How to Fix a National Government

Fixing a national government requires identifying a good model to base your new government on. The American government based its original tripartite constitutional federal republic on ancient Rome. Switzerland, partly based their confederate executive council republic on the American government, with some modifications. Both of these countries are known for being extremely wealthy and prosperous, though this has become less true of America of late.

Identify what type of government your country currently has. The political compass is a powerful tool for doing so, with its four quadrants of left, right, authoritarian, and libertarian. Most governments of today are authoritarian left governments. They believe in enforcing religious toleration and secularism on the national population using deadly force. Their school systems are carefully designed to educate students in socially progressive values.

The major issue with most authoritarian left governments is their large debt, and ongoing political conflicts between the different protected groups. Each one wants a piece of the pie, and the authoritarian left government forcibly makes sure that they all do. The sad truth is that if you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one. Most people in authoritarian left governments report frustrations with debt, stress, and conflict with their neighbors. Examples of authoritarian left (some moderate, some extreme) governments include France, China, Norway, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Mexico. All of these countries have mild to large political conflicts, and they have to suppress them using the power of force, as authoritarians.

The high debt and slow growth that characterizes authoritarian left governments sometimes prompts a reactionary force from the right. This recently happened in the United States, where authoritarian right politicians are going to be coming into power during the Presidency of Donald Trump. Examples of other authoritarian right governments today are Russia and Singapore. Authoritarian right governments believe that one set of values should be forcibly pushed onto all members of society. They often have international wars, and high military spending. They sometimes have less debt than their authoritarian left cousins.

Sujit Choudhry is an internationally recognized expert in government and constitutional law. Choudhry likes to help government officials fix their legal systems to make them more effective in maximizing well-being and prosperity for the population.

Sujit Choudhry has seen a tendency for governments to get over confident, and then lose their power to their opponents, rather than learning from them. This creates an ongoing conflict inside the nation that wastes resources and often leads to people dying.

Famous South African Trial of Oscar Pistorius

Brenda Wardle is a South African who serves as Chief Operations Officer at Wardle College of Law. She is also a well known legal analyst who has provided input both in South Africa as well as abroad.

Wardle has numerous law degrees and is currently working towards a Doctor of Laws Degree through the University of South Africa. She has published numerous articles on a wide range of legal topics including Section 100 Interventions, presidential pardons, the State’s case against the current South African President, and the murder of Eugene Terreblanche. She has also been asked to speak and give interviews for major media outlets like Arise News Networks, London, Channel 5 UK, and CCTV News Channel. She has spoken about many legal matters and trials as they take place and her valued opinions and knowledge has made her a hot commodity in the industry. She also spoke and wrote a book about the Oscar Pistorius trial.

The Pistorius trial took place in 2014 when the state charged Oscar Pistorius with the murder of his model girlfriend, Steenkamp. One evening, Pistorius shot Steenkamp in their home, claiming he believed she was an intruder. Pistorius was a runner who competed in high level athletic events including the Paralympic Games and the 2012 Summer Olympics. In March 2014 the trial began where Pistorius faced numerous charges including illegal possession of ammunition, tow charges of firing a gun in a public space, and a murder charge.

Due to abolishment of apartheid, there is no jury in South African trials, but rather the decision comes from a judge and two assessors. After months of witness testimony, evidence and discussion, the verdict was arrived at unanimously by the judge and her assessors. The judge dismissed much of the state’s circumstantial evidence and stated that the state was unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Pistorius was guilty of premeditated murder, however, she did feel le was guilty of culpable homicide. She went on to say that Pistorius didn’t think clearly, failed to take steps to avoid Steenkamp’s death, acted too hastily and used excessive force. She found his behavior negligent and charged him with culpable homicide.

Watch Wardle’s discussion of the Pistorius Trial