Trump’s victory speaks for itself. But that is not what I wish to speak about. I wish to speak about a system of government that is so underrated and unknown but that deserves immediate attention if we don’t want more people like Trump winning elections in other democracies (because yes, America, other countries exist in the world, almost 200 other countries actually). It’s called Meritocracy.
Something that has baffled me for quite a while is the fact that no democracy on planet earth, at least that I know of, has a system in place that screens presidential/prime ministerial candidates on the basis of their intelligence and capabilities before letting them even stand as candidates. I’d say one of the most efficiently run countries on this planet is the tiny little island nation of Singapore. It’s one of the most densely populated countries but living there, you’d never feel it because the city is so well-planned. Pollution levels are much lower than in many cities like New York and London and the government has protected many hectares of pristine tropical rain forest while making sure that everyone has adequate space to live. True, there are problems there that every city has but the fact that it has become one of the most well-organized and developed countries in just almost 50 years of independence speaks a lot about its governing body. But most importantly, it says a lot about the visionary that built up the country from the undeveloped village-like state that it was in a few decades ago. He is Lee Kuan Yew. A simple google search will tell you everything you need to know about him but he almost single-handedly revolutionized the nation.
The principle that saw it through was the principle he believed in the most: Meritocracy. The simple rule that everyone deserves what is worth their merit. Or simply put, always pick the best man for the job. For example, take the fact that if you wish to be the Finance Minister of Singapore, you must have been the CEO for at least 10 years of a multi-billion dollar company. Makes sense, right? If you know how to successfully run a giant corporation for a decade or so, I’m pretty sure you could be trusted with your country’s economy.
Singapore has a population of just around 6 million people. America has around 300 million. India has a population of around 1 billion (that’s 1000 million). Yet, neither of the latter two countries, or any other democracy that’s much larger than Singapore, has a system in place that screens potential candidates based on their skills, qualifications, and intelligence before they’re allowed to stand as a candidate. Do you not think that a nation of 300 million or one with 1 billion would have at least 5 to 10 people who are smart, honest and capable enough to lead the country? If there were exams in place for social etiquette, I’m pretty sure Trump would have failed in the first round because I don’t think “grabbing them by the pussy” is something anyone would pass him for. Why not do background checks before you let people into positions power? If that existed, I’m pretty sure India’s criminal-filled parliament bodies would have been filled with people who haven’t raped or murdered or robbed before. Why not screen them using basic Science exams? If you don’t believe in Science, you don’t deserve to rule in the 21st century. I’m sure Trump wouldn’t have passed that either, seeing as how he thinks global warming is a hoax made by China. Why not screen them based on educational qualifications and leadership capabilities? Place them through a series of tests, interviews, exams, steps to let them prove that they are good-hearted, clear-headed, capable individuals? How have we not come up with a system like this after existing as a species for hundreds of thousands of years?? Is this not just basic logic? Then let the people vote after the candidates have been selected based on all this. If the people were to vote from a group of talented, smart individuals, isn’t it much safer for the country because whoever wins, at least you know that the nation would be in safe hands! Democracy ultimately caters only to the lowest denominator of the populace. The brute-force loving, disgruntled mass. Meritocracy makes sure that the elected person is deserving of the title.
How have we not done this yet, world?