2 hours ago, evildictaitor wrote
UIs get tinkered with and so do laws. But the guiding principles behind UI design and good laws are steadfast. Nobody has tried to abolish the good-old-fashioned button - they've just updated the UI to cope with touch-screens.
I think you are generalising a bit too much here. I could also claim that since the universe is made of atoms, everything is basically the same, the atoms are just stacked differently.
You absolutely can abolish laws and replace them wholesale. That's what's happened in most EU countries as part of joining the EU. The UK abolished all of their death-penalty sentences, seperately legalised under-21, non-landowner, non-white and women votes, legalised gay civil-partnerships, legalised abortion, introduced and abolished conscription, conquered, lost and ceded control of other nations, introduced the police, the NHS, the intelligence agencies, mass-education, abolished the workhouses, introduced national insurance, the dole and disability allowance and made child labour and slavery illegal and all of these changes have required no civil war or an invasion.
I said rarely, I didnt say never. And the death sentance is one that is indeed abolished, but it took a long time. The rest are amendments and new laws.
And EU law did not replace the law of the country. It's just another set of rules that has more weighting then the local law.
Democracy isn't perfect, but there isn't a better form of government currently out there. Old and big companies are less agile than small ones - would you describe Microsoft or IBM as particularly agile? - and huge as they are, even the biggest companies are new and small fry compared with governments of even quite small countries. If Microsoft or IBM ran the UK or America I'm pretty sure they wouldn't do a better job of it.
Democracy is flawed if you do not have a constitution to protect it's citizens, like in the USA. What you will see is that a non constitutional government will seize every oppertunity to expand it's power. Until the goverment can dictate every facet of our lives, compare this to a company wich cannot, it has to persuade us to be part of it's ecosystem. I can vote in a new government, but like I said old laws rarely get revoked, you need either a civil war (like in the east right now) or lose a war. To get out of the claws of a company, I just stop paying for their services.
They wouldnt do a better job, because they will lose their motivation to do a good job. Government gets their money no matter what, crisis or no crisis, there will always be government. So the financial stimulus to do a good job is gone. That's why they call the game the governments play politics and all they can achieve is more control, wich seems to be the answer to all their problems.
So, the free market to me, is more free then democracy. Who cares that google.com knows I have a limpy dick, the worst that they can do is send me a custom add. If government finds out that I have an ailment that I am not seeking treatment for, they can create the power to force me to undergo a medical treatment, because you know, they are there to protect me from myself, wich I am incapable to do on my own.