to seize power through physical force, social maneuvering or political cunning.
Meritocracy Rule by the meritorious; a system of governance where groups are selected on the basis of people's ability, knowledge in a given area, and contributions to society.
Timocracy Rule by honor; a system of governance ruled by honorable citizens and property owners. Individuals of outstanding character or faculty are placed in the seat of power.
Technocracy Rule by the educated or technical experts; Decision makers would be selected based upon how knowledgeable and skillful they are in their field.
Autocracy Rule by one individual, whose decisions are subject to neither external legal restraints nor regularized mechanisms of popular control (except perhaps for implicit threat).
Despotism Rule by a single entity with absolute power. That entity may be an individual, as in an autocracy, or it may be a group, as in an oligarchy.
Dictatorship Rule by an individual who has full power over the country. Usually, there is little or no attention to public opinion or individual rights.
Fascism Rule by leader base only. Focuses heavily on patriotism and national identity. They believe their nation is based on commitment to an organic national community where its citizens are united together as one people through a national identity.
Absolute monarchy Variant of monarchy; a system of governance in which a monarch exercises ultimate governing authority as head of state and head of government.
Constitutional monarchy Variant of monarchy; a system of governance that has a monarch, but one whose powers are limited by law or by a formal constitution, such as that in the United Kingdom
Diarchy Variant of monarchy; a system of government in which two individuals, the diarchs, are the heads of state. In most diarchies, the diarchs hold their position for life and pass the responsibilities and power of the position to their children or family when they die.
Elective monarchy Variant of monarchy; a system of governance that has an elected monarch, in contrast to a hereditary monarchy in which the office is automatically passed down as a family inheritance. The democratic manner of election, the nature of candidate qualifications, and the electors vary from case to case.
Emirate Similar to a monarchy or sultanate; a system of governance in which the supreme power is in the hands of an emir (the ruler of a Muslim state); the emir may be an absolute overlord or a sovereign with constitutionally limited authority.
Federal monarchy Variant of monarchy; a system of governance where a federation of states with a single monarch as over-all head of the federation, but retaining different monarchs, or a non-monarchical system of government, in the various states joined to the federation.
Monarchy Rule by royalty; a system of governance where an individual who has inherited the role and expects to bequeath it to their heir.
Bankocracy Rule by banks; a system of governance where the excessive power or influence of banks and other financial authorities on public policy-making. It can also refer to a form of government where financial institutions rule society.
Corporatocracy Rule by corporations; a system of governance where an economic and political system is controlled by corporations or corporate interests. Its use is generally pejorative. Examples include company rule in India and business voters for the City of London Corporation.
Kakistocracy Rule by the stupid; a system of governance where the worst or least-qualified citizens govern or dictate policies. Due to human nature being inherently flawed, it has been suggested that every government which has ever existed has been a prime example of kakistocracy.
Kleptocracy (Mafia state) Rule by thieves; a system of governance where its officials and the ruling class in general pursue personal wealth and political power at the expense of the wider population.
Ochlocracy Rule by the general populace; a system of governance where mob rule is government by mob or a mass of people, or the intimidation of legitimate authorities. Ochlocratic governments are often a democracy spoiled by demagoguery, "tyranny of the majority" and the rule of passion over reason.
Authoritarian Rule by authoritarian governments is identified in societies where a specific set of people possess the authority of the state in a republic or union. It is controlled by unelected rulers who usually permit some degree of individual freedom.
Totalitarian Rule by a totalitarian government is characterized by a highly centralized and coercive authority that regulates nearly every aspect of public and private life.
Demarchy Variant of democracy; government in which the state is governed by randomly selected decision makers who have been selected by sortition (lot) from a broadly inclusive pool of eligible citizens.
Democracy Rule by a government chosen by election where most of the populace are enfranchised. The key distinction between a democracy and other forms of constitutional government is usually taken to be that the right to vote is not limited by a person's wealth or race.
Direct democracy Variant of democracy; government in which the people represent themselves and vote directly for new laws and public policy
Liberal democracy Variant of democracy; a form of government in which representative democracy operates under the principles characterized by fair, free, and competitive elections between multiple distinct political parties, a separation of powers into different branches of government, the rule of law in everyday life as part of an open society, and the protection of human rights and civil liberties for all persons.
Representative democracy Variant of democracy; wherein the people or citizens of a country elect representatives to create and implement public policy in place of active participation by the people.
Social democracy Variant of democracy; social democracy rejects the "either/or" phobiocratic/polarization interpretation of capitalism versus socialism. Social democracy argues that all citizens should be legally entitled to certain social rights.
Totalitarian democracy Variant of democracy; refers to a system of government in which lawfully elected representatives maintain the integrity of a nation state whose citizens, while granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of the government.
Ergatocracy Rule by the proletariat, the workers, or the working class. Typically creates an alternative economy for people and workers.
Kritarchy Rule by judges; a system of governance composed of law enforcement institutions in which the state and the legal systems are traditionally and/or constitutionally the same entity.
Netocracy Rule by social connections; refers to a perceived global upper-class that bases its power on a technological advantage and networking skills, in comparison to what is portrayed as a bourgeoisie of a gradually diminishing importance.
Oligarchy Rule by a system of governance with small group of people who share similar interests or family relations.
Plutocracy Rule by the rich; a system of governance composed of the wealthy class. Any of the forms of government listed here can be plutocracy. For instance, if all of the voted representatives in a republic are wealthy, then it is a republic and a plutocracy.
Stratocracy Rule by military service; a system of governance composed of military government in which the state and the military are traditionally and/or constitutionally the same entity. Citizens with mandatory or voluntary active military service, or who have been honorably discharged, have the right to govern.
Theocracy Rule by a religious elite; a system of governance composed of religious institutions in which the state and the church are traditionally and/or constitutionally the same entity. Citizens who are clergy have the right to govern.
Anarchy Society without a publicly enforced government or violently enforced political authority.
Anocracy A regime type where power is not vested in public institutions (as in a normal democracy) but spread amongst elite groups who are constantly competing with each other for power
Banana republic A politically unstable kleptocratic government that economically depends upon the exports of a limited resource (fruits, minerals), and usually features a society composed of stratified social classes, a country dependent upon limited primary-sector productions.
Maoism The theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism developed in China by Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung), which states that a continuous revolution is necessary if the leaders of a communist state are to keep in touch with the people.
Republic Rule by a form of government in which the people, or some significant portion of them, have supreme control over the government and where offices of state are elected or chosen by elected people.
Constitutional republic Rule by a government whose powers are limited by law or a formal constitution, and chosen by a vote amongst at least some sections of the populace.
Democratic republic A republic form of government where the country is considered a "public matter", not a private concern or property of rulers and where offices of states are subsequently, directly or indirectly, elected or appointed – rather than inherited – where all eligible citizens have an equal say in the local and national decisions that affect their lives.
Parliamentary republic A republic, but where the head of state and head of government are kept separate with the Head of government retaining most executive powers, or a head of state akin to a head of government, elected by a Parliament.
Federal republic A federal union of states or provinces with a republican form of government.
Islamic Republic Republics governed in accordance with Islamic law.
Socialist republic Meant to be governed for and by the people, but with no direct elections.
Federalism Rule by a form of government in which the people, or some significant portion of them, have supreme control over the government and where offices of state are elected or chosen by elected people.
Adhocracy Rule by a government based on relatively disorganised principles and institutions as compared to a bureaucracy, its exact opposite.
Anarchism Sometimes said to be non-governance; it is a structure which strives for non-hierarchical voluntary associations among agents. Anarchy is a situation where there is no government.
Band Society Rule by a government based on small (usually family) unit with a semi-informal hierarchy, with strongest as leader. Very much like a pack seen in other animals, such as wolves.
Bureaucracy Rule by a system of governance with many bureaus, administrators, and petty officials.
Chiefdom (Tribal) Rule by a government based on small complex society of varying degrees of centralization that is led by an individual known as a chief.
Cybersynacy Ruled by a data fed group of secluded individuals that regulates aspects of public and private life using data feeds and technology having no interactivity with the citizens but using "facts only" to decide direction.
Parliamentary system A system of democratic government in which the ministers of the Executive Branch derive their legitimacy from and are accountable to a Legislature or parliament; the Executive and Legislative branches are interconnected. Supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.
Presidential system A system of government where an executive branch is led by a president who serves as both head of state and head of government. This branch exists separately from the legislature, to which it is not responsible and which it cannot, in normal circumstances, dismiss.
Nomocracy Rule by a government under the sovereignty of rational laws and civic right as opposed to one under theocratic systems of government. Ultimate and final authority exists in the law.
Capitalism In a capitalist or free-market economy, people own their own businesses and property and must buy services for private use, such as healthcare.
Communism In a communist country, the working class, through cooperatives, owns all businesses and farms and shares the healthcare, education and welfare.
Feudalism A system of land ownership and duties. All land is owned and controlled by the government and/or by people to whom the government has given the right to own land.
Socialism Socialist governments own many of the larger industries and provide education, health and welfare services while allowing citizens some economic choices
Welfare state Concept of government in which the state plays a key role in the protection and promotion of the economic and social well-being of its citizens. It is based on the principles of equality of opportunity, equitable distribution of wealth, and public responsibility for those unable to avail themselves of the minimal provisions for a good life.
Corporate republic Run primarily like a business, involving a board of directors and executives. Utilities, including hospitals, schools, the military, and the police force, would be privatized. The social welfare function carried out by the state is instead carried out by corporations in the form of benefits to employees. No such government exists and is only theoretical.
Uniocracy Ruled by a singularity of all human minds connected via some form of technical or non technical telepathy to make decisions based on shared patterned experiences to deliver fair and accurate decisions to problems as they arrive. No such government exists and is only theoretical.
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