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Egalitarianism -
A Centralised Administration

A centralised administration refers to the concept of managing all of the affairs of the country from the level of the federal government. That is, there are no regional (i.e. state) or local (i.e. town/city/shire) governments. There are only regional and local branches of the federal government and federal portfolios/departments within each region and town. However, a centralised administration does not mean that there won't be any variety or different ideas (often locally generated) being tried out in different towns and regions, and even in different workplaces, preschools, schools, and universities. Nor does it mean that certain laws and policies will not vary from place to place, and nor does it means that various issues can't be voted upon locally or regionally. The beauty of a centralised administration is that it can be as flexible as is required.

Also note that the AEM does not regard a centralised administration as something that should be set in stone (at this stage), and we welcome debate on the issue. However, the AEM does at this stage, consider that a centralised administration is probably unavoidable in the beginning.

The AEM sees that a centralised administration ....

  • Stops the squabbling between national, regional, and local governments about who is to pay for what, and who is to blame. With a centralised administration, the buck always stops at the feet of the federal government. Any problem, and any social problem is the federal government's problem, and any mismanagement is the federal government's responsibility to correct. There is no one else to blame, and this also makes the process of demanding action much easier for the citizens.
  • Allows us to better and more equally manage environmental restoration and our land and water resources.
  • Reduces irresponsible actions that are motivated by the sibling rivalry between the various regional and local governments. With regional and local governments, there is the tendency to measure one's performance against other, often neighbouring regional and local governments' performances. While this may not end entirely, with a centralised administration overseeing the process, it can't be converted into irresponsible action in an attempt to look as impressive, or more impressive than other regional and local governments.
  • Allows us to keep better statistics, and more uniformity in the way that statistics are produced.
  • Reduces conflicts of power. Currently, winning local, regional, or national government is all about winning power to influence law and policy-making, and each leader of each government usually hopes to exploits this power to change the society in accordance to their own desires and philosophies and/or those of the people that their political party represents. And because the elected heads of regions and towns are relatively autonomous by definition, they may be able to undermine the culture and constitution that the federal AEM government it trying to install and manage. The federal government could even find itself pleading for the cooperation or permission from these local and regional heads in order to enact these social changes (as is often the case currently). In other words, a centralised administration is more logical, and it helps to keep everyone on the same side, going in the same direction, and working together (Our contemporary power-seeking political system serves to keep people on different sides and inhibiting the actions of each other).
  • Allows for more representation of ideas and philosophies in the policy, law, and decision-making processes. Just as there are many conflicting ideas and desires going on within one person's mind, so too will there be representation of many conflicting ideas, philosophies, and desires within the centralised administration of the nation (and much more than we have now, because in our current political system, we usually only have a few viewpoints being represented, and usually only the viewpoints of the two major political parties receive media attention, which is why the public's perception on any issue is extremely limited). Unfortunately, in both capitalist and Egalitarianist societies, it is too impractical to provide a diverse representation of different viewpoints within each regional and local territory, and it is unnecessary when it can be provided for the whole society at the federal level.
  • Because being a member of a regional or local government within an Egalitarian society (if we had them) cannot be exploited for material or social gain, most power-seeking people will see no point for their existence, and neither does the AEM. That is, when we take power and wealth out of the equation, it's hard to find any advantage or any problem that is overcome by having regional and local governments. It's just another way of becoming a big fish in a smaller pond.  
  • Serves to prevent governmental corruption. In the AEM's version of Egalitarianism, the potential for corruption is decreased significantly because all transfers of capital go through, and are monitored by the federal treasury, which allows us to focus our attention when monitoring for corruption. This makes corruption an much easier to prevent, forever. When the control of money is divided up into regional and local governments, there are now thousands of places where corruption can occur, and this make the task of monitoring and preventing corruption much more demanding and doomed to fail regularly.
  • Allows for high flexibility. If you have not read it yet, the AEM intends to offer workers the opportunity to vary their working week or day into two or more different occupations. For the majority of people entering the workforce, it will be a normal occurrence to divide the working week or day into physical and non-physical work. While this will undoubtedly be organised at a local level, many other cultural work programs will involve higher levels of organisation because many workers will move to different locations at different times of the year. For example, we may need construction workers in rural areas, but because of the heat, we may decide to concentrate this construction work during the winter months, while reducing construction work in the cities. Such a cultural program requires much higher levels of organisation to coordinate residential and occupational movements throughout the whole country. Another issue associated with flexibility is that a centralised administration allows us to cater more to the needs of people better. For example, many young people between the ages of 13 and 21 find themselves stranded in small rural towns. The AEM regards this age period as an important time for social development, and will try to move these young people to more populated towns for this reason (for at least half of the time), although we understand that not everybody will desire such a service. And depending upon whether the young person lives with his/her parents, is a school student, or works, we will try to provide a range of alternatives to cater to this human need (unlike your contemporary leaders are capable of, or would even dream of doing). We could even move whole families around on a seasonal basis. Once again, such a cultural program requires much higher levels of organisation to coordinate residential and occupational movements throughout the whole country.
  • Radically reduces all the problems associated with democracy (which we briefly detail in our 'The Democratic and Undemocratic Nature of the AEM's Egalitarian Society' web page), which are multiplied a few thousand times due to the number of local and regional democratically elected governments.
  • Important information about people is not restricted to regional or local centres, but becomes available throughout Australia.


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