|Franken won in the recount
||[Jan. 8th, 2009|11:18 am]
Agent of Antiendarkenment
news Minnesota will have only one senator until the rerecount lawsuit wends its way through the courts, though. Given how narrow the margin of victory is, it is hard to describe this election as anything other than a glaring example of why pre-existing humans should not be used to write or interpret the law. Habit and the fact that most people agree on most issues are the only reasons why this winner-take-all nonsense remains at all politically tenable.
A much better system would be to extract the will and wishes of the people directly by subjecting their brains to accelerated virtual reality simulations to brute force discover which positions they find repugnant and which compromises they are in aggregate willing to make. Sort of like Simulacron-3, but with more Paranoia and less Omphalos.
Clearly, this additional processing would make untenable demands on a normal brain if it were allowed to continue its quotidien functions of being governed. Significant augmentation could be provided and reclaimed at taxpayer expense, but it would probably be simpler to remove those distractions entirely. The volunteers could be housed in a dedicated facility, presumably as separate bodies in cryogenic stasis and active brains in nutrient vats to reduce the tax burden.
Unfortunately, the wiliest taxpayers are those whose input is most needed, but who would be best able to avoid volunteering. To reduce sampling bias, it would then be necessary to establish an Illithid Ninja Pollster division.