Thanks again for your interesting comments.
I have left many of the details of TDG for the builders to figure out for themselves. One reason is that as we learn how to work with the TDG culture , we are going to looking at many other things differently. For example, when we finally learn how to sideline the power accumulation instinct in humanity, very likely we als’to won’t be rewarding greed, aversion, and ignorance as much as we are now. Our whole collective psyche will change. What will be the appropriate compensation for each level of the TDG representative? I can’t predict this.
Likewise our economic models are going to change as well. While I may be an advocate for a UBI today, maybe there is something better. I recall Star Trek and Star Trek Enterprise predicting that the concept of “money” seems to be in the background of peoples’ lives. We just might be going in that direction when the TDG is in place.
As for western democracy being an oligarchy, I would disagree for the most part. Political leaders can and do put their stamp on government while they are in power. And when they are voted out of office, they leave graciously (we had to learn that trait as we evolved from oligrachy to democracy). Granted there are a few democracies where the power to change lies elsewhere than the elected officials and same group seems to be elected each time, but most western democracies are not oligarchies.
Just as there are some people who enjoy the drama and gamesmanship of being inside a political party, there will be citizens who will have a natural talent and desire for working inside the TDG. They will enjoy their career in the TDG and be quite effective in their collaboration and vision. They will be disappointed if the TDG no longer calls them into service. But just like current politicians when it is time for them to go, these TDG representatives will take their loss graciously and move on with life. And some could find their way back as advisers — or even be re-elected.
The advancement up the tiers is very important. I believe that a president who is negotiating international trade deals should be made first to sit through meetings on whether to spend $200,000 on a lighted crosswalk for a busy street. Good governance requires experience. Just being in business or law does not give enough experience to do well at the higher levels of government.
I believe the TDG will be very proactive about education. It’s hard for me to imagine that TDG representatives will develop policies that are contrary to enlightenment.
I would prefer a more linear growth the TDG than an exponential growth. I fear too many people with toxic attitudes joining too early might upset the culture the early TDG have put together. But I won’t have much control or influence at this stage. It will be up to the TDG representatives and advisers to handle this challenge.
I don’t know much about your “gift” economy. But I’m pretty sure on whole notion of “money” is going to change — for the better.
Thanks for reading the book and your great questions. Unfortunately I can’t do this by myself. Spread the word. If you are not interested in being part of the 1%, maybe someone in your social circle is.