Government Forms By Power Source
We need to look at our modern government forms as they relate to the cycle of political regime change: a continuous recycling of governmental systems.
There are numerous methods we could use to classify the current government systems. For example, looking at governments by power structure we have forms such as anarchy, confederation, unitary state, and federations. Even further we can structure governments by power ideology such as a constitutional government, absolute monarchy, or others like a general republic.
The most common discussion method is to use socio-economic attributes such as anarchism, capitalism, communism, socialism, and monarchism. The list is endless.
Yet, these aren’t helpful when trying to quantify the government forms from a degeneration standpoint. Regardless of how you break down the government system, many different types follow the historical trends of other types without the same designation.
This seems confusing at first glance, but when we look at the underlying source of governmental power, it begins to make a lot more sense.
The four types of government per power source are as follows:
- Rule by one
- Rule by few
- Rule by many
- Rule by none
Given the above types of government:
The rule by one systems would include different government forms such as kingship, fascism, absolute monarchy, autocracy, communism, and dictatorships. It is where the vast majority of power to govern is centralized in the hands of one.
The rule by few systems would include different government forms such as oligarchy, mid and late stage socialism (or similar centralized structures), aristocracy, and the like. It is where a select few, a party, or similar small entity hold the vast majority of power to govern.
The rule by many systems would include different government forms such as democracy, constitutional monarchy, ochlocracy (mob rule), republic, and similar. It is where the vast majority of the population hold the majority of power to govern.
A rule by none system would include the single system of anarchism at its absolute break-even point when control is lost and before control is re-established. It does not exist as a “government system” but rather the inverse of one. It is more of a philosophical system than a reality-based practical one.
Considering governments through the lens of their power source is essential for understanding why governments collapse. The power source is what drives the cycle of regime change and the individual regime cycle of collapse.
Each government, regardless of their exact title, follows their power source throughout anacyclosis.
Since none of these forms can stop it, we need a different form entirely. The goal is to create one outside of the realm of these constricted government forms.
My initial idea, which has demonstrated some historical success, is the idea of a “rule by stakeholders”. This would be a type of system where the rule is somewhere between “rule by few” and “rule by many”. It would be a system where a few would not be in charge, but neither the entirety of the nation. Rather, the stakeholders would hold the vast majority of power to govern. The power cycle would also be correctly distributed.
But that’s a topic for a later article. For now, we’ve touched on each current form of government. So, when you see “rule by many” and “rule by few” scattered throughout all of my articles, you’ll know what we’re talking about.